Dismiss notification

Interested in this school?

Please type at least the first 4 letters of the school name.

Student Reviews

University of Notre Dame Reviews

Check out reviews left by other students or leave your own review. You could win a free scholarship.

  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    63 out of 64 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to work hard, deal with some stress, and are willing to become deeply involved in their school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare yourself by doing lots of extracurriculars or service. Watch Rudy. Learn the names of the starting football players. Buy lots of warm clothes, as South Bend's frigid temperatures are often the worst characteristic of Notre Dame.

    Bang for the buck

    Notre Dame is not an inexpensive school, but you get what you pay for. If you want an education that will stick with you, or one that covers all academic areas exceptionally, you should consider Notre Dame

    Am enjoying being here

    Notre Dame prides itself on its residential life. Students are placed in residence hall that soon become their undisputed second homes. There are myriad extracurriculars, with a niche for every type of student. You will never want to leave after the first month of school.

    Am learning a lot

    Notre Dame provides, without a doubt, one of the finest well rounded educations that one could receive.

  • 01/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 out of 29 people found this review useful. 2 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Very intelligent, passionate, compassionate, caring, and curious students. Being Catholic doesn't hurt, considering the school's Catholic values and reputation effuses through everything at Notre Dame.

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY EARLY--I applied early action and it was great to know in *December* that I had gotten in. Waiting until March or April is not fun, as I learned with other college applications.

    Bang for the buck

    Considering the about $50,000/year price tag (and the low financial aid for anyone who has parents who make over $100,000 annually), I can't make myself giving five out of five stars here. HOWEVER, when you graduate you are practically *guaranteed* great connections from the ND family that will get you where you want, whether it's a job, graduate school, volunteering, or nearly anything else you want to do with your life. So in the end, I think the big bucks you pay for the university are worth it...

    Am enjoying being here

    I couldn't find a better fit, or a university with kinder and more passionate people. Intelligent, kind, compassionate and passionate are only a few qualities of the students and professors you will encounter here.

    Am learning a lot

    In and out of the classroom, you are guaranteed to learn...A LOT. From going to conferences and listening to lectures by distinguished professors at many different universities to the actual learning in the classroom (and the fabulous & intelligent professors), you will realize how much you truly don't know about the world and how much you truly *will* learn here at Notre Dame. And this is coming from someone who graduated within the top 2% of her high school class of 720 and got top AP, SAT and ACT scores.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    25 out of 32 people found this review useful. 3 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    really smart and super involved in everything

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the hardest classes your school offers, be involved in everything that you enjoy, be committed to the same groups for a number of years, preferably all four in highschool and rise to leadership positions, be involved at your church, and write some awesome essays that truly represent who you are for the admissions process. Good luck and God bless!

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 22 people found this review useful. 4 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers interested in more than just academic work. Athletes, actors, anyone interested in research opportunities, and those looking for lots of ways to get involved in volunteer work and social justice will find plenty of resources and options here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up. Slacking off senior year, even second semester, not only can potentially hurt your chances of being accepted or keeping that acceptance, but it also makes the transition to college much more difficult when you're used to coasting through or skipping all of your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is certainly not cheap, but the quality of the school makes the cost worth it. However, the school's large endowment allows them to provide a lot of financial aid most of the time, as well as provide resources to find financial support externally.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere at Notre Dame is truly unique. I know everyone says that, but it's true. There is a strong emphasis on community and tradition here, an atmosphere that is enhanced by the fact that most people live in the same dorm all 4 years. The fact that students come here from all over the country means that there is a lot of diversity in terms of background, political, and even religious beliefs. However, there is not much racial or ethnic diversity, and some policies here are annoyingly restrictive compared to most other schools. The positives definitely outweigh the negatives however.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are almost all taught by professors who are experts on the subjects they teach, and usually know how to make things interesting. Most professors here make an effort to make themselves available to students outside of class, and there are many resources to help anyone having trouble. Depending on your major, class sizes, especially freshman year, are pretty mixed, but freshmen are required to take a seminar which gives everyone an opportunity to have an intimate, small class about something that interests them.

  • 10/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 5 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the cold! Also, take advantage of the resources the university provides for you early and start making connections with the faculty. Everyone always says that, but it really makes a difference later on. The Notre Dame network is legendary, make sure you become a part of it early!

    Bang for the buck

    It is defintely not a cheap school but you get what you pay for. There are so many opportunities to become involved in the school and the community and there are so many resources to help you if you ever fall behind.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love my school. I've always felt that there is just such a welcoming environment and everyone is always very helpful and friendly. The only downside is the weather.

  • 10/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 6 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Student who are hard-working, but like to have a good time. There's lots of tradition here so you gotta love that too. Don't mind being in a small town. South Bend sucks, sorry, but campus is very lively.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a heavy course load senior year. You jump right into work on the first day. Join a lot of clubs. It'll help you learn how to manage time.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll get a great education, make lifelong friends, create amazing experiences, and grow in every way possible. Mind, body, soul is the motto.

    Am enjoying being here

    At Notre Dame, they basically force you to make friends the first week you're here. You'll find out what I mean when you attend Frosh-o. There's never a bored moment on campus, EVER. There's always something to distract you from studying. The party scene is very unique here. It depends on what you like. People throw dorm parties all the time in the guys dorms, which are basically drinking Keystone Light and squeezing 40 people in a little tiny room with the token Party Playlist for people to dance to. It can be pretty entertaining. There's also a nightclub type thing on campus called Legends, and it has a different theme every night (Friday/Saturday), like 90's night, hip-hop, old school, etc. Basically, if you're bored, just walk around North or South quad and follow the music. You'll be alright.

    Am learning a lot

    The amount you learn at Notre Dame depends on you. As a first year student, there may be a couple of classes that have 200 people in them. If you go to lecture, take notes, and keep up with your reading, then you'll learn a lot. If not, then you're SOL. There's also those really small, intimate classes that you'll build close relationships with your professors and classmates in. Notre Dame is an academically prestigious school, so nothing comes easily.

  • 02/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 16 people found this review useful. 7 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The majority of Notre Dame students are white, upper to middle class Catholics who were involved in a lot of clubs and/or sports in high school. There is a work hard play hard mentality among a lot of people here. Students who don't fit the description, can still definitely find their niche, but some might struggle with it.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Whatever you do, make sure you look into your area's Notre Dame Club. There are Notre Dame clubs all across the nation (and some internationally) and they offer scholarships. Be sure to apply for your club's scholarship because when it comes down to money, that could be the difference between being able to afford a Notre Dame education and not. - I wasn't told this until later, but apparently recommendations from English teachers look stronger than ones from other subject areas. - Be sure to send in A.P. scores if you have good ones. It can only help. - For seniors hoping to save their application: focus on your essay. In the final months (or weeks or days ... or hours) before your application is due, your resume and test scores can't be helped much anymore, but your essays can. - Stay positive, you'll end up where you're supposed to

    Bang for the buck

    Financial Aid at Notre Dame is great. Very very few merit scholarships are given out, which to some seems ridiculous, but I like it. At other universities, if the richest kid is also the smartest kid, they will get more money, but here, if you get in, they meet your demonstrated financial need, which helps make the Notre Dame dream true for more of us, but it can still be very expensive for some.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here are amazing, classes are challenging and interesting, and being at Notre Dame has a certain magic to it. I love it here, but I won't say it's perfect. Notre Dame is lacking in diversity and South Bend is lacking in exciting things to do.

    Am learning a lot

    In my first semester here, I feel like I learned more than I did in my last two years of high school. Classes really challenge you and they don't just teach you the material, they teach you how to think, as in how to approach an intellectual issue properly. It is very important to the professors not that they teach you what to think, but rather how to think. This intellectual atmosphere produces graduates who don't just repeat the ideas of their professors like parrots, but rather ones who can think independently and come to their own conclusions, which is much more valuable.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 8 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Notre Dame is not immune from the problems that plague all college campuses, but it is closed off from the city of South Bend and patrolled by an effective police force. I generally feel safer here than at home.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life at Notre Dame. Instead, community is focused around the single-sex dorms, which have their own student governments, athletic teams, and social events.

