This page was last updated on June 14, 2019, and is subject to change.
Your fall schedule will be available through insideND on August 1. If you have questions about your schedule, you can email your advisor. Do realize the first couple weeks in August is a common time for advisors to take vacation so their response may be slower than usual. Advisors will begin to meet with students about course changes on the Monday before classes start, Schedule Adjustment Day. Changes can be made to schedules through the sixth day of classes, however advisors and professors recommend changes be made as soon as possible so students do not start the semester behind in their courses.
Plan to meet with your first-year advisor on Schedule Adjustment Day if:
- You do not have five courses and the Moreau First Year Experience course on your schedule (do not count labs, tutorials, musical activities, and other voluntary courses as separate academic classes)
- You are scheduled for a course for which you have already earned credit by examination through the AP or IB programs or through taking a Notre Dame credit exam
- You are considering an International Study program for sophomore year
- You have another concern about your class schedule
Your advisor may send specific instructions for course change meetings to your ND email account.
All first-year students are required (encouraged) to attend Welcome Weekend, which begins with move-in on the Friday before fall semester starts and continues through Sunday. The weekend will be filled with a variety of activities for both students and parents. We hope your parents can join you for your official welcome to Notre Dame.
Required Events for First Year Students
First-Year Advising events that you must attend are:
- Your first group meeting with your First Year advisor on Friday
- The Moreau First Year Experience plenary session on Saturday morning
- Your first Moreau class session following the Moreau First Year Experience plenary session
Your first advising session will orient you to the the first-year advising process and introduce you to important resources and upcoming tasks. At Notre Dame, advising is more than helping you choose and register for classes. The first-year advising faculty guide students through each step of the academic process. Through individual and group advising meetings, your advisor will help you articulate your values and aspirations and craft a comprehensive academic plan. Your advisor will also teach you how to navigate University resources so that you can achieve your goals.
The Moreau First Year Experience will be an important part of your transition to Notre Dame. In the plenary session, University leaders will explain the purpose and founding principles of the course. They will talk about the pedagogy of Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, whose conception of education as “the art of helping young people to completeness” will help you have a meaningful experience in your first year at Notre Dame. Students who completed the Moreau First Year Experience last year will also share their impressions from the course as well as their perspectives on the challenges and successes of their transition to Notre Dame.
Following the plenary session, you will meet with your Moreau instructor and classmates. In this first class session, you will get to know a group of people who will play an important role in your growth as a Notre Dame student. Discussion will include a brief introduction to the course, the topics you are going to examine, and how this course will provide opportunities for you to integrate your academic work with new experiences on campus. Your Moreau class forms a supportive community for you in which you can explore issues and experiences related to faith, service, culture and wellness and apply them to your own development.
Notre Dame Placement and Credit Testing
First-year advisors administer exams for placement in foreign language and credit in mathematics on the Friday of Welcome Weekend. Students who plan to take Notre Dame placement or credit exams will meet in DeBartolo Hall at 9:00 am. Pre-registration is required.
ND Roll Call
Before each semester begins, you will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar with a link to ND Roll Call. Plan to complete the ND Roll Call questions soon after receiving the email. It takes just a couple of minutes and the consequences are great if you do not do so. The period to answer will end at midnight on the last day for all class changes – the 6th class day. If you do not answer ND Roll Call by the deadline, all of the courses on your schedule will be dropped.