Notre Dame offers undergraduate students an educational experience that is second to none in quality and, at the same time, distinctly Catholic. Faith informs learning at Notre Dame, and the University's students are urged to turn their learning to the service of others. The community life of the highly residential campus is distinctive, but Notre Dame also ranks in the top 10 in the percentage of its students who study abroad. Its graduation rate is among the top 5 in the country and its alumni are celebrated for their loyalty.
Notre Dame has many traditions, including a “devotion to undergraduate education” you might not expect from a school with such an athletic reputation. Professors here are, by all accounts, “wonderful”: “Not only are they invested in their students,” they’re “genuinely passionate about their fields of study,” “enthusiastic and animated in lectures,” and “always willing to meet outside of class to give extra help.”
Life at Notre Dame is centered around two things—“residential life” and “sports.” The Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" boast more than 25 varsity NCAA Division I athletic teams and are well known for their consistently strong football program. The “dorms on campus provide the social structure” and supply undergrads with tons of opportunities to get involved in religious activities,” volunteering, “campus publications, student government, and academic clubs round out the rest of ND life.