University of Notre Dame Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (18)
My experience at Notre Dame was very unique in that I was very fortunate to be a part of the 1st cohort for a new scholarship initiative for 1st generation college students at Notre Dame known as the AnBryce Scholars Initiative Foundation. Though I can admit that perhaps if it was not for this scholarship, I may have chosen to attend another university, I can honestly say that I am very pleased with my Notre Dame experience and education, not only academically, but in terms of social and political awareness. My one critique is ND's lack of diversity, but that is a problem that the university is actively working on. Being a 1st generation college student, but also the first generation to be born in America, I thought I would not find a sense of community at Notre Dame, but surprisingly enough, the community found me. I was invited to apply to the most incredible scholarship program imaginable and being a part of this program has opened many doors for me, but most importantly, gave me a family. Notre Dame has been a blessing in my life, and I will be forever grateful for the incredible alumni network and the many opportunities it was afforded me.
The degree that I received from Notre Dame strengthened my intellectual abilities, my moral character and my creative inquiry process. It prepared me well for all of my future endeavors and I was supported by numerous departments: I received funding for art history research in Paris, a summer internship focused on social justice in Washington D.C., and a summer internship working with solar energy and conflict resolution in Gulu, Uganda. I was very involved in campus life, social advocacy concerning Neglected Tropical Diseases, the French Club, and tutoring at local middle schools. My time at the University of Notre Dame prepared me well for a 2 year commitment with the Peace Corps, teaching English in Tanzania and now for graduate studies at Teachers College, Columbia University to become a Middle School English teacher. Notre Dame prepared me academically, but more importantly it bolstered my self-confidence, my moral character, and my commitment to social justice. I have had many wonderful life experiences thanks to Our Lady's University!
Please read this to take the above reviews in context: I graduated in 2004 with a degree in Biological Sciences. The University of Notre Dame's academic rigor, the comprehensiveness of their curriculum, and the professionalism and helpfulness of their faculty are peerless. In my time as a student, I was absolutely satisfied with my interactions with the staff. As to the academic rigor, I was not personally prepared for the Notre Dame pedigree. High school was a breeze for me. My studying efforts consisted of finally doing the reading the night before and ensuring the homework was done on time. Unless you are truly of genius caliber, prepare to be weeded out if you cannot adapt to a real educational challenge. About the degree itself, the median salary in 2004 was a rough $35,000/yr based on the job searches I did. So yes, I understand the information is dated, but I state this to address the average rating in earning potential. Anyone entering biology as a field must understand that post-graduate study will likely be required to stay in the field and have a larger potential salary. Because of my lack of dedication back then, I say my satisfaction with my degree is not 5 star because I joined the military afterwards to seek a different, marketable skill set that would not be limited by my college GPA. To emphasize this: my efforts during college directly impacted the potency of my degree. Because I did not try, my degree relied on the strength of the school's name and reputation vice the work I put into it. Since I did not make effective use of my time in college, I could not unlock the fully weight of a Bachelor's of Science from U of Notre Dame. The school is a fantastic school and one you will remember always. However, there is no school worth attending if you, reader, do not put forth the requisite effort to make it mean something.
The good thing when I was studying at University of Notre Dame was that I was able to get really close to the professors whose research was in areas I'm interested in and I could just email them, talk to them, start working with them, and come up with great research results and publications. I published two Computer Science conference papers and one senior thesis for my Math major (I'm double major in Computer Science and Math). Another good thing is the alum network of Notre Dame. I was able to find a great internship opportunity at an alum's startup company this summer and I really enjoyed the process. The startup's CEO, the ND alum, cared about me a lot and even offered to buy football tickets for me this fall. There was one bad thing though. The engineering school didn't use to offer CPT visa to international students like me, so I had to either add a second major to get the CPT I needed for my summer internship or use the OPT, which is really not an ideal option if you want to stay in the US longer. But the good thing is, through efforts of the student body, CPT is now offered in the engineering program and all the sufferings I went through, you don't have to go through anymore. So I definitely recommend Notre Dame and its computer science program, which is getting better and better.
Notre Dame is a great law school. Amiable classroom setting with a less cutthroat academic setting than other law schools. The faculty is great and the campus is beautiful.
My experience at Notre Dame was very important in shaping my future. I was able to meet amazing people and interact with top-notch professors. I was also given outlets to engage in service, which has shaped my career.
Notre Dame is a wonderful community, filled with passionate students that love working and learning in various disciplines. Especially in the College of Arts and Letters, faculty are passionate about you and helping you succeed in college and beyond. The student body is very motivated and kind, I have made many life long friends here that at the start of my time at Notre Dame I would never have thought I would meet. Overall, Notre Dame is a wonderful place for both academics and a social life.
I love Notre Dame. The beauty of the campus, the family atmosphere, the school spirit, the rigorous academics, together they form an incomparable and unforgettable experience. The religious nature of the University, and some of it's attendant rules, are not for everyone, nor its emphasis on community and service, but for those who go here, it is transformative.
I have never regretted choosing Notre Dame, though I'm not convinced I would make the same decision over again. The faculty is fantastic and I got a top-notch education, but the older I get the more I realize how limiting "the Notre Dame experience" was. At a time in my life when I was starving to learn more about the world, I closed myself into a small campus full of people rather like myself. Study abroad was a crucial experience for me, partially for this reason, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Go to ND for a really excellent academic experience, but challenge yourself to gain exposure to new people and things, too. And study abroad. Definitely study abroad.
Couldn't have made a better decision on where to attend college. Academically challenging, great student life, lifetime friends, lots of ways to get engaged on campus.