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Holy Names University

Tiny Holy Names University is set in the Oakland hills, with a view of San Francisco across the bay.  Just over 1,300 students are enrolled, with the most popular majors being nursing, education, business, psychology and the biological sciences.  Holy Names has a five-year MBA program and students in the nursing program take courses at HNU for two years, and then transfer to Samuel Merritt College in San Francisco to complete their degree.  A complete list of majors is here.

The science labs are newly renovated; the dorms are not (I stayed in them for a week!).  Holy Names has been recognized for its diverse student body, including students of color and a high percentage of first-generation college students.

About 80% of students live on campus.  Almost 80% of students are from California, and 5-10% are international students.  Classes are small, with the average class size being about 15.

Learning differences are accommodated, with free tutoring and academic assistance offered where needed.

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