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HNU is a special place, as you’ll discover the moment you set foot on our welcoming campus. Let us give you a look around.

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Some numbers worth noting


Average class size


First-Generation College Students (HNU undergraduates)


All of our full-time undergraduate students receive financial assistance from Holy Names.

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Why HNU?

You’ll feel the difference from day one

From our beautiful hilltop setting, we celebrate diversity, support each other wholeheartedly, and strive to reach our full potential. As soon as you join our close-knit community, you’ll know you’re somewhere special.

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Our History

A proud past

In 1868, six Sisters of Holy Names arrived in Oakland with the dream of providing education for those living in poverty. And we’ve been keeping their dream of service alive ever since.

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Our Leadership

Guiding us forward

Meet our President, Michael Groener, and the other HNU leaders who are providing the inspiration and vision to help us reach our goals.

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Programs & Centers

Created for enrichment

Discover our Programs & Centers, which are devoted to music, performing arts, learning, and social justice. They contribute greatly to the growth of our students and community.

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Students and professors engaging in music classroom
Visit the Kodály Center website