The Impact of ND TRiO Programs

As an institution of higher learning and research, the University of Notre Dame is equally dedicated to improving K–12 education in South Bend.

According to 2010 U.S. Census data, 78.8% of South Bend residents over the age of 25 do not possess a college degree—placing our community well behind the national average of 28.2% for postsecondary educational attainment. 

In order to assure South Bend’s competitiveness in the 21st century global economy, community partners must work together to attract the best jobs and fastest-growing industries by developing and promoting a highly educated and highly skilled workforce. Increasing college graduation rates is a critical strategy in developing such a workforce, and is the overriding focus of the University of Notre Dame’s TRiO Programs.

TRiO Programs are investments in our community that boost every student’s chance to succeed in school, work and life.


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