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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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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: No One Wants to Graduate! This school is the greatest place on earth- seriously. After four years there, you feel ready and prepared to move on, but you'll also wish you could stay!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Incredibly Strict in Girls Dorms; Leniant in Boys Dorms – Dorms are single sex, and boys and girls dorms are as different as you can possibly imagine. Both have have certain hours known as parietals when the opposite sex are allowed to visit. In a boys dorm, one can break parietals, if careful, and the RA's will typically chose to simply ignore it. In a girls dorm, an RA will check the room, and if she catches you, she will report you to the rector. A girl may be thrown out of her dorm and have to move to another dorm, or even be kicked off campus.

Campus is not dry at all, and alcohol can be found anywhere you go. Again, in a girls dorm, it has to be kept pretty quiet. In a boys dorm, it is completely ok to have beer in your room as long as it doesnt end up in the hallways. Drinking games and kegs aren't allowed (doesn't mean they can't be found though). Hard alcohol is not allowed on campus, but in certain boys dorms, you can get away with having it as long as you don't leave handles sitting out.

Regarding drug use, if you are caught smoking or in the possession of any drugs, you are automatically expelled from the university. It does not matter if you test positive or not. They have an absolute no tolerance policy.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: If you are looking, there's a good chance you'll find a good looking and a "good quality" guy on campus. Just about everyone was an athlete, and everyone's pretty well educated.

Freshman: don't fall into their hook-up game, I've seen a lot of my friends get hurt. Well, unless that's your style...

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: At Notre Dame we play hard, but study hard, as well. When it comes down to it, you will find that education is taken pretty seriously among the student body. The workload isn't unbearable. I have had some strict professors, and some lenient ones as well. It depends on the course.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: The University of Notre Dame has a high graduation rate for a reason: because they do not want you to fail. The university provides plenty of resources for you to get scholastic, emotional, and spiritual help, if needed.

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Weather: Mostly Dreary – Be prepared for the elements! The first month or so is extremely hot. The winter season is very harsh -lots snow and bitter cold days. There is always an overcast (I got very pale last year). It rains a lot in the spring, so bring rainboots. Take advantage of the beautiful sunny days...

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Dorm Policies – The school has a strict dorm policy which includes same-sex dorms, "parietals" (a time frame where a member of the opposite sex isn't allowed in your room), and a no-toloerance policy for alcohol. Don't get caught, because the punishments can be severe.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dining Hall Food – The dining hall menu has a wide variety of food choices including buffet-style selections, and made to order meals. The food is always fresh. Some meals should be a bit more seasoned, but overall quality is great!

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Scholarships: Not Worth It – Unless you fall into the need-based financial aid category, don't waste your time.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Academics: Profs That Care – Professors are supportive, and don't just care about your grade, or their review, or whether you get a job per se, but about your personal and educational development, that each student is pushing their own limits and striving for their best.

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3 College Senior

Computers: Closing Time – They are basically available in the library and a few computer clusters around campus. They are nice, but can fill up around midterms and finals, and are unavailable late at night, so if you are a night owl it can be problematic.

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3 College Senior

Academics: You Can Do Better – This usually indicates that you are on the cusp of an A, and if you put in a little more effort, or time with the professor tweaking what you have, you can bump up your grade.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are insightful and almost always willing to help, be it in the classroom, in preparation for a research project, or with a job search. Workload is somewhat high, with the highest corresponding to science/engineering majors. The facilities are immaculate, with excellent technology and otherwise great design.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Somewhat Strict – Notre Dame can sometimes act draconian with its drug/alcohol policy, as well as its seriousness in regards to parietals (i.e. no opposite gender in dorm past a certain time). Otherwise, the campus is pretty lax.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Great – Labs have a mix of plenty of Macs and PCs. Both sets of computers are up to date and include the full suite of Microsoft Office. Labs are somewhat large and hardly get full outside of Midterms/Finals.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Personal Preference – If you like the "Bro Culture", i.e. parties, drinking, etc., then Notre Dame is the place for you. For quiet people like myself, it's often difficult to carve out a niche.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Notre Dame dorm life is great. The sense of community in each dorm is extremely pervasive. There is always someone to study with and someone to kill time with. My only complaint is that the older dorms are noticeably no where nearly as accommodating as the new ones.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The first year studies program at ND is top notch.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: If you like cold weather and snow, this is the place for you. If you are from a warm weather climate, you will have a hard time adjusting. Walking through the quads are like walking through wind tunnels, with the wind always blowing the opposite way that you need to go.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Halls Are Great – Going to college, i was scared of what eating dining hall food would do to my body. At ND, I have been more than happy with the choices. Daily, there is excellent variety of fruits, vegetables, vegetarian cuisine, you name it. There are always healthy choices available (not to mention the pizza and burgers for those who prefer the junk food). Ethnic cuisine is available every couple weeks. We have a create your own waffle bar (open for all meals) and frozen yogurt machines (loved by the students).

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pretty self explanatory... Varsity athletics at ND are huge. Over 90% of students have season tickets to home football games. Campus is similar to Disneyland with all the fans and alumni coming to watch. Parking lots are filled to capacity with tailgaters, eager to give a burger or soda to wandering students. Training centers are amazing, giving not only training equipment to athletes, but also lounges and even special training dinners.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Best There Is – Notre Dame has the BEST dining hall food humanly possible. I love the variety everyday and the choices.


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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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