2018-2019 Catalog

Admission Policies and Procedures

Holy Names University welcomes applications from all qualified students without regard to race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, color, nationality, age, ethnic origin, or disability. The University administers its admission policies without discrimination, endeavoring to determine that admitted students will benefit from its programs, and that its programs are appropriate for the students.

Committed to exemplary teaching and a rigorous academic program, Holy Names University seeks students who have a strong desire and ability to benefit from a quality education and who achieve their best in an environment that supports and encourages the development of individual potential and achievement, and promotes an understanding of social justice.

Admission as a First-Year Student (Full and Part-Time Degree Seeking)

First-year applicants include:

  • Applicants who have never attended college previously.
  • Applicants who have completed fewer than 24 units of college-level coursework.
  • High School seniors who took college courses during high school or the summer immediately following high school graduation.

First-year applicants are considered for admission based on the overall strength of their high school preparation, results of GED, SAT or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, individual talents and achievements from either a state-accredited high school or the completion of the equivalent of a high school education, and other documentation as requested.

High school preparation should include:

English   4 years
Mathematics   3 years (through intermediate algebra)
Social Science   2 years of Social Science, including 1 year of U.S. history
Laboratory Science   1 year
Foreign Language   2 years (minimum) of the same language, or demonstrated competence in a language other than English
Advanced Course   1 additional course in mathematics, foreign language or laboratory science
College preparatory elective courses   3 years, chosen from at least two of the following areas: history, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, advanced foreign language, social science, or visual and performing arts.

Applications are accepted for both Fall and Spring semesters on a rolling basis. Inquire with the Office of Admissions for priority deadlines.

Three-Year Degree Program

Applicants are eligible for admission to the Three-Year Degree Program if they meet the requirements for regular freshman admission AND (1) will have at least 12 units of Advanced Placement Examination or International Baccalaureate credit (usually strong passes in two subjects), (2) are ready to declare a major upon entrance, and (3) have demonstrated through strong academic performance the ability to carry 18 units per semester.

Application Procedures

Applicants for admission should submit the following:

  1. The completed application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. An official high school transcript showing at least six semesters. A final, official high school transcript is required to verify that remaining credits were completed at a satisfactory level prior to enrollment at the university and to received Title IV federal financial aid. The final transcript must include the date of graduation and class rank (if available). The final transcript must be received before a student begins classes. GED applicants may submit an official GED transcript instead.
  3. Official SAT I or ACT test scores. (Applicants who have been out of high school for three consecutive years are not required to submit test scores.)

Home Educated Alternative Requirement

In lieu of an official high school transcript, home educated students must submit transcript documentation from the primary instructor demonstrating completion of the basic credit hours for high school. The transcript should not only demonstrate academic completion, but should also include a short, written evaluation from the primary instructor. Holy Names University reserves the right to request additional portfolio or performance-based assessments, if necessary, to document competency for admission.

Admission as a Transfer Student (Full and Part-Time Degree Seeking)

Transfer applicants include full or part-time degree-seeking students who have completed 24 transferable college units since high school graduation or its equivalency. Applicants 24 years of age and over, please also see Admission as an Adult Learner.

Holy Names University welcomes applicants of all ages who have had prior collegiate study at regionally accredited institution(s) of higher education and are eager to complete a Baccalaureate degree in a traditional format. To be considered for admission, the applicant must be in good standing at the last institution attended and have a minimum 2.2 grade point average in accredited college-level college work attempted. The Registrar’s Office compiles official equivalencies for any courses not taken at HNU. All final evaluations of transcripts are completed by the Registrar’s Office. Any course identified as remedial is not transferable. Any course identified as a workshop, seminar, practicum, field experience, work experience, continuing education or weekend type coursework will be carefully evaluated by the Registrar to determine transferability. In rare instances, courses from non-accredited institutions may be accepted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, in consultation with appropriate Chairperson.

Application Procedures

Transfer applicants are considered for admission at all class levels in both Fall and Spring semesters. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for both semesters. Applicants for financial aid should submit their application for admission as early as possible.

Applicants for admission should submit the following:

  1. The completed application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. Official, final transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. All final, official college or university transcript(s) are required to verify that credits were completed at a satisfactory level. All final, official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended must be received before a student begins classes.

Admission as an International Student

Holy Names University accepts international students on a regular basis. This is done to provide a genuine, cross-cultural educational experience for both international and domestic students. Holy Names University’s goal is to provide opportunities to intelligent and outgoing students who desire an educational experience in the United States. While deserving respect for their own cultural backgrounds, international students must also be willing to participate in national and local cultures of the United States. The international student will be treated as an equal to all other students with regard to academic and social policies. HNU is authorized by law to enroll non-immigrant students. An international applicant will be considered for admission to the university when his/her file is complete with the following credentials by July 15 for the Fall semester or December 1 for the Spring semester.

Application Procedures

International applicants are considered for admission on the same basis as domestic first-year or transfer applicants. Please refer to the previous sections on first-year or transfer admission. Official secondary and/or tertiary school transcripts in the native language and an English translation must be submitted. Transfer applicants will need to request two copies of official transcripts from each school they have attended. One copy must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly to Holy Names University Office of Admissions. The second copy must be mailed in a sealed envelope to the transcript evaluation provider.

