Holy Names University was founded in 1868 when six Sisters of the Holy Names arrived in California from Montreal, Canada. The teaching order, founded to provide education to the poor, had been invited to Oakland by Father Michael King to establish a school for girls and to train future teachers.

Since that historic beginning nearly 150 years ago, HNU has served the Oakland community and the East Bay in many ways. The University has contributed significantly to the professional workforce of the area—graduating thousands of teachers, nurses, science majors, counseling psychology majors who have gone on to practice as marriage and family therapists, and business majors who have been an important part of the city’s thriving business community.

 

Partners, Honors and Family
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Alumni Stories
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Education: 2011

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“Holy Names provided a small college atmosphere and had strong professors with real life experience in elementary education.”

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Counseling: 2016

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“Diverse student population and fantastic professors. ”

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Education: 2016

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"HNU has been a pleasant place for me in regards to education. Ive enjoyed learning about being a excellent educator."

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Forensic Psychology: 2016

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“Holy Names University is awesome with support, academics (as in any master Program) it's hard work. It's intense and requires a lot of studying, research and writing. HNU encourages you to work while gaining your degree, this is the total opposite of most Grad programs. I'm excited and thankful for my admission.”

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Psychology: 2016

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“College opens up a lot of doors for you. Its key to your success that you study something you absolutely love.”

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Counseling: 2014

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“I have found the program to be intellectually stimulating and rewarding. Unfortunately, because we are a small school, classes aren't always held each semester requiring an extra semester to complete the program. I am hoping that is not the case for me.”

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Health Sciences: 2014

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“With many friends who are receiving Counseling Psychology graduate degrees at other nearby institutions, I am very pleased by Holy Names program that provides courses that integrate spirituality with counseling, as many other institutions do not.”

 

Our Vision
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Inclusion

We will create an inclusive campus community that recognizes and considers the voices and contributions
of students, faculty, and staff in
University decision-making.

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SNJM Charism

We will be responsive to the opportunities and challenges of our times through our ongoing commitment to the liberating action, courage,
and integrity.

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Collaborative Challenge

We will promote collaborative teaching and intellectual and spiritual growth. We will challenge ourselves to create an educational experience that reflects and honors our multicultural reality.

 

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