College of Notre Dame of Maryland

Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011
This was posted in Universities in Maryland

Notre Dame’s rich history is alive as today’s students celebrate the same traditions introduced generations ago. Each spring, as dusk falls, the sophomores walk across campus, carrying lanterns and singing a song for the seniors. The entire campus community gathers every February to celebrate Notre Dame Day. One hundred nights before their graduation, the seniors come together to reflect on their experience and look forward to commencement. Each day Notre Dame students can sense that history as they walk the elegant hallways and stately staircases of Gibbons and Theresa halls.

The source of this progressive vision comes from our founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), who, more than a century ago, dedicated themselves to a single goal—educating women as leaders to transform the world.  This commitment took root in 1873 when College of Notre Dame of Maryland opened its doors, the first Catholic college for women in America to award a four-year baccalaureate degree.

College of Notre Dame of Maryland was established as a four-year college in 1895. In 1899, Notre Dame became the first Catholic college for women in the United States to award the four-year baccalaureate degree to the members of the first graduating class. The School Sisters of Notre Dame remain the sponsoring congregation of the College, which follows the motto, Veritatem Prosequimur (We Pursue Truth).

College of Notre Dame of Maryland educates women as leaders to transform the world. mbracing the vision of the founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the College provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. Distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs challenge women and men to strive for intellectual and professional excellence, to build inclusive communities, to engage in service to others and to promote social responsibility.

The Loyola/Notre Dame Library was the first library facility in the country to be owned jointly by two independent institutions. Students from both campuses share the Library, which ranks nationally with other libraries supporting women’s colleges. The mission of the Library is to provide the information services and resources that support the academic programs of the colleges it serves. Information about the Library’s many offerings and links to over 100 electronic resources are available through the Library’s website.

Courses offered

Undergraduate Programs

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Biology/Psychology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication Arts
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Digital Media Arts
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology & Sociology
  • Radiological Sciences
  • Religious Studies

Graduate programs

  • Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations
  • Master of Arts in Contemporary Communication
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Leadership and Management
  • Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Accelerated Certification for Teaching
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Education (CASE) (Educational Specialist)
  • operationTEACH
  • Post Degree Certificates (Curriculum & Instruction; Latin; Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations)

Contact Details
College of Notre Dame of Maryland
4701 North Charles Street,
Baltimore, Maryland 21210
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