Early Admissions Open House

Meghan Sullivan Open HouseProfessor Meghan Sullivan (right) is the creator of the incredibly popular God and the Good Life introductory philosophy course, which will be offered as a sample class for all students attending the 2020 Arts and Letters Open House.

We invite you to learn more about Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters at our open house for early action students, February 20–21, 2020. To register, use the personalized link included in an email that was sent to early action students and their parents. 

With 20 departments across the humanities, arts, and social sciences, the College of Arts and Letters is home to exceptional faculty and talented students who are studying what they love. It’s an environment to discover the liberal arts, pursue independent research, be inspired by Catholic intellectual life, become a part of a global community, and enjoy all that the arts have to offer.

In the College of Arts and Letters, you learn to read deeply. Think about issues critically. Discuss topics thoughtfully. Write arguments persuasively. Contribute to projects creatively. And these abilities aren’t just vital in the classroom — they will lead to success no matter which path you take after graduation.

While you plan your visit, read about the more than 40 majors and dozens of minors we offer, watch our student major profile videos, and read our latest undergraduate news to learn more. Want to know what you can do with an Arts and Letters degree? Check out our alumni video profiles and stories.

Arts and Letters Open House Schedule

Thursday, February 20, 2020

2–3 p.m.

Check-in for early arrivals (optional)
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Room 220, Main Building (Golden Dome)

3:15–4:30 p.m.

Campus tour (optional)

5:15–6:15 p.m.

Daily Mass (optional)
Basilica of The Sacred Heart

6:30–7 p.m.

Check-in (for those who have not yet checked in)
Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center

7–8 p.m.

University Welcome

8–9:30 p.m.

Trivia Night with the Dean's Fellows (students only)
Ryan Hall

Get to know your fellow prospective students, socialize with current Arts and Letters majors, and learn about residential life at Notre Dame.
Pizza and soft drinks will be served.

8–9:30 p.m.

Parent session and dessert reception (parents and guests only)

9:30–9:45 p.m.

Students to be escorted back to reconvene with parents at the Morris Inn or Duncan Student Center.

Friday, February 21, 2020

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Panel for Prospective Students: Life as an Arts and Letters Student
A student-led forum on the many facets of undergraduate academic, residential, social, and cultural life at Notre Dame.

Panel for Parents: Opportunities for Arts and Letters Students
A panel of faculty, advisers, and students will discuss the many resources and opportunities open to Arts and Letters majors, from undergraduate research and study abroad to national fellowships and internships.

10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Student Programs Fair
Explore a wide variety of majors, minors, programs, and services available to Arts and Letters students, from research grants and international experiences to career planning and service opportunities.

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Lunch in South Dining Hall (meal ticket will be provided)
Open to students, parents, and faculty.

1–1:50 p.m.

Supporting Student Development and Wellbeing (parents and guests only)
Join a panel of leaders from the Division of Student Affairs to learn about how their units support students' formation, development and well-being.

All-college lecture: "God and the Good Life" (students only)
Participate in an engaging introductory lecture along with students attending open houses for the School of Architecture and the Mendoza College of Business. Led by Laura Callahan, assistant professor of philosophy, this interactive class offers a glimpse of the broad liberal arts education all Notre Dame students experience through the Core Curriculum.

2–2:50 p.m.

Notre Dame Financial Aid (parents and guests only)
Optional sample class for parents — The Cross: When and Why it Became the Church's Central Symbol (Robin Jensen, the Patrick O'Brien Professor of Theology)

Sample class visits (students only)
Attend a small, seminar-style class led by outstanding faculty members from the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

3:15–4 p.m.

Introduction to Notre Dame's Catholic tradition
Rev. Gerard J. Olinger, C.S.C., the vice president for mission engagement and church affairs, will discuss life at Notre Dame for Catholics and non-Catholics and highlight key features of the Basilica of The Sacred Heart. 

4:15–5:15 p.m.

Campus tour (optional)

5:15–6:15 p.m.

Daily Mass (optional)
Basilica of The Sacred Heart