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Unigo Top Student Rated School

University of Notre Dame Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

39%

Very Good

44%

Average

12%

Poor

4%

Terrible

0%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

44%

Average

35%

Poor

15%

Terrible

5%

Campus Food
Excellent

58%

Very Good

29%

Average

10%

Poor

3%

Terrible

1%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

64%

Very Good

30%

Average

5%

Poor

0%

Terrible

1%

Class Size
Excellent

48%

Very Good

40%

Average

11%

Poor

1%

Terrible

0%

Activities
Excellent

69%

Very Good

24%

Average

4%

Poor

2%

Terrible

1%

Local Services
Excellent

26%

Very Good

29%

Average

26%

Poor

16%

Terrible

4%

Academics
Excellent

55%

Very Good

31%

Average

10%

Poor

3%

Terrible

2%

Overall Review for University of Notre Dame

Excellent

64%

Very Good

26%

Average

2%

Poor

2%

Terrible

6%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

pat

The reputation of alumni connections and job placement had been a selling point for me to attend. Its all smoke and mirrors. The only students getting job placements are those with parents connections. If your a first generation college student, you have no professional connections, and you are not employable. No job no interviews and loans. My sibling attended our state University for nearly 1/5 of the cost, and had a full time job offer his junior year. What a joke

Madeline

I love Notre Dame! It was my dream school ever since I was 12, and it has exceeded every expectation. The dorm life is unmatched, and the campus community is really wonderful. Everyone is super friendly, and the academic atmosphere is not competitive at all, which was a big relief for me. Your peers are always down to work together!

Haley

Notre Dame is a very prestigious school, one I am so proud to be apart of. Every student here is so focused on their academics, and the professors really know how to make a dynamic learning environment. Coming to Notre Dame was not just a 4 year decision, it is a 40 year decision.

Alyssa

Good school if you're white and have money. There isn't a negative culture necessarily. Groups aren't let in as much as they just are left out. Pretty catholic, and there isn't much of a religious scene otherwise, but overall it is a fairly tolerant place for being so closed minded and ignorant.

reynaldo

I love Notre Dame! I had no idea about the rigor and general quality of the school before applying during my senior year of high school, but after visiting I began to do more research and really liked what I found. I had already fallen in love with the campus on that visit, and given the good academic match, I definitely had ND as a top choice. The cultural aspects of it (traditions, customs, etc.) are certainly another thing that makes us unique. I was also very oblivious to all this prior to beginning freshman year, but now a Drummer´s circle before a football game or singing the alma mater after every sporting event is something that I very much look forward to all the time. I don{t think i could´ve made a better choice of college.

Danielle

I love this campus, honestly. I’ve had a lot of issues with depression, and while some students find that our mental health care isn’t helpful on campus, I believe they’re part of the reason I’m still here today. It’s a safe campus, and it’s students matter to them... for the most part. There’s always the concern that the school is kind of money hungry, but you get what you pay for.

Zhirong

dream school

Grace

Notre Dame as an institution has changed my life for the better. I would recommend this school to anyone hoping to use their education to be a force for good in the world. Notre Dame will almost surely introduce you to lifelong friends who inspire you. This university is so deeply entrenched in tradition yet so dedicated to developing its students both personally and academically. Students will seek to help one another, not tear one another down. From game days to late-night study sessions, some of the fondest memories in my life were created on campus. Simply writing about Notre Dame here could never sufficiently express how amazing of a place it truly is.

