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Campus Quality


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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Huge amount of school pride and tons of incredible tradition. The sense of community spans over generations and class years. The campus is beautiful and the facilities are top notch, probably because the alumni donate so much out of love for the school.

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Great spaces for studying and having fun.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are many quiet places to study, and many lawns and athletic facilities where students can play. Many of the buildings are nice, but the older ones are ugly and gloomy. As a whole, the campus is beautiful.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The University of Notre Dame is a beautiful campus with many different activities available for any type of student. The school is designed with gothic style, and the dorms are gorgeous on the exterior. However the majority of dorms do not have air conditioning and are in need of some renovation.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It is like going to school at Hogwarts with the architecture and the plethora of spaces to study that come out of the woodwork. The Hesburgh Library is massive: 14 floors and a basement with 13 of them for use by students.

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When you and your desk, bed, drawers, clothes, and other furniture are forced to share a 14x14 space with another person, you're bound to get cabin fever unless you eventually leave your room. Thankfully, students feel that Notre Dame offers a number of high-quality student facilities which are as nice to look at as they are to frequent. With three different locations and an appeal to both serious and casual exercisers, the athletic facilities are ranked first in popularity among the students. Despite some complaints about a lack of variety and social space, the LaFortune Student Center comes in second with its collection of restaurants and a mini-convenience store.

