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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 06/ 1/2010

Md.'s Notre Dame to become a university

By Washington Post editors

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will be changing its designation to "university," which school officials say will bring the name in line with the institution's broadening scope, The Baltimore Sun reports.

"In terms of our brand identity, we needed to do a clarification of what we are," said P.J. Mitchell, chair of the board of trustees. "This will allow us to more clearly articulate the breadth and depth of what we offer."

The board voted in May to move forward with the change and will work on a timeline and the exact wording of the new name at its next meeting in October.

Notre Dame has been a small women's college for most of its history and remains so at the undergraduate level. But it now comprises three schools, including the schools of education and pharmacy which offer doctoral-level degrees. This year Notre Dame handed out as many graduate degrees, about 400, as undergraduate degrees.

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
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Next, let's look for this big-ass "university" to be invited into the Big 10.

Posted by: perryneheum | June 1, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Ewwwwwww, another Catholic School.

Posted by: kenk3 | June 1, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, perryneheum, I didn't know there was a minimum size requirement to become a university. Not.

Posted by: crzytwnman | June 1, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

kenk3 - Can't you find something else to HATE ON? Get a life!

Posted by: tellall1 | June 1, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

This is a great move for my alma mater. It will be wonderful as long as Notre Dame never goes completely coed. We need to maintain our standards, after all.

Posted by: xenophile | June 1, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

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