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
Construction on Campus Crossroads, a $400 million project that will use the University of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium as a hub for new facilities supporting academic and student life initiatives, will begin in November, after the final home game of the season. “We announced this project in January with the hope—though not necessarily the expectation—that we could begin in November,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said. “Thanks to the tireless work of many, plans have been finalized and funds have been raised so that we can, indeed, commence construction on facilities that will unite and inspire every member of our campus community for decades to come.” Read More >
A new book coauthored by Scott Mainwaring, Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, an alumnus of the University, presents a striking new theory of democratization that has earned it two major prizes in comparative politics. Mainwaring, a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Pérez Liñán, a Notre Dame Ph.D. who is now an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, spent a decade thinking about theories of regime change and analyzing political regimes in Latin America. Read More >
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at the University of Notre Dame on September 6—the morning of the home football game against the University of Michigan. Dempsey will deliver the Jack Kelly and Gail Weiss Lecture in National Security. He will speak on “America’s National Security Challenges: The View from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.” Read More >
The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University have been awarded a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to study and report on the persecution of Christian communities around the world. Read More >