As you leave the First Year of Studies and prepare for your sophomore year, you will begin to work with two levels of advising that are in place to help you reach graduation.
College Advising Offices
The offices of undergraduate studies in the School of Architecture, the College of Arts and Letters, the Mendoza College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science are your resource for college requirements and processes like study abroad approval, scheduling, and approval for graduation. Each Notre Dame students is assigned an advisor in these offices.
Directors of Undergraduate Studies
Each department within a college also has a director of undergraduate studies (DUS) that helps students navigate the requirements of a major, supplemental major, minor, or concentration. As you transition to your sophomore year, you may need to meet with a DUS to be able to register for fall courses reserved for majors.
Your Personal Identification Number (PIN) is a four-digit number that you need to access NOVO, the online registration system, to register for the first semester of your sophomore year. In the fall, you received your PIN from your First Year advisor at your mandatory November registration meeting. In the spring, it’s your future college or, in some cases, your departmental advisor who will have your PIN. You must attend a mandatory advising meeting for your college or department to receive it. These advising events are traditionally called “PIN Nights.” In these meetings, your new advisor will:
- explain the specific college and degree requirements that you have to meet after you leave the First Year of Studies.
- help you plan a schedule for fall registration.
- inform you about important procedures and processes.
It is very important that you attend these meetings, so make sure you know when they are. These events will be posted on the First Year of Studies website calendar and will appear in our monthly newsletter beginning in January. You will also receive an email in your ND Gmail account giving you details shortly before the event is scheduled.