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Admission and Financial Aid - Undergraduate Admission

Admission Requirements

Notre Dame de Namur University welcomes applications from all students regardless of religious preference, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or financial need. Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of academic and personal achievement. Appointments are strongly encouraged and all interested students are welcome to visit the campus; please call the Office of Admission at (650) 508-3600 or (800) 263-0545 to arrange a visit or learn more about the admission process.

Applying as a Freshman: Required Documents

1. The Common Application is NDNU's primary application. This may be submitted online with the required fee or by printing and mailing the completed application with an approved fee waiver.
2. An official high school transcript showing, at minimum, completion of the following university preparatory courses

  • English - four years
  • Mathematics - Algebra and Geometry
  • Foreign Language - two years of the same language
  • Laboratory Science - one year in grades 10-12
  • Social Science - two years in grades 10-12
  • University Preparatory Electives - a total of three full-year courses. This equates to one full-year course in three of the following areas: advanced mathematics, advanced foreign language, advanced laboratory science, computer science, advanced social science or fine arts.

3. Official scores from the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). International students may substitute the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE).
4. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor
5. Application essay (instructions appear in the application)

Note: All documents submitted for the application file become property of NDNU and cannot be released to any individual or organization.

Note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The decision of the Admission Committee is a final one with no option for appeal available. NDNU policy prohibits the disclosure of specific reasons for admissions decisions.

Note: If you are an International student, please refer to International student admission requirements.

Freshman applicants are evaluated on an individual basis according to the strength of university preparatory course work, grades in university preparatory courses and standardized test results. The application essay, the recommendation and extracurricular achievement are also important factors in the admission decision.

Offers of admission are contingent upon high school graduation* and continued high performance in the senior year. Notre Dame de Namur University reserves the right to revoke acceptance should the final transcript change admission eligibility or if any application materials are false or misrepresented. An offer of admission may also be withdrawn if a serious disciplinary infraction regarding citizenship and character misconduct occurred after the application was submitted.

*Students who are not high school graduates may be considered for admission with satisfactory scores on the California High School Proficiency Examination or the General Educational Development Test (GED). Home-schooled students are expected to achieve at the same academic and personal standards as other applicants.

Applying as a Transfer: Required Documents

Notre Dame de Namur University considers anyone who has previously attended a regionally accredited college or university to be a transfer applicant. (A transfer applicant may not disregard a previous college record and apply for admission as a first-time freshman.) Transfer applicants are accepted at all class levels according to the following policies:

  • Applicants transferring with fewer than 30 transferable semester units must also meet freshman admission requirements.
  • The minimum cumulative college grade point average for consideration is 2.0.
  • Applicants on probation or disqualification from the last college attended are not eligible for consideration unless the probation or disqualification occurred at least seven years prior to the intended semester of matriculation at Notre Dame de Namur University or until they have completed 12 transferable semester units or more at a subsequent institution with a GPA of a 2.0 or higher.

Transfer applicants must submit the following:

  1. Common Application – This is NDNU's primary admission application and may be submitted online or by printing and mailing the completed application with the required fee or an approved fee waiver.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  3. Official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores if the applicant has completed fewer than 30 transferable semester units
  4. A letter of recommendation, preferably from a teacher or counselor
  5. Application essay (instructions appear in the application)

Note: All documents submitted for the application file become property of NDNU and cannot be released to any individual or organization.

See our Articulation Agreements for details on how courses taken at other colleges can meet Notre Dame de Namur University requirements.

Note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The decision of the Admission Committee is a final one with no option for appeal available. NDNU policy prohibits the disclosure of specific reasons for admissions decisions.

Note: If you are an International transfer student, please refer to International student admission requirements.

Provisional Admission

Provisional Admission may be offered to students who show promise for undergraduate studies but have some deficiencies in their academic credentials. A student offered provisional admission is fully admitted to the University but is subject to the following restrictions and expectations in his/her first semester. A provisionally admitted student is:

  • Restricted to enrollment in a maximum of 15 academic units, which must include the Learning Strategies course offered by the Academic Success Center
  • Expected to complete all of the requirements for the Learning Strategies course
  • Expected to meet weekly with an Academic Success Center staff member, beginning with the first week at NDNU
  • Expected to complete all units in the first semester with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5

On-Campus Residence

Full-time students under the age of 21 with freshman or sophomore standing are required to live on campus. For more about housing and policy details, see the Payments and Policies section.

