NDMU Welcomes Historic Gender-Inclusive Class of Traditional Undergraduates

Class of 2027 Makes Its Mark on the NDMU Community
Class of 2027 group photo

BALTIMORE – For the first time in its 128-year history, Notre Dame of Maryland University welcomes students identifying as female and male into the traditional undergraduate program. Close to 50 male students began fall classes this week as part of the all-gender traditional undergraduates.

“We are excited to celebrate our historic gender-inclusive class of first-year students and look forward to the ways that the Class of 2027 will enrich our campus community,” said Dr. Marylou Yam, president of Notre Dame of Maryland University. 

Overall, there has been a 27% increase in undergraduate enrollment, and new student enrollment has more than doubled. The new class of students are from 13 countries and 16 states – about 70 percent are from Maryland. Nearly 20 new traditional undergraduates have a relative who graduated from NDMU.

Among the new entering class are student-athletes who are part of Notre Dame’s first men’s sports teams – men’s soccer and men’s basketball. Notre Dame offers an NCAA Division III athletic program in ten competitive sports, including men’s baseball, which will begin next year. 

“At NDMU, we pride ourselves in providing students with an inclusive transformational education that helps them to become their best selves. This class will continue to mark their mark on the University for years to come,” said President Yam.

Established in 1895, Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) is a private, Catholic institution in Baltimore, Maryland, with the mission to educate leaders to transform the world. Notre Dame has been named one of the best "Regional Universities North" by U.S. News & World Report.

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