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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of options. Dinning halls are great, but the quality of meat is not, so you end up eating a lot of carbohydrates. The drinks options in the dinning halls could be more natural. Flex points are really convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: While most of the housing is not modern, they do provide a great sense of belonging, akin to a Fraternity, without the drawbacks. Some newer dorms have great common areas (Gym, kitchen, study areas)

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet, but it doesn't seem like there is a huge variety of options.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is pretty good. If you don't have a car you can walk (10-15 minutes) to Eddy street and grab Chipotle, In & Out Burger, Barbici, Jamba Juice, or O'Rourke's Irish Pub. And if you have a car you go to down-town South Bend and grab any normal restaurant (Chile's or TGIF), Cambodian Thia(great asian), Scotty's Brewhouse(great burgers and bbq), or Riverside Tap. The only problem is that it's hard to find healthy options if you don't have a car to get to the supermarket or a healthy restaurant.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: In my perspective, the best parties are house parties that are off campus. The dorm parties are too crowded, awkward, and the temperature goes through the roof because of all the people in such a small place.

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1 College Freshman

Administration: The strictness at my school depends on who and where you are. The boys dorms get an extreme amount of leniency while the girls dorms are under extremely strict rule (which are supposed to be applied to all dorms). I'd like the school to re-think co-ed dorms, but do to the religious affiliation that is very unlikely. Also, a very annoying policy is parietals--where guys have to be out of girls dorms and vice versa by 1:00am on weekdays and 2:00am on weekends.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wasn't able to get a scholarship from the school directly because there are very few that they give. But I've applied for Fafsa and we are hoping that the school will give the recommended amount that Fafsa stated.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a lot of options for food at Notre Dame. You could make your way to LaFortune which has Taco Bell, Subway, Pizza Hut, and Burger King; or you could take a 15 minute walk to Eddy street for food options like Chipotle, In & Out Burger, Jamba Juice, Barbici, and O'Rourke's Irish Pub.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You are very close to classes, living on-campus.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I think most upper-classmen live off campus and seem to like it. There are many good-sized houses that can be rented for a good price, but a car is almost necessary if you live off because of the winter.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are interesting non-chain options that are decently priced. Most students stay on campus because of meal plans and the diversity of on-campus options anyways though. My favorite off campus restaurant is Fiddler's Hearth, a cozy, rustic Irish pub that serves traditional Irish food and has live music every night. A lot of people also like Ichiban/Golden Dragon for Chinese and Japanese food.

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4 College Student

Party Scene: There are a variety of options depending on the intensity of party you wish to intend. Parties are easily accessible as they are either held in dorms or off campus. Off campus parties are easy to get to because cabs will always be waiting on campus to pick up students for only $3.

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3 College Student

Administration: There's definitely a double standard in rules. For example, boys' dorms are more lenient with drinking and breaking parietals. Parties absolutely would get busted in a girls' dorm but blatant underage drinking is for the most part disregarded in male dorms. As long as you're not openly drinking though, a girl dorm RA probably won't bust you. There are consequences if you are caught violating rules too obviously. There are strict policies regarding drugs and cheating, which can get you kicked out if they are serious enough. Attendance depends on the professor. Some will deduct class points for absences; others will never take attendance at all.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: ND gives aid easily, but it's not enough to make a difference where really needed.

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5 College Student

Campus Food: Good variety. Delicious food in dining halls. It's convenient to get food anywhere such as at the Huddlemart. There are multiple Starbucks locations on campus as well as multiple ABP cafes. The fact that Recker's is open 24/7 is amazing for late night meals and coffee. Flex points in addition to meal swipes makes getting food super easy.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: The community here is uniquely supportive. Dorms are random the first year, and I'm in a better dorm (Welsh Family). Living situations are poorer if placed in an older dorm (especially boys') such as Morrissey or Carroll. Being a private school, costs are a little higher, but the dorms are amazing. They are almost like sororities or fraternities without the negative aspects of Greek life. Each dorm forms an inner sister/brotherhood and hosts great programs and events.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some good places, but not a lot. Most places are run-down. Lots of pubs

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties happen in the dorms, off-campus houses, and in clubs and bars. It is great because there are huge ragers, chill mixers, and in between parties, so there is something for everyone.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My dad did most of it, FASFA

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The meal plan is a good deal, however, if you have outside guests it will cost them a fortune to eat with you. Luckily with the meal plan comes 5 guest swipes, meaning you can get five guests in for a reduced price (I think five dollars?). These can't be used on football weekends. South Dining Hall is great, North isn't so great. However, with the addition of the sandwich bar at North, it isn't so bad. The flex points are great.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The social atmosphere of the dorms is great, and they are all relatively near to class buildings. Some are much better than others. Several do not have A/C which isn't a big deal except for the first two weeks of school.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I usually eat on campus because of the meal plan, but the times i've been off have been good too

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I love it because it's not some "crazy party school" where you constantly have to worry about safety

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: ND has a ton of money if you're willing to ask for it. They also have a ton of aid for things besides tuition, like study abroad, pilgrimages, internships, etc

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: food is amazing, but the plan is crazyyyy expensive and the way you can't use two swipes at the same meal/the way your meals just disappear every week is a huge waste of money

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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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