Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a private, catholic university located in Silicon Valley. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the university cherishes the catholic principles and is committed to the core values of Community, Diversity, Excellence, Goodness, Integrity, Justice, Learning, and Service. Students not only have the opportunity to gain professional knowledge, they are also taught to be better citizens of the community.
The goal of NDNU is to provide the students with an excellent education as well as serve the community. Along with the professional education, the university strives to give the students a learning experience that embrace community engagement, social justice, and global peace. With its diverse and inclusive culture, it encourages the students to consciously apply these values.
NDNU is located in Belmont in Silicon Valley, approximately 30 miles from downtown San Francisco. The university has various options for housing. Students wishing to live on-campus have the choice of living in a traditional residence hall, a suite, or an apartment. Those with specific interests can choose to live on themed floors such as music and performing arts and adventure recreation. Women’s floors are also available for women who are more comfortable with an all-female environment. Abundant off-campus housing is also available.
Notre Dame de Namur offers 21 undergraduate degrees, 14 Masters’ programs, one Doctoral program, and four teaching credentials within the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Management, and Education and Leadership. It also offers two online graduate programs. In fall of 2013, 2030 students were enrolled from 28 states and 23 countries and an equivalent of 123 full-time faculty members were employed. With an average class size of 16, students can receive more individual attention than in larger universities.
NDNU is part of Division II of the NCAA in the Pacific West Conference. Basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, and soccer are available for men and the women can compete in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. All students are also encouraged to participate in the many intramural programs.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Annual tuition for NDNU is $31,422 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Financial aid is available for qualified students. Students with high financial need can also be a part of the Bonner Leadership Program, which offers up to $10,000 in financial aid in exchange for a minimum of 300 hours of working to serve the community.
NDNU is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Acceptance to Notre Dame de Namur is based on a candidate’s entire file. Along with the application, SAT or ACT scores, high school transcript, a personal statement essay and one letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher are required. There is no set deadline for general admissions, but early action and priority admissions are subject to the following deadlines:
• Fall Freshman Early Action and merit-based scholarships: December 1
• Fall Freshman Priority: February 1
• Spring Priority: November 15
The admissions office can be contacted at the following:
Notre Dame de Namur University
Office of Admissions
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002
Phone: 1-800-263-0545 or 650-508-3600
Web Address: www.ndnu.edu/admissions