Second Bachelor's Degree

Notre Dame de Namur University offers the opportunity for students to pursue a second bachelor's degree. Applicants who hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average will be considered for admission to a second degree program. The SAT is not required, but students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a TOEFL score of at least 500. See the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section. Please note that second degree candidates are eligible to receive NDNU merit-based scholarships and Direct Loans only.

Professional Studies and Evening Programs

Admission is granted to the Professional Studies and Evening Programs according to the following policies:

Professional Studies Program (Business Administration, Human Services, Liberal Studies)
  1. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 45 transferable semester units for the accelerated Professional Studies Program. Applicants with 35 to 44 semester units may be accepted by decision of the Chair of the Professional Studies Program with the understanding that the missing units will be completed within the first semester. Applicants with fewer than 35 units may be accepted as Professional Studies "Special Status" students with appropriate written rationale provided by the Chair.
  2. Applicants must be 25 years of age or older.
  3. Applicants must have three years of demonstrated professional work experience.
  4. The minimum cumulative college grade point average for consideration is 2.0.

Any student who meets the above requirements and seeks admission to the Professional Studies Program must submit the following:

  1. Completed application with required fee. Students may also apply online.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  3. Reference (1), employer preferred
  4. Essay (one page)
  5. Resume
Evening Program (Computer and Information Science, Psychology)
  1. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 units (Psychology only).
  2. Applicants must be 25 years of age or older (Psychology only).
  3. The minimum cumulative college grade point average for consideration is 2.0.

Any student who meets the above requirements and seeks admission to the Evening Program must submit the following:

  1. Completed application with required fee. Students may also apply online.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  3. Reference (1) recommended
  4. Essay (one page)

Note: All documents submitted for the application file become property of NDNU and cannot be released to any individual or organization.

International Students

International student applicants must meet all the admission requirements for freshman or transfer students, respectively. All transcripts from high schools and universities outside the United States must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. We accept evaluations from members of NACES (http://www.naces.org/members.htm) and recommend World Education Services, Inc. (WES). Please refer to their website (http://www.wes.org) for an explanation of their services. Freshman applicants must submit an evaluation that includes certification of equivalency to a U.S. high school diploma and a conversion to a U.S. grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. NDNU grants international conditional admission in some cases. Please contact Admissions for more details. International students whose first language is not English are required to submit proof of English language proficiency. For the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, the minimum requirement is a score of 500 (paper-based total), 173 (computer-based total), or 61 (Internet-based total). For the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, the minimum requirement is a score of 5.5 on the Academic test. For the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP), the minimum requirement is a score of 4.5. For the Pearson Test of English (PTE), the minimum requirement is a score of 45. Students submitting results from the TOEFL or IELTS are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. If an international applicant’s high school course work was taught in English, he/she may submit SAT or ACT scores in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS.

An international student who attends an NDNU-approved English as a Second Language School is eligible to opt out of the TOEFL requirement if he/she meets the minimum requirement of the TOEFL waiver agreement. Please consult with the Office of Admission for agreements with specific partner language schools. These international students must take NDNU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment exam prior to enrolling in classes to determine if NDNU’s English for International Students (EIS) course work is appropriate or required.

Admitted students with a TOEFL score below 100 on the Internet-based test or an IELTS score less than 7.5 must also take the English placement examination upon arrival at the University and take an ESL course required by the English department based on the results of this examination. International students with a TOEFL score greater than 100 on the Internet-based test or with an IELTS score above 7.5 are exempt from the ESL test but must take the University’s writing test.

International students must also complete the International Student Certification of Finances upon acceptance to the University. This form is available from the Office of Admission, or it can be downloaded as a printable document in PDF format. International students are required to pay tuition and fees in full by the posted due date (or at the time of registration if after the posted due date) and are not eligible for installment payment plans. For international students and applicants, the International Student Advisor in the Office of Enrollment processes immigration and intergovernmental documents related to enrollment at NDNU.

