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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: ND is super spirited. I didn't think I was going to like all the spirit, but once you are there, you will love it. It is normal to see people wearing all ND clothes. ND students love their school! Parietals suck and so does the winter. Besides that though, it is a great school! The administration is super useful and always willing to help you. You just have to ask. Come to ND!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys are very good looking. The girls are decent. There are some hot girls and some not so hot girls. The guys are very athletic and overall better looking. Everyone is friendly and intelligent. A lot of people kind of look and act the same, but if you are into the preppy, put together look then you are set. If you are looking for hipsters or activists, ND isn't really the right place for you. People are very main stream. Also, most people are very involved in community service and business clubs.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration is pretty strict about alcohol, parietals and drugs. Given that they are pretty strict, people regularly break the parietals rules and the RAs are fine with it, especially in the guys' dorms. The RAs aren't trying to get you in trouble, but if your door is open at 3 AM and you have guys and girls in there, you will most definitely get in trouble. Basically with parietals, don't be stupid about it. Most people drink on campus. The guys dorms are very relaxed about alcohol and often host dorm parties. Girls dorms are way way more strict. It is not an issue if you have alcohol in your room or if you are drinking with a couple people, but don't have a party in a girls dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls are overall good, but after a while, you might get bored of the food. I can't complain too much because they do have a lot of options. As far as other options, I would say most of the food is good. I particularly like Greenfields. It has great fresh lunch food during the week!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of people play sports. We have intramural sports, dorm sports, club sports and varsity sports. Almost everyone is involved in one sport or more. The intramural sports and dorm sports are super relaxed and low commitment. On the other hand, club sports can get very intense; it depends mostly on the sport. As far as varsity sports, almost all the athletes are recruits. It is pretty hard to walk on to any of the varsity sports, but I do know people that have done it. Good luck if you are trying to walk on! Football is by far the most watched sport. Some professors let students out early on Fridays of football weekend. The campus is packed on football weekends. Everyone is super spirited! Football weekends are my favorite part of ND. Don't worry if you don't know anything about football; you will love it by the time you graduate. Everyone attends the games and the tailgates. It is a ton of fun!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most people you meet are Christian. Religiously, I would say that the diversity is poor at Notre Dame. That being said, I am not very religious and I don't feel pressured to go to church or engage in religious events. If you are religious, there is a lot for you to do though. If you are not Christian, you might find the Christian aspect overwhelming, but the students are very respectful of other religions. I am sure you can find a bunch of religious sects within South Bend, so I wouldn't worry too much.

Racially, Notre Dame was way more diverse than I expected. I thought it was basically going to be all white. I was very wrong about this. There are Asians, Hispanics, African Americans and more. I have a friend from Ecuador and another from South Sudan. People really do come from all over the US and all over the world.

As far as socioeconomic aspects, I would say most people are middle class or upper class, but there is a fair share of lower class people as well. Since there aren't many things that people spend a lot of money at ND, people don't really notice what each other's financial situation is. Your economic background is not something to really worry about.

Politically, almost everyone is conservative, but people are pretty democratic on social issues. The university is way more conservative on social matters than the student body.

To address sexual orientation, I know plenty of gay and lesbian people on campus. People are accepting and the administration makes efforts to build a community for gay/lesbian/transgender students. My roommate was lesbian and she is one of the coolest people I met on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Notre Dame gives me a decent amount of financial aid, but it was not as much as my family was hoping. I know a bunch of my friends are on full scholarships at Notre Dame, but I also have friends that will graduate with a huge debt. Notre Dame is better about financial aid than many of the other schools that I was considering, but it isn't perfect. If you don't like your package, contact the financial aid office; they will help. My family got an extra $4,000 dollars in scholarship money each semester.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm system is great. Each dorm is like a sorority or frat. Students often stay in the same dorm all four years or until junior year. A lot of students move off campus for senior year. Since there is no survey for housing placement, some people don't like their roommates freshman year, but you can pick your roommate for sophomore year. I think that the random selection system actually ends up working for most people. There is a lot of dorm pride and each dorm is definitely its own community. The dorms are clean and are overall nice. Some dorms have bigger rooms than others. Some have air conditioning and some don't (air conditioning is only an issue the first two weeks of school). Some are big and some are small. My main complaint is the strictness. A rector will write you up if she sees you drunk or with alcohol; this is mainly a concern in the girls' dorms. Guys' dorms are a lot more relaxed. The other issue is parietals. If you want to stay over in a guy's room, make sure you don't leave the room during parietals hours (12-9am during the week and 2-9am on the weekends). If you are smart about your actions, alcohol and parietals shouldn't be a problem.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: There are tons of intramural sports available to students and the sporting events are fun. I wish the football tickets were a little cheaper but whatever.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Although I did get some aid, I needed more than I got. Consequently, I had to take out more loans that put me into even more debt.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I like that there isn't Greek life. The dorm life is more accepting, rather than excluding, which Greek life often is.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I wish the library had some fiction books for leisure reading. I also wish that sports other than football were promoted more so there was greater student turnout at these events.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The access to dorm buildings is pretty well-controlled, so I feel safe in my dorm. However, there have been numerous incidents when students are walking back to their dorm at night and are attacked. This could be prevented if they had officers walking around on campus during this time of the night.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Although there are a few things I would change about Notre Dame, I love my university and couldn't imagine myself anywhere else.

4 College Junior

Majors: There are many research and service opportunities for students of various majors.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: I came to this school without ever visiting and not coming from a Notre Dame family and I could not be happier. There is a true sense of community especially with the way dorm life is set up. Professors and classes are great.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Football and all the fun traditions make this school truly a unique place.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are enough places to keep it interesting but a lot of people eat in the dining halls.

4 College Junior

Administration: The administration tends to be pretty fair as long as people are being safe. They accept that underage drinking will occur however drug use is not tolerated at all.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Which dorm you live in is literally luck of the draw. You could live in hotel like dorms or older dorms with no A/C. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. The older ones tend to be smaller thus having a better sense of community and tradition.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live on campus 3 of the 4 years at school.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I have had to make many trips back and forth to the financial aid office.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We are always informed of crime statistics and provided with safety precautions to go by. The administration takes this sort of thing very, very seriously

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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5 College Junior

Academics: The classes are very interesting and I have had the privilege of learning from some amazing professors.

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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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