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Why HNU?

Reach your potential at one of the most diverse campuses in California. At HNU, it's about educating the whole person.

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Commencement joy
the sky is the limit

Anything is possible

HNU is home to a wide variety of people, backgrounds and perspectives. We’re deeply committed to each other, and to the vibrant Oakland community that we’ve been part of since 1868. Our close-knit community fosters critical thinking and produces students and professors who look beyond their classes and textbooks to actively engage with the world. And each other. We pull together and do whatever it takes to help one another reach our full potential, all within a warm, encouraging environment. Because we believe that by working side by side, hand in hand, we can accomplish anything.

Meet the people of HNU
Facts & Figures

Some noteworthy numbers


First-Generation College Students (HNU undergraduates)


Students of Color


HNU was founded in Oakland over 150 years ago by six Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.