University of Notre Dame Reviews
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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.
Overall a great school
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.
Notre Dame is a school built on tradition. It's a school with many rich kids who come from well-off backgrounds. The Catholic presence is obvious, but it's culturally seen as a personal choice on an individual level. Because it commands a good amount of respect, there are pretty cool opportunities to work with important professors, attend prestigious events, and, as an alumni, network with powerful people.