Information for Prospective Student-Athletes

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Academic Counselors

Team Orientation

Each academic counselor conducts an orientation meeting with his or her teams to familiarize student-athletes with the University and the demands of being a student-athlete. Orientation meetings with student-athletes include: 

  • Philosophy, practices, and resources of ASSA and Notre Dame
  • Academic expectations
  • University Honor Code
  • Classroom protocol
  • Services available to improve study skills and time management techniques

Meetings with Counselors

Counselors hold regular meetings with student-athletes to:

  • Continue to educate student-athletes about our office and the University as a whole
  • Assess transition from high school, adjustment, progress, and overall academic, personal, and social well-being
  • Provide ancillary help with course selection and registration for upper-class students
  • Monitor academic performance and track progress towards degree completion
  • Refer students to appropriate faculty, college advisors, and academic departments


Counselors in ASSA communicate regularly with many people on campus in an effort to provide support for student-athletes. This includes regular communication with:

  • Faculty: Information is routinely solicited from faculty regarding students' progress in their classes. This feedback is discussed with the student-athletes and appropriate changes are made as needed. Counselors communicate with faculty and encourage student-athletes to do the same regularly.
  • Departmental Academic Advisors and Assistant Deans: After student-athletes have met with advisors in their departments, Academic Services provides ancillary assistance in course selection and academic plans. Counselors monitor each student-athlete's academic profile, including grade histories, graduation progress charts, and NCAA eligibility status.
  • Coaches: Counselors keep them informed of student-athletes' academic performance. Coaches play an important role in supporting Academic Services' pursuit to maintain a scholarly culture on each athletic team at Notre Dame.

Transition Program

During the first semester of Freshman Year, all scholarship student-athletes will participate in a mandatory academic Transition Program. The central goal of this program is to help ensure that each student-athlete has a successful start to their collegiate career. By focusing on the importance of a consistent approach, ASSA hopes this experience will reinforce a set of habits (punctuality, organization, good time management and the capacity to focus) that will help each participant successfully balance the demands inherent to being a student-athlete at Notre Dame. While the environment is closely supervised by ASSA Academic Counselors, the outcome is designed to cultivate growth and ultimately, academic independence.


The tutoring program, under the direction of the Tutor Coordinator, provides flexible and comprehensive content tutoring to all student-athletes. A supplement to class time and faculty assistance, tutoring is an opportunity for student-athletes to more fully master class content. Tutors are either undergraduate or graduate students who have been recommended by professors. The Tutor Coordinator assigns a specific tutor to each student-athlete who submits a request through his or her counselor. The vast number of tutors available allows student-athletes to schedule tutoring sessions with the assigned tutor at times that fit individual schedules. Tutoring sessions can take place at any time from 8:00 A.M. until midnight. The tutoring program is not intended to take the place of attending class and working with professors; tutoring provides an opportunity for students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of course material.