Weekly Update for Admitted Students and Families: 4/6/20

Author: Enrollment Division

Your Campus Awaits

Father John I. Jenkins

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Notre Dame! I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are truly sorry the current travel and gathering restrictions prevent you and your parents/guardians from visiting campus. While it’s not possible for us to gather in person here on campus at this time, know that —we are praying for you, your families, and all those impacted by the pandemic.

Some of you may know the story of the founding of Notre Dame, a story of persistence, courage and fortitude. The University’s founder, Holy Cross priest Father Edward Sorin, immigrated from France at age 26 to found a school dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the Indiana wilderness. Without financial resources, the school struggled to survive, plagued by cholera and fires that destroyed what few buildings there were on campus. And yet, Fr. Sorin had a vision—namely, that Notre Dame would be a great force for good.

Today, nowhere are the fruits of Fr. Sorin’s dream more evident than in our students and graduates. When I listen to our students, they often speak not only of the superb education they are receiving at Notre Dame but of the people they have come to know here as shaping them in profound and important ways. One of my greatest joys as I travel the nation and the world is to see Notre Dame graduates making a difference in many fields of endeavor. It is the same sense of community, joy in service and commitment to transcendent values that both animates student life on our vibrant campus and accounts for what is perhaps the most active, loyal, and passionate alumni network in the world.

Generations of Notre Dame graduates have been shaped by their experiences here, and they, in turn, have left their mark on the University. I invite you to do the same, to be part of Notre Dame’s future. Individually and collectively, you have tremendous talents and gifts to share. It will be a special joy to welcome you to campus this fall, Class of 2024. As we enter Holy Week, I ask for God’s abundant blessing on you and all who are dear to you.

In Notre Dame,
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

View the video Fr. Jenkins shared with the Notre Dame family last week: Your Campus Awaits.

Watch The Basics of Residential Life at Notre Dame Video

VIDEO: The Basics of Residential Life at Notre Dame

We know you're eager to learn more about housing at Notre Dame. Check out this video that explains the basics about our residence hall rooms. You can learn more about our residential communities here.


Admissions counselors will answer housing questions in our next issue (April 13). Stay tuned for more information.

ICYMI: ND LIVE on Community

Three Notre Dame students answer your questions, from where to eat on campus to a typical Saturday night.

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Study What You Love

Study What You Love: Five Undergraduate Researchers Share Their Projects

One benefit of attending a major research university is access to a wealth of undergraduate research opportunities.

See what five current students are researching.

Read More About Studying What You Love

Campus Resources: Notre Dame International

Campus Resources: Notre Dame International

In an increasingly interconnected world, Notre Dame students have to be prepared to take on rising global challenges, from cyber security to climate change. That's why we provide students with a truly global education.

Check out Notre Dame International to learn more:

Learn More About Notre Dame International

Watch the video of Tajae Thompson '22

VIDEO: Tajae Thompson '22

Tajae Thompson '22 is a double major in marketing and English from Palm Beach, Florida. She's also a first-generation college student. As a high-achieving student, Tajae wanted an education at a top university and affordability was a major factor in her decision to enroll at Notre Dame.

Questions about financial aid?

Get some answers via our Financial Aid FAQs for admitted students.

Watch the video of Tajae Thompson '22

Watch the video of Alex Coccia '14

Three Alumni Who Are Making a Difference

Notre Dame alumni go on to work in fields where they can be a force for good. Below, learn about three alumni with different careers who share their Notre Dame journeys and tell us about life after graduation.

  • Alex Coccia '14 minored in poverty studies through the Center for Social Concerns and learned that service and advocacy go hand in hand.
  • Veronica Alonzo '97 completed Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, which launched her career in Catholic education.
  • Alexandra Liggins '15 founded a social venture company that teaches kids to code.

Holy Week at Notre Dame

Holy Week

We may be spread across the globe, but the Notre Dame family is still a community of faith. We welcome you to join us for Holy Week services online. They will be streamed live via Campus Ministry and Catholic TV.


Questions about faith at Notre Dame?
Submit them here to be answered in an upcoming video. 

Learn More About Holy Week at Notre Dame

ND Live Webcasts

Join Us LIVE Online This Week

Tuesday, April 7

Wednesday, April 8

Tuesday, April 14

  • 7:00 p.m. ET
    Understanding Your Financial Aid Notification

Wednesday, April 15

  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. ET
    Q&A: School of Architecture
  • 6:45 - 7:15 p.m. ET
    Q&A: College of Arts and Letters
  • 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET
    Q&A: Mendoza College of Business

How to Join:

Watch your email on the date of each event for a link to join.

Click the button to view a full schedule and recordings of past webcasts.

Learn More About ND Live scheduled events

Watch Matt Hawkins' video to the class of 2024

The Performing Arts at Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre department was working hard on their production of Jesus Christ Superstar, originally scheduled for April. Unfortunately, the musical was canceled, but that didn't stop Matt Hawkins, assistant professor and director of the musical theatre program, from compiling footage of recorded rehearsals and featuring the talent of the cast members in a creative video series.

Click to see Professor Hawkins' special message for the Class of 2024 and view the entire video series.

Watch Matt Hawkin's video

Watch the 'Words of Wisdom' Video

A Special Welcome from Prathm Juneja '19

Prathm Juneja, alumnus and Rhodes Scholar, sends a greeting from New Jersey and offers some words of wisdom especially for the Class of 2024.

About Prathm:

A political science and computer science major at Notre Dame, Juneja completed the five-year Reilly Dual Degree Program in Arts and Letters and Engineering in four-and-a-half years. He was a member of the University’s Glynn Family Honors Program and a College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Fellow.

Watch Prathm Juneja '19 Words of Wisdom Video

Watch the Glee Club sing Notre Dame, Our Mother

Do You Know the Words to the Alma Mater?

Follow along as the Notre Dame Glee Club sings our song, "Notre Dame, Our Mother," also known as the Alma Mater.


Notre Dame, our Mother
Tender, strong and true
Proudly in the heavens,
Gleams thy gold and blue.
Glory’s mantle cloaks thee
Golden is thy fame,
And our hearts forever,
Praise thee, Notre Dame.
And our hearts forever,
Love thee, Notre Dame.

Watch the Glee Club's special rendition of "Notre Dame, Our Mother"