Incoming Students

Welcome to the Graduate School at Notre Dame where your research matters!

We look forward to sharing the Notre Dame Graduate School experience with you. Here you’ll find world-class academic programs driving innovation and discovery. As you excel within your discipline, you’ll receive holistic Graduate Training support designed to prepare you for future success and support you not just intellectually, but physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Below you’ll find logistical information about transitioning to Notre Dame. 

Checklist for newly admitted students:

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  1. Indicate Admissions Decision online: after receiving your admissions letter via email, submit the “Reply to Offer of Admissions” form
  2. Upon receiving an email with the subject “Welcome to the University of Notre Dame,” complete the following tasks:
    1. Activate your Notre Dame Net ID
    2. Make housing arrangements for the year—either on- or off-campus
    3. Complete medical history and physical report and any other health-related pre-registration requirements set by University Health Services
    4. Graduate students are automatically enrolled in and charged for the student health insurance plan. Please note: Students who do not wish to enroll in the plan, and have other comparable health insurance coverage, may submit a request to waive the health insurance on Aetna's website. Instructional emails are sent 5/15 for the summer plan (summer arrival) and 7/15 for the AY plan (August arrival). If you cannot find the information you need via Aetna or the University Health Services FAQs, email Health insurance subsidy information can be found here.
  3. Contact degree program and/or adviser 
  4. Make arrangements to have your official transcripts sent as soon as possible to the address below. E-transcripts should be sent to Transcripts must be in English and must show conferral of bachelor's degree.

            Transcripts may be mailed to:

Graduate School, Transcripts
110 Bond Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

     5. Make travel arrangements.


International students, please see the pre-arrival checklist on the Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs website.

After you arrive:

  1. Contact your department
  2. Complete the online work authorization paperwork immediately and bring original, unexpired documentation to the Office of Human Resources (refer to the New Student Employee Toolkit for details)
  3. Register and enroll in classes (in consultation with your department)
  4. Acquire Notre Dame Student ID Card. (If you are bringing a spouse you will also want to acquire a Spousal ID card)
  5. Acquire parking permit (read more at the Notre Dame Parking and Traffic homepage)
  6. Attend student orientations (Graduate School, departmental, international student)
  7. Expect first pay check on 8/31. Notre Dame uses direct deposit to pay employees; for more information on setting up direct deposit, please click here. (For more information on campus banking and for banks nearby the University of Notre Dame please see the Office of Treasury Services)
  8. Consult the Campus Map
  9. Download the ND Mobile app, which provides campus information including maps, dining menus, news, video, and sports highlights. Any device, including tablets and desktops, may be used to access the mobile app.

For more information on life as a student here at the University of Notre Dame please visit Graduate Student Life.

Graduate Student Union (GSU):

The Notre Dame Graduate Student Union (GSU) provides outstanding support for incoming and current students. Please get in touch with the GSU to learn more about enriching your social and support networks and joining graduate student clubs and groups.


Graduate Student Orientation is a valuable and engaging introduction to life and studies at Notre Dame and to the multiple on- and off-campus resources available to support student success and well-being; this is required for all incoming graduate students. More information to follow through email.

International Student Orientation will provide essential information about maintaining immigration status, American culture, and life at Notre Dame; this is required for all incoming international students with a Notre Dame Sponsored visa.

Department/Program Orientation may be required by your individual program please follow up with your department.

English Language Acquisition

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program offers English support and enhancement for students, faculty, staff, post-docs, and spouses. The goal of the program is to empower students and extended members of our campus community to maximize their academic success and improve communication through coursework, tutoring, and self-study resources.

Shared Expectations

Establishing expectations and open communication between a graduate student and their faculty mentor(s) is critical to the success of both individuals — download the conversation guide to find out more.

Campus Security and Fire Safety