Mendoza Major Challenge 2017

Choices can be hard – everything is a tradeoff and there are many unknowns.  Popular dystopian societies take the decision making out of the hands of the youth:  Hogwarts uses the Sorting Hat to choose the perfect house for each student. The Capitol uses a random drawing to choose their Hunger Games tributes. An aptitude test decides the factions for 16-year olds in post-apocalyptic Chicago in Divergent.  It happens even earlier in The Giver where ‘assignments in the community’ are doled out to 11-year olds.  

But here at Notre Dame, these decisions are left up to you and, although it is a complicated process, you should be grateful for this opportunity.  Would you really rather have someone else, even someone who loves you, choose what you're going to study for the next two years?  It is without a doubt a big decision but fear not, there are a number of things you can do to help you make an informed, intentional choice and therein lies the purpose of the Mendoza Major Challenge (MMC)!

The MMC requires registration and has 3 parts – all of which must be completed to earn the incentives which include a preferential registration ticket* for the business class of your choosing for Fall 2017 and entry into a raffle for Mendoza branded merchandise such as portable chargers, baseball caps and long-sleeved t-shirts.

NOTE: The information noted here is from last year's challenge but we've left it up to give you an idea of what you can expect.  Details will be updated for Fall 2017 after classes resume.

REGISTRATION: First, please take 30 seconds to register so we know you're working on the Challenge and can send you useful updates and tips throughout the process.  Registration form

PART ONE: There are 4 tasks built into the eportfolio you created last spring.  Open it up at, select the Major Discernment tab across the top and select each task from the sidebar on the left under Get Started. Type your responses directly into your ePortfolio (be sure to Save and Publish). Keep in mind that the value of these exercises comes from actual exploration and reflection.  Students must follow the directions carefully and do a thoughtful job completing each task in order to earn the incentives.  To take a page out of Officer McCarthy's book: "Remember, students who phone it in are always disconnected!"

Important change: At the time we created the eportfolio template, there were only 5 majors.  You must include the new 6th major, Business Analytics (BAN), when you respond to the rank ordering task for Task Three (click here for additional course information as most of the BAN classes will not be in Class Search until Fall 2017). Dig deep and think specifically about what aspects of the intro courses or job prospects for each major do or do not appeal to you.  Additional information about each major can be found on the undergraduate website under Academics/Major Discernment/Resources.

PART TWO: Once you’ve completed all 4 tasks, schedule a 30 minute meeting with an Advisor or Peer Mentor to discuss your responses and get valuable insight, feedback and references to additional resources that may be helpful given your specific goals and plans.

  • Advisor meetings may be scheduled via your Student Dashboard (be sure to indicate MMC as your reason)
  • Use this link to schedule with an MSLA Senior Peer Mentor (link will go live in late January)
  • All meetings must be completed before February 24th (the last day to declare your major)

PART THREE: At any point in the process, attend a Sophomore Check Up with the Career Center Engage Team. Meetings can be scheduled through Go IRISH for dates between January 23rd – February 10th.  Find additional details on how to sign up here. The Career Center will provide a list to Alison Levey confirming all sophomores who completed this portion of the Challenge. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Failure to attend any scheduled meetings without sufficient notice may make you ineligible for the incentives. Spots are limited & time is valuable – be courteous of the professionals taking time to assist you and your fellow students.

*Preferential registration ticket = you pick the class, the time & the professor and we preregister you for the class before NOVO opens.



  • Last Updated August 22, 2017