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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process of getting into Notre Dame is the same as most universities but you need to start early.

2 College Junior

Weather: In the fall it's usually very nice out. Then beginning in November it begins to become really cold and starts to snow around November but doesn't usually stick to the ground until December. Then all spring there is a lot of snow and can stay until April. Usually there's one week in March that "teases" the students by warming up to the 60s but then drops down 30 degrees the next week creating a lot of wetness and ice with all the melting and re-freezing. It doesn't really get warm until May and even then it can still be cool but sunny.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Notre Dame is not very diverse especially in regards to race. A majority of students also share common political beliefs and religious backgrounds.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a few options within walking distance that are good, but beyond that everything else needs a car or the bus to get there. If you have that transportation available (there's a free bus for students to use) then there are a lot of good options nearby

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is good, you just get tired of it as the year goes on. The other places to eat on campus are great and perfect for in between classes. Don't get the meal plan for 21 meals a week because you'll never use them all. The one annoying thing about the meal plans is that meals don't carry over from week to week so if you don't use them all you lose them.

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4 College Junior

Technology: there are plenty of computer labs around campus, offering both windows and mac systems. In certain labs, they have laptops for students to use as well.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus is extremely well lit, and there are plenty of police around at all times. Sexual assault is heard of, but is rare.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: There's a tiny airport in South Bend, with limited flights coming into it. Those that do are typically very expensive (with the exception of flying Frontier in from Denver). Flights are delayed 90% of the time.

You can always fly into Chicago, as there is a Coach USA bus that comes directly into ND's campus. Its about $70 round trip. However, if you're not lucky enough to get an express bus, it'll take you about 3 hours to get from Midway to ND.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity athletics are one the most important features of campus life. Aside from that, club and inter hall sports are very popular for the non-varsity crowd.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Academic scholarships are rare. Notre Dame generally does a decent job of meeting need with their need based scholarships, but it can be difficult.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: They’re a few off campus locations to choose from for dinning purposes. Eddy Street has a small shopping area full of places to eat like The Mark, Chipotle, and Five Guys, and is only about a ten-minute walk from the football stadium. Pricing at these places are pretty similar to other locations, and they except Domer Dollars, which is money added to your university I.D. card that allows you to use it as a debit card on and off campus. However, there are a lot of popular eateries on campus like Taco Bell and Burger King, so there isn't much need to go off.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here is not very great. It’s usually somewhere between 20 and 60 degrees F most of the year, and snows quite frequently. The summer days are nice and sunny though, and when good weather comes around everyone is seen outside. Even during the bad weather though, students find ways to have fun such as snowball fights. Plus, the campus becomes even more beautiful when covered in snow. The snow doesn't get in the way of classes either, ground keepers do a very good job of clearing sidewalks for use.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Notre Dame is a big athletic school, as most people know, and the students love showing their support for their team. Popular sports such as football and basketball are always packed, and students always come ready to cheer for the whole game. Many students often follow teams to away games to watch, and when a team is doing well the atmosphere on campus reflects it.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Students have access to many eateries on campus at the student center, and entertainment at the Legends Club on campus and the performing arts center. Many things on campus do cost money, but the school provides each student with $355 in flex points per semester, which can be used to purchase almost anything. There are numerous work out and recreational facilities which are free to students, and dorm life is very close and family like. The dining halls on campus are some of the best in the nation. There isn't much need to leave campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a group of people on campus who partake in alcohol consumption, most of whom do not go overboard and binge drink. For those who do not drink, many others decide not to drink as well making it very easy for people to feel comfortable to abstain from alcohol use. Notre Dame is a "wet campus" but the use of strong liquor (over 14 percent alcohol) is forbidden. Of course, underage drinking is also banned. The enforcement of these rules is fairly laid back depending on where you are on campus. As long as you and friends are not being obnoxious, and belligerent with your alcohol use, and do not give reasonable cause for enforcement officers to think alcohol is being used unsafely, you won't find much confrontation. As far as penalties go, it’s basically three strikes and you’re out. Students are assigned resident lives, which are the strikes. When a student receives a res life, they must meet with a disciplinary board and usually receive some sort of community service charge with alcohol education classes. In terms of drug use, rules are enforced much more strictly and reparations are a lot more severe. There are a few people on campus who participate in drug use, mostly smoking of marijuana, it is limited a very limited group.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Taxi services are easily accessible to students and are offered at a highly discounted rate. Bus services are free to nearby locations, and the school provides a cost efficient means of getting to Chicago for travel. Also, transit buses run every 30 minutes to neighboring schools. Everything on campus is well within walking distance.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into my engineering major was really easy. Just apply and you will most likely get your spot.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The First Year of Studies program is one of the best aspects of the university. It not only allows students to get a feel for what they really want to study, but also makes it incredibly easy for them to change majors from, say, English to Engineering without automatically tacking on another year.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Notre Dame's athletic and fitness facilities are excellent places to train and exercise. There are plenty of open quads for students to lay around in the sun, read a good book, study, etc. Campus events/traditions are an absolute blast to participate in, especially on game days.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus life is amazing!! The dorms are awesome communities and extremely welcoming to freshmen. Freshmen are not separated into freshmen only dorms, but are immediately integrated into Notre Dame life with upperclassmen. The dorms help you develop brotherhoods and sisterhoods without all the hardships of Greek life. The campus is also relatively small, so you often feel like you know so many people walking to class every day or going out on weekends. The dining halls are actually relatively decent and the meal plans are perfect. Once you live at Notre Dame, it's difficult to adjust to living at home again.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are plenty of cabs and buses to places around South Bend and Mishawaka. Additionally, there are buses running all day every day to Chicago O'Hare and Midway airports in Chicago so you can fly home for breaks.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics is heavily emphasized. Most students workout everyday. The facilities are pretty good with lots of machines/weights to use. There are multiple intramural sports happening every week.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are many bars in the area, and a popular club that has a shuttle provided to it by the University. But these are obviously directed for the 21+ crowd. However, there are still parties on campus that underage students can go to, and there are often activities at the student center and other 24-hour or open-late spaces.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different ethnicities at Notre Dame, but they compromise a very small population; most of students are white Americans. However, the university has a vast array of religions and beliefs followed in its student body. Although many are Catholic, there are also many agnostics, Christians, Muslims, and atheists.

4 College Senior

Parking: spaces available when you need them. Only specific locations, so not "A+" status.

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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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