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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: As a grad student, I haven't really walked around on campus at night or partied on campus. For the most part, I've walked with friends and I don't walk around alone much. It might be a different experience for undergrads. I feel relatively safe on campus but I also try to avoid certain areas of South Bend that are more dangerous.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The alumni network is great, great to reach out to.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Football season is a great time to come together to cheer on the school and great way to make new friends.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: My classmates genuinely care about the program and are very passionate individuals who are trying to make a difference in the world.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Academically, I have found myself excelling at Notre Dame. There is such a wide scope of classes to take that I was able to explore my peripheral interests, and take classes I didn't even know existed. My sociology seminar on criminology for example was absolutely fascinating. We discussed many of the theories that push people over the edge and lead them to a life of crime. Class size is good. A few classes are huge (100+ people), but for the most part the classes are relatively small which allows for good student-professor contact.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Notre Dame is renowned for its fantastic alumni network, and from what I have seen it does not disappoint. You can truly call up anyone affiliated with the school, and he/she will be happy to take a chunk out of their day to devote time to you. It is so refreshing to see.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As far as I am concerned, campus is a very safe place. Going into South Bend though is a little dodgy though so you have to have your wits about you if you choose to venture off campus for a night out.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I find there is a real dorm hierarchy unfortunately. Some dorms are brand new with spacious rooms and fantastic amenities, whereas others are over 100 years old and do not even have air conditioning. Apparently it is the luck of the draw which dorm you are put into but it seems as if students with very wealthy parents always seem to get preferential treatment. As far as my living arrangement is concerned, the rooms aren't huge, but they aren't too small either. It definitely could be worse.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Notre Dame's football team is undoubtedly the focal point of student life - especially in season. Football games every weekend are truly a spectacle to behold, with almost all of the students attending the games. Fan support is unparalleled.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have really loved my experience at Notre Dame so far. The people are so kind and welcoming- you could approach anyone and strike up a perfect combination. What is more, there is always something to do. Whether it be studying (which there is a fair bit of), or watching the football/basketball games, to simply playing catch on the quad, you will never find yourself bored.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are absolutely incredible on campus, they are really there to help you learn and grow as a person. The workload can be heavy at times (especially for engineers) but you get through it and there are soo many people who are willing to help you.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think our diversity is pretty good. However, you must also understand that there are a lot of Notre Dame students who are athletic, conservative, white, upper-middle class, and Catholic. That being said, there are SOO many other ways to judge diversity than checking boxes like that.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a lot of alcohol on campus, but pretty much no other drugs. While most people drink some, you can have a great social life even if you don't, and there's no pressure to drink if you don't want to.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Notre Dame alumni network is absolutely incredible. Just randomly running into a Notre Dame alumni in a foreign country immediately turned into a networking connection and has the potential for an internship. Domers love helping other domers!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've had really great professors so far. All of them really care about you as a student and your well-being and want to help you succeed but also be a good person.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. It's well lit at night and I have been out numerous times by myself (as a female) in the middle of the night and have never felt unsafe doing so.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus! The dorms are a great system and give you an automatic family. You become really close to the people in your dorm but at the same time also get to know people from other dorms which is really nice.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our school spirit and support for our athletic teams is absolutely incredible. I love going to games and they're so fun because so many people go. Most of our students were athletes in high school so if they aren't playing a varsity sport they are probably still active on campus. Interhall sports (between dorms) are big, super fun and can get pretty competitive. There are also typical intramurals and co rec sports.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Everyone goes out to watch the football games. We are known for our touchdown Jesus.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Notre Dame doesn't have a Greek Life, rather students are randomly assigned to one of the 28 dorms on campus. People generally grow pretty attached to their dorm and the people they live with. There is a huge sense of pride and family within each dorm and from my experience this dorm lifestyle sort of provided a surrogate Greek Life without having to apply or rush. Personally, this Greek Life-esque community in the absence of an Greek system was one of the things that attracted me to Notre Dame. It's got the connections and family feel without having to be accepted. You are already "accepted" and don't have to prove anything to anyone.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football, basketball, and hockey are probably the biggest sports, with football being the major one by far. Football game days are awesome! Campus is buzzing with excitement all day and that continues into the stadium during the game. The student section is a ton of fun and almost all undergrads attend the games.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The best part about Notre Dame is the sense of community on campus and amongst it students.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The quality of teaching is very high.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The alumni network is very valuable, as are the opportunities that open up to graduates.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: People are very loyal to their dorms.

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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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