Samuel

In short, Notre Dame lives up to the hype, and more. The University of Notre Dame (abbreviated "Notre Dame" or "ND") has a national reputation as a Catholic university with strong academics and a sports powerhouse. Although this reputation is accurate, it fails to describe the student experience. In my opinion, that student experience is the most compelling reason to attend Notre Dame and largely accounts for the its extraordinary alumni connections. ND is an enclosed campus in the city of South Bend, Indiana. The university and surrounding city have an equivocal relationship with one another, due to the perception of Notre Dame as an exclusive "bubble." Conversely, others see the school as a center of safety for its students. The school has its own police force and fire department and produces some of its own energy (from an on-campus factory that sometimes smells like cereal). First-year students are required to live in dorms, which function as a de facto Greek system with regard to student identity. Dorms are separated by gender and function as the social hubs for friendships and parties. (One of the first questions students typically ask one another is "What dorm are you in?") Most students live in dorms for all four years of their schooling. In intramural sports, students play for awards that are applied to their dorms. Intra-dorm political systems typically organize service and recreational events for their members. Outside of dorm life, classes and other academic or service work (e.g., research in a lab) is the primary activity for most students. Classes typically have around 20 students in number, but I personally had classes that ranged from 4 to 200. The College of Arts and Letters hosts the greatest number of students and the largest variety of majors. The College of Business is extremely highly regarded and has been ranked as the #1 business school by US News and World Report for several years concurrently. As a graduate of the College of Science, I can attest to its rife opportunities for research and the availability of its professors. I won't go into too much detail about majors, since that information can likely be found elsewhere. Outside of academics, there are oodles of opportunities for extracurricular involvement in clubs, service, athletics, and research. (Ahem, and parties.) Notre Dame has upward of 300 student-run clubs and organizations, all of which are on display at the beginning of each school year during a schoolwide recruiting event. Involvement in clubs varies from none to many, but most students become involved in some capacity. There is a club for practically every interest. And, if your flavor of club doesn't exist yet, you can assuredly create your own. Personally, I became involved in the creation of a new philosophy journal and was president of two service-based clubs. If organized extracurriculars aren't your things, Notre Dame is a party-friendly campus. Although hard alcohol is explicitly banned, there are always dorm parties on Thursdays through Saturdays, and the local bar scene is popular among students over 21. (Tip: If you're of age, you should go to Club Fever at least once. Go on a Thursday. It builds character, or something like that.) On Saturday evenings following home football games, the Linebacker Inn, an ND-themed bar called the 'Backer, is the establishment of choice. Finally, Notre Dame is a Catholic school. Its religious foundation is evident throughout campus, with crucifixes hanging in most classrooms, the beautiful basilica located in the center of campus, and the priests and nuns supervising the dorms (don't worry, it's fine). For those who are Catholic, Notre Dame will stoke your mind and faith. For those who are not Catholic, Notre Dame will challenge your beliefs--and that's okay. While ND is undeniably Catholic, it does not try to impose its religious nature on anyone. It is important to learn and grow with people who think differently from one another, and that is a wonderful reason to attend Notre Dame. If ND succeeds in any regard, it is that it fosters camraderie in difference.

Brianna

The University of Notre Dame is a great place to meet from all around the world and learn about new cultures. ND also has an amazing alumni network. Any student, no matter what major they are, can contact an alumni that has a career in their field of study. Alum work very hard to stay in contact with current ND students and give these students the experience and guidance they need in order to be successful.

Ashley

It's the best!!!

Emma

The University of Notre Dame is an amazing place for people who want to make an impact in their communities. Students at Notre Dame are always looking to get involved, and the university provides various opportunities for students to do so. The community is very supportive, and each student wants their classmates to be successful.

Ukachi

It's a good school once you get past the struggle of freshman year. The people are friendly and the library's big, the weekends are lively, and the community, though cliché, is at times, homely. It's a great place to get a degree with a nice and faculty and great opportunities for the future.

Grace

I am thoroughly enjoying my time at the University of Notre Dame. The classes are fascinating and the professors are helpful. In general, the students are very invested in their classes. And it's easy to find opportunities in order to be as involved as you would like to be.

Coty

The university is really great. Everyone is really nice and bright and willing to help if you need it. The academics are really strong, with the number one business school in the country. There are many opportunities on campus, whether it be the several types of clubs, career counseling or campus jobs, career fairs, several campus evens, etc.

David

Notre Dame is a great place to learn about yourself and others. With tons of university resources, Notre Dame provides students to dedicate themselves to what they love. Whether it's academics, extra curricular activities, or spiritual life, Notre Dame has the tools for you to continue to pursue what you love and explore things you otherwise may have not.

Karen

It is an amazing university that promotes an in-depth learning experience through faculty and students. This environment is supported by a fun student life that creates a comforting sense of community among everyone here on campus. Although the Catholic university may seem overwhelming, having a common religion amongst students allows religion to be spoken about in the classroom and incorporated into our discussions inside the classroom and outside.

Walker

Notre Dame is a school that is hard to describe to those who have never visited. The academics, athletics, and beauty of the campus is unparalleled. Most of all, the sense of community is great; there are clubs and groups for every type of person. Best school in the country.

