Sorin Society


Sorin Society Impact Report 2020-2021

Catholic mission. An unsurpassed undergraduate education. Financial aid.

The vision of Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., to create a university that would be one of the most powerful means of doing good in the world, is rooted in these principles. In 2020-2021, members of the Sorin Society continued to ensure that students receive the distinct educational experience that only Notre Dame can offer.

This past academic year, Sorin Society members directly provided the resources necessary for University leadership to not only make in-person education possible, but one of the most formative on-campus experiences in the country.

In planning for the return to campus, Notre Dame’s top priority remained fulfilling the promise to meet the full demonstrated need of students and our need-blind admissions policy. Always a top priority, 90% of Sorin Society funds were directed to financial aid this year, allowing the University to offer more students financial aid packages. Funds were also devoted to meeting the increased need of those students whose economic circumstances changed because of the pandemic.

On behalf of all our students whose Notre Dame dream was realized because of the generosity of the Sorin Society community, thank you! Notre Dame is a unique university, evidenced not only by the care and impact displayed by our Sorin Society members, but also by how our school shapes students to become future leaders who are forces for good in the world.


The number of students who received a $10,000 scholarship from Sorin Society funding

$20.8 Million

Total impact in dollars raised by Sorin Society members in the 2020-2021 academic year


Sorin Society funds that were used to meet the most pressing operational needs of the University

Colton Kammes '23

Being at Notre Dame has been invaluable to me. I have found where I belong like never before, and it has allowed me to thrive. I share academic challenges with my classmates in Computer Engineering, a community within Carroll Hall which is always incredible to come home to after a long day, and friendships in the band, which has helped me grow so much as a person. Without your generosity, I would never have gotten the opportunity to become the person I am today, and I am truly grateful."

Making Notre Dame a Reality

With increased need from families of current students and one of the largest undergraduate enrollments in a given academic year, Sorin Society funds were more critical than ever. We only expect a growing need as 20% of the incoming Class of 2025 is eligible to receive full financial aid!

An Experience Unlike Any Other

Over $2 million of Sorin Society funds, or about 10% of total funding, was used to provide the full Notre Dame experience to our students. For mind, body, and soul, Sorin Society funds made various events and activities possible—from campus ministry retreats to residential experiences.

The Gift of Notre Dame

The Sorin Society provided approximately 12% of the $173 million awarded in need-based financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year. Only through the generosity of our Sorin Society members was the University able to offer financial aid to our increasing number of students, with 70% of students receiving some sort of financial aid.

Katie Rose '09 and Tim Flannery '08

As two first generation Domers, we will forever feel blessed to have found each other and a home away from home at Notre Dame. We are very fortunate to be able to give back through the Sorin Society and to help current and future students create their own Notre Dame experience. We love being able to get back to campus and really appreciate and enjoy the Sorin Society experiences that have helped us indoctrinate our young children as Irish fans!"