South Bend, IN
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Reviews 1084 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am a Computer Science major and am planning on going to graduate school to get my PHD. I believe that Notre Dame is preparing me well for this path.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Admission comes with admission to the University. The Engineering Department is very welcoming because they want to keep a lot of people in the Engineering School.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: I'm a Midwesterner so I'm accustomed to the random weather patterns. Additionally, I love the snow and cold so it doesn't bother me too much.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing defines your college experience and community in the dorms are always supportive and everyone becomes family.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: Printers are very accessible and I have not had trouble with the wireless.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It has a policy much like other prestigious schools. Scholarships are available for very exceptional students but mainly it exists to satisfy need.

College Freshman

Transportation: Isn't really necessary on a closed campus like Notre Dame.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: A few parties are hit and miss but the work hard play hard mindset reigns very true here.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Du lac and parietals are more strict than other schools but it's what is expected at a prestigious Catholic University.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The business school is fantastic but the first year engineering curriculum could use a few modifications.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The parties are pretty chill and most people love living on campus that most do not move off until senior year if they choose to move off at all.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: As a diversity student, I have always felt welcome and have never felt that any of my characteristics that would classify me as a minority student have been used to discriminate against me in any way.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have a TRANSPO bus system that's free for students (and goes to most parts of town). Bikes are great too if you have them, I can really go about anywhere in the area.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: We have amazing technology options. The university sure keeps up to-date technologically. There are computer clusters all over campus (both Mac and Windows) and printers in each dorm

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Winters here are bad. I repeat bad--lots of snow, long winters, and I'm from Chicago!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school is strict about some important things, but pretty lax about alcohol and parietals/quiet hours.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity here on campus, not only racially, but individually--we all have come from different backgrounds and have unique stories to tell.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are great--there's lot of variety with solid professors in every field, although you might find a few that aren't so good. I really enjoy it here at Notre Dame.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is really smooth, and the school is pretty generous with the aid, at least in my experience.

1 College Junior

Weather: WHY WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE HERE, LET ALONE FOUND A SCHOOL. WHY. Winter is SO long. Fall is nice though.

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Super annoying, everyone is super uptight about drugs

4 College Junior

Computers: No major complaints. Wish we had smartboards or at least dry erase boards in the classrooms but it's mostly chalk.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Kind of limited if you're underage. All bars/clubs are 21+

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Parietals. And super anti-drug. Caught once, and you're suspended for a semester or yr

3 College Junior

Transportation: Buses don't go many places. Cabs for $3 for students for parties.

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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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