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About Notre Dame de Namur University

Undergraduate students in front of Ralston HallFounded more than 160 years ago, we are the fifth oldest college in California. NDNU is a fully accredited, private, Catholic, co-educational master's university, located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. With 2,000 students from 28 states and 23 different countries, NDNU broadens the perspective and outlook of its students by exposing them to peers with very different backgrounds, cultures and world views.

At NDNU, smaller class sizes, ranging from 15 to 25, means that students receive personal attention from excellent instructors in challenging courses that cover a wide range of academic programs. Our professors don’t just teach; they are committed to help advise and mentor you through your college journey. Our location offers learning opportunities and internships that can’t be found anywhere else. NDNU also has two extension locations with partner colleges, and recently added online graduate programs.

Adult student in classroomNDNU strives not only for excellence in academics, but also to challenge its students to be extraordinary forces for change in the community. This is accomplished through a variety of community-based learning programs that redefine the concept of “hands-on” learning and connect students with programs that allow them to make positive contributions to the community.

Our students are active outside of the classroom in more than 30 student organizations spanning academics, ethnic, sports, professional, social and service groups. Student athletes participate in 11 NCAA Division II sports, and students in visual and performing arts present a varied calendar of events throughout the year.

At NDNU, all students are given the tools they need to succeed in college and life. Whether they are starting college for the first time or returning to college after an absence, we have programs tailored to all students’ needs so they can earn their degree and succeed in their chosen career.