Holy Names University

Oakland CA 94619-1699
United States

Founded: 1868

In 2013, Holy Names University celebrated the 145th anniversary of its foundation by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1868 on the shores of Lake Merritt. We moved our campus to the Oakland Hills in 1957.

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted Holy Names a ten year reaffirmation of accreditation, the maximum granted and seldom awarded.

Campus: 60 wooded acres high in the hills of Oakland California

Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:1

Average Class Size: 10

Total Enrollment: 1,331

Fall 2011 marks our largest enrollments in history – over 1,330 students.  There are 380 students in residence on campus, filling to capacity our residence halls.

Student Geographic Distribution: 22 states and 21 nations

Full-Time Faculty With Highest Degrees In Their Fields: 91%

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, LVN to BSN, RN to BSN, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Culture and Spirituality, Master of Education, Master of English, Master of Music, Master of Pastoral Ministry, Master of Psychology, Master of Science in Nursing

Teaching Credentials: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Single Subject Teaching Credential, Education Specialist Credential Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Autism Authorization, Certificate in Educational Therapy

Ethnic Diversity (based on Fall 2010 enrollment):

The 2008 edition of US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges ranked Holy Names Number One in Campus Diversity among all institutions in the West. About 70% of our students are from under-represented ethnic backgrounds and our student body represents 36 nations.

  • 18% Latino
  • 21% Caucasian
  • 24% African American
  • 10% Asian American
  • 27% Other

Athletic Excellence:

Holy Names was among the institutions that established the NAIA California Pacific Conference in 1996.

  • 44 Cal Pac Championships
  • 28 NAIA All-Americans
  • 30 Conference MVPs
  • 30 NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances

Generous Giving by Alumni and Friends: HNU recently received several significant bequests – two of the largest include $2 million from an Alumna and $1 million from a Regent. The Science Facilities Reconstruction Campaign raised $5.4 million, exceeding its goal of $4.9 million. A Trustee recently gave $250,000 for faculty enhancement and development of the new student center.

On the Class of 2015

This is a class of 224 freshmen and transfer students and together they bring many gifts and talents to HNU.

  • 150 are female, 74 are male
  • 97 are from the East Bay
  • 28 are from Southern California
  • The furthest State represented is Rhode Island
  • The furthest Country represented is Argentina
  • Their average age is 20 years, 3 months
  • The oldest student was 42 when youngest student was born!
  • 26 were born in December—12% of the class!
  • Only 3 were born on the 22nd day of any month
  • 44 have a first language that is not English
  • 31 students started this year with a high school classmate
  • 6 are from Deer Valley HS in Antioch

Before enrolling at HNU:

  • 68 students volunteered in organizations
  • 44 were involved in leadership or student government
  • 22 were members of a state or national honor society
  • 18 were involved with a college readiness program including AVID, College Bound, and Upward Bound
  • 15 were involved in choir
  • Many of the students participated in various clubs including Anime Club, East Indian Club, MEChA, Church Youth Groups, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Many of these students received one of our named or endowed scholarships, a merit scholarship, or a talent scholarship for athletics or music.

Holy Names University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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