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  • May 15

    Net ID

    Activate your NetID and connect with us. Learn More

  • May 15


    Use your ND email account for all communications. Learn More

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This page was last updated on March 8, 2018 and is subject to change.

Good communication with your First Year advisor and the First Year of Studies will be critical to your success at Notre Dame. Connecting with us as soon as possible is very important.

Activate your NetID.

Connecting with us begins with activating your NetID.

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

Your NetID is the logon ID used to check email and to log in to other University services.

Instructions for NetID activation

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.

Instructions for using insideND

Use your ND email account.

Email is the main way that both the First Year of Studies and your First Year advisor, as well as your professors, will send information to you, so it is vital that you learn to use Gmail immediately.

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

Please use proper etiquette when writing to your First Year advisor, or to other faculty and Notre Dame personnel.

Instructions for using ND Gmail

Find our communications.

In addition to information in the emails and information you will receive from your First Year advisor, the First Year of Studies will also send general communications and emails to help you meet your responsibilities and deadlines. opportunities outside the First Year of Studies that are relevant to first-year students.

Instructions for First Year of Studies communications

Log into Sakai.

All instructors are asked to post course materials on Sakai, a platform for learning and collaboration that houses course sites.

Instructions for accessing Sakai

Contact your advisor.

You will receive an email from the First Year of Studies in early June giving you contact information for your assigned First Year advisor.

Learn more about First Year advising