Awards & Recognition

Community engagement at Notre Dame is robust and far-reaching with many campus champions. Receiving the Community Engagement Classification in 2010 from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was an important marker of our campus progress, but it is an accolade best received simultaneously as an honor and a challenge. Below is a sampling of recent ND awards recognizing our engagement work.  

Ranked #1: Top-25 Universities for Non-Profit and Community Service

Ranked #1: Top-25 Universities for Non-Profit and Community Service

Notre Dame is home to the Center for Social Concerns, which houses community-based learning resources and conducts community-based research, among other activities. A Catholic school, Notre Dame has always had a focus on community outreach and the Center for Social Concerns has been an active part of the university for nearly thirty years. With an average 30 year ROI of $1.25 million, investing in an education at UND is a wise financial and personal investment.

3 Highest Ranked Service Categories

  • ROTC Participation among Students and Alumni: #10
  • Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Support: #23
  • Community Service Participation and Hours Served: #35

The Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

The Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

The classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. It is an institutional classification; it is not for systems of multiple campuses or for part of an individual campus.

The classification is not an award. It is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. The documentation is reviewed to determine whether the institution qualifies for recognition as a community engaged institution.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.


The President's Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions in four categories:

  • General Community Service
  • Interfaith Community Service
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education