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Reviews 1083 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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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3 College Student

Diversity: There are a lot of white people, but there are people from every state and from other countries too. There are quite a few students from Korea and China, also quite a few African Americans and Latinos. Although it is a Catholic university, many students are not religious, or even Christian. Political beliefs are very diverse, as they should be at any university, and sexual orientation does not exclude anyone from campus life. In summary, nobody looks out of place.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Recieved Fellowship – I recieved a $10,000 fellowship that made the education cost comparable to a public school. The requirements made me strive to perform inside and outside of the classroom

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Pointe=MBA Students – all mba students live in this complex. its like out little enclave. Rent isnt too bad.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Pretty Good – Network is available to all students on a wireless basis

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation (bus) is free for Notre Dame students, but the system is not the best functioning system.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are okay; not too many choices but theres a few pretty close to campus like Five Guys, Chipotle, and HotBox Pizza. There are a lot of good Irish Pub-like bars for those over-age.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Winter is absolutely beautiful. The snow is wonderful. However, if youre not a fan of freezing cold weather, ND is not for you.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: So much food, so many choices...the best food there is.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football Football Football Football Football!!! Notre Dame athletics is basically football. But the football games are absolutely amazing. One football game spreads out over the entire weekend, and almost all students attend games.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safest University EVER. I feel comfortable walking around campus at 3 a.m. by myself.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: South Bend can be a little "sketch", but it is a cute college town with plenty of good restaurants.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very Flexible. You can pretty much do whatever you want behind closed doors in the dorms. The only thing that bothers some is the parietals, but they really arent that bad.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: ND's campus looks absolutely beautiful. No other university can compare.

5 College Freshman

Academics: ND is THE place to learn. Courses are challenging, and the teachers really know how to teach.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Very Affordable. ND gives you all the financial aid your family needs.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Notre dame is just a special place. You really have to experience it yourself. The minute you step on campus, you feel like a part of the ND family.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of affordable off campus housing options available.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Refined Process – It's pretty straightforward. They give you what you need and not much more.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of White Students – There are many open-minded white students, but often the ethnic students avoid us.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The system is excellent. You can send documents wirelessly and then have to release the print job so nobody can take it and you won't have any mischarges. Sometimes the queue won't register your print jobs though.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are absolutely no parking lots in the interior of campus. All students must park in lots that are set off away from the rest of campus. There is little need to leave campus, so its not a huge hassle. But it is quite annoying when you have to walk out there in the middle of a snow storm in December.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library is a personal favorite. There are 14 floors of study space, plenty of books, a great view (if you can snag a coveted window seat), and plenty of other study related materials available. There are floors that are nearly silent, as well as those that house the more chatty. There are also several group study rooms, which work well for group projects.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are no academic scholarships at Notre Dame. That being said, a lot of the financial aid process does take merit into account. According to the financial aid officers, a portion of the financial aid package is dependent on merit and academic success. However, if you don't qualify for financial aid, they will not give you any scholarships. So unless you qualify for financial aid or you're an athlete, you're out of luck when it comes to scholarships.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Community – The academics at Notre Dame can certainly be challenging, but in my experience, everyone is there to work toward a common goal. Professors and other students are there to help you succeed and there are plenty of opportunities to do well. Class difficulty seems to vary greatly depending on the program you are in, but every student is required to take seminar classes, which are small and discussion based (and they also require attendance). For the most part, professors are very good at what they do and they genuinely care to help you learn.

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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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