The University of Notre Dame du Lac, known simply as Notre Dame (/ ˌ n oʊ t ər ˈ d eɪ m / NOH-tər-DAYM) or ND is a private Catholic research university in Notre Dame, Indiana, outside the city of South Bend. French priest Edward Sorin founded the school in 1842.
Notre Dame of Maryland University's mascot is the "Gator." A redesigned "Gator" logo for the University and its athletic teams was unveiled in May 2010. In May 2009, Notre Dame student-athletes achieved 20 semesters in a row with a cumulative grade point average of above 3.0.