The Vision of Notre Dame College is to be recognized as an exceptional, small Catholic college, transforming students through rigorous and relevant learning experiences that are grounded in a values-based curriculum.

Notre Dame College, founded in 1922 by the Sisters of Notre Dame, is committed to educating a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional, and global responsibility.

Although Notre Dame excels in delivering a small, private school experience, the college has seen rapid growth in the last 15 years and now offers students over 30 different majors to choose from, in addition to various amenities such as:

  • The First-generation Center, which offers a support system for those who have the additional stress of being a first generation college student. Almost 40 percent of Notre Dame’s students are the first in their families to attend college.
  • Financial aid and scholarship opportunities abound at Notre Dame College. Ninety-eight percent of NDC students receive financial aid. In addition, “STEM Choice” scholarships and a living-learning community for STEM scholars are now offered.
  • The accelerated 3+3 law degree program in which undergraduates can earn a bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame and a law degree at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law or Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law in six rather than the traditional seven years.
  • The Honors Scholars Program that combines the traditional undergraduate intellectual community experience with an emphasis on one-on-one self-directed, enhanced study with faculty including undergraduate research.
  • A new mentoring and networking technology designed to connect Notre Dame College students with alumni, faculty, business associates and friends of the College who are eager to share their experience and expertise. This network lets students message these people and request advisory calls to learn about careers, industries, graduate school programs, ethics in the workplace and more. Meanwhile, students develop the networking skills needed to succeed in the modern job market.

Although internships are not mandatory for all students, all Notre Dame College students are encouraged to participate in the internship program. Internships are required for all students seeking a Bachelor of Art or teaching degree.

A signature program at Notre Dame is the Academic Support Center (ASC) for Students with learning differences. This advocacy program assists students diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences, a group traditionally underserved in post-secondary 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, a national organization on Autism/Asperger’s, the International Dyslexia Association, and the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America.

As a campus community, Notre Dame has made remarkable achievements thus far and going forward will adhere to the following guiding principles:

• We will continue to recruit students, improve the retention and persistence of our students and improve our graduation rates;
• We will drive innovation inside and outside the classroom;
• We will increase the number of students and their success rate at the Finn Center for Graduate, Adult and Online Education;
• We will improve our fundraising and development activities;
• We will prepare our students for life after Notre Dame College.


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