May Checklist

  • Early May

    Net ID

    Activate your NetID and connect with us. You will receive a message in early May when NetID activation is open.

  • Early May

    ND Gmail Account

    Activate your ND email account and use it for all communications. You will receive an email in early May when your Notre Dame account is ready.

  • Late May

    Home Under the Dome

    After receiving instructions from First Year Advising, submit all necessary forms for housing on campus.


This page was last updated on April 30, 2020. The information below is intended as a guide and is subject to change.

In order to ensure you are able to effectively communicate with your new community, it is important that you set up your NetID and your Notre Dame email account. This email account will be critical to your journey as a Notre Dame student.

Activate your NetID.

Connecting with us begins with activating your NetID in early May.

It is a violation of University policy to share your NetID and password with anyone.

Your NetID is the ID used to access email and to log in to other University online services.

Log into insideND.

InsideND is the University’s web portal and online community. This portal makes it easy for you to find University information that answers your specific needs, saving you the trouble of searching multiple ND websites.

Use your ND email account.

Email is the main way that both First Year Advising and your first-year advisor, as well as your professors, will send information to you, so it is vital that you regularly use your ND Gmail account. You will receive an email in early May when your Notre Dame account is ready for activation.

It is best practice to check your Notre Dame email account daily.

Reminder to please use proper professional etiquette when writing to your first-year advisor, or to other faculty and Notre Dame personnel.

Use our communications.

The Center for University Advising will send regular communication to help you encounter new University partners, explore academic possibilities, and meet your responsibilities and deadlines as a Notre Dame student. This communication will also include opportunities outside of First Year Advising most relevant to your first steps of the Notre Dame journey.

Log into Sakai.

All instructors are asked to post course materials on Sakai, a platform for learning and collaboration that houses course sites. Sakai will be useful for you both this summer and as the academic year begins. Becoming familiar with it will serve you well in the future. 

Instructions for accessing Sakai