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Notre Dame College is preparing to have on-site classes, residence hall and dining services along with athletics and other co-curricular activities on campus for fall 2020, while still taking precautions for COVID-19.

College President J. Michael Pressimone, Ed.D., in a statement to students and their families expressed that he has conducted discussions with the senior team at Notre Dame and focus group sessions with others in the community to “determine how to get back to business” this fall.

“Our goal is to be open for business as close to normal as possible for the fall semester and to keep you and our faculty and staff safe and healthy,” the president said in his video message. “So, the beginning of the academic year might not look the same, but we hope it feels the same.”

Pressimone lauded the College’s the successful transition to virtual delivery of classes and services throughout the social distancing of spring and summer but also acknowledged the desire of members of the Notre Dame family to be part of a campus community.

The NCAA, for instance, has approved for prospective students to begin recruitment visits on college campuses this month. The Notre Dame Office of Admissions also is scheduling on-campus visits daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. beginning in June, but only for students who intend to enroll in fall 2020 and their families.

Prospective students can schedule a virtual or in-person campus visit at They also can apply for admission online.

Notre Dame faculty and staff will wear face masks and maintain social distancing during the on-campus meetings. In addition, the College is intensifying its cleaning and disinfecting efforts for campus facilities throughout summer and fall, according to the president.

“We are going to encourage you to use common sense and be great community members who think of the health and well-being of others before they think of themselves. This is what it means to be a part of our community,” he said in his statement.

Pressimone also noted that some decisions are out of his and the College’s purview. Notre Dame will continue to follow the recommendations of the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Governor Mike Dewine.

Members of the campus community continue to be available via email, phone and other virtual means throughout the summer. Current and prospective students, and their families are welcome to connect using contact information on the College website at

The College also offers online degree options and courses throughout the year.

“If you have questions for faculty, staff or coaches, you should reach out to them,” Pressimone said. “We are here for you, and we look forward to being with you again this fall.”

View a video of the president’s statement.

May 2020

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or