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Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, is closing after more than 100 years

March 4, 2024
Rising costs and shrinking enrollment have made continued operations unsustainable.

Notre Dame College, which has operated in South Euclid, Ohio, for more than 100 years, has announced that it will close at the end of the spring semester because of rising costs and shrinking enrollments. 

“We are all saddened by the need to make this decision, but rest assured that as we move forward, we are doing everything we can to ensure a smooth transition for our students to continue their education,” said Interim President John Smetanka. 

The college says it has worked out agreements with nine other colleges and universities so that so that students can finish their education at one of those schools.

"With these agreements in place, Notre Dame College will conclude its in-person academic instruction at the end of Spring Semester 2024," a statement from the school said.

"Like many small higher education institutions across the country, [Notre Dame College] has faced long-standing challenges related to declining enrollment, a shrinking pool of college-aged students, rising costs and significant debt," the statement continued.

The nine schools that have agreed to accept Notre Dame College students: Baldwin Wallace University; Cleveland State University; Hiram College; John Carroll University; Kent State University; Lake Erie College; Ursuline College; Walsh University; and Mercyhurst University.

Current students in good standing with at least 60 completed credits will receive guaranteed admission to pursue their degrees uninterrupted at a partner institution, with comparable net tuition and transfer of all credits.

Notre Dame College was established in South Euclid, Ohio, in 1922. It was a women’s college until 2001.

 

 

 

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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