Our Vision: NDMU will be recognized as a national leader for cultivating student success and promoting the advancement of women. NDMU will advance an inclusive transformational education through innovative and accessible programs, impactful experiential learning, and community engagement. Our graduates are leaders who change the world.

Strategic Plan 2020–2025

Advance inclusive transformational education & student engagement and success

NDMU will identify, enhance and develop in-demand academic programs and enriched learning experiences, cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusion, develop an engaging, supportive and vibrant campus community and empower and prepare students for personal and professional growth and a healthy lifestyle.

Drive enrollment, philanthropic and financial growth

NDMU will increase enrollment across all University programs, advance a culture which enables fundraising growth and increases philanthropic support to the institution across donor constituencies and strengthen financial resources.

Enhance NDMU’s leadership position and visibility in Baltimore, Maryland, and Beyond

NDMU will launch “The Best You” and evaluate and assess market growth, expand and strengthen domestic and global partnerships, advance the University’s leadership position as a comprehensive regional university and establish itself as a leading expert in Women’s Education and the advancement of women.

Ensure an institutional culture of leadership, innovation and excellence in administrative services

NDMU will enhance the public safety and effectively manage risk, develop and implement plans/policies/procedures to build an inclusive working environment and strengthen the University’s recruitment, retention and performance of employees and introduce technology enhancements to enrich teaching, learning, business and student experiences.

Enrich SSND charism and life-long community engagement

NDMU will engage the NDMU community in opportunities to learn about, claim and preserve NDMU’s identity as a Catholic university motivated by the SSND charism and stimulate a campus-wide culture of social responsibility and social justice grounded in the Catholic Tradition and the SSND charism.


  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Service and Social Responsibility
  • A Local to Global Perspective

Mission Statement

Notre Dame of Maryland University educates leaders to transform the world.

Embracing the vision of the founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the University promotes the advancement of women and provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition.

Notre Dame challenges women and men to strive for intellectual and professional excellence, to build inclusive communities, to engage in service to others, and to promote social responsibility.