University of Notre Dame

Guiding the Transition

Whether this is your first child or one of several that you’ve guided through the transition, making the move to college life is a very demanding time for both students and parents. We are providing the information below based on “frequently asked” questions from our parents to help you meet the challenges of this time of growth and change.

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This page was last updated on June 12, 2015.


Academic Code of Honor

Today, as a precondition for admission to the University, all undergraduates pledge: “As a member of the Notre Dame community, I will not participate in or tolerate academic dishonesty.”

The Academic Code of Honor website introduces students, parents and faculty to the principles, policies and procedures of the Academic Code of Honor.

Students must complete the online Honor Code Orientation, Quiz, and Pledge by June 23 to have their fall schedules processed.

Course Selection Form

For fall registration, students must complete our online Course Selection Form by June 30, 2015.

First Year Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend for first-year students and their parents will be August 21-23, 2015. It is not too early to make your travel arrangements. First-year students are required to attend; parents are not required to attend, but they are strongly encouraged to do so. Family members are welcome.

Campus Life

Football Tickets

Undergraduate parents have the opportunity to purchase tickets for one home game. Your ticket application from the Ticket Office will be sent in late summer. For more information, contact the Ticket Office at (574) 631-7356 directly or visit their website.

Residential Life

All first-year students are required to live on campus unless living with parent(s) or legal guardian(s). The Office of Housing has information about living in a residence hall, including residence hall profiles. No dorm floor plans are available, but there are pictures of the rooms in the profiles. Housing recommends an 8 X 10 or 9 X 12 rug for rooms.

Move-in Information about specific dorms will be sent later in July. In the meantime a checklist is available to help you decide what your son or daughter will need to bring to campus.

Students must accept the online housing application. by June 5, 2015 at noon to receive their dorm assignment


On-Campus BankingFirst Source Bank has a branch located in Lafortune Student Center and there are ATMs scattered throughout campus. Domer Dollars are also offered through Campus Card Office as a convenient way to make purchases on campus.

Student Financial Services

The Office of Student Financial Services is comprised of the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Student Accounts. These two offices together process financial aid and billing statements, and they collect payments for your student’s financial account.

IRISHPAY is the University’s online student account statement and payment system available to both students and their authorized payers. Students must grant an authorized payer access to IRISHPAY and then provide the authorized payer with their login name and temporary password. Authorized payers will then receive an email from IRISHPAY notifying them that they have been granted access and will be supplied with the login website. (NOTE: The authorized payer login method is different than the student login process.)

To grant access to an IRISHPAY account, students must:

• Log into insideND at

• Click on the “Student Academic” tab

• Click on the IRISHPAY icon in the Student Financial Services channel

• Select “Authorize Payers” in the side menu and then click “Add New”

• Share the newly created login and password with authorized payer(s)

These steps should be completed by May 29, 2015, to ensure delivery of the first billing statement. A statement notification will be sent by email on July 17, 2015, and will be due on August 12, 2015.

Students must authorize payers in IRISHPAY so that parent(s) or legal guardian(s) can access online billing statements.

Meal Plans and Domer Dollars

Included at no extra charge in the Notre Dame Housing Fee, Food Services offers undergraduates two meal plan choices. The Campus Card Office offers Domer Dollars which can be used to make food and other purchases on campus.

What’s difference between Flex Points and Domer Dollars?

Flex Points vs. Domer Dollars

Computers & Software and Phones

The Office of Information Technologies has a webpage to help new students connect with Notre Dame’s technology resources.

Students must activate their netID and create a password by June 1 to access their ND online accounts and insideND.

Computers & Software

The Hammes Hub is a full-service technology store located in the Hammes Bookstore on campus that offers students academically priced hardware, software and computer accessories. Students will be able to purchase academically priced Apple, Dell, and Lenovo computers (Apple iPhone not included). Computers and software can be ordered over the summer and held for pickup At Notre Dame, or shipped directly to your home. There are also ND discounts on software, including Microsoft Office Suite and Windows operating systems, on the Software Download page. Downloading the software requires a NetID and password login.

You may contact the Hammes Hub at 574-631-1199.

Students can contact the OIT Help Desk for support of computers and desktop applications listed on the OIT Supported Software webpage and OIT services (InsideND, PrintND, etc.). Additional information is available on the OIT web site.


OIT is also responsible for cell phone service and cable TV service.

Student Services

The Career Center

The Career Center for Undergraduates is a source for undergraduate students to receive assistance with major and career exploration, internship opportunities and job searches.

Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling to all Notre Dame students. Their professional staff includes clinical and counseling psychologists, counselors, social workers, a dietitian, and a consulting psychiatrist.

Alcohol Education

The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being provides a variety of Alcohol Education Services for Notre Dame students.

Health Services

All Notre Dame students are invited to use our health services regardless of having private, school-sponsored insurance, or no insurance coverage. Information about Immunization Requirements is also available.

Students are required to submit immunization, medical history, and parent consent. Online forms will be available after June 1 and must be completed by August 1.

The Notre Dame-sponsored student insurance plan is an excellent and affordable plan available to undergraduate students. Information on how to use your current insurance for University Health Services can be found at

Hesburgh Libraries

The Hesburgh Libraries provides resources to support first-year students’ in their academic endeavors, including two librarians dedicated to serving their needs. More information can be found at:

ID Cards

All students will receive a Notre Dame Identification Card during First Year Orientation.

Student Support Sevices includes the Learning Resource Center which is part of the First Year of Studies. It offers Collaborative Learning, Tutoring and Workshops. The University Writing Center is also a valuable resource for undergraduate students.

Students with Disabilities – The Office of Disability Services provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. Some of the services provided include special testing accomodations with extended testing time in an environment with minimal distractions, copies classroom notes provided by peer note takers and textbooks on CD. For more information visit the Office of Disability Services website.


Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry offers a variety of worship opportunities for first-year students.

Center for Social Concerns

The Center for Social Concerns is Notre Dame’s service and community-based learning center, providing educational experiences in social concerns inspired by Gospel values and Catholic social tradition. In collaboration with academic departments throughout the University, the Center offers academic courses and programs.

Study Abroad

Most students who study abroad plan to go for a year or semester during their junior year but some countries also have opportunities for sophomores. The Office of International Studies’ website provides a wealth of information about opportunities for studying abroad.