Notre Dame of Maryland University

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Notre Dame of Maryland University
University logo
Motto Veritatem Prosequimur (Latin)
Motto in English We Pursue Truth
Established 1873
Type Private
Religious affiliation School Sisters of Notre Dame (Catholic Church)
Endowment $33.8 million[1]
Students 2901
Location Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Campus Urban, 58 acres (23 ha)
Colors Navy blue and White[2]
Athletics NCAA Division IIICSAC
Nickname Gators
Affiliations ACCU

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.[3]
  • 1876: President Ulysses S. Grant attended commencement;[citation needed] 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.[4]
  • 1899: the college awarded the four-year baccalaureate degree to the members of the first graduating class.[citation needed]
  • In 1975, the Weekend College was established to provide working adults, both women and men, the opportunity to attain a bachelor's degree.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • In 2004, the first doctoral program was offered— a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations.[citation needed]

All sports, except for softball, competed in the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference until the conference folded at the end of the 2006-2007 academic season.[citation needed]

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.[5] The team returned to the court in 2010-2011 and recorded a 3-22 overall record and a 0-16 CSAC mark.[6]

  • In 2011, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland attained university status and changed its name to Notre Dame of Maryland University.[7][8]


Notre Dame's campus is located in a residential Baltimore neighborhood and borders the Evergreen House of Johns Hopkins University and the campus of Loyola University Maryland.

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.[9] 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.[10] Several buildings on the campus were designed by architect George Archer[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

Academic programs[edit]

Nearly 3,000 students[citation needed] 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.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]

Notre Dame has 1,254 undergraduate students and 1,647 graduate students, 140 of whom are enrolled in the School of Pharmacy.[8]


  • 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.[citation needed]
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University's mascot is the "Gator." A redesigned Gator logo was unveiled in May 2010.[16]
  • In May 2009, Notre Dame student-athletes achieved 20 semesters in a row with a cumulative grade point average of above 3.0.[17]
  • Notre Dame athletics has a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC),[18] 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.

Notable alumni[edit]


  • The 2006 Disney film Step Up was filmed in part at Notre Dame.[20]
  • Parts of Fox's pilot for Reincarnation was filmed there[21]
  • Part of the film Clara's Heart (1988) was filmed at the Notre Dame aquatic center.[20]


  1. ^ As of February 14, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). 2013 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Notre Dame of Maryland - Fingertip Facts". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Our History · Notre Dame of Maryland University". 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Season's end 'heartbreaking' for College of Notre Dame - Baltimore Sun". 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Notre Dame of Maryland - 2013 Basketball Schedule". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  7. ^ University website
  8. ^ a b "College of Notre Dame becomes Notre Dame of Maryland University - Baltimore Business Journal". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ "The Council of Independent Colleges: Historic Campus Architecture Project". 1990-01-13. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  11. ^ "George Archer 1848-1920". Baltimore Architecture. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  12. ^ [3][dead link]
  13. ^ "Locations · Notre Dame of Maryland University". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  14. ^ "Majors and Minors · Notre Dame of Maryland University". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  15. ^ [4][dead link]
  16. ^ "Athletics · Notre Dame of Maryland University". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  17. ^ "Athletics · Notre Dame of Maryland University". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  18. ^ "Notre Dame of Maryland - Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  19. ^ Michael Robert Patterson. "Elizabeth P. Hoisington, Brigadier General, United States Army". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  20. ^ a b [5][dead link]
  21. ^ "All My Children News". Topix. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 

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