    Clubs and Activities

    Students are involved in all manner of clubs, ranging from social justice issues, to academic interests, to sports and beyond. There are over 300 active clubs on campus, and almost every student participates in one or more. Additionally, the process for starting a club is fairly straightforward and easy. As long as there are people willing to be officers in a proposed club and said club is not too similar to an existing club, you are free to form it and receive funding for it from the university.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a close relationship with their professors will fit in well here. Most non-introductory classes have fewer than twenty students, and professors hold office hours for the express purpose of speaking with their students. There are many opportunities to build close relationships with one's professors, who can be a valuable resource later on when applying to other schools or for jobs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Notre Dame has a strong tradition as a football school, to the point where many Catholic images on campus have unofficial football-related names. The large mural on the south side of the Hesburgh Library, facing the stadium, has been affectionately dubbed 'Touchdown Jesus', and there are statues on campus called 'First Down Moses' and the 'Holy Handoff'. Another iconic Notre Dame symbol is the Golden Dome of the main administrative building. Allegedly, the seal on every student's diploma is imbued with a little of the gold from the dome. Two Notre Dame graduates were intimately involved in the creation process of the original Shrek movie, and they included a few nods to the University. For example, Shrek's accent and physical appearance are modelled after a professor on campus, and Duloc comes from Du Loc, the Notre Dame policy handbook, which includes an old rule about 'keeping off of the grass' on God Quad. Walking on the grass on God Quad is still considered bad luck. Students never walk up the imposing front steps of the main building, but instead use doors set behind the staircase. This is because it is said that if a student walks up the front steps, he or she will not graduate. Additionally, each dorm has its own set of traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Notre Dame is an incredibly expensive school. That being said, they are committed to meeting 100% of every student's demonstrated financial need, and admission is need-blind. Even if you're in a situation where you'll have to pay full price, though, I recommend doing it. There are advantages for students here, particularly the alumni network, that don't exist in many other places. Additionally, Notre Dame puts a lot of effort into making sure that you can graduate in four years if you want to, so you don't have to worry about paying for a fifth year to finish a bachelor's degree.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and dorm activities are big draws for students. Nearly all students are involved in some kind of extracurricular activity. Athletics and service are especially popular. Additionally, performances and films are an almost constant presence at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and there are parties in the mens' dorms and off-campus every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    South Dining Hall, which looks on the inside like the Great Hall from Harry Potter, is one of the best campus dining halls in the nation. Food is all-you-can-eat, and there's usually a wide variety available, including special foods for holidays and football games. There are also several good cafes on campus and a small grocery store. Options nearby but off campus are limited, but expanding.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life at Notre Dame is a unique experience. All undergraduate dorms are single-sex. That can make it a bit tough at first to find friends of the opposite gender, but the male and female dorms interact a lot, and the university is otherwise co-ed. Dorms have their own sports teams, including, for male dorms, full-contact football. Because you'll be in a dorm with people of the same gender from all different years, there isn't much social distinction between seniors and freshmen, and the upperclassmen help the freshmen with things like finding locations, picking classes, and studying. Dorms can become very tight-knit groups. Notre Dame also has something called Parietals, a rule which states that residents can get in trouble for having a person of the opposite sex in their room during the hours of midnight to 9am on weekdays and 2am-9am on weekends. This is enforced on the honor system in most dorms, and it is in place to foster a stronger sense of community within the residents of the dorm, as well as to give residents a little more privacy on their way to the shower.

    Academic Rigor

    Notre Dame is consistently ranked by US News and World Report as one of the best undergraduate teaching programs in the country, and academic rigor has a lot to do with that. Classes, especially in architecture or the sciences, are tough, but they prepare you well to go to graduate school or into the workforce, and most of the professors here are engaging teachers who are also very accessible outside class time. Students collaborate well together, too, which makes the academic expectations challenging but managable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to campus in the spring, summer, or fall if you can, and not just to look around. Take an official tour, and I recommend staying overnight in a dorm. It'll help you get a better feel for what being on campus will be like. Also, search for the Notre Dame Job Board, and apply for a position somewhere before or shortly after arriving on campus. That will prevent you from getting stuck doing food services, which isn't terrible but certainly isn't as good as the opportunities for students who search around in advance.

    In three sentences

    The University of Notre Dame is a privately funded, Catholic, liberal arts university. It is most well-known for athletics, especially football, ethics and social justice studies, and the Mendoza School of Business. Notre Dame also boasts a beautiful campus and a deeply involved alumni network.

  • 06/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 9 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Notre Dame is great for students who are serious about their studies and willing to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the program Notre Dame offers in which prospective students visit campus and stay with a student in the dorms overnight. It's the best way to understand what it's really like to be a student at Notre Dame and to see if it's a good fit for you! If you cannot participate in this program, I recommend at least taking a tour. But be careful--you're sure to fall in love with Notre Dame as soon as you set foot on our campus!

    Bang for the buck

    I must admit that Notre Dame is expensive, but you really do get what you pay for.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at Notre Dame. The aspect of Notre Dame that I personally enjoy most is the Catholic atmosphere. I love going to Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, especially during Holy Week. Another part of Notre Dame that I particularly enjoy is the dorm life: the unique and tight-knit communities formed in each dorm, the awesome dorm events, and the high level of dorm pride are special at Notre Dame. I love that Notre Dame has single-sex dorms, and that each dorm is paired with a sister or brother dorm. Visiting other colleges, I simply did not see what Notre Dame has. I say these things particularly in regards to my own dorm, Pasquerilla West, which I love! As a dorm, we volunteer together at the South Bend Shelter for the Homeless, pray together in Lent through a reading group, compete (and win!) in intramural sports together, and participate in our signature event, Queen Week. In the dorm, older students are paired with freshmen, who become their little sisters, and we also have regular meetings for freshmen to come talk to older students about academics so they can be better equipped to choose a major. This is only a small fraction of the events in P.W., but it gives you a taste of what dorm life is like! Moreover, I love walking across our beautiful campus. In the fall, there is nothing like the leaves changing to red and yellow as the campus is packed with crowds excited to see the football games. In winter, I love seeing the Golden Dome outlined sharply against a blue-gray sky and the snow clinging to the pine trees. Spring is the most beautiful (in my opinion), with bright yellow daffodils, sweet-smelling lilacs, and the swans on the lakes.

    Am learning a lot

    Part of Notre Dame's mission is to educate the mind and heart. I am learning a lot academically from our many wonderful professors, many of whom are renowned experts in their fields. For example, my professor for a course in Hebrew Scriptures actually worked with the Dead Sea Scrolls, translating and publishing them, for many years. In addition, my time at Notre Dame has truly helped to educate my heart and to grow in my spiritual life. Because of so many opportunities for community service (through the Center for Social Concerns and through the dorms), deepening in faith (through Campus Ministry, other religious groups, and many opportunities for Mass and the sacrament of reconciliation), and experiencing true friendship, it is an excellent environment in which to acquire virtue. In other words, Notre Dame students' minds are educated in the classroom, and their hearts are educated through invaluable experiences outside the classroom. Notre Dame provides students with the opportunity to receive a well-rounded education.

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 10 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, passionate, and fun-loving.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, know exactly why you want to come here (besides the cliche reasons of football and etc). And if you don't get in, apply to transfer! :)

    Bang for the buck

    The financial aid is very helpful (but is limited). Other than that, hell yes this place is worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a transfer student, I have a different perspective than most of the student body. Sometimes, people don't appreciate the smaller benefits of being at Notre Dame. Most people come for religion, football, and things like that. I find small things that I love about my school every single day, but the single greatest thing I love is the fact that every single individual loves being at ND. Even the school food service workers love interacting with students, and everyone glows with school pride all day, every day. Never in my life have I felt so welcome anywhere.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors know and fully understand you are not there to become a slave towards textbooks, they realize each individual has passions outside of academia. With that in mind, the professors do a great job challenging each individual, not by overwhelming them with work, but by giving them opportunities to succeed. I found that the level of compassion the professors embody has helped me tremendously in learning not to be a great student, but a successful individual.

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 26 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 11 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    academically inclined

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus

  • 10/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 12 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Self-starters, hard workers, top academic skills, passion for service.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the hardest classes your school offers. Develop non-academic interests. Be prepared for cold weather.

    Bang for the buck

    Don't be fooled by the sticker price. ND will help you find a way to make it work.

    Am enjoying being here

    I work hard because I love what I am doing. I have been able to continue community service activities that meant a lot to me in high school, and have found many new interests. The campus is awesome, and so are the people.

    Am learning a lot

    Notre Dame has first class programs and professors, and they are available to meet when you have a question about class or an assignment.. I have had a number of opportunities to talk about how to pursue my major, internships, research and grad school.

  • 04/15/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 out of 13 people found this review useful. 3 people found this inaccurate. 13 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college would be great for students who are willing to imurse themselves in education and willing to do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do the best you can, and you will get so much more out of life.

    Bang for the buck

    I am not the wealthiest kid, but I am applying for scholarships.

    Will enjoy being here

    Notre Dame is a place where I have never been. If I am accepted, I know I will enjoy being at the campus. It will be a new experience.

    Will learn a lot

    In my opinion, my perspective of life will be so much wider. Doors will open, opportunities will be available to me.

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who love cold weather, college football, and single-sex dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school and be very involved both in school and out of school. Know what to expect from the classes and people at Notre Dame.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is high but the education and friendships you will make will definitely be worth it. Classes are tought but definitely prepare you for the real world.

    Am enjoying being here

    Has probably the best college environment in the world. So much school spirit at pep rallies and sporting events. One of the best football gameday environments in the country. Enrollment is under 10,000 and everyone is very close knit. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and there is always something to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Notre Dame is one of the finest institutions in the country. There is no doubt that those who come here have to work hard in every class. The hard work pays off though.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    High achievers, but still want a great experience without too much competitiveness.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just focus on your grades; your essays count for a lot!

