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Point Loma Nazarene University Reviews

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  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    PLNU provides a challenging, but not overwhelming, curriculum. You will do just fine if you study hard, try your best, and take time to have fun! If you like having a good time, meeting new people, and studying in an encouraging and God-loving environment, then PLNU is the school for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is expensive, since it is a private school, but the Student Financial Services (SFS) department provides great service to help students afford their costs for tuition and fees. SFS provides several scholarships and grants and information for you to apply for various local and state scholarships and grants as well. The school also has connections with Tuition Management Systems (TMS), which allows you to pay your bill in smaller monthly payments.

    Am enjoying being here

    The professors are encouraging and supportive of student goals, and the social atmosphere is very inviting and open to hearing the opinions and ideas of others. I love my classes, the retreats, and the chance to go to Six Flags Magic Mountain once a year! I love PLNU!

    Am learning a lot

    The school has a great academic atmosphere. Because of the policy prohibiting drugs or alcohol on campus, students can focus on learning and enjoy their studies in a healthy environment. The school provides great opportunities for extra-curricular education through various presentations of community speakers, authors, and other professionals.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 2 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    PLNU is great for students who are interested in the field of nursing. This is a very popular program here because it's one of the best programs around. Plus, many of the nursing students who go to PLNU get accepted to nursing school. This university is great for students who are followers of Christ and want to build a stronger faith. If you are a beach goer, then this is the place for you! We have our own private part of Sunset Cliffs, and Ocean Beach is not that far away! This also goes for all you surfers out there! Hope this helps! :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Ok, so here are some tips for you prospective students: 1. Do your best in high school, specifically your senior year! Don't slack off and say you have the case of senioritis cuz guess what? That's not gonna cut it in college. You can kiss that A goodbye! 2. Talk to your counselor. I know you might be a little intimidated, but trust me on this one. I always touched bases with my counselor in high school. And don't ever EVER think you're counselor doesn't care because they do! They want you to succeed in high school. 3. Scholarships, scholarships, SCHOLARSHIPS!!! I can't stress this tip enough. This will be the most tiring, grueling part of getting into college, but you need to work at it. Cappex is a very good scholarship website to look at as well as many others. If you don't have crazy good writing skills don't worry--there are other scholarships for music, art, pretty much anything. You just have to look. No procrastination allowed! 4. Pick what college suits you. You'll be spending 4 or more years at that college so choose wisely. These questions should come to mind: Rural or urban? Cost? Religion? etc. 5. Do your homework. This kind of homework won't be graded of course. This is what I did, and it was the smartest thing I've ever done. I wrote all the colleges down on a piece of paper and researched them. When I came to my top 10, I put them on a tri-fold poster board, wrote them on a piece of paper, and wrote down the cost of tuition, how many people were there, for me, if it was a Christian university, etc. Then I narrowed it down from there. 6. DON'T BE LAZY!!! I'm sure you're either on Facebook or Youtube, probably on that right now as you're reading this. You're already on the internet. Google some colleges that interest you as well as scholarships! Even if you're a freshman in high school, it's never to early to start researching. The earlier the better!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely worth the money. Although it is a bit on the expensive side, I know this school has a lot more to offer than other schools around San Diego that I had previously looked at. And trust me, I looked at A LOT! When you show your parents how much this school costs to attend, you're parents might have a heart attack like my mom almost did. BUT DON'T WORRY!!! There are always options! Scholarships, grants, and loans. Well...hopefully not loans, but you get the idea. I knew right away I wanted to come here. You should be able to go wherever you want to go. After all, you're paying for it...or you parents are...Don't let money hold you back. I didn't, and look where I am now!

    Am enjoying being here

    One of the reasons why I chose to attend PLNU was because of the beautiful view. If this is one of your top choices or 1st choice (like mine was during high school), and you haven't visited the campus yet, I highly advise you do. If somehow you can't make a visit (which you REALLY should) then Google this university. It is simply gorgeous! We are right next to the beach, and I'm not just saying that! Another reason why I love being here is that it definitely makes your faith so much stronger! The scenery makes you marvel at the beauty that has been created for you and creates this sense of peace within you that I can't even explain! Also, everyone-and I mean EVERYONE- here is super nice! Guys open doors, students you don't even know give you a warm greeting, professors genuinely ask how you're doing. It's just a great atmosphere!

    Am learning a lot

    PLNU has the best professors who enjoy working with students. This university is different in its priorities in that one of their main goals is to make sure every student graduates within 4 years. The really cool thing is that the professors are really nice people! I'm a freshman, and during my first few weeks, I was too terrified to talk to my professors. The thing I like most about the professors here at PLNU is that they will take the time to sit and chat with you after class, whether it's walking with you to your next class, to chapel, or even to lunch. They understand you have a lot on your plate, so they do everything in their willpower to make sure you are learning as much and to the best of your ability as you possibly can.

  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 3 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    people who love the beach (a good surf), the LORD and having fun

    Tips for prospective students

    Interviews are not mandatory but if you want to impress make an interview and dress professionally

    Bang for the buck

    it is quite costly but it is a great school and you can meet great Godly people there so it is worth the money

    Will enjoy being here

    whats not to love, located on the cliffs of a San Diego Beach

    Will learn a lot

    Very challenging school

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 4 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like the idea of a small school with a close and loving community, take a close look at Point Loma. Also, if you love the beach, you can't go wrong. Finally, but most importantly, if you have a love for the Lord and want to be challenged in your relationship with Him, Point Loma is a great place for that and should be at the top of your list.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and set up an interview in which you plan to dress to impress. Also, actually read through Point Loma's covenant agreement which you have to sign in order to even apply to the school. It contains all of the school's policies about drinking/drugs, weapons, premarital sex on campus, class attendance, chapel attendance and student conduct in general. Read through it and make sure you are capable of and willing to play by the rules. Finally, don't go into college thinking that everything is going to be perfect and easy at Point Loma becuase it's a small Christian school, every school has it's flaws and has at least a handful of kids some refer to as bad seeds. The staff of Point Loma does their best to make the university fun, educational and enjoyable for all of their students so don't be too hard on them and remember to be thankful for all of the amazing things the school has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    Point Loma is not a cheap school by any means, but everyone I know at school has received generous amounts of financial aid. The student financial services are also easily accessible and available on campus and they are always willing to answer questions or help students find scholarships or other ways to pay for school. Furthermore, the education, friends and fun one gains by attending Point Loma are priceless.

