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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Once you leave the campus, there is really not much to do. There is a large mall nearby but other than that, there is not much in South Bend and the surrounding cities.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics here are truly top notch and I really feel like I'm getting the best education in the country. The classes are very difficult but with hard work it is not impossible to still get good grades. The workload is definitely heavy but manageable.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors here are truly great and I have yet to have a professor that is not fully engaged in the material and willing to help their students. The curriculum is difficult but between the professors, other students, and studying on your own, there is no reason why you would not be able to succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is obviously a huge part of student life here but not many other sports are recognized as a result.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I'm a vegetarian and find myself eating the same things over and over. The food overall is not bad but there is not much variety.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I personally did not receive hardly any financial aid and the process was a bit of a headache to keep submitting forms but the department of financial aid was pretty helpful through the whole process overall.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Being a Catholic university, many characteristics seem to be almost homogenous and the student body is not very diverse overall.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few good restaurants within walking distance but being a vegetarian, there is not an abundance of options.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The lack of greek life is very different from most other universities but the strength of the connection made within dorms makes up for this, with each dorm acting as its own fraternity or sorority. The dorms themselves are mostly very old and not very spacious but are kept up very well and are very clean.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus because of the services offered like Safe Walk at night and the blue light system, but there have still been incidents of residents of the city coming onto the campus and causing problems or occasionally sexual assaults but not a large amount at all. I still feel safe walking around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I know of people who have had on campus internships during the year and have really enjoyed it. You can usually choose to do it either for pay or credit so it is good that you have that choice. I plan on getting an internship next year in science, hopefully Biology.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: My major is fairly new so there are still some kinks that are being worked out so it takes a bit of work going back and forth to advisors to get everything worked out but I think that the program overall is worth it because it is so unique and will be very attractive to employers later.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no greek like at the University of Notre Dame

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a variety of off campus housing available but in order to get something that is halfway decent and close to campus is very expensive.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: There are about three options that are walking distance from campus. The rest are in or around downtown South Bend and you generally need to take a cab to get to. Personally I haven't had a very active nightlife, architecture projects usually take away most weekends and when we do have some free time we usually spend it with friends in a more relaxing environment.

College Senior

Greek Life: There is no greek life, but this only leads to a strong sense of community within our dorms. One that we aren't tested or hazed in order to get into.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I'll begin by saying that the people I have met are some of the smartest and hardworking people I have met. However since one becomes really comfortable within our college community student looks seem to decline as winter arrives. You will begin seeing lots of students attend classes in their sweats and tshirt and sweater. I personally don't feel comfortable dressing like that, but to each his own. As far as interests and relationships, I have found that within my groups of friends they all have different interests weather it be in athletics, arts, academics, politics, etc. The things that have started and held the circles I am in were dorm life and my major, for some time during freshman year it was when I was in rowing club.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Personally I didn't particularly like the physical condition of my dorm, Fisher Hall. The dorm had extremely small rooms, and low ceilings. When I visited friends' dorms I noticed a big difference, even though other dorms were also a bit old they were a bit more accommodating.

However, the social atmosphere was great, you really find a strong community within Fisher Hall because it is small and because of the events we host.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Since I am attending Notre Dame and I am from Texas i knew to expect large total estimated cost of attendance. The university website estimates this at $62,461 for the '14-'15 school year. Although the school offers me large sum of aid, my mother and I always end up paying a few thousand a year, plus transportations(flights), plus any shipping or storage since I can't take everything with me during the summer and other living expenses, which in all adds up to a not so small sum. Although I have worked on campus, work study isn't a huge help.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Notre Dame is an isolated campus, meaning everything that is related to our academics is on our campus, if we want to go out we must leave campus by car or cab since campus is a bit far from downtown South Bend or any shopping centers.

There is however a move to revitalize the city of South Bend but it is endeavor that is highly unlike to take place soon. It required both contractors, architects, urbanists, business owners, and the populations to make the city a better place for both permanent residents and the students of Notre Dame, St. Mary's, Holly Cross, Indiana University South Bend, etc.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: When it comes to academics Notre Dame is very strict. Upon admittance your are introduced to the honor code and your are expected to follow it. We are expected to be in an environment where professors should be able to leave the room during an exam without any cheating occurring. If any does take place students are responsible for reporting it, we are held accountable for making sure that we all have the same chances, opportunities and fairness.

When it comes to social life Notre Dame does give us some freedom. First of all there is no greek life but that usually leads to a sense of brotherhood within all the dorms, one in which you don't have to be tested or hazed to get in to. There is no co-ed housing and we do have parietals. During the weekends we are allowed to have parties in the dorms as long as the host takes full responsibility for making sure guests don't get out of control and aren't put in danger. Alcohol is allowed, well beer is allowed for those who are of legal age. Liquor is not allowed at all, if someone is caught with liquor they will be fined.

As I said Notre Dame does gives us some freedom, however I think as college students we feel the need to party and get crazy sometimes. Therefore, I believe that in order to keep the academic standing and the values we have as people, they are right in restricting our social lives a bit.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Freshman year my largest classes were around 60 students and those were general topic courses - physics, calculus, etc. but as we began declaring our majors they became smaller. No my entire architecture class consists of 28 people and about 85% of the classes we take are just for us, with the exception of 5-10 graduate students. Other classes outside my major are also small such as philosophy, history, theology, these consist of somewhere around 15-20 students.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The Notre Dame network is fantastic; not only do your professors and other faculty help students in attaining a job, but so do the Notre Dame clubs in our hometowns. The ND club of San Antonio had a going away party before I headed off to my freshman year, where I made some new friends who were willing to help with their knowledge and experiences. Now as I approach graduation I will be assisted by the Career fair the School of Architecture holds every year but also by professors, who have connections throughout the US and occasionally internationally, who are more than happy to help students receive a scholarship or job.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Most crimes occur in parking lots or on the way to campus.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Immense amount of school spirit. GO IRISH!!!


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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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