Notre Dame de Namur University Reviews

  • 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

Janae Dueck
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2020
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"This is a great program if you're interested in combining a Marriage and Family Therapy licenser and an Art Therapist credential. The two go hand-in-hand, and provides the student with fun and engaging ways for doing therapy. It is an innovative field, that offers creativity, discovery, and self-growth as you learn about how to become the best therapist you can be."
Monika Bernal
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"NDNU is a really small school so if you’re looking for a lot of attention and dedication to your career, this is the school for you. Every professor pays close attention to your intentions and provides quality education. It’s very hands on and with the help of the sisters of Notre Dame, faculty and staff your guaranteed to leave prepared for your bright future. As a first generation student and student leader, I can honestly say NDNU has challenged me in ways I never thought I could be."
TJ
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2020
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"As a student athlete, I struggle most with catching up with the chapter's that I've missed, and I feel like the resources on campus to assist us is not very helpful. Despite that, I found that it will be extremely helpful to always be proactive and communicate with my professor (at least in the Accounting program). In addition to that, my advisor always keeps me on my toes when it comes to signing up for classes and making sure I take the necessary classes for my major and in order to pursue my CPA certification. On the athletics stand point, the weight room is small in space and many of the equipments are old and in dire need of an upgrade. Moreover, the atmosphere is dull and definitely decreases motivation. In contrast to that, our golf coach certainly keeps us in check and has great passion in helping the team. All in all, the location and environment of the school is amazing, I like how close the classes are to the dorms and the Accounting program is effective and well organized."
Jeffrey M.
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2020
  • Degree: Human Services
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"I am so clad I chose this University. The faculty and administration were so supportive of me when i was going through some hard times. I'd never of finished school as quickly and on time without the patient guidance from my adademic advisor, Judy. I came to find that NDNU really cares about what kind of people we become and how that contributes to our overall well being. The prefessers were really willing to wrok with me and build off of my strenghts rather that focus on my weaknesses."
Chantal Zahrndt
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2020
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"NDNU has allowed me to grow as an individual. I've spread my wings and come out of my shell. The small class sizes played a major role in staying connected and engaged. My professors know me by name and still remember me years down the road. Most professors on campus truly care about your well being and are willing to work with you. This was extremely helpful as an athlete. Most of the business courses at NDNU are engaging and thought provoking. NDNU has much to offer, it's just what you put into it that matters."
Bell
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2020
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"The Master’s MFT and Art Therapy program might be the best in the nation. It is a hidden gem in the art therapy world of education and I’m so glad I found it. The class sizes are smaller for a more intimate learning experience. It is easy to discuss issues with the professors and the head of the department because they all welcome feedback. The staff in the art therapy department strive to make our experience as students as seamless as possible and prepare us for graduation. The business/financial aid office is that of any other university and has the same issues. Just the nature of that type of office since they do all deal with a lot of students."
Acapuano
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2020
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"This program has been outstanding. Working in the field for practicum, attending classes and writing my thesis i have been truly been supported. The classes are small and intimate. The professors teach in depth, are inspiring, helpful, and hands on. I couldn't ask for a better education, professors, or colleagues. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in the field. Everyone is very welcoming. There are many opportunities to test out art directives in class before you make it into the field. There are also many opportunities for self evaluation and growth. Check it out, talk to the advisors, get ready for the experience of a lifetime."
Art therapy student
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2020
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"This art therapy program has been transformative on a personal and professional level. The University staff that assist students in other departments seem to hold a grudge against every other department, which they don’t hold back from sharing with the students. This environment impedes student progress and rappers school spirit. Due to internal bickering in these supportive departments, our art therapy department receives improvements last. We were the last to obtain a new water fountain, often have issues with our heating, and often experience water difficulty. Should the university evolve to put students first, and smooth inner turmoils, this university could really shine. The location, nature, and Spirituality on campus are unique and amazing. I picked this school with great influence from the woodlands and the nuns. The professors on campus in the art therapy department are incredibly committed, very open to feedback, and always working to better themselves. They help students to focus on their internal process, a practice we will carry as therapists. And constantly encourage us to think bigger. I have felt so supported in this program, and have made life long connections in both friendship and collegiate forms. I’m grateful I went to NDNU."
Notre Dame de Namur
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2020
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I experienced great Mentorship in the Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Graduate Program. What a wonderful community of future art therapists. Classmates are super supportive. Classes are small and specific. I learned so much about myself and other populations."
Simone
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2018
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"RED FLAGS. In regards to the Masters in Arts in Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy, if you are looking for a program where standards are consistently high across all areas of learning, curriculum is current and designed thoughtfully and rigorously to prepare students, teachers are passionate and accountable for their duties, then LOOK ELSEWHERE. NDNU delivers an incredibly spotty and disappointing experience. Facilities are severely lacking - poor wifi connections, run down classrooms, child grade art supplies, zero air conditioning. Professors are inconsistent - a couple are excellent but most are disorganized, have low standards for achievement, or are too busy with other obligations beyond teaching (private practice, conducting research, writing books, etc.). The director of the program fails to stay abreast of student evaluations and student feedback that would alert her to making the program better, let alone hold the professors accountable for failing their teaching duties. They enroll some students that are not a good fit and some that are mentally unable to do the work but take their money anyways. Class offerings are limited, unflexible and cater to the professors schedules. Curriculum is out dated - you will not find coursework in cutting edge psychology practices from 1980 onward, with the exception of a mention of virtual reality. Curriculum is unduly weighted in the psychopathology model versus the wellness model. Research component is laughable - you will be required to write a thesis and conduct research without having proper instruction on how to do any of this. How does NDNU's Art Therapy program think that they are going to contribute to the field of Art Therapy by setting such low standards? Lastly, if you are an artist, you will be dumbfounded that they have stripped away the very things that naturally contribute to the therapeutic qualities of art making. The program assumes you will have knowledge of research methodology, which most art majors do not. Interview some recent graduates before you commit. Do not get sold by one of their admissions advisors. This program fails to deliver."