The Women’s College Advantage

NDMU women are leaders. They are compassionate, bold, and committed to social justice. When they achieve, they serve. Whatever their paths, they leave their mark on the world.

A Strong Foundation for Success

A woman-centered education has unique advantages. Surrounded by models of leadership you can identify with, you’ll gain confidence in your skills, talents, and career dreams. In Notre Dame’s vibrant and diverse learning environment, you’ll have a voice wherever you speak.

Tired of being the only young woman you know considering a STEM field? Imagine four years of science and engineering classes where every student is a woman. The support and community of like-minded students at Notre Dame will become a lifelong asset.

The Statistics Prove It

At women-only institutions:

  • First-year students perceive greater support for success;
  • Close student-faculty interaction and small classes create a positive educational difference;
  • Classroom conditions encourage active participation in class and collaboration with peers;
  • Students develop quantitative skills and learn to better negotiate differences among people and situations; 
  • The environment fosters understanding of self and others, and working with others—skills associated with career success and leadership.

Graduates of women-only institutions:

  • Achieve higher career levels and more positions of major leadership than women who attend co-ed institutions;
  • Earn larger salaries;
  • Are more likely to choose and succeed in male-dominated fields such as medicine, engineering and law;
  • Are more than twice as likely to receive doctoral degrees.

Source: National Survey of Student Engagement, 2011

Academics and a Social Life—Really

Some prospective students worry that at women’s college will make their lives more narrow, cutting them off from half the population. On the contrary, you’ll have access to the whole world outside the classroom. Baltimore offers a teeming cultural, social, and recreational life, with over 120,000 other college students in the immediate area.

At Notre Dame, we have clubs from choir to psychology; sports from basketball to volleyball; local and international service opportunities; and study abroad programs. When you’re not in class, you’ll have plenty of ways to have fun.

Black and white historical photo of three female students

Fearless and Faithful

What defines a fearless Notre Dame woman? Leadership, service and social responsibility; academic, professional and personal achievement ... the qualities are as varied as our students, graduates, faculty and staff. Here are just a few Notre Dame women who have made their mark on the world.

Notable Alumni