Your First Year

We know that what you do in your first year can have a big impact on the rest of your college experience. That’s why we don't leave you to figure it all out on your own. Your work with the First Year of Studies actually begins shortly after you confirm your enrollment at Notre Dame, then continues through the summer and into the fall semester as your advisor helps you navigate the many new expectations and processes that are waiting for you. Once on campus, we help you maintain your academic progress and explore the wealth of exciting opportunities Notre Dame holds. Our systematic approach to first-year decision-making culminates in a declaration of college as a rising sophomore.

Our work with students pays off with success. Ninety-eight percent of them go on to their sophomore years and 96% graduate within four years of entering the University. But for us, student success is about more than grades or graduating — it’s about going beyond what’s “required" to discover how you can use Notre Dame's vast resources to achieve a personally meaningful, well-rounded education.

First Year To-Do List for May

  • early May

    Net ID

    Activate your NetID and connect with us. You will receive a message to your Common App email in early May when NetID activation is open. Learn More

  • May 15

    Gmail

    Use your ND email account for all communications. You will receive an email in early May when your Notre Dame account is ready. Learn More

  • May

    Summer Requirements

    Complete requirements for UHS, Students Accounts, Card Services, & Residential Life. Learn More

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First Year To-Do List for June

  • June 1 - June 30

    Placement

    Learn about advanced credit and placement options. Learn More

  • by June 29

    Academics

    Review sample schedules and available fall courses. Learn More

View all June

First Year To-Do List for July

  • July 11

    Preferences

    Submit the courses that you would like to take. Learn More

View all July

First Year To-Do List for August

  • August 1

    Schedule

    Check your fall semester schedule. Learn More

  • mid-August

    Roll Call

    Answer the ND Roll Call email immediately. Learn More

  • August 17-20

    Welcome Weekend

    Download the Mobile App to keep track of required events. Learn More

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First Year To-Do List for September

  • Before Fall Break

    Appointment

    Meet with your First Year advisor at least once before Fall Break. Learn More

  • Before Fall Break

    Peer Advisor

    Talk with a well-informed upper-level student about ND.

View all September

First Year To-Do List for October

  • All semester

    Academic Support

    Use First Year of Studies academic support services. Learn More

  • By Fall Break

    Meeting

    Schedule an appt. with your first year advisor. Learn More

  • Late Oct

    Schedule

    Make sure you know the last day to drop a class! Learn More

View all October

First Year To-Do List for November

  • Nov 8

    Majors Night

    Explore your academic options with representatives from departments in the College of Arts and Letters, Mendoza College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science, as well as Notre Dame programs, centers, and institutes.

  • early November

    Meeting

    You must attend your advisor’s meeting to learn how to register for spring semester.

  • after Thanksgiving

    Exams

    Notify the First Year of Studies if you have final exam conflicts that need to be resolved.

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First Year To-Do List for December

  • Nov 28 – Dec 10

    CIF

    You must complete the Course Instructor Feedback to receive your final grades online a week early. Learn More

  • Dec 11 – 15

    Final Exams

    Most first-year students will have exams on the Friday of exam week. Travel arrangements should not be made before your last exam. Learn More

View all December

First Year To-Do List for January

  • Jan 15

    Schedule

    Schedule adjustments can be made on Schedule Adjustment Day, the Monday before classes start. Learn More

  • By Spring Break

    Declaration

    You must schedule a mandatory meeting with your First Year Advisor to discuss your experience and declare your college program. Learn More

  • Jan 22

    Roll Call

    Answer the ND Roll Call email immediately Learn More

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First Year To-Do List for February

  • Feb — Mar

    Major Info

    Check the calendar on the First Year of Studies regularly for major information events. Learn More

  • by Spring Break

    Declaration

    You must complete your formal college declaration process to register for the fall semester of your sophomore year.

  • April 25

    Financial Aid Update

    You must file the 2018/2019 Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Renewal FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE. Learn More

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First Year To-Do List for March

  • Feb — Apr

    Major Info

    Check the calendar on the First Year of Studies regularly for major information events. Learn More

  • by Spring Break

    Declaration

    You must complete your formal college declaration process to register for fall semester of your sophomore year.

View all March

First Year To-Do List for April

  • Early April

    PIN Night

    Check the calendar on the First Year of Studies regularly for PIN Nights and required department events. Learn More

  • April 24-May6

    CIF

    You must complete the Course Instructor Feedback to receive your final grades a week early. Learn More

View all April