Since 1895, Notre Dame of Maryland University has anticipated and met contemporary needs with visionary and pragmatic educational programs. Notre Dame began out of a mission to educate those neglected by society and became the first Catholic college for women in the United States to award the four-year baccalaureate degree.

Nearly 3,000 women and men are enrolled in degree and certificate programs at Notre Dame. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, with focus on the liberal arts and service to others, students are challenged to strive for excellence, build inclusive communities and promote social responsibility.

U.S. News and World Report named Notre Dame of Maryland University as one of its top regional universities in the north. College Choice ranked Notre Dame number 31 in its list of the Best Catholic Colleges and Universities.


Notre Dame of Maryland University educates leaders to transform the world. Embracing the vision of the founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the University promotes the advancement of women and provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. Notre Dame challenges 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.