Notre Dame College provides a career-focused liberal arts education, so students are prepared to be successful in their chosen fields; service learning and a values-based curriculum, so students get real-world work experience; and caring personal attention in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, so students develop as innovative spirits.
Founded as an all-women’s school in 1922 by the Sisters of Notre Dame, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. Notre Dame became coeducational in 2001 and since then, total enrollment has grown from 875 to nearly 1,400. But it has never lost sight of its focus on helping students succeed in school, contribute to their communities, deepen their respect for others and become good citizens for life.
Located in South Euclid, Ohio, the 48-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from downtown Cleveland and all the excitement and cultural wealth of the city, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cleveland Metroparks, several professional sports teams, and University Circle, one of the richest cultural, theatrical, entertainment, healthcare, and employment regions in the nation.
Today, Notre Dame College offers stimulating academics, personalized attention, small class sizes, NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics and active student life programs. A snapshot of the fall 2019 traditional Notre Dame student population shows: 45 percent female, 55 percent male; 47 percent traditional minority; 55 percent student-athletes; 58 percent live on campus; 81 percent of freshmen applicants are accepted for admission. Thirty-six percent of the students are the first in their family to attend college. This year’s student body represents 35 states and 21 countries.
With a strong foundation in the liberal arts, Notre Dame offers a wide variety of majors and programs delivered in ways that meet the needs for flexibility and convenience of today’s students. From the traditional on-campus course offerings and the rich student life experiences they provide, to online and evening classes for adults, veterans, part-time and degree-completion students, the needs of the student in a complex work, study and family environment are supported with the same personal attention for which the College has always been known.
The College offers majors in 32 disciplines and confers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in arts and humanities, business administration, education, nursing and science and mathematics. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. The full list of academic majors and programs is online at NotreDameCollege.edu/academics.
A signature program at Notre Dame is the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences (ASC), an advocacy program for students diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, or dyslexia, a group traditionally underserved in postsecondary education. Through the ASC, students have access to quality educational opportunities and support services necessary to be successful in the collegiate environment. The ASC has been recognized nationally by Milestones Autism Organization, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), and the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America. Additionally, the College’s Division of Education is endorsed by the IDA for its curriculum that prepares educators to teach reading to students who are dyslexic.
Notre Dame College launched The FirstGen Center in 2015, an innovative mentoring initiative designed to provide support to undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college. Nationwide, this represents a large number of students whose likelihood of making it to graduation is very low. The FirstGen Center’s comprehensive mentoring program aims to significantly boost graduation rates by providing resources, support services and a network of “first responders” to help students persist to graduation and successfully transition from college to career.
The Enterprise Development Center, EDC@NDC, also established in 2015, creates paid on-campus internship experiences for Notre Dame students in all majors and off-campus internship experiences working with local high- and low-tech startups and small businesses.
A comprehensive financial assistance program of more than $25 million assists more than 95 percent of all full-time students and includes: federal grants, federal work-study, and federal student loan programs; the State of Ohio’s College Opportunity Grant (OCOG); and Notre Dame College grants and scholarships.
Notre Dame College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Ohio Board of Regents.
Outside the Classroom
The College is a living community with a variety of clubs and organizations that enrich the overall student experience and offer leadership development and experience. Performing arts programs, social activities, intramurals and fitness, cultural and intellectual pursuits make sure every student has many opportunities to get involved.
Campus Ministry promotes the spiritual growth of the College community and facilitates community service and programs that provide students many opportunities to serve at local charities and national programs such as Habitat for Humanity.
The Career Services Center coordinates jobs and internships for students and interacts with faculty to create meaningful programs that link academics to the workplace. It further offers graduate school advising, résumé preparation assistance, interviewing and job search coaching, posting of positions available, and a resource library. On-campus recruiting opportunities attract scores of employers to the College to meet students firsthand.
The Notre Dame College Falcon athletic program offers 19 scholarship sports for men and women that compete in the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference. Among many athletic accolades of note, the 2019 football team was undefeated through the regular season and advanced to the NCAA DII national championship quarterfinals; wrestling won the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship; women’s golf won the 2014 MEC Tournament for the first time in program history; women’s soccer won the 2014 MEC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history; men’s soccer advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many years; and both the men’s and women’s Rugby teams qualified for the Final Four of the ACRA National Tournament, with the women’s winning the National Championship in 2015 and men’s in 2016.
Take your first step toward being part of this exciting college experience by calling 1-877-NDC-OHIO or going online at NotreDameCollege.edu to schedule a visit or fill out a free application for admission.