February Checklist

  • Feb — March

    Continue to learn about college programs

    Stay in the loop with FirstYear@ND letters and announcements from each college!

  • Feb 15

    Last Day to Change Classes

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

  • April

    Preparing to Declare a College

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



Beginning in February and continuing through April, Directors of Undergraduate Studies (DUSs) in various departments will hold major information events for first-year students. These events are a valuable tool for:

  • understanding the details of major/program requirements
  • getting a good sense of the sort of work the major requires
  • networking with professors and administrators who will help you complete a program
  • meeting other students who are interested in the field as well
  • thinking about career pathways from a major

You might also be looking for information on the options for a supplementary major, minor, or concentration. The format of these meetings varies from department to department. For some, the meetings are organized in a lecture format with multiple speakers who will give general information and then take questions; others offer informal drop-in hours where students can talk one-on-one with a DUS.

In some instances, a department requires future majors to attend a spring information session because students are required to complete documentation there in order to be able to register for courses for the fall semester that are restricted to majors. Failure to attend these meetings may cause difficulties when registering for fall semester courses.

Academic Journeys Week

Academic Journeys Week is the semester's premiere event in which first-year students engage with members of Notre Dame's scholarly community to learn more about majors, minors, and opportunities to expand learning beyond the classroom. Each college will participate in Academic Journeys Week, so mark your calendar for March 7 - 11!

Financial Aid Update

All families seeking financial assistance for the 2021/2022 academic year are reminded of the importance of filing the 2021/2022 Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Renewal FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE Application by April 15, 2021. The timely completion of the application process is your key to applying for state, federal, and/or institutional aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work. Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid and online. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly with any questions related to Notre Dame’s financial aid application process.