Location
South Bend, IN
Undergrads
8,462
Tuition
$42,971
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1081 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Senior

Facilities: The campus is beautiful. Lots of nice buildings. A beautiful Cathedral.
The library is nice, and a lot of students go there.
Housing is limited because of the size of the campus, especially graduate housing.

3 College Senior

Weather: Snows a lot. Class hardly ever gets cancelled, the campus is really easy to get around, lots of bicycles on campus, no bus service.
I live across the street from the college and I walk to class everyday.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Fantastic atmosphere on all athletic game events, it gets your mind off academics for a while, and everyone is together as the fighting Irish.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Travel abroad program is amazing, such that they encourage everybody to apply and have many opportunities.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everything looks nice. Buildings are clean, the lawns are watered and neatly trimmed, trees are beautiful , etc.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends on your personality. Dorms buildings here are separated by gender, and parietals (restriction on hours of which the one could be in the opposite gender's dorm) are enforced. Rectors (whom are nuns and priest) live in every dorm. Although this sounds strict, it is only the girls dorms where they strictly enforce all the rules. Guys dorms get to have late and loud parties and hook ups/drinking usually are "allowed" (not officially, but everyone knows) here. Being a girl, it is kind of annoying.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Notre Dame really encourages students to live on campus all 4 years, but recently there have been a number of housing complexes that have opened up near campus that are pretty nice. Living in South Bend itself can be dangerous - there are reports of breakins and the like not infrequently. Public transportation is spotty at best so you pretty much need a car to live off campus, although there are a few complexes that are walkable to campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body is not very diverse. I am Filipino-American and am a member of the Filipino American Student Association and the Asian American Association, and there is a close-knit community among groups like this.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I haven't had much experience in this field because most people like to stay on campus on the weekends. For off campus parties, people usually take taxis. There's a free bus system that will take you to some places in South Bend.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: We have "parietals" which mean that the opposite sex is not allowed in your dorm after 2 am on weekends and midnight on week days, and vice versa.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a very generous financial aid package from Notre Dame.

5 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Notre Dame does a great job of getting students the financial aid they need based on the FAFSA results. While academic scholarships are rare, need based scholarships are available to all qualifying students. I never had trouble with the paperwork and the aid process was smooth for me.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: On one hand, there is lots of diversity in the student body with people from all 50 states and many countries. However, it feels like there are primarily white Catholics throughout campus. I think Notre Dame does a great job of working to uphold its academic standards while trying to admit a diverse student body.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Alright so ND gets ranked high for food and maybe college food is just bad all-around... But the food here is not amazing. We have 2 main dining halls, which serve most of the same things, that have edible food and some really good meals. The LaFortune Student Center (or "LaFun") has Subway, Taco Bell, a convenience store, Pizza Hut and Burger King. Reckers (the 24-hour restaurant on campus) is really good for a late-night snack. It has sandwiches, salads milkshakes, pizzas, sushi and much more. The food here is fine, it just doesn't compare to eating at a real restaurant or your mother's cooking (depending on which is better!).

5 College Freshman

Athletics: ND athletics is definitely one of the central parts of student life. Whether it be football, hockey, basketball or any other sport, the ND students will be there cheering on the Fighting Irish. People here are VERY into ND Football and if you don't like football when you get here, you will after your first home game. Student tickets are free for a lot of sports, but you can also get season tickets to many sports for a reasonable fee (which often includes a Leprechaun Legion t-shirt). ND has a lot of tradition -- this year we celebrate our 125th year of football! It is a guarantee that some of your friends and dorm mates will be student athletes. There are no on-campus residences dedicated to athletes, so they are entirely integrated into the rest of the student body. Most of our teams are pretty competitive and Division I. Intramurals and Interhall sports are also huge. Flag football is popular for girls in the Fall. ND athletics are basically just awesome.

5 College Freshman

Academics: So far I have had an amazing experience. The First Year of Studies program gives you a taste of many departments and helps you to figure out what you are passionate about studying. The professors here are brilliant scholars and wonderful people. They make themselves readily available to help with research, to answer questions and even just to chat. They are extremely supportive and dedicated to undergraduate teaching (not just the graduate students!). It is such a luxury to have professors who are world-class experts in their fields during your first semester. Learning resources, such as the Writing Center, can be a huge aid when you are first adjusting to college and beyond. As a freshman, you will take a good mix of classes and have classes of various sizes. I have everything from 15 person seminars to 100 person lectures. This helps you to become a well-rounded college student. Coursework here is challenging, but there are enough resources to help you succeed in each and every class. There is no way for you to "get lost" in a course, unless it's by your own doing. Your advisors, TAs and professors are all interested in your success. Overall, you get the attention and feel of a smaller college, with all of the benefits of a larger research university.

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3 College Student

Computers: Theyre sometimes crowded but ussually very helpful.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The diversity is average, because of the cost. However, most students feel welcomed and they get along well.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors are well trained and work with you in a positive way until you get it. The Labs are well supplied with everything need to do your experiments.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Security is good. Everything on campus is within walking or bicycling distance. Good eating places.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Positive so far, and I would choose it again for another area of study.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Notre Dame really is a cool and unique place. By the time you get to senior year, most students are frustrated with the administration and into having fun with friends. But looking at the whole picture, ND really has it all, great kids, strong academics, beautiful campus, football, athletics, intramurals, dorm life... Its hard to explain to people who have never lived it, but domers tend to truly enjoy themselves at ND

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall Very Good – If the football team is not good, it can be a little dry during the fall but otherwise theres no other place like Notre Dame.

4 College Junior

Parking: Plenty of parking spots whether it be the bookstore lot, D-6 lot, or Football parking lot

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Bars are full of people but the problem is is that athletes basically get all the attention so sometimes its hard to talk to girls.

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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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