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Is Notre Dame a good school?

dementedwombatdementedwombat Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
edited April 2011 in University of Notre Dame
I thought it was, then I learned it has a reputation as a party school. Is the academic side of things any good or is it's reputation based solely on the football team?

I really want to go to a good academic school, preferably one without a lot of partying, should I be looking somewhere else?
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Replies to: Is Notre Dame a good school?

  • irishmary203irishmary203 Registered User Posts: 359 Member
  • JamiecagoJamiecago Registered User Posts: 460 Member
    if you really want to go to a 'good academic school,' I would definitely recommend HYPSM
  • hawkswim09hawkswim09 Registered User Posts: 1,222 Senior Member
    all i can say is that you really should do a little more research
  • irish68178irish68178 Registered User Posts: 2,209 Senior Member
    It is ranked in the top 20 and has the number 1 business program in the country...I would say it is pretty decent.
  • JamiecagoJamiecago Registered User Posts: 460 Member
    @irish68178: I would be rather careful talking about Mendoza's rankings. Yes, the BW ranking says 1st place. But others also say Kellogg (Northwestern) and Wharton (Penn), which sounds more 'credible.'
  • StandingoutStandingout Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    Partying is quite the scene here. However, there are a lot of other things you can do with your friends instead of partying. But don't expect to go to the "city" and shop while expecting a lot of upcoming events around town. Theres a reason why South Bend is one of the worst college towns.
  • numbersguynumbersguy Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    Just to be clear to those in South America, Notre Dame was ranked first in undergraduate business schools. Northwestern (Kellogg) does not even have an undergrad business program. Wharton has dropped from first to now fourth in the undergrad rankings in the past three years, so yes BusinessWeek has seen something change during that time span. MBA rankings are an entirely different subject, although Notre Dame is in the top 20.
  • irish68178irish68178 Registered User Posts: 2,209 Senior Member
    However, we are talking about undergrad, correct, so those rankings are appropriate to use. Jamiecargo, yes there are other rankings, but that doesn't mean you just throw them out. There are people that disagree on just about everything. Global warming, God, tell me anything you believe in and I will find someone who disagrees.
  • tfeduardo12tfeduardo12 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    no, its not that good of a school at all. probably ranks second to last in the country just before either harvard or princeton...you make the call
  • collegeorbust10collegeorbust10 Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    IT IS NOT A GOOD SCHOOL, DO NOT APPLY...... My D desperately wants to attend ND... make room for her by not applying.. .. OF COURSE ITS a GOOD school.... One of the best if not THE best for an Undergraduate education.
  • MomKayMomKay Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    I think partying is just part of any college. It’s up to the individual student whether to make the decision to partake or not. My son went to a local university, and sadly enough, let his class schedule slide because of partying. Many of his high school peers went to the same university which did not help, but ultimately, it was my son‘s choice to party and he had to brunt the responsibility for his actions. That first year away from family, PARENTS, is stressful and a time of exploring. My daughter is becoming a college student this fall, and I have no doubt ND would be the best environment for her. She has a different outlook on what she wants to do with HER life, compared to my son. Focus on what is best for you, and don’t give in to pressure to be someone your not. There are other students out there that are like you. No matter what choice, just be responsible.

    We have been to South Bend every summer for seven years, and we love the city, and have always felt safe there. Love everything about South Bend except for the stoplights.. you’ll understand when you drive through there. :~)

    Academically, Notre Dame is one of the top schools in the United States. When a person says Notre Dame, EVERYONE knows the quality it stands for.
  • irishevan99irishevan99 Registered User Posts: 344 Member
    Almost every source I have ever seen listed ND in the top 20 national universities. And yes Mendoza is #1 this year.

    The partying at Notre Dame, from what I hear, is light by University standards.
  • phillies2008phillies2008 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I wouldn't worry too much about the exact rankings. Notre Dame's business program has an inflated ranking b/c of a Midwest reknowned MBA program that lacks the competetion faced by NE and Middle Atlantic programs(eg Wharton). The rankings are primarily based on reputation which is made by graduate programs. For this reason, Notre Dame's science rankings suffer(lack a medical school to bring in funding), but the business rankings are inflated.

    As a recent ND grad that works at UPenn, I can speak from personal experience that science majors from ND are generally much more prepared than those from Penn. Penn undergrads however receive a status inflation due to the huge graduate programs.

    Good Luck with your very personal decision.
  • pnptruongpnptruong Registered User Posts: 292 Junior Member
    I dont know, but is UChicago's Booth School of Business also in the Midwest?
  • HImomHImom Registered User Posts: 29,677 Senior Member
    "Fit" is really important at ND, from what I've heard. It can be quite an adjustment, especially if you're from somewhere with a significantly different culture. I now three kids who attended. One made an easy transition, one took about 1.5 years before she started feeling really happy there, and one transferred out because he never could adjust and was so depressed, homesick & miserable. Those who LOVE, ND, seem to love it forever. They do have very loyal alums for a reason.

    By the way, yes, it is considered a good school by most standards. There are a lot of factors to consider in choosing a school--academics, fit, the likelihood of you finding your niche, whether the U is strong in your proposed field of study, etc.
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