The institution was first founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame as the Notre Dame of Maryland Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies and Preparatory School for Little Girls.
In 1895, Notre Dame received state approval to begin four year baccalaureate-level instruction. The April 1896 College charter from the State of Maryland granted the right to award degrees up to and including the doctorate. Notre Dame offers degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, postmaster’s, and doctoral level.
September 9, 2011: On the 116th anniversary of the first day of college classes offered on the campus—the institution was renamed Notre Dame of Maryland University. NDMU has four academic schools: Arts, Sciences, and Business; Education; Nursing; and Pharmacy.
July 1, 2014: Current president Marylou Yam, Ph.D. became the 14th president of the University.
March 2015: NDMU received non-governmental organization (NGO) status with the United Nations. NDMU is the only college or university in Maryland to have such a designation.
April 2018: NDMU launched the Women’s Leadership Institute of Baltimore to serve as a convener of women in the Baltimore region to address issues of gender inequity.
2020: The University celebrated its 125th year of educating leaders to transform the world.