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At-A-Glance

HNU was founded on core values that have transcended time.

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Founded in 1868

Deeply rooted

At HNU, we’re deeply dedicated to one another, and to our community. We put down roots in Oakland more than 150 years ago, and our bond with each other and our vibrant city just keeps getting stronger. Holy Names University is a fully accredited, Roman Catholic, co-educational university. Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1868, HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education to prepare a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service. Read on for more information about our faculty, students, and institution.

At-A-Glance

Our Students

We come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds, perspectives, and stories to share. By pulling together, we help each other reach our full potential. Scroll down to view our student profile.

1014

Total Enrollment as of Fall 2020

38%

First-Generation College Students (HNU undergraduates)

70%

Students of Color

At-A-Glance

Our Faculty

Because of our small class sizes, your professors will really get to know you. You’ll form close connections with faculty and fellow class members, and discover how strongly we support each other.

15

Average class size

8:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

90%

Over 90% of HNU faculty members hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field.

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Accreditation
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Learn more.
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation for undergraduate and graduate nursing program
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences-approved MFT and LPCC licensure programs
Athletics
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Active Member participating in the Pacific West Conference
  • 8 California Pacific Athletic Conference All-Sports Awards (1997–1998, 1999–2000, 2000–2001, 2002–2003, 2005–2006, 2008–2009, 2009–2010, 2010–2011)
  • 54 California Pacific Conference Championships
  • 36 NAIA National Tournament Appearances
Degrees Offered
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Educational Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Teaching Credentials and Certificates

  • Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential
  • Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential
  • Educational Therapy Certificate
  • Spanish Bilingual Authorization
  • Certificate in Trauma-Informed Intervention
Institutes, Centers, and Programs
  • HNU Preparatory Music Program
  • Kodály Center for Music Education
  • Kodály Summer Institute
  • Raskob Learning Institute and Day School
  • Valley Center for the Performing Arts
Rankings and Distinctions
  • US News and World Report Best Colleges Guide 2020 ranks HNU 6th Most Diverse University in their Regional Universities West category.
  • US News and World Report Best Colleges Guide 2020 ranks HNU 17th in their new Top Performers in Social Mobility category in their Regional Universities West category.
  • US News and World Report Best Colleges Guide 2020 ranks HNU in their Regional Universities West category.
  • College of Distinction, 2019-2020
  • Catholic College of Distinction, 2019-2020
  • HNU is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU).
  • HNU is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution.
  • HNU is a founding member of Yes We Must Coalition, a national organization striving to promote college access and success for low-income students by promoting the work of small, independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities and others committed to this purpose.
  • Founding Member of Oakland Promise, an initiative dedicated to ensuring every child in Oakland graduates high school with the expectations, resources, and skills to complete college and be successful in the career of his or her choice.
Student Profile

Gender ratio (undergraduates): 64% women, 36% men

First-generation college students (undergraduates): 34%

Racial/Ethnic breakdown (undergraduate and graduate students):
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.7%
Asian: 12.7%
Black/African American: 21.6%
Hispanic: 35.4%
White: 17.5%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.9%
International: 3.5%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown: 7.6%

Honors and distinctions