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How to apply

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Holy Names University is committed to making higher education as accessible as possible, and this applies to our application process as well. Read through the instructions below carefully before you begin, and get in touch if you need any support along the way.

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HNU follows a rolling admissions plan. Applications are accepted up to the start date of the term for which you apply.

Upcoming semester start dates:
Spring 2021: January 11
Fall 2021: August 25

  1. Apply online or through the Common Application.
  2. Request an official transcript from your high school showing at least six semesters. Have it sent directly to:
    Holy Names University
    Office of Undergraduate Admission
    3500 Mountain Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94619
    You may also request your transcripts through Parchment Exchange, a credential request company that can assist you in sending electronic transcripts and other credentials directly to Holy Names University from your high school.
  3. Testing Instructions for Fall 2020 Students
    Take the SAT or ACT test and be sure to include Holy Names University as a recipient of the scores (SAT code is 4059 and ACT code is 0230). Scores reported on the high school transcript are also acceptable. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 2 priority deadline. In addition, California residents should submit a GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2, the deadline for Cal Grant eligibility.

    Test-Optional Policies for Fall 2021 Students

    In response to standardized testing disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holy Names University will not require SAT or ACT test scores for fall 2021 first-year applicants.

    While we will review test results if submitted, they are no longer a requirement. If students wish to report the results of previous testing, such as PSAT or PreACT scores or any previously administered SAT, ACT, AP, or IB exams, they are welcome to. Sharing exam results will be completely optional and students who did not take a test or choose not to share results will not be penalized.