Freshman Academy

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About Freshman Academy at ND

The program emphasizes a positive transition from middle school and the many opportunities to engage, learn and thrive at ND. Through partnerships with faculty, staff, Peer Counselors, and student leaders, students explore the ND experience with expert guidance and support. 

Grounded in The ND Code

  • Be prompt
  • Be prepared
  • Be productive
  • Be polite
  • Be positive
    …and you will become the ND Man

Program Outcomes

First year students will finish Freshman Academy with essential skills to experience success in all aspects of life as a Notre Dame Student.  They’ll also build personal relationships with faculty and staff who will offer continuing  academic, behavioral, social and emotional support throughout their high school career. 



Freshman Academy helps first year students develop and grow their unique potential. Through the sequence of courses, mentoring and activities, students build relationships with their ND brothers and ND faculty that will last a lifetime.

  Mr. Joseph Ramirez, Vice President for Student Success

Freshman Academy
PROGRAM Highlights

This year-long program for first year students helps our newest community members become proficient learners with strong organization, note taking, presentation, study and, test-taking skills. Coursework includes educational technology resources including Chromebook/Google Classroom.