South Bend, IN
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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Just be yourself. You can't lie your way into ND and expect to be the right fit for the campus. The admissions staff has the best interest of not only the school but you in mind. If you're better for BC, for example, you won't get in, which might crush your short run dreams but be better than having a terrible time academically at ND for a year then transferring down to Boston

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everyone says they're school is the best in the world, but all those people didn't get to experience the complexity and idiosyncrasies that make Notre Dame not a school but a home for life.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Notre Dame was the best school I applied to and I got the best package of aid and scholarships here as opposed to any of the other big-name Catholic schools

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's the straight, white, Catholic, Republican DisneyLand. With that said, diversity is keenly stressed throughout the school and, to be honest, no one cares if you're anything different since in the end, you're all Domers

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Eddy St is fantastic with a Chipotle, Five Guys, etc. It is sometimes difficult to get to a non-bar off-campus restaurant but when your roommate's family is in town, a Ruth's Chris steak is phenomenal

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's South Bend. You aren't moving here, but you enjoy it while it lasts. Plus it's super easy to get to Chicago, if avoiding bullets is a thing you're into

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys are really in shape, good looking Irish/ Other White Catholics for the most part. Girls are a disparity between real nice and moderately stuck up, from good girls to smokeshow. There's a real diversity in the girls as much as overall success in the guys

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pick a company. Show them your degree and your ND pedigree and you will be negotiating for a contract right there. ND has a massive alumni network that LOVES to hire ND kids.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: All I can say is that you do not choose ND. If you are supposed to be here, you will feel it in your gut when you hear the Victory March, you will smile when you say "I go to Notre Dame and you won't be totally disappointed when we don't win in football, because you know there's always next year.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: It is like going to school at Hogwarts with the architecture and the plethora of spaces to study that come out of the woodwork. The Hesburgh Library is massive: 14 floors and a basement with 13 of them for use by students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Parietals. The dreaded word at ND. You can have your booze, you can try to hide your drugs, but if your girlfriend comes aver past 2 on a weekend or 12 on a weekday, you're in trouble. With that said, it is a perfect excuse to clear your room so you can sleep

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's pretty tough. You have to pay attention to the syllabus and make sure your ass is in the seat during the lectures, since the professors are unreal.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Almost 1/3 of the class are in the business school, because it is the best and the best curriculum. You have a good amount of premed and alike too.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: If there's a sport, there is a 99.5% chance that we not only have facilities for it, but also an intramural league to play it

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: NDSP starts from day one to prevent incidents through education. Even though the classes suck, they are still better than the shit the victim would have to go through

5 College Sophomore

Majors: It's the best major at the best Business School in the country. What's not to love?

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Because I attend ND, I'm making $10 Grand this summer at a Billion Dollar company. They're hard to snag, especially for rising sophomores, but they are there for the picking

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have never been inside anywhere with as much fraternity as a men's dorm at ND. The girls basically live in a nunnery, but they are more than welcome in the guys dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of vendors to choose from and they will find you a place if you want one

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: To be honest, you wouldn't expect South Bend to be as bar heavy as it is; so, you never really have to go to the same bar every night unless you want to. Three Quarters of the school will go to Feve on at least one Thursday and the place gets live.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: With the grant I received, Notre Dame was a better deal than most of the public schools I applied to. Very good financial aid.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: You get what you paid for.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's the best. Love thee ND.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You won't find anything like this at any other school.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I come from a suburban middle-class family and fall right into the category of "not receiving aid" even though I have two sisters in college and a younger brother who will enter college shortly. I wish ND could have helped my parents more.

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"Wonderful," "amazing," "special," "family"-these are the most common words that students use to describe their times at Notre Dame. The University has a unique atmosphere that is embraced by many; the campus is basically self-contained, the dorms are all very close-knit, and there are truly strong connections between students. While the weather may test your survival skills and the administration may try your patience, the Notre Dame experience is unlike any other you'll ever have. The school's tradition and history create an environment where you'll feel welcomed the moment you step foot on campus.

Notre Dame is not an easy school, and it's important to remember that academics are huge. Above all else, you need to be willing to study and focus, or you're not going to make it through the University's workload. Students here are universally dedicated to their studies, and campus life reflects it. This is not a party school. Students may find themselves frustrated by the value system or the lack of outside activities. The best recommendation for Notre Dame is to visit and check out campus life firsthand. Often, the atmosphere alone is enough to sway your feelings one way or the other.

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