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RamRamRamRamRamRam Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
Is Notre Dame too religious for someone who is not a Christian? Also, is Notre Dame in the middle of nowhere?

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  • spencerg011spencerg011 Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member
    The religious aspect is there if you want it, but is not at all pervasive. Some school policies, though, are influenced by the Catholic affiliation (single-sex dorms, pariatels, etc.). And South Bend isn't NYC, but there are still lots of things to do (restaurants, shopping, bars, etc.).
  • silverdropsilverdrop Registered User Posts: 437 Member
    The hard thing is that the public transportation is South Bend is atrocious, so you usually need a car to get around most places.

    In terms of things to do, there's always Michiana's Hottest Nightclub (aka Feve).
  • NROTCgradNROTCgrad Registered User Posts: 1,730 Senior Member
    edited September 2014
    Yes, Notre Dame is basically in the middle of nowhere.

    I personally knew an atheist who went to Notre Dame. He loved it. If you are tolerant of their Catholic beliefs then you should be fine. For better or worse, ND has a very diverse mixture of both very conservative and very liberal Catholics (students and faculty). Those two camps probably irritate one another more than they would be irritated by you.
  • npswimmer44npswimmer44 Registered User Posts: 186 Junior Member
    I wouldn't say Notre Dame is the middle of nowhere - I live about 20 minutes away in the middle of nowhere :-$ as far as being able to get around South Bend - transportation isn't very nice - plan on having a car if possible, or making friends with someone who has a car! While the city isn't the most lively and exciting "college town," there still is a lot to do by Notre Dame - mostly Eddy Street Commons, along with typical restaurants and entertainment in South Bend.

    As for the religious standpoint, several friends have attended the university, along with my father. I would consider one of my friends extremely scientific, and factually based in his reasoning, and rather unbelieving in religion. He, however, used the theology at Notre Dame as part of his education rather than his belief, and I would consider him to be extremely knowledgeable on the subject.
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