First Impressions of University of Notre Dame Campus

Well we have just finished our road trip to our hotel in Mishawaka, Indiana. It took just under 8 hours but with the catching up that Harvey and I did the drive did not seem to take that long at all.

Here is a slide show with selected pictures of our travel. We went from Toronto to Sarnia and then across through Michigan, down to Indiana and then across to Mishawaka.

Once we checked in around 5 pm or so, we headed to the University of Notre Dame campus for a very, very quick walkabout and a few picture taking opportunities in the fading evening sun.

Our first impression of the campus is … well .. wow.

It is absolutely gorgeous. And,  the leaves on the trees being various autumn shades of green yellow red and orange simply added to the visual beauty of the campus.

The buildings are so clean and new in appearance.

The grounds are very well maintained and clean, especially considering we arrived 23 hours after the Irish were within 4 yards of yet another incredible comeback against Southern Cal (USC).

golden dome 04 First Impressions of University of Notre Dame Campus

This week, the week of the football (and ice hockey by the way) game against Boston College Eagles, is fall break week. Therefore were were not too many students around the campus. Then again, it was around early dinner time so many of them who were still on campus may have been inside in the dining halls, etc.

Those who we did meet on campus were very polite and respectful.

We took some pictures of the Administration Building with the world famous Golden Dome and the statue of St. Mary on top in the fading sun light as shown above.

Of course, we had to take some pictures of the Hesburg library, a.k.a. Touchdown Jesus (picture below), of the football stadium, etc. The mural of Jesus the Teacher is more stunning, truly stunning, in person.

touchdown jesus 01 First Impressions of University of Notre Dame Campus

We were also surprised, pleasantly, by all of the many, many statues that are on the campus. We didn’t expect as many as we found. They really added to the beauty and ambiance. Since this was a quick 30 minute self tour at dusk we didn’t take the time to take any photographs of the statures except for a modern art sculpture which is included in the photo album below. No, we didn’t come across Fair Catch Corby or, I believe it is called, the We’re Number One / First Down Moses statues. However, we will find them and take their pictures amongst the many we take over the next couple of days.

Here are all of the pictures below in the second of two photo albums for you.

Tomorrow, we spend all day on campus, seeing the 20 minute visitor introduction to the University of Notre Dame, taking the campus tour from the Eck center, eating on campus (possibly the South Dining Hall), touring the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, visiting and spending some time in the on campus Bookstore to pick up numerous souvenirs (which yes we will show you later this week).

We also plan on taking lots and lots of pictures and video clips. Tomorrow and Tuesday are forecasted to be mostly sunny days while the weather is forecasted to not be as night later in the week; therefore we hope to get in as many photo opportunities early in the week.

To continue to the next article in this series, simply select this link to The Athletics, The Souvenirs and The Spiritual article.


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  1. Alexa says:

    Great posting, my cousin wants to go to this university, he applied and is just wishing he gets accepted!


  2. Dan says:

    Hi Alexa,

    It is everything ‘they’ say it is … and more.


  3. Alexa says:

    WOW, cool, can’t wait to find out if he gets accepted, I want to visit the campus!

  4. Dave says:

    It’s “We’re number one Moses”

  5. Dan says:

    Thanks very much, Dave.

    Actually, since your comment I have received feedback that it is known by both, depending on the person and possibly when they went to ND.

    So, I made the correction to add both nick names!

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