First Year Students

While you are encouraged to demonstrate mandatory attendance at all Welcome Weekend events, any event with a ☘️in the title is truly an event that you will not want to miss as a part of your Welcome Weekend experience! 

First Year Students Schedule

Friday, August 17, 2018

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Fall Mall

Stop by Stepan Center for a variety of items such as linens, hangers, futons, etc. from Bed Bath & Beyond and Carpet & Tile Depot. The Student Union Board’s Fall Mall offers convenience for those who may not be able to shop off-campus easily while moving into their new home under the dome.

Fall Mall 2018 Hours:
Thursday, August 16th: 2:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, August 17th: 9:00am-3:00pm
Saturday, August 18th: 12:00pm-3:30pm
Sunday, August 19th: 12:00pm-4:00 pm

Location: Stepan Center

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Academic Testing

For those who are interested in taking a credit exam for Mathematics and for those who need to take a placement exam for a foreign language in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, the First Year of Studies offers testing during Welcome Weekend. 

There is no fee for taking a placement or credit exam. If you're interested in both the math credit exam and the language placement exam, please register for language placement. Then, email your first-year advisor to make arrangements for taking the math exam at an alternate time. (Note: placement exams for foreign languages not listed here are available online throughout the summer.) Registration is done in advance online. If you have questions about whether you need to take an exam or need to register, please email the First Year of Studies.  

Location: DeBartolo Hall

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Move In

Welcome to the University of Notre Dame, Class of 2022! As you arrive, our Welcome Teams will greet you and your guests, assist you in the move-in process, and help introduce you to your new residence hall community. We hope you will experience the Notre Dame spirit of hospitality upon your arrival! 

Location: Undergraduate Residence Halls

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Irish1Card Production

As a first year student, you should have received your Irish1Card when moving into your residence hall. 

Location: Duncan Student Center, Room W134

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Student Services Resource Fair

What's better than putting all of a student's available resources together in one location during your first day on campus? The Student Services Resource Fair in the Duncan Student Center does just that. Make sure to stop by to check out tables featuring a wide variety of offices and departments from across campus. 

Location: Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center

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Campus Ministry Hot Dog Tent

After a long morning of moving into your new residence hall home, you've definitely earned yourself a hot dog! Swing by the Campus Ministry Hot Dog Tent on South Quad to say hello to some of the friendly faces who will help you along your faith journey while a student at Notre Dame. Yes, just this once, there is such a thing as a free lunch.

Location: South Quad

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What if I'm Not Catholic?

Ever wonder what the Catholic Mass is all about? Trying to figure out how you can find your place at Notre Dame as a student from another faith background? Look no further than Campus Ministry's "What if I'm Not Catholic?".  Our team of Campus Ministers will help connect you to faith resources at Notre Dame and in the South Bend community, and will help illuminate the ways we celebrate the Catholic faith throughout the year. 

Location: DeBartolo Hall 101

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Official University Welcome ☘️

Join your fellow classmates and family members in this can't-miss welcome event at Purcell Pavilion. The Official University Welcome will kick off your career as a Notre Dame student! Featured guests will include University President, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Vice President of Student Affairs, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Associate Provost, Dr. Hugh Page, the Student Body President and Vice President, the Notre Dame Combined Choirs, and the Notre Dame Marching Band.

Location: Purcell Pavilion, Joyce Center

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Academic Advisor Sessions ☘️

This is an opportunity for all first year students and parents to meet with their assigned first year advisor in a group setting to learn more about academic expectations, the First Year of Studies, and the advising relationship. Information will be given about how to make changes to fall class schedules, the core curriculum, and other first year requirements. Individual times and locations will be assigned by advisor this summer.

Students have been assigned to meet with their advisor in one of the following time blocks: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Please review the Academic Advisor Session Information page for details on your session.

Location: Various Campus Locations

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Welcome Cookout

Grab a bite to eat with the Class of 2022 at the Welcome Cookout! Students and families will be assigned a meal time based on their First Year Advisor Session time. 

Location: Notre Dame Stadium

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Welcome Home Event with Rectors and Hall Staff ☘️

Ready for a proper welcome to your new residence hall community? The Welcome Home event will introduce you to your Rector, Hall Staff, and Welcome Team, with a night of fun events designed to help you get to know your fellow hallmates in a low-key environment!

Location: Undergraduate Residence Halls

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Wellness Run/Walk, Yoga, and Mindful Steps

Welcome Weekend is a fun and exciting time for students and families alike! To help you "take it all in," join McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, RecSports, and the Snite Museum of Art to start your weekend mornings by giving yourself a moment to reflect, relax, and recharge at your choice of two wellness events - yoga or a group walk. All are welcome - no previous experience is necessary and mats will be provided. See you bright and early at the Snite Museum of Art!

Location: Snite Museum of Art

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Dining Hall Breakfast

Head to the dining hall for your first dining hall breakfast as a Notre Dame student. Breakfast will be served in the North and South Dining Halls. Be sure to bring your Irish1Card to swipe in!

Location: North and South Dining Halls

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Moreau First-Year Experience Kick-Off ☘️

Let your collegiate academic experience begin! This mandatory event for all first-year students will provide an exciting window into the world of the Moreau First Year Experience - a course designed to aid students' transition to undergraduate life at Notre Dame. Featured speakers will include fellow students, administrators, and guest alums.

