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University of Notre Dame

An in-depth presentation about the University of Notre Dame
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Ashley Griffey

on 29 May 2012

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Notre Dame is considered a "highly selective" college. In 2010, only 29% of applicants were accepted to the university, leaving 71% of prospective students behind. Notes Place your own picture
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Notre Dame Introduction I chose the University of Notre Dame
because of it's location, it's academic
and athletic variety, and it's rich Catholic
history. Notre Dame is characterized
by it's Golden Dome and statue of Mary
atop the main building. It is a place where
"faith is treasured and diverse traditions
shared and respected." Getting In Admissions GPA SAT ACT Notre Dame doesn't have a minimum ACT score However, most students have a composite score
of at least 28 GPA is not a factor in admissions Notre Dame focuses on class rank... ...because they feel it is a better reference to your academic success Notre Dame doesn't have a minimum score requirment However, most accepted students have a score of 2000 or higher. Admissions Office will take the highest score of individual subject tests for your final individual score. Decision letters are
mailed in mid-December (Early Action) or early
April (Regular
Action) Notes:
Applicants can apply online or on paper
Supplementary material can be submitted for art and theatre majors
There are no region or state quotas for Notre Dame Teacher Evaluation:
Notre Dame asks that prospective students send only one recommendation from a core-class teacher. Fee:
$65
Can be paid online The want for a diverse, rigorous college education Home of the Fighting Irish Requirements:
Common application
Notre Dame supplement
fee
essay
ONE teacher evaluation
full transcript
standardized test scores The top major at Notre
Dame is Social Sciences
& Liberal Arts, closely
followed by business. Application http://collegeapps.about.com/od/GPA-SAT-ACT-Graphs/ss/university-of-notre-dame-admission-gpa-sat-act.htm
http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/notre-dame-1840/applying
http://collegeprowler.com/university-of-notre-dame/campus-housing/
http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/notre-dame-1840/reviews Notre Dame does not require the writing portion of the ACT Students are able to test out of introductory courses based on Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate exams, and SAT foreign language subject tests. The amount of credit received depends largely on the score received on the exam and how much credit of the given course is required to graduate. "Academic probation" often means that a student's grades are not high enough to continue in school if they stay the same. Students are usually given a probationary period-often a semester-to demonstrate that they can indeed make successful academic progress, rather than being forced to leave the college. Students may need to increase their GPA by a certain amount, pass all of their classes, or meet other requirements, as determined by their school to be free of probation. Freshman Year (Fall):
University Seminar (3 credits)
Calculus I (4 credits)
Fundamental Chemistry (4 credits)
Arts and Letters (3 credits)
Intro to Engineer Systems (3 credits)

Sophomore Year (Fall):
Calculus III (3.5 credits)
General Physics II (4 credits)
Statics (3 credits)
Methods of Civil Engineering I (3 credits)
Arts and Letters (3 credits)

Junior Year (Fall):
Differential Equations (3 credits)
Intro to Structural Engineering (3 credits)
Intro to Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
Computational Methods (3 credits)
Arts and Letters (3 credits)

Senior Year (Fall):
Hydraulics (3 credits)
Groundwater Hydro. (3 credits)
--Elective-- (3 credits)
--Elective-- (3 credits)
Arts and Letters (3 credits) Freshman Year (Spring):
University Seminar (3 credits)
Calculus II (4 credits)
Biological Chemistry (3 credits)
General Physics I (4 credits)
Intro. To Engineering Systems II (3 credits)

Sophomore Year (Spring):
Linear Algebra & Equations (3.5 credits)
Probability and Statistics (3 credits)
Solid Mechanics (4 credits)
Methods of Civil Engineering II (2 credits)
Engineering Geology (3 credits)

Junior Year (Spring):
CE Materials (4 credits)
Geotechnical Engineering (4 credits)
Water Treatment and Chemistry (3 credits)
Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
Arts and Letters (3 credits)

