University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame

THE POINT OF IT ALL

This is the Way

Thousands of Domers have found their purpose and passion in the College of the First Year of Studies. Learn what a first-year can discover at Notre Dame.

Adrianna Garcia
Arts & Letters / Philosophy & Spanish
Colby Hoyer
Arts & Letters / FTT & Anthropology
Dominic Romeo
Arts and Letters/Political Science & Chinese
Emily Mediate
Arts and Letters/Africana Studies & ALPP
Kate Christian
Undecided Business/Minor- Theology & Sustainability
Mark Stechschulte
Arts & Letters/Pre-Professional Anthropology
Nicole Masiello
Arts & Letters
Kelly Passabet
Arts and Letters/Pre-Professional
Katie Bascom
Arts & Letters/Russian & English
Hansel Weihs
Aerospace Engineering/Program of Liberal Studies
Becky Jegier
Arts & Letters / Marketing & Spanish
Daniel Brach
Mendoza College of Business/Management Consulting
Adrianna Garcia
Arts & Letters / Philosophy & Spanish
Colby Hoyer
Arts & Letters / FTT & Anthropology
Dominic Romeo
Arts and Letters/Political Science & Chinese
Emily Mediate
Arts and Letters/Africana Studies & ALPP
Kate Christian
Undecided Business/Minor- Theology & Sustainability
Mark Stechschulte
Arts & Letters/Pre-Professional Anthropology
Nicole Masiello
Arts & Letters
Kelly Passabet
Arts and Letters/Pre-Professional
Katie Bascom
Arts & Letters/Russian & English
Hansel Weihs
Aerospace Engineering/Program of Liberal Studies
Becky Jegier
Arts & Letters / Marketing & Spanish
Daniel Brach
Mendoza College of Business/Management Consulting

Learning Objectives

Notre Dame University
  • Lay the intellectual foundations necessary for the pursuit of advanced academic work.
  • Cultivate both a sense of curiosity about the universe and a passion for learning with an appreciation for the intrinsic value of higher education and a sense of responsibility as a steward of the knowledge that is created, learned, and applied here at Notre Dame.

A liberal education is what four years at Notre Dame is all about, and first-year courses and experiences begin habits of heart and mind that serve our students well, no matter what road they take in life.

A Notre Dame liberal education is more than just taking classes in the liberal arts. It is the purposeful cultivation of shared intellectual values that include an appreciation for a broad spectrum of intellectual endeavors, the capacity to think analytically about complex issues, and the ability to communicate effectively in a wide variety of contexts. It also fosters an ethical, moral, and spiritual awareness that we believe will lead our Notre Dame graduates to live responsible, compassionate, and ultimately meaningful lives.

Within this framework of shared meaning and values, our students encounter many ways to shape an experience at Notre Dame that is their very own — we have designed our college’s expectations, requirements, and opportunities to challenge them to find a path that reflects their unique purposes and passions. Gaining a thorough understanding of what lies ahead in The First Year of Studies is the first step in finding the way at Notre Dame.

Start by understanding our First Year Curriculum.

  • <p>95% of Notre Dame students graduate with their class.</p>
  • <p>99% of Notre Dame first-years go on to their sophomore year.</p>

I hope the incoming class will take advantage of everything they can here — do it, just try it. Even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as they plan, they will learn something.

William Flavin Class of 2011

“I’m a big fan of the Notre Dame First Year because to me, it’s not just what you experience in the classrooms…it’s what you experience in the whole continuum of being away from home.”

Jim Corgel Class of 1973

I hope the incoming class will take advantage of everything they can here — do it, just try it. Even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as they plan, they will learn something.

William Flavin Class of 2011

“I’m a big fan of the Notre Dame First Year because to me, it’s not just what you experience in the classrooms…it’s what you experience in the whole continuum of being away from home.”

Jim Corgel Class of 1973
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