First Year & Incoming Students

First Year Advising guides incoming and first-year students as they discern their personal and academic interests, transition to college-level academics, and begin to build a home at Notre Dame.


You can expect First Year Advising to:

  • Provide individualized, proactive advising
  • Cultivate a sense of intellectual and personal belonging
  • Encourage academic and intellectual exploration
  • Provide you with the resources to develop effective learning strategies
  • Help you find meaning and purpose in your liberal arts education¬†
  • Introduce you to University resources
  • Engage you with the purpose and value of collegiate-level advising
  • Complete the administrative work of advising efficiently, accurately, and transparently

What is Advising?

Learn more about how you can partner with your advisor

Stay in the know with FirstYear@ND

FirstYear@ND is your first-year student newsletter, packed with helpful reminders and resources as you enter the Notre Dame community

Your Summer To-Do List

Use this list to track your completion of all required academic and other tasks before you arrive in August.

Your Summer Timeline

Incoming first-year students will register for Fall 2024 courses in mid-July. This page outlines an overview of the summer and concrete steps you can take to prepare for course registration and your first semester at Notre Dame.

Follow us on Instagram

NDfirstyear, the official Instagram of First Year Advising, provides resources and information as you transition and thrive at Notre Dame.