For Funsters Who Need a Push in the Classroom
Are you a jock or party animal who may need a little extra push when it comes to actively participating in the academic life of your school? Well, Notre Dame may be the place for you. Most Notre Dame students are quite serious academically—you have to be to get in. However, the school really goes above and beyond to ensure that students are truly engaged.
Development of the "Total" Student
Notre Dame's stated mission incorporates "intellectual inquiry, emotional maturity, physical health and spiritual transformation." The university has developed innovative programs to get students of all interests and backgrounds actively engaged in the intel- lectual life on campus. In fact, Notre Dame has a structured "First Year of Studies" where all freshmen must complete a standard curriculum designed to immerse them in a broad liberal arts education—even including physical education classes.
Beautiful, Inspirational Campus
Notre Dame was founded in 1842 as an independent, national Catholic university, located about 90 miles east of Chicago. There are four undergraduate colleges at the University: Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Busi- ness, plus the School of Architecture, the Law School, the Graduate School, and 10 major research institutes.
The campus at Notre Dame is one of the most beautiful and inspiring in the country, if not the world. Spread over 1,250 acres are two lakes and 138 buildings, including the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Hesburgh Library with its 132-feet-high mural depicting Christ the Teacher, and its 129-year-old Main Building with its famed Golden Dome.
As stated on the University website, admission to Notre Dame is: "highly competitive, with more than fve applicants for each freshman class position. Seventy-one percent of incoming freshmen were in the top fve percent of their high school graduating classes." Additionally, acceptance of preprofessional studies graduates into medical school is 75 percent—nearly double the national average.
Notre Dame thrives and is enriched by the voices of its diverse faculty and student body. And while the University depends on the "continuing presence of a predominant number of Catholic intellectuals," a particular religious belief is not necessary. Only a respect for Notre Dame's objectives and a "willingness to enter into the conversation that gives it life and character."
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