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3 College Senior

Administration: When it comes to academics Notre Dame is very strict. Upon admittance your are introduced to the honor code and your are expected to follow it. We are expected to be in an environment where professors should be able to leave the room during an exam without any cheating occurring. If any does take place students are responsible for reporting it, we are held accountable for making sure that we all have the same chances, opportunities and fairness.

When it comes to social life Notre Dame does give us some freedom. First of all there is no greek life but that usually leads to a sense of brotherhood within all the dorms, one in which you don't have to be tested or hazed to get in to. There is no co-ed housing and we do have parietals. During the weekends we are allowed to have parties in the dorms as long as the host takes full responsibility for making sure guests don't get out of control and aren't put in danger. Alcohol is allowed, well beer is allowed for those who are of legal age. Liquor is not allowed at all, if someone is caught with liquor they will be fined.

As I said Notre Dame does gives us some freedom, however I think as college students we feel the need to party and get crazy sometimes. Therefore, I believe that in order to keep the academic standing and the values we have as people, they are right in restricting our social lives a bit.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Freshman year my largest classes were around 60 students and those were general topic courses - physics, calculus, etc. but as we began declaring our majors they became smaller. No my entire architecture class consists of 28 people and about 85% of the classes we take are just for us, with the exception of 5-10 graduate students. Other classes outside my major are also small such as philosophy, history, theology, these consist of somewhere around 15-20 students.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The Notre Dame network is fantastic; not only do your professors and other faculty help students in attaining a job, but so do the Notre Dame clubs in our hometowns. The ND club of San Antonio had a going away party before I headed off to my freshman year, where I made some new friends who were willing to help with their knowledge and experiences. Now as I approach graduation I will be assisted by the Career fair the School of Architecture holds every year but also by professors, who have connections throughout the US and occasionally internationally, who are more than happy to help students receive a scholarship or job.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Most crimes occur in parking lots or on the way to campus.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Immense amount of school spirit. GO IRISH!!!

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Great spaces for studying and having fun.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: During winter transportation is hard with/without car

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Nice variety with ranging prices and good hours.

4 College Senior

Diversity: People in both college and dorm are accepting.

1 College Sophomore

Administration: The strictness in regards to underage drinking is completely lopsided. Male students are rarely punished for infractions, while female students are humiliated and punished severely. Visitation requires students to leave opposite-sex dorms are certain times, which fosters skewed gender relations.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm system is fun, but it does not allow much freedom for the students. It seems as though the administration still considers students children incapable of making their own choices.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are many quiet places to study, and many lawns and athletic facilities where students can play. Many of the buildings are nice, but the older ones are ugly and gloomy. As a whole, the campus is beautiful.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: South Bend is a boring city. There is not much for students to do and the nightlife, outside of a few bars, is lacking. Some students go into Chicago for professional sports games, museums, and nightlife, but that takes a fair amount of effort.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: To get into the Business school, I just had to declare Business as my major. However, because the school is so popular, incoming freshmen now have to apply as intended Business majors and the University is instating a quota, so it will be much more difficult to get into the Business school.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football team is a hugs part of Notre Dame student life, which can be overbearing but is mostly fun. Other sports are important as well, including hockey and basketball. Women's basketball is extremely successful. Club and intramural sports are well-organized and very fun. Athletic facilities are pretty good. Rolfs, the student workout facility, has most of the equipment needed, but the Rock is not as well-equipped. Both could be bigger and with more available equipment.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police are present and willing to help, but they do not necessarily foster trust between the police force and students. When called to assist a student who has had too much to drink, they are often rude and aggressive. The administration seems to take sexual assault seriously and is required to investigate any claims that are received. Walking alone through campus at night is fairly safe.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is present on campus, but it is not overwhelming by any means. Racial diversity is pretty lacking, and because Notre Dame is a Catholic university, most students come from the same religious background. There is no anti-LGBT sentiment, but out LGBT students are rare.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Mendoza is the best business school in the country. The professors are of the highest caliber and the students are intelligent and willing to work together. Graduating from Notre Dame with a Business degree is practically a guarantee of a job after graduation.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Notre Dame academics are great. Most professors are approachable and love to help their students. Free tutoring is available to freshmen, and the Learning Resource Center connects struggling students with the resources they need to succeed. Some professors are less than willing to help and can be condescending, but students are always studying together, which can be very beneficial. Mendoza College of Business is a very popular option because it is so highly ranked, and other popular paths of study include Pre-Health and Engineering.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students stay on campus until senior year.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is only one club to go to, but many bars. Since there are not many options, you know all of your friends will be wherever you go, it is an amazing time.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat off campus, chain restaurants, and mom and pop restaurants to eat at. There aren't many late night options, but you have to drive to go to them.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love everything about Notre Dame, and I would never choose another school if I had the chance.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Notre Dame can give you a one way ticket to many top companies or schools.

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.

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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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