Notre Dame claims to be a top school in the U.S. Unfortunately, they do little to earn the reputation. As of the 2004-2005 school year, they have no computer class requirement; they have no required communications class; their required writing class only insists that students turn something in and show up to class in order to pass. Notre Dame is a place to network with a lot of people who have "made it." It's not really a place for a serious education.
The University of Notre Dame is no better than a typical state university despite the hype.