Page 1

YOUR EXPLORATION BEGINS HERE! Living on Campus.......................4 Academic Programs.................. 8 Athletics........................................16 Transferring to NDNU.............18 Financial Aid.............................. 20 How to Apply/Deadlines.... 22 Visit NDNU................................. 23



Why NDNU? Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a smaller, Catholic, not-forprofit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the university is fully accredited and offers over 30 undergraduate, graduate, and teacher credential programs.

UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS Accounting (BS) Art (BA, BFA) Art and Graphic Design (BA) Biological Sciences (BS) Business Administration (BS)

What you can expect from an NDNU education:

Communication (BA)

• Smaller class sizes

Computer and Information Science (BS)

• Personal attention

English (BA)

• Quality courses and instructors

Health Sciences (BS)

• Wide range of majors to choose from

History (BA)

• Great location in San Francisco Bay Area

Human Services (BS) (Evening)

GRADUATE PROGRAMS Art Therapy (MA, PhD) Business Administration (MBA) Clinical Psychology (MS) MFT, LPCC options Education (MA) Marriage and Family Therapy (MA) Public Administration (MPA) School Administration (MA) Special Education (MA) TESOL (MA) online

Kinesiology (BS)

Administrative Services

Liberal Arts (BA) (Evening)

Special Education

Liberal Studies (BA)

Multiple Subject

Musical Performance (BFA)

Single Subject

Political Science (BA)


Psychology (BA)








• Synthesis of liberal arts, professionally oriented learning, and core values


Teaching Credentials


Interdisciplinary Studies


• Community engagement and attractive internship opportunities

Sociology (BA) Undergraduate Minors Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Community and Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Mathematics, Philosophy, Pre-Law, Religious Studies, Spanish Studies (Most majors are also offered as minors.)



Most freshmen and sophomores live on campus. It’s convenient and fun, plus it gives you the experience of living with roommates and within a community.

We offer: •R  esidence halls, suites, and on-campus apartments •G  reat food at the Bon Appétit café, including organic and local fare • F un activities on campus, including socials, music, festivals, and more •O  rganizations and clubs spanning academic, cultural, sports, social, and community interests • Off-campus activities • Virtual gaming at the new VR Lab


CAMPUS ACTIVITIES Local bands Outdoor activities Community outreach Theatre productions Winter formal Intramural sports Chocolate Fest Sporting events Music and concerts Welcome Week

Few other regions in the country have so much to offer within a relatively small geographic area as the San Francisco Bay Area — and NDNU is conveniently located right in the middle of it all in Silicon Valley. From San Francisco to San Jose, and from the East Bay to the Pacific Ocean, you’ll have access to the best cultural, outdoor, recreational, and technological opportunities anywhere. Cultural Activities

Technology Hub

• Concerts • Music Events • Theatre • Art Museums

The Bay Area is home to technology, biotech, digital, and green companies that are changing the world and the way we live.

Outdoor Activities • • • •

Hiking • Cycling • Skiing • Beaches •

Surfing Mountain Biking Kayaking Running

Getting Around

Sports and Recreation


San Francisco 49ers San Francisco Giants Oakland Athletics Golden State Warriors San Jose Sharks Napa and Sonoma Valleys Culinary innovation Monterey Bay Aquarium Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Annual festivals Competitive races

• Air: NDNU is conveniently located within 30 minutes of three international airports.

• C  altrain: Ten minute walk to the Belmont Caltrain or bus stations for quick access to San Francisco, San Jose, or points in between.

• Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): Trains and buses provide connections on both sides of San Francisco Bay. 5

Undecided? Not a Problem!

CHART YOUR COURSE More Than a Number You will be matched with an advisor who will meet with you regularly to provide counseling on academic options and help you schedule courses so that you can complete your degree on time. Faculty mentors and Career Services offer career guidance and job leads.

Learning Experiences and Internships NDNU offers off-site learning and internships that allow you to explore career opportunities within your area of study before you graduate. Through an internship, you can apply “real world” experience to your classroom learning. An internship will help you better define and target your career goals, as well as make you a stronger candidate for employment after graduation. Most majors require an internship, a capstone project, senior seminar, or a senior project.

Average time for NDNU grads to complete their degree is 6

4.1 years

Don’t worry if you haven’t chosen a major. You can begin exploring as soon as you arrive on campus. We’ll help you find a program that fits your goals and interests. Once you choose, you are not limited to one program —you can double major or minor in subjects from different NDNU departments.


Career Services





Total full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty



Support Services




CAREER SERVICES NDNU Career Services offers tools and resources to support your learning experiences and career exploration. We can help you discover your unique gifts and design your future through career counseling, information resources, and on-campus events. You can find job and internship listings, reference materials, and a friendly staff dedicated to helping you discover your future!

SOME NDNU INTERNSHIPS: • Broadway By The Bay • City of Belmont • County of San Mateo Human Services • EA Sports • Enterprise Rent-A-Car • Fisher Investments • Gatepath • Genentech • KOFY TV • Palo Alto Medical Foundation • Wells Fargo Bank • VISA International 7


Create and Inspire

Notre Dame de Namur’s intimate learning environment supports a well-rounded experience more personalized than larger universities.

The Art Programs at NDNU will help you develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for creativity through studio courses in graphic design, typography, print production, and design fundamentals, as well as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. The English Department provides students with a broad intellectual foundation in literature and culture while strengthening their abilities to express ideas in clear, accurate prose. Students pursuing Musical Performance have opportunities to work in front of an audience or behind the scenes through internships and performances with top local professionals. Small classes in an intimate environment assure individual mentorship by dedicated instructors. Undergraduate Majors • • • •

Art (BA, BFA) Art and Graphic Design (BA) English (BA) Musical Performance (BFA)


1,700 Total students


Undergraduates (Day and Evening) 66% FEMALE | 34% MALE


Graduate students 79% FEMALE | 21% MALE


States represented


Countries represented

Minors: Religious Studies, Spanish Studies 8

*Fall 2016

Are you intrigued by natural phenomena? Fascinated by the advances of biotechnology? Looking for High Touch and High Tech? You’ll gain an appreciation for all forms of life while becoming an inquiring, insightful, critical thinker, and a successful professional. Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, and Kinesiology programs build a strong foundation for graduate studies; professional schools in allied health, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine; and for careers in biotechnology, coaching, physical therapy, or teaching. The Computer and Information Science program emphasizes the latest software engineering approaches to internet, software, networking applications, and management information systems. Capstone projects launch students into a range of jobs and graduate studies. College degrees and jobs in science, technology, and health are popular choices. The careers aren’t just exciting, they’re growing as well — with a projected increase in employment of 17% from 2000–2018. Undergraduate Majors • Biological Sciences (BS) • Computer Science (BS)

• Health Sciences (BS) • Kinesiology (BS)

Minors: B  iology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Justice, Mathematics

NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES DID YOU KNOW? Women with STEM jobs earn 33% more than women in non-STEM jobs, and the gap in earnings between men and women in STEM jobs is less than in other fields.

Graduate Degrees and Certificates • Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certificate




Our strong behavioral and social science programs allow you to explore topics on a deep level, and put theory into practice through hands-on learning.

History and political science students gain a broad understanding of political, economic, social, and intellectual issues while developing analytical, organizational, research, and writing skills. Sociology students learn how the theory and methods of sociology can lead to positive involvement in the local community and the world around us. At NDNU, students combine real-world community engagement experience with social scientific thinking. Students pursuing psychology gain in-depth understanding of the field, including cognitive, social, developmental, and abnormal psychology. NDNU is also the first university in the nation to offer an Art Therapy PhD. Undergraduate Majors


• History (BA) • Psychology (BA)

Last year, NDNU students volunteered over

125 , 000 community service hours.

• Political Science (BA) • Sociology (BA)

Minors: Pre-Law, Community and Criminal Justice Graduate Degrees and Certificates • Art Therapy (MA, PhD) • Clinical Psychology (MS) MFT, LPCC options • Marriage and Family Therapy (MA)


Adam, Biological Sciences ‘17

“The one-to-one attention you get with the professors is very important. Some of my professors were also my advisors, so I would have long talks with them about my future after college. I thought about going into a master’s program, looking into different areas and options. They guided me to what I wanted to do—and were really open—taking the time to listen to me. My professors truly helped mold me into the person I am today.”


7% 16 % African-American

Asian-American/ Pacific Islander

23% 40% 5% 1% 8% Caucasian



Native American



Innovate and Lead The School of Business and Management (SBM) prepares students with useful professional-level competency, grounded in the NDNU hallmarks and our rich heritage of innovation, achievement, and promotion of diversity. SBM degree programs mirror the fast pace and global reach of today’s business environment. Our students work closely in small class sizes with dedicated faculty who bring extensive industry experience. All majors require an internship. Corporate and Organizational Partnerships

Honor Societies

Founded in 1913, the international honors society Delta Mu Delta recognizes academic excellence in business administration. It offers an invitation to become lifelong members to the SBM students who rank in the top 20% of their class. Founded in 1988, National Communication Association’s Lambda Pi Eta recognizes academic excellence in communications students, and honors SBM students who rank in the top 35% of their class and maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher. 12

At NDNU, you will put learning into practice and build important relationships. Our advantageous location in Silicon Valley gives you opportunities for internships with leading companies such as Oracle, Facebook, Genentech, Apple, and Google. Network with faculty and alumni and build contacts that will last your entire career. Guest speakers, such as high-tech marketing specialist Guy Kawasaki, visit the campus throughout the year. Undergraduate Majors

Graduate Degrees

• • • •

• Business Administration (MBA)*T • Public Administration (MPA)*

Accounting (BS) Business Administration (BS) Communication (BA) Human Services (BS) (Evening)

* Online program option available T

Offered on Tracy campus

Minors: All majors are available as minors Optional Tracks (Business Administration) • Accounting • Entrepreneurship • Economics • International Business

• Management • Marketing

Brandon, Communication Major ‘17

“My last year at NDNU I worked as the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality


coordinator and showed students the endless possibilities from designing clothes or art to going on a virtual tour through the circulatory system of the human body. I also helped to build the VIVE room that VIRTUAL REALITY LAB

allows the user to move in 3D space and

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) 3D Virtual Learning Lab, housed in the university’s Student Success Center, features some of the world’s most advanced learning technologies. These include virtual reality headsets and handsets by Oculus Rift and VIVE, mixed reality using zSpace specialized computers, holographic computing with the Microsoft HoloLens, and Double Robotics and Swivl telepresence robots.

use motion-tracked handheld controllers to interact with the environment. At NDNU, I got this exciting opportunity to explore and experiment.”

Accreditation — ACBSP In addition to our overall university accreditation, the School of Business and Management holds a specific accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) that certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the SBM meet their rigorous educational standards. 13


The Education Program at Notre Dame de Namur University has earned a reputation for excellence in teacher education. California school districts contact the university’s Education Department regularly to seek interns because NDNU offers one of the most highly respected programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Liberal Studies Liberal Studies brings together courses from across NDNU’s many departments to provide a breadth of knowledge that serves as a strong foundation for teaching at the elementary school level or other fields. Students also focus on one area to gain depth of knowledge. Those who plan to teach have multiple options to earn their bachelor’s degree and teaching credential (see sidebar). One of the distinctions of NDNU’s Liberal Studies program is that students gain valuable teaching experience from the start. Earn your credential in special education, administrative services, a single subject, or multiple subjects. Undergraduate Major • Liberal Studies (BA) Traditional • Integrated Liberal Studies and Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential • Integrated Biological Science and Preliminary Single Subject Science Credential (Anticipated fall 2018)

Finish your degree sooner. The updated Integrated Liberal Studies teacher preparation program now offers students an option to complete:

• BA + credential in four years • BA + credential + MA in five years

This saves an additional year or two of classes and offers first-year students an opportunity to gain experience in the field right away.

