Why Choose Notre Dame?
"As a prospie, I was drawn to ND because it is the only school that is consistently ranked in the top 20 US World News Report for best colleges and the top 20 BCS Football rankings - we've kind of got the best of both worlds. Add being the top Catholic research university in the country into the equation and it was kind of a no-brainer for me."
"I applied to Notre Dame because of its strong reputation as an academic institution, and because I felt like my personal values and goals aligned very well with the culture of the student body and of the university as a whole. As a prospective student, I really liked the dorm life and sense of tradition of Notre Dame, aspects which I still love as a current student."
"I transferred in to Notre Dame as a sophomore from Johns Hopkins University, and it was the best decision of my life. What I loved about Note Dame was that it had a real sense of school spirit and camaraderie, when you get here, you just feel like you are at home and that you belong here. I knew I wanted a school that would challenge me academically and athletically, but where I would still be able to have a social life and have fun. This school is definitely tough, but the rigorous academics attract all types of interesting, engaging people, and I feel that there is such a sense of cohesion and unity in the student body. The athletics of course were another big draw, there is nothing quite like experiencing a Notre Dame football game."
Student sections at a football game helps display a massive Irish flag
"I had only a few hours to spend at Notre Dame during my rapid college tour senior year, yet that short time was all I needed to understand the uniquely friendly community here. Everyone I interacted with was kind not only to me, but to each other. I didn't see that everywhere I visited. When it was time to decide, I opted for the comfortable, communal environment I knew to exist under the Dome."
"Notre Dame has a distinct sense of unity that you can't really get any place else. A lot of schools boast that their students are so united, blah blah blah, but at Notre Dame there really is a sense of FAMILY more than anything else. Everybody is your brother and sister, as weird and cliche as that sounds. People look out for you. The person you had in seminar freshman year and spoke to once will hold your hair back at after running into you at a party, random people in your dorm will wave to you while walking to class. Silly little things like that."
"If you choose Notre Dame, it will be the best 4 years of your life. The person you are when you arrive will be nothing compared to the person you will become. You will be surrounded by incredibly talented, intelligent, and passionate peers. And from the second you arrive on campus, you will be part of the family and immersed in the tradition that is Notre Dame. I grew up on Notre Dame and despite wavering at times, it was always where I wanted to go. No place ever felt so much like home, no place ever gave me chills, no place ever fit so well. I participated in Summer Scholars as a rising high school sophomore and that experience cemented my desire to go to Notre Dame. After living in the dorms, eating at South Dining Hall, taking classes, and participating in extracurricular activities, I knew that Notre Dame was the place for me. The passion and caring everyone showed was incredible."
"Community is key at Notre Dame. No matter where you come from, who your family is, or what you study, you will feel like a part of the community here! Plus, how can you beat going to school at one of the best universities in the country?"
Main Building in the spring, look at that gorgeous Golden Dome!
"One of my favorite things about Notre Dame is the sense of community throughout campus. I love being a Notre Dame student because this school offers so many opportunities to be successful, and the university as a whole believes in the potential of its students. Also, Notre Dame students are very proud and grateful to be able to attend such an incredible university, and we have a lot of school spirit - even after graduation, which means our alumni network is extremely helpful in post-grad life."
"My favorite part of ND is being able to learn and grow with such a brilliant, driven, humble group of peers. I learn from hearing others' views in class, in club meetings, and most of all in casual conversations with friends. Never in my life have I been surrounded by such fascinating peers."
"I love the dorm system! I love that I have upperclassmen that I can consult with at any time!"
"Football season is the best part of life on campus. The fact I live within walking distance of my best friends makes me happy. Walking around campus and thinking to myself, 'I go here' is amazing."
ND ladies studying abroad in Australia
"The students and teachers are one of the best parts of the school. The students are always willing to work together and the teachers for the most part work with you because they want you to succeed. I love that as a student here I can find the perfect balance between work and play."
"I love that Notre Dame has a thriving indie scene underneath the layers of being a 'bro-ish' Midwestern Division I athletic powerhouse. It's a small community, but I think that I've gotten the traditional liberal 'artsy' feel and experienced events I would not have at a very tiny, progressive college but haven't had to sacrifice going to a large-brand school."
