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South Bend, IN
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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Havent had time yet after only one semester to fully evaluate this

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a ton of good looking guys (and good looking girls for the guys out there). Most ND girls dress nicely, but not too stuck-up or slutty. The St. Mary's girls can throw off the guy-girl interaction, because many of them just want to party and try too hard to get the guys attention. There are some guys who want a "domer" relationship, but there are many who just want to hookup.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Gender relations could definitely be better

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Notre Dame has a type; if you like it, you're set.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Gender relations are a bit strained at times and it can be a bit difficult to make friends with members of the opposite sex (especially if you are in a major without a lot of guys). This does not change my resolve that ND is the best university ever!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 25th
    Smartest Guys
  • 30th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 33rd
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 38th
    Most Religious Girls
  • 52nd
    Most Religious Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Barker
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Both the dating scene and male-female relations at Notre Dame are seriously different from many other schools you may look at-especially large, public schools, or schools in more urban settings. With single-sex dorms and parietals firmly in place, guys and girls are kept apart from the beginning and largely tend to stay that way. With the exception of group projects, nights out, or the rare couple that is actually dating, members of the opposite sex don't interact often. Typically, anyone who walks through the student center can see groups of guys and girls in distinctly different places-kind of like those dances you used to go to in middle school.

Although female students rated the guys at Notre Dame quite highly, men did not have quite the same praise for the girls. The stereotypical Notre Dame guy is both intelligent and hot, while girls apparently run the gamut from uptight to simply unattractive. However, it's likely you'll find plenty of exceptions to both of these standards. While the Notre Dame social scene is quite skewed, it hasn't been pronounced dead on arrival-you will see the occasional serious couple walking arm-in-arm, and hookups are not really uncommon.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Yeah, right.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. At a party or bar
  2. At one of the gyms
  3. In the dining hall
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Parties
  2. Bars
  3. Class
Social Scene
The social scene at Notre Dame tends to be a little different than what you might find at most other universities. Since a vast majority of Notre Dame students hail from all over the country, most of them are very eager to meet new people. Most everyone around campus is friendly and willing to engage in conversation. Capitalizing on every chance you get to meet and befriend new people is one of the most important aspects of attending Notre Dame. Some of the people you will meet in the most random of places could turn out to be one of your best friends for the rest of your life.
Hookups or Relationships?
Most students at Notre Dame are busy throughout most of the school year, so there really isn't time for long-term commitments. Although relationships do occur, hookups are typically more frequent and noticeable on campus.
Dress Code
Notre Dame's school newspaper, The Observer, once featured an article discussing the student's unofficial dress code. In this article, the author outlined the image of the average ND student: designer jeans, crew neck sweaters, leather jackets, pea coats, and shoulder strap back packs. The fact is that a walk through campus can often feel like a glimpse through the latest J. Crew catalog. Although there are a few brave souls who dare to make unique fashion statements, the majority of the Notre Dame community opts for a casual conservative look on a daily basis. However, when the lights go down, the party comes alive with students ditching the confines of preppiness for a much more outgoing, and sometimes revealing, look. During the winter, pretty much anything goes. A Notre Dame favorite among both guys and girls is the hoodie and sweatpants combination. It's hard to walk down the quad without seeing one or the other on nearly every student.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 33 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 32 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 36 responses

  • 26% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 24% Casual dating at your school
  • 14% Long-distance relationship
  • 14% None
  • 9% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 7% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 1% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 6% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 33% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 58% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.



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