The Notre Dame Community // FAQs


 

Why was The Notre Dame Community created?

You spoke, and we listened! The Notre Dame Community was created as a direct result of feedback we received from students like you.

At the end of each semester, we invite all NDignite Connection participants to tell us about their experience and share their ideas for program improvements. Students have consistently told us they would like more opportunities to interact with their peers, as well as with current Notre Dame students. Many of our former NDignite Connection participants have also expressed an interest in staying engaged with the University beyond eighth and ninth grades; however, they’ve also shared that high school is much more demanding than middle school, thus leaving less time for involvement in rigidly-structured programs. Our hope is that The Notre Dame Community provides a unique space for high-achieving 9th and 10th grade students to connect with like-minded peers, learn more about the University of Notre Dame by interacting directly with current students, and continue exploring their gifts and talents in a flexible environment that fits their busy schedules.

 

What will be expected of me as a participant in The Notre Dame Community?

You will be expected to be an engaged, responsible, and respectful digital citizen. Not sure what that means? Click here for more information.

Community is such an important aspect of life at Notre Dame, and our hope is that The Notre Dame Community will become a digital replication of the thoughtful, caring community that exists on campus. We expect you to treat all community members with the same respect you would show your classmates, teachers, parents, and community leaders. Any student not following proper netiquette will be dismissed from the community.

Unlike the NDignite Connection programming for students in grades seven and eight, there are no due dates or fixed times that you’re expected to be online; however, we are looking for students who have a genuine desire to be engaged in the community. Participants who check into the community at least once a week and actively participate in discussions will get the most from their experience.

 

What can I expect from my time as a participant in The Notre Dame Community?

You can expect to connect with like-minded peers across the country as well as current Notre Dame students (aka Student Ambassadors). Our Student Ambassadors are excited to tell you more about their varied paths to Notre Dame, what shaped their academic and extracurricular interests, and how they’re making their mark on campus and beyond. They will also share their perspectives on a range of topics including leadership, service, spirituality, and academics.

You will have an opportunity to explore your own interests through reflections and in-depth discussions with other community members. We hope you learn more about the University of Notre Dame in the process, but we also hope you begin to gain a deeper understanding of the things that are important to you when thinking about the right fit for college.

 

How does The Notre Dame Community work?

After watching the virtual orientation session and completing your Enrollment Agreement, you will be emailed a personalized link to access The Notre Dame Community. From there, you can set up your profile and begin connecting with other program participants across the country based on shared interests. Each week, you’ll hear the perspectives of different Notre Dame Student Ambassadors on topics similar to those explored in the NDignite Connection LIVE broadcasts. We encourage you to engage in conversations with the Notre Dame Student Ambassadors – this is your opportunity to get to know them better!

 

How much does it cost to participate in The Notre Dame Community?

The Notre Dame Community is an expansion of the NDignite Connection program for students in grades nine and ten. Therefore, participation in The Notre Dame Community is also sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and is free for all students admitted.

 

How much time will I be expected to dedicate to The Notre Dame Community?

It’s completely up to you. Unlike seventh and eighth grade students participating in NDignite Connection, there are no assignment due dates or fixed times you’re expected to be online; however, we are looking for students who have a genuine desire to be engaged in the community. We anticipate that participants who check into the community at least once a week and actively participate in discussions with their peers and Student Ambassadors will get the most from their experience.

 

What happens if I decide The Notre Dame Community isn’t right for me?

That’s okay! We realize The Notre Dame Community may not be the right fit for every student. If this is the case for you, please send us an email and let us know. This will not hurt your standing with the University of Notre Dame in any way.

We will remove you from any further communications from our office, and you’ll continue to receive communications from the University of Notre Dame related to pre-college programs, undergraduate admissions, and financial aid.