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Point Loma Nazarene University
From the glistening sands of San Diego and out into the world beyond, PLNU...

Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, California

From the glistening sands of San Diego and out into the world beyond, PLNU students express their Christian faith through academic excellence and meaningful acts of service. 

Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
3,053 undergraduate students
85% of undergrad students are full time
36% male — 64% female
24.6% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
135 full-time faculty
283 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
94% of first year students live on campus
56.3% of all students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


86.1% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


70.9% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 24%
Black or African American 2%
White 55%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 7%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%

Academic Programs

Art • Art Education, B.A. • Art History Minor • Art Minor • Graphic Design, B.A. • Visual Arts, B.A. Department of Communication and Theatre Programs • Broadcast Journalism (Communication and Theatre), B.A. • Cinema Studies Minor – Communication and Theatre • Communication Minor • Communication, B.A. • Managerial and Organizational Communication, B.A. • Media Communication Minor • Media Communication, B.A. • Public Relations Minor • Theatre Minor Department of History and Political Science Programs • History Minor • History, B.A. • International Studies, B.A. • Political Science, B.A. • Social Science, B.A. • Women’s Studies Minor Department of Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages Programs • Broadcast Journalism (Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages), B.A. • Cinema Studies Minor – Literature, Journalism and Modern Language • French Minor • French, B.A. • Journalism, B.A. • Literature Minor • Literature, B.A. • Public Relations Minor • Spanish Minor • Spanish, B.A. • Women’s Studies Minor • Writing Minor • Writing, B.A. Department of Music Programs • Composition, Bachelor of Music • Instrumental Performance, Bachelor of Music • Music Education, B.A. • Music Minor • Music with a Concentration in Music and Ministry, B.A. • Music, B.A. • Piano Performance, Bachelor of Music • Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Music Department of Biology Programs • Biology, B.A. • Biology, B.S. • Biology-Chemistry, B.S. (Biology) • Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology Minor • Biology: Environmental Biology Minor • Biology: Organismal Biology Minor • Computational Science Minor – Biology/Environmental Science (Biology) • Computational Science Minor – Biology/Genetics (Biology) • Environmental Science (Biology), B.S. • Science-Business Minor (Science Majors – Biology Department) • Science-Marketing Minor (Science Majors – Biology Department) Department of Chemistry Programs • Biology-Chemistry, B.S. (Chemistry) • Chemistry, B.S. • Computational Science Minor – Chemistry (Chemistry) • Environmental Science (Chemistry), B.S. • Science-Business Minor (Science Majors – Chemistry Department) • Science-Marketing Minor (Science Majors – Chemistry Department) Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Programs • Child and Adolescent Development, B.A. • Child Development Minor • Dietetics, B.S. • Nutrition and Food – Concentration in Food Service Management, B.A. • Nutrition and Food – Concentration in Nutrition and Health, B.A. • Nutrition Minor Department of Kinesiology Programs • Applied Health Science, B.S. • Athletic Coaching Minor • Athletic Training, B.A. • Exercise and Sport Science, B.A. Department of Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences Programs • Computational Science Minor – Biology/Environmental Science (Mathematics and Computer Science) • Computational Science Minor – Biology/Genetics (Mathematics and Computer Science) • Computational Science Minor – Chemistry (Mathematics and Computer Science) • Computational Science Minor – Physics (Mathematics and Computer Science) • Computational Science Minor – Psychology (Mathematics and Computer Science) • Computer Science Minor • Computer Science: Software Engineering, B.A. • Computer Science: Software Engineering, B.S. • Computer Science: Technical Applications, B.S. • Computer Technology – Business Minor (Math and Computer Science Majors) • Computer Technology – Marketing Minor (Math and Computer Science Majors) • Information Systems (Mathematical, Information, and Computer Science), B.S. • Mathematics Minor • Mathematics, B.A. • Mathematics, B.S. • Software Engineering Minor Department of Physics and Engineering Programs • Computational Science Minor – Physics (Physics and Engineering) • Engineering Physics, B.S. • Physics Minor • Physics, B.A. • Physics, B.S. Department of Psychology Programs • Computational Science Minor – Psychology (Psychology) • Pre-Therapeutic Psychology Minor • Psychology, B.A. Department of Sociology and Social Work Programs • Criminal Justice Minor • Social Work, B.A. • Sociology Minor • Sociology, B.A.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X
Yearbook X


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Religion


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 80 131 148 99 67 10 0 535


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  



3,162 Total Applicants
2,195 Total Admissions
594 Total Freshmen Enrollment

69.42% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Feb 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Character/personal qualities
Religious affiliation/commitment

Application Essay

Class rank
Extracurricular activities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Volunteer work
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 510 620
SAT Math 520 620
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 23 30
ACT Writing    



Tuition $34,000
Fees $600
Total $34,600
Room and Board (on campus) $10,150
Estimated Total On Campus $44,750


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 FINAL

$23,119 First year students
$17,325 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 FINAL

61.2% on average, the percentage of need that was met
14% of financial need students that had need fully met

$17,325 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,792 Average need-based loan

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