Holy Names University

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Holy Names University can be found in Oakland, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The small size of enrollment, which is approximately around 1000 students, provides smaller class sizes for enrolled students.

Most of the students getting into this school had an SAT score within the range of 720 - 880, or got accepted with an ACT score between 18 - 21. We were able to estimate the Holy Names University average GPA (2.89 - 3.04) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Holy Names University accepts about 60 percent of those that apply. Of those that are accepted, around 10 percent attended the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at hnu.edu.

Overall Holy Names University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Holy Names University was reported as 63.3% in Fall 2020 with over 2,440 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 18 - 21
  • Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.04

How Hard Is It to Get into Holy Names University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Holy Names University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Holy Names University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 48.6%
  • 2017-2018: 52.6%
  • 2018-2019: 70.0%
  • 2019-2020: 63.3%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 57.1%

How Does Holy Names University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Holy Names University is twelve percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
San Francisco Art Institute90.3%
San Francisco Conservatory of Music47.6%
California Maritime Academy76.2%
Menlo College62.7%
Pacific Union College53.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Holy Names University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading280 - 330
Math440 - 550
Total Score720 - 880
ACT®Score Range
English18 - 22
Math17 - 22
Composite Score18 - 21
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