NDNUNotre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, California)
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"NDNU, which competes with several large universities, instantly establishes that it gives individual attention in small classes," he says.
"It was a radio advertisement for adult student Learning that gave me the confidence to go back." However, Jackson felt the ads could have offered more information on the types of courses offered or whether NDNU offered online courses.
But NDNU must be doing something right--Frey says inquiries about the school are soaring.
NDNU's campaign "The Cure For The Common School" is anything but common.
This year, students, faculty and staff are averaging more than 110,000 hours of community service, which is rooted in NDNU's mission of social justice and global peace.
As a result, NDNU received the Carnegie Foundation's prestigious Community Engagement Classification elective recognition and has been lauded by the federal government as an engaged campus.
Part of NDNU's success with students also stems from the institution's support for first-generation and low-income students.
Surveys conducted on NDNU alumni from the classes of 1980 through 2015 show that 95 percent of graduates are employed, and 41 percent of them earn above $80,000.
The financial literacy component for NDNU's students ensures that they are not taking on excessive debt and that they can pay student loans back after graduation.
The partnership made NDNU one of 36 schools in the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities that expanded transfer pathways for community college students to attend four-year, private schools.
Pardo, a rising junior who is majoring in psychology at NDNU, said that, as a first-generation student, she did not know what to expect when first coming to college.
NDNU currently enrolls nearly 2,000 students--approximately 1,147 undergraduates and 820 graduate and credential students.