Notre Dame de Namur University

Notre Dame de Namur University


Established in 1851, Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 students from diverse backgrounds. The historic 50-acre campus is located in Belmont, CA on the San Francisco peninsula in Silicon Valley, the heart of one of the country’s most exciting regions for professional growth and personal enrichment. 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, and fostering social justice and community engagement and strives for new ways to open doors to all students who are driven to grow through higher education. We are committed, above all else, to individual learning- giving each of our students the tools, knowledge and inspiration to successfully engage and expand their talents.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid 1st-Gen Scholarships

Over 60% of NDNU’s incoming students each year are first-generation college students. To encourage and support our first-gen population, freshmen students who complete their first year with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or above, attend semi-monthly mentoring events and enroll in a Learning Strategies Course will receive an additional $500 toward their sophomore year tuition. Additional grants are provided to our AB-540/Dream Act students as well.

Academic Advising & Support Student Success Center

The goal of the Student Success Center is to support students in all aspects of their academic careers at NDNU by offering free integrated learning and support services. The staff engages in a partnership with students to help them achieve their goals. Professional staff members, peer tutors and faculty work together to promote a supportive learning environment. Learn more about Student Success Center

Academic Advising & Support Tutorial Center

With the goal of helping students become independent and effective learners, we provide friendly and free learning support services to all NDNU students. Our services range from building basic study skills to preparing for admission to graduate school. We also facilitate academic success workshops and tutorial assistance in many lower and upper division courses. Learn more about Tutorial Center

Student Life & Support Career Resource Center

Career Services provides career counseling, for-credit classes, information resources, and on-campus events aimed at the career development of students and alumni. Career Services strives to: •Help students to develop competence and confidence in the career planning and job search process. •Empower students to discover their unique talents, skills, and values. •Foster career exploration and decision-making through experiential learning activities. •Provide appropriate up-to-date career-related information and resources. •Develop and maintain relationships with organizations that offer community engagement and career opportunities to students and alumni. Learn more about Career Resource Center

Mentoring Mentor Program

Shortly after enrolling, each incoming freshman student will be paired up with a faculty or staff member who will reach out to help facilitate the transition to NDNU. Students will have a one-on-one relationship with the mentor and can ask any and all questions about NDNU, resources offered, and anything they’d like! This program especially benefits first-gen college students by helping to familiarize them with what to expect of the college-going process. This program has proved significantly beneficial as NDNU recently set a 15-year record for our first-to-second year retention rate of 83%.

Student Diversity

  • 983
  • 33/67
  • 70%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 15%
  • 7%
    Black or African American
  • 39%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 25%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 9%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 83%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 52%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 83%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 43%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 105
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 12:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business Administration, Biological Sciences/Kinesiology, Psychology, Liberal Studies

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    American Desis, Black Student Union, and Latinos Unidos


Cost of Attendance

  • $33,268
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $400
    Required Fees
  • $13,258
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • n/a
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • n/a
    Average aid package
  • $29,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 95%
    Students with financial need
  • 95%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 95%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 2,000
    # of applicants
  • 75%
  • 3.20
    Average HS GPA
  • 22
    ACT Composite
  • 440—580
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 440—580
    SAT Math
  • 440—580
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 12/01
    Early action application closing date