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Capture Welcomes Holy Names University

Introducing one of Capture Higher Ed’s newest partners, Holy Names University.

Located on 60 wooded acres in the hills of Oakland, Calif., the small, Catholic university was founded in 1868 as the Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at Lake Merritt Campus. It began granting higher education degrees in 1880; and it’s name changed to Convent and College of the Holy Names in 1908.

Evolving over the next six decades, the institution was totally co-educational by 1971, changing its name to Holy Names College. It became Holy Names University in 2004.

Today, HNU is a dynamic, comprehensive institution of higher learning with an enrollment of 866. The university serves the Oakland community and the East Bay in a variety of ways, contributing significantly to the professional workforce of the area by graduating thousands of teachers, nurses, scientists, counselors and business leaders.

The school is a leader in providing progressive academic programs, offering an ideal 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio with more than 90 percent of the university’s full-time faculty members having achieved the highest degrees in their fields.

Students who decide to enroll at HNU might want to do some hill training before their first day. A staircase runs down the middle of campus, and the first-day Rite of Passage ceremony involves being led up the stairs to a reception welcoming them to the university. It’s symbolic of the students’ first steps on a journey to the top, and just one example of the vibrancy of HNU’s student life and community.

The university has one of the country’s most diverse campuses, a place where students can engage in different thoughts, ideas and concepts, achieving personal and professional goals while gaining valuable knowledge, skills and perspective along the way.

Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, Holy Names University’s mission is to empower “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 are very proud to welcome Holy Names University to the Capture family.

By Kevin Hyde, Senior Content Writer, Capture Higher Ed

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