Although Notre Dame is a Catholic school and requires students to take at least two courses in theology, it accepts students from all faiths and denominations.

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As portrayed in the famous movie Rudy, Notre Dame is difficult to get into, with an acceptance rate of just 13%. Students who do manage to get in tend to be successful: Nearly 93% graduate in four years — one of the highest on-time graduation rates in the country. Plus, alumni have the potential to earn substantial salaries, with median salaries 10 years after enrollment topping $93,000.

Famous alumni include legendary quarterback Joe Montana, author Nicholas Sparks and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Notre Dame's Fighting Irish, including the football team, compete in Division I athletics. Sports are a big part of the university's social life, especially because there are no sororities or fraternities at Notre Dame. If you’re in town for a game, don’t forget to stop by “Touchdown Jesus” — a beloved 134 foot high mural near the football stadium. South Bend has museums, shops and restaurants aplenty, but if students are looking for more, Chicago is only a train (or bus) ride away.