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South Bend, IN
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$42,971
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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.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: ND guys are hot, jocky, and may act like typical a-holes, but they are nice and caring underneath. ND girls are very nice (the b!tch is rare here!). Word has it that recently the girls have gotten better looking. Personally, I think there are many gorgeous girls here. Both guys and girls dress down for class. It is very, very common to see most people sporting ND sweatpants, an ND T-shirt, and for girls: Uggs. It is almost a uniform here. When the weather is nice, girls tend to dress more nicely, whereas most all guys keep up the athletic apparel.

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College Freshman

Diversity: Although feeble attempts to attract diversity can be seen, the lack of diversity is overwhelming. Students are generally white, wealthy, and Catholic. Although there are liberal voices on campus, you will be surprised and maybe appalled to read the view points in the newspaper that share the opinions of some super-conservative students. This year, President Obama has been asked to speak at graduation. The number of view points expressing disgust with this offer because of the President's position on abortion was outstanding. Also, I have lived here for a year and gotten almost no sense of a gay community, and recently the proposal to include sexual orientation as a clause in the non-discrimination policy failed to pass. Many say the authority figures of Notre Dame are the ones who make the school conservative. This is true in a sense. Students are a bit liberal and open-minded, but when it comes down to diversity, both the administration and the students accept (rather than harshly challenge) the fact that there is none.

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College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Drinking is very common on campus, but there is definitely no peer pressure to drink. People are totally okay with a sober person at a party. Students party only on Friday and Saturday nights and on St. Patrick's day. A select few party Thursday nights. Girl's dorms are VERY strict about drinking. RAs will not come looking in rooms for alcohol, but if you are stupid and leave a door open as an RA walks by, you WILL get in trouble. On the other hand, boy's dorms are very lenient. Some are so lenient that RAs drink with the other students. In general, the school embraces its title as the school of the fighting Irish. Teachers and students alike are comfortable conversing about and boasting about their drinking extravaganzas. (If you want the experience of a lifetime, visit on St. Patrick's Day. Any student who drinks alcohol will most definitely be drunk from the moment he/she wakes up, probably through class the next day!)
As for drugs, they are not widely used at all. and many students look down upon drug use. On the other hand, I have known boys to smoke weed in their rooms or right outside their dorm. Not to say this is smart, but it makes a tiny presence on campus. The other issue is sex on campus. I must say that sex is probably no where near as casual or as widespread as it is on a typical college campus. Because of the Catholic morals of so many of the students, sex can be judged harshly by some. Of course people have sex here, but it isn't something girls brag about, and guys not as much either. Getting caught breaking parietals is a big deal—you don't want this to happen. Despite the sever consequences, people do it all the time. You just have to be very sneaky (especially in girls' dorms).

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College Freshman

Campus Housing: I think it is very unfortunate that Notre Dame has single-sex dorms only. Although many students feel that this promotes a sense of brotherhood or sisterhood within a dorm (which it does) and that the dorms serve almost as sororities and fraternities, I think many students feel that it is very hard to make very good friends of the opposite sex. Because of the physical separation, the only time you see people of the opposite sex is at class, in the dining halls, or at parties at night. For this reason, a lot of emphasis is put on relationships and hook-ups instead of building friendships. Personally, I have a great group of guy friends (I am female), but it is hard for me to feel as close with them as they are with each other, because the fact of the matter is that they can be together and live together all the time Even though my dorm is right next door, I have to invite myself over or be invited over, and I also have to leave when parietals (12 on weekdays, 2 on weekends) kick in. For some, the single-sex dorms are a plus and help form great friendships with girls or boys of your dorm. For others, it is a very limiting and annoying factor.

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College Student

Parking: Freshmen can a bring cars second semester, and parking is fairly easy and convenient. It is awful with the snow in the winter, but it is balanced by the fact that you will be on campus 95 percent of the time if you live in the dorms.