Siena

I think that the University of Notre Dame is comparable to the top universities in the country. The academics are extremely well paralleled to those of the Ivy League schools. Our alumni network is one of the main reasons for applying to the school and after finishing my freshman year, I can already see how strong it really is.

Liana

The University of Notre Dame is the place to be. The professors and TAs offer great constructive feedback and are always willing to help others. The academics here are not cut throat so people are always willing to help you out. There are great resources here such as the Center for Social Concerns, which allows students to get involved in service and do international and summer programs for little to nothing. There is also free tutoring services and opportunities to get paid to tutor. There are many activities to do on campus such as ice skating, rock climbing, movies, football games, hearing guest lecturers, etc. Don't let the cold scare you away this school is amazing!!

Brandon

I simply love this university. Great food, academics, sports, community, people and alumni. The worlds premier university !!!!

Kara

Notre Dame is great! The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere is truly unique. The academics are fantastic and I always feel challenged but not too overwhelmed. We're a drinking school, not a party school. So while everyone likes to have fun and go out on the weekends, during the week it's mostly drinking with friends. During football season, your whole Saturday is shot between tailgating, the game, and maybe an after-party. It's very interesting because the people who you see in class all week being studious cut loose on the weekends. So even though we go to dorm and house parties (bars for upperclassmen), you can always tell that we go to ND. Sundays are reserved for homework we've procrastinated all weekend. However, just like any school, it has its drawbacks. There isn't much diversity. The stereotypical Domer is a white, wealthy, Catholic kid who played varsity sports in high school and loves Vineyard Vines. My closest friends are minorities though. The Catholicism pervades everything, even if just lightly. There isn't Greek life, but the dorms have kind of turned into sororities and fraternities because they aren't coed. Overall, I love ND and its quirks, even the things I don't like about it.

Julia

Notre Dame is renowned in the world of sports and elite schools. Based on its reputation, it has a lot to fulfill, which I would say it mostly accomplishes. The campus is picturesque, with scores of Gothic buildings, beautiful landscaping, and a golden domed building at the heart of campus. Academics are rigorous (unless you're in the business school) and the professors are the best in their field and simply wonderful. However, the student body of Notre Dame is a bit homogenous. If you are not white, cis-gendered, straight, Roman Catholic, and conservative, you will likely stick out a little. That being said, the people on campus are inclusive and nice, but there are times where you might feel like you don't belong because you're not like everyone else. At the end of the day, however, Notre Dame is like one giant family. The element of community is strong, through dorm life and your academic school of choice. In my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons, and it would be hard to find a nicer school. Overall, as the song goes, 'Love thee Notre Dame', even with its flaws and all.

Ivy

When I visited the University of Notre Dame, I didn’t know what I was in for. The campus, housing, food, facilities, classes, students, staff, and sports/extra curricular activities were all so amazing! The amount of faith, trust, and glory this college has is tremendous. I loved visiting the University of Notre Dame and would be honored to maybe one day attend for college.

Joan

I love the University of Notre Dame. I think it has everything you could want in a college. It has the academics, it has the athletics, and it has the spirit. The Catholic atmosphere is also super nice no matter what religion you are. It makes us more of a community which is really great. Go Irish!

Katherina

I think the University of Notre Dame is an extremely intellectual academic institution that also benefits from vibrant school spirit and extracurricular activity enthusiasm. I feel that my classes and overall environment are thought-provoking. I also feel that there are countless opportunities for me to thrive as an academic, as a student, as a community member, as a resident, and as a fitness enthusiast.

David

I love the school and the amenities in and around the school. The school makesup most of the city so there isn’t a huge city vibe but it’s also a more relaxed environment until football season. Great schools and amazing professors! The only harsh thing about campus is the winter weather which is expected from a school right along the Great Lakes.

A

Notre Dame is a welcoming place with pervasive school pride. From my experience, the average Notre Dame student is an academically-motivated Catholic who studies hard during the week and parties hard on weekends. That being said, drinkers are (usually) respectful of non-drinkers and will (usually) take "no thanks" for an answer. One of my biggest complaints is the inequality of the housing system. Although everyone pays the same room and board, some students are assigned to live in gloomy, outdated dorms with no air conditioning while other kids live in beautiful, air-conditioned, newly-constructed dorms. Overall, I think it's a good school with something to offer just about everybody, whether or not you fit the standard Notre Dame mold.