Senior Year (Spring):
Transportation (3 credits)
Wastewater Design (4 credits)
--Elective-- (3 credits)
--Technical Elective-- (3 credits)
Arts and Letters (3 credits) In order to obtain a civil engineering degree from Notre Dame, I would be required to have a total of 130 credits. Those would be broken down by semester as follows: According to the given curriculum (found at http://www.nd.edu/~cegeos/undergraduate/civil-engineering-curriculum.html), there are no specific English courses that I have to take. However, part of the Arts and Letters course is a Composition and a Literature/Fine Arts class. Pass/Fail grades are only allowed for free electives, which are to be taken outside of the Department of Civil Engineering. These courses must be approved by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs before enrollment. These classes offer students the opportunity to explore outside their realm of focus.
I was unable to find which classes can be taken online, if any at all. A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is awarded to someone who goes to school for a degree in areas such as psychology, literature, English, history, and art. A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is awarded to someone who attends college in a science-related field such as engineering, computer and natural science, and mathematics.
My major allows for a Bachelor of Science degree, since engineering directly involves both math and science. The College of Engineering website stated that students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in order to graduate. What will I do
with my degree? Basic Information
about my degree ...I want to work overseas to improve the lives of people in third-world countries. With a civil engineering degree... ...which is an organization that needs civil engineers overseas. I want to work with Catholic Charities... The average salary
for a civil engineer
ranges from $45,000-$90,000. However, the salary for a Catholic Charities employee would be much lower, since it is a charity organization. My degree would
help in creating my resume
for Catholic Charities. A degree
in environmental civil engineering would be a great help overseas
in water treatment and sustainable energy
resources. Civil Engineering degree at Notre Dame My degree would also give me credibility in the interview process. A proper degree from a nationally-recognized Catholic university should help me stand out from the crowd. College Loans Budget/Finance Other expenses include room and board ($11,934), books and class supplies ($950), and personal expenses. A meal plan is included with the cost of room and board, but additional food could be
another expense. Expenses The average direct tuition cost for 2012-2013 is $42,971. Financial Aid A grant is a monetary gift that does not need
to be paid back. Money can also be loaned to college students, but it must be paid back over a given period of time. Interest is often added to loan debts, which increases the financial burden for post-college students. The majority of grants and loans available at Notre Dame are need-based. Therefore, qualifying for financial aid is based on the financial situation of the student. Notre Dame students are automatically qualified for all loans and grants upon admission. A student has to reapply for financial aid each year by the financial aid priority deadline-February 15th. At that point, the university will reassess the student's academic progress and financial situation. Information regarding financial aid can
be found at the Office of Financial Aid. My Financial Aid All Notre Dame students, upon completion of the financial aid process, are automatically considered for all scholarships. However, the assistance that is received is based on academic performance and financial need. Notre Dame clubs offer scholarships from their respective geographic areas. The local club may have additional scholarship requirements (interviews, essays, etc.). Again, scholarships are need-based. Notre Dame offers the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, which is a merit-based scholarship program. It's goal is to equip young leaders to make a "transformational" effect not only at Notre Dame, but the world. This program is exclusive, as only 25 admitted students are named Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars. A $25,000 scholarship is awarded annually, and students participate in four Summer Enrichment Experiences beginning the summer before freshman year. As long as I complete the financial aid process, I would be eligible for numerous scholarships and university grants. I would also qualify for the Hesburgh-Yusko scholarship program, though it would be difficult to be named such a Scholar. Living on Campus All freshman at Notre Dame are required to live in on-campus, gender-separated dorms. After freshman year, I would probably continue to live in dorms, since 80% of undergraduates choose to do so. Greek life does not exist at Notre Dame, which rules out the possibility of belonging to a sorority. Notre Dame does own one apartment, which is a possibility though probably unlikely.
"[Dorm life] contributes to the whole Notre Dame community. It also makes daily life very, very easy when living on campus," said a Notre Dame class of 2014 student. I have no idea who I could potentially room with, since I do not know anybody else considering Notre Dame. Freshman are not allowed to choose their roommate either. After I was told who I would room with, I would find a way to get in touch with her via phone, e-mail, Facebook, or some other social media. Living Expenses:
The average cost of room and board is just under $12,000 per year with at least one other roommate. The cost can be expected to be $500 more in a single room. Also, a $50 deposit is expected as soon as the student moves on campus. Expense Cost $11,934 **Housing Deposit (yearly) $50 Monthly Living Expenses Room and Board (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr Social Opportunities Notre Dame offers a variety of
sports, intramurals, student organizations, and clubs for students to get involved. Notre Dame does not offer Greek life, but has a plethora of other social opportunities. Football
Baseball
Men's Basketball
Cross Country
Men's Golf
Men's Lacrosse
Men's Soccer
Men's Swimming & Diving
Men's Tennis
Rowing
Hockey Volleyball
Softball
Women's Basketball
Track & Field
Women's Golf
Women's Lacrosse
Women's Soccer
Women's Swimming & Diving
Women's Tennis
