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Holy Names University Highly Ranked for Social Mobility, Ethnic Diversity in U.S. News and World Report 2020 Rankings

OAKLAND, CA (Sept. 10, 2019) – Once again, Holy Names University (HNU) ranks in multiple categories in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges guide. In addition to its 2020 Best Colleges ranking, the University ranks in the top 10 for Campus Ethnic Diversity and in the top 20 of the guide’s new Top Performers on Social Mobility category for Regional Universities West.

The new social mobility ranking is informed by institutions’ Pell Grant graduation rates, and a comparison of this rate to their non-Pell graduation rates. Pell Grants are federal grants generally awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000. Holy Names University is proud of the opportunities it provides students from all backgrounds, particularly those students at an economic disadvantage. The institution holds a long-standing commitment to making a highly engaging, private-school education accessible to all students who seek one.

“In our supportive campus community, we live in service to one another and to the greater good of society.” says HNU’s president Mike Groener, “It’s wonderful to receive recognition for the impact of Holy Names University’s social justice mission and the pathways the University offers our students to successful lives and careers.”

#62 Regional Universities West
#17 Top Performers on Social Mobility in Regional Universities West
#6 Campus Ethnic Diversity in Regional Universities West

Media Contact:
Sonia Caltvedt
Director of Marketing and Communications
Holy Names University
caltvedt@hnu.edu, (510) 436-1405


Holy Names University (HNU) has been empowering and preparing a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service since 1868. Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, the University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education through 15 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs. Student-centered, with small class sizes and courses in varied formats and schedules, HNU meets the needs of all learners, including first-generation students and working adults. Nestled in the Oakland hills of California, the University’s idyllic, 60-acre campus offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. For more information, visit hnu.edu.