Holy Names University: Narrative Description

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3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619-1699
Tel: (510)436-1000
Free: 800-430-1321
Admissions: (510)436-1351
Fax: (510)436-1325
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hnu.edu/


Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1868. Setting: 60-acre urban campus with easy access to San Francisco. Endowment: $7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5696 per student. Total enrollment: 973. Faculty: 123 (33 full-time, 90 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 366 applied, 75% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 66% from top half. Full-time: 447 students, 71% women, 29% men. Part-time: 194 students, 88% women, 12% men. Students come from 17 states and territories, 14 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 30% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 51% 25 or older, 30% live on campus, 22% transferred in. Retention: 62% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $29,440 includes full-time tuition ($21,400), mandatory fees ($240), and college room and board ($7800). College room only: $4000. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $710 per unit. Part-time mandatory fees: $120 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 10 open to all. Most popular organizations: Drama Club, Latinos Unidos, Black Student Union, Biology Club, Hiking Club. Major annual events: CORE Festival, Founders' Day, Convocation. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, electronically operated main gate. 326 college housing spaces available; 190 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Cushing Library with 111,243 books, 50,931 microform titles, 8,003 serials, 4,378 audiovisual materials, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $289,097. 86 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The College is located in the Oakland hills, overlooking San Francisco Bay and San Francisco itself. The campus is within 15-45 minutes of all the rich cultural, recreational, and sports activities of San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Easy day trips can be made to the wine country, beaches, ski areas and National Parks.

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