Holy Names University

Holy Names University

Oakland, CA
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $38,800 | $38,800
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $15,554
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Holy Names University

Founded in 1868, Holy Names University provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. It consistently ranks as one of the most diverse universities in the nation, and it receives the highest accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Nearly 1,200 students have access to 19 bachelor degrees, seven master degrees, and four degree-completion programs. These rigorous programs along with small class sizes, dedicated teachers, personal attention, and focus on social justice prepare students for leadership and service roles.

Business programs

Students interested in business can pursue Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business degrees. The BA in Business has six concentrations:

- Business Communications
- Finance
- International Business
- Management
- Marketing
- Sports Management

Programs in the Humanities

Students who want to study disciplines that relate to human culture can earn degrees in the following areas:

- BA in Communication Studies
- BA in English
- BA in History

Programs in the Social Sciences

Students with an interest in how people develop societies and behave and interact in those societies can choose from the following programs:

- BA in Criminology
- BA in International Relations
- BA in Psychology
- BA in Sociology

Art Programs

Students whose goal is to strengthen their creativity as well as their performing or visual arts skills can earn these degrees:

- BA in Multimedia Arts and Communication
- BA in Music
- Bachelor of Music (piano, vocal, or instrumental)

Life Science Programs

Students who enjoy studying living organisms or the relationship between behavior and physiological processes among humans and other animals have three options:

- BA in Biological Science
- BS in Biological Science
- BS in Psychobiology

Liberal Studies

Students who'd like to take a diverse range of courses in all of the university's divisions can pursue the BA in Liberal Studies.

Student life

Holy Names is a close-knit community where students build meaningful partnerships with faculty members. On-campus housing gives them the opportunity to create friendships and build strong ties with fellow students from diverse backgrounds and origins.

Residential living also provides easy access to opportunities that enable students to express their creativity, have fun, help others, and take on leadership roles. Here are just a few of the activities that they can enjoy:

- Attend events like carnivals, dances, and NCAA intercollegiate athletic games
- Become peer mentors
- Engage in spiritual growth through the Campus Ministry
- Join student clubs and organizations
- Participate in student government
- Pursue social justice work through the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Faculty members

Faculty members bring unique experiences and perspectives to their classrooms. For example, students learn about Central America's history from a professor who grew up in El Salvador. They learn accounting and marketing strategies from a professor who's also a Certified Public Accountant and former entrepreneur.

As a licensed architect with more than 25 years of experience, Associate Professor of Management James Stryker, PhD brings his own unique experiences to the classroom. His professional expertise includes starting and managing a design practice and working as the director of facility design and management for a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company.

Employment Opportunities

Holy Names University's rigorous academic programs ensure that students graduate with the intelligence, experience, and confidence to obtain rewarding positions in many fields.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projected growth through 2024 for occupations that Holy Names' graduates are qualified to obtain including the following:

- Accountants and Auditors: 11% (Faster than average)
- Biological Technicians: 5% (As fast as average)
- Financial Analysts: 12% (Faster than average)
- Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers: 6% (As fast as average)
- Personal Financial Advisors: 30% (Much faster than average)
- Public Relations Specialists: 6% (As fast as average)
- Technical Writers: 10% (Faster than average)

Financial aid

Holy Names University is one of the most affordable private universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, all incoming freshman and day transfer students receive University grants and/or scholarships like the following:

- Holy Names University Grants
- Athletic Scholarships
- Catholic High Schools Scholarship
- Merit Scholarships
- Music Scholarships
- Sister Marie Rose Durocher Scholarship

Many undergraduate students also qualify for one or more of these financial aid resources:

- Cal Grant A & B (California state grants)
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
- Federal Parent Plus Loans
- Federal Perkins Loans
- Private Loans
- Student Employment

Campus Location

Holy Names University is situated on 60 wooded acres in the hills of Oakland, California. Its location offers a spectacular view of Oakland, San Francisco, and the Bay. Furthermore, the area's coastal climate provides temperate winters; clear, sunny fall and spring days; and sunny, breezy summers.

The University's location amongst the hills provides a safe, beautiful, tranquil place to learn. Parks that surround the campus provide outdoor recreation like bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding.

Plus, Holy Names' close proximity to San Francisco provides easy access to urban amenities like museums, performing arts, and professional sporting events. Attractions like Carmel, Lake Tahoe, Monterey Bay, and Yosemite National Park are within driving distance.

Location & Contact

3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-1699
United States

Phone: 510-436-1351
Fax: 510-436-1325
Email: admissions@hnu.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Corporate Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Software and Media Applications Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Nursing Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Pedagogy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


52% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,713
    • Accepted1,426
    • Acceptance Rate52%
    • Enrolled591
    • Female Applicants1,808
    • Females Accepted1,011
    • Female Acceptance Rate55%
    • Male Applicants905
    • Males Accepted415
    • Male Acceptance Rate45%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $20
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      minimum 1 recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 17 22
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$38,800
    • Out-of-state tuition *$38,800
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$516
    • Room and board *$13,190
    • Room only *$6,812
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$15,554
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$18,950
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,154
    • Average Grant Aid:$10,557
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$13,258
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:70%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 43%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 33%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students591
    • Male Student Percentage36%
    • Female Student Percentage64%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino43.32%
    • Black or African American18.44%
    • White or Caucasian18.1%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.17%
    • Asian8.63%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander1.86%
    • Two or more races2.88%
    • Unknown or International Student3.21%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students7% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 51%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic No
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Drama Club, Latinos Unidos, Black Student Union, Biology Club, Hiking Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour security main gate


Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Yes Yes
    • Basketball No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Yes Yes
    • Golf No Yes Yes
    • Soccer No Yes Yes
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No Yes Yes
    • Track No Yes Yes
    • Volleyball No Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Yes Yes
    • Golf No Yes Yes
    • Soccer No Yes Yes
    • Softball No Yes Yes
    • Tennis No Yes Yes
    • Track No No No
    • Volleyball No Yes Yes


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty169
    • Full-time Percentage30%
    • Part-time Percentage70%
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported



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