Moreau First Year Experience

The Moreau First Year Experience is a required two-semester, graded course sequence that must be completed in the first year. Students take FYS 10101 in the first semester and FYS 10102 in the second semester.

Moreau helps new students make a meaningful transition to collegiate life at Notre Dame by integrating their academic, co-curricular, and residential experiences. A collaborative effort between First Year Advising and the Division of Student Affairs, Moreau embodies the idea that Notre Dame’s Catholic character should inform all its endeavors; nurture the formation of mind, body, and spirit; enrich the integration of intellectual, extracurricular, and residential experiences; and deepen the potential of cross-cultural engagement.

Moreau is inspired by the pedagogical vision of Blessed Basil Moreau, professor, priest, and founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The Moreau syllabus, common to all sections of the two courses, is organized around multiple themes, including orientation to University life, health and wellbeing, community standards, cultural competence, academic success, spiritual life, and discernment. These themes build upon the Five Pillars of a Holy Cross Education as distilled from Fr. Moreau’s writings: mind, heart, zeal, family, and hope.