The First Year of Studies serves as the college for all incoming students, regardless of their intended program. Established in 1962, our purpose is to provide the newest members of our Notre Dame family the opportunity to become thoroughly informed about the University and the many educational options we provide before they make a very important decision — what their college and major will be. Over the last 50 years, the First Year of Studies has helped thousands of first-years become successful college students and find their unique calling at Notre Dame. Research, scholarship, and creative endeavors at Notre Dame focus on transformative interdisciplinary efforts that aim to save lives, influence policy, and lift barriers to human development. First Year advisors identify and work with students who are interested in the possibility of conducting an inquiry or investigation that will involve them in real research questions and allow them to contribute to scholarly work.
The First Year of Studies Research Ignition Fellowship Program. Detailed information about this fellowship program can be found at firstyear.nd.edu/research.
We want to expand our support for research, scholarship, and creative endeavors to as many first-year students as possible, especially those with financial need. Your donation will allow more first-year students to become a part of the research community at Notre Dame.