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. 

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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, though perhaps challenging, time of transition for you and your family. Some highlights of Welcome Weekend programming include: the First Trip to the Grotto, Collegiate Exploration and Engagement across Notre Dame’s six colleges and schools, the Moreau First Year Experience Course kick-off, your residence hall’s welcome and orientation, and the Welcome Mass, in which we joyfully join together in prayer and celebration.

Our Welcome Weekend team is committed to providing full access to all of our programs and services. If you anticipate that you or your family may require accommodations for a disability (visible or invisible) to fully participate in Welcome Weekend programs, please contact the New Student Engagement Team at welcome@nd.edu with as much advance notice as possible.