    Am enjoying being here

    Point Loma is neatly nestled on the beautiful Sunset Cliffs of San Diego. I have a wonderful ocean view from my room and can feel and smell the ocean breeze everyday. The community is also very tight knit. I live with 26 girls on one hall and we are all close, no cattiness. There are all kinds of opportunities to get involved on campus and I have made life long friends by taking advantage of these opportunities.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at Point Loma are very loving and are willing to work with students individually if they are struggling. It's very possible for them to do this because there are so few students at Point Loma when compared to other universities. Each student is also assigned an academic advisor who helps with schedule planning and they do a great job of making sure students are learning at their highest capacity without overwhelming themselves. Furthermore, i feel that Point Loma is a very safe place to make the transition from living with parents or guardians to living on your own and making your own choices. There are plenty of ways to seek out advice and wise council on campus and you will learn a lot about yourself and the person you want to be while attending Point Loma.

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 5 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Point Loma Nazarene University is great for students who are looking for a small, conservative, Christian atmosphere in which community is important. If you love the beach and adventure then PLNU is perfect for you as well. Also, Point Loma is very focused on school so if you are looking to go to more schooling after a 4-year degree (medical, dental, or any graduate schools) then this university is great for you because they push you to succeed. Overall this is an amazing school that is perfect for beach-going, God-loving and academically-focused students.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get involved. Point Loma offers many different ministries, clubs, intramural sports and groups that will allow students to find their way into their own little niche in Point Loma. I saw too many girls in my dorm hall not get involved and their year was not as exciting as they hoped. This year I got involved in Ministries with Mexico, an outreach ministry that travels to Mexico to help the people there through construction, medical attending and mentoring. During my spring break trip I went with a group of students to help build a church and pastor's house for a pastor in Rosarito. Not only was this trip a great experience that allowed me to help others and learn a lot about construction, but during that trip I created several close friendships that are now a large part of my life. Had I not gone outside my comfort zone and gone on that trip I would have never met those people and experienced a week full of love, hard work and joy. 2. Learn how you study best. Up until college I had just gotten by in school. I thought that studying meant doing the study guide or simply studying the night before yet little did I know, but college was completely different. Each class has its own best way of studying yet being able to identify that as soon as you can, will help you tremendously throughout the class. 3. Understand balancing your time. Although studying is extremely important and the entire reason you are in college (to get an education), having a social life is extremely important because it helps you stay sane. Friends are there to support you when it gets tough and honestly sometimes you just need to get out. 4. Branch out. Talk to the people on your hall and get to know them even if you think you usually would not hang out with someone like that, still go out and make the effort because people will surprise you. 5. Be honest with your roommate. If you have a problem, tell him or her because it makes it so much easier to live with them. But make sure that you pick your battles. 6. Take advantage of the good weather while you can. The gorgeous days to go to the beach will not always last and you will definitely miss it. 7. Look up scholarships and apply for as many as possible. PLNU is expensive and you’ll need all the help you can get. 8. Take time to look at all your perspective schools in order to truly make a decision that works for you. Ask a lot of questions during tours because nothing is worse than getting somewhere and realizing it's not what you wanted.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the tuition is pricey it is completely worth it. Compared to many other private Christian schools, it is the same price and even cheaper, and honestly no one could have a better view than the one at Point Loma. The cafeteria overlooks the ocean and many of the dorms have an ocean view as well. The smaller class size and overall enrollment of student body allows you to get the classes that you want when you want them so that you can stay on track and graduation on time. With the impact of classes at several public schools it is extremely difficult to take the classes necessary to graduate therefore students end up staying for over four years, which in the end adds up and can total the same as many private schools (graduating in 4 years) depending on which school you attend. Also, Point Loma is extremely generous in giving away scholarship money and a large percentage of the students attending have some sort of financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere at Point Loma and being next to the beach and so close to downtown San Diego along with other fun areas in San Diego definitely has its perks. Going surfing between classes is not uncommon and the weekends are full of adventure and fun. It seems there is something for everyone at Loma, and whatever scene you are looking for you can find it. Whether you are a surfer, athlete, bookworm, drama kid, outdoorsman, artist or whatever, Loma has what you need and will want. The community aspect at PLNU is very strong and extremely easy to get involved with if you simply sign up for any ministry, intramural or extra-curricular. Due to the small size you get to know the people in your major very well, which is nice because those are the people you go to when you are stressed because they understand the situation you are in. The only drawback at PLNU are the strict rules, which can feel extremely limiting at times. Yet despite the fact that I resented these rules during the beginning of the year I soon learned that these guidelines helped kept me on track and kept my grades up.