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    there are no university-recognized fraternities or sororities. some say that the single-sex dorms act to fill in for their absence. i think they can, but only if you seek it out.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's an app for that? there's a club for that.

    Great for these types of students

    motivated. socially conscious. catholic. pre-med. business. theologian. vegetarian. studious. legacy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the grotto is one of my favorite go-to spots on campus. it's a cave-like place with places to put hundreds of candles, lit up night and day by people who come to light a candle and pray. it's a beautiful place to be.

    Bang for the buck

    i can't say with any certainty yet whether the amount we pay to go here is worth it (since i haven't graduated), but i will say that you get access to a lot of fantastic opportunities by coming here. the high (very high) cost of coming here is much like paying to go to a buffet. it's worth it, but only if you go out of your way to enjoy as much as you can while you're there.

    What to do for fun

    most fun things are on-campus. there isn't much to do in south bend, but i can honestly say i've never been bored from lack of things to do. if you come here and you take your academics seriously, you'll be busy with schoolwork most of the time, anyway.

    Food and Dining

    high-quality, varied, healthy, good-tasting food. for the vegetarians out there, there are almost always several good options at any given time of day.

    Dorm Life

    all of the dorms are single-sex. parietals are also enforced (more or less), meaning boys can't be in girls' rooms and girls can't be in boys' rooms past a certain time each night. those may not sound like good things to you, but a lot of people learn to like them. those who don't find ways to get around them.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are tougher than others. the difficulty, i think, depends greatly on the major you choose. science and engineering majors, as well as archies (architecture students) don't have it easy, but from what i can tell, that's true almost anywhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    take a lot of ap classes. they are very important on your application, and a surprisingly high number of them are accepted for credit by the school. i already had a few dozen credits when i got here, which was a nice way to get out of some of the (many) university requirements.

    In three sentences

    notre dame is simply amazing. academics, a sense of family, spirituality- if these things are important to you, nd is a fantastic place to be. being here has been a truly transformative experience in my life.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you qualify for financial aid, can afford to pay the tuition, or are willing to take out loans, Notre Dame is a fantastic school for those who can afford it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I was accepted at Notre Dame and invited to the Reilly Program in which I spent four days at the university at no cost. The campus was beautiful and I loved it there, but they did not make attendance affordable for me.

    Bang for the buck

    They don't give merit, even for their honors program, which can be a problem.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is gorgeous and everyone is very friendly.

    Will learn a lot

    Notre Dame is a prestigious school with excellent facilities and teachers.

  • 06/04/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Athletic and well-rounded

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit. You won't regret it.

    Bang for the buck

    The alumni network is simpole astounding

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus was beautiful and from what I can tell this school truly values a diverse campus body.

    Will learn a lot

    They have an excellent balance of majors here and I think that I would fit in well.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who care greatly about their studies and about their future and are looking for the best opportunities possible, but who also want to have a great college experience socially/spiritually etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    (Work hard in high school, start applications early/be really thorough,) apply early action, visit, realize what a uniquely amazing and opportunity-filled community ND really is!

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    A Notre Dame education is worth it, hopefully upon graduation a job will show for the work you have done

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere the campus provides, including the school spirit and beautiful campus

    Am learning a lot

    Notre Dame has some great Faculty and challenges your intellect

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is dining hall food and can't be perfect but it is still pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    You have to live in the dorms your first year with a random roommate. My brother loves his roommate and the dorms are so close to each other. They have rivalries and mascots and are know for hosting different events.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a educational school -- they have fun stuff too, but there is more of a focus on what you are learning and how that will affect our future.

    In three sentences

    My family has been part of the Notre Dame legacy for as long as I can remember. We go to the football games and my brother is attending there now. He is so happy with his choice and I am so excited to go there next fall.

  • 04/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus proper is very safe, but straying too far off campus could lead to trouble. At any time of day, ND Security Police patrol all areas of campus, so there are rarely problems with safety on campus. However, at night especially, wandering into South Bend, even just on the opposite side of the lakes, invites trouble, although near campus there are blue light boxes in case of an emergency. On campus, students' belongings are rarely stolen--students leave their phones and IDs unattended at tables in the dining hall or student center on a regular basis without incident. Instances of assault are also rare, though they mostly happen under the influence of alcohol at parties.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life. Alumni Hall, a men's dorm, is the only dorm permitted to display Greek letters (delta omicron gamma for their mascot, the Dogs). The lack of Greek life places much less pressure on students to join a fraternity or sorority, and helps the dorms gain more of a sense of family or community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every imaginable interest, and if there is not one for you, it is very easy to start a club and find people to join. Some categories are cultural clubs, service clubs, musical/theatrical clubs, acadmic clubs, and social/political clubs. Examples of clubs include Pasquerilla East Musical Company, Quiz Bowl, French Club, Circle K, ND Republicans, and Asian American Student Association. It is very easy to find out about clubs and join them, and generally they are not very time-consuming.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to be involved in the community and in extracurriculars in addition to working hard academically are probably the best fit for Notre Dame. Most students are also athletic, and many are musical.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are quite a few traditions and legends about Notre Dame: -Don't walk all the way up or down the front steps of the Dome. If you do, you won't graduate. -Don't walk on the grass on God Quad, the quad in front of the Dome. -If you walk around both lakes with someone of the opposite gender, you will marry that person. -If you kiss someone under the arch of Lyons Hall, you will marry that person. -The ghost of 'The Gipper,' a football player who died in the early 1900s, haunts Washington Hall, the student performance hall. -The animators of Shrek graduated from Notre Dame, so they modeled Shrek's voice and mannerisms after a chemistry professor. DuLac, the name of the kingdom, comes from the Unversity rule book, and Lord Farquaad originates from Carroll Hall, which is the farthest dorm from central campus, said to be on Far Quad.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is one of the more expensive universities in the country, the tuition costs are definitely worth it. It is possible for a student to take nothing away from their Notre Dame experience, but at the other extreme, it is possible for students to be involved or even lead multiple activities, making the education worth the cost. It really depends on the student's willingness to take advantage of the thousands of opportunities available on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous options for fun, both on weekends and weeknights. These include sports, plays, concerts, lectures, debates, clubs, dorm dances, and cultural events. Football is of course a big deal at Notre Dame, and nearly all students attend the games in the fall. In the spring, basketball and hockey are the most popular. Plays and concerts might be put on by students or by visiting groups. One popular place to go for concerts and dancing is Legends, an underage nightclub that is on campus. Other events might be held at the performing arts center, a new building with state-of-the-art performance halls and a cinema. An example of a cultural event that students might attend is Fiestang, a celebration with food, songs, and dancing put on by the Filipino Club to celebrate Filipino culture and diversity at Notre Dame. On weekends, many students also attend dorm parties, generally held at the men's dorms on campus. Although the University's official policy does not permit the underage drinking that is inevitable at these parties, generally, they are not broken up by dorm staff.

    Food and Dining

    Notre Dame's South Dining Hall was rated second in the country after the Culinary Institute's dining hall. There is a wide variety of food served, including fresh fruits and vegetables, sandwiches, grilled foods, pasta, stir fry, and homestyle (meat and potatoes). Almost all the food is cooked well and there is enough variety for everyone to find the food that they want. The variety also means that it is nearly impossible to get tired of dining hall food--there is always another option. Campus cafes also provide a tasty food option for students. Some cafes have basic snacks and drinks, but others, such as Waddicks (O'Shaughnessy Hall) or Greenfields (Hesburgh Center), serve hot food such as soup, pancakes, and burgers. Students' meal plans generally include 14 meals per week as well as Flex Points, which are a part of the meal plan that can be spent at any of these on-campus cafes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm communities are very close-knit overall. Students are randomly assigned to dorms in the first year, and the majority choose to stay in that dorm for four years. Also, not many upperclassmen move off campus, preferring instead to remain with their families in the dorms. All dorms are single-sex by building, which is fairly unique to Notre Dame. Men and women can be in each other's rooms until midnight on weeknights and 2 am on weekends, a policy known as parietals. After this time, they must be in the lobby of the dorm or in another public building on campus. Many students do not support this policy--not only does it achieve the University's goal of keeping men and women separate at night, it also hinders men and women studying together. However, support for parietals mainly stems from knowing that your roommate will not have their significant other staying the night, with you sleeping on the common room couch.

    Academic Rigor

    As at all top-ranked universities, classes are challenging and interesting. However, professors and TAs are always willing to help, and keeping up with the material makes even the most challenging classes (like organic chem or linear algebra) doable. Notre Dame's unique First Year of Studies (FYS) program matches freshmen with advisors to help with any academic concerns the student might encounter in choosing a college and major, and when students transition into their colleges and majors as upperclassmen, they are assigned a new advisor to assist with questions within those programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in your community, be a leader in groups in which you are involved, and work hard in school! AP and IB programs are the most helpful academically, because they will prepare you for classes and exams, but they are still high school classes, and you will probably have to pick up your reading and studying to keep up the same grades you got in high school at Notre Dame.

