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Transfer Students

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Find your path

Do you want to turn your passion into a rewarding career? At Holy Names, you can choose a major that matches your interests. Are you not sure what you want to do? Our counselors are available to guide you.

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Transfer-Friendly College

Holy Names University has a large community of transfer students. About 20% of HNU undergraduates transferred here from another university. Our transfer students are welcomed into our campus community and supported inside and outside the classroom. Other advantages of being a transfer student at HNU include: 

  • An easy application process
  • Simple credit transfers
  • Transfer scholarships
  • Individualized attention in small classes
  • Instruction from dedicated instructors who are practicing professionals in various fields
  • HNU’s beautiful 60-acre campus with panoramic views of the Bay
  • Opportunities to volunteer or intern in the Oakland, CA community

Find your home at Holy Names University. Our administration, faculty members, staff, and student body are here to support you during your transition. 

Our Streamlined Transfer Process

Transfer students have enough to think about without wading through a complicated process with college transfer admissions. That’s why we have a streamlined process for transfer students who apply to and attend HNU. The only thing you’ll need when you apply to Holy Names is your college transcript.

Most of our programs have rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. The pre-licensure BSN program, however, has a deadline. Reach out to an enrollment counselor for more information about applying for the next available term. 

If you have questions about transferring to HNU, visit the Transfer Student FAQ page for answers to some of the most common questions we receive. 

HNU Is Among the Easiest University to Transfer to in California

As a transfer student, the classes you’ve already taken should count toward your degree. We’ve made the college credit transfer process simple and supportive. At HNU, we accept transfer credits from all regionally and internationally accredited institutions. Our only course requirements are:

  • The classes made progress toward your degree at your former university.
  • The courses were not remedial. 
  • You passed the classes with a C- or higher. 

Check out our Transferring College Credits page for more information about transferring various

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Student Assessment and Individualized Learning (SAIL)

Holy Names University believes in the value of prior learning from both professional and personal experiences. SAIL to graduation by taking advantage of HNU’s credit-by-assessment program.

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Get an instant admissions decision

On-the-Spot Admissions Decision

We make the transfer process easy and are here to help. Schedule a virtual appointment with an enrollment counselor to answer any questions you have, and help you receive an instant admissions decision!

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Freedom From Impacted Majors

An impacted major is a program that receives more eligible applicants than the school can accommodate. Impacted majors complicate college transfer admissions and can also delay your progress. At Holy Names, there is availability in every program.

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Our admissions counselors are here to help

Do you have questions about HNU's transfer scholarships, our programs or student experience? Our enrollment counselors are ready to speak with you about transferring to HNU. We'll help you navigate the admissions process. We'll answer your questions, assist with paperwork, and provide the encouragement and support you need during this exciting time. Reach out today for more information about HNU, and find out what makes us truly transfer-friendly.

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