"I love being a student here, because I feel like I am exposed to so many different elements that are changing and shaping who I am. There is definitely the stereotype of the "Notre Dame Bubble" but i think that because of this stereotype, people are going above and beyond to break out of their comfort zone, and do things that they woldn't normally do. There are endless opportunities for community service which are incredibly fun and fulfilling. In addition there are so many different clubs on campus that make it easy to find a passion for something that you never knew you had a passion for in the first place. I also just love the feeling of being part of the Notre Dame community, there is a certain sense of pride in being able to see a fellow domer off campus and greeting them with a 'Go Irish'."
One of the two lakes on the Notre Dame campus, perfect for sunset walks
"The gender relations of Notre Dame can be a bit bizarre at times, and living in single-sex dorms can definitely have its drawbacks. Also, the disciplinary system is pretty strict and can definitely feel over-bearing at times. But other than that, life at ND is great and the students here are generally pretty happy!"
"Kind of being in the middle of no where can be annoying sometimes, but the South Bend/Mishawaka area actually has more to offer than I realized as a freshman."
"The weather is unfortunate, particularly in the spring."
Main Building in the summer
"I think sometimes we can get too caught up in the football thing. I love athletics as much as the next person but I think we (sometimes) put too much emphasis on how the football team is doing and not enough on what other really exciting things are happening on campus. There's also the issue of gender relations, which are strained and probably always will be. While I love certain things about living in an all-girls dorms (and I even sometimes appreciate the benefits of parietals), I think these things stand in the way of normalizing relationships between men and women on campus."
"As I'm sure multiple people will say, the existence of parietals is a big bummer. I understand why the University has them in place (it's Catholic character), but they are really annoying, especially when any post midnight/2 AM hangout is purely platonic."
"Everybody is very homogeneous. Everybody wears Bean boots, puffer vests, leggings, and North Face. It's difficult to stand out here if you don't have lime green hair or bright pink shoes. A lot of people like that though, fitting in and being able to relate to somebody. But if you can't relate to somebody through $100 Lululemons, it can be a little difficult to pick out people who are real versus the superficial ones that compose a lot of the student body."
Main Building in the winter. Warning: It gets pretty cold in northern Indiana!
New Collegiette on Campus
"When I was a first-year, it was very overwhelming and hectic. But then, you start your day and you feel like you belong immediately. Class is hard, but you find a way to manage everything, and you feel amazing."
"Life as a first-year at Notre Dame can definitely be stressful at first, as it can take a little while to adjust to both the academic and social aspects of college. Housing and roommates are randomly assigned at first and there is not separate first-year housing, in that the freshmen live with people of all other grade levels in single-sex dorms. This aspect of housing is very beneficial, as freshmen can learn a lot from the older students in their dorm. It is fairly easy to get to know upperclassmen since all grade levels live together in the dorms, but the first-years definitely stick together for most of first semester and into second semester."
"Being a first-year means you receive a ton of free stuff and information thrown at you with the utmost excitement. The upperclassmen are more than welcoming and will easily befriend the first-years in their residence halls."
Ready for gameday!
"I think the first year experience at Notre Dame is pretty cool and a little bit unique. I've not heard of any other freshman orientation programs that are quite like Frosh-O here. It takes a lot more time because orientation isn't just a tour and a short talk. It's a full weekend and most of it is spent with your dorm, doing various activities that help you meet the girls you will be living with for the next four years. You get the chance to ask some of the upperclassmen questions about various things but it's mostly silly things, like singing or playing games. After Frosh-O, it's pretty easy to meet upperclassmen in classes or in clubs."
"The great thing about being new at ND is that you aren't alone. You have 2,000 brilliant and nervous classmates to befriend. You'll have a chance to do this during freshman orientation weekend, which changes every year but usually involves dorm bonding and activities around campus.""Definitely try to keep an open-mind and an optimistic attitude during orientation, and try to relax and have a good time! It is a lot of fun and a great way to meet a ton of people right at the beginning of the year. Frosh-O is the first time that all of the freshmen are on campus together. Frosh-O has many special traditions for first-years, such as serenading the other dorms, freshman Mass at the Basilica, and the freshman trip to the Grotto at the start of the year."
Ladies wearing their ND "The Shirt" to the must-go football tailgates
All About Academics
"Most people enter as a science or engineering major but eventually make their way over to either Mendoza or Arts and Letters. Our business school is pretty popular. The workload is pretty heavy for everyone. Advising is a little funny your first year because you are in First Year of Studies and so have an advisor who only works with first years. After that, you get assigned advisors within your college and majors. Then you have one advisor for your college, one advisor for your major and then one advisor for any other department you are in. It's really easy to fulfill general academic requirements and if you're lucky, you can find really cool classes to fill these slots as well."
