Academics

Location
South Bend, IN
Undergrads
8,462
Tuition
$42,971
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: ND wants you to go to medical school and will do whatever it takes to get you there.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: ND is the ultimate challenge of who you are as a complete person. You will be forced to define yourself academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally while you spend your time at Notre Dame.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am majoring in accounting. The professors are generally fantastic. Some classes are easy and some are hard. I have had a couple bad professors, particularly in the math department. Overall, the business department is outstanding. The professors are hilarious and great at their jobs. There are a lot of connections to job opportunities and internships.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a lot of academic opportunities as far as majors, research and internships/jobs. The professors are helpful and great at teaching. The workload can be heavy at times, but it is manageable if you are admitted into ND. Almost everyone is majoring in one of the business majors, economics or political science.

4 College Junior

Academics: Psychology and Spanish. There are many professors offering research opportunities for their students. The study abroad program is great and there are many travel opportunities.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 49th
    Smartest Professors
  • 67th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 94th
    Best Course Variety
  • 120th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 151st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Barker
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If you ever happen to watch a Notre Dame football game, you'll find the same advertisements being flashed between quarters: a snowy-bearded professor with a hearty laugh and rosy cheeks gently gives his students a pat on the back; a balding little man happily prances around before wide-eyed eager young minds as he teaches chemistry. Well, this just might be one of those rare instances where advertisers aren't lying to you. Although some students occasionally encounter that one, bloodthirsty, Attila-the-Hun professor who slashes at them with a red pen, this is relatively rare. Most students have found their professors to be enthusiastic, accessible, and approachable. Even though they have all had some boring classes, the majority agrees that the classes required for their majors are more enjoyable and easy to praise.

The positive student quotes lead to high marks for Notre Dame academics. While there may be some professors who speak different languages or can't relate to their students, and there may be classes so boring that everyone's eyelids lose the battle with gravity, students are impressed with most of their classes. Notre Dame promises many academic hurdles, but the various sources of academic support-ranging from professors to TAs to University-sponsored tutoring programs-provide many hands to help students get through each semester.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,013
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
114
Total FT Faculty
1,013
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$111,090
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
95%
Programs/Majors Offered
82
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 54%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 37%
  • 50 or More Students: 9%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Science
  • Mendoza College of Business
  • School of Architecture
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Finance, General: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Coleman-Morse Study Lounge
  • Hesburg Library
  • LaFortune Student Center
  • O'Shaughnessy Main Table
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be intimidated by classes. The majority of Notre Dame students have never struggled with classes before. Once you begin to take classes here, you'll learn that there are some subjects that might not be your cup of tea. Don't let that bring you down.
  • Don't procrastinate. There's a thin red line between relaxing and procrastination. The less time you waste, the more time you'll have for yourself.
  • Don't take the professor's criticisms too personally. The majority of the professors are kind, but occasionally they will lend you a harsh word, be it on a paper or class discussion. Although this may be aggravating, it really does help you learn from your mistakes in the long run.
  • Get to know your dormmates. Not only will this help you become closer to those who live around you, it will give you a sense of dorm pride and it enables you to meet more people.
  • Go out and watch a game. If you don't feel comfortable playing sports, go and watch one. Whether it's varsity or IM, watching a game is great fun.
  • Learn the football roster, the fight song, and the Alma Mater. At Notre Dame, football is a religion, and, believe me, not knowing these things will haunt you at football games. Oh, and remember-the only time Irishmen sit down during a football game is at halftime.
  • Learn to focus and manage your time. There will be days when your work will make you want to pull your hair out. Focus your time and energy into the classes you feel are the most important.
  • Learn to relax. It will be easy to get lost if you forget to take time for yourself.
  • Participate in intramural sports. IM sports are part of the Notre Dame athletic tradition. By participating, you'll not only grow closer to that tradition, but you'll grow closer to the people who keep that tradition alive.
  • Talk to people. Speak up in class or start a conversation with someone in line at the dining hall. Despite the fact that many people may lend poor comments to students' looks, most Notre Dame students are friendly and interesting. You never know who you'll meet.
Did You Know?
The establishment of an archive of student papers in Hesburg Library has been approved by the ND administration and is currently under construction. This archive would include papers that professors feel are exceptional-they would be available as examples to other students.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 38 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 23% Regis Philbin - talk show and game show host
  • 20% Condoleezza Rice - former secretary of state
  • 20% Nicholas Sparks - author
  • 17% Joe Montana - NFL hall of fame quarterback
  • 17% Tom Mendoza- Vice Chairman of NetApp
  • 3% Jeff Samardzija
  • 0% Phil Donahue - daytime TV personality, talk show host
  • 0% Paul Hornung - NFL hall of fame quarterback

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 32 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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