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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of partying at Notre Dame, but you definitely do not have to take part it in. And you definitely do not feel left out or anything if you are not a partyer. I found a huge group of friends that do not party and we find fun stuff to do on the weekends other than party.

2 College Freshman

Academics: My biology major was terrible. It was so much work and so time consuming. As a college freshman! I don't even know exactly what I want to do with my life yet.

5 College Freshman

Academics: During orientation weekend, they told us that they would make sure we fail. They were telling this to a group of students who have never earned anything but an A their entire lives in school. We were all thinking that they were crazy. Well they were not. They did make us fail. A lot.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I do not like to walk around alone at night. I think Notre Dame could use some more lights around campus for at night.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms can be small and they are single-sex, but there is a phenomenal sense of community.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The taxis will come to your specific dorm, and the bus to the mall picks you up at the library. The buses are free with your ND ID.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of off-campus options. Some are pricy, but really nice and close to campus. There are cheaper options that are close to campus as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The wireless is usually pretty good. It can be slow at prime times when most people are using the internet, but overall it is pretty fast. There are numerous computers labs, but have your own computer just to be safe.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life. Our dorms serve as pseudo sororities and fraternities.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Getting a parking permit is somewhat expensive, but that is used to deter you from having a car on campus. The parking lots aren't close to most the dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls have good and bad days. They are especially good on game days, which can be expected because there are so many people on campus. Au Bon Pain is the best alternative to when the dining hall has a less than desirable menu.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are tons of majors, so you can definitely find one that suits you. The Career Center as well as your advisors and counselors in your major can help you find internships or research opportunities.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: South Bend has some troubled areas. The bus is free to students and you can pick one up at the library that will take you to the mall. University Park Mall is pretty good, and there are other places nearby in Mishawaka. Many of the locals don't really like the Notre Dame students, but some still go to the sport events.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some really good places at Eddy Street. I wish there were a few more places nearby, but overall it's very diverse.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's the Midwest, so the weather is going to be temperamental. The winters can be really cold, so bring cold weather gear.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a ton of good looking guys (and good looking girls for the guys out there). Most ND girls dress nicely, but not too stuck-up or slutty. The St. Mary's girls can throw off the guy-girl interaction, because many of them just want to party and try too hard to get the guys attention. There are some guys who want a "domer" relationship, but there are many who just want to hookup.

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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.


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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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