Office for Undergraduate Studies

Maestrovic sculpture in springtime

Welcome to the Office for Undergraduate Studies. Our goal is to assist both students and faculty—and we encourage you to browse our webpages using the links on the left.

Our team of assistant deans provides a range of services, including orientation, student advising, course scheduling, coordination of the transfer and readmission process, approval for study abroad, advising regarding course completion while abroad, and status certification of undergraduate degrees.

Find Your Advising Dean

To better serve our students, we have adopted a new advising system in which students are assigned a specific assistant dean who will work with them through graduation.

As in the past, Assistant Dean Vicki Toumayan will work with all Pre-health students.

All other students are assigned an assistant dean based on their last names:

  • A–E: Dean Collin Meissner
  • F–K: Dean Nicholas Russo
  • L–Q: Dean Ava Preacher
  • R–Z: Dean Joseph Stanfiel

Additionally, students from any college in the University are invited to consult with Assistant Dean Ava Preacher to prepare for law school, although they should continue to see their assigned adviser for all other matters.

To Serve, Educate, and Empower

The mission of the Office for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame is to:

  • serve as a resource for students and for offices in the College and across the University.
  • uphold and maintain the standards inherent in the Academic Code of Honor.
  • empower students to be lifelong, self-directed learners by mentoring students and encouraging them to explore opportunities in research, publication, international education and scholarship and to identify their strengths in considering potential career path.
  • meet students where they are in their respective life journeys.
  • lend encouragement as students progress toward their own life goals.
  • promote an appreciation of collegiate education as an opportunity for exploration, contemplation, and intellectual engagement by providing and directing students to resources.
  • work cooperatively with other campus entities to inspire students to develop ethical standards and values for life.

In sum, our overarching goal is to achieve unsurpassed excellence in the guidance and nurturing of undergraduate students during their intellectual and spiritual journeys as members of the Notre Dame community.


Office for
Undergraduate Studies

Location: 104 O’Shaughnessy Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Hours: 8 am-€“5 pm
Walk-ins: MWF from 1:30 pm-€“4 pm and TTh from 9 am-€“11 am
Appointments: Call 574.631.7098


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