About Holy Names University

Founded in 1868, Holy Names University. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 526 full time undergraduate students, and 340 full time graduate students.

The Holy Names University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 6:1. There are 45 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Holy Names University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate48%
Application Deadline
Application Fee20
SAT Range822-990
ACT Range16-19

Admissions at HNU are considered More Selective, with ,0% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 10 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Holy Names University.

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    10 Students rated on-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    7 Students rated off-campus housing 2.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    10 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    10 Students rated campus facilities 3.8 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    10 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 70 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    10 Students rated school activities 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    10 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    10 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

Holy Names University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Holy Names University?

9 Students rated Holy Names University

Kiara - 07/07/2021

Holy names will be more open into getting a bigger music program and offering more scholarships it would really help set the boundary in school because with it being a private institution it’s hard enough trying to afford to stay at the school

Haley - 02/19/2020

Having a great time! Loving it! My sister is an alumni, and played softball. Here it is almost 10 years later, and I am so lucky to be following in her footsteps. Not only attending Holy Names University, but also playing softball. I have met some great people, that I know I will be friends with even after college. It is a small school, but I think that I wouldn't be as focused if it was a bigger school. I do miss my Mom's home cooking but the food here is actually really good!

Kevin - 02/11/2020

Holy Names University is a good school. They accepted me even though I applied last minute, and helped me with the process of becoming a student here constantly. The support given by the faculty and staff is immense because they always want the best for their students. Parking isn't bad at all, the sports culture is present here, students are relatively active with each other, only thing I have an issue with is how large campus is, it could be larger but as it stands is fine also.

Alejandra - 11/07/2019

The school is a really great choice for Bay Area Natives. The school has an amazing view of Oakland and San Fransisco. There are a lot of things about the campus that makes it such a great school to attend. It is very inclusive and diverse, it feels almost like a second home. The size classes makes it really easy to have a relationship with professors to better educate the students. The students and professors relationship makes it seem like a big happy family.

Holy Names University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Holy Names University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Holy Names University is 48%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    if i could go back in time i would use my time wisely , i would be more involve in ousideactivities, and i would try to avoid procrastination. The transition for every single person is different so is good to see it as a way to explore the world, in many different aspects. Its a way to demontrate yourself and others your abilities to succed in life.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are easy going and friendly for the most part; if you don't know everyone by name, u will by the end of the year.

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  4. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Holy Names offers a smaller campus and class size than most universities which can be very beneficial for a lot of students. Most people learnbetter in a class sizes ranging from 15-25, which is exactly what HNU can bring to the table. Unlike these huge universities that service upwards of 10,000 students, Holy Names allows for interpersonal contact and a lot of 1 on 1 focus that nurtures a student's learing and progress. There is also a comfort level at HNU that goes along with being in a small community.

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  5. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who is looking to be surrounding by peers of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Someone who takes pride in where they attend school and is open to listening to the views and opinions of others. This person should also be looking for a more intimate experience in terms of education - meaning that they would like their professors to know them and to know their professors in an effort to make the most of their education experience. It is a place where growth are encouraged and sometimes maybe even a little forced but meant for the best.

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  6. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is the Nursing Program. Sometimes, I just get really frustrated because I feel like it can be really hard and a lot of stress. It's easy to get in, but it is a lot harder to stay in. Sometimes, my classes seem too hard that I just get really frustrated and stressed.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Small school for social justice , every body support one another and help each other .

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the amount of diverse students who come from different parts of the United States and even from different parts of the world. Holy Names University exposes you to different kinds of cultures and in doing that, you are able to grow as a person. You become aware of all the different kind of people that are in our world that you normally wouldn't be able to meet anywhere else.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known that I could had finished all my general education classes first before deciding on a major. Instead I entered into a major that I didn't really like my freshman yer, and I was doin major required classes instead of general education classes. By sophomore year I was in the major that I loved.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Nobody, every body deservers an education

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending Holy Names University receive some sort of financial aid. 55% were awarded federal grants. While 73% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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