Holy Names University Profile

Founded in 1868, Holy Names University (HNU) is a private coeducational university located in Oakland, California (USA). It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. HNU is authorized by law to enroll non-immigrant students.

Degrees offered include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Music, Master of Science in Nursing.

Undergraduate majors include Biological Science, Business Communication, Business Management, Business Marketing, Criminology, English, History, International Relations, Psychobiology, Psychology, etc. For those pursuing the following academic majors: Psychology, Liberal Studies, Sociology and Business Communication, internships are required and are supervised by a faculty member within the discipline.

Holy Names University provides pre-professional preparation for Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, and many other health care fields including clinical sciences, medical laboratory technology, respiratory therapy, optometry, podiatry, dental hygiene and chiropractic medicine.

The MBA program provides an in-depth introduction to issues such as the quality movement, reengineering, mergers, acquisitions, financial modeling, internet based funding, new leadership styles, and managing in a global economy. Students can choose one to three courses per term, and it can be completed in 12, 18, or 24 months.

Admission Requirements for Freshman Applicants are based on the overall strength of high school preparation, SAT or ACT scores, personal essay, letter of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and individual talents and achievements. Financial Aid is available through scholarships, grants, loans, and company reimbursements.


- Placed at Tier 3 in the Universities-Master's (West) category (US News & World Report Best Colleges 2010).

- According to the US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges (2008 edition), Holy Names ts ranked Number One in Campus Diversity among all institutions in the West. Over 70% of our students are from under-represented ethnic backgrounds and our student body represents 36 nations.

- Rated a "best value" among universities that do not offer doctorates on the West Coast (USNWR, 2006).