Term of Admission

Admission is offered for a specific year and term. Admitted students are eligible to defer their enrollment by contacting the Office of Admission. Enrollment can be deferred to a term within one year from the year and term of admission. If an applicant is accepted by NDNU but does not register for that year and term or request a deferral, his/her admission may be cancelled. If a student does not enroll and complete courses within that year, we will dispose of his/her admission file.

Nonmatriculated Enrollment

Undergraduate students may enroll in classes at Notre Dame de Namur University in nonmatriculated status. A nonmatriculated student is a part-time student who is not formally admitted to the University but is permitted to enroll in undergraduate classes, up to a maximum of 30 units. After 30 units, a student must meet with an appropriate Department Chair to discuss future academic plans. These units that are earned will not apply to a degree at Notre Dame de Namur University unless and until the student is admitted. Nonmatriculated students are not eligible for financial aid.

An undergraduate student wishing to take classes in nonmatriculated status should submit an Application for Enrollment as a Nonmatriculated Student form with the required application fee to the Registrar's Office. (Students holding baccalaureate degrees are processed through Graduate Admission, regardless of whether they are taking undergraduate or graduate courses.) Permission to enroll requires evidence that any prerequisites for the selected courses have been met. Students on probation or disqualified at another institution are not eligible for nonmatriculated status unless the probation or disqualification occurred at least seven years prior to the intended semester of nonmatriculated enrollment.

Because units earned in nonmatriculated status do not apply to the University residency requirement, students intending to pursue a Notre Dame de Namur University undergraduate degree should, in their own best interest, apply for formal admission as soon as possible.

Applications for nonmatriculated enrollment are available from the Registrar's Office. Students with permission to enroll in nonmatriculated status may register for approved classes during Final Registration at the start of the semester or during the Drop/Add period. Should a class become over-enrolled, priority will be given to matriculated students. Full payment of tuition or suitable arrangements must be made at the time of registration. Tuition is fully refundable if enrollment is denied due to over-enrollment.

Policies for Awarding Transfer Credit

With the exception of remedial and nonacademic vocational courses, NDNU accepts credit for courses completed with grade "C" (2.0) or higher at any degree-granting regionally-accredited two-year  college or four-year college or university, provided they are college-level courses. Courses from California community colleges are generally accepted according to the published recommendations for transfer of courses to the California State University system. NDNU has established articulation agreements with various schools that specify how courses will transfer for General Education and/or major requirements.  If NDNU does not have an existing articulation agreement with a school, then a transferrable course may only be used to satisfy a GE requirement if it is approved by the department corresponding to the requirement. No transfer credit decision is final until a final Transfer Credit Evaluation is processed by the Registrar and credits are posted to the NDNU transcript. (See our Articulation Agreements for details on how courses taken at other colleges can meet Notre Dame de Namur University general education and prerequisite requirements.)

Transfer unit limitations exist in computer applications, physical education, co-op education, ROTC, and English as a Second Language. Maximum allowable transfer unit totals apply as follows:

 

Computer Applications                                               8 units

Co-op Education/Career Development                      12 units

Physical Education                                                      8 units

ROTC                                                                         15 units

ESL                                                                            9 units (eligible for use as elective credit only)

A total of 78 lower-division transferable units are applicable to a Notre Dame de Namur University degree. All transfer undergraduates must take 30 units or more at NDNU to earn a degree from the University. Articulation Agreements are available in the transfer centers at many California community colleges as well as on the NDNU website. Courses completed pass/credit may be used in fulfillment of General Education or Major requirements only if the pass/credit is validated as grade "C" (2.0) or higher.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

Students attending a California community college may complete the requirements in the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). The IGETC is not an admission requirement for Notre Dame de Namur University and does not guarantee admission. The following options apply:

  • Students may complete the IGETC requirements for either the CSU or UC system, allowing them to transfer without the need to take additional lower-division, general education courses at Notre Dame de Namur University. All students should review their Final Transfer Evaluation closely and work with their advisor to determine which courses remain to be completed.
  • Students may complete a portion of the IGETC requirements and then complete any additional lower-division, general education courses after transferring to Notre Dame de Namur University.
  • Students may transfer to Notre Dame de Namur University without following the IGETC or completing their lower-division and general education courses. A course-by-course evaluation will determine the need, if any, for additional lower-division, general education courses.

