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Mendoza College of Business

University of Notre Dame
Mendoza College of Business
TypePrivate business school
Established1921; 103 years ago (1921)
Parent institution
University of Notre Dame
Religious affiliation
Catholic (Congregation of Holy Cross)
DeanMartijn Cremers
Academic staff
131 (2018)
Students2,325 (2018)
Undergraduates1,700 (2018)
Postgraduates625 (2018)
Location, ,
United States

41°41′49.23″N 86°14′8.77″W / 41.6970083°N 86.2357694°W / 41.6970083; -86.2357694

The Mendoza College of Business is the business school at the University of Notre Dame, a private university in Notre Dame, Indiana. Founded in 1921, it offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. It is ranked among the top 30 business schools in the United States for graduate and MBA programs by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report. Apart from its main campus, it also offers an executive MBA, master’s in finance, and master’s in business analytics in Chicago. It has a network of over 40,000 undergraduate and graduate alumni. The school was renamed in 2000 following a donation to the school by Tom Mendoza.


Business and commerce classes had been taught at Notre Dame since its foundation, and already in 1853 there was a Mercantile Department. The teaching of business was yet fragmented for many years, with the Department disappearing from 1856 to 1860, and then being reformulated as a Two-year Commercial Course in 1863. This course taught Book-keeping, Penmanship, Arithmetic, Algebra, English Grammar and Composition, Elocution, Geography, History, German, Business Practice, and Commercial Law and was stable for several years. In 1905, it was renamed Commercial School and it became a one-year program. In 1910 meanwhile, the program was inserted into the preparatory school curriculum and became a for year course. Meanwhile, in 1913, a proper Department of Commerce was established within the College of Arts and Letters. This included several courses on secretarial and business work but also training for managerial and executive positions. The main program offered was a four-year Bachelor of Philosophy in Commerce, with classes in accounting for four semesters, with additional classes in money, credit and banking, public finance, economic development in the United States, railway transportation, industrial organization and combination, insurance, and Business Law. Additional coursework included several foreign languages, economics, philosophy, politics, labor problem, American government, and elocution.[1] In 1917, Notre Dame became the first university to launch a four-year course in Foreign Commerce.[2]

The real beginning of the school was on 20 April 1921, when the department was removed from the College of Arts and Letters and became the separate College of Commerce. The first dean of the college was John Francis O'Hara (who later became the president of the University and a Cardinal). O'Hara (who himself had spearheaded the new Foreign Commerce) was inspired by his knowledge of business. He had studied at Wharton and of the history and culture Latin America (where he had lived following his ambassador father). He hoped to place Notre Dame and its graduates in the burgeoning trade and growing economic power between North and South America. In 1921, the college had about 400 students and 13 faculty. Under O'Hara's diligent leadership, the school soon offered 85 classes in 5 departments (accounting, marketing, transportation, finance, foreign trade) and his efforts, together with a societal trend towards valuing business education to obtain a job, made the College tie the College of Arts and Letters as the most numerous already in 1922, with over 500 students. Despite the criticism that the college's education was becoming too commercialized and vocational, O'Hara still maintained a liberal arts theme in the business courses and retained language, philosophy, political science, and history classes. O'Hara'ambitious goals (which included a graduate school and major program in foreign commerce) were cut short by lack of funding.[3]

In 1924, James E. McCarthy succeeded O'Hara as Dean, a post he would keep till in 1955. McCarthy, who was born in Holyoke in 1896 and graduated from Columbia in 1916, was an outspoken advocate of free trade and was well acquainted with many of the nation's leading businessmen and CEOs. During his tenure, the College rose greatly in prominence and visibility, hugely increased its number and quality of courses, and became the University's largest academic division increasing from 500 to 1500 students.[4] In 1933, Chicago businessman Edward N. Hurley donated $200,000 for a new building for the college, which was named Hurley Hall.[5] O'Hara had been pursuing Hurley for such donation since 1919, but the financial situation of the country had not permitted it. Hurley was a successful businessman, founder of the Hurley Machine Company, and chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Shipping Board. He had been the honorary Dean of the College since its founding and had received the Laetare Medal in 1926.[6]

In 1954, the school opened it first masters program, tailored to men and women from religious orders. The masters evolved to become the Masters is Nonprofit Administration. In 1962, the school's name changed to become the College of Business Administration and was also accredited by the AACSB. In 1967, the school started its MBS program, with a class of 50 men from 17 states and 3 foreign countries; 1970 saw the enrollment of the first women in the program. The Hayes-Healy building opens in 1968, thanks to a gift from Ramon Hayes-Healy, offering more space for the growing college. [7]

In 1999, the new and current building is completed. Located just southwest of the Notre Dame Stadium, it was designed following a nautical motif and nicknamed "the ship of commerce". In March 2000, the College of Business received a naming gift from NetApp, Inc. executives, Tom and Kathy Mendoza. In 2006, Notre Dame bought the Santa Fe building in Chicago, and relocated Executive MBA, MS in Finance, and MS in Business Analytics programs. In 2007, the College is one of the first signatories of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). In 2010, Mendoza was ranked as No. 1 for undergraduate business by Bloomberg Businessweek, the first of five consecutive years. In 2013, the Stayer Center for Executive Education was built with a gift from Ralph Stayer, a '65 graduate.[7]

