University of Notre Dame

THE POINT OF IT ALL

This is the Way

Thousands of Domers have found their purpose and passion in the College of the First Year of Studies. Learn what a first-year can discover at Notre Dame.

Adrianna Garcia
Arts & Letters / Philosophy & Spanish
Colby Hoyer
Arts & Letters / FTT & Anthropology
Dominic Romeo
Arts and Letters/Political Science & Chinese
Emily Mediate
Arts and Letters/Africana Studies & ALPP
Kate Christian
Undecided Business/Minor- Theology & Sustainability
Mark Stechschulte
Arts & Letters/Pre-Professional Anthropology
Nicole Masiello
Arts & Letters
Kelly Passabet
Arts and Letters/Pre-Professional
Katie Bascom
Arts & Letters/Russian & English
Hansel Weihs
Aerospace Engineering/Program of Liberal Studies
Becky Jegier
Arts & Letters / Marketing & Spanish
Daniel Brach
Mendoza College of Business/Management Consulting
Adrianna Garcia
Arts & Letters / Philosophy & Spanish
Colby Hoyer
Arts & Letters / FTT & Anthropology
Dominic Romeo
Arts and Letters/Political Science & Chinese
Emily Mediate
Arts and Letters/Africana Studies & ALPP
Kate Christian
Undecided Business/Minor- Theology & Sustainability
Mark Stechschulte
Arts & Letters/Pre-Professional Anthropology
Nicole Masiello
Arts & Letters
Kelly Passabet
Arts and Letters/Pre-Professional
Katie Bascom
Arts & Letters/Russian & English
Hansel Weihs
Aerospace Engineering/Program of Liberal Studies
Becky Jegier
Arts & Letters / Marketing & Spanish
Daniel Brach
Mendoza College of Business/Management Consulting

Learning Objectives

Notre Dame University
  • Lay the intellectual foundations necessary for the pursuit of advanced academic work.
  • Cultivate both a sense of curiosity about the universe and a passion for learning with an appreciation for the intrinsic value of higher education and a sense of responsibility as a steward of the knowledge that is created, learned, and applied here at Notre Dame.

A liberal education is what four years at Notre Dame is all about, and first-year courses and experiences begin habits of heart and mind that serve our students well no matter what road they take in life.

A Notre Dame liberal education is more than just taking classes in the liberal arts. It is the purposeful cultivation of shared intellectual values that include an appreciation for a broad spectrum of intellectual endeavors, the capacity to think analytically about complex issues, and the ability to communicate effectively in a wide variety of contexts. It also fosters an ethical, moral, and spiritual awareness that we believe will lead our Notre Dame graduates to live a responsible, compassionate, and, ultimately, meaningful lives.

Within this framework of shared meaning and values, our students encounter many ways to shape an experience at Notre Dame that is their very own — we have designed our college’s expectations, requirements, and opportunities to challenge them to find a path that reflects their unique purposes and passions. Gaining a thorough understanding of what lies ahead in The First Year of Studies is the first step in finding the way at Notre Dame.

Start by understanding our First Year Curriculum.

  • <p>Everyone knows Notre Dame is a Catholic insitution, and the most common names certainly live up to this legacy. We all know a Katie, a Pat, or an Annie, but what really are the most common names at ND?</p>
<h4>3. Mary (19) and Michael (30)</h4>
<p>In third place we find Mary for girls and Michael for boys. Both of these are great Roman Catholic names, with Mary the mother of God and St. Michael the Archangel. If you’re wondering why Mary was not higher on this list, if you factor in the 11 Marias also in the class of 2021 you would find Mary/Maria tied with first place. Many do not realize the plethora of Marys around campus as they are often disguised as “Molly,” or part of a compound name such as “Mary Kate,” “Mary Ellen,” etc.</p>
<h4>2. Matthew (40) and Elizabeth (23)</h4>
<p>Securing second place are the names Matthew and Elizabeth. There are 23 first-year Elizabeths, and a whopping 39 Matthews, and well as one Mathew! Again, with St. Matthew and St. Elizabeth as prominent figures in the Catholic faith, even our students’ names embody the school’s Catholic identity.</p>
<h4>1. John (40) and Katherine/Kathryn (30)</h4>
<p>And the winners for most common Notre Dame names for the class of 2021 are John and Katherine/Kathryn! You may be thinking, 40 Johns means John is tied with Matthew. However, we know many of these Johns go by “Jack”, and there are 15 more Jacks in the freshmen class, bringing the John/Jack combo up to 55. With John the Baptist and John the Evangelist in the New Testament, it makes sense that the name would be strongly represented in our first-year class. Katherine is actually the only name on the leaderboard that is not directly plucked from the Bible. Never fear, St. Catherine of Alexandria was one of the church’s early martyrs and a very deserving namesake.</p>
<p>Honorable Mentions: For girls we have Caroline (17), Emily (17), and 14 Emmas, Graces, Sarahs, and Abigails (Abby, etc.). For boys there are Patrick and Thomas at 28 each, Ryan (27), Joseph (26), Andrew (24), and Daniel (22).</p>
<p>Although we have mentioned the most popular names for students, there are 314 unique/unrepeated girl names and 227 for boys. There are also several sets of two. For example, there are only two Maxes and Jills in the class of 2021, so go out and find your name doppelgänger!</p>
  • <p>95% of Notre Dame students graduate with their class.</p>
  • <p>99% of Notre Dame first-years go on to their sophomore year.</p>

I hope the incoming class will take advantage of everything they can here — do it, just try it. Even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as they plan, they will learn something.

William Flavin Class of 2011

“I’m a big fan of the Notre Dame First Year because to me, it’s not just what you experience in the classrooms…it’s what you experience in the whole continuum of being away from home.”

Jim Corgel Class of 1973

I hope the incoming class will take advantage of everything they can here — do it, just try it. Even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as they plan, they will learn something.

William Flavin Class of 2011

“I’m a big fan of the Notre Dame First Year because to me, it’s not just what you experience in the classrooms…it’s what you experience in the whole continuum of being away from home.”

Jim Corgel Class of 1973
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