Success in your first year at Notre Dame involves more than just going to class and getting good grades. Not only do you need to participate fully in the classroom, but you should be open to the life-changing experiences that engaging with art, music, literature, religion, history, science, and mathematics outside the classroom will bring. Students who actively engage with our many campus communities, both formal and informal, tend to make a smoother transition to the University and have a richer, more fulfilling college experience.
If you are not certain how to involve yourself in the campus community, talk with your First Year advisor about your interests and hobbies. Your advisor is well-versed on the many resources and opportunities at Notre Dame and will be able to connect you with new possibilities for personal and intellectual development.
Here are a few ideas to start your thinking about this important aspect of your first year:
The Center for Social Concerns helps students find co-curricular activities in service, advocacy, summer programs, and other means of becoming engaged in addressing social concerns.
Campus Ministry fosters spiritual growth through worship and prayer, reflection and service, and education and faith formation. Cultivating the faith of all students is a commitment the Office of Campus Ministry holds true.
Your residence hall will have many activities that you can join. Student Government and the Student Activities Office provide numerous opportunities for you to involve yourself.
International Student Services and Activities supports students coming to Notre Dame from other countries. Multicultural Student Programs and Services offers educational, networking, co-sponsorship, and community organizing services and opportunities to the entire campus, most particularly for students from groups that have been historically underrepresented at Notre Dame. The Gender Relations Council develops programs and services that address healthy relationships, gender, and sexuality consistent with the Catholic character of the University.
The Arts can easily be a part of your Notre Dame experience. From the Snite Museum of Art, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Department of Music, the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, and Shakespeare at Notre Dame, to the student-run radio station WVFI and TV station NDtv, there are many occasions and places for you to find and express creativity at Notre Dame.
The Notre Dame Forum calls on the entire campus to consider an issue of national or international importance over the course of the academic year and features major talks by leading authorities. The Keough School of Global Affairs and its Institutes provide many opportunities for students to “see the world through the lens of integral human development”. Our schools, colleges, departments, and centers bring hundreds of distinguished leaders and scholars from all over the world to the Notre Dame campus to help students learn to think broadly and creatively.
The Week@ND is a weekly newsletter that you will receive via email every Monday with a list of events and opportunities on campus. Make it a goal to participate in at least one each week!
On Monday of Fall Break, your instructors will submit your mid-semester grades to the University Registrar. These grades will be available for you to view online on insideND. In addition, a paper copy of your grades will be mailed to your home address.
For students with a letter grade of C-, D, or F, instructors also submit a deficiency report that identifies specific problems in class performance. The deficiency report does not become part of a student’s permanent record — it does not harm the student in any way. In many cases, students who receive mid-term deficiencies are able to raise their grades by the end of the term.
Deficiency reports are intended to help first-year students and their advisors proactively address academic issues. Students who receive deficiency reports should contact their first-year advisors immediately after returning from break. Advisors will work with students to develop solutions to maximize class performance and help students find the best options for their academic success.
Requirements for Dropping a Course
Students have until the Friday following mid-semester break to drop a course.
First-year students must meet with their advisor to discuss dropping a course. Topics in the discussion will include why the student wants to drop the course, how the student is performing in the course, if the student has sought assistance for the course, and how the drop will affect the student's curriculum. The advisor may make recommendations on what the student can do to continue in the course and/or will recommend the student talk with the professor before making a decision on whether or not to drop the course. A first-year student needs a professor's permission and the permission of The Office of First Year Advising to drop a course.
The deadline to submit a request from your first-year advisor to withdraw from a course is 5:00 pm on the Friday following mid-semester break.
First-year students are required to complete 26 credit hours including Writing and Rhetoric, a University Seminar, and two semesters of the Moreau First Year Experience. Students who do not complete these requirements will be retained as first-year students.
Registration for Spring Semester
All first-year students will register online for the spring semester using NOVO.
To prepare students for registering, your academic advisor will conduct a general advising at which you will be given detailed information about major/program requirements, how to build a schedule, spring registration handout, and your PIN (Personal Identification Number) needed to access NOVO during your assigned registration time. When you return from Fall Break, watch for an email message from your advisor with details about attending a Registration Planning Meeting.