Rankings and reputation

Business Rankings
Bloomberg (2024)[8]34
U.S. News & World Report (2024)[9]26
Global MBA
QS (2024)[10]89
Financial Times (2024)[11]58

In 2016, Mendoza's undergraduate business program was ranked No. 2 by Bloomberg Businessweek. Mendoza's undergraduate business program was ranked No. 9 in the U.S. by U.S. News in 2016. In the 2017 edition, Mendoza no longer appears among the top 10.[12] However, in 2017, Poets and Quants ranked Mendoza's undergraduate business program at No. 4 nationally.[13]

Rankings for Mendoza's MBA program among U.S. MBA programs include No. 22 by Forbes, #34 in 2023 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and No. 31 by U.S. News & World Report. In global rankings, the Mendoza MBA was ranked No. 40 by The Economist and No. 80 by Financial Times. Its Executive MBA program was ranked No. 15 by Bloomberg Businessweek.[8] College Atlas and The Economist rank the Mendoza MBA 2nd among business schools in Indiana.[14][15]

For 2011, the Aspen Institute, which ranks institutions on how well schools incorporate issues concerning social and environmental stewardship into the curriculum, ranked Mendoza #4 worldwide.[16]

Poets & Quants reveals a placement rate of 93% after 3 months for the Undergraduate school, as well as an average starting salary of roughly $72,000.[17]


MBA program

The admissions rate for the 2014 was 35%. Applicants are required to take the GMAT exam. Of the admitted applicants, the median score was 687 and the middle 80% of scores ranged from 650 to 769.[18]

Undergraduate program

After completing the university's First Year of Studies program, Notre Dame business majors enter the Mendoza College in their second year. Starting in 2015, high school applicants will have to apply directly and be "pre-approved" for admission into Mendoza after their first year of studies.[19]

Executive education

Stayer Center for Executive Education offers degree programs and non-degree programs for full-time working professionals. In addition to the programs offered at the Notre Dame campus in South Bend and the campus in Chicago, Illinois, there is also a program that takes place in Ireland.[20]


The Mendoza College of Business main building, located on DeBartolo Quad, was built in 1996 and designed by Ellerbe Becket. Its 196,986 square feet of space includes the 300-seat Jordan Auditorium, classrooms, offices, administration, and digital spaces. The Potenziani Family Atrium features an original and refurbished NYSE trading post from 1929 that was in use until 1981. The Stayer Center for Executive Education, built between 2011 and 2013 and located immediately south of the main Mendoza building, hosts both the degree and non-degree programs aimed at the executive-level MBA students and corporate clients. It is built in collegiate architecture style and was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and features stained glass windows.[21]


  • Peter D. Easton, Academic Director, for the Center for Accounting Research and Education

See also


  1. ^ Moore, Philip (1960). "Academic Development of Notre Dame: 4". Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  2. ^ Kerry, Temple. O'Hara Heirs: Business Education at Notre Dame 1921-1991. Notre Dame, Indiana 46556: College of Business Administration. p. 6.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ Kerry, Temple. O'Hara Heirs: Business Education at Notre Dame 1921-1991. Notre Dame, Indiana 46556: College of Business Administration. p. 16.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ Kerry, Temple. O'Hara Heirs: Business Education at Notre Dame 1921-1991. Notre Dame, Indiana 46556: College of Business Administration. p. 12.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location (link)
  5. ^ "September 2002". Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  6. ^ Kerry, Temple. O'Hara Heirs: Business Education at Notre Dame 1921-1991. Notre Dame, Indiana 46556: College of Business Administration. p. 12.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location (link)
  7. ^ a b "Grow the Good in Business: The Century Mark - Notre Dame Business Mendoza College of Business". Mendoza College of Business. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Best B-Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek.
  9. ^ "2023 Best Business Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report.
  10. ^ "QS Global MBA Rankings 2023". Quacquarelli Symonds.
  11. ^ "Global MBA Ranking 2023". Financial Times.
  12. ^ "Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2017". U.S. News & World Report.
  13. ^ Allen, Nathan (5 December 2017). "Wharton Tops Poets&Quants' Best Undergraduate Business Programs Of 2017". Poets&Quants for Undergrads.
  14. ^ "Best Business Schools in Indiana". CollegeAtlas.
  15. ^ "Mendoza MBA Worldwide ranking". The Economist.
  16. ^ "Rankings: Top Ten Lists". The Aspen Institute. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  17. ^ "Mendoza Information". Poets and Quants.
  18. ^ "University of Notre Dame: Mendoza College of Business - Full-Time MBA Profile". Businessweek. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  19. ^ "Notre Dame to Adjust Admission Practices for Prospective Business Undergraduates // News // Enrollment Division // University of Notre Dame".
  20. ^ "Executive Education - Notre Dame Business". Mendoza College of Business.
  21. ^ Magazine, Traditional Building. "Robert A.M. Stern's Stayer Center at Notre Dame". Traditional Building. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
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