Important Dates & Milestones
University President Fr. John I. Jenkins announced on May 18 that fall semester classes will begin the week of August 10, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled. While the University intends to bring all our students back to campus for the semester, the return of students may be staged to allow for testing and orientation.
Details about the staged return of students and welcome activities for new students will be shared as they are finalized, with an update provided no later than June 15, 2020. While prior Welcome Weekend schedules are available on the Welcome Weekend website, please note that these programs and activities are subject to change.
We sincerely appreciate the patience of students and families as we plan for a safe learning, research, and working environment. Please continue to check this page, the Welcome Weekend website, Notre Dame’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website for the most current information.
The information below has not yet been updated to reflect the University's new August 10, 2020 start date. These changes will be incorporated once the Office of the Registrar has outlined the new academic calendar.
Previous Fall 2020 Calendar
Aug 19 — Aug 21
Orientation for new international students at Notre Dame
Undergraduate halls open for first year student move-in beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Aug 21 — Aug 24
Welcome Weekend and advising for first-year undergraduate students
Schedule Adjustment Day
Classes begin for Notre Dame
Last day for class changes
Labor Day - classes are in session
Oct 17 — Oct 25
Last day for course discontinuance at Notre Dame
Nov 16 — Dec 2
Registration for the Spring 2020 semester
Nov 25 — 29
Dec 1 — Dec 13
Course Instructor Feedback administered at Notre Dame
Last class day
Dec 11 — Dec 13
Reading days (no examinations)
Dec 14 — Dec 18
Undergraduate halls close at 2:00 p.m.
- Residence halls open for move-in at 9:00 a.m.
- Schedule Adjustment Day
- First day of classes
- Last day for all course changes
Mar 6 — 14
- Mid-term Break
- Registration begins for Summer Session 2020
- Last day for course discontinuance
Apr 2 — 5
- Easter Holiday
Apr 12 — 21
- Registration Appointments for Fall 2020 Semester
- Financial aid application deadline for 2021-2022
- Last day of class
Apr 29 — May 2
- Reading days
May 3 — 7
- Final exams
- Undergraduate halls close at 2 p.m.