Fencing Notre Dame offers the NCAA sports listed below: **Many of the above sports are also intramural sports. Other intramurals include table tennis, raquetball, and women's flag football, just to name a few. Notre Dame offers over 300 student clubs. Student government opportunities are available for all grade levels, and there are clubs for almost every race and religion. Campus Ministry is one of the most popular clubs, which strives to provide "opportunities for students to worship, to learn, to serve as peer leaders, and to have fun." The Christian Legal Society, Children's Defense Club, Leprechaun Legion, Diabetes Support group, Equestrian Club, and Operation Smile Student Organization are just a few of these clubs. A full list can be found at http://sao.nd.edu/groups/alphabetical.html Notre Dame even has its own age-appropriate night club, The Legends Nightclub. It offers live music from a variety of genres and styles, often performed by campus bands. Admission is free for all Notre Dame students, and a restaurant can be found inside. Community service projects within the South Bend region also help unite Notre Dame students and build long-lasting friendships. As a Catholic university, Notre Dame offers spiritual retreats for its students. Students have the opportunity to attend these retreats with fellow dorm residents. University leaders feel that hosting such retreats creates a sense of unity among students who share a common faith. Notre Dame students also have the opportunity to travel and study abroad. Sophomores and juniors have the ability to study in a number of countries, including China, Italy, Australia, Brazil, and Russia. A full list can be found at http://nd.edu/~ois/students/documents/2011-12QuickRefChartforWebsite20111006.pdf I was not able to get in direct contact with current students at Notre Dame. However, I was able to find student reviews at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/notre-dame-1840/reviews. The bullets listed below came from the above site. Joey, a freshman, had this to say about Notre Dame:
"Since everyone lives in dorms for the first couple of years, there is a real sense of community here. The school is just the right size; it is large enough that you can never get to know everyone, but small enough so that you will not feel like just another number."
"The dorms are single-sex, which can be a blessing and a curse...it creates a sort of fraternity/sorority atmosphere."
"Single-sex dorms and especially parietals are probably the most heard complaints."
"The biggest thing that differentiates Notre Dame from other schools is the Catholic vibe. You have infinite opportunities to deepen your religious faith if you go here."
"Notre Dame is one of the top schools academically in the country, so students here spend a lot of time studying."
"Sport on campus are a big deal; we have probably the most storied sports tradition of any college, and the most spirited fans, alumni, and student body." "From the outside looking in you can't understand it and from the inside looking out you can't explain it." Jill, a junior, had this to say about Notre Dame:
"I love how beautiful our campus is; I love how I can walk around by myself at any time of day, pretty much anywhere, and feel comfortable; I love our dorms; I love the opportunities that I've been presented with because I've been at Notre Dame."
"I also love that we're a Catholic school...but a Catholic school, that, in my opinion, doesn't pressure you to have to be Catholic, but will support you if you are. I love having masses in the dorms, a breath-taking Basilica, and most importantly, one of the most beautiful and touching Grottos I've ever been to."
"I wouldn't trade my time at Notre Dame for any other school." Betsy, a sophomore, had this to say about Notre Dame:
"The best thing about Notre Dame is the community of people who make up the student body and staff."
"[West coast people] don't understand what an amazing place this school is and they don't understand how happy I am to be here."
"The campus is closed to the surrounding and there are no cars or streets running through it which makes you feel secure and safe. It is also nice because everything is easy to get to and all of the people you want to be with are within a reasonable distance."
"Notre Dame has more school pride than any place I have ever seen or heard of. I love the fact that by just going here you automatically belong and are part of a group that loves you and respects you."
"The most frequent student complaints probably have to do with our rules, because Notre Dame is a Catholic University and has strict rules regarding members of the opposite sex in dorms and alcohol policies." Transferring A transfer applicant must provide the following:
A completed Common Application
An official college transcript
A final Grade Report for the current term
Course descriptions for each course taken
A College Official's Report filled out by the dean from the most recent college attended
An official, final high school transcript
Official SAT or ACT score report
Official Advanced Placement score report
Test of English as a Foreign Language for non-native English speakers
Nonrefundable $65 application fee
ONE letter of recommendation from a professor at the current learning institution (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr Fall Semester
Transfer Application due Decision Letter sent Confirmation &
Deposit April 15th June 1st-
July 1st July 10th Spring Semester
Transfer Application due Decision Letter sent Confirmation &
Deposit November 1st December 15th-
January 5th January 5th Transferring Deadlines Changing Majors To change majors, you must fill out the Classification Change form. It must be signed by the department chair for your current major and your new major. Once the dean signs off on the change form, it can be stamped for final approval. Engineering internships are available in university research laboratories, government agencies, and industry. Notre Dame's Career Center has a GO IRISH database, which connects students to potential employers in their field of study. Engineering employers often come to Career Fairs at Notre Dame and use the database. ND encourages students to use GO IRISH and to create their own internship opportunities through direct employer contact. Leaders in engineering fields also make up several organizations on-campus, which can create relationships and contacts for internships. By: Ashley Griffey Food Meal plan is included with Room & Board Each engineering student is given a professional advisor at the beginning of their sophomore year. This advisor serves as a link- the "middle man"- between the department and the student and is responsible for helping the student form an academic plan when he/she falls behind in class. A technical advisor within the department is there to answer questions regarding a student's degree plan or schedule.
The Office of Academic Affairs can also name an Academic Counselor for you, who you can contact with questions or if you need help. Students who excelled in any given course can get a job on campus as a tutor. This tutoring is free to the recipient. Several departments offer peer-tutoring as a supplement to the class. Also, many professors are willing to tutor or give assistance during their office hours. For a checklist of required courses for a civil engineering degree, see the bulleted list found earlier in the presentation. As for my technical elective, I would consider taking Energy & Society or Wireless Communications. I honestly have no idea which free electives I would enroll in, since there are so many different options. Notre Dame's Career Center helps students develop contacts within their given area of study. I cannot give a good estimate of my monthly student loan without knowing how much financial aid I will receive and how much money I will need to borrow. Notre Dame offers a variety of jobs on-campus for its students that are enrolled at least half-time. Clerical and technical jobs, food services, and tutoring are just a few examples. I mostly relied on the University of Notre Dame website (www.nd.edu) and the College of Engineering (www.engineering.nd.edu) for my research. The other sources I used are listed below.
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