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College of Notre Dame of Maryland
Motto Veritatem Prosequimur (We Pursue Truth)
Established 1873
Type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Location Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Campus Urban, 58 acres
Mascot Gators
Colors Royal Blue and White

College of Notre Dame of Maryland is an independent, Catholic-affiliated, liberal arts college located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, that primarily serves female students.



Founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, College of Notre Dame is one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States.

In 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant attended commencement; his niece, Bessie Sharp, was a Notre Dame student.

In April 1896, College of Notre Dame became the first Catholic women's college in the United States chartered to offer the bachelor of arts degree. Its traditional program for women continues as the only one of its kind in Maryland. It was the first institution on the East Coast to offer working women and men the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree through weekend coursework.

Notre Dame's campus was in a Baltimore neighborhood. One of the buildings, Gibbons Hall, opened in 1873 and became "Notre Dame of Maryland," which offered instruction to girls and young women. The College's Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation was originally designed by Ephraim Francis Baldwin and Josias Pennington and restored in 2002 through a gift from Mac and Helen Marikle Passano '69 and their daughters. Fourier Hall is an example of Art Moderne architecture. Noyes Alumnae House wa built in the 1840s.

The Notre Dame campus borders the Evergreen House of Johns Hopkins University. The College shares a library with Loyola University Maryland: the Loyola/Notre Dame Library, built primarily on land owned by College of Notre Dame. Over years of support from the Knott family, whose name is borne on multiple buildings on both campuses, both schools developed a working relationship, with students from the colleges, under some circumstances, being able to take courses on each other's campuses.

Academic Programs

The College is home to three degree-granting programs serving a population of more than 3,000 students:

  • The Women’s College serves traditional undergraduate women ages 18 to 24 and women age 25 and older who are continuing their education.
  • The Weekend College and Accelerated College are co-educational undergraduate programs for working women and men who attend classes on a part-time basis. The Weekend College offers courses on the weekends while the Accelerated College enrolls cohorts of students, primarily in nursing and business. Through the innovative Accelerated College, students can obtain a bachelor’s degree in as little as two-and-half years;
  • The Center for Graduate Studies provides co-educational weekend and evening classes leading to a master’s degree. Programs are available in education, management, contemporary communication, liberal studies and nonprofit management. In fall 2004, the college launched its first doctoral program, a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations.

College of Notre Dame of Maryland also offers two distinctive noncredit programs:

  • The English Language Institute provides instruction in the English language and American culture for international students, professionals, and visitors to the United States. The majority of these students are in their mid- to late twenties.
  • The Renaissance Institute is a voluntary association of women and men age 50 and older who pursue study of a variety of topics on a not-for-credit basis. Courses have included: literature, public affairs, writing, history, philosophy, music, art, languages, t'ai chi, film, science, computers, travel, strength and balance, dance and acting.


  • Notre Dame's athletic teams are members of the NCAA (Division III). The eight teams—basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball—competed in the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference through 2006-07; all sports but swimming joined the Colonial States Athletic Conference starting in the 2007-2008 academic year.

Notable alumnae


  • The 2006 Disney film Step Up was filmed in part at Notre Dame. Other films and TV shows have also been filmed on the Baltimore campus including parts of Fox's pilot for Reincarnation[1]
  • Part of the film Clara's Heart was filmed at the Notre Dame aquatic center.


External links & References

Coordinates: 39°21′07″N 76°37′19″W / 39.352°N 76.622°W / 39.352; -76.622



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