Literally just across the street from St. Mary’s is the flagship campus that laid the cornerstone for the Catholic campus complexes that lie so close to one another in this corner of northern Indiana: the University of Notre Dame, a school whose fame is so far-reaching that it’s better known in our collective vernacular as simply Notre Dame or by its famed mascot, the Fighting Irish.
Don’t let the size and scope of the research campus fool you, though – Notre Dame is a liberal arts university that emphasizes learning across the disciplines. This philosophy is expressed to freshman right away in the liberal arts curriculum that each follows during the first year while meeting the school’s general education requirements. What’s more, each student is required to take two philosophy and two religion courses as a requirement for graduation, so liberal arts learning isn’t limited to just the first year. After that first year, however, students begin to move into their specific colleges, the ones that house their majors and will allow them to move onto their specific paths for career preparation.
Residential life is also a large part of the Notre Dame experience and, unlike many large universities, Notre Dame guarantees housing for all four years and many students take the school up on that offer because of the close-knit house system that exists on campus. Students are assigned to their dorm/house in their first year and develop a strong affinity for the building and their neighbors which continues for their four years. In fact, the intramural sports teams are sorted by residence hall, not by student choice and house rivalries can be quite intense. (With no Greek system on campus, house life fills in nicely for a fraternal social scene – and house rivalries can be as fierce as that of any sorority or fraternity!)
Equestrians at Notre Dame will be well-served by the tri-campus IHSA team that consists of students from Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, and Holy Cross and can compete in either hunt seat or western at Lucky Horse Equestrian Center. Students with their own horses will also discover easy access to shows throughout the Midwest and space to board their horse in the local area.
Are you a student who would fit in at Notre Dame? Contact me and we’ll find out!