Graduate Degrees and Credentials • Teacher Education Credentials • Education (MA) – Administrative Services – Single Subject • TESOL (MA) online NEW – Multiple Subject – Special Education • School Administration (MA) • Special Education (MA)

Moriah, Integrated Liberal Studies Major ‘18


“I am in the integrated Liberal Studies program, so I will be getting my degree and credential in four years. It can take up to six years at many institutions to earn your BA and credential, so being able to get those in four is amazing. It definitely cuts down time and is saving me money by not spending additional years going to school. My experiences here have increased my communications skills significantly, which will help me to be a better teacher.”

Did you know? NDNU teacher preparation programs have produced over 4,000 highly qualified teachers who now serve throughout California and around the world.

Accreditations WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) California Commission on Teacher Credentialing American Art Therapy Association 15



NDNU teams compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Pacific West Conference, capturing conference championships and earning national rankings. Individual athletes also win local, regional, and national awards.



Basketball Cross Country Golf Lacrosse Soccer Track and Field

Basketball Cross Country Soccer Softball Track and Field Volleyball

NDNU students can spend a summer, semester, or year abroad. Students have attended programs all over the world and receive credits towards graduation:

Fiji Australia China Africa Italy England Spain Ireland France Mexico Semester at Sea SLOVAKIA



Bette, Art and Psychology, Double Major ‘15

“I grew exponentially as an artist and found my career path


as a future psychologist. Creativity and discussion were encouraged in the classroom. I chose NDNU because I wanted to go to a small private school in the Bay Area, and NDNU worked with me to get the financial aid package I needed. NDNU really cares. It’s amazing the lengths they will go to ensure success at the school. Since I graduated I spent a year volunteering in Africa.”

The Sister Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement The Sister Dorothy Stang Center is the hub for community engagement activities on the NDNU campus. Founded on the legacy of Sister Dorothy Stang, SND, who advocated for the poor and for land rights in rural Brazil, the center seeks to serve where Dorothy left off and work as an agent for positive social change. The center provides opportunities for the NDNU community to become aware of social and environmental issues, and to be directly involved in making a difference through community engagement.

NDNU has consistently been awarded the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which requires meeting strict standards in a highly competitive process, and is awarded to less than 8% of U.S. institutions. 17

TRANSFERRING MADE SIMPLE No minimum units or associate degree required While you explore options for finishing your degree, see how NDNU can help you to transfer on your terms. Start when you’re ready, spring or fall. Transfer in with any number of units No IGETC required Transfer up to 78 lower division units, most upper division units, and AP and CLEP exam credits Register for early for classes Personal advising to get the classes you need to graduate on time Transfer scholarships available up to $11,000 Transfer students make up about 40% of the incoming undergraduate class so you will be in good company. NDNU has transfer agreements with many community colleges, and we can help you plan and evaluate your courses before and during the transfer process. Contact admissions to get more information or request a transfer credit evaluation. 18

JAY English and Theater ’17

“My first year of community college I wanted to transfer, but I didn’t think I had enough credits to apply anywhere. NDNU made it a simple process to figure out how I could transfer. They really believed in me and gave me a chance. They offered me a generous financial aid package which really inspired me to do well. I went from a 2.80 to 3.97 GPA. The community is much smaller than the college I was at and I felt really welcomed. You get to know your professors. They are there to help you. They want you to succeed. I was encouraged to do a double major and I still graduated on time. I’m starting a master’s program, and then maybe a PhD.”

Doors Opened! NDNU Alumni Today

Bachelor’s in Business Administration ‘06


“As a first-generation Latina, attending a small college with a supportive and family atmosphere was important to me. I was encouraged

Notre Dame de Namur University is proud

to explore inside and outside the

to support our alumni and help them stay

classroom by NDNU professors who

connected. We have over 13,000 strong,

continue to be supportive. After

dynamic, high-achieving alumni around the

graduating and pursuing my MPA,

world, advancing new research, starting

I moved to DC to work on education

new companies, teaching, and making their

policy. Most recently, I had the honor of

mark across a spectrum of professions in

being part of the Obama administration,

business, the arts, the sciences, and public

serving as a policy advisor at the U.S.

service. Our alumni serve as valuable

Department of Education.”

resources to one another long after they graduate. Once an Argonaut, always an Argonaut. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations strengthens relationships, and connects and engages alumni through service, leadership, advocacy, and philanthropy.

