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Holy Names University

Holy Names University offers a liberal education founded in the Catholic tradition. Its diverse student body is encouraged to lead and serve its community. Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1868, the school is consistently ranked among the most diverse universities in the country. Students hail from more than 35 different nations.



Fast Facts

Several hundred students are taught at HNU each year. This university’s close-knit community fosters rigorous learning and personal growth. Students work closely with faculty as they learn to question, experiment, research, and sharpen their professional skills. Students also appreciate the countless opportunities they have for recreation, volunteerism, creative expression, and leadership roles.

Students can choose from 19 bachelor’s degree programs, 8 master’s degree programs, and 5 degree completion programs. The school’s 60 acres in the Oakland Hills offer panoramic views of Oakland and San Francisco, as well as easy access to museums, sporting venues, and world-class performing arts. The campus offers easily access to numerous trails for hiking, biking, and horse back riding.