    Am learning a lot

    Point Loma strives to help you succeed in all areas of your academic life. Unlike many larger public schools, PLNU's small and intimate class size allows students to engage in the the classroom activity and ask questions, thus letting the student learn to his or her full potential. I have several friends at UC schools and although they are very prestigious schools with great academic history, these bright students are having a tough time in class simply due to the fact that it is impossible to ask questions or engage in discussion with professors and classmates about the material being taught since the class sizes are in the hundreds. With PLNU's attendance policy, it urges students to attend class and therefore helps them succeed. During my first year of college I learned not only subjects such as Biology, Chemistry and Psychology but I also learned how to study correctly, how to balance my time and how to truly get involved and deal with living with 30 other girls peacefully.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This University is great for students who like to apply themselves, who like to get to know their peers and professors, but most importantly want to live a life that conveys the love that Christ has for all of us. For students who are looking for a freshman year full of partying, Point Loma is not for them, because of the rules against such acts. However, this atmosphere really provides a place for safe learning and unbelievable amount of growth in one's faith and personal life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit Point Loma. Contact the Admissions Office, and schedule a night to stay in a dorm. Get to know the amazing community that makes Point Loma great, and what a better way to do this than by being part of the community itself. Point Loma may seem strict at first glance, but it really is set up to give one freedom. Check it out before making any judgements.

    Bang for the buck

    Point Loma is yes pricey; however, the low class ratios, beautiful campus, and even more compelling community makes up for the tuition. There are many scholarships that one can apply for. The Student Financial Services (SFS) is great. They are very friendly, and will work with students to find grants, scholarships, and loans that will make Point Loma more affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    I could not have imagined a better place for me to be at! I love everything about Point Loma, and no I am not just talking about the view. Point Loma is located right on the beach, and is a short five minute walk to the cliffs. However, this is not the thing I love the most at Point Loma. The most appealing aspect at Point Loma is its community. The community and fellowship at Point Loma is absolutely amazing. The people there are so genuine. For the most part everyone is there because they choose to be, meaning they do not choose to drink or smoke, but instead choose to have fun by talking to friends, or having a beach day, or just watching movies together. Point Loma's community is indescribable. Anyone who walks onto Point Loma offers.

    Am learning a lot

    Point Loma has one of the best atmospheres that enhances one's learning. The class ratios are low, and the professors want the best for you. There is no doubt that the administrators, faculty, and professors want you to grow not only academically, but also spiritually and even vocationally. Point Loma fosters an environment where one can grow in all three fields, as long as one applies themselves. The courses are yes hard, because it is college. However, there are tools that are provided to easily learn and help get great grades. Professors make themselves available almost anytime one needs them. I even went to a couple of my professors homes my freshman year. The tutorial center is open during the day for free tutoring. Overall, Point Loma offers everyone something that they can really enjoy and excel at, as long as one puts the effort into it.

  • 09/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who really love our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the Cal-Grant early, as well as completing your FAFSA before the end of February. March is the date when a lot of scholarships require you have your FAFSA completed in order to be recognized which includes the Cal-Grant. I missed the Cal-Grant this year because I was a week late on completing my FAFSA.

    Bang for the buck

    I wish the tuition wasn't so expensive, but you definitely will get your money's worth IF you work hard. Be prepared to work harder then you have at the community college level.

    Am enjoying being here

    The community of living in a Christian environment is like nothing else. There is always someone here to encourage you. If you are a surfer the beach is literally a walk down the road. There is a rec room in the cafeteria and even rec rooms in the dorm halls. You really don't even have to leave campus to have a good time if you don't want to.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are super awesome. Especially in my department (Theology and Christian Ministry), most of the professors have PhD's and are active members in the church's in the area. Two of the professor's in the Christian Ministry department are senior pastors of local church's. Whether you are in the biology department or the nursing program, the staff are highly trained and have a passion for teaching.

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus patrol is always circulating and they are always there to help you out if your in need

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and ways to get involved

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, motivated and involved students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is a Nazarene school so you must attend chapel during the week.

    Bang for the buck

    Less expensive than other private schools but still a little costly

    What to do for fun

    The school is basically on the ocean so surfing and the beach are great activities.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing cafeteria with many options. Chefs make you food on the spot!!

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very close.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers and you learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go take the tour of the school. Apply yourself while your there and get involved in the school.

    In three sentences

    PLNU has an comforting community. The classes are small and teachers are great. PLNU has many resources that help you succeed in school.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Despite the fact that anyone could easily drive onto the Point Loma campus, I never have any concerns at night when I'm walking from my car to my dorm.

    Greek Life

    There are no frats/sororities!

    Clubs and Activities

    A plethora of clubs and activities! I highly recommend the out doors club!

    Great for these types of students

    Preppy, Nazarene

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The movies in the Greek outdoor theatre are always fun!

    Bang for the buck

    I am a strong believer in you get what you pay for, and Point Loma definitely applies.

    What to do for fun

    The school is right on the ocean, ten miles from Fashion Valley, and two minutes from OB.

    Food and Dining

    The caf is by far the most disgusting thing (unless its chicken tortilla soup night). Sodexo over processes all of their meat choices in abundant amounts of sodium. Bobby B's is the place to be.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are old, but most have an ocean view! There is no curfew, however RAs have been known to test students with breathalyzers. The bathrooms are gross.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors at Point Loma expect the highest level of academic honestly, and do not tolerate any form of cheating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose a major before heading into Point Loma. The general eds are generally more difficult then those of a state school.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma is an excellent choice of school for the average, conservative, Christian student looking to further their education, as well as their relationship with Christ. The fun, hipster atmosphere makes for a great, easy going campus.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus. There is only one entrance/exit with a 24 hour guard, so all activity is being monitored. Public Safety has everyone's number so they send out text messages to the staff and students for emergencies, and warnings. Pub Safety constantly drives around patrolling the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone. Whatever you may have the slightest interest in, we probably have it. There are clubs within majors or clubs that extend to all students across campus including a Homeless ministry, Gospel Choir, student led bible studies and many others.

