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

Guys & Girls: There isn't too much diversity in this area, because there is not a lot of racial or socioeconomic diversity at present. But everyone is extremely warm and welcoming, and will always be nice and friendly.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The pressure to use drugs is nonexistent, and there is a no-tolerance policy in place which is largely followed by the student body (no hard liquor or drugs of any kind are permitted)

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus options are great. There are really good options about five minutes from campus, and Mishawaka offers a lot of great places as well. There is something for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school gives no merit scholarships, and grants are scarce. I did not receive a very good financial aid package, and I did not accept anything that was offered to me. However, the financial aid office ladies are very knowledgeable and helpful.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Notre Dame is 80% Catholic, so there is not much religious diversity. There also is no real racial or socioeconomic diversity. That being said, everyone is very tolerant of different people.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining hall food is okay, not the greatest thing but edible. The menu is varied, which is nice. The best part of the meal plan is the flex points, which can be used at several good food places, including Subway and Au Bon Pain. There are also great cafes on campus that accept the flex points.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is great. Every student who wants a spot can get, and permits are fairly inexpensive. Parking is very close to campus and very accessible.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Great health center within walking distance of anywhere on campus. Very professional, and informative staff.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Two big dining halls, with a lot of food options. There are also several well known fast food plaes in the student center.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is a mall close by and a shopping center within walking distance

5 College Sophomore

Computers: WiFi is very fast. Everyone has their own computers. There is sometimes a line for printing, but overall very satisfactory.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Notre Dame's campus is beautifully kept. The buildings are new and there are plenty of places to study.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is amazing, and you have an incredible alumni database. Students here are dedicated and want to learn.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Notre Dame holds student to high standards.Underage drinking and drug use is not tolerated and is moderated by Res Life (Resident Life Authority). Also since there are separate girl and boy dorms there are parietals which limits the time the opposite sex is allow in the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining hall food is great! The only drawback is a lack of other eating options on campus. But you won't need those...

3 College Sophomore

Weather: So very cold! It snows most of the year. Classes are rarely canceled, but the grounds crew does a great job of keeping things clear. And it does make for some interesting fun the last three weeks of school when everyone comes out of hibernation!

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a bus service to get places during the day. At night, taxis are pretty much your only option unless you have a car. However, most people rarely leave campus, and those who do use the taxis.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a Chipotle, Hotbox, and Jamba Juice on nearby Eddy St., as well as a Brothers and a place called The Mark for more of a sit down experience (also some other places, those are just the ones I've visited.) However, if you have transportation into South Bend, you can find many other places to dine.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: This school is incredible for academics and is highly ranked among other colleges.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm life is one of the best things about Notre Dame. They become a sort of fraternity/sorority without the hazing or the exclusivity.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics at ND are pretty amazing. All of the students are smart and hardworking--- it's a geek's dream come true. But ND students aren't just a bunch of geeks. In fact, a lot of us are jocks, and have lots of other interests as well. Professors recognize our intelligence, and therefore demand a lot from us, but they give us a lot of support and will definitely get to know you if you approach them, no matter what the class size. The biggest size is probably about 450 students, but there are only a couple that are like that (intro to engineering, chem 101, etc). Class size doesn't matter much if you go to office hours. That being said, the average size is definitely higher than a tiny liberal arts school, though. Once you get your gen eds out of the way, classes can be pretty darn intimate. Last semester, as a second semester freshman trying to finish up gen eds, I had three classes of about 80 students, one with 40, one with 20, and one with 10. So it really varies. The professors are pretty awesome, too. Don't come to ND if you don't want to work hard, though. Career planning is also stressed a lot here.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is pretty bad. If you think you might have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which is where you need sunlight regularly to feel well, ND probably isn't the place for you. Campus is absolutely beautiful, but its natural setting is snowy for a vast majority of the school year. August, September, and most of October are okay, but after that, until April or even May, there is very often a lot of snow and precipitation, being so close to Lake Michigan. Students have often referred to campus as having a "perma-cloud." The walk to classes is never longer than 15-20 mins, though, and ND is a really awesome place regardless. The changing seasons are beautiful on campus! Plus, when it gets warm, everyone appreciates it that much more!

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The WiFi at ND is great. You can essentially get it everywhere except perhaps in the dead center of the large quads. It's fast, too. Computer labs are busy, but I've never had to wait for one, not even around finals. That being, said, most students have their own laptops and I do, too, so I don't have all that much experience with the labs. They definitely seem very functional, though. Printing last semester was 6 cents a page, but they give you an allowance of $80 each semester. Printers are all over on campus, you never have to look hard to find one. There's at least one in every dorm and multiple in all academic buildings and there are some in non-academic buildings, as well.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There's a pretty good spread of majors at Notre Dame, especially for a private school. I'm in the Mendoza College of Business, which has been repeatedly voted the best business school in the country. It's a great program and the professors are very knowledgeable and friendly. The business school especially provides a lot of support for beginning a career. The classes are a little boring, because business is just that way sometimes, but it's easy to like the people and enjoy your major. Business majors are generally less difficult than the very popular pre-med track and the not-so-popular engineering and architecture majors. They are still typically more useful (career-wise) than College of Arts and Letters majors, though.

4 College Junior

Majors: As a freshman, you either have an intended major or are undecided. I came in as a Biochemistry major and decided it was too stressful and switched to Biology before the first semester ended. All I had to do was schedule an appointment with my First Year advisor her, tell her my wish to switch, why, and signed a few documents. Then in the spring, Science and Engineering majors declare a major and so I signed something again to say I was a Biology major and that was that.

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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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