Transcripts are evaluated through any association approved through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) www.naces.org.  All transcripts of schools attended are to be mailed in a sealed envelope from each granting institution to the chosen evaluation group who will verify that the transcripts are official and received appropriately. The student must request a course by course evaluation to be sent directly to HNU Office of Admissions. 

English Proficiency

International applicants whose first language is English or whose secondary or collegiate instruction was in English can submit official SAT I or ACT scores for admission consideration in lieu of a TOEFL score.

International applicants whose first language is not English may submit evidence of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 133 (computer-based) or 450 (paper-based) or 45 (internet-based). TOEFL scores are valid for up to three years prior to the date of application to Holy Names University.
  • IELTS Total Band Score of 5.0
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a score of 60 or higher.
  • ELS Language Centers (ELS) Proficiency Report certifying completion of Level 109 or higher.
  • Completion through advanced intermediate level at any other accredited language program, to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • One semester of freshman composition with grade B or higher at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Other English Language exams deemed valid by the Faculty Admissions Committee. See www.hnu.edu for additional information.

Additional work in Holy Names University ESL may be required before a full academic program may be attempted. These courses earn unit credit and count toward the Bachelor’s degree. These courses are listed in the undergraduate section of this catalog under English as a Second Language.

Financial Certification for International Students

Before the I-20 is issued, all admitted international students are required to submit a current certified bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover estimated expenses for their program. If a bank statement is in the name of someone other than the applicant, a letter demonstrating support from the sponsor is also required. Students from countries with currency restrictions must also submit a letter from their Central Bank indicating that the cost of one year’s expenses will be released.

Admission as an Adult Learner (Full and Part-Time Degree Seeking)

Holy Names University welcomes adult students in the Adult Baccalaureate Degree program. Flexible formats are designed specifically for adults who are motivated to complete a university degree while continuing to meet work and/or family obligations.

Students are admitted to the program in all terms at transfer levels. Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.2 in at least 30 units of transferable work.
  2. Have at least three years of work experience.

Applicants who have completed some college level coursework but have not met the 30 unit minimum may be eligible for provisional admission to the program.

For adult applicants, recent achievements and the motivation to learn are frequently more reliable indicators of success in a degree program than are the records of high school or college classes taken a number of years previously. Applicants who have been absent from academic studies for six or more years, who do not meet some of the general admission requirements, may be accepted on the basis of other considerations: the personal essay or résumé, letter of recommendation (preferably from an employer or supervisor), and evidence of aptitude for college study.

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. A completed application and the required personal statement.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. All final, official transcript(s) are required to verify that remaining credits were completed at a satisfactory level. All final, official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended must be received before a student attends classes.
  3. A final, official high school transcript, if fewer than 30 transferable units. The final transcript must include the date of graduation and class rank and must be received before a student begins classes.
  4. One recommendation from an instructor, employer, or mentor.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs

See this page (ADN to BSN program)  for information about admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Admissions Application Materials

Be aware that all documentation submitted to Holy Names University as part of your application for admission becomes the property of Holy Names University and will not be returned at any point. All documents will be held as part of the applicant record in accordance with HNU academic policy. Applicants who do not enroll within two years of the date of their original application will be required to resubmit all required official documentation as part of their re-application for admission. Students who enroll and then leave HNU for a period of five years or longer will be required to resubmit all required official documentation and reapply for admission.

Notification of Admission to the University

When all required official credentials are received, the applicant will be officially notified of the admission decision. All applicants accepted into the university through the Office of Admissions must submit an enrollment deposit. In addition, the enrollment deposit is required in order to make application for space in the residence halls. The enrollment deposit is refundable upon written request by May 1 for the Fall or December 1 for the Spring semester.

Special Admission Programs

Second Bachelor’s Degree

A student who has earned a Bachelor’s degree at any accredited college or university subsequently may pursue a second Bachelor’s degree at Holy Names University provided: a) the student has been admitted to the University, b) the second degree is in a discipline substantially different from the first and c) the student has at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

To earn a second Bachelor’s degree, the student must:

  1. Complete at least 36 units in residence beyond the studies for the first degree.
  2. Satisfy all general education graduation requirements in effect at the time of residence.
  3. Satisfy all requirements for the major.

Please refer to the Admission as a Transfer Student section for specific admission requirements.

Special-Status Undergraduate Students

The University permits qualified undergraduate students who have not formally matriculated into the University to enroll in classes as special-status students. Permit forms for this study may be obtained in the Student Resource Center. The Registrar’s Office must approve the enrollment. Permission to enroll as a special-status student does not guarantee acceptance into the University. Undergraduate special-status students must apply for admission before accumulating more than 12 units of credit from Holy Names University. Special-status students receiving a D or F or a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 may be academically disqualified from taking other courses at Holy Names University. Students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree should refer to the section of the catalog regarding Special Post-Baccalaureate Status enrollment.