About Holy Names University
Holy Names University (HNU) was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1868 on the shores of Lake Merritt. In 1957, the campus was moved from Lake Merritt to a wooded, sixty-acre site in the Oakland Hills. An academic community committed to the full development of each student, Holy Names offers a liberal education rooted in the Catholic tradition, empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service in a complex world.
HNU students can choose from 19 bachelor’s degree programs, eight master’s degree programs and five degree completion programs (for adults). Holy Names University is consistently ranked as one of the most diverse universities in the country and received the highest accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (2005 – 2015).
The Holy Names campus provides a close-knit, supportive environment that allows for rigorous learning and personal development. Students experience close partnerships with distinguished faculty and learn to question, experiment, research and sharpen professional skills that they will use throughout their lives. Students also have many chances to have fun, volunteer, assume leadership roles, and express their creativity.
The unique location of HNU offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of Oakland, San Francisco and the Bay Area. Nestled in the Oakland hills, the campus provides a safe haven and an extremely beautiful atmosphere for study. In addition, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system makes it easy to reach museums, sporting events, and world-class performing arts within minutes from the campus.