Notre Dame de Namur University Reviews

4.45 out of 5 stars
(83 Reviews)
  • Belmont (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $35,350
50% of 83 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 83 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Previous student - 2/29/2020
Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2013
"The Art Therapy Program is led by amazing professors who are supportive, knowledgeable, and well-respected in the field. The classes offer plenty of opportunity for self reflection, opportunity to create and learn useable skills, and community building with your peers. The campus is beautiful and an oasis in the busy-ness of the Bay Area."
5.0 out of 5 stars
JP - 2/29/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2022
"My experience in the MFT & Art Therapy program at Notre Dame de Namur has been very positive. I have been able to continue my learning and work towards the completion of my degree with the support of my professors who have been fully invested in providing the best education and contribute to my learning. The classes, especially, the core classes have expanded my knowledge in Psychology as a whole and have been useful in acquiring new knowledge of how art therapy can contribute to the healing process as well. The fellow students and our shared desire to become therapists has really encouraged me and has made my participation in the NDNU community very enjoyable and self-fulfilling. I am very excited in having a career and entering into a field where my work will be valuable and will have a lasting effect in people's lives. I am hopeful that this community keeps thriving so that more people can benefit and heal through the work that students like myself are learning to do."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Fiona Ruddy - 2/29/2020
Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016
"I really liked the fact that I could obtain a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy AND Art Therapy from the Art Therapy Psychology Department at NDNU. I feel that the faculty and curriculum prepared me well for my Practicum and for my career once I graduated. I am now licensed and continue to use art therapy in my work and I remain connected to alumni and faculty at the school. The small classes and programs allow students to take the time to process experiential interventions, get to know one another and remain connected in the community. My only suggestion would be to add a course involving the pros and cons of private practice and inviting professionals in the community in to discuss how they started and lessons learned."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Future Art Therapist - 2/29/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2023
"Faculty in this graduate program are exceptionally experienced in their field and share real-life, applicable information and true-and-tested clinical knowledge with their students. Neither theory nor serviceable action seems to be dominant in the program. Instead, our staff aims to teach both on equal footing and attempts to relate them together as much as possible. It is also clear that each and every staff member genuinely cares about their students. They promote active participation, authentic conversations, and critical processing while maintaining an atmosphere of openness, confidentiality, and compassion. Staff are willing to work with individual students regarding personal issues, as well as educational disruptions, in a sincere attempt to give each student the best chance at success of understanding and applying the knowledge and material presented in each class. I feel that this program is providing me foundational, applicable, and deeply substantive knowledge about psychology and art therapy. I am truly grateful to have the privileged to study under the faculty in our program and grow together with my cohort to become the next generation of art therapists and advocates."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Art therapy grad - 2/29/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2019
"I was one of the few who attended NDNU for undergrad and graduate school. Both of my experiences were great. During my time here, I felt supported and connected with many of my classmates and professors. The school is small but that’s part of its charm. Having such small classes makes it easy to create positive relationships with the students and professors, made me feel comfortable to participate in discussions and made it impossible to slip through the cracks. Every teacher I had here at NDNU made me feel like they genuinely cared about me succeeding. I will never forget several professors in particular who would notice something stressing me out and then would take the time to check in on me before or after class to make sure I was doing okay and if I wasn’t, they would help me figure out what I needed. After moving back to my hometown and reconnecting with high school friends I’ve come to learn that NDNU is one of the few schools that actually care and put effort into developing its students as a whole. NDNU cared not only about students achieving academically but they provided countless opportunities to grow spiritually and emotionally with numerous meditation or self care events, encouraging students to take a break while studying, countless volunteer and community engagement opportunities and fun events to reward everyone’s hard work. During weekly student mass (which was respectful towards students with different religions/spiritualities and was never mandatory like other religious schools) the priest would speak with the intention of relating the homily to the students. They would invite students to come up and share but never forced anyone or shamed them for declining. Even though I went inconsistently, the priest and other parish faculty began to recognize me and would talk to me throughout the week. For the first time, I felt comfortable enough to participate in mass. During the graduate program, professors would check in with students and would always stress the importance of self care. During class, sometimes it would seem silly, but now that I’m working full time in the mental health field, I see other therapists who are just as new as me, burning out while I’m still practicing my daily self care and feel ready to continue. Many of the professors here encourage students to always self reflect and check in with how what they are doing relates to their inner values and the hallmarks set forth by the school. NDNU provided me many opportunities to work with children and gain the experience I needed to pursue my goals. After graduation (both times) I was able to get a job within a month doing something that I loved and actually putting my degrees to work. I currently work for a non profit doing art therapy with children and their families and I love it. Without NDNU I don’t think I would be where I am now."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Lancia Blatchley - 2/29/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2000
"The caliber of the professors was excellent. In the MFT & Art Therapy program we were challenged to become the best therapists we could be, thinking outside the box, always considering the others’ perspective with a eye to social justice. I have since returned to the east coast to put in practice all the skills they taught us and helped 100s of Domestic Violence survivors overcome their trauma using those very skills. The students who graduate from this school make a difference in the world."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sophia Stutes - 2/29/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015
"I appreciate and am so grateful for my masters experience in the Art therapy/psychotherapy department at NDNU. I gathered a solid clinical base and an expertise in the field of art therapy. The professors were all knowledgeable and passionate about the field."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brittany Dray - 2/29/2020
Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015
"Norte Dame de Namur has a unique program integrating Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy. Instructors are knowledgeable and art therapy interventions are woven into class instruction. I moved from an out of state to be in a program that was strong in research and intervention."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Cevec - 2/29/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2022
"Before attending NDNU I felt questionable about my chosen path in life. I never felt as if I fit into the communities attached to my chosen majors at my previous campus, therefore I had my doubts going into my masters program. Those doubts vanished the day I attended open house at NDNU and the first day stepped foot into the Art Therapy program to attend class. I was welcomed with such warmth and open arms by my professors and fellow colleagues. It is at NDNU I realized that Art therapy is the path that I want to be on in life and it is a path that I hope to continue on with the help of NDNU."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Norit Bercovicz - 2/29/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
"As an alumni, my experience with Notre Dame de Namur’s Art Therapy Psychology program was one that I will forever cherish. The amount of knowledge gained, support given, and community created by the staff and it’s members is incomparable. I am incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity to not only study with Notre Dame de Namur’s Art Therapy Psychology program, but to remain connected beyond the classroom walls, as well. If you are passionate about the field of Art Therapy, Notre Dame de Namur’s Art Therapy Psychology program is a place where that passion will be nourished and will flourish."