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 impact on the world beyond South Bend. This website is dedicated to the University’s contribution to the ongoing development of the local economy and also how a growing partnership with this community benefits the University as well.
Growth in jobs, spending, and other economic indicators show a vibrant university, and a willing and supportive surrounding community.
annual economic impact in St. Joseph County
The University directly and indirectly accounts for about 14,601 jobs in St. Joseph County, and is the largest employer.
Visitors and students’ off-campus spending directly and indirectly accounted for $331.4 million in economic output supporting 4,271 jobs.
Research spending at Notre Dame grew to $191 million in 2015. Between fiscal year 2011 and 2015, research has grown 42.1%.
Notre Dame spent more than $155.2 million in fiscal year 2015 with 1k jobs, accounting for 166 full-time employees in St. Joe County and an additional 460 full-time jobs elsewhere in Indiana.