Office for Undergraduate Studies
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.
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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Arts and Letters News
Two recent Notre Dame graduates are tackling global health issues with support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. French and Francophone studies major Claire Donovan will work with UNICEF in Togo to examine women’s adherence to micronutrient supplement programs. Christina Gutierrez, who majored in Romance languages and literatures and political science, will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and conduct research on and pilot a food co-op concept there. Read More >
When Jack Blakey was studying theatre at Notre Dame in the 1980s, he never dreamed he would one day be hearing legal disputes on the federal bench. But his liberal arts courses were preparing him for it nonetheless. Blakey was formally installed this spring as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate last year. Read More >
Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities has received a $435,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a two-year study of Stay the Course, a program designed to keep low-income community college students on the path to academic success. Participants are paired with a case manager who offers guidance and support on how to stay on track to graduate or transfer to a four-year college. They are also directed to affordable child care or other social services that will aid them in their pursuit of an education. Read More >
A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to examine how the concrete practices of science relate to something more abstract—what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues”—and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives, including their religious beliefs. The endeavor is a key component of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, which will serve as a hub for transdisciplinary research at the University. Read More >