Location
South Bend, IN
Undergrads
8,462
Tuition
$42,971
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1084 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Notre Dame has been notorious for its lack of diversity. Although students are generally accepting of those who are different, the lack of diversity among students makes it so many do not even attend the school. The Catholic identity (80% of students) and its Midwest location make for an attractive school for white, Catholics from middle class families. These students make up most of the population.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Because the school mainly attracts midwestern students--the food is pretty basic. There are a lot of corn-based meals with meat on the side. Finding light things is often difficult, as is variety of cultural foods. However, it gets you full and that's pretty much all you need. There is also a grab-and-go option from the dining hall where you can get food to go during the week, if you're in a hurry.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You have two options for off campus housing: you can pick the expensive, close, safe, nice houses or you can pick the cheap, old, houses that are in a not-great area and bad for campus. If you're on a budget, living off campus isn't tremendous but if you can afford it--it's great. Regardless, both are cheaper than paying full for living on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Notre Dame is all about sports--and not only varsity. Though we have some of the most famed football games in the country. Even more popular than intramural are the inter-hall sports in which dorms compete against each other for a final all-sports cup at the end of the year. We are also the only school besides the military academies to have tackle football as an inter-hall sport. Everyone really rallies behind our varsity teams and takes part in the inter-hall and intramural.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is rare that there are complaints about health and safety. In the last two years there have been a handful of sexual assaults and only one on-campus robbery/assault. However, they are very well pursued by campus police and are reacted to well.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are the main part of campus life. All dorms are single sex and in the absence of Greek life act as your fraternity/sorority. You remain a member of your dorm even after you move off campus (junior/senior year) and most people live on for their first 3 years. It is difficult to adjust to hall bathrooms and a lack of privacy--but it makes the brotherhood/sisterhood even stronger.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are amazing on campus. There are tons of little places to go study in addition to the library. The library isn't the best looking place, but it gets the job done and is to undergo major renovations in the coming years. The facilities range from old and historic, to cold war barrack-like, to new and clean. However, they all have a great look about them and the campus really blends together for a beautiful and unique look.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are nonexistent on campus--no matter what type. From marijuana to hard drugs, you see no use in public and hear of it very rarely. All first time drug offenses are punishable by suspension to expulsion.

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4 College Student

Campus Strictness: My school has several strict policies that are enforced by clubs such as National Honor Society and Beta Club. These policies help to guide students and prevent people from cheating their way through school and receiving honors that they do not deserve.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: The school campus offers lively activities for anyone willing to participate. From after school clubs such as band to early morning classes, living on the campus has several cons.

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4 College Student

Majors: I thoroughly enjoy the program at school. The advanced placement classes offer a great opportunity for students like myself to express themselves without having to wait for students that may not be as willing to do so.

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4 College Student

Majors: Although I haven't had an internship I am considering getting one in the near future. In my opinion hands on experience at a job while under the guidance of experienced individuals is the best way of combining fun and learning. Tutoring after school especially in math has been one of the few ways that I have contributed my time to others.

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4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: My city offers a splendid view of something that is hard to find in today's world-natural life. Once can stroll the woods with friends or by oneself while enjoying looking at the animals along the way. The city's climate makes it suitable for almost all sports except for the sports that require extreme weather. The community is average. Most people tend to mind their own affairs and let others tend to theirs.

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3 College Student

Transportation: Reaching school is fairly accessible for everyone. School buses, public transportation, and carpooling are economically suitable. The distance to school is short. The average time spent en route is approximately 10 minutes.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: The career center is good at hooking students up with promising internships

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities at Notre Dame are excellent for students

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys here are among the best to be offered at any university campus.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus is beautiful and the facilities are up to date and available for undergrads

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Weather: When it isn't snowing, there are like 3 nice weeks until the mosquitos arrive. Fall is beautiful, but the humidity is oppressive.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Academics: Great professors, but they all tend to be Catholic and conservative. Very kind, but not much engaging discussion with alternative views.

7 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Diversity: If you aren't white, religious, heterosexual, slim, and wealthy, you're going to be an outsider here. There is not only very little diversity, but there is rampant elitism, classism, homophobia, and racism. It's pretty sad.

16 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: I love philosophy, but there are some professors with "strange teaching." The psychology field is pretty bad, though.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: Notre Dame will help you succeed. They want you to get internships, research experience, and/or experience outside the classroom.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus police will enforce rules to keep the whole community safe.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Transportation: As someone who has lived in NYC, Arizona, and LA, I think I can give a more objective review than most students here. Transportation, in general, sucks. Students get free bus passes, but the buses are never on time, only make a few direct stops, do not have electronic signs to inform you when they are coming or delays (well, what do you expect?), and run every hour or so. Extremely inefficient and backwards (obviously there are no subways or anything like that). Other than that, there is only Eddy St. within walking distance. You can take the taxis, but obviously it gets expensive for a college student after a while. If you're the type of person who likes to get off-campus sometimes to get away from the bubble, it might be a good idea to befriend someone with a car or bring your own.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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