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The University Coat of Arms signifies:

Oblate Mission in Cotabato City

The smaller upper compartment of the escutcheon is equally divided into:

The upper side, superimposed with the coat of arms of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the congregation that founded the University, is a field of blue, symbolic of Mary Immaculate to whom the Oblates of Mary Immaculate congregation was dedicated by its founder. The Cross of the OMI coat of arms is the cross of the Catholic faith.

The left side of the upper compartment depicts a stone fort in white field symbolizing the city of Cotabato, the seat of Notre Dame University.

Mission of the University

The main section of the escutcheon consists of twenty-one green and white stripes superimposed at the center with an open book lighted by a torch.

The twenty-one stripes represent the years Notre Dame had been a college before it earned University status.

Green and white are the official colors of the University symbolizing peace and hope within its sway.

The open book with the burning torch symbolizes the mission of the University to spread the light of faith and the knowledge of truth for social transformation.

Inscribed in the book is the OMI motto "EvangelizarePauperibusMisit Me PauperesEvangelizantur" (He is sent to share the good news with the poor. The poor are being evangelized.)

Faith, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Service

Above the shield are five stars standing for the University's core values of Faith, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Service.

Overarching the stars is "SedesSapientiae" (Seat of Wisdom), one of the many titles attributed to Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady, the Notre Dame, patroness of the University.

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