Ralston Hall

Points of Distinction

  • Students at CommencementNDNU is a well-respected university that has drawn students from all over the world and served the needs of the Bay Area for over 160 years as both an educational institution and a community resource. It offers 37 undergraduate, graduate and credential programs.
  • NDNU’s School of Education has trained over 3,000 of San Mateo County’s teachers, principals and superintendents, and graduates of its teaching credential program are in extremely high demand.
  • NDNU’s students, faculty and staff provide more than 100,000 hours of community service projects each year primarily in San Mateo County – providing trained interns for counseling in rape-crisis centers, homeless shelters and retirement communities, tutors and teachers’ aides in schools and volunteers for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and Habitat for Humanity – to name just a few
  • With more than 25% of its student body self identifying as Hispanic, NDNU is one of the few private not-for-profit Hispanic Serving Institutions in Northern California.
  • Nearly 60% of NDNU’s Class of 2015 are “Gen 1” students, meaning they are the first in their family to attend college.
  • The Student/Faculty Ratio is 12:1 and more than 95% of NDNU’s professors hold doctorates.
  • NDNU’s computer and information science department partners with Silicon Valley executives who teach specialized classes to meet the training needs of the industry, providing a pipeline of qualified educated employees to industry and real-life experience to students.
  • More than 50 local police chiefs, mayors and corporate executives received their Master of Public Administration from NDNU.
  • NDNU’s Professional Studies Program allows working adults to attain a college or graduate degree.
  • NDNU established one of the first art therapy graduate schools in the country in 1981 and its unique curriculum is emulated by the now 34 accredited graduate art therapy schools nationwide. Art therapy uses creative expression to help teach those suffering from psychological and emotional distress. In 2013, NDNU created the first Ph.D. program in art therapy; the program is also NDNU's first doctoral program.
  • NDNU’s art, theatre and music programs are highly regarded by local critics, community members and other local colleges and universities.
  • NDNU’s athletic programs are in NCAA Division II and its championship men’s lacrosse team is one of only two in California.
  • NDNU’s School of Business and Management is ranked in the top ten Silicon Valley business schools by the San Jose Business Journal.