Zahm House
EST 1937
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Zahm from North Quad
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We are Zahm House!

Welcome to the One and Only

Established in 1937, Zahm House is Notre Dame's twelfth oldest (n.b., twelve is a symbol of perfection and completion) and most prominent residence hall. The House's name honors Fr. John Augustine Zahm, C.S.C. (1851-1921), an influential administrator, author, explorer, and scientist, who helped to boost Notre Dame's academic caliber in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Zahm House is a constitutive yet distinctive Notre Dame residence hall that is both a House of formation and a House of brothers. It aims to embody the mission, identity, and ethos of the University, which is animated and guided by the charism and mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who founded and sponsors Notre Dame. As such, Zahm plays a significant role in the EDUCATION IN FAITH of its residents, which requires the development of the MIND, the cultivation of the HEART, the enkindling of a ZEAL for service, the encouragement of HOPE in the cross, and the uniting with others as FAMILY.

Zahm House is well known for its inclusive, welcoming, hospitable, and tight-knit brotherhood that is committed to faith, academic excellence, service, and charity. Zahmbies don't take themselves too seriously and enjoy an identity, traditions, and a spirit that are inimitable. For their part, the staff helps to create the conditions for the possibility of all to thrive, which includes first and foremost cura personalis: "care for the entire person."

In the 2012-2013 Hall Life Survey, Zahmbies rated their House extremely high. 98% of men deemed the sense of community and the quality of liturgical and spiritual life as either excellent or good. 97% rated the overall quality of life and respect for diversity in the House as excellent or good, as well.

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