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South Bend, IN
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8,462
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$42,971
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Very Hard
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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly White, Upper-Class – There is a stark lack of diversity on campus, where every male seems to be 6' 0", white, and of an athletic background, and every female appears to originate from Degrassi. Hispanics and Asians are the leading minority groups (in that order), though specific groups are over-represented: Chinese, Mexican, etc.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Lack of Spots – There are only a couple lots and campus, and they can fill up somewhat quickly.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: No Need to Leave Campus – The campus is very small, and the South Bend area is lackluster, meaning transportation is neither provided nor thought of. You'll never want to leave the "Notre Dame Bubble" anyways.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The network is available everywhere on campus, save some spots on North Quad, and it is super convenient if you don't feel like studying in your room all the time. Other than North Quad, all the other Quads (if you feel like working outside) have network speed just as fast as if you were in a building, which is also a really nice perk if you don't feel like locking yourself inside for a day.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: What You Would Expect – Notre Dame, as everyone knows, is the top Catholic university in the nation. This is obviously going to attract a very narrow range of students and backgrounds, with similar values instilled within them before arriving to the university and, thus, most of the students coming from families that have similar work ethics and so on. But, although the university strives to attract academic and Catholic students, it also reaches out to other backgrounds and achieves this goal, to an extent. I am friends with many international students, those of different sexual orientations and even religious beliefs, despite what people might think of the diversity within that particular demographic. But, although there is diversity, it is not obvious if you do not, for the most part, actively seek out diversity. I am already a minority in a respect at the university, as I am Protestant, so I am aware of the diversity religiously on campus, and the university offers a lot in the way of promoting diversity, whether it be religious, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, etc.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Fighting Irish Sports – Notre Dame has one of the most recognizable sports programs in the country, and even when football is having a down year the other sports teams are world class. Most years there are a number of Big East championship teams.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not Too Bad – The bars around campus are pretty fun, and if you have an ID you can get into a number of them. As a freshman, there are some bars that will not let you in just because you look young, but if you ask around you can easily find the underage ones. South Bend police are not very nice however, and they do raid the bars from time to time. As for clubs the only popular one is very hard to get into if under 21. Because there are no frats, the party scene is a little different, with most freshmen partying in the dorms. Off campus parties are much like those at other schools. Notre Dame has a different system than most schools, but if you know the right people you can always find a party Wed - Sat.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: World Class – The Fighting Irish are D1 and are frequently in the top tier in the country in both men and women's sports. The students and faculty show great school spirit for all our teams. Besides NCAA sports Interhall and section sports have great participation and are amazing.

4 College Senior

Facilities: State of the Art – Notre Dame has state of the art facilities, I just wish ehre were more.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Old, Not Inviting to Students – South Bend is not really a college town, but it is developing into one.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have absolutely loved my time at Notre Dame. Although I was scared to go far away from home (being from Texas) and intimidated by the cold weather, I could not be happier with my decision. The community of Notre Dame students and alumni is one of the best I have ever witnessed. Wearing a Notre Dame shirt in a different state guarantees someone stopping you that went to school here and just wants to say hi. The football game days are a blast. Tailgating all day and great support of a team that never does too well! Definitely has been the right spot for me.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Chipotle, Five Guys, Hot Box, McAlisters and Jamba Juice are just a short walk from campus. None are too pricy, and all are delicious!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety on Campus – I have never felt unsafe walking around campus. Even coming back from the library very late at night, there don't seem to be any sketchy people. Despite this, there have been many cases of theft in dorm rooms, and we get e-mails about attempted sexual assaults every once and a while. I have never experienced any of this first hand and believe campus is very safe!

3 College Senior

Diversity: White, Catholic – Notre Dame tries to diversify its student body. But it's applicant base is strongly white and Catholic (~85% of it's student body is Catholic). Pick a couple hundred applicants at random and you'll probably get a large amount of white, catholic students. That's just the way it is, and will be. Diversity is important, but if you accept someone into the university just because of their race and reject someone on the same grounds, that's wrong.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Cost Effective, Limited Variety Close to Campus – 5 Guys, Chipotle, Dominos, Hot Box Pizza, and a couple "sit down" places are within walking distance, prices are fair. Anywhere else you'll want to drive/take a cab

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol > Drugs – Alcohol is extremely prevalent on campus, but drugs (even weed) are pretty hard to find. This is due to the fact that is you are caught smoking weed you are subject to expulsion. Beer is everywhere so you will be more than fine. The notre dame police are pretty chill, you will rarely even notice then when walking around campus at night on the weekend.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Taken for Granted – We have two dining halls, North and South. North campus and South campus always fight over which dining hall is better, but the answer is South. South dining hall is beautiful, exactly like Hogwarts. North is more modern. Both serve pretty much the same food, so really which dining hall you choose just depends where your dorm is. There are also cafes in most buildings, which are pretty good! I really like the cafe in Decio, O'shag, and the Law school building. Subway is also a convenient option, located in La Fortune. Also, Eddy Street Commons, right off campus, have Chipotle, Hot Box, Five Guys, etc.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Easy Access – There is a computer lab in pretty much every building. I have never been denied a computer when I needed it. Printing is super easy too. We have a print quota, and I have never needed more than what they give us. You print via a computer lab printer or your laptop and then go to the nearest printer, type in your ID and print. It is really easy and convenient. Only word of caution: make sure you print to the B&W printer, because the colored printer eats up your quota fast.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: One of the only schools to have campus wide parietals starting at midnight during the week, and at 2am on weekends (Friday and Saturday night). What does this mean? Boys, leave the girl dorms and girls, leave the boys'. This is great when you need to study/sleep/need-that-awkward-guy-to-leave, however, it's a bit upsetting where you are in the middle of a raging party and 2am rolls by. Also, dorm parties can be busted by the campus police (NDSP) and reslifes (strikes against you) can be handed out if you're found with alcohol. Don't worry though, dorm parties are overrated.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Generally Safe for an Open Campus – Due to the remoteness of the Campus (close to South Bend which is a rather small city with not many other cities around) it is quite safe. There is a small amount of crime, such as robberies and even though the campus is open, there are many options for having a safe ride home at night such as safe walk or NDSP, if you care to use them. I feel very safe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Notre Dame emphasizes honor and moral integrity in all pursuits, from academics to athletics. Most students are involved in volunteer service work of some kind. Students are smart, but few are pretentious. ND is a school founded on legacy and a tradition of excellence. There really is nowhere else like Notre Dame.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Compared to most other schools, yeah, the weather is pretty rotten.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Sets the Tone for Campus Life – Since there is no Greek life at Notre Dame, the dorms take its place. Dorms host parties and put on campus events. Your dorm is where you meet your friends and spend the majority of your four years, and most people wouldn't have it any other way.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Unparalled Experience – It would be hard to imagine a better a better undergraduate experience, all things considered.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Controlled but Reasonable – Notre Dame strikes a perfect balance between enforcing regulations and letting students have fun. While there is supposedly zero tolerance for drugs and parietals are strictly enforced, most students (myself included) don't mind. Most of us frown upon drug use anyway and like how parietals quiet down the dorms to allow everyone to sleep. (This is especially important in men's dorms where all of the parties are.) The alcohol policy, however, is quite lenient. The consequences of breaking the rules are fairly minor and are not always enforced. Parties can be held in men's dorms as long as they aren't out of control and no one is in danger of being hurt. In summary, be safe and relatively discreet and you should be fine. One final thing to note is that the RAs are more like friends/mentors than authority figures. While they do what is necessary to keep the students safe, they are considered friends by almost all of the students.

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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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