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| After looking hard into other schools, I was convinced that Notre Dame was my dream school and was ecstatic when I got it. As time went on, I realized that ND was definitely not for me. Although it is a great school academically and will challenge you, there are many other cons to consider.|
I was too caught up in the fact that I got accepted to a top university and thought that I should go here because it was the best school I got accepted to. Since then, I have realized that ranking is definitely not the only aspect of a school to take into consideration.
To start off, the weather here is absolutely atrocious. The campus is gorgeous and nothing can compare to the lakes or God Quad in the spring, but these facts are overshadowed by 5 months of freezing weather and bipolar South Bend weather. To continue, South Bend is a crap hole of a city. You really never know what is going to happen when you go off campus so I'll just leave that at that. Then, there is the student body. Everybody here seems to be a hard partier or a hardcore, close-minded Catholic. The social scene is mediocre at best. If you don't like the people in your hall freshman year, then you're basically screwed socially as it is very difficult to make any quality friendships outside of the few people that you are randomly placed with.I know it's my choice to transfer out but I can only imagine what my parents reaction would be if I decided to transfer to a lesser school after shelling out so much for ND. In all, ND really isn't that bad of a place if you can find a social clique you like relatively quickly because you will be stuck with them for the rest of your four years. ND is perfect for the majority of students but some are just screwed over by the outdated social scene and can't deal with not seeing the sun for months at a time.
|Mar 23 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| If I had to do it over again I would not go to college in South Bend Indiana or the midwest in general. There is absolutely nothing to do here and the weather is horrible. South Bend is disgusting. I should have gone to Holy Cross near Boston or Georgetown in DC. I am planning to transfer after this semester. |
|Nov 20 2010|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| I attended the law school, after graduating from a large public out of state university. There were some good professors, and I enjoyed the clinical experiences and internships. Several professors had very few years practical experience--too much focus on the esoteric which is really not helpful in a professional school program. Several legacy professors who had attended ND and could not wait to get back to the bubble. The school does have a good reputation, but it is overpriced. Career services not overly helpful. I obtained my internship through college contacts and not ND. I found the administration to be heavy handed and unfriendly to students. However, the student body (especially undergraduate) was extremely homogenous and not in a good way. I was a TA for a year in the Government department and found the students to be spoiled, snobby, rich kids who expected everything to be handed to them on a platter. Oh, and the weather is horrible and depressing. South Bend is just sad. |
|May 23 2010|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |