NDNU is a well-respected university that has drawn students from all over the world and served the needs of the Bay Area for over 160 years as both an educational institution and a community resource. It offers 37 undergraduate, graduate and credential programs.
NDNU’s School of Business and Management is ranked in the top ten Silicon Valley business schools by the San Jose Business Journal.
Since 2011, The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) admitted NDNU the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for reflecting the values of exemplary community service and achieving meaningful outcomes in its community.
NDNU’s students, faculty and staff provide more than 100,000 hours of community service projects each year primarily in San Mateo County – providing trained interns for counseling in rape-crisis centers, homeless shelters and retirement communities, tutors and teachers’ aides in schools and volunteers for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and Habitat for Humanity – to name just a few.
NDNU was named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list for 2014, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.
The school was chartered in 1868 as the first college in the state of California authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women.
With more than 25% of its student body self-identifying as Hispanic, NDNU is one of the few private not-for-profit Hispanic Serving Institutions in Northern California.
Notre Dame de Namur University was recognized as a Catholic College of Distinction for 2013. The universities that make the list excel in four areas: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes.
The Student/Faculty Ratio is 12:1 and more than 95% of NDNU’s professors hold doctorates.
NDNU’s athletic programs are in NCAA Division II and its championship men’s lacrosse team is one of only two in California.
NDNU's mascot, the Argonaut, is named in honor of Jason and the Argonauts, mythical brave explorers who searched for the Golden Fleece during ancient times.