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South Bend, IN
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8,462
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$42,971
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Senior

Academics: Economics Department Is Rapidly Improving – As an econ major over the past few years I have had to suffer through a fair share of boring classes, but the professors that have recently been hired are top notch. They really seem to care about how well the students are doing and are very accomplished compared to other schools. Also, none of the economics majors I knew had any trouble getting a very good job coming out of school.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Worked Out for Me – Notre Dame meets 100% of a family's demonstrated need, which is fantastic. They have a huge endowment, and aren't afraid to spend it on their students, which I applaud since I know that I wouldn't be here without it. The process was built into the application, so there were no other forms to fill out, which was nice and stress free. They also keep me frequently updated on the status of my awards, as well as when to reapply for the next school year so I can easily retain my scholarships.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are the Norm – Notre Dame does there best to link students to many major "sights" in South Bend by bus, specifically the mall and homes down Notre Dame Ave, but to be honest, there isn't much in South Bend that you would want to go to besides bars and restaurants. What they are missing as of right now is a direct bus to the airport, but I wouldn't doubt if it was in the works right now.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: When it comes to the typical sports, Notre Dame gets an A+ for fan support and general atmosphere. You can play literally any sport with an interhall team, even full-pad football. Many have said it before, but there really is nothing like a football game in Notre Dame Stadium of course, and everyone on campus embraces fall Saturdays with everything they have. But all the attention seems to come at a cost, as the other 30 or so sports are ignored most of the time by the general public, unless you have friends on the team. That is pretty possible, as student athletes live on campus, but they should get more respect than they do now.

5 College Student

Computers: Very Good – Enjoying the atmosphere here. Peaceful and excellent.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: For all the disappointments here, it's hard to argue that the scenery isn't beautiful. Merely walking around campus is a great way to cool down if classes have pissed you off. Outdoors here is incredibly peaceful.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Pretty good – The dorm staffs are great from what I've seen. Overall there's little to complain about with the housing itself; the only problem are cretin residents who vandalize the place and don't know how to flush a toilet.

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2 College Sophomore

Academics: Unfortunately a lot of the professors are stuck-up bigots. Some of the professors are amazing (James McKenna or Anre Venter, for example), so it's unfortunate that 40% of the instructors don't meet the same standards. I've hated most of my classes and gone through three majors because of it.
I find it hard to believe that this place is difficult to get into. I applied as a joke with a mock essay, and yet somehow I was accepted. Other students were dying to get in, yet I treated the application as a farce; look who made it in.
Some of the classes are alright, but most are mundane wastes of time. It's incredibly hit or miss with few in-between. I'd be out of here in a heartbeat if I had to pay a dime.

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1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: This campus is dead. If you go off-campus at night, you're probably going to get mugged. On campus, there are lame "parties" (weekends only) that consist of blaring crappy music while the kids get wasted. There's nothing to do.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Avoid this place if you're not Catholic. Protestants and Hebrews are constantly bashed by students, the latter sometimes to the point of making Hitler proud. Homosexuality and religions other than Roman Catholicism are looked upon as tolerated but not accepted. Being partially Jewish and closeted-bisexual, I feel constantly belittled by the rest of the student body. Lower-income students do not have too much of a problem, but the majority of the population is rich. "Race" is the only category that this place could score higher than a D in. While most of the student body is white, there are a good number of other ethnicities. Unfortunately, there is no acceptance of non-Catholic non-heterosexuals.

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3 College Student

Parking: Walking Campus – Our campus is small, so it is easier to walk anywhere you need to go than it would be to drive. So parking lots are more on the edges of campus because they aren't as used.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: Strict About "Parietals" – If you get caught after "parietal" hours in a dorm of the opposite sex, you can get into some trouble.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Amazing Personal Safety – I am a female and I walk across campus alone very late at night almost every day. For those people who aren't as confident in campus safety as I am, Notre Dame has a program called "Safe Walk" where you can call them any time and two people will come walk you to wherever you need to go so that you don't need to walk alone at night.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is too restrictive. In addition to being strict regarding the rules and regulations, I have found the dorm system to limit my social outlets and possibilities. Without a doubt, this has seriously dampened by college experience.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The campus dining is very good. There is a wide selection that constantly varies. However, it is also easy to get sick of eating at the dining hall. This is due in part to the lack of offcampus eateries.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are excellent. I have liked all of my teachers and enjoyed almost every class.

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1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls? Nope. It makes sense. What attractive girl desires a school with weather as brutal as ND's? Any decent to attractive girl is automatically snatched up by the athletes (and there are many more athletes than decent looking girls).

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: This is the one thing everyone says about ND, that there is an outrageous sense of community and family. It lasts for a long time even after you graduate. Seeing people in airports or on the bus wearing the ND logo, you feel connected to them. It's really great. And then of course there's the INCREDIBLE academics, phenomenal, caring profs, and amazing football team... ;)

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a couple of great places right next to campus that everyone visits regularly, and then real restaurants around the town.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A college isn't all about stats - it's about where you feel like home. And ND is truly home for its students. It places value on more than just academics; it cares for the whole person. Yeah, you'll get a great education, and yeah, you can party as much or as little as you want, but you should pick ND because you won't find a family like this anywhere else. Just look at the stadium on football days (I'd never been to a real football game in my life before coming here, but I went to every home game and had a BLAST), or all the candles lit in the Grotto, or the shining beacon that is the golden dome. What more could you want?

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3 College Freshman

Parking: A Car Is Unnecessary – A car is not necessary on campus. There are buses that will take you from the stop by the library to the mall or really most places in town you would want to go, and if you want to go to a house for a party or something you can always take a taxi. Many upperclassmen have cars, but it's truly not a necessity. If you do have a car, though, you'll probably have to park it a good 15+ minute walk from most buildings on campus.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: All You Really Need – Overall the facilities at ND are definitely good. There are multiple gyms on campus (athletics are huge here) with some cool options like a wide variety of cheap fitness classes and your usual like cardio machines, courts, pools, etc. The main library here is 14 stories - plenty of study spots - and then there are all the branch libraries. The student center has the necessities like a small convenience store, Starbucks, and a few fast food places, and it's also a fun place to chill out and maybe "do homework" (or just play pool or people-watch). Its choices of some of the fast food places could be better - who really likes Sbarro or Burger King? - but that's what the dining halls are for.

4 College Student

Facilities: It's Not All About the Football – Okay, when you hear Notre Dame you think football. You think Catholic. And you think success. It might not be an Ivy league school, but academics are definitely a priority. Social life comes second, saved for most weekends, especially football games. Which really are something else (if you've ever seen Rudy.) There's so much history staring down at you from the walls every day - it truly is an amazing place. It's gorgeous, and the people are wonderful, everyone loves being there. Even me and, being from the California coast, I hate the weather. One more thing that makes Notre Dame different is the opportunity to attend Mass every day (and people actually go, although most often not every day)... and a beautiful basilica to call our own. We even have our own seminary.

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: It's Not All About the Football – okay, so the football team here is pretty well known. Games are something else, extremely spirited, but they aren't the focus of the university. classes are extremely rigorous, so if you focus on your social life you are going to fall behind pretty quickly. thats why partying happens on weekends

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Not Really – The drug scene, if there is one, is tiny... even smoking isn't that common, but drinking is for sure. It's almost expected, in a way, because that's how you know it's friday night.

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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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