Holy Names University

Holy Names University

Holy Names University, HNU, is a private coeducational institution in Oakland, California. HNU was founded in 1886 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Situated on 60 acres, HNU awards bachelor's and master's degrees in subjects like arts, science, business, education, nursing, and music.

HNU's athletics department, which is a member of the NAIA California Pacific Conference, sponsors teams in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The sports teams are nicknamed the Hawks. The US News and the World Report's 2008 edition of America's Best Colleges rated HNU first in campus diversity among all the institutions of the West. Students from more than 35 countries worldwide enroll in HNU every year.

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Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland , CA 94619-1699
General Phone: (510) 436-1000

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Holy Names Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine65registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner, community nurse
Business and Management54business management, business communications, finance, human resources, international business, marketing
Religion and Philosophy44philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies, pastoral counseling, pastoral counseling and ministries
Education and Teaching43education, special ed, education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, music teaching, ESL instruction
Liberal Arts29Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, international relations, political science, sociology, history
Therapy and Counseling20psychology, counseling psychology
Family and Social Work11human services
Music3music, music performance, music pedagogy
Computer Science and Engineering1computer and media applications, computer services management
Art Studies1art studies
Drama and Performing Arts0drama
Media0communication studies

Number of programs and degrees for Holy Names in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree10526
Master's degree13516
Postbaccalaureate certificate3111

Holy Names Student Body

In 2007-2008, Holy Names had a total enrollment of 1,114 students (953 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 27%
Women 73%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 58%
Graduate 42%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 29%
Black 26%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 12%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 17%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 17%
20-21 12%
22-24 10%
25-29 13%
30-34 9%
35-39 7%
40-49 16%
50-64 12%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)14%

Holy Names Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %
Part-Time 67 %

Holy Names Room and Board (2007)

Holy Names offers campus housing for 425 of its 953 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Oakland, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Holy Names Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420530
SAT Math410503
ACT Verbal1523
ACT Math1624
ACT Composite1724

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT78%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT14%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Holy Names Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,300
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,300
Room and board $ 8,830
Room charge $ 4,640
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,190
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 3,024

Financial Aid:
Holy Names participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 118300)

Holy Names Faculty

Holy Names has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track36
Non-tenured and not on tenure track48

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*3$73,074

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year4$79,5144$82,487
Associate professoracademic year6$66,13210$65,786
Assistant professoracademic year1*6$58,707
Instructoracademic year0*2*
All faculty totalacademic year11$70,31722$64,834

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Holy Names Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball California Pacific Conference
Track California Pacific Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports452469

Holy Names Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Corporate Communications
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

Religion And Philosophy
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Holy Names Apart:

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% students 40 years or older
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Top 7%Holy Names % students 40 years or older
Female % of student body
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Top 8%Holy Names Female % of student body
Number of students
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Top 12%Holy Names Number of students
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
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Top 13%Holy Names % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
Minority % of student body
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Top 13%Holy Names Minority % of student body
% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 14%Holy Names % students on athletic fin. aid
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 15%Holy Names Dorm rooms per full-time student
Salaries of full-time faculty
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