Fast Facts


Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,600 students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the third oldest college in California and the first authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice, and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and teacher credential programs. The historic campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley.

Academic Structure

NDNU is divided into three schools/colleges:

College of Arts and Sciences
School of Business and Management
School of Education and Psychology


208 teaching faculty, 105 full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty: 159 part-time; 3 full-time library faculty
98% of full-time teaching faculty members hold doctoral or terminal degrees
Student-to-faculty ratio (FTE): 11 to 1
Average class size: 17

Programs Offered

Undergraduate Majors: 19
Undergraduate Minors: 23
Master’s Degrees: 9
Credentials: 4
Doctoral Degrees: 1

Enrollment (as of fall 2017)

1614 full- and part-time students
927 undergraduates, 67% female, 33% male
687 graduate students, 75% female, 25% male
29 states and 27 countries represented

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office serves students seeking financial assistance and provides information to students and parents regarding the financial aid process. More that 95% of NDNU undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. Funding sources include federal and state grants, NDNU grants and scholarships, federal student and parent loans, and federal work-study.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Men: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track and field
Women: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball

NCAA Division II, Pacific West Conference


The historic 50-acre campus is located in Belmont, California, on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley, a 30-minute drive to the Pacific Ocean. NDNU is half an hour south of San Francisco and north of San Jose.

1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002

University Accreditation

Fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)


NDNU’s mascot, the Argonaut, is named in honor of Jason and the Argonauts, the brave explorers who searched for the Golden Fleece in Greek mythology.