    Great for these types of students

    Christian individuals, people who enjoy being in a friendly and loving environment, people who don't have a problem with a list of rules

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ring by Spring: There's a myth and joke that by spring semester of your senior year, you will be engaged. Many PLNU students fall into this category.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a very expensive college, but there are opportunities for academic scholarships as well as on campus jobs. I believe we have a better opportunity for learning with the dedicated teachers who are willing to help their students succeed, and the small class sizes.

    What to do for fun

    Located in San Diego, there are an endless amount of possibilites. With the ocean right at our fingertips, people can walk down the cliffs and enjoy a day in the sun, surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking or paddle boarding. We are right down the street from La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach and Mission beach as well. Belmont park is the closest thing we have to an amusement park and it's right next to the beach. Common things to do include burrito runs and acai bowls which are all conveniently located near us. Coronado is a short drive down the road as well as downtown San Diego. Other fun things to do include going to the mall, San Diego zoo, Birch aquarium, San Diego Safari Park and Sea World.

    Food and Dining

    There are only three options of food. The caf has the most choices from international, salad bar, cereal bar, pizza station, vegetarian, main entree, sandwich bar and the grill. There's also a coffee shop called Bobby B's that you can use your allotted meal plan money to buy pastries, fruit and coffee. Point Break Cafe is where you can spend your mealplan money as well and it has various types of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and breakfast items. The ReStore is a little grocery store on campus where individuals can pick up an assortment of food products.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. For the majority of the housing on campus, you will only have one roommate with the exception of the apartments and upperclassmen choices. What I believe is the best is that one type of housing doesn't cost more than others like other colleges. Housing is all the same cost and the variation is your meal plan. In the dorms, the RA plans hall events throughout the year, so that you will be constantly having fun amongst your studies. Being a Christian school, there are boy and girl dorms with specific time frames to visit the opposite sex.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are all around fantastic for every major offered. Different majors are harder than others, but the teachers are helpful and try to challenge you to the best of your ability. Teachers base your grades off of more than just tests, so if you aren't the best test-taker, it doesn't matter. Unlike classes at other schools, teachers teach all the classes (not TA's) so you will be taught by a professional who knows what he/she are teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to live by the ocean, be surrounded by friendly people and staff who are ready to know you in and outside of the classroom and want a Christian environment, this is the place for you. The small class sizes are fantastic as your professor knows who you are and is more than willing to help with any questions regarding school or personal life. If applying to this school, I highly recommend that you do an admissions interview, and once you get accepted to this school, keep retaking your SATs because you could qualify for an academic scholarship. One important thing to remember is that this is a Christian school so Bible class is a required GE, and chapel is required for all four years.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma Nazarene University has everything a student could ever want: the ocean, a Christian environment, friendly faculty and students, and great academics. The university focuses on the idea of community so the small size helps keep people united, working together to become different professions under one God, and brings us closer together through the many activities planned. With the campus overlooking the vast ocean, one can enjoy the creation of the world from nearly everywhere on campus, and the beauty continues within the classroom as individuals are preparing for their futures and careers.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 50

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The Beach, surfing, iceblocking, GYRADs, Young Hall Events, 70s Skate night, Naz Night at 6-Flags, Burrito runs, the beach, lazertag, fugitive, tunneling, Great Escapes!, freshman retreat, hot tubbing, beach bond-fires, the beach... ect.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good really over all, SODEXO just sucks and they try hard but don't quite have the best direction in their efforts. They pour money and attention into things that don't really matter and to add variety introduce weird exotic foods instead of just producing a variety of normal delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    As far as guys dorms go, Young and Goodwin are the best! Wiley is good too. Flex is great for later in school but it can be lonely, not quite the dorm-like community of the others.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework is great and you learn a ton! Just make sure to check ratemyprof.com before picking your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early. Burrito runs rock! Chapels are great just pay attention to who is speaking. Pay attention to your Lomalink emails, it's worth it!

    In three sentences

    Point Loma is an amazing campus if you can keep from being distracted by everything there is to do. Point Loma has teachers who really care about the students and get to know them, though not all. Ultimately PLNU is a great place to get your education if you can afford it.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus is closed off to the public, except for those driving through to surf or enjoy the beautiful view on Sunset Cliffs. Don't worry, they have to pass through Public Safety first! I honestly feel so safe here, even walking back to my dorm from the library by myself at 1 a.m. Is that normal...?

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life here. Sorry toga partiers!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs, and I mean it when I say there is a place here for you. Intramural sports are really fun here and we have countless ministries, involving fun things like going downtown, going to Mexico, and surfing!

    Great for these types of students

    Nursing and Christian Ministries are really popular here. If you love to surf, this is the best campus to be on. And if you play the guitar/ukelele and can sing, Loma is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our campus has the first greek amphitheater ever constructed in America; it's simply breathtaking. Also, we have America's most scenic ballpark! Loma is known for four things: hipsters, surfers, guitar-players and ring by spring. You'll learn more when you get here!

    Bang for the buck

    For a private, Christian school, Loma is not expensive. Especially since you live right on the water in California! I feel what I pay for this school is worth my experience. I really love it here.

    What to do for fun

    Being right on the water, there is constant surf. Point Loma is great about events, including live music, dance parties, festivals, etc. Ocean Beach is right nearby, including shopping and restaurants, and of course, downtown San Diego.

