The Notre Dame Community // FAQs


 

Why was I selected to participate in The Notre Dame Community pilot program?

You received an invitation to join The Notre Dame Community pilot program based on your grade level and your exceptional engagement in the NDignite Connection program.  

Given your outstanding participation as a ninth grade NDignite Connection participant, we’re looking forward to the valuable feedback you will share at the end of the pilot program in order to make The Notre Dame Community a valuable resource for other high-achieving students in the future.

 

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 ninth grade; 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 does it mean to be a part of a “pilot” program?

Think of a pilot program as a test run. You will be a part of a small group of ninth grade students that gets to try out The Notre Dame Community before anyone else. At the end of the pilot, we’ll ask you to tell us what you liked and disliked about your experience. Then we’ll use your feedback to make changes to the program before we unveil it to other 9th and 10th grade students in the fall of 2017.

 

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 NDignite Connection, 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. We anticipate that 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 ten different Notre Dame Student Ambassadors on topics similar to those explored in the NDignite Connection program. We encourage you to engage in conversations with the Notre Dame Student Ambassadors – this is your opportunity to get to know them better! The pilot program will come to a close on June 11, and you will be asked to complete a survey to tell us about your experience.

 

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

Like NDignite Connection, The Notre Dame Community is sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and is free for all participants.

 

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

It’s completely up to you. Unlike 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 after I participate in the pilot program?

The pilot program will come to a close on June 11, and you will be asked to complete a survey to tell us more about your experience. We will use the summer months to incorporate your feedback into the program and will officially launch The Notre Dame Community to a broader audience of 9th and 10th graders in September 2017. You, of course, will be invited to participate again as a 10th grader in the fall.

 

Does my participation in The Notre Dame Community mean that I am no longer an NDignite Connection participant?

No. As a member of The Notre Dame Community pilot program, our hope is that you will continue to watch the NDignite Connection LIVE broadcasts and submit your Digication ePortfolio in August.

 

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 still consider you an active NDignite Connection participant, and you’ll continue to receive communications from the University of Notre Dame related to pre-college programs, undergraduate admissions, and financial aid.