    In three sentences

    Notre Dame is a top university, academically, spiritually, and socially, that provides students with the education and alumni network needed to succeed in the workplace. Emphasis is also placed on the Catholic character, and while about 20% are not Catholic, Catholic values such as service and respect are emphasized in the Notre Dame community. People at Notre Dame are generally kind, conscientious, and helpful towards one another as well as to guests who visit from off campus.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I walk back to my dorm at the wee hours of the night and I never feel unsafe. This is not to say that campus is picture perfect - it is always ideal to take safety precautions. I think violence/danger can happen anywhere so it's always good to be cautious. However, I have not run into any problems and neither have any of my friends. They have the blue light system, officers on bikes around campus and safewalk.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have clubs for most cultural groups, if you're interested in a club type it in google and I'm sure it would pop up. The clubs are all really easy to join - not exclusive at all. As long as you are open and friendly you will be welcomed with open arms.

    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded people who are dynamic and willing to step out of their comfort zone. Friendly people who are very active in the community. Passionate people who aren't just all about the books.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Too many to name! How about the annual snowball fight against North and South Quad? Wake Week? The 3rd floor of the Hesburgh Library? Seriously, you have to come to ND to find out. There are so many myths, legends, and stigmas surrounding so many things and places. It's really funny and continues to be.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid office was really nice to me. I've gotten meals, a plane ticket, movies, etc paid for. Most events usually have free food that is really good. All of the institutes and organizations on campus have TONS of study abroad/research/funding opportunities. If you have something that you want to explore or are passionate about - ND will find a way to help you out, believe me. However, big things are competitive simply because the caliber of students here, but that is expected.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, multicultural events, sporting events, TONS of clubs - seriously, whatever you are into there is a niche for that. There is never a dull night, even on weekdays. As long as your with the right people you can make fun pretty much anywhere.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are great, definitely a large amount of choices and they switch it up every now and then, which is nice. There's a permanent salad bar, pasta bar, homestyle, Mexican station, Asian station, among other things. There are two big dining halls. Besides that we have Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, and a little convenience type store. You never really have to leave campus for food unless you really want to. Meals are pre-paid in a meal plan so you'll never go hungry. There is a Five Guys, Chipotle, and Jamba Juice across the street from campus. Overall really good.

    Dorm Life

    Our dorms are like they're own frats/sororities, sans all the exclusivity and hoopla. Dorm pride is big on campus. Your dorm feels like your home and is usually really supportive.

    Academic Rigor

    I did the whole full IB thing, and that doesn't really compare academically to ND. The learning is really independent and intensive. Most people here are academic minded. As long as you master time management and study your passions you're in good shape.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to research the values of the university FULLY before you come. Be sure to VISIT the school. Keep an OPEN mind.

    In three sentences

    Academic challenging. Socially engaging. Immense opportunities for internships and programs, they're loaded.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe or uncomfortable while walking on campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life at Notre Dame.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many options for everyone. There is always something going on.

    Bang for the buck

    The experiences, memories, and quality make the price completely worth it.

    Food and Dining

    Notre Dame is a relatively small campus so options are somewhat limited, however the dining hall food is one of the best in the country.

    Dorm Life

    Nothing beats dorm life at Notre Dame.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to work hard and be dedicated to academics.

    In three sentences

    Notre Dame is a wonderful campus with high quality athletics, academics, alumni, and atmosphere.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Does not exist.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, Dedicated

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football Games

    What to do for fun

    Lick the pole at the Backer

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are amazing.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful. Catholic. Good at football.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There's none, but the residence halls are basically like fraternities and sororities as they compete against each other in friendly competitions and host themed parties and charity events.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    http://www.thingsnotredamestudentslike.com/ has a bunch of Notre Dame traditions explained in humorous manner.

    Food and Dining

    BEST FOOD EVER! Every time I eat on campus, I feel like I'm going to Hogwarts. There's so many types of foods to choose from. They even have a waffle maker. If you don't want to eat at the dining hall though, the school has a Starbucks and fast food places in LaFortune.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in a dorm for two weeks and the sense of community in each residence hall is beyond amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I hear, the academics are very challenging, but everyone seems to love Notre Dame, so the students probably aren't totally consumed by schoolwork.

    Tips for prospective students

    According to the admissions guy, the school really likes people who do a lot of community service. If you have strong extracurriculars, aim for a 33 on the ACT. Most importantly, take the most difficult classes your school offers.

    In three sentences

    Best faculty and students ever. Everyone is so friendly and smart. The food rocks.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In all honesty, I can count on one hand how many incidents we have had this year. All of them were handled within about five days. Each time something happened the university would send a mass email so everyone was aware of the situation. From what I remember, they were reasonably minor cases. This is a small campus, so everything is close together. Every part of the campus is well lit at night and there are emergency stations located at various places if anyone needed to call for help. There is also a number someone could call if they didn't feel safe walking alone (to be escorted by security). On top of that, the students tend to be decent people so if anyone needed help it wouldn't take long for someone to intervene. I've never felt unsafe walking alone at night here and the closest thing to being afraid I've been was probably due to an exam.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't list all the clubs that are offered here, but everyone is so eager to get people to join. In the first few weeks here there was a club fair where each one had a booth and they enjoyed nothing more than to tells us about their clubs and give us free stuff. I took it slow and signed up for three. There are volunteer clubs (if you want to spend your time helping others), clubs related to majors, language clubs (which are really the best because they host parties so people can just enjoy the culture), sports, religious clubs (not just for Catholics), and random other things (like juggling if your into that sort of thing).

    Great for these types of students

    This is great for anyone who is intellectually curious or who wants to taste life. If your seeking new opportunities to grow, discover the person you want to be, or cross of things from your bucket list while pursuing your degree this is a good place for you. If you want to grow and become a whole person in your eyes, this is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are lot of old strange myths. Students aren't suppose to walk up the steps of the main building or walk on the grass in God Quad (myth says they won't graduate if they do). Walking around the lake holding hands or kissing under the Lyon's arch, according to myth, means you'll marry the person your with. Rubbing the nose of the Knute statue in the Rock (gym) gives good luck. Probably one of the most beautiful buildings is the Basilica. Also, there is a campus wide snowball fight (it's supported by the university) every first snow between the North and South side of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The main goal here is to make sure that no one who attends the University Notre Dame ever feels left out. Part of what I appreciated most when they accepted me was this constant feeling that they didn't want me to miss any opportunity least of all for financial reasons. So, they really do everything they can to be feasible for their students. It really blew my mind when I got my financial aid letter because they actually topped my state school. They were willing to pay more for me because I needed it than my own state college (and the ND's tuition is almost three times as large as my state school's). It doesn't stop with the financial aid package either. If a student can't afford to go to an event they can talk to their rector (head of the dorm) and get some financial help.

    What to do for fun

    Every week there's something going on. Either a party, dances, a dorm event, some kind of sporting event, movies (that cost 3 dollars for students), performances, and university wide events (that usually celebrate something). I (though not that social a person) have been to 4 or 5 movies, went to see a hypnotist, watched a soccer game, only missed two football games (because I was traveling), and went to the university wide party of the year, Domerfest (it scars you for life, but in a good way). I missed out on one event that I wanted to go to where they took a ballroom and turned it into a skating rink and offered free sonic.

    Food and Dining

    According to polls we have one of the best dining halls (food wise) in the nation. The buffet style dining halls offer a variety of foods (Asian, Tex-Mex, pasta, and home style) and decent vegetarian options (which they're adding to). While I'll happily second the opinion of the polls, campus food goes far beyond just what's offered at the dining halls. If you want a sit down to a balanced, healthy meal, you can eat at one of our two dining halls twice a day (all you can eat). If that doesn't soothe your appetite, you're free to frequent one of the dozens of cafes on campus or other eateries on campus (Subway, Recker's Grill, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, or Taco Bell). There is also a Huddle Mart if you need to get a snack for a game watch. If you don't have much in the way of cash on you, the university takes care of that. Each student is allotted 365 dollars (flex points) a semester on top of board (two meals a day) to ensure that no student ever goes hungry.

    Dorm Life

    This is probably one of my favorite parts. This campus doesn't have sororities or fraternities because that's what our dorms become for us. It's like Hogwarts where your house is your family except that dorms aren't coed. This last fact actually makes it better (for girls, anyway) because if they feel sociable they can go to a party in a guy's dorm (where they tend to be) or stay in their own and chill if not. Each dorm also sponsors different events throughout the year and (if you don't feel up to university level) there are inter-hall (between dorms) sports and other competitions.

    Academic Rigor

    First and for most, this is a place of higher learning and this university prides itself on that. The teachers push you to do your best, but at the same time (in my experience) they genuinely care about how well you understand the subject. If your ill and can't take a test they try to work something out with you. If you don't understand a topic, they will keep stressing when their office hours are. They also really encourage every question you might have. They don't walk us through every minuscule step (often its assumed that if you don't ask, its understood), but the resources are there whenever they're needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    For anyone planning to come to this school, I'd definitely suggest they keep an open mind. It's rare to find a school that encourages it's students to taste life as much as this one. They asked me on my application what I'd put on my bucket list and I really feel that they are going down my list and checking things off. There are really infinite opportunities here, so I can't stress it enough to dive into the experience.

