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Undergrad Profile

College is a time of transformation as you determine the best path for your future. You will seek truth, questioning everything as you learn and grow. Notre Dame of Maryland University will help you find the experiences you need to explore and pursue your academic and professional goals.

A university dedicated to liberal arts in the Catholic tradition, Notre Dame was founded in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and was the first Catholic women’s college to award bachelor’s degrees. Notre Dame educates a diverse community of scholars at the undergraduate and graduate levels, where we share the values embedded in our mission: personal and academic excellence, an inclusive community, service, and social responsibility. 

Notre Dame’s Women’s College offers
small classes, devoted faculty who care about your success, and a commitment to educating young women to be leaders. This rich and supportive environment will challenge you to excel and transform the world.

Notre Dame is comprised of four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy. We have 29 dynamic majors that address and anticipate marketplace needs, and with the ability to double-major or design your own course of study, the possibilities are limitless. You can also participate in one of our B.A./M.A.T. programs in Education or our B.A. in Business/ M.A. in Leadership and Management, or take part in our Chemistry/Pharm.D. 3-4 program, in which you complete an accelerated degree in chemistry before entering Notre Dame’s renowned School of Pharmacy. Whatever major or career you decide, Notre Dame will help you excel.

“Educating leaders to transform the world”: it’s not a tagline—it’s the heart of our mission statement. Our fearless graduates make a difference in their professional fields, their communities, and the world. We are a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. In 2013–2014 our community donated more than 104,000 hours of service, and many of our classes have a service learning component, so you will be able to start making an impact on the world from the day you step on campus.

Our student body includes 500 women of different races and religions from across the United States and the world. We offer a variety of clubs and organizations, honor and service societies, lectures, concerts, and movies to engage our students on campus. Each year, special events—Tree Trim, 100 Nights, Winterfest, Honors Convocation, and more—unite our community with traditions more than 100 years in the making.

Student-athletes participate in eight NCAA Division III sports: basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. We offer the unique opportunity to participate in multiple sports—soccer in the fall, lacrosse in the spring, for instance. In the 2014–2015 academic year, 40 of our student-athletes (the Gators) earned CSAC All-Academic Team honors. And the Gators’ excellence extends to sportsmanship as well. Exemplifying the excellence of a Notre Dame woman on and off the field, senior Marylu Ortiz (volleyball, basketball, softball) was named CSAC Woman of the Year in 2015, an award that recognizes academic achievement, athletic excellence, service, and leadership.


Our community doesn’t end at the edges of our beautiful 58-acre wooded campus. As a member of the Baltimore Collegetown Network, we’re connected to more than 120,000 students at 14 other institutions. Through the free Collegetown shuttle, those campuses and other points of interest in the city are only a short trip away.

Between Baltimore’s museums, cultural sites, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and sporting events, there’s always something to do or see. And our location also provides great internship opportunities. Notre Dame’s Guaranteed Internship Program matches qualified students with possible employers such as T. Rowe Price, Discovery Communications, Central Intelligence Agency, Stanley Black & Decker, Under Armour, and many more!

A great value
For four of the last six years, we’ve been designated as a “Great Schools, Great Price” institution in U.S.News & World Report’s list of colleges and universities offering a high-quality education at an affordable price.

We are committed to working with every student to create a personalized financial aid package. Through grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans, more than 90% of our students receive some sort of assistance. Our academic scholarships, achievement awards, and more than 100 endowed scholarships (for everything from academics to talents to service) help make a Notre Dame education a valuable investment in your future.

Transforming the world
Coming to Notre Dame will not only change your own life—it will also give you the opportunity to transform the lives of others. You may work with a local organization in a service learning class or build houses with Habitat for Humanity. You may mentor inner-city children or promote world peace in a country like Peru, Guatemala, or Kenya with funds from the Davis Projects for Peace, which Notre Dame students have been awarded every year since the prize was established. You may choose a career, such as teaching, nursing, or pharmacy, where you will help change people’s lives every day.

Consider how you will change your life and the lives of others. Join a legacy of leadership, community, and transformation. Become a Notre Dame woman. 


