Holy Names University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.67 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 16 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 866 (526 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 69% part-time, 31% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $18,570
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3.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

College opens up a lot of doors for you. Its key to your success that you study something you absolutely love.
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011

Holy Names provided a small college atmosphere and had strong professors with real life experience in elementary education.
2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

The graduate nursing program is aimed at students who work full time jobs and they do a good job in catering the program to those students.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

Diverse student population and fantastic professors.
2.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

I am a first semester graduate student in the Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP) and Urban Education Masters Program so my perspective is still fairly new and is subject to change. So far I have not seen a clear organization of the program of adequate accessibility of faculty mentors. Elements of the program are presented unprofessionally with partnering school districts. However, I appreciate the diversity of the school and love that they are very accommodating in the application process. They truly come off as a supportive family that is interested in producing quality scholars. However in practice, the support seems to dwindle where I feel it matters most, and that is in the core TAP classes. I believe that if they had an additional staff member to counsel us through the credential program it would be best rather then having the director in charge of fundraising, administration, mentorship, research, at everything under the sun. I am excited to gain meaningful connections with other HNU teachers as that was one of the things that interested me about the program when I was first applying. So far, the genuine mentorship remains to be unseen but I am hopeful that upon meeting other teachers I will gain those meaningful relationships.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

HNU has been a pleasant place for me in regards to education. Ive enjoyed learning about being a excellent educator. The Professors in the education department are beyond amazing and prepare educators to work well in Urban Schools. The school has some issues, however the education in regards to Urban Ed, is amazing and outweighs any behind the scenes hiccups. Beautiful campus and multicultural group of students walking around.
2.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros are the student and faculty diversity; the school location; the small class sizes; and how the program makes curricula relevant to the neighboring districts. The cons are that the financial aid office does not offer much assistance to grad students; and career support could be stronger in districts outside of Oakland USD.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Forensic Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

It is a great commuters campus designed for individuals working full time and wanting to get their Masters degree. The teachers are individuals in the field that they teach with many experiences they can share with the students.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Holy Names University is awesome with support, academics (as in any master Program) it's hard work. It's intense and requires a lot of studying, research and writing. HNU encourages you to work while gaining your degree, this is the total opposite of most Grad programs. I'm excited and thankful for my admission.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

The faculty are wonderful and all current practitioners in the field of Psychology and Marriage Family Therapists. The personal experiences they bring to the classroom help to solidify what you are learning and how to put it into practice.
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