    In three sentences

    If I were to sum up my university in a few sentences I'd have to say that it has become my family in the semester that I have been here. For me, being so far from home, that fact has kept me sane. It's funny because when I go home for break I find myself Dome-sick (missing ND, that Daddy Warbucks I was lucky enough to be adopted by along with about 12,000 others).

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police keeps campus very safe.

    Greek Life

    Nonexistent

    Great for these types of students

    dedicated

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football weekends are full of tradition.

    Food and Dining

    Great dining hall and flex points (used for on-campus grocery store, Subway, Starbucks, etc)

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Take the hardest course load possible. High GPA and SAT/ACT scores a must. 2. You need leadership, athletics, and service experience. 3. Talk to your regional admission counselor!!

    In three sentences

    Awesome experience academically and socially. I loved my freshman year and am excited to return in the fall.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Notre Dame is a bubble. A student's biggest safety concern is taking care of oneself at parties.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life does not exist at ND, but the dorms are such tight knit communities, it almost feels like it does sometimes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most fun traditions at ND revolve around football. For example: After a big win at home, it is custom to run through the Stonehenge fountain at midnight. Other strange traditions include girls kissing the moose in the basement of Zahm House (a guys dorm) upon entering for the first time.

    Bang for the buck

    Notre Dame is crazy expensive, but if you can pay for it without going in to too much debt, you won't regret it. The education you will receive is excellent, the alumni network will be an advocate for you on the job market for the rest of your life, and the people you will meet at ND are simply amazing. Not to mention the spirituality boost you may or may not receive. It simply cannot be beat.

    What to do for fun

    South Bend isn't the best college town, in fact, the most glamorous part of it is almost definitely the university, but there are still definitely things to do. We have two great students boards the bring fun and free things to campus every weekend, including concerts, comedians, improv groups, magicians, and food, of course. The student organizations and dorm committees are very active as well in providing events and other fun things to do throughout the week. There is also a mall that is within 15 minutes of campus, and a free bus that rides through campus all day every day can take you there.

    Food and Dining

    ND's food has been rated as some of the best in the nation repeatedly in recent years, and it deserves its rating. There are so many options, and a lot of quality breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods, both prepared and untouched for use by the students. There are all different kinds of cuisines offered each day, and several others are on rotation throughout the month (i.e. Indian, Mediterranean, fajita night). The meal plan includes 14 meals a week and $350 in flex points each semester. Flex points can be used at the convenience store on campus, at all the different cafes and on-campus restaurants (including starbucks), and at the 24-hour university-owned pizza place. It's great.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty amazing for a lot of people. The dorms are all single-sex, which may sound strange, but actually works out quite well. The dorms become communities, almost like greek life, but without the hazing and other not-so-nice attributes. They compete against each other to be the best hall of the year and some people can even get a little extreme about it. The single-sex concept is also cute and fun because each dorm has a brother or sister dorm with which they do activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Notre Dame students are best described as having a work hard, play hard mentality. The work load is heavy here, but definitely not impossible. Just make sure you're ready to go hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Almost everyone loves it here, and I know way more people that transfer in than transfer out. Odds are great that you'll like it, the only problems are getting in and paying for it, which can be pretty tough. Don't write off ND for either reason, though. I didn't think I would get in, and I did, and Notre Dame gives plenty of financial aid. Also, buy football tickets. The games are so much fun and totally worth it.

    In three sentences

    Once a Notre Dame student, always a Notre Dame alumni. This school has a huge following and very active alumni. If you are accepted into ND and decide to attend, welcome to the community and family!

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent and social, someone who loves to get out and have fun but can buckle down and study when necessary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the most rigorous schedule possible in high school, especially junior and senior years. Be involved not only in class, but in sports and clubs. Reach out in your community, and take up leadership positions. The admissions staff wants to see a well rounded individual, so get involved!

    Will enjoy being here

    Culture on campus is absolutely incredible. From interhall sports to football Saturdays, this is a place where you can immerse yourself in college life and love every minute of it.

  • 08/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared away by the fact that it's a Catholic university or that it has some strange rules. They are not aiming to force religion on you, only to present the opportunity, and since when do you follow rules?

    Bang for the buck

    Forbes recently released their college rankings using a methodology designed to illustrate educational bang for the buck. Notre Dame was ranked 18th.

    Will enjoy being here

    Notre Dame has arguably the strongest alumni network of any American university. They are so tight knit in their memory of their collegiate experience, a phenomenal one for all who attend. For those religiously inclined, there are many opportunities for one to grow stronger in their faith whether it be in the chapel located in your residence hall or at the beautiful Grotto. As a guy, I am looking forward to the interhall sports, the most extensive intramural program I have seen at any University, including full-pad football. Also, football weekends are legendary.

    Will learn a lot

    Notre Dame is a top notch institution of higher education. The professors are knowledgeable, award-winning, and helpful. Most importantly, you'll be surrounded by other incredibly smart, driven students who will bring the best out of you and work with you to learn the material in your classes.

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 32 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is so full of pride and history its infectious

  • 09/01/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 3 people found this review useful. 33 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Will learn a lot

    Seems to be a really good school that has a nice view

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    never felt unsafe on campus

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    tons of clubs to join and activities to do all the time

    Great for these types of students

    sport enthusiast, determined, over-acheiver, friendly, catholic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    too many.... best locations: 1. Football Stadium 2. Grotto 3. Golden Dome 4. Touchdown Jesus.... I could go on and on As for traditions, most center around football and there is nothing better than fall at notre dame

    Bang for the buck

    I love this school so I would say its definitely worth the high price tag. The networking you receive is priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Off campus parties, dorm parties, bars (only a few though), SPORTS GAMES

    Food and Dining

    Ranked top five dining halls for a reason

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are all single sex and have strict rules about being in the opposite sex's dorm past midnight on weekdays and 2 am on weeknights. This rule seems horrible but its kinda nice to not have to worry about looking good 24/7. Still pretty bad overall

    Academic Rigor

    Top ranked school so obviously classes will be a bit difficult, but if you can get past the admission's board than you'll be fine :)

    Tips for prospective students

    come visit! you can spend the night as a prospy and get a real idea of how amazing the school is!

    In three sentences

    If you want a school that has spirit, athletics, great academics, spirituality, and friendly people than Notre Dame is perfect for you! It's an amazing family atmosphere and I highly recommend it. This not only nurtures your intellect but also nurtures your spiritual and personal growth.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    35 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I felt very safe on campus. People I talked to had not complaints about campus safety.

    Greek Life

    None. The residence halls are supposed to replace sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much to do on campus! Many people get involved in interhall or club sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Well-rounded, Catholic, can live with the cold, likes a challenge, wants to study abroad

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The golden dome is iconic. It also helps you to navigate around campus because it can be seen from pretty much anywhere on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Though Notre Dame might give you sticker shock, the education is totally worth it. Their alumni network is one of the strongest in the world. Notre Dame students usually do not have a hard time finding a job right after graduation due to the alumni connections.

    What to do for fun

    Football games in the fall! There are interhall sports and many different clubs: cultural, academic, etc.

    Food and Dining

    So much delicious food! It is a good thing most students are athletic or we would all gain the Freshman 15. There is also a Chipotle nearby!

    Dorm Life

    Though Notre Dame's dorming system is not the most popular to many people, I love it. The people within each hall form a strong bond and the hall traditions are awesome. I also like the idea that I won't have to be worried about looking cute when leaving my room to just go to the bathroom because of the single sex dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging courses and there are so many to choose from! When I visited, I was able to sit in on a few classes. The professors are knowledgeable and enjoy hearing what you have to say. Though some of the basic core courses may have a lecture hall full of students, most classes are actually pretty small. There is also so many opportunities for undergraduates to do research and study abroad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be a slacker your senior year of high school. It still counts! Don't apply early unless your application is not going to look any better after the first semester of senior year.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 72

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I love everything about ND - the people, the classes, and the traditions.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 72

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Sporting events are a great way to have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    I definitely think that you should try and get involved as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    The University of Notre Dame is an excellent school. It allows for the growth and development of each student's academic, spiritual, and social life. It has many resources that allow for these types of developments to occur.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safer walking around Notre Dame (even late at night) than I do most anywhere else.

    Greek Life

    We have no Greek life. We have no fraternities or sororities, but our dorms make up for it!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for basically anything you can think of, and more than you couldn't imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Sports lovers. People who love camaraderie.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Because of Notre Dame's age, tradition is what makes Notre Dame. From the football chants, to the nicknames given to places on campus, Notre Dame is definitely filled with tradition and stories waiting to be unearthed.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on around campus. On an average day, there can be movie showings, sports events, and club organized events. Most importantly, Irish Football!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have been ranked as some of the best college dinning halls nationwide.

    Dorm Life

    My personal experience with dorm life has been great. I have made some of the closest friends through my dorm. However, one issue that people debate over is parietalsâ?? meaning members of the opposite sex cannot be in dorms after certain times.