    Food and Dining

    There is a main cafeteria, where the food is pretty good. A coffee shop, cafe and store on campus are the only other food options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun. There are no co-ed dorms, with an upperclassmen exception. Most have ocean views, and are well-kept and clean. Loma is also really good about placing roommates. They are strict about visiting hours of the opposite sex. And no parties in the dorms. Sorry ladies and gents, dry campus!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here aren't too hard, and the teachers are great. There are a lot of general education requirements, chapel is required, and classes from other schools don't transfer too easily, but overall, academic rigor is good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Loma offers interviews, which I encourage. You can enter an essay or creative piece when you apply, which is fun. Don't get lazy senior year and take easy classes and not study for your SATs and ACTs; Loma likes to see you are a hard worker.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma Nazarene University is a small, Christian school nestled on the edge of Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma, a small region of San Diego. You really get the best of it all here; mountains, downtown, the suburbs and the ocean. Point Loma offers a huge array of majors on a small campus, ensuring personal attention from professors and a great feeling of community.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    YES! It is expensive (but so is every college these days) but it is incredibly worth it. Your education is top-notch!! Aside from some great academics, you are paying for an incredibly view in a wonderful city. San Diego is full of lots of opportunities that will always come in handy. But you will get way more out of this experience in college other than a great education and a stellar job. Point Loma prepares students to be great people- you will come out of this school a well-rounded individual that will benefit others and mostly yourself.

    What to do for fun

    First word: Beach. The beach is a nice walk, swim, surf, enjoy, and hang out. There are often bon fires and other fun hangouts to attend. On campus, there's always something in the hall, whether its movie nights, or just a good talk, but there is also the recreational center where you can play fooseball, pool, table tennis, and even rent bikes, surf boards and lots of other cool stuff. Off campus, lots of us like to ride bicycles down to Ocean Beach (the bike ride offers a great view) where you can do some great thrifting, shopping, beach going, eating, and just hanging out. Aside from that, you could take the shuttle to Target, a Starbucks run, the mall, and even get downtown. There is always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    Not going to lie-the cafeteria is not the Cordon bleu of cafeterias, but its food. But we also have other options, Bobby B's (the coffee shop) is a place I spend a lot of time, as well as Point Break Cafe (like a sandwich shop) here, you can depend on some good food. If you are not satisfied with the food on campus, off campus is always an option, students often take the off campus shuttle to local places to eat such as Rubio's, Noodles and Company, Cup of Yo, Olive Garden, and there are plenty of great burrito options. In many cases, especially with girls, people will buy most of their food from the grocery store down the road and make meals in their own rooms, which works quite well.

    Dorm Life

    Just as most colleges, dorms are small and not necessarily modern. But no worries, there's a bed, desk, closet, and plenty of other accessories. They are a lot of fun to decorate and make a place all your own. Each hall has a residence assistant who is in charge of basically helping you through your first year as a freshman, and for later years, keep you in check. They come up with fun events and outings for your hall, and basically work to create a family. Now, a lot of it also depends on all the people working to create that family as well, either way, you are bound to find friends.

    Academic Rigor

    This is no Ivy Leaguer....but it has one of the top nursing programs, science courses excel, among many others.The professors here aren't going to just lecture, they want to get to know you and they LOVE it when you go to ask for more help on something. If you are struggling there is an awesome FREE tutoring center here, along with your hallmates, there is always someone who can help you with your homework. Here at Point Loma, general education courses are used to created a well-rounded person. These include english, writing, math, language, philosophy, sciences, and so many more. This may seem a little like high school again, however it is worth while. I am sometimes learning more in my general education courses I'm enrolled in now than I am in my basic science classes. But don't get me wrong...major courses are just as important if not more important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors, they care about you and want you to succeed here at Point Loma, often times they enjoy going to coffee or grabbing a bite to eat over conversation. Also, attend chapel/timeout, they put a requirement of a minimum attendance but chapel is a great time to simply not think about classes, to let out everything and give it all to God. Also, find what you love to do and engross yourself in it. The community here at PLNU is no lie, people here will support you and help you no matter what you choose to conquer.

    In three sentences

    This school is right on the beach, the gorgeous views and warm weather make this place an ideal location for college. Here, we like to stress the idea of community, mostly a community in Christ; people here will support you with anything you are going through and you can always find a friend. The academics here are worth the money-with top courses, professors who want you to succeed, and a great support system you are likely to succeed here at Point Loma Nazarene University!

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Point Loma is one of the safest cities in the nation and our campus safety does a great job.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    I play baseball and I love it. If you get involved you will not get bored.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive school, but the personal attention, location, and opportunities you are given are completely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You can do almost anything. Surf, go to the beach, go downtown, go to the malls, grab delicious food. You're living where people want to vacation.

    Food and Dining

    The caf for the most part has a wide variety of food that has gotten better and better each year I've attended. It's all you can eat, I love that part!

    Dorm Life

    It's fun and really allows you to form some great friendships. If you get an ocean view room it's even better.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a pretty tough school academically. However, you are prepared for your next step in life after you graduate and Point Loma is a very well respected school in Southern California.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in a ministry, sports team, group, etc. Meet new people, everyone is very friendly and will talk to you. Talk to your professors and advisers as much as possible, become their friends, because they help you a lot with internships and job opportunities.

    In three sentences

    You will find a great sense of community here. Your advisers and professors assist you, wanting to see you succeed in school and in the future. The view is incredible.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 50

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    On weekends, if the weather is nice, go out surfing! Point Loma is just next to the beach. You can also go to the San Diego City or Sea World and watch Shamus perform tricks!

    Food and Dining

    I love the food over there!! It is so good and the ice cream tastes so good I want a second serving!

    Dorm Life

    Despite having little closets and sharing with a roomie, there are two desks and the bed is an extra large twin. That is what I found out.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be taking general ed classes. The classes you take and might like will have something to do with your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students, if you want a great view and want to go far away then Point Loma is the place for you. For students who have majors on their minds I suggest you go to Point Loma because they have every major except Japanese language. This school is also able to help disabled students.

