March Checklist

  • Feb — Apr

    Major Info

    Check the calendar regularly for information on upcoming events. Watch for your college/major advising session. Learn More

  • By Spring Break


    Meet with your First Year advisor to complete the formal college declaration process prior to spring break.

  • April 15

    Financial Aid Update

    You must file the 2020/2021 Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Renewal FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE. Learn More


The following information reflects items from the 2019-2020 academic year. As the calendar of the Spring 2021 semester is finalized, this page will be updated to reflect the most relevant information.

College Declaration Process

The formal declaration of your future college takes place in the spring semester and requires a meeting with your First Year advisor. Since each of the colleges and the School of Architecture has its own requirements in addition to the University requirements, registration for the fall semester of your sophomore year may require you to make specific course choices based on your college and/or major. Now is the time to make some more concrete decisions about your academic future.

In your college declaration meeting, your advisor will help you complete the required documentation and will talk with you in depth about your academic decision-making process. Before this meeting takes place, you will be asked to complete a set of mid-year self-reflection questions that will provide background information to help your advisor support you. The first year at Notre Dame is designed to keep your college and major options open as much as possible while keeping you on track for graduation in four years. With your academic experience from the past several months, you have gained knowledge on a variety of academic disciplines. You may now be interested in pursuing an academic discipline that you had not considered at the start of the year, or you may choose to confirm the intentions you already have in place.

The assignment of your Web Registration Personal Identification Number (PIN) for the fall of your sophomore year will be based on your formally declared college information, so it is important that you complete this requirement prior to spring break. You will receive your PIN at a general advising session hosted by your college and/or major. These sessions, also known as “PIN Nights”, will take place in early April. You must attend an advising session to receive your PIN that will enable you to register for sophomore fall semester courses.

Financial Aid Update

All families seeking financial assistance for the 2020/2021 academic year are reminded of the importance of filing the 2020/2021 Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Renewal FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE Application by April 15, 2020. 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.