Notre Dame de Namur University

Gain exposure to broad interests and perspective as part of our diverse student body in Silicon Valley.

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Founded more than 165 years ago, we are the third oldest college in California. Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a fully accredited, private, Catholic, co-educational master’s university, located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. With approximately 1,700 students from 29 states and 32 different countries, NDNU broadens the perspective and outlook of its students by exposing them to peers with very different backgrounds, cultures and world views.

At NDNU, smaller class sizes, ranging from 12 to 25, means that students receive personal attention from excellent instructors in challenging courses that cover a wide range of academic programs. Our professors don’t just teach; they are committed to help advise and mentor you through your college journey. Our location offers learning opportunities and internships that can’t be found anywhere else. NDNU also has two extension locations with partner colleges, and recently added online graduate programs.

NDNU strives not only for excellence in academics, but also to challenge its students to be extraordinary forces for change in the community. This is accomplished through a variety of community-based learning programs that redefine the concept of “hands-on” learning and connect students with programs that allow them to make positive contributions to the community.

Our students are active outside of the classroom in more than 30 student organizations spanning academics, ethnic, sports, professional, social and service groups. Student athletes participate in 12 NCAA Division II sports, and students in visual and performing arts present a varied calendar of events throughout the year.

At NDNU, all students are given the tools they need to succeed in college and life. Whether they are starting college for the first time or returning to college after an absence, we have programs tailored to all students’ needs so they can earn their degree and succeed in their chosen career.

What's special?

US News & World Report lists NDNU in the second tier of Regional Colleges, West and #17 in 'Best Value Schools' in the West

NDNU's Master's degree in Art Therapy is internationally recognized as one of the leading art therapy programs in the world. Currently, its unique curriculum has been emulated by 34 other accredited postgraduate art therapy programs nationwide.

Fast facts

On average, Belmont enjoys 255 sunny days/year. Temperatures from 43F (6C) in winter to 77F (25C) in summer
17, Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
Yes, provided by TALK Start dates every Monday (excluding holidays)
119 , 95% with advanced degrees , 119 fulltime
San Francisco, CA (SFO)


Programs of study add

20 undergraduate programs

  • ESL
  • Art
    • Art
    • Art: Graphic Design
    • Art: Photography and Digital Art
    • Art: Printmaking
    • Art: Sculpture
  • Biology
    • Biology
    • Biology: Bioinformatics
    • Biology: Environmental
  • Business Administration
    • Business Administration
    • Business Administration: Accounting
    • Business Administration: International Business
    • Business Administration: Marketing
  • Communication Studies
    • Communication Studies
    • Communication Studies: Public Relations and Advertising
  • Computer
    • Computer
    • Computer: Info Systems/Tech Management
    • Computer: Science
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Forensics
  • Health
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
    • Music
    • Music: Performance
    • Music: Vocal
  • Nursing
    • Nursing
    • Nursing: Pre-Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Social Justice
  • Theatre Arts
    • Theatre Arts
    • Theatre Arts: Acting
    • Theatre Arts: Dance
    • Theatre Arts: Directing
    • Theatre Arts: Management/Administration
    • Theatre Arts: Performance

Accommodations add

On-campus residence required though freshman year

Double Options include traditional residence halls, suite and apartment living

Meal Plan #3 19 meals per week and $200 flex

Admissions criteria add

Yes, provided by TALK Start dates every Monday (excluding holidays)

Direct Admission:
61 iBT or IELTS: 5.5
Conditional Acceptance:
32 iBT or IELTS: 3.5
Accepts OEAT
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Programs of study add

Master's Degree Programs: Art Therapy, Business Administration, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology/Marriage & Family Therapy, Education, Public Administration, School Administration, Special Education

  • ESL
  • Administration
    • Administration: Business Administration
    • Administration: Public Administration
    • Administration: School Administration
  • Art
  • Education
    • Education
    • Education: Curriculum and Instruction
    • Education: Special Education
  • English
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Medicine/Pre-Med
  • Music
    • Music
    • Music: Therapy
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
    • Psychology: Clinical

Accommodations add

Available but limited

Admissions criteria add

Not Required

Required for all prgrams

Yes with course-by-course evaluation confirming their degree is equivalent to a 4-year bachelor's degree

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  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Campus features

Taube Center - classrooms, music performances rooms and lecture halls; The Carl & Celia Berta Gellert Library; Ralson Hall - historic building; Walter Gleason Gym - with weight room and lockers; Weigand Gallery - host student and nationally known artistic work; Cunningham Chapel; New Hall - student residences; Apartments; The Quad; The Cafe, Korel Athletic Field - soccer and lacrosse fields; tennis courts; St. Mary's Hall - majority of classrooms, science and computer labs.

Extracurricular activities

  • Accounting Club
  • Chess Club
  • Drama Club
  • International Students Association
  • Rainbow Connection
  • Student Athletic Advisory Council
  • Students 4 Sustainability
  • Student Assembly
  • Programming Board
  • Bonner Leader Program
  • among others

Estimated costs


$1,490 Fees

$12,375 ESL Program Includes tuition, room, health insurance


Contact us for program specific post-graduate cost estimates.

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