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A Message From the Dean
Message From the Dean
Dean KolmanGreetings and welcome to our web site! The First Year of Studies, one of the distinctive features of the University of Notre Dame, demonstrates the university's commitment to quality undergraduate education. Regardless of intended program, all entering first-year students are members of this unit which allows students to study broadly in the arts and sciences and to consider various possibilities before committing to a particular college or major.

Since its inception in 1962, the First Year of Studies has offered academic advising and support services to all incoming students. Committed to student success, our advising teams are a key resource during this important time of transition to college with its many challenges and responsibilities. In addition to advising, we provide assistance in writing, reading and the many disciplines that involve solving mathematical problems.

Because of the talent and hard work of our students and the dedication of our faculty and staff, 99% of our students finish their first year successfully and 97% return as sophomores. We are pleased to provide the supportive yet challenging atmosphere which fosters intellectual curiosity and academic achievement. With a solid tradition of assisting students in making a successful transition from high school to the Notre Dame community, we continually strive to enhance the first year experience in creative and dynamic ways.

Please use our web site to explore the programs, services and people associated with the First Year of Studies.


Hugh R. Page Jr., PhD
Dean, First Year of Studies
Walter Associate Professor of Theology

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