Note: Students completing IGETC will be required to take additional upper-division courses at NDNU to satisfy General Education Requirements (e.g., Religious Studies, Upper-Division Writing, among others).

Middle College or Running Start Programs

These are programs providing high school students credit for community college courses taken for credit toward high school graduation and credit toward the college degree. Credits for community college courses taken in high school, for which a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher is earned, will be awarded on a course-by-course basis for classes that would normally transfer credit to NDNU. Refer to articulation agreements for local community colleges for those taking courses there.

Credit by Examination

NDNU awards credit for external examinations such as AP, CLEP, and International Baccalaureate as indicated below.

Advanced Placement Exam Scores

Scores of 3, 4, or 5 provide elective credit in the most subject areas and will satisfy General Education requirements as appropriate. A full listing of exams, scores, and corresponding NDNU credit is available on the NDNU website at http://www.ndnu.edu/academics/advanced-placement-credits/.

International Baccalaureate Exam Scores

Scores of 4, 5, 6, or 7 on most higher-level exams and some standard level exams will provide a minimum of 3 units of elective credit in the subject area and will satisfy General Education requirements, as appropriate to the subject area. Advanced placement in major courses will be awarded. A full listing of exams, scores, and corresponding NDNU credit is available on the NDNU website at http://www.ndnu.edu/academics/international-baccalaureate-credits/.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma places the student in the sophomore year automatically (30 units awarded), awarding specific course-by-course credit according to the full listing of exams, scores, and corresponding NDNU credit found on the NDNU website at http://www.ndnu.edu/academics/ap_chart.aspx. All units up to the 30 units needed for sophomore status not accounted for with a specific corresponding course will be assigned general elective units.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

NDNU grants CLEP credit only for examinations passed at the 50th percentile or higher. Credit is granted for total scores only; successful subscores within an exam are not granted partial credit. Credit is not granted for scores from foreign language exams taken by native speakers of the language being tested. Credit for CLEP exams may not duplicate credit granted for classes previously or subsequently completed at NDNU or elsewhere. CLEP credit is recorded on the Notre Dame de Namur University transcript as units passed without an evaluative grade. A full listing of exams, scores, and corresponding NDNU credit is available at http://www.ndnu.edu/academics/clep-credits/.

Military Credit

Credit granted for various levels of active service in the United States military is as follows:

  • Basic military service of more than one year = maximum of 6 semester units lower-division
  • Completion of Officers' Candidate School (one year) = maximum of 9 semester units lower-division plus 6 semester units upper-division

Students in either of the above categories may also be granted credit for courses taken in military schools according to the recommendations for institutions of higher education in the American Council on Education's A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. An original Form DD214 is required for all military credit.

Crosstown Agreement - AFROTC at Cal Berkeley:

Air Force ROTC is offered through the Aerospace Studies department at U.C. Berkeley. Scholarships (including tuition, book allowance and stipend) are available for qualified students.

R. N. Transfer Credit

Notre Dame de Namur University offers registered nurses the opportunity to complete studies leading to a degree other than Bachelor of Science in Nursing. A two-year associate degree registered nurse is granted up to 35 semester units for course work in nursing as well as credit for transferable general education courses taken during the nursing program. A three-year diploma registered nurse is granted up to 60 semester units for the hospital nursing program as well as any transferable units in general education (not part of the nursing core courses) completed at an affiliated college or university.

Transfer Work After Matriculation

After beginning course work at Notre Dame de Namur University, students should receive prior approval from their academic advisor for any course work to be undertaken at other colleges and universities. The same policies governing the transfer of academic credit prior to matriculation (see Policies for Awarding Transfer Credit) apply to the transfer of courses taken after matriculation at Notre Dame de Namur University. Upon completion of non-NDNU course work, students should request that an official transcript be forwarded to the Registrar's Office. The unit value of transferable work, not the grade awarded for that work, will appear on the Notre Dame de Namur University transcript.