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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety on Campus – I have never felt unsafe walking around campus. Even coming back from the library very late at night, there don't seem to be any sketchy people. Despite this, there have been many cases of theft in dorm rooms, and we get e-mails about attempted sexual assaults every once and a while. I have never experienced any of this first hand and believe campus is very safe!

3 College Senior

Diversity: White, Catholic – Notre Dame tries to diversify its student body. But it's applicant base is strongly white and Catholic (~85% of it's student body is Catholic). Pick a couple hundred applicants at random and you'll probably get a large amount of white, catholic students. That's just the way it is, and will be. Diversity is important, but if you accept someone into the university just because of their race and reject someone on the same grounds, that's wrong.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Cost Effective, Limited Variety Close to Campus – 5 Guys, Chipotle, Dominos, Hot Box Pizza, and a couple "sit down" places are within walking distance, prices are fair. Anywhere else you'll want to drive/take a cab

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol > Drugs – Alcohol is extremely prevalent on campus, but drugs (even weed) are pretty hard to find. This is due to the fact that is you are caught smoking weed you are subject to expulsion. Beer is everywhere so you will be more than fine. The notre dame police are pretty chill, you will rarely even notice then when walking around campus at night on the weekend.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Taken for Granted – We have two dining halls, North and South. North campus and South campus always fight over which dining hall is better, but the answer is South. South dining hall is beautiful, exactly like Hogwarts. North is more modern. Both serve pretty much the same food, so really which dining hall you choose just depends where your dorm is. There are also cafes in most buildings, which are pretty good! I really like the cafe in Decio, O'shag, and the Law school building. Subway is also a convenient option, located in La Fortune. Also, Eddy Street Commons, right off campus, have Chipotle, Hot Box, Five Guys, etc.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Easy Access – There is a computer lab in pretty much every building. I have never been denied a computer when I needed it. Printing is super easy too. We have a print quota, and I have never needed more than what they give us. You print via a computer lab printer or your laptop and then go to the nearest printer, type in your ID and print. It is really easy and convenient. Only word of caution: make sure you print to the B&W printer, because the colored printer eats up your quota fast.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: One of the only schools to have campus wide parietals starting at midnight during the week, and at 2am on weekends (Friday and Saturday night). What does this mean? Boys, leave the girl dorms and girls, leave the boys'. This is great when you need to study/sleep/need-that-awkward-guy-to-leave, however, it's a bit upsetting where you are in the middle of a raging party and 2am rolls by. Also, dorm parties can be busted by the campus police (NDSP) and reslifes (strikes against you) can be handed out if you're found with alcohol. Don't worry though, dorm parties are overrated.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Generally Safe for an Open Campus – Due to the remoteness of the Campus (close to South Bend which is a rather small city with not many other cities around) it is quite safe. There is a small amount of crime, such as robberies and even though the campus is open, there are many options for having a safe ride home at night such as safe walk or NDSP, if you care to use them. I feel very safe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Notre Dame emphasizes honor and moral integrity in all pursuits, from academics to athletics. Most students are involved in volunteer service work of some kind. Students are smart, but few are pretentious. ND is a school founded on legacy and a tradition of excellence. There really is nowhere else like Notre Dame.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Compared to most other schools, yeah, the weather is pretty rotten.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Sets the Tone for Campus Life – Since there is no Greek life at Notre Dame, the dorms take its place. Dorms host parties and put on campus events. Your dorm is where you meet your friends and spend the majority of your four years, and most people wouldn't have it any other way.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Unparalled Experience – It would be hard to imagine a better a better undergraduate experience, all things considered.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Controlled but Reasonable – Notre Dame strikes a perfect balance between enforcing regulations and letting students have fun. While there is supposedly zero tolerance for drugs and parietals are strictly enforced, most students (myself included) don't mind. Most of us frown upon drug use anyway and like how parietals quiet down the dorms to allow everyone to sleep. (This is especially important in men's dorms where all of the parties are.) The alcohol policy, however, is quite lenient. The consequences of breaking the rules are fairly minor and are not always enforced. Parties can be held in men's dorms as long as they aren't out of control and no one is in danger of being hurt. In summary, be safe and relatively discreet and you should be fine. One final thing to note is that the RAs are more like friends/mentors than authority figures. While they do what is necessary to keep the students safe, they are considered friends by almost all of the students.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Well It Is a Catholic School – There are plenty of different races, poltiical beliefs, religions, and a suprising amount of diversity in sexual orientation. However, for the most part, the university is made up of rich white kids. There is very little economic diversity. There is, however, an overall attitude of acceptance of differences.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Beautiful Campus – The campus is incredibly beautiful, and there are wonderful places to walk around campus. Many of the buildings are old but they are functional and in good condition. The student center is on the small side but has many comfortable places to hang out. There are 2 workout facilities for students, and 1 main library.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Good to Go – There are several computer labs around campus that contain good, fast computers. They have Macs and PCs so students can use what they are most familiar with. The printing system is good beacuse you can print from any computer on campus and pick your document up at any printer. It is definitely a good idea to bring your own laptop because so many assignments are online, but a personal printer is not needed.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Big Name School in a Small Town – When I tell people that I go to school at Notre Dame, everyone knows what I'm talking about. What they don't know, however, is where it is. That is primarily because South Bend traditionally has Notre Dame to offer and that's it. While certainly far from a bustling city, I find South Bend to possess everything a college town needs. There is a large mall practically within walking distance, countless strip malls with public transportation, Rocco's pizza place, 2 movie theatres, a small zoo, and the College Football Hall of Fame. South Bend is certainly far from a tourist destination, but it has more than Notre Dame would ever need- pretty much all you need can be found within the golden gates of the university itself.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everything You Need Is Right There – Notre Dame is right next to South Bend, Indiana, but you never really need to leave campus the way it is set up. However, if you ever get restless or need to go and get a halloween costume or get Christmas lights, there is a Wal Mart just 5 minutes away by taxi or upperclassman. Eddy Street is also a great place to go if you get tired of the dining hall. There is a Chipotle, Five Guys, McAllister's, Hot Box Pizza, and an ice cream shop just ten minutes away by foot. Finally, the College Football Hall of Fame is about ten minutes away by car. It is worth going to sometime during your 4 years at Notre Dame. *For when you're 21... Yes, there are numerous bars to go to in South Bend and a bus that drives all night from campus and back.*

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Just Ok. Anywhere on campus is a 15-minute walk maximum. Going off campus would require a cab, which is very easy to call, although the cabbies aren't always friendly. There are bus routes to downtown South Bend. The nearby South Bend Airport has some connections and others can fly into Chicago and take a bus to Notre Dame. Around breaks, there are usually buses that take large amounts of students to large cities, such as Philadelphia, etc.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Mostly Good – Parking for visitors is free and the lot attendants are very amicable. Parking for students is not a far walk.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Sure, there are probably drugs here as there are at any college. But I haven't witnessed it or met anyone who participates. No peer pressure to do drugs.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Notre Dame's engineering program is unique among the engineering programs with which I am familiar. The university has an overall focus for each student on the humanities, so engineers get a broad contextual education into which their specific discipline fits. As far as the program itself goes, the projects, assignments, and readings really focus on group work, environmental and economic responsibility, and product reliability. It is a fantastic program, and any suggestions students might have are taken into account due to the college's constant self-diagnosis and emphasis on improvement. I love being a Notre Dame engineer.

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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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