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.