Resources for Newly Admitted Students

The Graduate Student Union publishes an annual guidebook for students who are new to the Notre Dame/South Bend area — check their New & Prospective Students page for the most current version. In addition to providing more information on some of the offices and checklist items below, it’s a great resource with tips on restaurants, transportation, services and recreation opportunities recommended by other graduate students.

Fall 2018 Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation will take place in mid August, before the official start of classes. A separate International Student Orientation will follow. Please check back in late May for verified dates.

Checklist for All Newly Admitted Students

Admission Decision

  • After receiving admission letter, return Acceptance/ Declination of Offer form.
  • Receive confirmation e-mail.


After Receiving Your Confirmation E-Mail

  • Activate your Notre Dame Net ID.
  • Submit final official transcript showing conferral of all previous post-secondary degrees.
  • Contact department and/or advisor.


After You Arrive

  • Contact department.
  • Register and enroll (after consultation with department).
  • Attend student orientations (Graduate School, departmental, international student).


Additional Items for International Students

Before You Arrive

  • Complete information for visa documents section of the Acceptance/Declination of Offer form.
  • Receive I-20 or DS-2019 visa documents (IMPORTANT: Visa documents will not be issued until students (1) accept the offer and (2) submit all requested information (i.e., Information for Visa Documents section of the Acceptance/Declination of Offer form, proof of financial support, etc.).
  • Obtain visa, arrange transfer to “University of Notre Dame du Lac,” or file Change of Status request (as applicable).


After You Arrive

Please see the Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs website for updated information on international student orientation (mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 visa holders), and helpful resources for international students newly arrived to campus.