South Bend, IN
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the buildings are older, but they are beautiful and pretty roomy. Dorm life is also really fun!

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports at Notre Dame are huge especially football. The spirit and tradition are dominant in the student atmosphere. Other sports such as basketball, soccer, and hockey are also growing in popularity and ranking. The sports programs are very well funded and students are encouraged to attend games.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Notre Dame is a place where you can explore all facets of yourself and your future including academics, athletics, social life, and spirituality. The opportunities offered are literally endless. The study abroad programs are especially noteworthy because there are so many options and they are easy to fit into your schedule. You can study abroad, pay about the same as a normal semester, and graduate on time! Notre Dame has the highest graduation rate and one of the highest job rates in the country as well.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Notre Dame is simply one of a kind. The spirit and tradition radiate everywhere you go. It is the perfect combination of traditional and modern atmospheres including buildings built in the 1800s all the way to the newest engineering building with a high-tech clean room and research facilities. There is always something happening on campus with a variety of events so there is something for everyone! The dorm life is based on community and you definitely feel like family.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is readily available for free using the Transpo bus system. Unfortunately the routes do not make stops or are inconvenient to major stores such as Target and Walmart. Taxi service is cheap but inconvenient as well. Could be better if they offered weekly/monthly shuttles to these major stores for students without vehicles on campus

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Overall, the student body is Caucasian, Conservative and Catholic. We do have a decent number of other ethnicities however, just not as many as you would find at other top 20 schools. It is also easy to become involved with different student body groups. For example we have a very active Hawaiin club that holds weekly meetings and puts on a huge luau at the end of the year. So while our student body is not that "diverse," you can find your niche no matter what ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation you are.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is little to no drug usage. The university is very strict about that and the students are often not interested in drugs.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: Whenever I need a computer I can always find one. They tend to be fairly fast and modern. The only problem is that dorm printers are often breaking down.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation mostly involves buses around South Bend, which are free for the students. The buses are really good and very punctual, the stops are well kept, and the schedule is decent. However, there are only a few places on campus where we can get on a bus and you have to know where it is that you are going, because only one bus line goes by campus and you need to stop and board a different one at another point.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Students who are second-semester freshman or older are eligible to apply for a parking permit. That said, most students end up parking in D6, which is pretty far from most student buildings on campus. Permits are probably standard pricing (~$150/ 200). However, there is never a shortage of cabs around, especially on weekend nights. There is also a bus system free for students that leaves from the library that will take you to the mall and also within walking distance of a target/ walmart.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Dining halls are great - clean, lots of food options, easy to navigate. There are also several on campus restaurants/ facilities that you can use "flex points" or food points to dine at, which offer a good variety to eat from if you need to change it up. There are several exercise facilities that are in excellent condition and are free for students with their IDs. They are also spread across campus so if you don't feel like walking too far, you can still get to a gym without too much hassle.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather can be rainy and we typically get a lot of rain/snow in winter months, but winter is honestly very similar to that in other mid-west or even north-east states/ areas. The grounds are well kept and it is easy to travel across campus when there is snow on the ground, as almost all paths are shoveled or plowed within a couple of hours of snow fall. Classes have not been cancelled in my experience, and from upperclassmen I've heard there's only been one snow day in the last decade. So if you're looking for snowdays, you won't find them here. However, for a mid-west winter, it's not bad.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The DH food is actually some of the best in the country. Everything is fresh for the most part and the staff works extremely hard to ensure the experience is enjoyable. That being said, it is inevitable that you will get bored of the DH in due time. Everyone will complain that they hate it, but in reality, we have it pretty darn good.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity and intramural sports are huge on campus. You have the option to compete in IM for your dorm, or on co-ed teams. Dorm IM are the most competitive - especially football.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is good at Notre Dame. There's usually buses running throughout the day, 2 zip cars for rent on campus and if you really need to go anywhere you can always call a taxi that'll come pick you up within 10-20mins.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The alumni network here is simply amazing. I have never met more helpful and genuinely concerned adults in my life. I'm still in touch with my summer boss freshman year, and he's still going around trying to get people my resume and seeing if there are open spots for me around. Going to this school just for the alumni network is completely worth it.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: To get into the business program at ND is pretty easy, you just had to select a college once you're admitted. In my case, I applied to the school wanting to be an Engineer but before school started I just switched to Business. The counselors keep saying that they're going to cut people off from going into the business college, but they haven't yet.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm at Mendoza Business School and we're one of the top undergraduate business program in the nation. This translates to state of the art facilities and top notch professors that have tenure here. They are very capable in answering any questions and wouldn't ask any trick questions on the exam that they haven't gone over in in class. The material they cover in class is also very useful to real life.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is pretty good. We have a lots of big parking lots, and parking isn't very expensive. The parking lots might be a bit far away from the dorms but generally speaking you won't need to drive around very much so it's not that big a deal.

3 College Senior

Majors: Most of the professsors are willing to help you learn the material. Some of the classes are a little dry but if you find the right professor, it will be fine.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a wide variety of off-campus housing nearby the university. Including luxurious apartments and regular houses further off-campus which tend to be a little cheaper. The process of getting a house off-campus is relatively simple.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's pretty easy to stay away from drugs at Notre Dame, only if you involve yourself with the wrong people can you get your hands on drugs.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity in Notre Dame is limited, however you can find a range of different people from all over the world and the USA. Most students are white and a vast majority are Catholic.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There's not much transportation around Notre Dame. There is a free bus (when you show your student ID) that comes every 30 minutes or so which takes you to the mall and other local conveniences. Most people walk, bike or own a car on campus.


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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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