Each student is assigned an advisor, who is a faculty or staff member within the student’s major field of study. In areas with staff advisors, a faculty mentor is assigned. The mentoring relationship with a faculty advisor is a central feature of the NDNU experience. Academic advisors help students with program planning and direct students to University and external resources as needed. Faculty advisors/mentors help students to clarify academic and career goals and take appropriate steps to meet those goals.
Academic Success Center/Tutorial Center
The Academic Success Center/Tutorial Center provides learning and support services for day, evening, accelerated, undergraduate and graduate students to reach their academic goals while attending NDNU. The Academic Success Center uses the resources of the NDNU community of students, faculty and staff to guide the development of each student. Services include accessible, user-friendly, positive learning environments, individualized assessment of learning strengths and individualized learning strategies based on learning strengths. Highly trained faculty, staff and peer tutors guide students in their learning assisted by study skills workshops and support in areas like time management and goal-setting strategies, critical thinking fundamentals, test-taking and note-taking skills and textbook reading.
As a place to study and find help, the Tutorial Center meets students’ needs ranging from building basic study skills to preparing for admission to graduate schools. With the goal of helping students become independent and effective learners, the Center provides friendly and free learning support services to all NDNU students. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is also offered in the areas of math and science. The Center is located on the Quad in Campus Center.
The First Generation Program (Gen 1) supports freshman students who are the first in their family to receive a four-year university degree. Recognizing that Gen 1 students may have special needs, we provide a mentor program and activities to make their transition to the university and first year experience a positive, fulfilling and rewarding journey.
Program for Academic Success and Services (PASS)
The Program for Academic Support and Services (PASS) is dedicated to improving the educational development of students with documented disabilities and to enhancing understanding and support within the campus community. To ensure that our students receive equal access to all NDNU programs and services, PASS as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 makes every reasonable effort to provide appropriate accommodations and assistance to students with disabilities.
Offered both as a course and as a drop-in resource, the Writing Center helps students to develop as writers, focusing on the writing process: brainstorming, clustering, outlining, freewriting, editing and revising. The Center offers individual tutoring in grammar, research and essay organization. The Writing Center also addresses the specific needs of international students, emphasizing revision of essays and individualized instruction in idiom, mechanics and grammar.
Career Services provides a full range of career resources, including individual career counseling, part-time and full-time job postings, job search assistance, and a career resources library. Career Services also offers classes that provide the opportunity for students to explore personal values and interests, assess their skills, and explore career options. Career Services sponsors several career-related events throughout the year, including internship fairs, job fairs, networking events and an etiquette lunch.
Student Life and Leadership
Based on NDNU’s mission of values-based learning, the Student Life and Leadership Office develops students’ talents and potential to be effective leaders in diverse and dynamic communities. Student Life and Leadership is responsible for advising Student Clubs and Organizations and Student Government (ASNDNU), Leadership Programs, New Student Orientation, University Housing, Student Activities and Commencement.
The Programming Board produces student activities and events at NDNU to create a balance in students’ lives by providing fun, educational and inspiring co-curricular events. The Programming Board is a student team made up of five Special Event coordinators, who are responsible for planning and coordinating a calendar of activities for the NDNU student body.
Student Clubs and Organizations
More than 30 student organizations representing a wide array of interests are active at NDNU. Student organizations, ranging from student government to cultural and special interest clubs, are an important part of campus life. Student Life and Leadership works with student organizations in planning on-campus meetings, workshops, speakers, cultural programs, service projects and other special events.
The Office of the Dean of Students promotes student learning and development as part of the educational process. The Office collaborates with other University offices in the development and implementation of student-related policies, procedures and initiatives based on emerging student development trends. The Dean of Students advocates for student and community needs and provides support and assistance to students who need assistance.
Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students promotes student learning and development as part of the educational process. The Office collaborates with other University offices in the development and implementation of student-related policies, procedures and initiatives based on emerging student development trends. The Dean of Students advocates for student and community needs and provides support and assistance to students with concerns or problems.
