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With enrollment at Notre Dame College at a record high, the College has shed its reputation as the best kept secret in Greater Cleveland. Students have not only heard of Notre Dame, many of them know someone who has attended or is attending the College. Students are coming to Notre Dame College because the College is ever transforming to meet the needs of today’s college-bound traditional and adult students. In this article three students share why they chose Notre Dame College.
 
Charrise Jackson is a first year psychology major from East Northport, New York. When Charrise started her college search, she had two criteria that the college or university had to meet. The first was that the campus had to be a small, close-knit community and the second was that the institution had to value religion. “The College shares my belief in the value of hard work and a strong sense of faith,” said Charrise.
 
Dan Symons is also a first year student. He is an information systems major who graduated from Lawrence School in Broadview Heights, Ohio last year. When Dan started his college search he knew that he wanted a school with a small student/teacher ratio where he would not be known as a number. Notre Dame College was the third school that he visited and he felt at home when he walked in. His admissions counselor, Beth Ford ‘00, “was awesome and very personable.” Everyone Dan met wanted to get to know him and he found that his professors are here because their love of of teaching .
 
Kristen Jones is a first year adult business student who attends the WECO program. Before attending Notre Dame College, Kristen was enrolled in an online program that she “didn’t get much out of because it was too condensed.” During Kristen’s college search process she looked at other accelerated programs, but chose Notre Dame because the courses fit her schedule and she could meet her goal of obtaining a bachelor degree sooner. According to Kristen, the deal was sealed when she ran into Jeanne Christian, director of the Dwyer Learning Center. Jeanne was sincerely excited that Kristen made a decision to return to college and finish her degree.

When the College first became coeducational, there were those who thought the institution would not be the same. As you can see from these stories, the College has remained “a Catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, [that] educates a diverse population of students in the liberal arts for personal, professional, and global responsibility.”

Jameka Eaton Windham ’99 is the assistant director of admissions at Notre Dame College.