    In three sentences

    I would Point Loma a 95 out of 100. The school has great view, it is near the ocean, and they help kids who have autism. The one thing that concerns me though is that it has a costly tuition.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is top notch! Although it's an open campus because the beach located at the bottom of the school is public, there aren't any problems with the people. The school is located in a small beach community and is protected by Public Safety. Public Safety is in charge of security and maintaining proper order around school!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities to be found, myself personally wasn't apart of any clubs, but I did play intramural basketball and volleyball!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you want to count going to Adalaberto's (Mexican Restaurant) at 12 in the morning to get some food with the hall as a tradition, then there you go! Besides having random worship sessions in parking garages or going to get food, there aren't to many traditions. One of the coolest locations at PLNU is sunset cliffs! Its amazing to see a sunset every night before dinner and sunset cliffs is the place to go to see God's glory shine!

    Bang for the buck

    Not exactly sure what this means so I'm going to talk about what I think it means... PLNU is an expensive school and for myself it's going to be hard to pay off all my student loans. Even though it costs so much to attend Point Loma, its all worth it! Its a sound Christian school that deserves more attention. The experiences, relationships and knowledge created at PLNU out weigh the costs of attending. l

    What to do for fun

    WHAT TO DO FOR FUN??? Well as a freshman, college life is pretty boring because you don't have a car, BUT that means you get to hang out in the dorms and just have fun! What some people don't realize is that there is a beach 5 seconds away from the school! If that doesn't pump you up, I don't know what will! Just hanging out with the guys or going on an infamous burrito run will brighten anyone's day!!!

    Food and Dining

    The main joke on campus is about how bad the food at PLNU is!! Not going to lie, it get's really really annoying when you eat the same food every week, BUT be thankful that you actually have food to eat! Sure the food is ranked four star, but eating at the cafeteria did more than just supply me with nourishment. I created great friendships with people in the cafeteria and love to see all my friends eat dinner together!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is one of the most unique experiences of College. My Dad always told me that high school friends come and go, but the friends you meet in College are going to be your friends for life! It's true, my dorm experience and PLNU really jump started some strong, spiritual relationships with some great Christian guys! Dorm Life is where you meet your real friends!

    Academic Rigor

    The school work at PLNU is hard, I am a Biology major and man was I in for a surprise!!!!!! Just remember to study hard, sleep well and DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!!!! The next four years of your life are important, so take them seriously and diligently.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is hard, but with the right support you can get through it! Learn time management before you go to school, waking up at 7:30 in the morning for high school was easy, but for some reason in College it's way harder. School work overloads but with the right organization and proper mindset you can successfully pass all your classes! My knowledge for you incoming freshman is, don't worry about the little things. God is there to provide and support you with everything. Just trust in His name and listen to what He has to tell you!

    In three sentences

    Point Loma doesn't just guide it's students down an academic path, it provides an intentional Christian community so we can grow together. We are not only Sea Lions but brothers and sisters in Christ. PLNU is the whole package!

  • 09/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social people who really want to make friends with similar values and also focas on a solid education.

  • 09/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    How much per year will it cost for an out of state student? i am from New Jersey and was wandering if I should even bother applying to PLNU because of the price. I love to surf and study but I'm not from a wealthy family.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 50

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    surf, run, surf, eat, surf.

    Food and Dining

    food is always the same and is exceptional on some days.

    Dorm Life

    quiet hours are at 10pm, but they do have open dorms all week which is a plus.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are difficult, but the teachers help you and make connections with you and know your name in the first couple of weeks.

    Tips for prospective students

    make friends with older students who have cars to get around easier.

    In three sentences

    point loma nazaren university is a great diverse community filled with christ. the proffessors are impeccable and care about their students more than the actual class itself. the view is the best view on the west coast, out looking the ocean.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is super safe, I have had no problems so far. I have never had anything stollen or have heard of any of my friends having things stollen.

    Greek Life

    There's no Greek Life offered here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and activities for just about anyone!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun in San Diego! The beach is just a walk down the cliffs from Young Hall where you can swim, surf and play at the beach.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't the best here but other aspects of the university make up for it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, the dorm hours are a little strange but it keeps the dorms relatively quiet during the night.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but the professors are always willing to spend one on one time with their students to help them out.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a small knit community this is the perfect place!

    In three sentences

    Attending college at Point Loma has been the best experience of my life up to this point. I have no only received a wonderful education so far, I have also learned more about myself and how to live in a small Christian community that encourages self-growth. The small class size and personal attention I receive from my professors is ideal and the view could not get any more beautiful!

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    21 of 50

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    PLNU is a great school! It has a beautiful campus, engaging faculty, close knit community, and is extremely helpful with finances and scholarships. I am a high school senior, and I went for Science Honors Weekend.

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety does a great job of keeping everyone safe. I've never felt scared walking across campus even in the middle of the night.

    Great for these types of students

    I'm an art student, and the art department is phenomenal. The small classes and personal attention are much more like a graduate school experience than most undergraduate universities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Prescott Prayer Chapel is really awesome for quiet reverie and prayer. I also really like the Greek Amphitheater to study and nap in when it's sunny.

    What to do for fun

    I go to Balboa Park a lot. The beach is really close if you enjoy swimming or surfing, and the antique shops in Ocean Beach never get old. Roofing is totally a thing. Burrito runs and frozen yogurt are also always popular.

    Food and Dining

    Not awful, but not great either. At least there's always salads and the sandwich bar if nothing else looks appetizing.

