Founded in 1922 as a Catholic college for women by the Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame College is located on a 53-acres campus in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Notre Dame educates a diverse population of students in the liberal arts. Notre Dame College began admitting men in 2001, and enrollment has reached almost 2,000 students. The College offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 30 programs of study and 22 scholarship athletic sports.
The Princeton Review has named Notre Dame College one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, and it offers more than 30 academic disciplines with programs that include an education program, a business program, and a new bachelor of science program in nursing. Notre Dame’s new Center for Intelligence Studies prepares students for positions in the field of homeland security and private-sector intelligence analysis.
Notre Dame is proud of its Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences. The ASC supports students with documented learning differences such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia.
Notre Dame College students can graduate with associate, bachelor and master degrees, and weekend, adult and online classes are available. Programs include business administration, arts & humanities, nursing, education, science & mathematics. Notre Dame is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Ohio Board of Regents.
Traditional Student Profile
Students can earn a bachelor of arts degree in 17 majors, including accounting, art, graphic design, studio art, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, early childhood education, middle childhood education, adolescent/young adult education, English, environmental science, history and political science, information systems, international business, management, marketing, math, psychology, sports management, and theology. Students can also opt for an interdisciplinary major in one of three programs: graphic communication, public administration and public relations.
The Bachelor of Science degree at Notre Dame is available in four majors, including biology, chemistry, math, and nursing. Interdisciplinary majors are integrated life sciences and integrated science.
Notre Dame College also accepts non-traditional adult students and international students.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The typical incoming freshman at Notre Dame College in 2011 had an average ACT score of 20, or an SAT critical reading score of 471 and math score of 491. The average grade point average of incoming freshmen was a 3.08. Notre Dame does grant some students provisional admission if grades or standardized exam performances fall below standards necessary for full admission.
About 81 percent of all freshmen applicants are accepted for admission, and about 79 percent of all freshmen return for sophomore year.
Services provided by Notre Dame include its Dwyer Learning Center, which offers free tutoring and remedial help; counseling services; a Career Services Center that assists students with co-ops, internships, resume writing, and career/job search.
Notre Dame College offers a number of scholarships to its students. The Val/Sal Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who were the valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school class at the end of the first semester of their senior year. The Presidential Honors Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who are high achieving academic students. Band, choir, leadership, and cheerleading scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen who possess special talents or show the potential for enriching the campus atmosphere and/or demonstrate financial need.
Notre Dame also offers a Family/Alumni Plan, reduced tuition rates for incoming students who have a sibling/parent attending the college or whose parent or grandparent is an alumni. Athletic grants are also awarded through the athletic department.
Federal and state funds are also available, including the Pell Grant, the Academic Competitiveness Grant, the SMART Grant, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Perkins Loan, subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans,
the College Work Study Program, and the Ohio College Opportunity Grant.
Student Financial Aid Details
The student population at Notre Dame College has changed since it was first founded, with men making up the majority at 55 percent. A little more than half of the students attending Notre Dame are Catholic, and 28 percent of the college’s students are minorities. Approximately 53 percent of Notre Dame’s students live on the campus.
Notre Dame College has three traditional style residence halls and two apartment style residence halls. The good news is that there are no community hall bathrooms because all the traditional residence halls are suite-style with bathrooms shared by suites. Apartment-style residence halls feature one or two bathrooms in each apartment. Notre Dame College residence halls are also equipped with beds, desks, dressers, and a closet space. A kitchenette area is located on each floor of traditional residence halls and apartment residence halls all have a kitchenette unit in each apartment.
All three of Notre Dame’s traditional residence halls — Harks Hall, Petersen Hall and Providence Hall — are single gender and occupied primarily by freshmen students.
Opened in 2009, North Hall is an apartment-style coed residence hall occupied by the upperclassmen of Notre Dame College. It features four floors, 35 rooms, 24-hour visitation, central air conditioning, an elevator and a laundry room.
South Hall, the newest Notre Dame apartment-style residence hall, has open visitation, a fitness center, community lounge, central air conditioning, an elevator, laundry rooms on each floor, and a game room. South Hall’s 104 rooms are set up as two-bedroom apartments shared by four students. Each suite has two furnished bedrooms, a kitchenette with a microwave and refrigerator, a furnished living room, and a bathroom.
The Connelly student center is the location of the campus dining hall, an all-you-can-eat facility. The Falcon Café, located by the east entrance of the Clara Fritzsche Library, serves hot and cold specialty coffee drinks, gourmet teas, hot cocoa, bagels, muffins and assorted pastries. The Café is wireless, shelves stocked with games, books, magazines and newspapers, and an outdoor patio.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Notre Dame has 30 student clubs and organizations. They include an art club, campus ministry, choir, cheerleading, a marching band, pep band, theater groups, and an Undergraduate Student Government. Clubs and organizations include the African American Hope Society, an art club, a biology club, Circulo Español, a choral club, Delta Sigma Theta, the Falcon FANATICS, Future Educators, the Gay Straight Alliance, the Labre service club, the Masquers drama club, Neurdiversity, student newspaper Notre Dame News, Pivot, a poetry club, a pop culture club, the Professional Intelligence Educational Society, a psychology club, a public relations and communication club, SPIES (Students Professional Intelligence Education Society), a student nurses association, and the yearbook staff.
Falconcorps, the college’s service organization, performs community service in a variety of ways, including raising money to cancer research, food and clothing drives, and volunteering with Cleveland and Ohio food banks. Students also participate in a long roster of activities associated with athletic events, residence halls, and the local community.
Each year, Notre Dame also welcomes its students with a Welcome Weekend. Students can also enjoy visiting speakers, art shows, and dramatic performances. FalconCorps, the college’s service organization, offers service projects and service/immersion trips like the Spring Break Habitat for Humanity Trip.
Connelly Center features student lounges and is the center of social activity at Notre Dame.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
With rapid enrollment growth in recent years, the Notre Dame athletic program has also expanded and now fields 23 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports. The Notre Dame Falcons are currently affiliated with the NAIA and competes in the American Mideast Conference, which comprises small college programs in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.
Women’s sports are basketball, bowling, crew, cross country, softball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Men’s sports are baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, swimming and diving, water polo, and wrestling.
Notre Dame student-athletes have attained All-America status on the playing field and Falcon teams have won multiple conference championships and made national championship appearances. The Notre Dame wrestling team won NAIA national championships in 2010 and 2011.
The Joseph H. Keller Center one campus is an indoor recreational facility available for student, staff, faculty and community .use. Keller features four varsity locker rooms, an athletic training room, office space, and a weight room for student athletes. The facility also features the Mellen Pool, a 25-yard, six-lane pool used for competitive swim meets, open swimming and water aerobics. Murphy Gymnasium is the home of the Falcons for volleyball and basketball matches and games.
The campus also has its own outdoor softball, baseball and soccer facilities.
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