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Reviews 1065 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: Mostly Dreary – Be prepared for the elements! The first month or so is extremely hot. The winter season is very harsh -lots snow and bitter cold days. There is always an overcast (I got very pale last year). It rains a lot in the spring, so bring rainboots. Take advantage of the beautiful sunny days...

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Dorm Policies – The school has a strict dorm policy which includes same-sex dorms, "parietals" (a time frame where a member of the opposite sex isn't allowed in your room), and a no-toloerance policy for alcohol. Don't get caught, because the punishments can be severe.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dining Hall Food – The dining hall menu has a wide variety of food choices including buffet-style selections, and made to order meals. The food is always fresh. Some meals should be a bit more seasoned, but overall quality is great!

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1 College Senior

Scholarships: Not Worth It – Unless you fall into the need-based financial aid category, don't waste your time.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Profs That Care – Professors are supportive, and don't just care about your grade, or their review, or whether you get a job per se, but about your personal and educational development, that each student is pushing their own limits and striving for their best.

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3 College Senior

Technology: Closing Time – They are basically available in the library and a few computer clusters around campus. They are nice, but can fill up around midterms and finals, and are unavailable late at night, so if you are a night owl it can be problematic.

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3 College Senior

Academics: You Can Do Better – This usually indicates that you are on the cusp of an A, and if you put in a little more effort, or time with the professor tweaking what you have, you can bump up your grade.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are insightful and almost always willing to help, be it in the classroom, in preparation for a research project, or with a job search. Workload is somewhat high, with the highest corresponding to science/engineering majors. The facilities are immaculate, with excellent technology and otherwise great design.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Somewhat Strict – Notre Dame can sometimes act draconian with its drug/alcohol policy, as well as its seriousness in regards to parietals (i.e. no opposite gender in dorm past a certain time). Otherwise, the campus is pretty lax.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Labs Are Great – Labs have a mix of plenty of Macs and PCs. Both sets of computers are up to date and include the full suite of Microsoft Office. Labs are somewhat large and hardly get full outside of Midterms/Finals.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Personal Preference – If you like the "Bro Culture", i.e. parties, drinking, etc., then Notre Dame is the place for you. For quiet people like myself, it's often difficult to carve out a niche.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Notre Dame dorm life is great. The sense of community in each dorm is extremely pervasive. There is always someone to study with and someone to kill time with. My only complaint is that the older dorms are noticeably no where nearly as accommodating as the new ones.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The first year studies program at ND is top notch.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: If you like cold weather and snow, this is the place for you. If you are from a warm weather climate, you will have a hard time adjusting. Walking through the quads are like walking through wind tunnels, with the wind always blowing the opposite way that you need to go.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining Halls Are Great – Going to college, i was scared of what eating dining hall food would do to my body. At ND, I have been more than happy with the choices. Daily, there is excellent variety of fruits, vegetables, vegetarian cuisine, you name it. There are always healthy choices available (not to mention the pizza and burgers for those who prefer the junk food). Ethnic cuisine is available every couple weeks. We have a create your own waffle bar (open for all meals) and frozen yogurt machines (loved by the students).

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pretty self explanatory... Varsity athletics at ND are huge. Over 90% of students have season tickets to home football games. Campus is similar to Disneyland with all the fans and alumni coming to watch. Parking lots are filled to capacity with tailgaters, eager to give a burger or soda to wandering students. Training centers are amazing, giving not only training equipment to athletes, but also lounges and even special training dinners.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Best There Is – Notre Dame has the BEST dining hall food humanly possible. I love the variety everyday and the choices.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Good Looking – For the most part, everyone at Notre Dame is equally attractive. Sure, we have nerds and weirdos, but there are also very attractive, normal guys and gals.

5 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is excellent with parking lots around campus so everyone can get spaces.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly White, Upper-Class – There is a stark lack of diversity on campus, where every male seems to be 6' 0", white, and of an athletic background, and every female appears to originate from Degrassi. Hispanics and Asians are the leading minority groups (in that order), though specific groups are over-represented: Chinese, Mexican, etc.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Lack of Spots – There are only a couple lots and campus, and they can fill up somewhat quickly.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: No Need to Leave Campus – The campus is very small, and the South Bend area is lackluster, meaning transportation is neither provided nor thought of. You'll never want to leave the "Notre Dame Bubble" anyways.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The network is available everywhere on campus, save some spots on North Quad, and it is super convenient if you don't feel like studying in your room all the time. Other than North Quad, all the other Quads (if you feel like working outside) have network speed just as fast as if you were in a building, which is also a really nice perk if you don't feel like locking yourself inside for a day.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: What You Would Expect – Notre Dame, as everyone knows, is the top Catholic university in the nation. This is obviously going to attract a very narrow range of students and backgrounds, with similar values instilled within them before arriving to the university and, thus, most of the students coming from families that have similar work ethics and so on. But, although the university strives to attract academic and Catholic students, it also reaches out to other backgrounds and achieves this goal, to an extent. I am friends with many international students, those of different sexual orientations and even religious beliefs, despite what people might think of the diversity within that particular demographic. But, although there is diversity, it is not obvious if you do not, for the most part, actively seek out diversity. I am already a minority in a respect at the university, as I am Protestant, so I am aware of the diversity religiously on campus, and the university offers a lot in the way of promoting diversity, whether it be religious, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, etc.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Fighting Irish Sports – Notre Dame has one of the most recognizable sports programs in the country, and even when football is having a down year the other sports teams are world class. Most years there are a number of Big East championship teams.

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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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