South Bend, IN
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Reviews 1081 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: This is definitely a hard major at Notre Dame. The workload can be rough sometimes, but there are great facilities and it's impressive to come out with a degree in Biological Sciences. If you can handle it, it is worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are usually really good. You learn a lot, but some exams can crush you. There are bad professors here and there, but overall, I have had excellent professors. You really learn a lot and there are numerous interesting classes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are parietals, which are set times when members of the opposite sex can't be in the single sex dorm rooms. There are also strict policies on drug use and semi-strict policies on alcohol consumption. Overall, it isn't too bad. Parietals can be rough sometimes (especially on the weekends) but otherwise it doesn't really interfere that much.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: I know exactly zero people who regret coming here. It is a special place. You will learn a lot and have a blast.

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4 College Student

Diversity: Notre Dame gets a worse rap than it deserves. I came in expecting a horde of rich white republicans. I have international friends, gay friends, liberal friends, and I don't know of any of them being given a hard time by anyone. I find the diversity here great.

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5 College Student

Campus Housing: A lot of housing depends on what dorm you're in. ND students typically stay in the same dorm as long as they live on campus. Some dorms are old, beautiful, but have small rooms. Others are new and have big rooms but are unappealing hunks. However, everyone I know loves their dorm and claims it's the best on campus. You build up a great bond with everyone in your dorm.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Eddy street has some solid options and South Bend has more as well. However, with Subway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Reckers (24 hour cafe/pizza/sandwiches), the dining halls, and other small cafes, eating off campus isn't a huge priority.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Many upperclassmen, seniors especially, elect to live off campus. However, dorm life is a central part of the Notre Dame experience, especially as an underclassman

5 College Student

Academics: Great faculty, great facilities, just got a new grant for a new building, arkies are great people

5 College Student

Academics: Great professors and learning-oriented community.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: If you don't make problems and are reasonable you won't have issues. Pretty fair in all regards.

3 College Student

Parking: depends on proximity of lot to dorm.cars not essential

5 College Student

Facilities: Gorgeous campus filled with great people

5 College Student

Facilities: Dorm life is unique and cool, SPECIAL PLACE

5 College Student

Computers: Great availability, access to printers/scanners too

5 College Student

Athletics: Notre Dame football is an experience like no other

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: No other school can match up to Notre Dame. You get a quality education and a unique experience that instantly makes you fall in love with the place. I would definitely choose to go here again if given the choice.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's great and convenient to live on campus. Dorms are nice and the cost is reasonable.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are a huge part of the Notre Dame campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe and comfortable anywhere on campus.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Great gyms on campus, beautiful lakes. Very green during the spring.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are great houses/apartments available to students that are al walking distance to campus.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life on campus.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are always available 24 hours and the network is very reliable anywhere on campus. A lot of free software is available to students and faculty.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's a very small town with not much going on except for the school.

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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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