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Welcome Weekend: August 2024
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University of Notre Dame
Welcome Weekend August 2024
Dear newest students of Notre Dame,

Welcome to the University of Notre Dame! We are a Catholic academic community of higher learning, animated by our origins in the Congregation of Holy Cross and enriched by the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students. As leaders of Welcome Weekend, it is our privilege to welcome you and your family on behalf of the entire University community. We are thrilled that you have chosen Notre Dame, and look forward to the many ways your gifts will enrich our campus. 

Your Gateway to Notre Dame

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 by introducing and inspiring engagement in academic, residential, and co-curricular student life, demonstrating our commitment to a safe and inclusive environment of teaching and learning, and facilitating 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.
Welcome Weekend takes place for all new students and families 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 hall, 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. 

Welcome Weekend Dates and Schedule

Undergraduate classes for the Fall 2024 semester begin on Tuesday, August 27, 2024.  Welcome Weekend will take place for incoming first-year students Friday, August 23 - Monday, August 26 and for incoming transfer students Thursday, August 22 - Monday, August 26. Parent and family programming is scheduled to conclude in the evening on Saturday, August 25.
International Student Orientation (ISO) for F-1 and J-1 international students is Thursday, August 22, and will lead to Welcome Weekend on Friday, August 23.
We invite you to continue to review updated information throughout the summer on the Welcome Weekend website for additional schedule details.

Summer Communication

The Welcome Weekend planning team and our partners will be in touch via your Notre Dame Gmail account to offer updates, recommendations, residence hall assignments, and opportunities for engagement with the Notre Dame community. We encourage you to share all information with your family so that they might walk through this time of transition alongside you. Since communications will be sent to your Notre Dame Gmail account, you must activate your ND Gmail account as soon as possible.

During these first days of May, you will receive an email from "Okta." Notre Dame uses Okta to manage the IT services central to your success as a student. The email from Okta contains a unique link that will enable you to
activate your NetID, access your new email account, and check your inbox daily. Important communications can also be viewed on the Welcome Weekend website.

Pre-Arrival Preparation

As an incoming student, you must complete several required academic and student-life tasks before you arrive. The Pre-Arrival page outlines ways to find and complete these Pre-Arrival Tasks. Tasks and resources are organized for incoming first-year students and incoming transfer students. 

The Center for University Advising’s comprehensive First-Year Student Summer 2024 Timeline outlines concrete dates and timetables for all incoming first-year students in preparation for course registration in late July. By following these requirements and recommendations, first-year students will be ready to register for their first courses as students of Notre Dame. The next item on this timeline takes place May 7, 2024.
Incoming transfer students can expect to hear from advising offices in preparation for course registration in early July. 

This is a time of joyful anticipation for our entire community. As you and your family close one chapter of your journey and embrace the next, the entire University of Notre Dame is humbled and delighted by your decision to join us. We look forward to welcoming you home.


Emily Orsini
Program Director for New Student Engagement and Formation
Division of Student Affairs

E. Andrew Whittington
Director of First Year Programs
Center for University Advising
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