College Student

Transportation: There are always cabs and taxis at main circle during weekends and at night. If you need to get to an off campus house you can use the cabs that will charge $3 a person. It is extremely convenient to know you can always get transportation whenever you need it. Other than that there isn't much but it's all you need.

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It is relatively easy to find off-campus housing. However many students actually choose to stay on campus all four years. It is definitely cheaper to live off campus than on campus.

College Student

Transportation: Public transportation is not very convenient. I never use it to get around.

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Most people stay in the dorms until senior year. Off-campus housing is pretty widespread, but there aren't really a lot of student neighborhoods. South Bend can be pretty sketchy, but a lot of people still move off.

College Student

Athletics: Varsity sports at Notre Dame are a pretty big deal, clearly. Students, parents, and alumni live and die for football weekends and all that comes with it (dressing up, touring campus, tailgating, etc.), and there is still a fair turnout for other athletic events. Intramural sports are huge too, and Notre Dame is one of few universities to provide full-on tackle football as an intramural sport.

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College Student

Academics: So far I've had a really great mix of teachers and class sizes: everything from huge lectures to small, really intimate seminar classes. Notre Dame is second in the nation for business so I'm really looking forward to taking some more business classes and working towards my degree.

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College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Staying in dorms often is the easiest and makes the most sense, especially due to how dangerous South Bend is.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'll say Legends Hip Hop is nice, just make sure you pre and post party. Dorm parties are great freshman year, but after that... I'll say that off-campus parties would have been the way to go if South Bend police would stop overchasing after college students.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Now, I don't know where these girls found these good-looking guys. Not on campus for sure. For the brain they got it, but for the face, that is zero. If that wasn't enough, they are mostly scared of girls. As for dressing code, they shouldn't be complaining as they do just like most of the girls: sweatpants and $5 T-shirts, I have even seen some guys with light purple, orange, dirty green, or other similar odd color jeans. Coming from NYC, this is just a disaster.

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High School Student

Academics: The classes start out pretty big freshmen year.. and the professors are really hit or miss here. Sometime's you'll have a grad student or foreign guy teaching. However, it's awesome after freshmen year. Notre Dame really goes out of their way to attract professors from all walks of life. I've had a great experience so far.

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Niche User

Academics: Teachers are great. The professors are normally reachable, and if you have the opportunity to take a class taught by a graduate student, take it. TAs are usually nice and teach better than the full-fledged professors.

Niche User

Academics: Most of my teachers have been great, and I think that they are representative of the faculty, in general. In my experience, they are very open and care about student learning. They will make time outside of their own normal office hours to meet with you and help you as long as you're willing to ask.

Niche User

Academics: Most of the teachers are great and are very willing to give one-on-one assistance. There is, of course, the occasional jerk who thinks he doesn't have time, but that's rare.

Niche User

Academics: The professors in the smaller courses take the time to get to know their students and really cater to teaching undergraduate students. They are very approachable and will do their best to help you when you need it. As far as the larger courses, the TAs take the initiative to help students. The professors for the large courses will help students, but they are not as approachable as the TAs.

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Niche User

Academics: I love my teachers. Not only do they really know what they are doing, but if I have any problems, they are always available during office hours to answer any questions. Many of my teachers have invited classes over to their houses for holidays and for dinner during the semester.

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Niche User

Academics: One of the great things about Notre Dame is that your classes are actually taught by professors. Classes are interesting if you enjoy the subject matter. If you register for classes addressing subjects you truly want to learn more about, then you'll find what you are looking for.

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Niche User

Academics: Just like any school, you'll run into some terrible foreign professors that don't care about you, but most of the classes aren't like that. My worst teacher couldn't teach Calculus even though she could probably use it to build a bomb. On the other hand, I had a professor that bought pizza for 300 kids after every exam, and he was a really good professor. Bottom line: everything gets better as you slowly make your way into your major and start taking smaller classes.

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Niche User

Academics: Overall, the professors are friendly and willing to take extra time to help out students. My experience has shown me that the professors here are very approachable and interested in each student's learning.

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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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