Updated: August 16, 2020 at 10:42AM

The University's plan is subject to change. Check this website often for the latest information.

Student Return

Pre-matriculation Testing

Prior to students' return to campus, University Health Services (UHS) physicians will order a COVID-19 PCR home collection test kit for each student. The home collection kit will be sent to a student's home address from our testing partner, LabCorp, which will provide the kits and process the results.

Pre-matriculation testing is a prerequisite for enrollment as a Notre Dame student in Fall 2020. Students who fail to complete a pre-matriculation test will be denied access to campus and their department will be notified that they are not eligible to take classes. 

Additional information on pre-matriculation testing

Fall 2020 Staged Return to Campus

In partnership with local public health officials, students and families will arrive in the South Bend area in stages.

  • Residence hall staff will arrive on campus beginning Sunday, July 26 for training.
  • New international undergraduate students should plan to arrive Saturday, August 1 to participate in orientation with Notre Dame International.
  • New graduate students' Welcome program will be Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4.
  • New students in the professional programs will receive guidance about orientation programs from their schools.
  • First-year or transfer undergraduate students living on campus will move in either Monday, August 3 or Wednesday, August 5 based on their assigned residence hall.
  • Most returning undergraduate students living on campus will move in August 6, 7, 8, or 9.

New First-Year or Transfer Undergraduate Student Move-In

Based on public health considerations related to move-in staging and gathering size, the University will offer two Welcome programs for new first-year or transfer undergraduate students and families: The Blue Program will be held Monday, Aug. 3 to Tuesday, Aug. 4 and the Gold Program will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5 to Thursday, Aug. 6. Programming for students participating in both programs will continue until the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 10, and students and their families can expect the same Welcome Week experience regardless of their move-in date. Each student can be accompanied by no more than two family members or guests.

Prior to arriving on campus, parents, families, and students are encouraged to view schedules and virtually engage with the Parent & Family Program, hosted on the Welcome Week website.

Returning Undergraduate Student Move-In

Most returning undergraduate students living on campus will move in August 6, 7, 8, or 9. Any students who do not select a move-in appointment during that period will have a move-in day and time assigned automatically.

A very limited number of returning student leaders, international students, and student-athletes will be contacted by relevant University departments for permission to move in August 1 or 2. Because the University must restrict the number of students moving in each day for public health reasons, we will be unable to accommodate individual requests for arrival on August 1 or 2.

Each student can be accompanied by no more than two family members or guests. Like move-out, appointment times will be staggered to facilitate physical distancing.

Students with Difficulty Returning to Campus

The University’s Academic Council determines the general academic policies and regulations of the University. Students who may have difficulty returning to South Bend by the start of classes on Monday, August 10 should consult the relevant academic code for their course of study for information about course attendance, enrollment, leave of absence, and other separations. Additions and modifications to existing academic codes must be approved by the Academic Council. The Academic Council is continuing to consider academic code changes that may be necessary for Fall 2020 to respond to COVID-19.

Undergraduate and graduate students, including those in professional schools, with a documented health condition that places them at high risk or who have other special circumstances, may seek reasonable accommodations or other modifications by engaging with Sara Bea Accessibility Services. Sara Bea utilizes a streamlined intake form for student accommodation requests. The existing intake form has been broadened to include information about COVID-19 concerns that may extend beyond an individual’s disability (e.g., concern about attending classes on campus or increasing exposure for a high-risk family member). In addition, the process allows for accommodation requests that reflect the multiple roles on campus fulfilled by graduate students (e.g., instructor of record, research assistant, teaching assistant). Learn more here.

Initiate a Request for COVID-related Accommodations

Welcome Back Packages

Welcome packet unboxing video

All students will receive a welcome back package that includes a refillable hand disinfectant or sanitizer, thermometer, and at least three masks, though we also encourage you to bring extra supplies with you to campus. Undergraduate students living on campus will receive these welcome packages in residence halls, and Mendoza graduate business students, Law students, MDiv students, ESTEEM students, and graduate Architecture students will receive their packages from their programs.

Students who have yet to pick up their welcome back packages can do so at the first floor Duncan Student Center desk from 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on weekdays through Friday, August 21.