Parent & Family Program

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The New Student Engagement Team is excited and honored to welcome students, parents, and families to the University of Notre Dame. We warmly invite you to experience our virtual Parent & Family Welcome Program.

The weeks ahead are sure to mark a time of incredible transition for both students and families. The Parent & Family Welcome Program seeks to provide a glimpse into a student's first year at Notre Dame, the joys, beauties, and challenges that lie ahead, and the partnership our community hopes to build with parents and families. 

The video series, originally filmed in 2020, offers insight from University leaders into the ways they seek to accompany and serve students, parents, and families as they each navigate this transition and begin to find a home at Notre Dame. The videos, of course, serve only as a starting point. We encourage you to explore the links associated with each video to gain a better understanding of the formative ways in which each office seeks to partner with parents and families.

On behalf of the entire Notre Dame community, we are humbled by your family's decision to join our own. We look forward to working with you as, together, we walk alongside your student on his or her unique, transformative Notre Dame journey. It is our privilege to welcome each parent, student, and family member home!

Watch The Videos: 

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Parent & Family Program Series Introduction

Welcome Week | First Year Advising | Speakers


Presented by:

  • Lauren Donahue | Program Director for New Student Engagement, Division of Student Affairs
  • Andrew Whittington | Program Director for First-Year Engagement, Center for University Advising

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Exploring Further: Notre Dame International and the Global University

Notre Dame International


Presented by:

  • Michael E. Pippenger, Ph.D. | Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization

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Discerning, Discovering, and Pursuing Meaningful Careers: The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development

Undergraduate Career Services | Career Services Information for Parents


Presented by:

  • Ryan Willerton Associate Vice President for Career and Professional Development 

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Navigating Unique Academic Journeys: Center for University Advising

First Year Advising


Presented by:

  • Katrina Higgins | Director of First Year Advising | Center for University Advising

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Forming Students in an Inclusive Community

Gender Relations Center | Multicultural Student Programs and Services | Campus Ministry | Office of Student Enrichment


Presented by:

  • Sara Agostinelli, Ed.D. | Interim Director, Gender Relations Center
  • Arnel Bulaoro | Interim Director, Multicultural Student Programs and Services
  • Becky Ruvalcaba | Assistant Director of Outreach, Campus Ministry
  • Consuela Howell | Director, Office of Student Enrichment

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Supporting a Safe Campus Community

Notre Dame Fire Department | Notre Dame Police Department


Presented by:

  • Chief Bruce HarrisonNotre Dame Fire Department
  • Chief Keri Kei Shibata | Notre Dame Police Department


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Fostering Scholarship and Well-Being: Student Services and the Academy

HERE at Notre Dame | First Year Advising | University Counseling Center | University Health Services | McDonald Center for Student Well-Being | Care and Wellness | Sara Bea Disability Services 


Presented by:

  • Christine Gebhardt, Ph.D. | Assistant Vice President for Student Services
  • Elly Brenner | Assistant Provost for Academic Advising

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Additional Information 

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Life in a Residence Hall. The Basics.


Living in Community. Residential Life at ND.










University Advising

Welcome to First Year Advising!

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Bienvenidos a la Universidad de Notre Dame (2019)

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