The first Catholic women’s college to award bachelor’s degrees, Notre Dame of Maryland University was founded in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. 


Baltimore, MarylanD, is at the heart of the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Located in a safe residential area of one of America’s most charming cities, Notre Dame is near Washington, DC; Philadelphia; and New York City. More than 120,000 college students live in the Baltimore area. Beaches, mountains, and a number of national and historical parks are close by.


Type of School: Independent Catholic liberal arts university; the Women’s College is a four-year undergraduate program for women. Notre Dame has additional programs for adult student populations of women and men.

Size of campus: 58 acres

Number of Students: Almost 500 full-time students in the Women’s College; total student body across all undergraduate and graduate programs is 2,600. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1.

Number of faculty: 7:1 undergraduate student-faculty ratio; 105 full-time faculty; 84% hold terminal degrees in their fields.

CollegeS, programs, and degrees: 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, ESOL, Secondary, Special Education); Engineering (dual-degree program); English (Creative Writing); Environmental Sustainability; History (Pre-museum Studies); International Business; International Studies (International Business, International Relations); 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); plus Pre-professional Programs in Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine

Geographic diversity: Women’s College students from 18 states and 14 foreign countries

International Student Services: Non-credit study in our English Language Institute, orientation, and academic and immigration counseling

International Student budget:
Tuition: $35,600
Room and Board: $11,850
Fees: $1,300
Additional Costs (estimate): 
(estimate): $54,750

Financial Aid: Institutional scholarships available

Test Score Requirements: TOEFL required in addition to all other Women’s College requirements for admission

Application Deadlines and fees:
Early Action: December 1
Priority scholarship: February 1
Application fee: $45

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, 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 has 27 majors, three five-year programs, and 28 minors that address and anticipate marketplace needs. With the ability to double-major or design your own course of study, the possibilities are limitless. Whatever major or career you decide, Notre Dame will help you excel. 

Our student body includes 500 women of different races and religions from across the United States and around 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.

Off campus, Baltimore’s museums, cultural sites, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and sporting events always provide something to do or see. Baltimore and nearby Washington, DC, provide great internship opportunities. Notre Dame’s Guaranteed Internship Program matches qualified students with possible employers such as T. Rowe Price, Discovery Communications, the Central Intelligence Agency, Stanley Black & Decker, Under Armour, and many more! 

“Educating leaders to transform the world”: it’s not a tagline—it’s the heart of our mission statement. Join a legacy of leadership, community, and transformation. Become a Notre Dame woman.