December Checklist

  • Dec 3-15


    The Course Instructor Feedback (CIF) for each of your courses must be completed to receive your final grades. If you have not completed all of your CIFs within the stated time period, your final grades will be held for at least one week. Learn More

  • Dec 16 – 20

    Final Exams

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


The information below relates to the 2019-2020 academic year. Updated instructions will be offered when details for the 2020-2021 academic year have been finalized. 


Final Exams

You will have three reading days to prepare for the final examination period for the first semester. Most examinations are comprehensive, so don’t rely on last minute cramming! Adequate preparation requires good time management and effective use of study resources.

The Learning Resource Center provides review sessions for math and science courses that will start on the first reading day and will continue up to the scheduled exam time for each course. Each session will be two hours long and tutors will be available to answer your questions. Start reviewing early and come to the sessions with your questions ready. An email with the review session schedule will be sent during the last week of class.

Grades for the First Semester

Dean’s Honor List

Students on the Dean’s Honor List will be officially notified at the start of the second semester. A student qualifies for the Dean’s Honor List by achieving a GPA for the semester that is in the top 30% of the class.

Probation and Dismissal

Students on probation will be officially notified after the beginning of the second semester. Students to be dismissed because of academic failure will be notified after the grades are made available.

Undergraduate Research Options

Notre Dame has recently dedicated significant resources to undergraduate research. Taking part in undergraduate research can help you:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of research techniques
  • Apply what you learn in the classroom in the real world, making your learning both relevant and practical
  • Become acquainted with the research and literature in your chosen field
  • Experience how your efforts can contribute to a field of research, possibly while traveling and meeting people from all over the world

If you are interested in involving yourself in research, explore research opportunities and possible funding for your undergraduate research at websites below, and then plan to talk with your First Year advisor in the spring semester.

Summer Study Abroad Programs 

Interested in a summer study abroad program? Information and a link to the online application can be found on the Study Abroad website. If you have questions, contact your First Year advisor.

Center for Social Concerns

Interested in making an impact in communities both near and far? Look into the numerous programs offered by the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) including Summer Service Learning Programs (SSLPs) and International Summer Service Learning Programs (ISSLPs).