Bon Appétit Catering provides dining services to the campus community. Students living on campus are required to select a meal plan that fits their lifestyle. Commuter students can purchase a flex account with the Business Office to buy meals at a discounted rate.
Sr. Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement
In support of the University’s mission to educate for social justice and global peace, the Sister Dorothy Stang Center at NDNU offers students opportunities to develop and to participate in mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and organizations in the surrounding community. A key component of the work of the Center is support for and encouragement of community-based learning, a method of integrating community involvement activities into academic courses and student leadership programs. Faculty, staff, and students work in partnership with community organizations so that students can reach learning objectives while participating in meaningful community activity. Guided by a committee of faculty, staff and students and an Advisory Board of community representatives, the Center promotes the education of students as community leaders.
Health Services offers a holistic approach to health education, counseling, and support. It provides assessment, nutrition education, stress management, basic care for common health concerns and referrals to local health care providers as appropriate. Health and Wellness Services also coordinates student health insurance coverage.
University Housing provides a healthy and safe living and learning community that embraces all forms of diversity and where students are challenged and supported in their development of values, personal responsibility and integrity through programs, staff engagement and leadership opportunities. The University offers students several different living options: traditional co-educational residence hall facilities with double and triple rooms, single gender apartments for upper-division undergraduates and single gender suite-style residences with single rooms.
International Student Office
The International Student Office (ISO) assists NDNU’s diverse population of international students with their academic, cultural, and social transition to life in the United States and at the University. The ISO provides advising and support pertaining to student visas and federal regulations and maintains student records/I-20s through the Student Exchange and Visitor Information Service (SEVIS). The ISO provides new students with pre-arrival information, hosts the International Orientation and sponsors programming, events and information forums for international students.
The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library serves as the University’s knowledge center by providing access to information resources and delivering library instruction that support the curricular, research and intellectual needs of the NDNU community. Through these services, the Library promotes scholarship, creativity, and discovery. An experienced group of library faculty and staff is committed to excellence in library services for both on-site and distance learners. Professional librarians are available to provide personalized research assistance for individuals and information literacy instruction for classes. The Library welcomes all students, faculty, staff and alumni of NDNU.
New Student Orientation offers incoming students and their families a successful transition into NDNU life. A team of student leaders and professional staff provides first-year and transfer students with an introduction to academic and personal resources, encourages student involvement, and establishes relationships with the campus environment. The Orientation Team provides Week of Welcome (WOW) programming for entering first-year students. WOW is a fun-filled social program of daily and evening events all geared toward acclimating new students to the campus and Belmont community. Online orientation is now available for evening, intensive, and graduate students.
Public Safety Officers provides security and safety services to ensure a safe living, learning, and working environment for the University community. Public Safety oversees the parking management program. The operation is staffed 24 hours a day, every day.
The Registrar’s Office is the official recorder and keeper of student academic records. Records are maintained in compliance with federal privacy regulations (FERPA). The office is charged to help maintain NDNU’s academic integrity through effective communication of, adherence to, and administration of university policies. Services provided by the office include registration, degree audit, enrollment verification, and transcripts.
The Center for Spirituality engages students in a process that supports their spiritual development and illuminates the connection between spirituality and social change. Inspired by the Sisters of Notre Dame, the Center strives to create diverse opportunities for all members of the University community to tend to the holy in themselves, each other, and the world. The Center offers annual retreats, spiritual direction, immersion experiences and opportunities to participate in liturgy and spirituality workshops. The Center also works closely with the Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement, offering several collaborative, justice-oriented programs each year. A team of students and staff works together to support this vision.
The Student Conduct Coordinator manages the University’s student conduct system and its processes. This includes training hearing administrators and the Student Conduct Board, both of whom hear cases along with the coordinator of alleged violations of the student conduct code. The Coordinator also educates the campus community about the Student Conduct Code and the conduct process, and collaborates with other departments to deliver educational programs about life skills, alcohol and illicit drugs.