    Academic Rigor

    No matter what major or course you decide to take, you will be challenged to be the best you can be at it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be as open as you can be, and take the path that you might not have considered because it may be the one you love most.

    In three sentences

    Notre Dame is a great school to expand in your knowledge not only about the world, but about yourself. The faculty, students, and alumni are all very welcoming and supportive. Above all, it is like any great college out there; you make the most of it, and can make it as amazing as you want it to be thanks to the opportunities offered.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Notre Dame's campus has a police group and a group of students at night who make sure everyone is safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can imagine, Notre Dame has a club or activity group for it

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a hard worker, but like to have fun!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everywhere on Notre Dame's campus is a tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    You pay a lot for tuition, but it is the best education and experience you could possibly receive.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do at Notre Dame from any sort of hobby you can imagine to night life and time to go out.

    Food and Dining

    Notre Dame on-campus dining is incredible. The dining halls are among the best in the nation. Notre Dame off-campus dining is excellent too.

    Dorm Life

    Notre Dame dorm life is a wonderful way to become close with people. Since we do not have fraternities or sororities, our dorms act as sisterhoods and brotherhoods and those within the walls become very close.

    Academic Rigor

    Notre Dame is definitely a very difficult school, but that is because it is the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking of attending Notre Dame, be sure to attend a football game when you visit. If that is not possible, attend in the late spring.

    In three sentences

    Notre Dame is the greatest school. It was my top choice and I was worried that I had thought too highly of it. Now that I am attending, I realize that Notre Dame is truly the best school for me.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Excellent.

    Greek Life

    None; we've got the dorm system, which is way, way better :)

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS of variety! And lots of quantity!

    Great for these types of students

    Fun-loving people, academics, partiers (though if you party too hard you won't stay for long!), Catholics, any people with religious inclinations

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a few places you can't gp; if you do, you won't graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Fantastic. I highly recommend it! Although, there's not much diversity. It's something the admin is trying to improve.

    What to do for fun

    Be with other people. Theres very little outside of campus to do, but lots of small stuff on campus. And great people! Try to get to know them!

    Food and Dining

    Fantastic! We were rated in the top 5, and I heartily agree. There are two dining halls, and there's some healthy competition; but in the end they're both great.

    Dorm Life

    This is wonderful. People make you feel at home, and there's a ready community waiting to welcome you. Honest. :)

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, it can be as hard as you make it. You can get the best education ever, since we have phenomenal professors, or you can take the easier classes, sleep, and turn in ok work. That's unless you take science classes, in which case it's very very hard. Good luck!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind, and expect to have fun, but don't forget to work hard. It takes real effort.

    In three sentences

    Notre Dame is fantastic, as everybody says. The community, the academics, the campus, the food, the overall education, are all the very best. I feel so welcome and at home here; it's definitely my home away from home.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus can sometimes feel like a bubble. ND makes you feel safe and at home, but prepares you with the knowledge of what to do in an emergency.

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life at ND.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm learning about new clubs all the time. There's plenty of inter-hall and rec sports teams for all abilities.

    Great for these types of students

    hard-working, sociable

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    From lighting candles at the grotto to the gallon challenge on North Quad in the winter, ND has a quirky traditions to help everyone fit in.

    Bang for the buck

    While ND has a great employment rate and really prepares you for your career, it's a lot of bucks!!!

    What to do for fun

    Most fun activities are on-campus. It's difficult to find suitable off-campus activities in South Bend.

    Food and Dining

    ND offers plenty of diversity, even for those with special dietary needs. There is always some food option available wherever and whenever you are on campus.

    Dorm Life

    While dorms are close-knit, making it easy to make friends, the single-sex dorms and 'parietals' cause staggering gender issues between males and females.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know anyone in any major who hasn't pulled an all-nighter or worked hard to earn their degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early!

    In three sentences

    ND is full of tradition and beauty. ND has many initiatives to involve its student body. ND will help guide you on your Catholic journey.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We are the Fighting Irish!! There are so many traditions such as not walking on the steps of the main building, walking around the lakes and more.

    What to do for fun

    I go to on campus events such as carnivals, plays, symposiums, and also to the movies off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Buffet style

    Dorm Life

    Very inclusive and fraternity like.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that this school is a very Catholic school which somewhat lacks in diversity, but is very welcoming to any goals you want to achieve.

    In three sentences

    It is a welcoming campus with many great abroad opportunities. Although it needs to work on diversity, it is a very motivated campus.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is a very safe campus if you take normal precautions. Campus Safety says that 87% of crimes on campus are thefts of items left unattended. SafeWalk is an organization that will send representatives to walk with you anywhere on campus. The police and security officers are all over.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life on campus because the dorm life is so important. Your dorm will become your fraternity/sorority, except without the hazing. What more could you ask for?

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 student organizations on campus! The website is here: http://sao.nd.edu/groups/categories.html.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, devoted, well-rounded, students who enjoy challenges and are EXCITED ABOUT SCHOOL SPIRIT!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Waddicks is a great little cafe inside O'Shaghnessey (O'Shag), the building on the east side of south quad. One of the scenes in Rudy was filmed there. You can sit at the same table as Rudy did! It's pretty cool. This entire place is steeped in tradition! I just shared the one above because I figured not many people had heard of it.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is expensive. Not going to lie. But the financial aid office will help you be able to afford it. And the experiences, classes, professors, networking opportunities, etc., are priceless.

    What to do for fun

    There are many opportunities on and off campus to have a blast! In the past week, I've been to a fire juggling show, a magic show with Mike Super (a very famous illusionist), the frozen yogurt place a few blocks from campus, a men's soccer game (which is free with student ID), and a game watch/pancake breakfast hosted by my dorm for the football game. Home football games also provide you with a lot of opportunities, too, as do the free movies hosted every weekend in the performing arts building.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is absolutely fantastic. Remember to eat your veggies and you'll be fine.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are incredible. They really become like family. Get in touch with your roommates or floormates before arriving at ND. Only downside is, there probably isn't air conditioning in your dorm. And you may or may not need to bring Raid or similar spray. But hey, college teaches you life lessons too, right?

    Academic Rigor

    Every class presents challenges. Using office hours and tutors will greatly help. (Note to future freshmen: tutoring is free your first year; take advantage of that!)

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Bring a LOT of fans; many of the dorms are not air conditioned. 2. Get an iPass if you or your parents drive to ND. 3. Get involved in extracurriculars right away. 4. Bring a resume. There are many on-campus jobs that start hiring right away. 5. Know how to be interviewed. (for the same reason as number 4 and because professors may ask you many questions) 6. Bring flip-flops, rainboots, and snowboots. The weather here is very moody. 7. Enjoy every second of this experience. Four years will be gone before you know it!

    In three sentences

    This is a place where you will be challenged. You can choose to accept the challenge and rise above average. If you choose to do so, this university will help you in every possible way.

  • 10/19/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 72

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I like it because it's a Catholic college, and I know people who go there, it makes me want to go there as well.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 72

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do on campus: watch a movie, see a student performance, go to a party, do service in the city, etc. If you don't have anything to do on Saturday, then you simply aren't looking hard enough.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good here; there are plenty of options, including healthy eating and vegetarian options. The lines get a bit long on some days, but overall the experience here is very enjoyable. Food is all you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are amazing here. Everyone's door is open and people wander in and out of each other's rooms, whether just to talk, watch a movie, sports, or the presidential debates, or for homework help.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult but professors are very accessible. All of the professors try to give their classroom a smaller feel so that students have a better chance to ask questions and learn. My chemistry professor in my class of ~250 students came up to me before class and asked me what my name was, and he hasn't forgotten it since.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a moment to visit the University and get a feel for it; the majority of the students here are white and Catholic, so being a minority may be a bit uncomfortable. Also, the geographical culture is rather new; there is no ocean, no elevation change, the leaves change color, and it snows in the winter. Some people are unprepared for such a culture change.

    In three sentences

    ND is a very deep university that provides many opportunities for learning, research, community, and service. The campus is beautiful and clean, and the professors and faculty are very kind and good at counselling students in an academic and personal sense. The food is great and the energy-- especially on football weekends-- is very brilliant.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    46 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Would it be difficult to do sports and maintain good grades at this school?

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    47 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a myth at Notre Dame that on Shrek's back there is the Golden Dome. This myth got started because there was a rumor that professor Graham Lappin at Notre Dame was the inspiration for Shrek.

    What to do for fun

    At the University of Notre Dame the major event for them is the football games of course. Everyone at the college attends this event. They also have a dorm games that happen on campus, which is very fun!

    Food and Dining

    The University of Notre Dame's food and dining is like being at a 5 star buffet-style restaurant! They have a huge selection of all different types of food, freshly made and at a reasonable price.

    Dorm Life

    At the University of Notre Dame you will be placed into a dorm hall. Each dorm is very competitive with the others. This keeps dorm life interesting and fun!

