Holy Names University is a private Catholic university that sits nestled in the Oakland Hills in the middle of the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.
Location: Oakland, California
Mission: Holy Names University, rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, empowers a diverse student body for leadership and service. Guided by the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, HNU is a progressive, inclusive, and rigorous academic community offering a liberal arts and professional education.
Student Body: 961 total enrollment; 633 total undergraduates; 36% male and 64% female; 43.3% Hispanic; 18.4% African American; 18.1% Caucasian; 8.6% Asian; 1.9% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; 0.2% Native American; 3.4% international; 6.1% other; 34% of our undergraduates are the first in their families to go to college.
Recognition: U.S. News & World Report annually recognizes Holy Names University as one of the most diverse universities in the Western region. HNU is a vibrant community that
embraces individual and collective experiences. HNU is a member of Colleges of Distinction.
Academic Information: 10:1 student-faculty ratio; the average class size is 16 students.
Athletics: 13 NCAA Division II sports, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball; men’s volleyball is a club sport.
Financial Aid: Almost 100% of undergraduates receive financial aid.
2018–2019 Tuition and Fees: $38,800
2018–2019 Room and Board: $12,754
• Biological Science
- International Business
- Sports Management
• Communication Studies
• Communication Studies with an emphasis in Digital Media
• Community Health Sciences
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• International Relations
• Liberal Studies (teaching prep)
- Post-licensure, RN to BSN
- Pre-licensure, Generic BSN
• Politics and History
• Digital Arts
• Diversity Studies
• Latin American and Latinx Studies
• Religious Studies
• Writing for Professionals
- Pre-occupational Therapy
- Pre-physical Therapy
- Pre-veterinary Medicine
SEAMLESS TO GRADUATE DEGREE
• Accelerated MBA program
HNU has been transforming lives since 1868 and celebrated its 150th anniversary this past school year. An academic community committed to the full development of each student, Holy Names offers a liberal arts education rooted in the Catholic tradition, empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service in a complex world.
A commitment to community service and social justice
HNU students strive for social justice to help communities thrive. Complementing learning that happens in the classroom, students serve as leaders, mentors, and activists in service learning projects, internships, and volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and others.
A close-knit, supportive academic environment
With a low student-faculty ratio, HNU students can always count on enjoying personal attention from their professors. In fact, students have collaborated with distinguished faculty and coauthored important research papers on topics in biology and criminology; partnered with HNU faculty to produce beautiful murals and literary journals; and coordinated service efforts to provide clean drinking water for four grade schools in rural India. It’s this close partnership between HNU faculty and students—this cultivation of entrepreneurial spirit—that has helped recent HNU graduates go on to establish their own start-ups, community organizations, and social justice initiatives.
The best view and the best weather in one of the most exciting places in the world
HNU’s campus is situated in the picturesque hills above Oakland, which gives students a wide-angle view of San Francisco and the entire Bay. HNU’s location in the Bay Area means that students are close to Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley and the cultural, recreational, and professional opportunities that come with being in the midst of such a vibrant metropolitan area—one that boasts an average of 260 sunny days per year and more than 80 regional parks; companies like Apple, Pixar, Netflix, Facebook, Google, Levi Strauss, LinkedIn, Pandora, Twitter, YouTube, Uber, and Yelp; and more museums and theaters per square mile than almost anywhere else in the nation. The HNU campus is a safe and lively home base that puts the bright lights of the big city within each student’s reach.
HNU is committed to the success of its students, and that commitment takes the form of scholarships and financial aid for almost 100% of HNU students. These scholarships recognize the unique talents and potential of the University’s students and are designed to help them make the most of their time at HNU. Holy Names University remains one of the most affordable private schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The HNU Experience
HNU students participate in a total educational experience—one that brings together institutional endeavors to enhance learning and development. The HNU Experience promotes students connecting with each other and faculty inside and outside the classroom, and involves signature programs such as The Connection Project—a unique approach to the first-year experience—retreats, internships, study abroad programs, service learning projects, capstone courses, student employment, community-based leadership opportunities, NCAA D-II athletics, and dynamic student-run clubs and organizations.