Graduate Student Orientation

August 16 & 17, 2021

New Graduate Student Orientation is designed to provide 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. Effective orientation programs play an important role in integrating graduate students into the university community, and studies have shown that graduate students who participate in orientation programs tend to have more rewarding and profitable experiences throughout their time at their institutions. We therefore appreciate your participation and look forward to setting you on a reliable path to success from the moment you step on campus.

2021 Orientation Schedule of Events


7:30am Doors Open DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
8:00am Registration DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
8:30am Dean's Welcome DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
8:50am VP's Welcome DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
9:00am Plenary Sessions DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
11:20am Announcements DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
11:30am President's Address DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
12:00pm Lunch & Resource Fair Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
2:00pm Breakout Sessions DeBartolo Hall


9:30 International Student Session Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
11:30 Mass Basilica of the Sacred Heart
12:30 Break & Lunch on Your Own  
3:30 Campus-wide Scavenger Hunt Campus-Wide
5:00 Block Party Library Lawn

2021 New ND Grads Facebook Group

Join the group to connect with other incoming students, enter our photo contests, and get answers to your questions about life in South Bend! You can also follow Grad Life on Twitter (@NDGradLife), Facebook (@NDGradStudentLife) and Instagram (ndgradlife).