"The most popular departments seem to be business, engineering, and pre-med. The workload is a lot to handle at first, but time-management definitely helps with this. For an engineering student, for example, there are two major projects that require ample time outside of class, so you will learn to block out time with your group members to complete it."
"Business is a very popular major at Notre Dame, but there is a lot of diversity when it comes to what students are majoring in. The average workload varies according to major, but the typical workload at Notre Dame is definitely much larger than high school and even some other universities. Some majors require a senior thesis, or some other type of capstone project. The advising system at Notre Dame is very beneficial, especially for first-years, and freshmen should take advantage of this excellent resource whenever they need help or academic guidance."
ND Sailing Team on one of the lakes on campus
"The academics are as rigorous as you would expect from a leading research institution, but the workload is almost always manageable as long as you stay organized. There are lots of places to study, most commonly the Hesburgh Library (lovingly referred to as Club Hes). While Hes does get busy, especially during midterms/finals week, there is always a table to be found if you look hard enough. Registering for classes (we call it DARTing) is honestly very stressful the first time you do it but it does get better, and once you start taking upper level classes it's easier to get spots in the classes you want!"
"The most popular major is business and EVERYONE makes fun of the business majors because it's supposedly a lot of an easier major than the others. Club Hes (student nickname for the library) comes alive at night and everyone likes to go and study there. Plus, there's a cafe down below that will allow for you to make a quick coffee run at midnight."
"Course registration, or DART-ing, can be stressful, as each student is assigned a time to go online and register for classes. Some classes fill up more quickly than others, but it is definitely important to have a plan ahead of time and to have a good list of course options ready before you DART. It is not very difficult to fulfill all of the university, college, and major requirements over the course of four years at Notre Dame, but this also varies according to major. It is important to stay on top of your requirements, and to make sure that you leave yourself enough time in your schedule to complete all of them. Some people do spend a lot of time in the library, but every student has their own study space where they feel they can be most productive. The dorms also have study rooms where people can get work done, and there are a lot of study location options scattered throughout campus where students can go if they have trouble focusing in the dorms."
Notre Dame class ring
Learn from the Best
"The professors are generally some of the coolest people I've ever met. Go to office hours - I didn't take advantage of this enough as a freshman and the people who did have a much easier time finding someone to write their study abroad recommendations."
"One of my favorite classes freshman year was Intro to Anthropology with Dr. McKenna. We had people of all majors and ages - from football players to new pre-meds. Dr. McKenna was so full of excitement about the subject matter that not only did I learn a lot about anthropology, but I always was excited to go to class and in a good mood when I left. Oftentimes long classes are draining, but somehow Dr. McKenna's lectures always left me feeling invigorated."
"My favorite classes have all been those that I've taken through the College of Arts and Letters because they are usually very small and discussion-based: I like to talk and participate a lot."
"Professors at Notre Dame are genuinely invested in the success of their students. They WANT you to learn and they want you to enjoy learning. Everyone is so passionate about their subject, and often very persuasive about it. I never would have ended up with three majors if not for the encouragement and persistence of all three departments!"
The Hesburgh Library, better known to some as "Touchdown Jesus"
"Most poli sci professors are awesome. Classes at Notre Dame are incredible. Matthew Hall is a must-take-professor if you're into political science, law, or American history. YES GO TO OFFICE HOURS."
"The professors that I have had are incredibly passionate about what they teach. I know that sounds like a cliché automate response, but it is completely true. The professors often go over on time by a minute or so and use up every possible second of class, because they can't seem to say enough about the subject they are teaching."
"Carl Ackerman (finance) is the best! He learns everyone's name, what they look like, and some interesting facts about them within the first month of school, despite teaching about 500 kids per semester. Some of my favorite classes have been the electives I've taken to fulfill University Requirements, such as Psychology (Intro and Adolescent) and a film class."
Christmastime in Main Building
Interests and Involvement
"There are websites that help out incoming students reach out to clubs (SAO is a big one) and an activities night at the beginning of the year to give students an opportunity to sign up for a wide variety of clubs, GO!"
