Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA is a Catholic, not-for-profit, co-educational institution serving 1,600 traditional aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. It is the third-oldest college in California and the first authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers more than 30 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley.
The university features small classes that average 17 students, personal attention, quality courses and instructors, and a range of majors. Professors at NDNU are not only gifted instructors, but they are also committed to advising and mentoring students through the college journey. Individual learning is a key feature of an NDNU education—the university strives to give students the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to successfully engage and expand their talents. NDNU’s location also offers learning opportunities through community engagement and internships that can’t be found elsewhere.
Notre Dame de Namur University embraces diversity of many kinds. Approximately three-quarters of incoming NDNU freshmen are the first in their family to attend college. Of current students, 34 percent identify themselves as Hispanic. More than half of NDNU undergraduates come from underrepresented populations. Among NDNU undergraduates, 95 percent receive some form of financial aid.
The campus is situated in Silicon Valley on the San Francisco Peninsula. The region is the heart of one of the country’s most exciting areas for professional growth and personal enrichment. The campus is located 30 minutes south of San Francisco, and just miles from California’s spectacular Pacific Coast with some of the most beautiful landscapes in North America. The San Francisco Bay Area is a world leader for innovation in technology, social change, culture, and cuisine. The university is ideally situated for students to enjoy the career, cultural, outdoor, and recreational opportunities of the region.