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About Notre Dame of Maryland University

For more than 120 years, Notre Dame has educated leaders who make a difference in their professional fields, their families, their communities and the world.

Established by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame of Maryland University has anticipated and met contemporary needs with visionary and pragmatic educational programs since 1895. Rooted in the Catholic traditions of the liberal arts and service to others, a Notre Dame education challenges students to strive for excellence, build inclusive communities, and promote social responsibility.




  • Graphical element of a clipboardThe University comprises three divisions—Women's College, College of Adult Undergraduate Studies, and College of Graduate Studies—with programs offered through four Schools. Undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., Pharm. D., and certificate programs are offered. NDMU provides premier programs in nursing and health care, education, business, and the humanities.



The University also offers lifelong learning and additional educational opportunities through:

Social responsibility

Whether you’re a first-year undergraduate or a Ph.D. candidate, service is a significant part of your Notre Dame education and includes:

  • Service trips
  • Class service projects
  • Partnerships with local and international charitable organizations
  • Service club
  • International service opportunities at SSND-sponsored projects
  • Read about some of the hundreds of services projects our community members engage in every day

National Rankings

Notre Dame of Maryland University has been recognized for its excellence in education by several national ranking agencies. US News and World Report named NDMU as one of its top regional universities in the north. The University has been has been included in a list of the Best Catholic Colleges and Universities by College Choice, which ranked NDMU at #31 in the country. It also placed Notre Dame at #11 among Best U.S. Women's Colleges and #24 among Northern Regional Universities. 

Top 100 Women

Notre Dame women become leaders in the community! Thirty-four alumnae have been named to The Daily Record's “Maryland Top 100 Women” since its inception in 1996—in addition to three past presidents, three faculty, six current board members and six past board members. Read about more notable alumnae here.

NDMU the First University in Md. Granted United Nations NGO Status

Notre Dame of Maryland University has been granted non-governmental organization status by the United Nations’ Department of Public Information, the first Maryland university to receive the designation.

Notre Dame was one of 18 NGOs approved for association with the UN-DPI at the most recent meeting of its Committee for Association. There are a total of 1,419 NGOs worldwide associated with the UN-DPI, and about two dozen of them are American colleges or universities.

“Our new strategic plan places an emphasis on global partnership, so we are thrilled to receive NGO status with the United Nations,” said NDMU President Marylou Yam, Ph.D. “We believe that our association with the UN is consistent with our mission to ‘educate leaders to transform the world’. Our faculty and students will have opportunities for greater participation the UN and these experiences will enrich our academic community.”

Read the news release.


WOW–Baltimore 2016

WOW­—Women of the World is a high profile, global movement of festivals that celebrate women as a force for positive change and take a frank look at remaining barriers to gender equality. Launched in 2011 in London, WOW festivals have engaged and inspired over one million women across five continents and cities in Australia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, the U.K., and the most recently in the U.S. at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

The ​WOW–­Baltimore Partnership,​a coalition of Baltimore’s leading nonprofit, community, and business organizations, is proud to bring Women of the World to Baltimore on October 7­–8, 2016 on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University.

WOW festivals—which feature prominent speakers, performers, panelists, networking and mentoring events—are powerful agents of change in their host cities based on the diversity and timeliness of topics that emerge from public planning sessions called “Thinkins.”

WOW–Baltimore 2016 will shine a positive spotlight on our city and on the strength and power of the women of Baltimore, while providing a forum for discussion of local issues, and opportunities for collaboration and transformation.

Under the international patronage of HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, WOW festivals around the world have presented Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai and Leymah Gbowee, Nigerian founder of Bring Back Our Girls Obiageli Ezekwesili, singer and activist Annie Lennox, actress Salma Hayek, Iranian Member of Parliament Vian Dakhil, Egyptian activist and author Nawal El Saadawi, author Alice Walker, opera singer Jessye Norman, and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, among many others.

World-class talent and speakers—as well as new and local voices—will promote inclusivity, honor the strength and inventiveness of women, and actively break down societal barriers through events, workshops, lectures, debates, activities, and performances that run the gamut from serious and consequential to amusing and festive.

Notre Dame of Maryland University, a leader in the education and advancement of women for more than 120 years, is hosting this pre-eminent festival in conjunction with leading organizations, companies, and individuals committed to the empowerment of women and the future of Baltimore.

WOW–Baltimore is a world-class event that will inspire, engage, and energize women and men in the Baltimore region by celebrating women as agents of change, by establishing scholarships for the next generation of women leaders, and by providing diverse forums for discussion and action to advance positive transformation for Baltimore and beyond.

WOW–Baltimore is hosted by NDMU in partnership with the internationally renowned London arts institution, Southbank Center. WOW was co-founded in 2011 by Southbank Centre Artistic Director, Jude Kelly, CBE.