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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5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are plenty of cabs and buses to places around South Bend and Mishawaka. Additionally, there are buses running all day every day to Chicago O'Hare and Midway airports in Chicago so you can fly home for breaks.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics is heavily emphasized. Most students workout everyday. The facilities are pretty good with lots of machines/weights to use. There are multiple intramural sports happening every week.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are many bars in the area, and a popular club that has a shuttle provided to it by the University. But these are obviously directed for the 21+ crowd. However, there are still parties on campus that underage students can go to, and there are often activities at the student center and other 24-hour or open-late spaces.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different ethnicities at Notre Dame, but they compromise a very small population; most of students are white Americans. However, the university has a vast array of religions and beliefs followed in its student body. Although many are Catholic, there are also many agnostics, Christians, Muslims, and atheists.

4 College Senior

Parking: spaces available when you need them. Only specific locations, so not "A+" status.

5 College Senior

Athletics: The school dearly loves its athletes, and our sports programs seem to make headlines all the time.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm life is great for the weekdays. Feels like a fraternity without hazing. Weekends we always go off campus because dorms are small and feels weird having parties in there, but some people love dorm parties. And RAs are so chill. They don't care at all about anything besides drugs and girls after 2AM.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: The workload in the business school is not very heavy. And we have the best business school in the nation. I do not know why anyone wouldn't be in the business school. The payoff is amazing and the work is not hard at all.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The business school is the best in the nation and it is easy to see why. The professors are outstanding, job placement is fantastic, and the Notre Dame network is seemingly all-powerful. The alumni love students and are always willing to help you out, all you have to do is ask.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe campus overall and in a safe location in the city. Not much violence or crime reported aside from the occasional "forcible fondling".

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms are very convenient and a great way to meet other students, especially as a a freshman. Many competitions and social events occur between dorms which is exciting.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Decent bars and a even a few clubs, but it is lacking the variety you may find in a big city. However, there are many local pubs that have live music and decent happy hour prices.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The university does host a diverse student body, though there is still an obvious Caucasian majority.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The summers and springs are absolutely beautiful. However, the winters do take some time to get adjusted to, especially if you come from a place like Southern California where people start bundling up when the temperature drops to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It really depends on what dorm you wind up in. For the most part though, if you are discreet about whatever it is you are doing and not attracting attention to your room while you are doing it, you will probably be able to get away with it. The rectors and RA's are not going to go around doing room checks.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: While the immediate selections off-campus offer a good variety, the best restaurants are found further away and require a quick bus ride or a trip in a cab. In all honesty, Cambodian Thai in South Bend is probably the best restaurant near Notre Dame.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Our career center here is great, and there are several different ways to find money or get connected with people to do research. If you are qualified for what you want to do, they will make sure you get the position. And the alumni network is great, so if they hear about things or have opportunities, the students will hear about them.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If you are male, you're set... Dorm parties occur every weekend, and as long as it's contained and not dangerous, RA's will not do too much. If people are visibly inebriated, puking, or drinking hard alcohol, however, they step in and you'll be sent in front of ResLife, the disciplinary arm of the school's housing. As a female, expect to have to go to a male dorm to drink.
Drugs, on the other hand, have a zero-tolerance policy. Seriously, don't bring them. You will get expelled.
Academic policies are fair, and because any work done by you or your professors is covered under academic freedom, the Catholic identity of the school is not stifling to those who wish to pursue other avenues of research or exploration.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: So much about the athletics experience here is great! Certainly the biggest draw is football, which brings with it not only a great game but a great gameday experience. However, most other varsity sports are competitive at a high level in their sport too, from fencing to rowing to soccer and more. Interhall (our version of intermural sports) is something that everyone can be involved in, and many people continue to play the sports they did in high school here. Athletic and workout facilities are great. Basically the only drawback to the athletics program here is that sometimes protecting the players can take precedence over students (search Lizzy Seeberg)

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics are very well-funded and entertaining

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife really depends on age. For under 21 year olds, dorm parties and off campus house parties are basically the only options, while for 21 and up, there are various clubs and bars that cater to students.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is convenient, whether traveling around town or to either South Bend Airport or either of the Chicago airports. Also, it is free for students.

3 College Senior

Computers: A few computer labs around campus but usually crowded.

5 College Junior

Majors: My major is Science Pre-Professional Studies or pre-med, which is a wonderful major. It allows for flexibility in my schedule to have an anthropology minor and the elective courses I want to take. My advisors are great and give really helpful advice when it comes to applying to medical school.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Notre Dame is working hard to increase the diversity of students on campus. Overall it is doing an excellent job and moving in the right direction, even though it still has some ways to go when it comes to racial diversity.

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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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