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Holy Names University

Oakland , CA


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Holy Names University


Holy Names University

Founded in 1868, Holy Names University provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. It consistently ranks as one of the most diverse universities in the nation, and it receives the highest accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Nearly 1,200 students have access to 19 bachelor degrees, seven master degrees, and four degree-completion programs. These rigorous programs along with small class sizes, dedicated teachers, personal attention, and focus on social justice prepare students for leadership and service roles.

Business Programs

Students interested in business can pursue Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business degrees. The BA in Business has six concentrations:

- Business Communications
- Finance
- International Business
- Management
- Marketing
- Sports Management

Programs in the Humanities

Students who want to study disciplines that relate to human culture can earn degrees in the following areas:

- BA in Communication Studies
- BA in English
- BA in History

Programs in the Social Sciences

Students with an interest in how people develop societies and behave and interact in those societies can choose from the following programs:

- BA in Criminology
- BA in International Relations
- BA in Psychology
- BA in Sociology

Art Programs

Students whose goal is to strengthen their creativity as well as their performing or visual arts skills can earn these degrees:

- BA in Multimedia Arts and Communication
- BA in Music
- Bachelor of Music (piano, vocal, or instrumental)

Life Science Programs

Students who enjoy studying living organisms or the relationship between behavior and physiological processes among humans and other animals have three options:

- BA in Biological Science
- BS in Biological Science
- BS in Psychobiology

Liberal Studies

Students who'd like to take a diverse range of courses in all of the university's divisions can pursue the BA in Liberal Studies.

Student Life

Holy Names is a close-knit community where students build meaningful partnerships with faculty members. On-campus housing gives them the opportunity to create friendships and build strong ties with fellow students from diverse backgrounds and origins.

Residential living also provides easy access to opportunities that enable students to express their creativity, have fun, help others, and take on leadership roles. Here are just a few of the activities that they can enjoy:

- Attend events like carnivals, dances, and NCAA intercollegiate athletic games
- Become peer mentors
- Engage in spiritual growth through the Campus Ministry
- Join student clubs and organizations
- Participate in student government
- Pursue social justice work through the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Faculty Members

Faculty members bring unique experiences and perspectives to their classrooms. For example, students learn about Central America's history from a professor who grew up in El Salvador. They learn accounting and marketing strategies from a professor who's also a Certified Public Accountant and former entrepreneur.

As a licensed architect with more than 25 years of experience, Associate Professor of Management James Stryker, PhD brings his own unique experiences to the classroom. His professional expertise includes starting and managing a design practice and working as the director of facility design and management for a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company.

Employment Opportunities

Holy Names University's rigorous academic programs ensure that students graduate with the intelligence, experience, and confidence to obtain rewarding positions in many fields.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projected growth through 2024 for occupations that Holy Names' graduates are qualified to obtain including the following:

- Accountants and Auditors: 11% (Faster than average)
- Biological Technicians: 5% (As fast as average)
- Financial Analysts: 12% (Faster than average)
- Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers: 6% (As fast as average)
- Personal Financial Advisors: 30% (Much faster than average)
- Public Relations Specialists: 6% (As fast as average)
- Technical Writers: 10% (Faster than average)

Financial Aid

Holy Names University is one of the most affordable private universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, all incoming freshman and day transfer students receive University grants and/or scholarships like the following:

- Holy Names University Grants
- Athletic Scholarships
- Catholic High Schools Scholarship
- Merit Scholarships
- Music Scholarships
- Sister Marie Rose Durocher Scholarship

Many undergraduate students also qualify for one or more of these financial aid resources:

- Cal Grant A & B (California state grants)
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
- Federal Parent Plus Loans
- Federal Perkins Loans
- Private Loans
- Student Employment

Campus Location

Holy Names University is situated on 60 wooded acres in the hills of Oakland, California. Its location offers a spectacular view of Oakland, San Francisco, and the Bay. Furthermore, the area's coastal climate provides temperate winters; clear, sunny fall and spring days; and sunny, breezy summers.

The University's location amongst the hills provides a safe, beautiful, tranquil place to learn. Parks that surround the campus provide outdoor recreation like bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding.

Plus, Holy Names' close proximity to San Francisco provides easy access to urban amenities like museums, performing arts, and professional sporting events. Attractions like Carmel, Lake Tahoe, Monterey Bay, and Yosemite National Park are within driving distance.

Location & Contact

Address 3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA  94619
Contact Email:
Phone: 510-436-1351
Fax: 510-436-1325

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
One recommendation
Other requirements exist (see below)
Required for some programs Interview
Other requirements: Minimum 1 recommendation

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
ACT Composite 17 22

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 43.32%
Black or African American 18.44%
White or Caucasian 18.1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.17%
Asian 8.63%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1.86%
Two or more races 2.88%
Other 3.21%


Male (36.38%)
Female (63.62%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 51%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
CORE Festival, Founder' Day and Convocation

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Drama Club, Latinos Unidos, Black Student Union, Biology Club and Hiking Club

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
24-hour security main gate


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Men's Sports

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Women's Sports

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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 51
Part-time - 118