Thank you for asking, and for your interest in graduate studies at Notre Dame. The best advice I can give is to talk to graduate students currently studying in the program to which you are considering applying. Their experience with faculty, coursework, and navigating advanced studies within a specific departmental environment will provide you with the best insight about whether ND is the right choice for you. As to describing the Grad School culture, overall I would call it engaging. But, again, current students would be your best guide. If you want to email our Program Director, Mimi Beck, she can connect you with students in the program you are considering. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.