    Dorm Life

    I have met most of my close friends through living with them in the dorms. Most of the RAs are really friendly, and as mentioned above, I love the PLNU sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    Point Loma emphasizes academics more than sports, which I think is good for a university, but its general education classes are easy enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    The cafeteria makes much better food for visitors than for students. All the surfers live in Young Hall. Don't be afraid to ask questions; everyone here is really friendly.

    In three sentences

    I love the sense of community and the small class sizes. Professors often engage students outside of class, and the campus is gorgeous. Definitely worth a visit.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Point Loma is great for students who want a relaxed, Christian environment. Chapels are 3 times a week and Time-Outs on Wednesday nights count for chapel credit as well. Freshmen/Sophmores are required to attend 33/40 chapels and Juniors/Seniors 25/40.

    What to do for fun

    On-campus, there's the beach, the cliffs, and volleyball at Young Hall, sports games, the occasional Movie-in-the-Greek. Off-campus, San Diego offers tons of things to do. There's shows, museums and the zoo at Balboa Park, Sea World. Mission Beach is a student fave. The list goes on and on.

    Food and Dining

    The caf on campus is okay. Sometimes there are great dishes, but sometimes there's nothing good at all and you feel like you just wasted your meal, which costs about $8! The caf is open from 7am-7pm. There are also To-Go Lunches outside the caf on weekdays for students who need to get to class quickly or are heading off to the library. You can choose from wraps (so good!), pitas, etc, plus a piece of fruit; a parfait, veggie cup, or fruit cup; and water or soda. There is a cafe called the Point Break, where the food is pretty good, and it's connected to Bobby B's, which brews Starbuck's coffee and sells muffins and bagels, etc. There's also the Re-Store, which is an over-priced mini-market of junk food, some health food, and items similar to To-Go Lunches (sandwhiches, wraps, fruit cups, and yogurts and cheese sticks). The prices are steep, but if you have extra Sea Lion dollars/Point Break credits/whatver they're called now, this is the place to use them up.

    Dorm Life

    The great thing about Point Loma is the community spirit! My hall was very close and still is. We hung out all the time and had family dinner in the caf once a week. There are 7 dorms and an on-campus apartment complex. Most rooms are 2-person, but in some of the guy's dorms there are 3 to 4 person rooms. In Goodwin, a junior & senior dorm, there are singles, doubles, and thriples, and in Flex apartments, there are usually 5 people.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what classes you have, but some can be hard and some can be easy. If you want to just skate by with a B, then you don't have to work very hard in some of them, but if you want top grades, you have to work for them. There are plenty of resources to help you out. The profs will help you with any questions you have and there is a tutoring center as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise students to first make sure all of their financial aid is in order. Point Loma is not a cheap school and one mis-step can cost you. That being said, if you love the school, it is worth every penny!

    In three sentences

    PLNU is an amazing school. The atmosphere is friendly, the faculty really care, and the view cannot be beat!

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    its in the top 10 for safest campuses in the nation.

    Greek Life

    none existent

    Clubs and Activities

    to many to go into but you can find anything.

    Great for these types of students

    independent, ones that like small classes where the professors know your name.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Prescott pray chapple is a good place to pray and is always open. freshman boys will most likely get hazed into NOSing. its a christian campus

    Bang for the buck

    defiantly worth the money

    What to do for fun

    surf, swim, bike, run the cliffs. play video games. go to the many activities they have up on cafe lane on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    not as good as home but better then most college campuses.

    Dorm Life

    the RAs are great and make sure you get to know people and make friends, its a small campus so you start to know everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    it is a pretty challenging course load. it has been named in the top 50 educations worth the price, and its a pretty expensive school. they make sure that they get experts in the fields they teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you can stand being in a christian environment, and know you cant have cars as freshmen.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma Nazarene University have some of the best professors that could be imagined. The campus is small and inviting, with a great view over the ocean. my favorite thing though is its Christ based atmosphere.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe.

    Greek Life

    None that I know of.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and ASB does a good job of hosting fun activities. There are also lots of student ministry options.

    Great for these types of students

    Surfers, people who love nature, eco friendly, Christian, but really everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cliffs and the beach by Young Hall are great! I walk down to the beach anytime!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Go down to sunset cliffs, go to the beach, surf, go out for forzen yogurt.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and our caf has a wonderful view.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun! The resident assistants are great and plan really fun events!

    Academic Rigor

    My classes have challenged me and that has been great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you are entering school undeclared. Point Loma has great programs to help you figure out what you want to do.

    In three sentences

    It is an awesome school with great faculty and staff who really care about you. It provides a great Christian environment. It has the most beautiful campus.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    26 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is only one entrance in and out and there is an on campus security force that patrols campus. Crime is basically unheard of here.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs offered on campus along with many opportunites to serve the community. Community service and social justice are huge components of campus life.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to small class sizes, have religious values and are open minded.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cliffs off the campus of Point Loma are notorious for couples who want to spend a romantic moment and are also on the path to the ocean which is the sight for the time honored Point Loma tradition of NOSing (Naked Ocean Swimming).

    Bang for the buck

    Point Loma is a private college which comes with a high price tag although the quality of the education offered is high and there is generous financial aid available to those who apply.

    What to do for fun

    There are many structured activities organized through the dorms and through the associated student body. There is also a great escape adventure company on campus that organizes outdoor adventures and sports. There are lots of intermural sports and great surfing off the cliffs. Not to mention the campus is in San Diego which has endless options for activities.

    Food and Dining

    There is a main dining hall and a cafe/coffeeshop. There is a large variety of options available although the quality of the food could improve. I believe things have improved since I graduated due to feedback from the students regarding this issue.