"There is a giant club fair at the beginning of the year in which you can sign up for anything and everything that catches your eye. There are club sports, political groups, academic groups, service groups - something for everybody. I happened upon the College Democrats table my freshman year, and being a member of the CDems has significantly defined my Notre Dame experience. Clubs are a great way to make friends, get off of campus, and pursue interests outside of class."
"If you played sports in high school but were either unwilling or incapable of playing at the D1 level, I would definitely recommend getting involved in club sports here on campus! Not only are they a great way to stay active, they also allow you to make new friends that you might never have met other wise! I've met some of my best friends from doing the Equestrian Team."
Transpose, a student-run dance organization on campus, at practice
"Activities Night at the beginning of the year is the best way to sign up for extracurriculars. WARNING: Don't sign up for something unless you're extremely interested in it. Don't just sign up to be polite - you'll regret the amount of emails you will receive."
"Everyone does extracurriculars. On Activities Night, you can go and sign up for the listservs for any and all clubs you might be interested in. People really love the a capella groups and I know a lot of people who attend swing dance club lessons. I really love this environment because it allows me to get involved in all sorts of new and exciting things (i.e. I was in the swing dance show last year) that I never imagined I'd try out before coming to college."
Dorm pride - as seen at the Dillon Hall Pep Rally
"Notre Dame is the definition of spirited. Football weekend is like a religious experience, with 80,000 people gathered in a stadium, chanting, yelling, and generally leaving life behind to give 100% of their energy to cheering the Irish to victory. I didn't even like football before college, but I love going to games. I even watch ND games on TV now because it feels like a piece of home."
"The football culture here is unreal. You could come, like me, completely uninterested in football and going to sports games, but I can almost assure you that just a couple of home games will transform you into a Fighting Irish fan. The intramurals, too, are also the source of a lot of excitement during the week."
Gameday in Notre Dame Stadium
"Almost everyone attends football games here. It's pretty much blasphemy to diss on the football team and while this can be kind of annoying sometimes, the football games are usually a lot of fun. I've also really enjoyed going to soccer games, though those aren't nearly as popular. Dorms have sports teams that participate in interhall leagues and those are really popular."
ND Hockey game in their new Compton Family Arena
"Notre Dame football is extremely popular, and is very important to both students and alumni. Most students attend the home football games, and tailgating is an important tradition on campus. A lot of Notre Dame students are athletic and enjoy playing sports, so interhall, intramural, and club sports are very popular on campus and students get really into them. I don't believe that there is a separate athlete culture, as the student athletes live amongst the other students and the intramural sports programs are competitive but very welcoming to all levels of experience."
"While football is obviously super popular, hockey, basketball, soccer, and volleyball are also really fun to go to! Everyone on campus is pretty athletic, so even if you didn't play a sport in high school, it's easy to get swept up in the health and fitness obsession of the student body."
Fighting Irish pride with painted Toms
"ND ladies are fiery and intelligent and not afraid to call out gender norms or irregularities or problems that need to be fixed. While ND has the reputation of being an old boys' club, great strides have been made to reverse this label through increased focus on gender studies and relations, gay-straight alliances, and a huge movement to end sexual assault on campus. You feel like you're fighting the good fight."
"Gender is often an issue at ND. Due to the Catholic nature of the school, there are some funny rules governing interactions of the sexes that make it hard to normalize relationships with members of the opposite sex sometimes. There is a Gender Relations Center and a gender studies program. I don't know if you can do women's studies specifically. There are a couple of clubs focused towards women's issues. Since dorms are single sex, it's really easy to meet other women on campus."
Getting ready to go out!
"It's challenging, but we have so many incredible, intelligent, motivated women that it gets easier every day."
"It is wonderful being a woman on campus! What girls like to wear depends on the season. In the winter, black parkas with Hunter or L.L. Bean boots are very popular, and leggings and Uggs are great for cold weather as well. There is a gender studies program, and there are some clubs which focus on women's issues, such as the group Notre Dames and Her Campus ND. I believe that women generally feel pretty good about the gender ratio on campus. However, people occasionally call into question some discrepancies pertaining to how men and women are disciplined in the dorms. But other than this, women are definitely empowered at Notre Dame to fulfill their career and academic ambitions and to become whoever we want to be."
"While Notre Dame is an exceptional community, there are times when Notre Dame women aren't entirely accepting of their St. Mary's sisters. This is so disappointing because the St. Mary's ladies are AMAZING and an integral part of the South Bend community. We could really work on uniting with our fellow South Bend students in general (St. Mary's and Holy Cross)."
