Holy Names University

Oakland, CA |
Joined in August 2007

About Us

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Holy Names University, rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, empowers a diverse student body for leadership and service. Guided by the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, HNU is a progressive, inclusive, and rigorous academic community offering a liberal arts and professional education. We prepare students to think critically and imaginatively, to understand and employ the various modes of knowledge, to communicate clearly and persuasively, and to promote the common good.


  • We will promote collaborative teaching and research, experiential learning, and intellectual and spiritual growth.
  • We will challenge ourselves to create an educational experience that reflects and honors our multicultural reality.
  • We will be responsive to the opportunities and challenges of our times through our ongoing commitment to the liberating action, courage, and integrity expressed in the SNJM charism.
  • 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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Issue Areas Include

  • Civic Engagement
  • Education
  • Urban Areas


  • 3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619, United States

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