February Checklist

  • Feb — Mar

    Major Info

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

  • By Spring Break


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

  • April 15

    Financial Aid Update

    You must file the 2019/2020 Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Renewal FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE. Learn More



Beginning in late January 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 are very 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 will cause problems with your fall schedule in your sophomore year if your major requires one.

All major information events are posted on the events calendar on the First Year of Studies website, firstyear.nd.edu/events/. You should check the events calendar regularly because events may be posted at any time. The calendar will also include departmental lectures, performances, discussions, and other types of events suggested by the department that help you get a sense of what your field or fields of interest are like. You may also learn about majors from upperclass students. Visit the ePortfolios of our peer advisors to see what kind of work, research, and internships students undertake in a variety of majors.

Don’t forget to check the event calendar for the spring semester ND Ignite events. These events are another way to find out more about departments and their faculty. 

Financial Aid Update

All families seeking financial assistance for the 2019/2020 academic year are reminded of the importance of filing the 2019/2020 Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Renewal FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE Application by April 15, 2019. 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.

The Eagan Summer Fellowship

With the Eagan Summer Fellowship CUSE will provide $5,000 to support intellectually-enriching summer experiences. Proposals must be submitted to CUSE via urapply.nd.edu by March 4, 2019. Notifications will be issued by March 22, 2019. Questions regarding this experience may be directed to the Undergraduate Research team at CUSE at: urnd@nd.edu.