Welcome Class of 2021
Hugh R. Page, Dean of the First Year of Studies, welcomes you to Notre Dame.Begin the Journey
The First Year Curriculum
Begin with the end in mind.Know the Plan
Fall Semester Classes
Our online Course Selection Form for fall semester is available on June 1.Make Your Choices
The Academic Code of Honor
All first-year students are required to complete the Honor Code requirement by June 30.Complete the Honor Code
Credit by Examination
The First Year of Studies processes all credit and placement you may receive.Learn More
Success in your first year at Notre Dame involves more than just going to class and getting A’s.Get Involved
What's Your Plan?
Two meal plan options are part of the Notre Dame Housing Fee.Pick a Plan
Ready for Game Day
Find out how first-years and their parents purchase tickets.Learn More
All first-year students are required to complete an online tutorial before arriving on campus.Find Out How
The First Year Challenge
Engage in 21st-century community and economic development.Learn More
Students of every interest have experienced their First Year of Studies in a way that has set the course for their future.
Meet some of them here.
Utilize your first year advisor! I absolutely loved Elly Brenner and found her to be both a great resource and a friendly face throughout the first few months. Also, visit the CSC in Geddes as soon as you can. ND has countless opportunities beyond the campus and they’re more than willing to help you achieve your wildest ambitions – from serving with orphans in Honduras, to studying American culture at Disneyland. Just make sure you take advantage of your time here and leave Notre Dame a better person with unforgettable memories; such as, midnight trips to Recker’s or island-hopping escapades on the Greek islands.
Always remember that nothing is permanent. You can change your classes and intended major as much as you want until you find yourself studying what you are passionate about. Do not be intimidated or scared of your advisor. They are truly there to help you succeed. Things may seem extremely overwhelming and hopeless at first. Give yourself time to settle into a routine and realize that if you look around there are so many great people ready to help you with your ambitions. Homesickness is and unfortunate factor for most first year students. I was probably one of the worst, and I can tell you that it gets so much better. Hang in there, seek out the help you need. You are attending one of the best universities in the world! Take advantage of every opportunity!
Don’t ever hesitate to reach out to anyone on campus—be it a professor, a rector, or a peer—because it will almost always result in something positive. Being timid will only result in eventual regret.
If you’re from warm weather, get a big coat! On a more serious note, try to go to the Grotto once every one or two weeks. I currently go about every two weeks, but I’m trying to go more often. It’s a great place to reflect on the past week, the upcoming week, or anything else where you just want a quiet and prayerful place with candles. Also, set aside time each week to do something carefree and fun. Every Thursday night, I go with my friends to Legends Restaurant to play team trivia. Sometimes we make Top 5, sometimes we come in dead last. It doesn’t matter, though, the fun is in getting together on a weeknight to show off our bizarre knowledge!