Lauren

The University of Notre Dame is an extraordinary place, and I feel grateful to be here every day. The academics are of very high quality, and the students create a collaborative rather than competitive atmosphere. The professors are always available and are genuinely invested in their students. The community of people is incredible, and I have made the most wonderful of friends. Everyone here is passionate about something, and cannot help but want to share it with the rest of the world. The dorm life is incomparable, and the women in my hall feel like my sisters and are always organizing activities and events together. Notre Dame is full of a rich culture and tradition that invigorates the campus and bonds people together. There is a widespread commitment to service, whether here on campus, in the South Bend community, or across the world. Students meet in many diverse clubs and can play recreational intramural and club sports. The food is delicious, the campus is breathtakingly beautiful, the opportunities are endless, and the people are inspiring. Notre Dame has truly become my home and I feel extremely blessed to spend four life-changing years under the golden dome.

Michael

Notre Dame is the best college for me. The academic rigor partners extremely well with it's social aspect. There are plenty of opportunities for extracurricular activities and there is an opportunity for every student to be involved in something. Making the most of what Notre Dame has to offer will ensure the best four years of your college career.

Elizabeth

It's challenging at times, but is ultimately a place where I feel I can succeed. While there are undoubtedly some very challenging courses, I feel that I have support from faculty members as well as friends. The on-campus dorms are also great, even though they are single sex.

Katie

My dad had gone to Notre Dame many years ago so when I got in, I was very excited. However, after touring the school and being on campus for a bit, I absolutely hated it. It was in the middle of nowhere and all the kids were carbon copies of each other. The people there also weren't very nice and gave off a "I'm better than you vibe." I also found some kids very judgy and hypocritical. Both girls and guys were very cliquey. While I can appreciate dorm culture and having an affinity with the dorm you are placed in, Notre Dame takes it to an extreme where it becomes almost cult-like and they belittle people placed in "worse" dorms (ironic since students are randomly placed in dorms so how can one be worse than the other). I heard things like, "Oh, he's in XXX dorm? That's where all the weird kids live." Again, going back to cliquey. I really really wanted to like it but at the end of the day, I absolutely hated it there.

Molly

With challenging and stimulating classes, great campus life, and top of the line facilities, Notre Dame is a wonderful University in many ways. There is something for everyone here, including great interhall athletics, cultural clubs, dorm life, and research opportunities.

Nolan

Aside from a beautiful campus, the Notre Dame community is one of the best college communities in the world. It is quite literally said to be the home away from home. On top of that, the academics and alumni network are extraordinary. Once you join the Notre Dame community, you'll be with it for the rest of your life!

Brian

People who attend this school are lame. I am an alumnus and I can tell people coming out of Notre Dame have not changed at all. Notre Dame folks do not help me professionally. This is the most overrated network. people come out of this school with stuck up mentality. people do work hard and come out to become "employeed" well. If you are young and want to do start up companies, you will most likely fail. This is a good school if you want to become physicians and managers of companies and mid to upper middle rankings in big corporations. However, if you dream to become Bill Gates, fortune companies founders, DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. Trust me, if one happens to be the fortune company leader from this school, he or she will not give a credit to this school. The problems with this school is that this school is so focused on the unity and the notre dame community ostracizes anyone who is not part of Notre Dame culture. and most folks graduate with Irish Pride which do not help. Also, a lot of people at this school do political science majors. Poli sci is a garbage major.Not many people go into engineering. not reputable in science and engineering

Kc

I love this school and feel like it was the perfect stepping stone to launch my career. I cheer for the sports teams and participate in the local alumni section. The thing I remember most is the dorm life and how quickly the people in your dorm become your family. It was tough but I would not change a thing.

Denise

I love the people and the community. There's a strong sense of purpose and determination while there is a great amount of fun to be had at the same time. The only issue I have is with the administration. The professors are great, but I'm talking about the big wigs that make big decisions. Their decisions aren't always in line with what's best or what's wanted by the students. However, they do desperately try to make the school very inclusive, so that's something if you're a part of the LGBT+ and/or minority groups. However, from a Hispanic student perspective, diversity is pretty minimal. The negatives don't out-weight the positives though. The dorms create such a family, the rec sports make for great memories and bonds, and the Catholic identity always brings me home when I've wandered far.

