Location
South Bend, IN
Undergrads
8,462
Tuition
$42,971
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1082 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors Very Accesible – Most professors are very accessible and willing to help outisde of classtime.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students go all out for ND's sporting events. Our school spirit is infectious, especially for football games when the whole campus comes alive with thousands of fans visiting from all over the country.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Eddy Street Commons – Right across the street of campus, Eddy Street Commons holds a Chipotle, Hot Box Pizza, Five Guys, and an Irish Pub that's opening soon.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Very Helpful Alumni Network – Notre Dame's alumni network is second to none. Alumni really care about the current students and can help set you up with different opportunities throughout your time. For instance, the Dooley Society helps pre-professional students (ie pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dentistry) find shadowing opportunities through its database of doctors that went to Notre Dame as undergraduates.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not a Great Variety – There is not much variety in off campus housing since South Bend is not a metropolitan area.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You are randomly placed in a dorm so there is no stress over picking dorms before your freshman year. All of the dorms are good with some locations being better then others.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Fun for All – Notre Dame nightlife covers everything, from the bars and clubs in town, to house parties, dorm parties, and various social events. There are concerts/shows/events almost every night for those who choose not to drink as well, so no one ends up left out.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: You Don't Have to Be Varsity – One of the Great features at Notre Dame is the intramural sports program. Played between different dorms, it covers almost every major sport and then some. The overall winners get a trophy and bragging rights as Interhall Sports Champions. If you want to play with friends from other dorms, the CoRec league facilitates that and offers almost just as many sports.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Great Variety – The dining halls on campus offer an amazing variety of foods, from Mexican, to Asian, to Homestyle. The food does get a little repetitive sometimes, but there are plenty of cafes and eateries around campus that can let you get away from the dining halls. Overall, great food experience.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: If you need to get around to the Target or the Mall, then you're not going to have a problem. The bus has a route that goes by Notre Dame to the mall/Target, and student ride for free. In addition to that there's a late night Transpo service that the University negotiated with the bus company to make sure that students can get around safely at night after they've had a couple of drinks. There's also a bus service to and from Chicago that's a decent price.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Whether you need computer clusters, a place to work out, or a place to hang out, Notre Dame has it all. There are two gyms, and one is scheduled to be renovated. The student center is great with a lot of fast food places to eat at plus lounge areas to hang out. It feels like there are constant additions or renovations to an already pretty complete campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors – Most of the professors here are amazing, they get better and better as you get deeper into your major. Of course there's always those professors that have been there too long or are brilliant but suck at teaching, but overall there are enough options for you to get by. Plus there are additional resources to help you through the course if the professor is not the greatest.

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5 College Student

Health & Safety: Safe Campus – Notre Dame's campus is always safe and I never feel in danger. All the students are considerate of each other so there;s no worry about disputes or anything.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Notre Dame is different from any other school you will find. First of all, the faith life at Notre Dame is one unlike any other top tier university. It's the premier catholic university, and any person looking to explore faith will find plenty of opportunities here. Also, the dorm system is very unique; most people stay in the same dorm for at least three years, so they turn into quasi-frats. You get to know the people in your dorm really well, and they become your family. Also, you can hold parties in your dorms. It's just unlike any other school.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People always complain about the girls at notre dame, but honestly there are plenty of attractive girls on campus. And, not only are they attractive, they're smart and funny, and most of them played sports in high school.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The new off-campus dining hotspot is eddy st. commons. There are several restaurants that just opened there and it's a very convenient walk from campus. Also, in downtown south bend there are plenty of good restaurants to go to.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Avoid Older Dorms If Possible – Freshmen are randomly placed in a dorm, but have the option to move in later years. Some dorms were built in the 1800s, and though they have character, they do not have air conditioning. Newer dorms have weightrooms and even mini-cafes.

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3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: The University Is Really Its Own Little Community. Most students spend their time on campus rather than going out into the surrounding Southbend area. However, if you can find someone who grew up in the area, there are a bunch of awesome whole-in-the-wall resturants.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Hard Pressed for Minorities – There is a noticeable lack of racial and ethnic diversity on campus, surely due in large part to the especially strong pull to the school for Irish Catholics. Admittedly the administration is making efforts to bring in and welcome more nonwhite students but so far it's very unbalanced

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You can do pretty much anything you want in the dorms. I have some friends who have a full bar in their dorm room. Kids also have been known to play drinking games in the hallways of the dorms

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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are lots of computer labs, and there are printers everywhere that are easy to access. The Internet is somewhat unreliable though.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is dreary at Notre Dame to put it lightly. Very rarely do you see the sun and it is a special occasion when it comes out. It rains a lot in the fall and spring and snows constantly in the winter. Most people think the winters here are beautiful but if you are not used to the cold it can be miserable.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of Drinking, Little Drugs – Very few people use drugs at Notre Dame. Occasionally you'll hear about marijuana, but not often. Also they are very strict on drug use and it can get you kicked out of school. Drinking is much more wide spread.

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College Freshman

Nightlife: My nights usually last til 5:30 in the morning as a freshman going to mostly dorm parties, Legends, and Reckers (the food place where everyone goes after parietals).

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College Freshman

Nightlife: Dorm parties are GREAT for freshmen to get to know one another. They lose their appeal after you realize you've thrown up in every dorm or made out with a boy from each dorm. Then, turning to off-campus parties is great. Many apartments are within walking distance from dorms. Legends, the dance club on campus, is a great and really fun place to go. Girls and guys who are completely shmasted show up to have a great time dancing to the best hip hop songs or to jam out at '90s night. It's a great venue and sometimes gets so popular (mostly on hip hop night) that there is a wait line. ND is definitely "work hard, party harder," but the parties aren't necessarily the most quality college parties. I've talked to visiting students from other universities who are bored and say their parties are a lot crazier and more fun.

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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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