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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Beautiful Campus – The campus is incredibly beautiful, and there are wonderful places to walk around campus. Many of the buildings are old but they are functional and in good condition. The student center is on the small side but has many comfortable places to hang out. There are 2 workout facilities for students, and 1 main library.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Good to Go – There are several computer labs around campus that contain good, fast computers. They have Macs and PCs so students can use what they are most familiar with. The printing system is good beacuse you can print from any computer on campus and pick your document up at any printer. It is definitely a good idea to bring your own laptop because so many assignments are online, but a personal printer is not needed.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Big Name School in a Small Town – When I tell people that I go to school at Notre Dame, everyone knows what I'm talking about. What they don't know, however, is where it is. That is primarily because South Bend traditionally has Notre Dame to offer and that's it. While certainly far from a bustling city, I find South Bend to possess everything a college town needs. There is a large mall practically within walking distance, countless strip malls with public transportation, Rocco's pizza place, 2 movie theatres, a small zoo, and the College Football Hall of Fame. South Bend is certainly far from a tourist destination, but it has more than Notre Dame would ever need- pretty much all you need can be found within the golden gates of the university itself.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Everything You Need Is Right There – Notre Dame is right next to South Bend, Indiana, but you never really need to leave campus the way it is set up. However, if you ever get restless or need to go and get a halloween costume or get Christmas lights, there is a Wal Mart just 5 minutes away by taxi or upperclassman. Eddy Street is also a great place to go if you get tired of the dining hall. There is a Chipotle, Five Guys, McAllister's, Hot Box Pizza, and an ice cream shop just ten minutes away by foot. Finally, the College Football Hall of Fame is about ten minutes away by car. It is worth going to sometime during your 4 years at Notre Dame. *For when you're 21... Yes, there are numerous bars to go to in South Bend and a bus that drives all night from campus and back.*

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Just Ok. Anywhere on campus is a 15-minute walk maximum. Going off campus would require a cab, which is very easy to call, although the cabbies aren't always friendly. There are bus routes to downtown South Bend. The nearby South Bend Airport has some connections and others can fly into Chicago and take a bus to Notre Dame. Around breaks, there are usually buses that take large amounts of students to large cities, such as Philadelphia, etc.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Mostly Good – Parking for visitors is free and the lot attendants are very amicable. Parking for students is not a far walk.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Sure, there are probably drugs here as there are at any college. But I haven't witnessed it or met anyone who participates. No peer pressure to do drugs.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Notre Dame's engineering program is unique among the engineering programs with which I am familiar. The university has an overall focus for each student on the humanities, so engineers get a broad contextual education into which their specific discipline fits. As far as the program itself goes, the projects, assignments, and readings really focus on group work, environmental and economic responsibility, and product reliability. It is a fantastic program, and any suggestions students might have are taken into account due to the college's constant self-diagnosis and emphasis on improvement. I love being a Notre Dame engineer.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Very Lenient – I sent the forms in two months after the deadline and still received the financial aid I needed and would have gotten had I sent them in on time. They were very good about this, and I thought I got a generous amount.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Is Safe! There were four crime alerts last semester. I walk around alone all the time and not once have I felt threatened. I am male though, so if I were a female it would be slightly different. Even still everyone says how safe they feel on campus.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The First Year Studies program is way too powerful, resulting in a restrictive first year. It has a good idea behind it, but there needs to be major changes, like its ability to override the departments at the school, and their inability to change schedules for needs. The different schools at Notre Dame do a much better job of acting for the students, not just what is most efficient.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus dining halls are actually really good! I haven't gotten sick of them yet. There are plenty of options each night, and you can actually eat healthy if you want to. The other options are Reckers, then LaFun, which has good options like Subway or Burger King. Each option has quality food.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are always considered very attractive, the girls not so much. There are definitely attractive girls here, but this is no Arizona State. The nice thing is whoever you talk to, for the most part, will be smart and nice and pleasant to talk to.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: The computers on campus do their job, and work. The latter is very important for facilities, because they aren't that fancy, and rather aged, but work well and are reliable. Printing is very easy on campus, and there are a ton of printers, which is amazing.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Traditional but Great – The facilities are very traditional feeling but at the same time fit every need of the students, adding to the feeling of tradition on campus. They don't feel mass produced, and every building has its own character.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Notre Dame is the best for education. Enough said. Its undergraduate business program is rated #1 in the world. Is there any more I have to say?

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safe, Area Is Mixed – Safety on campus is overall excellent, with maybe one or two incidents reported on campus each semester. I walk halfway across campus almost every night well after midnight and have never felt unsafe. However, the area around campus is a mixed bag. In general, if you travel with a couple other people and pay attention to your surroundings when off-campus, you should be fine.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: To live off campus is much cheaper than to live on campus and there are some great options of places to live. after living on campus for two years with pariatls students are eager to get off campus and to have a heck of a lot more freedom.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Not Bad – The computers aren't bad at the school. Although most students on campus have laptops and therefore don't need the computers that are available. As far as the wireless goes it is pretty fast but there are some dead spots and it really is a problem if that dead spot just so happens to be your dorm room.

2 College Junior

Weather: Not bad until it gets cold. The quads become a wind tunnel and walking to class sucks. The temp is 30 and the wind chill is well below zero. Alcoholism helps.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Go to Eddy St. Right across the street from the school is Eddy Street Commons which has some restaurants, bars, Chipotle etc.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is basically white and catholic. If you want diversity you can join the multicultural groups but that's really all there is. Notre Dame tries really hard to bring people in from all different backgrounds but not many people that aren't catholic and white choose to come here.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Really Really Good – The food is here is so delicious. If you want to eat healthy you can easily do so. If you're a vegan you can easily get all your nutrients. The food here caters to everyone's desires.

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If we had it, I could tell you. But I frankly don't even know what that is here.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Tradition Is Overrated – Football is the biggest in the nation in terms of tradition. And that's all anybody cares about.


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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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