University of Notre Dame

Glossary

Advisor
Your First Year Advisor will work closely with you to ensure that you have a coherent educational plan for your four years at the University and that you are prepared to be a contributing member of our academic community. Your advisor will help you define your aspirations and values and learn how to use your skills and abilities to achieve them.

Attribute
Specific course attributes are codes that are assigned to courses to flag them as being approved to meet certain University requirements. In Class Search, you can search by course attribute to find classes that will fulfill your requirements such as 2nd THEO, 2nd PHIL or FA/LIT.

COMO
The Coleman-Morse Center, where the College of the First Year of Studies is located (second floor).

Co-Requisite
Co-requisites are courses that must be taken at the same time. Registration for co-requisite courses must be done at the same time. Choose all required co-requisites before registering to make the process easier.

Course Attribute
Course attributes are system codes used to categorize sections of courses for the fulfillment of academic requirements in the University of Notre Dame’s degree audit software known as G.P.S. (the Graduation Progress System).

The assignment of course attributes to sections is managed by the Office of the Registrar in coordination with the academic programs at the University. Many course attributes can be used as search criteria in the online Class Search.

CRN
The CRN stands for “Course Reference Number” . It is not the same as the Course Number. CRN’s will be 4 digits long for Summer Session. CRN’s will be 5 digits long for Fall and Spring semesters. In the Fall, CRN’s will begin with a “1.” In the Spring, CRN’s will begin with a “2.”

The CRN is used when you are adding classes to your schedule. This is the number you will put into the “Add Classes Worksheet” when registering for classes.

CSC
The Center for Social Concerns provides community-based learning courses, community-based research, and service opportunities for students and faculty and lies at the heart of the University of Notre Dame. It is a place where faith and action, service and learning, research and resolve intersect.

CUSE
The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement promotes the intellectual development of our undergraduates through scholarly engagement, research, creative endeavors, and pursuit of fellowships.

DART
D.A.R.T. was originally an acronym first used in 1988 with the introduction of the “Direct Access Registration by Telephone” system. To this day, students continue to use the term “DART” when discussing the process of registering for classes.

Dean’s A-List
A set of must-do activities designed to help first-year students begin a yearlong process of contemplation and self-discovery guaranteed to result in personal growth and transformation.

Dean’s List
For undergraduate students, the dean’s honor list is restricted to those students who 1) carry at least 12 graded credit hours in the previous semester and 2) have a grade point average in that semester which meets a minimum requirement set by the dean of any college or school in which they are currently enrolled.

Domer
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame. If you earn two degrees from Notre Dame, you’re a double domer, three degrees, a triple domer.

Domer Dollars
Domer Dollars are convenient electronic funds that you purchase and attach to your University ID Card.

DPAC
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the home of dance, music, theatre and cinema on campus.

Dual Degree
A demanding five year program that enables a student to acquire degrees from two colleges. Three sets of requirements are required for a dual degree include University requirements in addition to requirements from both colleges which are granting the degrees.

du Lac
A guide to student life that is a central resource for information for students enrolled at the University of Notre Dame

Elective
An elective course is one chosen by a student from a number of optional subjects or courses in a curriculum, as opposed to a required course which the student must take.

ePortfolio
All first year students are required to work with their advisors to start an ePortfolio that they will continue to build throughout their four years at Notre Dame. Your ePortfolio is essentially a digital multimedia resume. It will help you plan your career at Notre Dame and make the most of your time as an undergraduate, allowing you to set goals for yourself, develop a strategy for your classes, and explore resources that Notre Dame offers. These ePortfolios are easily able to be used to apply for study abroad, internships, graduate schools, and employment opportunities.

Graduation Progress System
A web-based advising tool accessible via insideND. It has been developed to increase our students’ awareness of the requirements of their degree. It was not designed to replace college or departmental advisors. Rather, it was designed to help advisors and students make more productive use of the time that they spend together.

GRC
The Gender Relations Center, an office in the Division of Student Affairs, designs and implements programs about healthy relationships, gender and sexuality consistent with the Catholic character of the University.

InsideND
The portal which provides access to Notre Dame’s web service. It requires a netID and password to access.

Interdisciplinary Minors
Composed of 15 credit hours of class work chosen from at least two departments, these minors encourage students to think from an interdisciplinary perspective about a given issue or topic.

JACC
The abbreviation for the Joyce Center.

LRC
The abbreviation for the Learning Resource Center. It is located in Room 228 of the Coleman-Morse Center and offers several types of help for your more difficult classes. All sessions are free of charge and meet for two hours in the evenings once or twice a week.

Major
A subject or field of study chosen by a student to represent his or her principal interest and upon which a large share of his or her efforts are concentrated.

Minor
A subject or a course of study pursued by a student subordinately or supplementarily to a major or principal subject or course.

MSPS
Multicultural Student Programs and Services, always friendly, always approachable office, specifically to address the needs and interests of historically underrepresented students and to provide all students with rich opportunities to explore leadership, career development, academic research, identity, graduate and professional school, diversity, student life on campus, and volunteerism in the community.

NetID
Your NetID is the computer logon ID you use to check email and to log on to other university services. Notre Dame assigns your NetID when you confirm attendance.

ndID
Your ndID number is the primary identifier assigned to you by the Registrar’s Office. These nine-digit numbers that begin with “901” are used by the University in place of Social Security Numbers (SSNs).

NDignite
A group of events and activities that are designed to engage first-year students in meaningful interactions with Notre Dame faculty and resources, and to provide you with an opportunity to contribute something of your own to our intellectual and cultural communities.

The Observer
The student newspaper.

O’Shag
O’Shaughnessy Hall.

PIN
PIN stands for “Personal Identification Number" used to access Web Registration. The “PIN” is received from an academic advisor or department to be used for registration and is always referred to as the “Registration PIN.”

Pre-requisite
A course that is required prior to taking a particular course.

RecSports
The Office of Recreational Sports at the University of Notre Dame; it is a division of the Department of Athletics.

The Rock
Rockne Memorial, an athletic building named in honor of Knute Rockne.

Sakai
An online environment designed to facilitate teaching, learning, and assessment at Notre Dame. Most instructors use Sakai to publish and share course materials.

Scholastic
Notre Dame’s student-run magazine, published since 1867.

Seat Allocation
“Seat Allocation” is a feature of the registration system. The maximum number of seats that are available in a particular class can be allocated based on the Level, Major, or Classification of the students who are attempting to register for it.

Supplementary Major
A supplementary major is one that cannot stand alone in qualifying a student for an undergraduate degree but must be taken in conjunction with a primary major. Several departments offer both majors and supplementary majors.

Topical Science
Courses, generally without lab component, that are designed for students planning to major in architecture, an Arts and Letters program, or business. These courses are sometimes interdisciplinary in nature and focus on themes that may have an ethical or value-related dimension.