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Notre Dame's academic rigor is fantastic! It is a well known college with an excelling academic program. With a Notre Dame degree, your chances at getting a well payed job is increased greatly!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students that I would give is visit the campus and get to know the campus layout because it is big. Don't freak out over how much it is because you can still receive scholarships, loans, and grants. Get active in your community, it will look better on your application.

    In three sentences

    I believe that the University of Notre Dame is an honorable college. They are very friendly and welcoming. Personally I rate their cafeteria as one of the best.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Worth it for the alumni services and the quality of the education

    What to do for fun

    Parties, football games, ping pong

    Food and Dining

    One of the best dining halls in the country

    Dorm Life

    Strong Brotherhood / relationships

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult but manageable, professor are really helpful

    Tips for prospective students

    GPA 3.8 ACT 31 SAT 2080

    In three sentences

    The best school ever. We are great in both academics and athletics. #1 Undergraduate business school #1 football team

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    49 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Passionate people who love to learn and make a difference in their community

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After the first snow, students pour onto the quad for a huge night-time snow ball fight. This is the only time students will step on God Quad.

    Food and Dining

    As someone who has spent two weeks on campus, I can testify that the food at Notre Dame is delicious and varied. While off-campus options are not abundant, more are arising.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life program is one of my favorite aspects of the University of Notre Dame. Since you spend all four years in the same dorm, the dorm becomes your home-away-from-home. You form wonderful bonds with members of your dorm community and plan special activities unique to your dorm. Dorm pride is certainly characteristic of Notre Dame.

    Academic Rigor

    Notre Dame classes are certainly challenging but the passionate professors make them rewarding.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None.

    What to do for fun

    Many clubs on campus and frequent school sponsored events, whether they be concerts, sporting events, or guest lecturers.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent dining halls and several other reasonable food options.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are older, but many are being updated. Each dorm does have a priest living in the dorm, and in girls dorms especially the rector/rectress (head of the dorm) tends to be strict, especially when it comes to drinking or partying.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is difficult an provides a challenge to students who may have done well easily in high school. However, it is manageable and tutoring and other help is available to students who might need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school, take the SAT or ACT seriously, and demonstrate an interest in giving back to your community.

    In three sentences

    An excellent school in community, academics, and faith. Offers students many opportunities beyond the classroom as well. Students will have connections and opportunities from the extensive alumni network.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    51 of 72

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus and great people!

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    52 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Definitely feel safe walking home on campus at night, surrounding area isn't the nicest though

    Greek Life

    No greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    They have almost every type of club!

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, well-rounded

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the first snowfall of the year there is a campus-wide snowball fight at midnight!

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but out of all of the schools I was looking at it was the greatest value for my money. They give out great financial aid as well.

    What to do for fun

    South Bend is pretty boring, but there is always something going on on campus

    Food and Dining

    Good dining halls, GREAT cafes and lunch places

    Dorm Life

    Single-sex dorms, strict rules

    In three sentences

    Great academic environment, beautiful campus. Challenging coursework but worth it! Amazing community.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Dorms take the place of sororities and fraternities

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to mention. There is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Over achievers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Push ups for each point scored at the football games

    What to do for fun

    Participating or attending sporting events. Community involvement

    Food and Dining

    Ranked top in the country

    Dorm Life

    Single sex dorms that are similar to sororities and fraternities

    Academic Rigor

    Very difficult

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved to make a difference

    In three sentences

    Challenging academics, solid spiritual foundation, top athletics and limitless opportunities for involvement

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    54 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing, just crazy! There is so much variety, and it all tastes great!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are extremely nice, clean, and comfortable. The community feeling is one of its strong points too, you feel like you belong. In fact, it feels like home almost immediately and you'll probably get a little homesick when you leave on breaks!

    Academic Rigor

    It may not be Harvard, but it definitely holds its own. The education provides challenges and teaches students to be the well-rounded, sophisticated, adaptable, and modern future leaders and pioneers. You quickly learn that procrastination will not work even if it did in high school!

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    55 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Definitely an expensive school, but lots of financial aid available and an incredible reputation. You'll make great connections for the future.

    What to do for fun

    Participate in campus life (stupid dances, tons of active clubs, lots of school departments), go to student bars or dorm parties, interhall/intermural sports, go to ND football games (or other sporting events)

    Food and Dining

    Some of the best dining halls in the country. There are always at least 5 different styles of food buffets available, ND monogram waffle-irons, and rotating varieties of food, too. Vegetarian and vegan friendly!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are single-sex and have enforced quiet hours. They are the best place to make friends that will feel like family; most people stay in the same dorm for at least 3 years. They do create some interesting gender relations, though.

    Academic Rigor

    You will have a ton of work (depending on major), but so will everyone else, and ND students definitely know how to unwind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends outside your dorm when you arrive. Dorm friends are great, but it's nice to get out once in awhile, too.

    In three sentences

    Notre Dame has an incredible campus life - get involved! Unfortunately it is not located in a very nice college town, but there are some quirky places and great restaurants around. You'll get a great education and make lifelong friends.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    56 of 72

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I was recently in the area and noticed that there wasn't much of a night life. Maybe there are more events on campus, but in terms of the town, there is not much happening.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    57 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus feels so safe, but how can it not with religious symbols literally everywhere? I have walked across campus, alone (as a tiny female) at 3 am before and I felt totally fine. Everyone here is pretty trustworthy. There is also a campus police service (NDSP) and they are usually very kind and helpful. If you ever feel threatened, you can also call the service called Safewalk and they will send one or two large guys to walk you wherever you need to go.

    Greek Life

    Notre Dame doesn't have Greek Life, but you don't really need it. The dorms can be your Greek Life if you want them to be, or you don't need a Greek Life at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or sport for just about anything you can think of. Many of the clubs are academic and will really give you a leg up in the world by introducing you to famous speakers or alumni. Some of the clubs are just goofy and oriented around things like cooking or dancing. There are also many cultural events, festivals, and clubs. There is truly something for everyone here.

    Great for these types of students

    Catholics (both the super pious and the more cafeteria version) Sports Fanatics The hardworking The friendly (everyone here is so nice) The dedicated and loyal The enthusiastic People that can withstand the cold

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Notre Dame has several special traditions that you won't find anywhere else. Each dorm has its own traditions alone (there is a lot of dorm pride) that you will experience if you come here. One is example would be the Bun Run. In this event, students from the men's hall Zahm , go streaking at midnight during finals week. There are also a lot of religious traditions that are great, and religious traditions that have turned into drinking or partying traditions. An tostal begins this weekend and it is basically a big, week long, celebrating with events such as the annual Blue and Gold game (a game that pits ND players versus their teammates to give us a preview of next year's team) and just a lot of drinking and partying. All of the traditions are pretty unique and fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Notre Dame is definitely expensive but I would never choose to go anywhere else after spending even a week here. I love it so much and I know the connections I make here with other students and the network of alumni will almost guarantee me a great job after I graduate.

    What to do for fun

    In the Fall, football games are the main source of fun here at Notre Dame. Tailgating begins very early and the entire day is usually one big party. Sporting events in general are a great way to spend time as everyone has a ton of school spirit. There are also several concerts and events around campus each week. The Student Union Board (SUB) shows a recently released movie each weekend and Legends (the night club) hosts events. Most people don't go to Legends though, unless its Hip Hop Night. Parties are always a great option too.

    Food and Dining

    As far as dining hall food, I'd say we have it pretty good here at Notre Dame. We have 2 dining halls, each with a decent variety, and then several restaurants and cafes around campus along with a little grocery store type place called the huddle. ABP (the new cafe in the library) is so great and we also have a subway, burger king, taco bell, and pizza hut. There is also a 5 guys, Jamba Juice, Chipotle, Jimmy Johns, Hotbox, and several other restaurants right by campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a blessing and a curse. Single sex dorms creates a totally unique atmosphere on campus but it can also provide a unique camaraderie for the halls that you won't find anywhere else. There is no greek life here but you don't need it; your dorm can be your fraternity or sorority if you choose. Each hall has its own teams, colors, mascots, charities, events, dances, and formals so everyone can be included if they want. The only real set back is parietals; curfews for when you can't be in the opposite sex's room. They are pretty annoying, especially if you're dating someone, but a lot of people break them.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs are tough but you do as much work as you choose. Certain one are more difficult than others. The school has a reputation for being fantastic academically, though, and it lives up to do that. It's not like U Chicago where you want to die but it can be tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Show passion when applying and don't worry about stereotypes that you hear. Everyone can find a place and there are all sorts of people here.

    In three sentences

    The University of Notre Dame is one of the best schools in the world. It can be overwhelming at first both academically and socially as many kids here have been very unexposed to a lot of diversity in life, but once you get in your niche it's totally fine. Everyone here is so nice and the school spirit is enormous.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    58 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Studious, sports-loving kids

    What to do for fun

    Lots on campus, not so much off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food for a dining hall! Wish you could use points off campus.

