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

Guys & Girls: Girls could be better... but what do you expect at an academic institution? This isn't some state school...

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Anything you could possibly want, whenever you want it.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: ND wants you to go to medical school and will do whatever it takes to get you there.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: ND is the ultimate challenge of who you are as a complete person. You will be forced to define yourself academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally while you spend your time at Notre Dame.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls offers lots of differant cuisines, with a differant menu every night. Still, after eating at the dining hall every day, it can get a little dull. There's also a handful of fast food, small cafés, and Legends (sports bar/nightclub).

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is friendly and generally good-looking, but more so guys than girls. Some people think that the single-sex dorms and parietals make things awkward, but I don't see it.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of chain resteraunts, but there are some nice local options too. Not a lot of places near campus, so you'll need a car if you want something besides Chipotle or 5 Guys.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are great, with lots of activities to make hallmates bond. From hall sports to dorm Masses and signature events (Keenan Revue, Fisher Regatta, etc.), dorms are your home away from home.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Hall staff usually aren't too strict--male dorms throw parties and drinking is widely overlooked. My biggest complaint is about parietals--it's a prime example of how the administration sometimes treats students like children.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: While ND has taken steps to increase ethnic diversity on campus, the school is still very much mostly white, upper/middle class, and Christian (specifically Catholic). That being said, my roommate of 2 years is African American, and he seems happy here. There are many cultural productions, such as Asian Allure and Latin Expressions, that help to share different cultures that students might not normally experience.

Campus isn't very political, unless you count the occasional Viewpoint (newspaper opinion section) Wars that occasionally ignite. 80% of students are Catholic, but there is no pressure whatsoever to participate in religious life if you do not want to.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: South Bend sucks a bit. There are bars and clubs right off campus that students go to, but overall, students spent very little time in South Bend.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am living on campus, but the off campus options are cheap and nice!

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek life, but the dorms kind of act as frats and sororities

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of chain restaurants and some local places. There aren't a lot of super healthy options, but you can find some good food.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love Mendoza. If you are coming to ND for the business school, you are in the right place.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I heard the administration is asking students who are applying to put whether they are applying to Mendoza starting next fall. It is going to be harder to get into Mendoza. You won't be able to switch into Mendoza once you get in, but you can switch out of it. Show your interest in business if you are trying to get into Mendoza. As far as the application as a whole, focus on community service, faith or spirit; ND love things involving these subjects.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am majoring in accounting. The professors are generally fantastic. Some classes are easy and some are hard. I have had a couple bad professors, particularly in the math department. Overall, the business department is outstanding. The professors are hilarious and great at their jobs. There are a lot of connections to job opportunities and internships.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a lot of academic opportunities as far as majors, research and internships/jobs. The professors are helpful and great at teaching. The workload can be heavy at times, but it is manageable if you are admitted into ND. Almost everyone is majoring in one of the business majors, economics or political science.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: St Liam's sucks. I think the health services are the worst part of ND. They need to get more doctors working there. The nurses don't know anything. I am generally disappointed with the health services. If you have a big issue though, there is a hospital close by and other health services not affiliated to ND are close to campus. As far as safety goes, campus is relatively safe. DON'T walk in South Bend alone at night. It is dangerous and there is crime in downtown South Bend. ND is very sheltered and there are very few crimes. In fact, people leave their laptops and stuff around and expect that people wouldn't take it, which is generally very true. NDSP are good. They are generally nice and friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The academic programs prepare you for future careers and guide you through everything. The facilities are great.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life is great. Everyone is active and friendly. As far as aesthetics, ND is beautiful, but the winter sucks. During the winter, sometimes it looks like you are living on the North Pole.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: ND is super spirited. I didn't think I was going to like all the spirit, but once you are there, you will love it. It is normal to see people wearing all ND clothes. ND students love their school! Parietals suck and so does the winter. Besides that though, it is a great school! The administration is super useful and always willing to help you. You just have to ask. Come to ND!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys are very good looking. The girls are decent. There are some hot girls and some not so hot girls. The guys are very athletic and overall better looking. Everyone is friendly and intelligent. A lot of people kind of look and act the same, but if you are into the preppy, put together look then you are set. If you are looking for hipsters or activists, ND isn't really the right place for you. People are very main stream. Also, most people are very involved in community service and business clubs.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The administration is pretty strict about alcohol, parietals and drugs. Given that they are pretty strict, people regularly break the parietals rules and the RAs are fine with it, especially in the guys' dorms. The RAs aren't trying to get you in trouble, but if your door is open at 3 AM and you have guys and girls in there, you will most definitely get in trouble. Basically with parietals, don't be stupid about it. Most people drink on campus. The guys dorms are very relaxed about alcohol and often host dorm parties. Girls dorms are way way more strict. It is not an issue if you have alcohol in your room or if you are drinking with a couple people, but don't have a party in a girls dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls are overall good, but after a while, you might get bored of the food. I can't complain too much because they do have a lot of options. As far as other options, I would say most of the food is good. I particularly like Greenfields. It has great fresh lunch food during the week!

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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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