Academics

Location
Baltimore, MD
Undergrads
530
Tuition
$30,850
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Our school is so hard though. Can you believe that a 90% is a freaking B+

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are the best part of the whole school.

3 College Junior

Academics: The professors really try to challenge their students and they are effective with teaching their students. However, since the college is small most courses are cycled and there are limited courses offered.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: We have certain programs at NDMU that are awesome and some severely lacking. For example, the school of education and nursing receive much more attention and money than say the business department does.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Marketing Communications major at NDMU. It has a great balance between the business and communications side of the major. The teachers are great and the advisor, Debbie Calhoun, is the best!

2 people found this useful Report
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 70th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 190th
    Smartest Professors
  • 492nd
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 592nd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 696th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Morgan Randall
Hometown
Randallstown, MD
Major
Communication Arts
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Students usually can't complain about the academics at Notre Dame. Most teachers can be described as kind, caring, and there when you need them. Of course, like any other college, there are a few here and there that might not exhibit those qualities. The small class sizes allow students to really get to know their professors, with students being more than just a number. These smaller classes also make for a better discussion-based and interactive learning environment. Since Notre Dame is a liberal arts college, students are required to take many general education courses such as religious studies, philosophy, and gender studies. The purpose is to make students more well-rounded by exploring material outside of their own majors.

One of the downsides is the availability of classes. With Notre Dame being such a small school, students have to really plan out what classes they are taking. A required course that a student needs for a major may only be offered every other year or only during the fall semesters. It can make things hectic if you're not paying attention, but advisors can be a big help in that process. Another thing that comes with being a small school is the lack of variety in classes that you would find at a larger university.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
104
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
118
Total FT Faculty
104
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$67,847
Full-Time Retention Rate
70%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
36%
Graduation Rate
48%
Programs/Majors Offered
28
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Accelerated College
  • Communication and New Technology
  • Weekend College
  • Women's College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Foundations of Education: 15%
  • High School Education: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 11%
Graduation Requirements
  • General education/core curriculum
  • Physical education classes
  • Religious requirements
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Online Courses
Many of the courses offered online are for math and religious studies. These classes usually do not have lectures, instead using Blackboard and PowerPoint slides to teach students about a subject. Online classes also usually have less of a workload compared to traditional classes, but the assignments are more heavily weighted. The student's relationship with the teacher can be distant, too, because he or she is not getting the same connection as face-to-face interaction. Overall, it gets the job done, but most people prefer to learn in the classroom.
Best Places to Study
  • Loyola/Notre Dame Library
  • Study rooms in Doyle Hall
  • Study rooms on the first floor of Meletia Hall
Tips to Succeed
  • Complete all of your work on time.
  • Don't skip classes. Attendance counts towards your grade.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Make sure to always be prepared for class.
  • The classes are small, so don't be afraid to speak up during class discussions.
Did You Know?
Many of the professors working at the school are nuns, but sometimes you won't even notice because they won't be wearing the traditional clothing.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 24 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 24 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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