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Your Gateway to Notre Dame.

What is Welcome Weekend?

As your gateway into life as a student at Notre Dame, Welcome Weekend seeks to share the unique characteristics of our Catholic, Holy Cross undergraduate educational experience, introduce and inspire engagement in academic, residential, and co-curricular life, demonstrate our commitment to a safe and inclusive environment of teaching and learning, and facilitate the exploration of University resources available to you and your family. At Notre Dame, we believe education takes place in the context of genuine and meaningful communion with others. Thus, Welcome Weekend serves as an opportunity for our growing community to authentically encounter and embrace all students, with all of your gifts, knowledge, imperfections, and distinctiveness.

Welcome Weekend takes place during the days immediately preceding the start of classes and is required of all new students. These days consist of moving into your new residence, meeting your hall staff and fellow hallmates, connecting with faculty and staff from all corners of campus, accessing academic, spiritual, and wellness resources, and acknowledging this significant time of transition for you and your family.

If you have questions:

Email us or Review the email communications sent to students and parents

When is Welcome Weekend?

Required Welcome programming will take place for all new students and their families on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. After moving into their new residential communities, all new students and families will gather together at 12:00 p.m. in McKenna Hall for the University Welcome and lunch.

Classes for the Spring 2024 semester begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024. Additional student-only opportunities and events will continue throughout the first weeks of classes.



Residence Hall Move In

Experience a radical spirit of hospitality as the St. André Committee greets you and your family, helps unload your belongings, and introduces you to your new residence hall community. Check out the Office of Residential Life website for details regarding the move-in process.


University Welcome

The University Welcome formally begins your journey as a Notre Dame student. Join Fr. John I. Jenkins C.S.C., University President, and other senior leaders to learn about how Notre Dame's distinct environment of teaching and learning can transform your life.


Moreau First Year Experience Course

What are you searching for? What do you believe? What will you encounter? Questions like this will animate your first semester as a student at Notre Dame and take center stage in the Moreau FYE course. As a first-year student, you begin with a monumental first class session celebration with your classmates and, together, ignite the next chapter of your academic journey.



DomerFest provides a carnival atmosphere of fun, free games, free food, inflatables, and music for all incoming students. With new residence hall pride, wear your Welcome Weekend residence hall shirt and celebrate your new community of classmates.


First Trip to the Grotto

This special visit to the very heart of our campus gives you the chance to gather with your new classmates, roommates, and friends to reflect on your hopes and goals as you begin your time at Notre Dame. This “first visit” may be the first of many.


First Lecture Series

The First Lecture series invites first-year students to engage with the scholarly life of our distinct university community, integrating intellectual passion and a keenly developed moral responsibility. Join some of Notre Dame’s most dynamic and notable faculty to consider: “What matters?” and “What should we do about it?”

Moreau Course and First Lecture Locations

Each FYS 10101: Moreau section will meet individually. The link below uses your NetID to produce your personalized location information for your Welcome Weekend Moreau Class Sessions (Saturday and Monday) and First Lecture Series (Saturday). Note: Please pay particular attention to your Welcome Weekend Moreau Class Session location(s). The Moreau classroom space you'll use during Welcome Weekend is different than your normal Moreau classroom location listed on your fall course schedule.

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