Color Run in South Bend
Food & Drink
"Our campus has two dining halls, North Dining Hall (on the North end of campus) and South Dining Hall (on the South end of campus). The food is great! It is your typical dining hall food, but there are definitely a lot of options and the quality of the food is generally pretty good. I like the dining hall food, but my favorite place to eat on campus is Au Bon Pain (ABP), located in the Library and in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Upperclassmen go to the dining halls less than underclassmen, as people generally purchase a smaller meal plan when they move off-campus. Ease of access to a kitchen depends on where you live, the dorms all have kitchens and off-campus housing options also have kitchens. There are many delicious eating options on Eddy Street, which is within walking distance of campus. Some restaurants on Eddy Street are Chipotle, O'Rourke's, The Mark, Brothers, BarBici, and Jamba Juice."
North Dining Hall
"We have two dining halls. The food is great. I like to eat in the dining halls or the express stores on campus. I think a lot of people go to the dining hall at least 3 out of their 4 years. My dorm has a kitchen, so kitchens are very accessible. There are several restaurants within walking distances."
"We have two dining halls, and the food is certainly above par compared to other campuses. The option of cooking in the dorm kitchen is available, though not popular. Some foods people get excited for are the mac and cheese, pasta stir fry, and steak served at the candlelight dinners. On campus we have a Starbucks, Taco Bell, Subway, and Burger King; and just off campus on Eddy Street we have Chipotle, Five Guys, BarBici (Italian street food), O'Rourke's (a bar), Brothers' Bar and Grille, and Kilwin's ( a chocolate shop), among others."
South Dining Hall
"There aren't any fraternities or sororities so people either go to dorm parties (mostly freshman year) or off-campus to party. I know plenty of people who go to parties and don't drink at all and then I also know people who don't go to parties at all. There's always other stuff going on. There are games, movies, plays, etc. People don't usually start partying until at least Thursday (sometimes Wednesday but that is really rare). There are cabs that will take you anywhere within 3 miles for $3 so it's pretty easy to get around."
"Notre Dame does not have Greek Life, but our dorm system makes our school truly unique. Notre Dame students generally have strong feelings of loyalty to their dorm. People like to party on the weekends, but there are definitely other options if that is not for you! Clubs will have organized activities on the weekends for those who are not interesting in partying or drinking."
"Alcohol is fairly prevalent on and off campus, but there is not a prominent drug culture at Notre Dame. I do not believe that people are pressured into drinking on the weekends, as Notre Dame students are very welcoming. Freshmen typically stick to dorm parties, which can be a lot of fun! There are some people who stick to their friend group, but a lot of Notre Dame students are very interested in meeting new people! I feel that the social scene at Notre Dame is very inclusive."
"It is very easy to get around at night, as cab companies have an agreement with the university that they will only charge students $3 for a ride on weekend nights, so it is not difficult at all to find a ride in a cab to a party or back home after a night out."
ND Ladies out on the town while studying abroad
"We don't have Greek life, but our dorms act as frats and srats as far as parties and family goes, but definitely not as outrageous as other school. Drug use is almost non-existent unless you really look for it, it's kind stigmatized by a lot of students. Beer is allowed on campus, but hard alcohol is not. That's not to say it doesn't exist at parties. I think I saw a stat that said 25% of ND students DON'T drink, which is a pretty low percentage I think."
"On the weekends, people go to parties in dorms or off-campus. It's very easy to get off-campus by catching a cab at Main Circle. There is a lot of drinking, and people tend to stick with one friend group. Weekday partying seems very rare, with Thursday being the exception."
"Getting around at night is super easy. Brothers and O'Rourke's are on Eddy Street (right across street from campus so super easy walking distance). The Backer (is a little farther away, but also within walking distance). Cabs are 3 dollars per person on weekends ($10 minimum but 4 to a cab is really standard) and in general are very cheap to get around. A lot of people have a preferred cabbie. Fever (the club in South Bend) also runs a bus to and from campus and several of the apartment buildings. There is also a free night bus you can take to go to different places."
Some collegiettes celebrating a birthday!
