Welcome from First Year Advising!

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Dear incoming first-year students,

Welcome to Notre Dame! We are so excited to have you become part of the Notre Dame family. As Director of First Year Advising, I am privileged to welcome you to what will be a time of transitions and traditions.

Your transition will involve a lot of change - from exploring a new community, to encountering new perspectives, to embarking on an academic and intellectual journey of discernment and discovery. You will soon encounter and contribute to the many wonderful traditions that make the Notre Dame community truly inspiring inside and outside the classroom.

One of those traditions is how we invite new students into our community of scholars through integrative and personalized one-on-one academic advising. (Not sure what academic advising looks like? Check it out here!)

Before you arrive on campus, you will hear from your First Year Advisor, a professional academic advisor who will support you as you through the advising and registration process over the summer. They will ask a lot of you. In turn, you can expect a lot from them. They will be your academic connection to the University over the next few months, serving as a source of knowledge as you explore the many and varied curricular and co-curricular opportunities of this great scholarly community. 

As your first semester at Notre Dame draws nearer, you'll hear from the Center for University Advising and your advisor. Since all communications from Notre Dame will be sent to your Notre Dame Gmail account, it is important that you activate your NetID, access your new email account, and check your inbox daily.

If you haven't already received it, an email from "Okta" will soon be sent to you with additional directions to activate your NetID.

Much of our partnership this summer will center on creating a course schedule based on your unique interests and preferences. By engaging fully in dialogue, you equip our team with the ability to better serve and celebrate you. Please respond quickly to any communications from your First Year Advisor.  We’ll seek to walk alongside you not only during this monumental time of transition and tradition, but throughout every turn of your Notre Dame journey.


In time, we hope to help you find a home at Notre Dame. Until then, welcome to ND and Go Irish! 



Katrina Higgins
Director of First Year Advising