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Reviews 1126 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Senior

Technology: A few computer labs around campus but usually crowded.

5 College Junior

Majors: My major is Science Pre-Professional Studies or pre-med, which is a wonderful major. It allows for flexibility in my schedule to have an anthropology minor and the elective courses I want to take. My advisors are great and give really helpful advice when it comes to applying to medical school.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Notre Dame is working hard to increase the diversity of students on campus. Overall it is doing an excellent job and moving in the right direction, even though it still has some ways to go when it comes to racial diversity.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I'm not involved in drugs, so I do not notice if there is or is not a drug scene. Alcohol is present, but I have not been exposed to any other form of drugs here.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The weather here varies a lot from day to day. It could be sunny one moment, then pouring or hailing the next.

3 College Junior

Administration: Notre Dame is not only catholic by history, but by practice. The social mood is stunted by the strictness of "du Lac," the policies regarding student life. I haven't yet had a class where I could skip out on classes and still get by; depends on your major though.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Dorm parties are the rage for the underaged. The resident priests and RA's will turn a blind eye to loud music and beer as long as the halls are clear of drunk students and alcohol. Once parietals hit, music should be turned off and women must exit the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing can be great, if you're put into the right dorm. Some of them are just there, while others really thrive. Renovations need to be done to some dorms, but this problem seems to be getting addressed.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Notre Dame is a very safe campus. Campus police are everywhere, even when you don't want them to be, and are always willing to assist. While this overbearance may be an annoyance, this review is for safety and the campus is very safe

3 College Freshman

Technology: Computer labs are located in convenient places around campus, as are printers. There is one in every dorm and sending to one sends to the entire network, which is nice. The wireless is a little off-and-on but they're trying very hard to make it perfection (and I'm a little pickier than most).

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Taxis are very cheap and you can often bargain with Cab drivers. if you call in advance it is not difficult to get one at all but don't expect one ASAP during peak hours. There are drunk buses to bars that are free for students and 1$ for others. There is also a shuttle to and from St. Marys, a bus to and from Chicago, and a bus that is free for students and goes all around South Bend. Zip Cars are also available and very nice but make sure to book in advance as well.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus is always on campus and is free with a student ID, it basically runs to the mall but that is the only place you ever need to go really. There are also taxis which can be a pain, but at night on the weekends they are only $3 a person which is nice. Also they have zipcars which are really convenient for anyone who doesn't have a car. Airport is 15 mins away and it also has the greyhound station and train station. Also, campus has a bus every two hours that goes to Chicago airports and SBN which is pretty cheap

3 College Freshman

Weather: The wind is what sucks. The snow is perpetual in the winter because of lake effect, and South Bend is notorious for its ever changing weather. It's definitely bearable and manageable, it's just a little bizarre. Just make sure to have a good windbreaker/rain jacket and keep a small umbrella on you at all times

3 College Freshman

Administration: Really most things are excused except for breaking parietals and drugs. You get ResLifed if you get caught for either of these, but the alcohol is pretty lenient unless you get sent to the hospital. I know most dorms have a two strike policy on alcohol before they do anything.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Nightlife at Notre Dame is what you make of it! As an underclassman I loved going to dorm parties and certain bars where fake IDs worked. Once you get a little older and people you know are moving off campus, house parties and bars become the norm. As in most places there are certain bars for certain nights ranging from Tuesday to Saturday to my knowledge (the usual Monday bar recently closed). For the most part, people who complain about nightlife at ND either don't have friends, don't actually try to go out, or are secluded from college life because their head is stuck inside a book. Honestly, I realize Notre Dame is not a "party school" but you have a fair array of party choices every night. If you want to party like you're at a party school you can make it happen.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I'm a straight guy so I'll just talk about the girls at Notre Dame. Despite popular belief I think Notre Dame actually has a great distribution in terms of hotness. It's just a bell curve; complete with the horrific, ugly-enough-to feel-sad-for girls as well as the amazing goddesses that are the embodiment of human perfection. But for the most part girls are average!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: If you are a varsity sports player, you are definitely treated definitely and it comes with a lot of perks.

2 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: South Bend is a dump and not much of a city life. There is one club in the city and I think they are closing it down. All the bars are too small and overpacked with students.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms are really old, but they all have great heaters. It stinks that the dorms are single sex and not coed.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love living at the beach and going to a school where the professors are so approachable.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many diverse options at somewhat reasonable prices. Only downside is locations. No too many super close to campus and the farther you go from the university the worse the area is.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus is huge and there is no campus wide transit. A bike is a must, especially if you live in Carroll. Generally cabs drive to off campus parties and charge 3 dollars per person (pretty reasonable). I fly home so I can either fly out of the South Bend Airport (15 dollar cab + flight) or take a bus ($40) that takes me to either one of the chicago airports.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The Du Loc rules are pretty strict in concept and will be enforced if necessary, but if you don't make stupid decisions the rules usually don't effect you

4 College Freshman

Technology: Computers are widely available, but the wifi, while usually reliable, is occasionally bad

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is really hit or miss depending on the area


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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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