The University of Notre Dame is in South Bend, Indiana aka the middle of nowhere, but it’s one of the most well-known universities in the world. Although it’s a bit out in the boonies, it’s worth a visit, we’d suggest getting the full experience by going on a football game day weekend sometime in the fall!

Here are some things you might not have known about the University of Notre Dame:

Fun Facts about University of Notre Dame*The Golden Dome that sits on top of the Main Building is covered in 23.9-karat gold leaf. Students often find flakes of gold in the surrounding grass during a re-gilding, so I guess you could say gold is literally falling from the sky at Notre Dame!

*Students, under no circumstance, walk up the steps of the Main Building. The popular superstition is that you will not graduate if you do so. Therefore, it is a commencement tradition to take a picture on the stairs.

Fun Facts about Notre Dame* Two movies were filmed at Notre Dame: “Knute Rockne, All American” and “Rudy,” both of which are football-related. The 1993 film “Rudy” is known as an iconic sports film. It tells the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who overcame many obstacles to play for Notre Dame. In the final moments of the movie, Rudy finally gets to play and records a sack. Or did he? Many have examined this play closely and concluded that Rudy was lined up in the neutral zone and should have been flagged offside. The sack would not have counted.

* Notre Dame boasts seven Heisman trophy winners, the highest number in the whole country.

*Marshmallow Mayhem: Before the final home game of every season, the seniors sneak multiple bags of marshmallows into Notre Dame stadium. Throughout the game, they throw them at one another in the student section. Thousands and thousands of marshmallows fly through the air. The origin of this tradition is unknown.

* There are two notable marriage superstitions on the Notre Dame campus. If two people kiss under the Lyons Arch, it’s supposed to lead to marriage. The second is a figure-eight walk around both St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s lakes while holding hands.

* Since the beginning of the poll era in 1936, only one school has more championships than Notre Dame’s eight — Alabama. The Crimson Tide has 12. Notre Dame won recognized national championships in 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977 and 1988. The Fighting Irish are currently in their longest title drought ever.

* The University of Notre Dames’s colors, though now blue and gold, were originally blue and yellow—blue to represent truth and yellow to represent light.

* Before the curmudgeonly Fighting Irish mascot we know and love today, University of Notre Dame’s mascot was an Irish Terrier dog.

*Every residence hall at the University of Notre Dame has a chapel.


Do you know any other fun facts about the University of Notre Dame? Send them our way to [email protected]!

Also, if you’re planning to attend a game day in South Bend this fall, be sure to check out our Tailgater Guide: Notre Dame or our Notre Dame Tailgate Packages Page.

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