Notre Dame is a major contributor to the economic vitality of the city of South Bend, St. Joseph County and the state of Indiana. As a national — and, increasingly global — institution, Notre Dame also has a growing influence on the world beyond South Bend.
The Office of Public Affairs is dedicated to the University’s contribution to the ongoing development of the local economy and also how a strong partnership with the community benefits Notre Dame as well.
Growth in jobs, spending and other economic indicators show a vibrant university and a willing, supportive surrounding community.
Latest Report Highlights
- The University directly and indirectly accounts for about 13,776 jobs in St. Joseph County, and is the largest employer.
- Research spending at Notre Dame grew to $202.2 million in fiscal year 2016. Between fiscal year 2006 and 2016, research has grown 157.6%.
- Visitors and students’ off-campus spending directly and indirectly accounted for $326.8 million in economic output supporting 4,020 jobs.
- Notre Dame spent more than $132.4 million locally in fiscal year 2016 with 958 full-time employees in St. Joseph County and an additional 239 full-time jobs elsewhere in Indiana.