Holy Names University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Holy Names University
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Holy Names University Admissions Overview:

Students can apply to Holy Names University through the school's website, or with the Common Application. Along with that application, students will need to submit scores from the SAT or ACT and official high school transcripts. Even with an acceptance rate of 48%, Holy Names is an accessible school--those with solid grades, good test scores, and a strong application are likely to be accepted. 

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Holy Name University Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Holy Names University Description:

Founded in 1868, Holy Names University is a four-year, private, Roman Catholic university located in Oakland, California in the Bay area. The 60-acre campus supports a diverse student body of about 1,300, with a student/faculty ratio of 17 to 1 and an average class size of 10. U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges has placed Holy Names as first in Campus Diversity for all universities in the West. Holy Names offers a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and degree-completion programs, including 19 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs. Nursing is particularly popular among undergraduates. Students are active outside of the classroom, and Holy Names is home to many student clubs, organizations, and intramural sports. The campus is also within an easy day trip of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, and Monterey Bay. The HNU Hawks compete in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference (PacWest) with twelve teams including men’s and women’s golf, cross country, and volleyball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 866 (526 undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 35% Male / 65% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $37,074
  • Books: $1,792 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,434
  • Other Expenses: $3,304
  • Total Cost: $54,604

Holy Names University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 74%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $29,468
    • Loans: $5,953

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Nursing, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • Transfer-our Rate: 4%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 31%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 45%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Golf, Cross Country, Tennis, Softball, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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