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How is my housing assignment determined and who will be my roommate(s)?

Incoming first-year room assignments are randomly generated by computer; therefore, both the residence hall and roommate are assigned in a random process. We will not honor requests for special housing arrangements unless there is a medical need that requires an accommodation. This process helps to accomplish social and geographic diversification within all the residence halls and is central to our residential tradition.

When can I move in?

First-year students, except for international students and those approved for early arrival, will move in on Friday, August 18. Students will receive a Move-in Card in the mail from the Office of Housing. This card gives you access to campus for move-in and includes detailed information about which entrance to use and what day and two-hour time slot you have been assigned for arrival. You may not arrive before your assigned time slot. More information can be found here. FAQs regarding undergraduate housing can be found here

Can I have a car on campus?

First-year students who completed their first semester in good standing are eligible to purchase a parking pass following Christmas Break and continue their parking privileges throughout their time at the University. All vehicles must be registered with Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP).

What is the best way to travel to campus?

Traveling to campus is fairly easy and there are a variety of options available. More information may be found here.

Can I ship items to my residence hall ahead of time?

If you are having items shipped, make sure they are scheduled to arrive AFTER you check-in. There is no secure area to store packages or shipments that arrive prior to the beginning of the year.

If you are shipping UPS, they may be willing to hold the packages for you at the UPS distribution center located near the South Bend International Airport.

Why am I in the First Year of Studies as an entering student?

Starting college is a major milestone in life, a transition that is more than "going to school." That's why all Notre Dame first-year students are assigned a full-time academic advisor who provides both academic and personal support to help them as they take on the challenge of becoming a successful college student.

One of your First Year advisor's main tasks is to help you meet the requirements of the First Year Curriculum, a program of University Requirements that all students at Notre Dame must complete in their first year. The courses you take in your first year at Notre Dame will give you tools and experiences to help you clearly define your interests and goals while building a sound foundation of skills and knowledge for advanced study.

Although you may feel you have a well-defined idea of what your four years at Notre Dame will be like, we have many options and opportunities that you may not have considered. Your First Year advisor will help you connect your purposes and passions to the wide variety of outstanding resources at Notre Dame.

How will my First Year advisor help me?

Your First Year advisor will work closely with you to ensure that you have a coherent educational plan for your four years at the University and that you are prepared to be a contributing member of our academic community. Your advisor will also help you define your aspirations and values and learn how to use your skills and abilities to achieve them.

The University’s requirements can be complex and your advisor will be your support and guide as you take on the responsibility of meeting them.

Notre Dame has a wealth of resources and information that will help you achieve your goals; your advisor will help you find what you need.

A liberal education is the core of your four years at Notre Dame; your advisor will help you cultivate the intellectual habits that lead to a lifetime of learning.

Notre Dame calls upon every student to engage with the world of ideas and the world of human affairs. Your advisor can connect you with opportunities to do both.

A good working partnership with your First Year advisor will be a key factor in making the most of your first year at Notre Dame. Watch closely for and respond promptly to communications from your advisor and the First Year of Studies.

How do I get credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or SAT Subject Tests?

The amount of AP credit that a student can receive depends on the program and major selected. You should talk with your First Year Advisor to determine your applicable AP credit. To receive credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations, an official Transcript of Examination Grades must be sent by the IB Office directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Office of the First Year of Studies. The University generally awards credit for IB higher level examinations passed with scores of 6 or above. For more detailed information on placement and credit by examination, please review AP, IB, and SATII credit transfer requirements. 

How do I pay tuition, room, and meals?

Your IRISHPAY account will allow you to see your tuition statement. You will be able to use your bank or other methods to make payments.

How do I establish my Notre Dame email account?

You will receive account activation information in the summer.

Do I need to bring a laptop computer with me?

The Office of Information Technologies offers detailed information about computers. You may also call the OIT Help Desk with any questions you may have at (574) 631-8111.

What kind of healthcare insurance do I need?

Health insurance for undergraduates is encouraged but not mandated; however, international students must be covered by a health insurance plan. Many undergraduate students are covered under their parents' health plan. The University does offer the option of purchasing student health insurance

If I am a student with a disability what resources are available to assist me?

To become eligible for accommodations, a student must register with Disability Services by providing recent documentation of their disability. Registered students are responsible for requesting accommodations each semester. For more information, please visit Disability Services.

What type of clothing will I need during the fall and winter seasons?

You will need a warm coat, hat, gloves, and boots. To assist you in items to bring to campus, please see our suggested checklist

How do I get a job on campus?

The online JOBboard is a great place to begin your search for employment opportunities. The JOBboard is updated as new positions become available. If you are interested in working for a particular department and do not see a position listed, please feel free to contact that department directly to inquire about possible employment opportunities.

Can I bring a bike to campus?

Yes. All bicycles must be registered with Notre Dame Security Police and display the tag visibly on the bike. Registration is free and can be completed in person with your bicycle at Hammes Mowbray Hall, or at one of several registration events held throughout the year.

How do I get football tickets? Can my parents get tickets as well?

As a Notre Dame student, you have the opportunity to purchase season tickets. Parents of current students will have the opportunity to participate in the parent game ticket lottery. The Athletic Ticket Office will send you information about obtaining tickets in early summer.

Where can I find other FAQs?

Please visit First Year of Studies for additional FAQs.