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Impressions Of
University of Notre Dame

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Reasons to attend and to not attend University of Notre Dame

To Attend

  • “The community and feeling part of the school as a whole. There is the idea of the Notre Dame family, and it’s small enough that people really feel like they’re a part of things. There is football and unique dorm events that everybody does together. It makes people feel like they belong and are part of something cool. People have a lot of spirit for Notre Dame.”
  • “I think the social life is unique in that the dorms are not co-ed. If you don’t want to be part of a frat but are looking for something more, I think it’s a great opportunity to find a band of brothers from where you’re living naturally.”
  • “If you love big athletics. Kids go out to the games all the time, it doesn’t matter what time or the weather.”
  • “It’s a really good place to go if you are looking for religion to be an [aspect of your experience].”
  • “The study abroad opportunities are really awesome.”
  • “It’s a Catholic university, so the students do try to do a lot of community service in the South Bend area. Especially in your dorm, there is always something you can do, and there is a group called Mercy Works that I recommend.” [More than 80% of students participate in service or service learning before they graduate.]

To Not Attend

  • “If you struggle with Catholic identities or being around Catholicism too much, it’s probably not the school for you. Even though it’s not pushed on you, I know people who come in with a negative mindset have trouble loving it.”
  • “If you enjoy partying a lot, I would suggest not to go to Notre Dame. My roommate was from Miami and liked to go to clubs and stuff and she was frustrated that she couldn’t do that at Notre Dame.”
  • “It’s in the middle of nowhere, so it can be a hard adjustment for people who are used to city life.”
  • “If you’re not really social justice oriented, or you don’t care about social justice issues at all, then it’s probably not the school for you. That’s a big part of the identity of the school. They want the students to be focused on making a difference.”
  • “The lack of cultural diversity.” [About 68% of students are White and about 7% are international.]
  • “Sometimes it can feel that Father Jenkins is only focused on making money.” [See New York Times article, “Notre Dame President Stands Firm Amid Shifts in College Athletics” and article, “Does God Want You To Spend $300,000 for College?”]
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