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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
Transcript requirements

Applicants are not required to submit official copies of international transcripts to HNU. Instead, a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation from an approved transcript evaluation service is required of all international applicants. 

If your transcripts are not in English, they must be accompanied by an official English translation to the evaluation agency before an evaluation can be processed. (See Translating official transcripts below) 

International students who attended schools outside of the United States must submit an evaluation of academic records to Admissions. You must have your transcripts evaluated through one of the following approved agencies. Each agency has a specific process, so you should confirm the correct submission process with the credential service of choice and submit per their instruction.  

Holy Names University currently accepts evaluations from the following agencies: 

Any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services NACES 

Any member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc. AICE 

Your evaluation must show the U.S. equivalency of the degree that you earned. The final evaluation must show an awarded degree equivalent to a high school diploma. Please request a course-by-course evaluation including a grade point average (GPA). Official evaluation copies should be sent directly to the Holy Names University Office of Admissions.   

Submission options: 

By email (must be official and sent from the evaluation service): 

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

Translating official transcripts

Many schools will be able to accommodate your request to have your transcripts issued in English. If your school is unable to issue official transcripts in English, you have the following options: 

  • Take your transcripts and diploma/proof of degree to the appropriate verifying institution (i.e. Educational Ministry) to have them translated and notarized. The institution can then send those documents directly to the evaluation service in a sealed, preferably signed envelope. If the institution will only release the verification to you, please request that they put it in a sealed envelope so that you can forward that envelope directly to the evaluation provider. DO NOT open the envelope as that will void the verification. The documents must be received in their original sealed envelope to be considered official. 
  • You can submit your transcripts to a translation service. The translation service can then send those documents directly to the evaluation provider in a sealed, preferably signed envelope. If they send the translation to you, it must be forwarded to the evaluation service in its original sealed state. Again, DO NOT open the envelope as that will void the translation. The documents must be sealed to be considered official. You should also request that an official copy (in your native language) accompany the translation so they can compare the original to the translation. 

Transfer students: 

Students who attended universities outside of the United States and want to have their courses evaluated for possible transfer credit must also submit course descriptions of their completed university work. The course descriptions must come from either the school’s website or official catalog, and if not in English, they must be translated into English through a translation service. Please email all course descriptions to 

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 2022: Holy Names University will not require SAT or ACT test scores for fall 2022 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. 
  • Two years of undergraduate work at an accredited U.S. college or university with grades of a C or higher in all academic courses. 
  • Students who have graduated from a U.S. secondary school, with a minimum of two years of continuous enrollment. 
  • If English is your first language, 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. 
  • Students whose primary language is English, and have completed secondary school from the following list of countries do not need Proof of English Competency: 
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. 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
Important Information from the International Student Advisor
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.