Location
South Bend, IN
Undergrads
8,462
Tuition
$42,971
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Weather: Local weather rarely affects campus experience. Weather is typically good, not at any extreme (hot, cold, wet, etc.). All four seasons are distinct.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Process of getting into the program was smooth and guided by my advisor. Difficulty only lied in selecting program from the choices available. Freshman students not required to apply to a specific college or program right away. Criteria for admission would be hard work and well-roundedness. Be sure to vary your activities in school (music, student government, clubs, sports, etc.). Do your best in classes but challenge yourself and be involved.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I am now declared as a psychology major with a supplementary pre-health major. This program allows me to explore my interests in the liberal arts while getting the education i need to gain entry into med school. Workload is high but worth it, curriculum is appropriate for program and challenging, facilities are top-notch. I am currently loving my program but would not have difficulty switching it for one of the other amazing opportunities offered with the help of my advisor.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is great though some buildings are older/smaller than others. Rooms not overly spacious but there is plenty of room. Strict rules regarding the opposite sex (single sex dorms with parietals) but resident community is friendly and welcoming. Buildings are clean and amenities are high-quality. Some dorms farther from class than others but typical travel time to class is under thirty minutes. Housing process and lottery system is fair and generally easy to navigate.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of local options available. Diverse, high-quality, some convenient some not, good pricing.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: As a Native American, I do have a slightly easier time finding/receiving scholarships. The financial aid process went smoothly and any help I needed was readily available. Financial primarily need based not merit based.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics here are top notch. Professors are all well-versed in their topics and know how to teach them to students to maximize learning. Curriculum fulfills all requirements for graduate schools and professions; many interesting and different topics offered. Study abroad is available for many countries and is popular with students. Workload typical of any good university and is appropriate for quality learning.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Great shopping and activity options off campus. Lots of things to do on-campus, including sports, which often bring in area citizens. Local attitude toward students is generally positive.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is low and on-campus police/security make campus feel safe and secure. Generally feel safe walking across campus except when very late due to natural apprehension. Health services of high quality but medical doctors are not typically available during the weekend which is when students are most likely to be injured seriously; nurses available at this time.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: transportation includes public bus which runs to various locations in the city and taxis. Bus has convenient and frequent pick-up times. Taxis only available by phone call; price typical. Bus transportation to airports for breaks and vacation very convenient, many pick-up times and good price for distance.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Mostly on-campus or off-campus parties with a small club/bar scene which is mostly upperclassmen. Transportation by cab or carpool. Underage nightlife typical of any university.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics here are great! There are a wide variety variety of sports including football, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, etc. The athletes perform very well and school spirit and fan support are high. Game day, especially for football, is always crazy and super fun.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Internet access anywhere on campus, and good tech support.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is HUGE here, sometimes to the detriment of the values of the school. I like the gyms a lot.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love South Bend! Locals are very nice, except for a select few. People always complain about the weather, but if you like variety in weather South Bend keeps things exciting.

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1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Actually, Notre Dame doesn't have any Greek Life.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I like Eddy Street Commons a lot. They have several nice sit down restaurants, a couple bars, and some chain places like Chipotle and 5 Guys.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Until you can drink legally, off campus bars are pretty much off limits. They are pretty strict about IDs.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Lots of cab usage. The public transportation system isn't great.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pricey the closer you are to campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is sometimes a problem on campus, but I think it has been slowly improving. Clubs like PRISM and the 4 to 5 movement have made the campus generally accepting of LGBTQ individuals. Racial and ethnic diversity is perhaps more of a struggle for some.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I definitely don't have all the aid I need. I'm going into a lot of debt to attend Notre Dame.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is highly prevalent, but drugs are not. You occasionally hear rumors about drug usage, but generally it is not visible in social settings. The administration is more strict on drugs than alcohol, so people are much more discrete if they do drugs.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a great diversity on this campus as there should be everywhere.

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am just starting the scholarship process.

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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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