Where do our alumni work? t t t t t

Apple Elephant Media Google Kaiser Permanente Oakland Raiders

t t t t t t

Oracle L  ucile Packard Children’s Hospital PG&E  an Carlos School District S U.S. Navy VISA International



More than 95% of NDNU undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.


Our funding sources include: • • • •

Federal and state grants NDNU grants and scholarships Federal student and parent loans Federal work-study assistance

College is a significant investment, and we can help. We are committed to find ways to assist every student and family to finance their NDNU college education. Entering freshmen and transfer students are considered for a variety of institutional scholarships up to $26,000. To estimate your award amount or for more information, go to Need-Based Financial Aid Need-based financial aid is available to United States citizens, permanent residents, and nonresidents. Financial need is not a factor in our admissions decisions ­­— we review financial information only after you have been admitted to NDNU. A financial aid package may contain:


• • • • •

Federal and state grants N  DNU grants and scholarships L ow-interest federal student loans and parent loans F ederal work-study assistance F ree financial education services for money and loan management (SAL T)



Academic Scholarships NDNU has partnered with RaiseMe so you can easily earn scholarships worth hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars for each of your achievements. In addition to NDNU scholarship opportunities, and through RaiseMe, you can earn more towards financing your college education. Take advantage and join to earn more money.

These awards are based on academic achievement, test scores, activities, demonstrated leadership, and community service. Entering freshmen and transfers are eligible to compete for a range of scholarships:

Scholarships Ralston Presidential Scholarships $26,000 Provost Scholarships $16,000 Belmont Scholarships Freshmen: Up to $16,000, Transfers: Up to $11,000 Varies Emerging Artist Talent Scholarships Varies Athletic Scholarships Varies International Student Scholarships

Visit to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Enter the NDNU code #001179.

Tuition 2017 –2018 Annual Undergraduate Tuition: $33,926 Annual Room and Board: $13,656 (est.)


For information regarding the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) disclosures for NDNU, please go to 21


How to Apply First-Year Students

Transfer Students

• • • •

• Start spring or fall • No associate degree is required • Provide transcripts from all colleges and universities attended • If less than 30 units please submit: – SAT or ACT scores – High school transcripts

Application and essay High school transcript ACT or SAT scores Recommendation letter

We award NDNU credit for: • Advanced Placement (AP) • International Baccalaureate (IB) program • Middle College, Running Start, plus most college-level courses

For more information for transfers, visit the NDNU website or speak with a transfer admissions counselor.

International Students

Priority Application DEADLINES NDNU is a rolling admissions institution, but recommends the following priority deadlines: Fall Early Action (Freshmen and Transfers) Fall Priority (Freshmen and Transfers) Spring Priority (Freshmen and Transfers)


December 1 February 1 December 1

NDNU defines an international applicant as a citizen of a country other than the U.S. who will be studying in the U.S. on a temporary visa. Please visit the NDNU website under Admissions, International Students. NDNU admits students of any race, color, or national and ethnic origin and does not discriminate in its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, or other school-administered programs.


For driving directions or lodging for out-oftown guests, go to

Is Notre Dame de Namur University the right place for you? By visiting NDNU, you will discover all that we have to offer. Your time on campus will help you decide whether this is the right college for you. Choosing a major is just the beginning, but finding a university that fits you is the key. We think that what we have to offer may be just what you are looking for. We encourage you to visit and see for yourself. •M  ake an appointment: To schedule a visit or a tour, call the Admissions Office at (650) 508-3600 or visit • Take a tour: Campus tours and visits are available year-round. •A  ttend an event: Look for scheduled admissions events for freshmen and transfer students throughout the year. • Check out our virtual tour:


Find us here:

1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA (650) 508-3600

Experience NDNU: 23


Office of Admissions 1500 Ralston Avenue  Belmont CA 94002

Opening Doors. Engaging Minds.

Printed on recycled paper.


Undergraduate Viewbook 2018  

Notre Dame de Namur University's viewbook for prospective undergraduate students.

Undergraduate Viewbook 2018  

Notre Dame de Namur University's viewbook for prospective undergraduate students.