Lucencee Jackson

The University of Notre Dame offers a religious yet academic environment that contributes to the achievements of its students. As a top-ranked private university, it is easy to see why the Fighting Irish is beloved nation-wide, because of the values and history upheld through the campus.

Chalres

Notre Dame has a beautiful campus, outside of its cold ubiquitous whiteness ... and bad weather. African-American students, professors, coaches and visiting speakers (President Obama) are NOT welcomed NOR embraced by the white student body, white campus paper and white professors. The rare white students befriending African-Americans are ostracized by the overwhelming white population. African-American graduates normally deter their children from attending Jim Crow Notre Dame. Kelly disgracefully disrespect African American players and assistant coaches on National TV, explaining why 5-STARS players will NEVER commit to an atrocious sinking ship.

Emily

While I hadn't grown up knowing about Notre Dame, choosing to attend has a a profoundly positive impact upon my learning and goals for the future. Their philosophy surrounding education is focused upon using what you are taught to better the lives of others, and I've experienced this focus in each of the classes I take. Outside of courses, there are professors and campus staff that care about your growth as a whole individual, not just a student, which has been one of the greatest facets of my college experience thus far.

Ghislain

I'm an international student and am very glad that I accepted the offer of admission from ND. However, the tuition fees and room and boarding charges are extremely high and most international students have to bear it on their own. I know it is a huge sacrifice for my parents and I need to give every time and effort to make my undergraduate studies a success.

Isabel

My overall opinion of the University of Notre Dame is that it is a very small school. The size of the school give it's students an opportunity to interact with the teachers. It is surrounded by trees and wildlife, giving students from the city a chance to experience something new. This school also has over 300 clubs that the students can participate in as well as create.

Matthew

Having just finished my first semester of college, could not ask for a better place to call my second home. I have made strong friendships and relationships already and I am intellectually challenged every day. At the same time, there is no shortage of opportunities to relax and enjoy my time in college.

Terese

As the daughter of an alumnus, I grew up wearing Notre Dame shirts and watching the football games on Saturday's. When it came time for my college decision, however, I hesitated: would Notre Dame be the right place for me? Ten months later, I proudly can say it is. Notre Dame gives me unparalleled academics, opportunities for growth, and community. I wake up each morning excited to learn from astounding professors and inspiring peers. My friends and mentors continually push me to open my mind, advocate for justice, deepen my faith, and improve my being. Most importantly, I cherish the family I find within my classroom walls, my residence hall, and my extracurricular activities. Notre Dame has given me a true home under its Golden Dome, and my heart exudes nothing but gratitude for the ability to spend three more years on its grounds.

Meghan

Excellent

Tino

I love it and it great

Julia

I love it!it challenges me and the students are kind and respect one another. The curriculum is very hard but the professors are available for help. We are very enthusiastic wgen it comes to our team sports, especially football on game days.

Grace

It is a great place to grow and learn, as well as have so much fun! We have some of the best academics in the country, but also a great football program and tons of school spirit. I would highly recommend coming here if ever given the opportunity. The classes are challenging, the dorms are great communities, and there are so many opportunities for service and involvement.

Gabriella

You'll never be bored at the University of Notre Dame. From cheering on the Fighting Irish in the student section at football games to the parties and the dorm life, there is always something to do despite being located in the small town of South Bend, Indiana. Though Notre Dame doesn't offer Greek life, it makes up for it through its vibrant single-sex dorm life (which is surprisingly similar to frats and sororities). Everyone here has a sense of intellectual curiosity and a need to make the world a better place, both of which can be heard in conversations among friends in the dining halls (where the food is admittedly sub-par, but name a college where it isn't). There is a big drinking culture on campus, which is funny because of Notre Dame's Catholic identity, and it's pretty noticable on the weekends when music blares from the windows of the guy dorms. From dorm masses to drinking on the weekends and everything in between, there is a niche for everyone at the University of Notre Dame.

Aderogba

The education and culture at this school is amazing, and I doubt anybody would dispute that. However, the leadership of the school is somewhat problematic in the sense that they are fairly unwilling to change -- certain rules that are clearly out of date are still in place, and they often don't listen to the claims of the students. All in all, the time students spend here is very enjoyable because of the people there, but the administration and the policies they enact are uninspiring.

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