Conversations that matter

The Moreau First Year Experience (FYE) course fosters your personal development by asking central human questions and discussing important contemporary topics that lead to having meaningful conversations that matter.

Animated by Notre Dame’s vision of Catholic education, the course believes that personal development is pursued in the context of community in which diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds converge to heal, unify, enlighten, and transform the world. Through the gifts of each person, you are invited to engage with practices of defining, discerning, and developing a vision of a life well-lived.


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Blessed Basil Moreau

"We shall always place education side by side with instruction. The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart."

Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C.Circular Letters, 1849


Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founded the Congregation of Holy Cross - the religious community that founded the University of Notre Dame. Inspired by its namesake, the Moreau First Year Experience course encourages you to continuously recognize, re-encounter, and re-respond to the invitation of personal development throughout your distinct Catholic, liberal arts undergraduate educational experience and the rest of your life.


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