OAKLAND, CA (Sept. 10, 2018) – Holy Names University (HNU) is pleased to announce it has ranked in multiple categories of this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2019” guide. Once again, HNU appears in the Best Regional Universities and Best Value in the Western Region categories, and ranks as a top ten university for Ethnic and Economic Diversity in the Regional Universities - West category.
This announcement comes at an exciting time of growth for the institution. Bucking a nationwide trend of decreasing college enrollment, Holy Names is experiencing a second year of growth and is now serving a student body that is over 10% larger than it was last year. HNU residence halls are at full capacity.
“We increased targeted outreach to students we felt would thrive in a small school setting that provides exceptional support, as well as leadership and other career-building opportunities in the Bay area,” said VP for enrollment management Alan Liebrecht “and we are thrilled with the diversity of students who have chosen to pursue their studies at HNU.”
Says Mike Groener, HNU’s interim president, “There is a palpable excitement on campus this fall. From our first-year students to our master’s degree and degree-completion students, the student body is engaged and taking advantage of what HNU has to offer them as they prepare for the next steps in their career paths.”
Holy Names is celebrating its 150th anniversary this school year. The Sisters of the Holy Names, an order committed to educating the poor, founded what would become Holy Names University in 1868 to train future teachers in Oakland. Since that historic beginning, HNU has not only graduated thousands of teachers, but also nurses, scientists, counseling and forensic psychology practitioners, business leaders, and many others who are working hard to improve their communities. The five most popular stated majors for the class of 2022 are biology, business, criminology, nursing, and psychology.