"Dorm life at Notre Dame is, in a word, unique - and I love it! Every freshman is randomly assigned to a roommate and to one of twenty-nine residence halls (fourteen of which are girls dorms), each with its own history of customs and traditions. The dorms are single-sex, which is an attribute that I have come to fully support. I never have to worry about what I look like when I walk down the hall in my bathrobe and towel, I always feel safe, and I get to live with 200 amazing young women who feel like sisters to me. Many students agree that the living arrangements in the residence halls are similar to the living arrangements in a sorority or fraternity. We have bigs and littles, we have brother-sister dorms, we have fundraisers and signature activities, and we even have our own spirit wear. In addition, participating in dorm life is one of the many ways in which a student can develop her spirituality. Mass is offered every week in each of the halls, and almost every residence hall has creative traditions surrounding each Mass. For example, Ryan Hall has a service called Waffle Wednesday Mass in which waffles are served after the Mass, and Dillon Hall has a similar tradition called Milkshake Mass (YUM!). The living experience at Notre Dame is tons of fun, and beyond that, it fosters the sense of community we have here."Dorm spirit to the max! Former hall president from Pasquerilla West Hall Est. 1981 on Mod Quad
"Dorm life is a great experience for all grade levels, and it gives freshmen an opportunity to meet people and establish relationships with their peers. All freshmen live in the dorms, but there are different housing options off-campus. There are also options for what type of room you live in inside the dorm, such as a double or a quad. The dorms feel very safe and secure. Roommates are randomly assigned freshman year, but after that you can choose who you live with. It is definitely popular to live off-campus as an upperclassmen, but there are upperclassmen who still choose to live in the dorms. There are also a lot of dorm bonding activities during Frosh-O."
Dorm room in Farley Hall Est. 1946 on North Quad
"The dorm life is one of the most welcoming things about campus, so welcoming, in fact, that few bother to move off-campus. The dorms are made extra secure on football weekends with special locking schedules and extra codes to make sure only residents are entering. There are dorm bonding activities during the week, like section events, hall council, and a weeknight mass."
"The dorms are like a little community, which is great for freshmen. There are different housing options, but freshmen are required to stay on campus the first year. We are randomly assigned roommates freshman year and then can choose after that. After freshman year, not everyone is required to live on campus. It is not extremely popular to live off campus. Yes, the dorms host bonding activities like going apple picking or doing yoga together."
Dorm room in Walsh Hall Est. 1909 on Main "God" Quad
Exploring South Bend
"I love South Bend. If you look hard, you will find incredible events, people, food, craft beer, and music. On the exterior, it looks a little run down and beat up. But there's a huge indie revival happening including gallery openings if you're into art, a range of cool restaurants, awesome coffee shops, and collaborative workspaces that offer a place for people to get together. There are also a lot of well-known and attended bars and a club for the drinking set. I am constantly off campus but it's not a huge imeptus to leave campus if you don't want to. I think the city's relationship with ND is excellent and the mayor and our student body president frequently collaborate on ways to foster a good student-city relationship."
"South Bend is not an extremely urban city, but it does have some great restaurants and businesses to offer. There are some restaurants within walking distance, such as the restaurants on Eddy Street. There are some nightlife options in South Bend and its neighboring towns, but those are mostly for students who are over 21. Notre Dame has a reputation for being a bit of a bubble, but there are a lot of opportunities for students to reach out and get involved in the South Bend community. I like South Bend because it is unique and the city as a whole really supports the university, but it could definitely have more restaurant and other social places."
"Jersey Boys" at the Morris Center in South Bend
"South Bend is a small city located about ten minutes away from campus, and there are some nightlife options, most notoriously the Feve on Thursday nights. The most popular place to go off-campus is to nearby off-campus apartments or to Eddy Street at night."
"South Bend is a rough area. It's pretty run down and there's a lot of crime. Honestly, the University's relationship with South Bend is not the best, and there's not many reasons to venture into South Bend. It's safer to stay on or near campus. Basically, if you're looking for a school with a hopping nightlife full of chic clubs and cultural events all over the city.... South Bend is not the place."
"South Bend gets a bad rap - it's a perfectly lovely place! There isn't a ton within walking distance (exceptions being Eddy Street and Let's Spoon), but there's a great bus system, and if you have a friend with a car, you can access all sorts of fun things to do. Downtown has a lot of great cafes and restaurants. And our mall is nice! We have a J. Crew now! Volunteering off campus is huge, too. Personally, I'd encourage everyone to visit the Catholic Worker at least once."
Colorful goodies at the Farmers' Market in South Bend!
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