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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are absolutely incredible on campus, they are really there to help you learn and grow as a person. The workload can be heavy at times (especially for engineers) but you get through it and there are soo many people who are willing to help you.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Great school. Forces you to study hard, but in the end it is worth it. Great learning environment.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Notre Dame has some of the best professors, but I've had a handful that have been terrible! I am fortunate to hear the advice other students have.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Notre Dame has some of the toughest academics in the country.

3 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Challenge yourself academically and enroll at Notre Dame!

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If you ever happen to watch a Notre Dame football game, you'll find the same advertisements being flashed between quarters: a snowy-bearded professor with a hearty laugh and rosy cheeks gently gives his students a pat on the back; a balding little man happily prances around before wide-eyed eager young minds as he teaches chemistry. Well, this just might be one of those rare instances where advertisers aren't lying to you. Although some students occasionally encounter that one, bloodthirsty, Attila-the-Hun professor who slashes at them with a red pen, this is relatively rare. Most students have found their professors to be enthusiastic, accessible, and approachable. Even though they have all had some boring classes, the majority agrees that the classes required for their majors are more enjoyable and easy to praise.

The positive student quotes lead to high marks for Notre Dame academics. While there may be some professors who speak different languages or can't relate to their students, and there may be classes so boring that everyone's eyelids lose the battle with gravity, students are impressed with most of their classes. Notre Dame promises many academic hurdles, but the various sources of academic support-ranging from professors to TAs to University-sponsored tutoring programs-provide many hands to help students get through each semester.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 54%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 37%
  • 50 or More Students: 9%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Science
  • Mendoza College of Business
  • School of Architecture
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Finance, General: 3%
  • Pre-Medicine Studies: 2%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Coleman-Morse Study Lounge
  • Hesburg Library
  • LaFortune Student Center
  • O'Shaughnessy Main Table
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be intimidated by classes. The majority of Notre Dame students have never struggled with classes before. Once you begin to take classes here, you'll learn that there are some subjects that might not be your cup of tea. Don't let that bring you down.
  • Don't procrastinate. There's a thin red line between relaxing and procrastination. The less time you waste, the more time you'll have for yourself.
  • Don't take the professor's criticisms too personally. The majority of the professors are kind, but occasionally they will lend you a harsh word, be it on a paper or class discussion. Although this may be aggravating, it really does help you learn from your mistakes in the long run.
  • Get to know your dormmates. Not only will this help you become closer to those who live around you, it will give you a sense of dorm pride and it enables you to meet more people.
  • Go out and watch a game. If you don't feel comfortable playing sports, go and watch one. Whether it's varsity or IM, watching a game is great fun.
  • Learn the football roster, the fight song, and the Alma Mater. At Notre Dame, football is a religion, and, believe me, not knowing these things will haunt you at football games. Oh, and remember-the only time Irishmen sit down during a football game is at halftime.
  • Learn to focus and manage your time. There will be days when your work will make you want to pull your hair out. Focus your time and energy into the classes you feel are the most important.
  • Learn to relax. It will be easy to get lost if you forget to take time for yourself.
  • Participate in intramural sports. IM sports are part of the Notre Dame athletic tradition. By participating, you'll not only grow closer to that tradition, but you'll grow closer to the people who keep that tradition alive.
  • Talk to people. Speak up in class or start a conversation with someone in line at the dining hall. Despite the fact that many people may lend poor comments to students' looks, most Notre Dame students are friendly and interesting. You never know who you'll meet.
Did You Know?
The establishment of an archive of student papers in Hesburg Library has been approved by the ND administration and is currently under construction. This archive would include papers that professors feel are exceptional-they would be available as examples to other students.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 77 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 50 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 49 responses

  • 47% This was my dream school.
  • 47% This was one of my top choices.
  • 6% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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