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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I'll begin by saying that the people I have met are some of the smartest and hardworking people I have met. However since one becomes really comfortable within our college community student looks seem to decline as winter arrives. You will begin seeing lots of students attend classes in their sweats and tshirt and sweater. I personally don't feel comfortable dressing like that, but to each his own. As far as interests and relationships, I have found that within my groups of friends they all have different interests weather it be in athletics, arts, academics, politics, etc. The things that have started and held the circles I am in were dorm life and my major, for some time during freshman year it was when I was in rowing club.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys are better looking and more fun that the girls on campus. Some can be stuck up and throw their money around, but the gay community is small so the heterosexuals reign supreme.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys are really in shape, good looking Irish/ Other White Catholics for the most part. Girls are a disparity between real nice and moderately stuck up, from good girls to smokeshow. There's a real diversity in the girls as much as overall success in the guys

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls could be better... but what do you expect at an academic institution? This isn't some state school...

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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

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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 37 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 36 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 41 responses

  • 27% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 24% Casual dating at your school
  • 14% Long-distance relationship
  • 12% None
  • 11% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 6% 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

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 11 responses

  • 26% Through friends
  • 23% At a party or bar
  • 20% Classes
  • 14% Sporting events
  • 6% In the dining hall
  • 6% At work
  • 3% At one of the gyms
  • 3% That one nice day a year on South Quad

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 25% Roommates; People in your dorm
  • 22% Join clubs
  • 22% In class
  • 19% Through other friends
  • 11% Attend campus activities

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 2% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 5% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 40% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 52% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 38% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 62% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Work hard play hard
  • 36% Intelligent
  • 18% Catholic.



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