The Women’s College ADVANTAGE
Studies show that students attending women’s colleges are . . .
• more engaged in academics than their female counterparts at co-ed institutions;
• more likely to complete a degree in the sciences; and
• more likely to assume leadership positions during their careers.

Notre Dame of Maryland University, the distinguished—and only—women’s university in Maryland, provides a vibrant learning and cultural environment in which young women thrive.
• Notre Dame has prepared women for leadership since its establishment in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
• Notre Dame women live by our Honor Code, which guides decisions and promotes a high standard of integrity— values that inform all aspects of students’ lives.
• The pursuit of truth is at the core of learning across the curriculum and is demonstrated by the University’s historic motto: Veritatem Prosequimur (We pursue truth).
• Notre Dame is a liberal arts university, distinguished as a leader in academic programs such as education, biology,
nursing, business, communication arts, and psychology. The University is distinctive in its commitment to educate women in the sciences.

LOCATION: Baltimore, Maryland; 58-acre wooded campus in a secure, residential area

CHARACTER: Independent, Catholic, liberal arts university; established in 1895, Notre Dame of Maryland is in its second century of offering an education of quality and excellence. The Women’s College is a four-year undergraduate program for women. The College of Graduate Studies and College of Adult Undergraduate Studies provide educational experiences emphasizing professional and personal development for adult student populations of women and men.

ENROLLMENT: Over 500 full-time students in the Women’s College at Notre Dame; additionally, more than 2,200 full- and part-time students attend the College of Graduate Studies and College of Adult Undergraduate Studies.

STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 12:1; 126 full-time faculty; 84% hold terminal degrees in their fields.

• Art
- Art History
- Photography
- Pre-museum Studies
- Studio Art
• Behavioral Neuroscience
• Biology
• Business
- Accounting
• Chemistry
- Pre-professional
• Classical Studies
• Communication Arts
• Computer Information Systems
• Criminology
• Digital Media Arts
- Graphic Design
• Education
- Early Childhood
- Elementary
- Secondary
- Special Education
• Engineering (five-year dual-degree program)
• English
- Creative Writing
• Environmental Sustainability
• History
- Pre-museum Studies
• International Business
• International Studies
• Liberal Arts
• Marketing Communications
• Mathematics
• Modern Foreign Languages
- French
- Spanish

• Nursing
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
- International Relations
- Law and Civic Engagement
- Public Service
• Psychology
• Radiological Sciences
• Religious Studies
• Writing (as a second major)

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine

CURRICULUM PARTNERSHIPS: Students may cross-register for courses at six nearby colleges and universities, including the Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University in Maryland.

INTERNSHIPS: Notre Dame students have impressive résumés even before they graduate, thanks to a strong internship program. Students have interned at such sites as the Space Telescope Science Institute, National Institutes of Health, Discovery Channel, Under Armour, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, law firms, and radio and TV stations. More than 90% of students take part in experiential learning, including internships and study abroad. Through workshops, mentoring, and networking events, the First Impressions program prepares students to find and land that first job after college.

SPECIAL FACILITIES: Academic building houses state-of-the-art labs for nursing, award-winning library, computer center open seven days per week, graphics and fine arts studios, two exhibition art galleries, television and radio production studios, student-run radio station, planetarium, the Marion Burk Knott Sports and Activities Complex, and the Sister Kathleen Feeley International Center, which houses the English Language Institute and the Office of International Programs.

TUITION/ROOM AND BOARD (2015–2016): $32,548 tuition; $10,930 room and board; $1,122 consolidated fee; several tuition payment options are available.

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS: Notre Dame of Maryland University has a long-standing commitment to making a Notre Dame education possible for every student who applies. Financial aid packages typically consist of loans, scholarships, grants, and on-campus employment.

SPORTS AND FITNESS: Our 44,000-sq. ft. sports and activities complex is headquarters for eight NCAA Division III varsity teams: basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. It also houses racquetball courts, a dance studio, training and group fitness classes, an indoor walking track, and a brand-new, fully equipped fitness center.