Location: Purcell Pavilion, Joyce Center

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Moreau First-Year Experience Course ☘️

Break out into your individual Moreau First Year Experience section for your first class at Notre Dame! This mandatory event will introduce you to your course instructor, as well as the other students in your section in a classroom setting. Emails will be sent in August with the location of your class. You may also check this information within this app in the "Before You Arrive" section.

Location: Campus Classrooms

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Dining Hall Lunch

Head to the dining hall for your first dining hall lunch as a Notre Dame student. Swipe into the dining hall for lunch using your Irish1Card. Lunch will be served in the North and South Dining Halls.

Location: North and South Dining Halls

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Class Photo ☘️

Join the entire class of 2022 for the first time to take a class photo. 

Location: Notre Dame Stadium

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Dining Hall Dinner

Grab dinner in the North and South Dining Halls with members of your residence hall before heading over to residence hall events. Again, you will need your Irish1Card to gain access to the dining hall. 

Location: North and South Dining Halls

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Multicultural Panel and Reception

The Multicultural Panel and Reception is a chance for historically underrepresented students and allies to connect, network, and learn about opportunities and resources available on campus through various departments and cultural student clubs. There will be a 20 minute panel discussion featuring current students and their faculty mentors followed by a reception to allow for students and families to talk with current students, administrators, faculty, and each other. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments provided.

Location: Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center

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Residence Hall Programming ☘️

An evening of fun events, important hall information, and bonding with your new fellow residents awaits! Hall Welcome Teams provide programming on both Saturday and Sunday evening, led by Captains and Ambassadors who have spent months thinking up exciting ways to welcome you to your new residence hall community!

Location: Residence Halls

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DomerFest

One of the can't-miss events of Welcome Weekend, Domerfest provides a carnival atmosphere of fun, games, food, inflatables, and music for all incoming students. Make sure to wear your residence hall shirt to gain entrance and show your hall pride! Giveaways will happen at the end of the night so make sure you stick around.

Location: Duncan Student Center

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Dining Hall Breakfast

Use your Irish1Card to access the North and South Dining Halls for breakfast. 

Location: North and South Dining Halls

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New Student Mass

The University of Notre Dame invites all new students and families from all faith backgrounds to the Celebration of the Welcome Mass at the Joyce Center's Purcell Pavilion. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. will preside, with homilist Rev. Peter McCormick, C.S.C. 

Location: Purcell Pavilion, Joyce Center

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Dining Hall Lunch

Swipe into the dining hall for lunch using your Irish1Card. Lunch will be served in the North and South Dining Halls.

Location: North and South Dining Halls

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Farmers Market and AcoustiCafé

Instead of taking you to the Farmer's Market, we've brought the South Bend Farmer's Market to you! Peruse the locally grown and crafted goods from area artisans and take in the sounds of Notre Dame's finest acoustic musicians at Fieldhouse Mall. 

Location: Fieldhouse Mall

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Women's Soccer Game

Cheer on the Women's Soccer team at Alumni Stadium! 

Location: Alumni Stadium

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Dining Hall Dinner

Dinner will be served in the North and South Dining Halls with the use of a swipe from your Irish1Card. 

Location: North and South Dining Halls

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Residence Hall Programming ☘️

An evening of fun events, important hall information, and bonding with your new fellow residents awaits! Hall Welcome Teams provide programming on both Saturday and Sunday evening, led by Captains and Ambassadors who have spent months thinking up exciting ways to welcome you to your new residence hall community.

Location: Undergraduate Residence Halls

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First Trip to the Grotto

This special night-time visit to the very heart of our campus gives students the chance to gather with their new classmates, roommates and friends to reflect on their hopes and goals as they begin their time at Notre Dame. We hope that this “first visit” will simply be the first of many.

Location: Grotto

Monday, August 20, 2018

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Dining Hall Breakfast

Use your Irish1Card to access the North and South Dining Halls for breakfast.

Location: North and South Dining Halls

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Schedule Adjustments

Meet with advisors throughout the day at the First Year of Studies to take care of any schedule adjustments before the first day of classes!

Location: First Year Studies, Coleman-Morse

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Day of Community

The Day of Community will introduce you to a wide array of organizations throughout the South Bend area, emphasizing service, education, and arts & culture. You will become familiar with the great work being done in South Bend and learn about opportunities to get involved during your time at ND. Destinations will be assigned per residence hall.

Location: Departure from Stepan Center

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Free Shuttles to Target and Costco

Shuttles to Target and Costco will depart from the Library Circle at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. 

Location: Departure from Library Circle

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Dining Hall Lunch

Use your Irish1Card to access the North and South Dining Halls for lunch.

Location: North and South Dining Halls

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Free Shuttles to Target and Costco

Shuttles to Target and Costco will depart from the Library Circle at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. 

Location: Departure from Library Circle

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Free Shuttles to Target and Costco

Shuttles to Target and Costco will depart from the Library Circle at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. 

Location: Departure from Library Circle

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Dining Hall Dinner

Use your Irish1Card to access the North and South Dining Halls for dinner.

Location: North and South Dining Halls

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Men's Soccer Game

Cheer on the Irish at Alumni Stadium!

Location: Alumni Stadium

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Surviving Your First Week of School: Faculty Discussions

Feeling nervous about your first week of classes? Fear no more, as a lineup of all-star professors will descend on the residence halls to answer any questions you may have before the first big day. Check with your Rector or Welcome Teams to see where this event will be located within your hall.

Location: Residence Halls