Student praise for the athletic facilities, the restaurants and cafés, and the second floor study area of the Hesburg Library helps to offset the complaints about the minimal space at the student center. Overall, the variety, number, and condition of Notre Dame's facilities earn excellent marks.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,250 acres
Student Centers
LaFortune Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • La Fortune Student Center
  • On the Quads during warm weather
  • Reckers
  • Second floor of the Hesburg Library (for social studying)
Bar on Campus
Legends of Notre Dame
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
There is a Starbucks in the student center as well many other cafes on campus where you can get a cup of coffee.
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but the Student Union Board offers weekend movies in 101 and 102 DeBartolo Hall, the two largest classrooms on campus.
School Slang
  • Arkies: Nickname given to Architecture majors.
  • Bun Run: Yearly event in which the men of Zahm Hall streak across campus and through the student center. Zahm considers it to be one of their Dorm Events.
  • CoMo: Nickname for the Coleman-Morse Center; which houses classrooms, the Campus Ministry Office, the Writing Center, and the First-Year of Studies Office. CoMo also has a study lounge that provides students with free popcorn and sodas as they study.
  • CORE: Class required for arts and letters majors during sophomore year that involves an intensive study of a particular subject.
  • DeBart: Nickname for DeBartolo Hall, the main building in which most students have the majority of their classes.
  • D-H: Abbreviation students give to both North and South Dining Hall.
  • Domer: Student at ND.
  • Domer Dollars: Points that students can purchase from the ID Card Office that can be used to purchase food, groceries, and bookstore merchandise.
  • Flex 14: Student meal plan with 14 meals a week.
  • Flex Points: Meal points allotted in the Flex 14 meal plan. These points can be used at other campus restaurants and at the campus mini-grocery store.
  • Flipside: Nonalcoholic group that sponsors events on campus.
  • Frosh: Freshman at ND.
  • Frosh-O: Nickname for Freshman Orientation.
  • God Quad: Located behind the Basilica, God Quad is home to Sorin Hall, St. Edward's Hall, and Walsh Hall.
  • Golden Dome: Dome that sits atop the University's Main Building. This term has evolved into a generalized reference to Notre Dame.
  • The Grotto: Memorial to Our Lady of Lourdes that acts as a place of reflection and prayer for many in the Notre Dame community.
  • The Huddle: Mini grocery store located in the LaFortune Student Center.
  • Kegs-n-Eggs: A traditional Irish breakfast of beer and eggs that takes place at Clover Village on Saturday mornings before home football games.
  • La Fun/La Funk: The nickname given to the LaFortune Student Center.
  • Mod Quad: Directly behind North Quad, and next to the Hesburg Library, Mod Quad holds Siegfried Hall, Knott Hall, Pasquerilla East, and Pasquerilla West.
  • Monk: Nickname given to Father Edward Malloy, president of the University.
  • North Quad: Located near North Dining Hall; North Quad houses Zahm Hall, Cavanaugh Hall, Farley Hall, Breen-Phillips Hall, and Keenan-Stanford Hall.
  • O'Shag: Nickname for O'Shaughnessy Hall, which holds most of the arts and letters offices, a radio station, and Waddick's café.
  • Parietals: The hours during which members of the opposite sex are allowed to be in your dorm room.
  • Pom Squad: The female pep rally dance group; worshipped by Notre Dame men as the only hot girls on campus.
  • Premium 21: A meal plan with 21 meals per week.
  • Quad: A term referring to an area of campus on which certain dorms are located.
  • Rally in the Alley: A party held at Clover Village apartments at the beginning and end of the year.
  • The Rock: The term used to refer to the Rockne Memorial, a gymnasium named after Fighting Irish football coach, Knute Rockne.
  • South Quad: Near South Dining Hall; South Quad is home to Alumni Hall, Dillon Hall, Pangborn Hall, Badin Hall, Lyons Hall, Morissey Manor, Fisher Hall, and Howard Hall.
  • SUB: The abbreviation for the Student Union Board.
  • Super Senior: A fifth-year senior at ND.
  • Touchdown Jesus: The nickname for the mural of Jesus on the Hesburg Library, called "Touchdown Jesus" because it faces the Notre Dame Stadium and pictures Christ with upheld arms that look much like a field goal.
  • West Quad: Behind South Quad; West Quad is home to Welsh Family Hall, Keogh Hall, O'Neil Hall, and McGlinn Hall.
  • The Fighting Irish: No one is sure exactly how this nickname originated. Some believe it started in 1899 when Wildcats fans began chanting "Kill the Fighting Irish!" at a game. Some say it was coined in the 1920s by ND alumnus Francis Wallace in his column for the New York Daily News. In any case, though, everyone agrees that it is a perfect characterization for the athletic teams' grit, determination, and tenacity.
  • SYR Hall Dances: SYR stands for "Screw Your Roommate," a term that was once used to refer to the tradition of setting up your roommate with a terrible person for your hall dance.
Urban Legends
  • Guys, watch out: if a girl you are not really interested in asks you to take a walk with her by the lakes, take a trip to the Grotto, or tries to kiss you under the Arch in Lyons Hall, don't do it. Legend has it that the first person who walks with you around the lakes, goes to the Grotto with you, or kisses you under the Arch is the person you will marry. So unless you're in it for the long run, don't go.
  • If you ever find yourself working alone one night in Washington Hall and you feel a chill run down your spine or hear a whisper in your ear, don't be alarmed-it's just the Gipper. The Gipper is Notre Dame's resident ghost. Once a field goal kicker, and, according to legend, somewhat of a party animal, the Gipp's school days were spent residing in Washington Hall. Back then, all students were subject to a curfew, and the penalties for breaking this curfew were much more severe than the slap on the wrist that students receive today. One night, after a roaring good time, the Gipper walked home in the rain and realized that he had forgotten his key to the front door of his dorm. Knowing that he would be seriously punished for breaking curfew, he spent the night in the rain on the steps of Washington Hall. Sadly, this night would lead to his death. The Gipper's time in the rain gave him pneumonia, and he died shortly thereafter.
  • Notre Dame is home to many student urban legends. Here is a brief sample of the most popular ones.
  • The one thing that every Notre Dame student fears and avoids like the plague is stepping on the stairs of the Main Building prior to graduating. Legend has it that, if a student steps on the Main Building stairs before graduation, he or she will be forever cursed not to finish school.
Favorite Things To Do
Attend a multicultural event, attend an event sponsored by a dorm, check out a dance, go to Acoustic Café on Thursday nights, hang out in the student center, hang out at a campus restaurant/café, watch a SUB-sponsored movie, play or relax on the Quad, or work out. When the weather permits (which is less than half of the year), you will find many students throwing a football, tossing a Frisbee, or just relaxing out on one of the quads. The 9-hole golf course on campus is also a favorite while the weather is warm. The student body's favorite late-night spot is Reckers' Café located behind the South Dining Hall. It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week and is especially popular after Parietal hours. The LaFortune Student Center is also a popular spot at all times of the day.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Observer
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 65 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 22% Go to sporting events
  • 21% Hang out with friends/study groups
  • 10% Go to the grotto
  • 7% Go to parties
  • 6% Go to club meetings
  • 6% Run around the lakes
  • 5% Go to talks/lectures
  • 5% Pray
  • 5% Volunteer
  • 4% Sleep and Netflix
  • 4% Pickup soccer/basketball
  • 4% Go to Starbucks!
  • 1% See PEMCo Shows
  • 1% Try and find all the study spaces
  • 1% Wander around

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 33 responses

  • 28% Football Games
  • 20% The Fighting Irish
  • 14% Other dorm events (signatures, sports, etc. )
  • 13% SYR Hall Dances
  • 6% Keenan Revue
  • 6% Dorm Parties
  • 4% Bookstore Basketball Tournament
  • 3% Soccer games
  • 3% Interhall sports
  • 3% Dorm Mass
  • 1% The Glee Club
  • 1% Pasquerilla East Musical Company

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 33 responses

  • 39% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 55% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 6% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 66 responses

  • 53% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 36% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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