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Undergraduate International Students

HNU's application process and requirements

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Admissions Deadlines

Due to the complexity of issuing an I-20, obtaining a visa, and arriving on campus in time, it is strongly recommended that ALL admissions and housing information be submitted two months or more prior to the beginning of the term.

Fall Admission: July 15
Spring Admission: December 1

Admissions Process and Requirements

Submit your application
Request your official transcripts

Submit an official transcript with a word-for-word certified English translation from all secondary and post-secondary attended schools. If your transcript is in English, ask your previous institution(s) to submit an official final transcript on your behalf.

If you send your transcript yourself, this will be considered an unofficial transcript.

Submission options:

By email:

By mail:
Attn: HNU Admissions
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

By fax:
(510) 436-1325

All transcripts of schools attended are to be mailed in a sealed envelope from each granting Institution to the evaluation group of your choice, which will verify that the transcripts are official and received appropriately.

Evaluate/Translate your credits
  • International students who have taken post-secondary courses outside the United States are required to have their international credentials professionally evaluated by a third-party organization.
  • Transcripts may be evaluated by one of these professional evaluation service organizations:
    • World Education Services WES (
    • Educational Credential Evaluators ECE (
    • Global Credential Evaluators GCE (
    • We Accept evaluations from any member of the  National Association of Credential Evaluation Services NACES
    • And from any member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc. AICE
    • SpanTranlink
  • All transcripts of schools attended are to be mailed in a sealed envelope from each granting Institution to the evaluation group of your choice who will verify that the transcripts are official and received appropriately. Please be sure you are ordering a course-by-course evaluation.
Submit your passport

A photocopy of your passport must be submitted along with any previous visas. It is important that the copy is clear and that your counselor can see the picture and read all of the words on the page.

Provide proof of English competency and/or test results
Test Minimum Score Send your Official Scores
TOEFL iBT Total Score 45 Institutional Code: 4059
IELTS Overall Score 5
PTE Academic Score 45
ELS Language Centers (ELS) Proficiency Report 109
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 60
Duolingo 100
  • Admissible scores from SAT or ACT completion meet English Competency requirements
  • 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.
  • Completion through the advanced intermediate level at any other accredited English language program, to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • One year of undergraduate work at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Students who have completed study at a U.S. secondary school, with a minimum of two years of continuous enrollment.
  • If English is your first language or if undergraduate instruction was in English, no other proof of English competency is required.
  • Students from Quebec and Francophone educational systems may be required to submit proof of English language proficiency.
  • SAT/ACT Tests: Students who have completed study at a U.S. secondary school or competed secondary school from the following list of countries do not need Proof of English Competency, but should still submit an SAT or ACT score:


Anguilla Montserrat St. Lucia
Fiji Antigua Barbuda
Gambia Namibia St. Vincent
Grenadines Australia Ghana
New Zealand Swaziland Bahamas
Grand Cayman Islands Nigeria Tanzania
Barbados Grenada Northern Marianas
Trinidad Tobago Belize
Guyana Palau Turks and Caicos Islands
Bermuda Ireland Papua New Guinea
Uganda Botswana Jamaica
Philippines United States Cameroon
Kenya Pitcairn Islands United Kingdom
Canada Kiribati Scotland
Virgin Island Cayman Islands Lesotho
Sierra Leone Wales Christmas Islands
Liberia Singapore Zambia
Zimbabwe Micronesia South Africa
Dominica Soloman Islands Malawi


Confirm financial resources
  • Students must submit documentation of financial support showing sufficient funds to cover Cost of Attendance (tuition, housing, and other expenses) for at least the first year of study and that, barring unforeseen circumstances, adequate funding will be available from the same or equally dependable sources for subsequent years. Documentation is valid for up to six months from the date of submission to HNU.
  • Funds may come from any dependable source, including scholarships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, personal funds, or funds from the student’s family. Documentation of scholarships and fellowships may be in the form of an official award letter from the school or sponsoring agency; documentation of personal or family funds should be on bank letterhead stationery, or in the form of a legally binding affidavit. Form I-134, “Affidavit of Support,” can be used to document support being provided by a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident. If a bank statement is in the name of someone other than the applicant, a letter demonstrating support from the sponsor is also required. Students from countries with currency restrictions must also submit a letter from their Central Bank indicating that the cost of one year’s expenses will be released. The amount that you will need to show is below.Cost of Attendance for Undergraduate Students Living on Campus
Tuition and Campus Fees $40,904.00 USD
Room and Board $13,994.00 USD
Other costs (books/supplies, insurance, transportation) $4,557.00 USD
Total $59,455.00 USD
Find out what you'll receive once you're accepted
  • Acceptance letter
  • Intent to Enroll/Tuition Deposit form
  • Letter from International Student Advisor
  • Frequently Asked Questions and Important Information
  • I-20 Document
  • Maintaining Status Document
  • SEVIS Fee Information
Apply for housing

If you intend to live on campus, you must apply for housing. The form can be filled out online at HNU Housing Application

The following must be submitted in English to the Office of Residence Life AND Admissions:

  • Immunization records (proof of Tetanus, TB, MMR and Hepatitis B vaccinations)
  • Health Insurance (proof of Insurance and a copy of Explanation of Benefits\standard insurance form) which shows that insurance is equal to or greater in benefit than that which the university mandates.
Submit your deposit

Your Intent to Enroll/Tuition Deposit form must be signed and returned to HNU with a $100 tuition deposit to secure your place.

Your Housing Deposit of $100 must be submitted to secure housing.

To pay by check, make check payable to Holy Names University and be sure to write your name in the memo line, so it is correctly applied to your account. Contact your Admissions Counselor to pay by the Tuition Deposit by credit card.