    Dorm Life

    My favorite aspect of the university - get involved in your dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    Expect to work hard in some majors and not as hard in others; the most difficult part was suddenly being in a class with 2000 other people who were all among the smartest in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved from the very beginning; don't let schoolwork take over your life

    In three sentences

    Best college experience I could have hoped for.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    59 of 72

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I would love to go to Notre Dam! A few of my teachers studied there and time after time of hearing their stories I am captivated by their pride in the school. I only hope that one day I can be captivated by this school too.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    60 of 72

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The school hosts concerts every year, some headliners include Macklemore and Boys Like Girls. There is also a University student club which hosts comedy shows and other student events. There is always something for students to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Notre Dame's dining halls are some of the best in the country, and provide a lot of options for people with dietary restrictions. The university also has numerous chain restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Notre Dame does not have any Greek life on campus, but they make up for the brotherhood and sisterhood experience found in Greek life in their dorm life. Students usually take great pride in their dorms and meet life long friends in them as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Notre Dame is ranked in the top 25 schools in the nation and has the number one ranking for its school of business. Academics are a big deal here, and push students to do their best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Achieve good grades, and participate in a lot of extracurriculars. Also, take time on making a good application essay.

    In three sentences

    The University presents a great education along with a great family environment. Students make life long friends on campus quite easily. Majority of students will say that they love it here, and would never imagine going anywhere else.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    61 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Excellent campus safety. There are plenty of bright lights along the pathways and emergency phone booths. There is even an escort service where a security guard will escort a student to his/her destination.

    Greek Life

    There is none.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs students can participate in. There are sports, debate, arts, and etc. Clubs aren't strict and is very easy-going.

    Bang for the buck

    Notre Dame is one of the more expensive options. A student seeking a business, science, engineering, psychology, theology, and philosophy degree will get the most out of their money. There is also the alumni network to consider as they are very friendly and helpful.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of social gatherings in dorms and sports activities to attend or participate in.

    Food and Dining

    The quality and quantity of food available for college students is relatively excellent compared to other universities.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are gamble as some dorms have better facilities than others. The older dorms don't have heating or air-conditioning. However, most like to argue they make it up with strong dorm tradition. Some dorms are stricter than others concerning parties. It is really a gamble on where you get sorted in freshman year. There are always options to transfer to another dorm or off-campus after freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are tough as one would expect from Notre Dame. Most classes are curved, meaning only a certain percentage of the class will get an A grade. The teachers are generally fair and the courses can be stimulating depending on the type of major and class.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is big some students might want to bring a bike. Also, for those who are missing on the city scene, Chicago is a 2 hour bus ride.

    In three sentences

    Notre Dame has an excellent community and offers a diverse range of academics. The food is great and atmosphere is excellent.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    62 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Notre Dame offers a variety of spots to pig out as well. The North and South Dining Hall's both serve great food (though everyone has an opinion on whether North or South has the better food) along with a common place for fast food called the Huddle. If you are looking for a restaurant then Legends of Notre Dame is also readily available on campus. Plenty of options.

    Dorm Life

    The college atmosphere is arguably the most rewarding experiences of your time at college. Notre Dame does not lack in this category either. South Bend is a growing city and is buzzing almost every night with people at any of the various clubs/bars. Along with extracurricular activities and dorm-related activities, you will seldom find yourself bored here.

    Academic Rigor

    The University is nationally known for it's prestigious academics and exclusiveness. It should not come as a surprise that they offer some of the most rigorous courses from the most knowledgeable professionals in their respective fields.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    63 of 72

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Football games

    Food and Dining

    Very good. Notre Dame has some of the top ranked food in the country.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms seem to have great camaraderie. I'm sure they're fun.

    Academic Rigor

    I wouldn't know.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a prospective student.

    In three sentences

    Notre Dame has a beautiful campus and it seems like a lot of fun. Everybody that goes to Notre Dame is very proud of their school, which makes me believe that it must be a great school to attend.

  • 10/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    64 of 72

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    The thing that I've heard most about Notre Dame is its sense of community and family. Everyone that I've talked to about Notre Dame has only said good things and everyone loves it. Tip from an alum: figure out what traits you can give

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    65 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life system, but the dorms completely fulfill this role.

    What to do for fun

    The games of course! The football games are fun, but also soccer and hockey can be fun to watch as well. The theater department puts on quality shows with regularity and prices are low. When the weather is nice you will always find people lounging on the quad or playing Frisbee. The Student Union Board puts on a movie four days a week at a very cheap price.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls serve delicious, home-cooked food. Food of all types is served, and gluten free and vegan options are always present. The salad bars are always freshly stocked and the food is always hot. The lines are generally short, and even on big game weekends the workers keep everything running smoothly and efficiently.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are wonderful, because they create a family feel. The dorms are a lot like being in a sorority or fraternity, but without the stress of getting in. Many events occur in your dorm, especially at the beginning, which is very helpful in meeting new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are most definitely challenging, but nothing you can't handle. Ample resources are available for when you need help and as long as you ask, many people will be willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, but if you don't relax some you will get nowhere. Head to college with a very open mind; people much different than you may become you best friends. Speak up in class when you have a question; the majority of the class also has the same question. Try for what you want. Never be afraid to fail, because if you don't try, you already failed yourself.

    In three sentences

    The University of Notre Dame has a very family like feel, but includes a very diverse group of people, so it is possible for anyone to find their niche. The classes are challenging, but professors and TAs are always generous with their time and easy to ask questions. The environment is incredibly welcoming and I have never felt out of place!

  • 11/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    66 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. But lock up your bike or someone will put it in a tree.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Society for Women Engineers, Global Medicine, Engineers without Borders.

    Great for these types of students

    Nice studious people who work hard but like having lots of friends. Also best for collaborative students.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of fun clubs, going to Legends, Eddy Street Commons, hanging out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of good choices. Some local food. My favorite are the pasta bars.

    Dorm Life

    Notre Dame dorms are the hub of social life, and lots of social events are set up between dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging. Engineering program is comprehensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit to get the sense of the school, as the community at Notre Dame is very welcoming. Make sure essays reflect who you are.

    In three sentences

    Top Notch Academics, Best Community, Best Time.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    67 of 72

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    There is a great sense of community at Notre Dame enriched by the shared religion of the school and most students. Students are given every academic advantage with advising and the First Year of Studies for freshmen to get used to the college life. One of the most exciting aspects of Notre Dame is the athletic fervor of the entire campus--you always know when it's game day!

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    68 of 72

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hockey

    Food and Dining

    Great!

    Academic Rigor

    The best

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY

    In three sentences

    It looks awesome and the academics from what I've seen are pretty amazing

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    69 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to a challenge

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous. The people want to see you succeed. Their are many opportunities at ND, if you are willing to take the challenge.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    70 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The police department here is always within reach, and they're super friendly most of the time. Their presence is barely noticeable, unless you're trying to avoid them.

    Greek Life

    Non existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I said before, sports are a huge factor of the activities available at Notre Dame.

    Great for these types of students

    Rich Catholics.

    What to do for fun

    Sports. Sports is life here. Get fit, join clubs, and don't cry about the lack of Greek life.

    Food and Dining

    We have one of the best dining halls in the country, and if you're creative, it's hard to get sick and tired of the food.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms don't have air conditioning, which is a nightmare during the summer, but unnecessary for the rest of the year. Single-sex dorms become the absolute norm after only several weeks, but parietal hours can be annoying, as members of the opposite sex can only be in your dorm until midnight on weekdays.

    Academic Rigor

    The science and math classes are especially difficult, and the required philosophy and theology classes can be annoying and lower your GPA. But if you work and study hard, you should be doing well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus before anything else, and be aware that you're going to be stuck inside the Notre Dame bubble for a good chunk of your time here. Be wary of the single-sex dorms as well. Bundle up.

    In three sentences

    Engaging and challenging courses will keep you studying hard throughout each year. Dorm life and availability of food and amenities is comforting and very easy to adapt to. It's incredibly cold to people who aren't used to the Midwest though.

  • 03/20/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    71 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The Dining room is huge. The food is amazing and everything is cooked to perfection. Almost like a buffet, but not completely.

    Dorm Life

    Same-sex dorms are available on campus, but to not live in a dorm would be difficult. not very many apartments are available outside of the campus and the commute would be awful.

    Academic Rigor

    My very close friend has gone to Notre Dame, He tells me about everything that happens in the class room. The classes are rigorous and the professors are very good at the subjects that they teach. As long as you go to class and pay attention, you will be sure to pass the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apparently Notre Dame is one of the hardest schools to get into. You must be a well rounded student, grades, Test scores(SAT/ACT), and be involved in your community with sports or services.

    In three sentences

    Notre Dame is one of the top schools in the country, academics, sports and campus size (smallest). This school has always been my favorite school in every prospect, football, hockey, basketball and every other sport available on the campus. I have eaten in the food court-Delicious, been to a few home football games-Amazing, and taken tours of the campus-Beautiful.

  • 03/20/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    72 of 72

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    It looks like there's everything from music to sports to spinning classes.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere at Notre Dame is amazing! The students as welcoming and would be a great place to spend 4 years.