Holy Names University Announces Record Enrollment Numbers

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Lesley Sims, Holy Names University, 510-436-1405 or sims@hnu.edu

Holy Names University
Announces Record Enrollment Numbers

OAKLAND, CA; October 14, 2011 – Holy Names University (HNU) welcomed the largest incoming class in its 143-year history, increasing overall enrollment to a record 1,330.

Dr. William J. Hynes, HNU President, stated, “This milestone can be attributed to the University’s reputation, competitively-priced degree programs and the addition of programs that open the doors of education for many Oakland residents. This year HNU introduced the Early Admit Program for high school freshmen. This program eliminates three significant barriers between urban students and their ability to go to college. The first and most inhibiting barrier is the perception that they cannot ever get into college. Second, this program mitigates the economic barrier that can block them from going to college by offering a guaranteed scholarship and also eliminating the cost and time of the national tests. HNU has also added an LVN to BSN major, a dual master’s degree in nursing and forensic psychology, and certificate programs in education and counseling psychology. We look forward to repeating our record-breaking enrollments in the years ahead.”

Michael Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management added, “We are thrilled that the HNU experience resonates so strongly with so many students, and we are proud that they have entrusted us to help them obtain academic and personal success.”

The Dean of Admissions and Recruitment, Brian O’Rourke, explained that more students are discovering the benefits of a small, liberal arts university like HNU. He said, “With the personalized attention students receive – from application to graduation – HNU is committed to helping each student achieve their educational goals.”

This year, HNU’s incoming class of traditional undergraduates, master’s degree and adult degree completion students includes 25% males and 75% females, with an ethnicity breakdown of: 7% Asian, 20% African-American, 28% Hispanic, 5% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 20% Caucasian and 4.5% International students. “We are consistently ranked as one of the most diverse universities in the Western Region by U.S. News and World Report,” says President Hynes, “I am proud to be part of a community that is deeply rooted in its core values and is firmly committed to opening doors to education for people of all ages, religions and cultural backgrounds. Attending HNU feels like coming home to a new family for our students.”

This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of HNU’s Adult Degree Completion Program and the 55th year for the University’s move to the Oakland Hills.

HNU is located on sixty acres in the Oakland Hills at Highway 13 and Redwood Road. Founded in 1868, HNU is a co-educational institution offering more than 25 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and various certificates and credentials.

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