Holy Names University

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3500 Mountain Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94619

Phone: (510) 436-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#75 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Holy Names University is a private institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 890, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 60 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Holy Names University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 75. Its tuition and fees are $33,020 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Holy Names University students, faculty, and staff form a learning community that promotes intellectual and professional excellence by fostering the capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, understand the resources and interconnections of knowledge, and appreciate ethical and cultural issues. Committed to the vision of the Holy Names Sisters, the University educates students from a diversity of cultures, religions, and backgrounds including those traditionally under-represented in higher education. All programs prepare students for lifelong professional and personal growth. The campus invites students from all religious traditions to integrate their relationships with God into their total educational experience. HNU partners with local, national, and international communities to promote the exploration of truth and foster leadership and service for positive change.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1868
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $10,793,284


When applying to Holy Names University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Holy Names University is 10:1, and the school has 76.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Holy Names University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 29%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 28%
Psychology 21%
Health Professions and Related Programs 14%
Social Sciences 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Holy Names University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 890, with a gender distribution of 29.9 percent male students and 70.1 percent female students. At this school, 45 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55 percent of students live off campus. Holy Names University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,353
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Holy Names University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health insurance. Holy Names University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Holy Names University, 72 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Holy Names University.

Students who have cars on campus 72%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Holy Names University, 85.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,633.

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Tuition and fees $33,020 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,134 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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