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First-Year Students

This is the beginning of your journey to becoming a successful student and empowered citizen. Let’s get started.

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First-year students

Take the first step and apply

Want to join one of the most diverse, closely connected campuses in the country? You’re in good company. Click here for clear directions.

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100% Tuition Coverage for Students Eligible for Cal and Pell Grants

The HNU Tuition Guarantee

Holy Names University is proud to offer our HNU Tuition Guarantee to make a small, private college education accessible to more students. Starting Fall 2022, HNU will provide 100% tuition coverage for all first-time, first-year students who are eligible for both the Pell Grant and the Cal Grant.

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First-year programs

Find your focus

HNU’s high-quality programs will prepare you to make a positive impact. Explore our many programs of study, and pick the one you’re most passionate about.

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Hit the ground running

Our First-Year Experience program will help you connect the dots from day one.

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Student Life

You're all in

There are lots of ways to get involved at Holy Names—from joining a club to starting your own.

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Bring your point of view

We have different backgrounds, perspectives, and stories to share. Join us, and add some beautiful new notes to the narrative.

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