Notre Dame of Maryland University
|Notre Dame of Maryland University|
|Motto||Latin: Veritatem Prosequimur (We Pursue Truth)|
|Religious affiliation||School Sisters of Notre Dame (Catholic Church)|
|Endowment||US $31.3 million|
|Location||Baltimore, Maryland, USA|
|Campus||Urban, 58 acres|
|Colors||Royal Blue and White |
Notre Dame of Maryland University is an independent, Catholic-affiliated, liberal arts college located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It contains a Women's College and part-time coeducational degree programs for women and men.
- 1873: Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States.
- 1876: President Ulysses S. Grant attended commencement; his niece, Bessie Sharp, was a Notre Dame student.
- 1895: Originally called Notre Dame of Maryland Preparatory School and Collegiate Institute—today's equivalent of elementary and high schools—College of Notre Dame of Maryland was established as a four-year college in 1895.
- 1896: the school became the first four year Catholic College for Women in the United States.
- 1899: the college awarded the four-year baccalaureate degree to the members of the first graduating class.
- In 1975, the Weekend College was established to provide working adults, both women and men, the opportunity to attain a bachelor's degree.
- 1984: The Graduate Studies Program began offering master’s programs for the first time.[clarification needed]
- In 2003, Notre Dame offered the Accelerated College for working professionals. Towards this objective, it established partnerships with business and healthcare organizations in the area.
- In 2004, the first doctoral program was offered— a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations.
In the 2009-2010 academic year, the college's basketball season come to an abrupt end due to "injuries" after the first game of the season. The team returned to the court in 2010-2011 and recorded a 3-22 overall record and a 0-16 CSAC mark.
- In 2011, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland attained university status and changed its name to Notre Dame of Maryland University.
One of the first buildings, Gibbons Hall, opened in 1873 and became "Notre Dame of Maryland," which offered instruction to girls and young women. The University's Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation was originally designed by Ephraim Francis Baldwin and Josias Pennington and was restored in 2002 through a gift from Mac and Helen Marikle Passano '69 and their daughters. Fourier Hall is an example of Art Moderne architecture. Noyes Alumnae House, on the property at the time of its purchase by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, was built in 1850. Several buildings on the campus were designed by architect George Archer
The University shares a library with Loyola University Maryland. The Loyola/Notre Dame Library was built primarily on land primarily owned by Notre Dame of Maryland.  The Knott family, whose name is connected with multiple buildings on both campuses, has provided support for many years.
Some courses from the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies and College of Graduate Studies are offered at off-site locations, including: Anne Arundel Community College, College of Southern Maryland, Northeast Maryland Higher Education Center, Laurel College Center and Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.
Nearly 3,000 students take courses in degree granting programs:
- The Women’s College serves traditional-aged undergraduate women. The Women's College offers 29 undergraduate majors along with interdisciplinary minors, certificates and 5-year Bachelor of Arts(BA)/Master of Arts and BA/Master of Arts in Teaching programs.
- The Women's College features special and competitive programs such as the Morrissy Honors Program and Trailblazers, a support program for first-generation college students.
- Notre Dame has pre-professional programs, including pre-law, pre-medical and pre-pharmacy.
- The College of Adult Undergraduate Studies offers ten majors and features part-time flexible and accelerated schedules for working adults who are pursuing bachelor's degrees.
- The College of Graduate Studies provides coeducational weekend and evening classes in education, management, contemporary communication and nonprofit management, a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations, and a Doctor of Pharmacy.[clarification needed]
The college offers two noncredit programs:
- The English Language Institute provides instruction in English language and American culture for international students, professionals and visitors to the United States. The majority of these students are in their mid- to late twenties.
- The Renaissance Institute is a voluntary association of women and men age 50 and older who pursue study of a variety of topics on a not-for-credit basis. Courses have included: literature, public affairs, writing, history, philosophy, music, art, languages, t'ai chi, film, science, computers, travel, strength and balance, dance and acting.
Notre Dame has 1,254 undergraduate students and 1,647 graduate students, 140 of whom are enrolled in the School of Pharmacy.
- Notre Dame's athletic teams are members of the Division III (NCAA). Notre Dame of Maryland has eight NCAA women's sports: basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
- All sports but swimming joined the Colonial States Athletic Conference starting in the 2007-2008 academic year. Although the swim team does not compete within a conference, it participates in the yearly Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) swim championships.
- The 2009 season was the first the Notre Dame softball team competed in NCAA Division III.
- The University employs two full-time staff members (Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director) within the Athletic Department, while the remainder of its coaching staff are part-time, mainly seasonal employees. Although two coaches at the University have been coaching at the school for more than 20 years, head coaching turnover has been frequent over the past few seasons.
- Notre Dame of Maryland University's mascot is the "Gator." A redesigned Gator logo was unveiled in May 2010.
- In May 2009, Notre Dame student-athletes achieved 20 semesters in a row with a cumulative grade point average of above 3.0.
- Notre Dame athletics has a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which is represented by two student-athletes from each varsity sport at the college. The goals of the SAAC are to serve the student-athlete population while promoting a positive student-athlete image on campus.
- 1887 – (when Notre Dame was still a high school) Marta Cunningham, singer and philanthropist 
- 1940 – Brigadier General Elizabeth P. Hoisington, one of the first woman generals in the U.S. Army 
- 2003 – Jim Ireton, Mayor of Salisbury, Maryland
- The 2006 Disney film Step Up was filmed in part at Notre Dame.
- Parts of Fox's pilot for Reincarnation was filmed there
- Part of the film Clara's Heart (1988) was filmed at the Notre Dame aquatic center.
- As of February 4, 2013. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
- University website
- "George Archer 1848-1920". Baltimore Architeture. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
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