College Declaration Process
The formal declaration of your future college takes place in the spring semester and requires a meeting with your First Year advisor. Since each of the colleges and the School of Architecture has its own requirements in addition to the University requirements, registration for the fall semester of your sophomore year may require you to make specific course choices based on your college and/or major. Now is the time to make some more concrete decisions about your academic future.
In your mandatory college declaration meeting, your advisor will help you complete the required documentation and will talk with you in depth about your academic decision-making process. Before this meeting takes place, you will be asked to complete a set of mid-year selfreflection questions that will provide background information to help your advisor support you. The first year at Notre Dame is designed to keep your options for college and major open as much as possible while keeping you on track for graduation in four years. With almost two semesters of college course work completed, you should have some knowledge of a wide variety of academic disciplines. You may now be interested in pursuing something that you had not considered at the start of the year, or you may need to confirm the intentions you already have in place. The assignment of your Personal Identification Number (PIN) for registration for fall of your sophomore year will be based on your formally declared college information, so it is important that you complete this requirement between the second week of spring semester classes and the mid-term break. You will receive your PIN from your new college at a general advising session that will take place in April, called “PIN Nights.” You must attend the session for your future college to receive the PIN that will enable you to register.