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Notre Dame of Maryland University

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Notre Dame of Maryland University (formerly College of Notre Dame of Maryland)
University logo
Motto "Veritatem Prosequimur" (Latin)
Motto in English
We Pursue Truth
Established 1873/1895
Type Private
Affiliation School Sisters of Notre Dame (Catholic Church)
Endowment $33.8 million[1]
Students 2901
Location Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Colors Navy blue and White[2]
Athletics NCAA Division IIICSAC
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Affiliations ACCU

Notre Dame of Maryland University is an independent, Catholic-affiliated, liberal arts college located within the Archdiocese of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It contains a Women's College and part-time coeducational degree programs for women and men.


The Roman Catholic academic/educational religious order of the School Sisters of Notre Dame founded the school in 1873. It originally established and named the "Notre Dame of Maryland Preparatory School and Collegiate Institute". The N.D.M.U. now is one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States.[3]

Originally called "Notre Dame of Maryland Preparatory School and Collegiate Institute" since its founding in 1873, (today's equivalent of elementary, middle, and high schools) — the College of Notre Dame of Maryland was raised to the level of a four-year college for under-graduates in 1895. The lower preparatory school moved from CND's North Charles Street location to its current campus further north in suburban Baltimore County at the county seat of Towson in 1960, and is now known as "Notre Dame Preparatory School (or "Notre Dame Prep" for short).[citation needed]

In 1896 the School became the first four-year Catholic College for Women in the United States.[4]

In 2011, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland attained university status with the addition of several graduate-level programs and changed its name to the "Notre Dame of Maryland University".[5][6]


Notre Dame of Maryland's campus is located on the main commercial/business and cultural street leading north to the formerly rural, now suburban Baltimore County from downtown Baltimore to the northern reaches of the City, North Charles Street. N.D.M. is situated between the wealthy residential neighborhoods from the early 20th Century of Homeland and Guilford, just north of the cross-town, Cold Spring Lane, and adjacent to the "Evergreen" campus of Loyola University Maryland (formerly Loyola College) to the south (occupied since 1922). It borders to the south, the historic landmark Greek Revival styled mansion of the Garrett family.

Adjacent to the Montrose House (1850) on the original property site purchased by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, one of the first buildings, "Gibbons Hall", was constructed in an "L-shaped" structure. It surmounted by its landmark white wooden tower, and opened in 1873 and became the landmark site symbolizing "Notre Dame of Maryland," which offered instruction to girls and young women. Gibbons Hall was named for the then incumbent Archbishop of Baltimore and second American Cardinal of the Church, James Gibbons.

The University's Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation was originally designed by notable architects Ephraim Francis Baldwin and Josias Pennington. It was restored in 2002.[7] Fourier Hall is an example of Art Moderne architecture. The renamed "Noyes Alumnae House", which was the former Montrose estate of a red brick Greek Revival style of architecture was built in 1850,[clarification needed] on the southwest corner of the campus.[8] Several buildings on the campus were designed by architect George Archer[9]

The University shares a library with the neighboring Loyola University Maryland. The Loyola/Notre Dame Library was built primarily in a valley on land primarily owned by Notre Dame of Maryland and located between the two Roman Catholic campuses, with a road access to the east to York Road (Maryland Route 45) and the Govans community.[10]

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.[11]

Academic programs

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.[12]
  • 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.[13]
  • 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.[6]


  • Notre Dame of Maryland University's mascot is the "Gator." A redesigned "Gator" logo for the University and its athletic teams was unveiled in May 2010.[14]
  • In May 2009, Notre Dame student-athletes achieved 20 semesters in a row with a cumulative grade point average of above 3.0.[15]
  • Notre Dame athletics has a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC),[16] 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


  • The 2006 Walt Disney film "Step Up" was filmed in part on the Notre Dame of Maryland campus.[23]
  • Parts of the Fox Network's pilot for "Reincarnation" was filmed there[24]
  • Part of the film "Clara's Heart" (1988) was filmed at the Notre Dame of Maryland University's new aquatic center.[23]

See also


  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. ^ "About". Notre Dame of Maryland University. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "College of Notre Dame becomes Notre Dame of Maryland University - Baltimore Business Journal". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "The Council of Independent Colleges: Historic Campus Architecture Project". 1990-01-13. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  9. ^ "George Archer 1848-1920". Baltimore Architecture. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  10. ^ [3][dead link]
  11. ^ "Locations · Notre Dame of Maryland University". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  12. ^ "Majors and Minors · Notre Dame of Maryland University". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  13. ^ [4][dead link]
  14. ^ "Athletics · Notre Dame of Maryland University". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  15. ^ "Athletics · Notre Dame of Maryland University". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  16. ^ "Notre Dame of Maryland - Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  17. ^ "Frances Benjamin Johnston - Biographical Overview and Chronology". Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  18. ^ World eBook Library. "Marta Cunningham". Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  19. ^ Michael Robert Patterson. "Elizabeth P. Hoisington, Brigadier General, United States Army". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  20. ^ a b "Notable Alumnae & Alumni". Notre Dame of Maryland University. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Judge Marvel". Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "Fearless Notre Dame Women". Notre Dame of Maryland University. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  23. ^ a b [5][dead link]
  24. ^ "All My Children News". Topix. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 

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