Notre Dame College Welcomes Students Back for Spring Semester with Campus Events

Notre Dame College is starting its spring semester 2018 with a Welcome Back Week of campus activities that feature indoor events for cold weather and carry on throughout the month of January.

To greet new and returning students on the first day of spring semester on-campus and online classes, Monday, January 8, the College will host a Hot Cocoa Bar from 3:45-5 p.m. in the campus Falcons’ Nest student center. A yoga session for beginners as well as advanced practitioners follows at 7 p.m. in the Regina Hall recruiting room. The welcome continues with an Open Mic Night from 8-10 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, at the Falcon Café, and the first week of classes culminates with Notre Dame’s Office of Student Engagement turning Regina Gym into a roller rink from 7-9 p.m. Friday, January 12.

Welcome Back Week officially starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 6, with orientation for all new and transfer students. Residence hall move-in starts that day, too.

The first week of the news semester also features home athletic events, highlighted by women’s and men’s basketball games—complete with pep band and student contests during breaks in the action. The Falcon women and men take the court against Shepherd University at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, on Thursday, January 11, and play Fairmont State University at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively on Saturday, January 13. All games are in Murphy Gymnasium of the campus Keller Center.

This second annual series of welcome back engagement events not only reconnects returning students with each other and College faculty and staff following winter break but also helps all majors and grade levels recommit to persisting and completing their Notre Dame degrees. Welcome Back Week aids spring semester transfer students in meeting classmates and acclimating to their new College home, too.

More in the Month of January

The start of the spring 2018 semester continues with indoor and comfort-food campus activities throughout the month, like Bingo Night from 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, in the Connelly Center Enterprise Development Center space; a Mac and Cheese Cook-off at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 24, in the Connelly Center Dining Hall; and a movie night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, in Regina Auditorium.

Yoga recurs at 7 p.m. Monday, January 22, in the Regina recruiting room.

Athletic events—including a home wrestling meet against Lake Erie College with a food truck on campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 23—also continue throughout the first month of the new year. A detailed calendar of all campus and away sporting events is online.

Welcome Back Week, like the College's Welcome Week at the start of the fall semester, is a campus-wide collaboration to ensure first-year, transfer, international and all students make a successful transition to the spring semester through academic as well as social and community-building activities, structures and programs.

Open Over Winter Break

In addition to student affairs staff preparing for Welcome Back Week, several members of the Notre Dame community continue to work over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

While facilities, campus police and other essential staff are always on campus and on call, no matter the time of year, the admissions office will also remain open select hours over winter break. Admission counselors will welcome prospective students and those planning to transfer to Notre Dame for spring semester, as well as high school students looking to start next fall and their parents, over several days. 

Many in the Notre Dame Office of Academic Affairs and the College’s Student Success Center also will be busy even though classes aren’t in session. Faculty and staff will be following up with current and returning students on fall semester grades and helping them—and new recruits—register for spring semester courses.

Notre Dame's holiday hours for 2017 are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, December 27-29. Schedule a visit online now.

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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