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Next steps

Congratulations on your acceptance to HNU! Here are your next steps.

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Prepare for a strong start


We're really excited that you will be joining the HNU community! Below you will find helpful information to make your journey to HNU as smooth as possible. Also, be sure to watch your mail and email for more details. See you soon!

Submit your enrollment deposit

Submit your $100 enrollment deposit through your Holy Names application portal as soon as you decide to attend HNU. Your enrollment deposit secures your place in the entering class and opens the door to your participation in Hawk Day, our early registration program.

Submit your financial aid applications

Submitting either your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or California Dream Act Application helps us determine your eligibility for grants, scholarships, and additional financial aid. We can’t issue a financial aid award letter until you file your application. (So get it in as soon as you can!)

Sign up for your math placement assessment

All incoming HNU students take the ALEKS mathematics placement assessment. Results will help you and your academic advisor determine your preparedness in math and choose the most appropriate courses for you. The assessment must be completed at least 2 weeks before your scheduled Hawk Day. Sign-ups for the ALEKS mathematics placement assessment are included in the Hawk Day registration form (linked below).

Meet with an academic advisor

All incoming students must meet with an academic advisor after completing the ALEKS placement assessment and before attending a Hawk Day. Schedule your appointment (in-person or over the phone).

Attend a Hawk Day

During a Hawk Day, you’ll connect with fellow incoming students, explore ways to get involved at HNU and learn more about the resources and people that are here to support you along the way. Please note that there are several requirements that must be completed prior to attending a Hawk Day. RSVP for Hawk Day.

Residential students: submit your housing deposit

All students (first-year and transfer) planning to live on-campus must complete a housing application; included will be your meal plan contract. To secure your room make sure to submit your housing deposit.

Transfer students living off-campus have the option to choose a meal plan only. To select a meal plan only, please contact Justin Vacca, Director of Housing and Residence Life, at

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Questions about the process?

Contact your counselor through your portal or call us at (510) 436-1351.

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