What is the Spring Visit Program?

As part of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Spring Visit Weekend program broadens cultural and socioeconomic diversity at the University of Notre Dame. Many of the prospective students that are invited will be among the first in their family to graduate from college, and we want to ensure that they see all that Notre Dame has to offer. Our hope is that the Spring Visit program will help students make an informed decision about where they will spend their collegiate years. This is your chance to discover what Notre Dame means to you!

How many students take part in Spring Vis?

The Spring Visit Program welcomes between 40 and 100 participants, depending on the weekend.  

Should I expect any contact from the Spring Vis team before the weekend?

Yes, one of our admissions counselors, student coordinators, and your student host will all contact you before the weekend. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions or comments.

Is there any parent programming during Spring Vis?

There is no formal programming for parents during the Spring Visit Program. However, parents are welcome to take a guided tour of campus and meet with a member of the Admissions Staff.

I was also invited to attend the Science or Engineering Open House. Should I attend the Open House or Spring Vis?

Students are welcome to attend both the Open House and the Spring Visit Program if they wish. However, it should be noted that information covered during the Open House is also covered during Spring Vis. Also, Spring Vis incorporates more campus and community opportunities than the Open House does.

How is my travel arranged?

Those flying will receive a pre-paid, electronic ticket from our travel affiliate, Anthony Travel, via email. Participants are responsible for checked baggage fees. Those who have significant financial need can request a reimbursement. Those driving to campus will be reimbursed following the Spring Vis Program for mileage and tolls. Please download, complete, and submit the Reimbursement Form for Drivers upon your arrival to campus. Please see the Helpful Links tab for Google Maps driving directions and on-campus driving directions. Those taking the Coach USA Bus or Amtrak will be sent a pre-paid ticket. Those taking the South Shore Train from Chicago will submit a receipt for ticket reimbursement.

What happens after I arrive at the airport or train station?

Members of the Spring Vis Committee will be present at the airport and train station to welcome all travelers. Shuttle buses have been arranged for transportation to and from campus.

Will I be hosted by a student during Spring Vis?

Spring Vis participants will stay with a current undergraduate student in one of Notre Dame’s 29 single-sex residence halls. Most likely this student will have participated in the Spring Vis Program in the past.  Student host contact information will be shared with participants just prior to arrival on campus. The student committee will attempt to best pair Spring Vis participants with students who share a common academic interest. For security reasons, all residence halls are locked 24-hours. Participants will be given temporary key-card access during the program.

What should I bring?

The most important thing to consider when packing for Spring Vis is the variability of Midwest weather. Temperatures could very well hover around the freezing point, and there could be snow on the ground.  Spring Vis Participants will be spending time outside walking across campus, so planning a warm and comfortable wardrobe is advised. In addition to the essentials, here’s a suggested packing list:

  • Heavy coat
  • Hat and gloves
  • Travel umbrella
  • Comfortable shoes or boots
  • Sweatshirt or sweater
  • Toiletries
  • Required medications
  • Shower sandals
  • Towel
  • Pillow (if student hosts advises)
  • Blanket/sleeping bag (if student host advises)
  • Gym clothing/athletic shoes
  • Camera
  • Phone charger

Packing athletic clothing and shoes is encouraged. The closing dinner is a semi-formal event. Men are encouraged to wear a shirt and tie. Jackets are optional. Women are encouraged to wear dress slacks, a dress, or a skirt.

Do I need to bring money?

All meals to and from campus on travel days are the participant's responsibility. All meals, programming, and special event tickets are provided by the University during the Spring Visit Program. Participants may wish to purchase snacks on campus and/or gifts from the Notre Dame Bookstore. There is a small convenience store on campus where toiletries can be purchased.