    Dorm Life

    The close knit communities that make up dorm life allow you to form friendships that will last for a lifetime. Some of the dorms built in the 70;s need to be remodeled to align with the cost of living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    As a nursing major I received an extremely high quality education. When I applied for job as a nurse the fact that I had attended Point Loma was a factor that made me stand out from other applicants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Point Loma is great for those who do not want to just be a number in a ginormous lecture hall. You form relationships with your professors and they are actively involved in your education experience. If one cannot handle the behavioral rules that are laid out in the convenent, then Point Loma Nazarene may not be a good fit for those who want to attend college primarily to party and drink.

    In three sentences

    This private Christian liberal arts university not only has a beautiful campus situated on the cliffs of Point Loma, San Diego but it also offers a high quality well rounded community oriented education that realistically prepares students to be successful and competitive in the modern day job market. The religious component does factor into the educational experience but it challenges students to take ownership of their faith. The small class sizes and the high quality of the professors makes Point Loma a unique worthwhile experience.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs that are advertised frequently. Easy to be a part of because of the small amount of students.

    What to do for fun

    Trips to the beach, downtown, Sea World, museums.

    Food and Dining

    Repetitive and bland. However, sometimes there's a good meal! There are lots of options for people with restricted diets.

    Dorm Life

    Friendly people and gorgeous view. Dorms are a bit old, but who can complain when you can look outside and see the ocean!

    Academic Rigor

    Having just completed my first year as a pre-nursing major, I have spent most of my hours indoors and studying. However, there are many classes that are actually enjoyable and much less strenuous. The tough classes aren't hard for the sake of being hard, but they are challenging and rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider this nursing program if you are interested in nursing and a dedicated student. Professors are very invested in your success.

    In three sentences

    Friendly and welcoming atmosphere with teachers and students who care about you. Frequently (and accurately) described as 'in a bubble.' Excellent nursing school.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    28 of 50

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    san diego was voted one of the safest cities in california and thee is so much to do! dont forget about that ocean right out your window either

    Tips for prospective students

    do not procrastinate

    In three sentences

    Point Loma is my home away from home, the second i walked on campus i knew this is where i belong. the staff are amazing and you can really tell they want you to succeed.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    29 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty darn good.

    Great for these types of students

    -Getting in touch with the happy medium between Faith and Studies -Beachgoers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Although it's the only school that I have been to that was religiously influenced, I wasn't too fond of the fact that they have mandatory theology classes(about two total all four years if I am not mistaken) and church service attendances per month; but a rebuttal is that I-as stated before- have not been to another church influenced school so I would not know if this is too much or not.

    Bang for the buck

    Definately bang for your buck if you can afford to go. The campus is B-E-A-Utiful. They've got great scenery, parking lots, and trashcans everywhere, talk about environmentally conscious!

    What to do for fun

    BEACH! Oh, and you know clubs, sports, community service projects, volunteer work, paid work on campus probably as well, and of course internships. From what I heard, on of the admission's counselors went on a yacht with his teacher since everyone there gets to know one another so well and the student to teacher ratio is low. So.... go on a yacht with your teacher!

    Tips for prospective students

    Although I ultimately won't be applying to this school, it is great for those students looking to have a college lifestyle combining faith with schoolwork both easily and effectively.

    In three sentences

    They know their stuff and are great at getting out to schools everywhere for scouting. Their staff and employees are some of the nicest people you might get to know, sort of like a family environment. By the beach, small school, big on faith, and lots of extracurricular activities to do if and when you have nothing to do.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and ministries to get involved in. I like the Wednesday Night Homeless Ministry. I'm also in the Concert Band and on the Yearbook staff.

    What to do for fun

    Burrito runs, FroYo runs, movie nights, go to the beach

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. But it's always better on preview days.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorm. The girls in my hall were so great. The RA's plan lots of hall activities, like GYRADs (Get Your Roommate A Date) or movie nights with other halls.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, only a few of my classes have been difficult. But if you keep up with reading and homework, you will do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus during a preview day. You get the chance to sit in on a class, tour the campus, stay overnight in one of the dorms and participate in some of the campus activties.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Totally safe... and public safety is awesome and always available to give girls a ride at night!

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life

    Great for these types of students

    Surfers... Those interested in Nursing (GREAT nursing program)

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive.... but worth every penny!

    What to do for fun

    Surf, run on the cliffs, go to the beach, hang out in San Diego. Lots to do!

    Food and Dining

    Dont like the cafeteria very much... but it is fine! PBC (the cafe on campus) is good. And the coffee shop rocks!

    Dorm Life

    Great RA's, hate open dorm rules (we are adults!! common!), nice rooms, many with ocean views.

    Academic Rigor

    I would personally rateit as a 5/5 because I am a Nursing major.. which is one of the hardest majors on campus (along with pre-med and bio/chem majors!) Academics are not hard in every major, however...so i think a 3 or 4/5 is accurate overall.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love the ocean, if you love God, and if you love forming life long relationships, PLNU is the place for you.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma Nazarene University is an incredible school. It not only has an amazing location/view of the ocean, it also has wonderful professors. PLNU's small class sizes that allow for personal relationships with professors and peers.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 50

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    This is a wholesome university that teaches not only about liberal arts, but also provides a spiritual community. The atmosphere here is small and there is a strong sense of community. If you are looking for a good private Christian university, this is the place.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    33 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have security patrolling the campus 24 hours.

    Greek Life

    The school is private for Christianity.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't know but I know their are a lot of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student can come here but they are know for their medical field.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The beach is right on campus and have a cafe.

    Bang for the buck

    Their school is very expensive. You have to pay 36,000 a year.

    What to do for fun

    You can go swimming on the beach, join a sport, community church, singing, dorm activities, and lots more.

    Food and Dining

    If you have a disease or an allergy to a certain foods they will tell the chiefs make you a special meal for you every day.

    Dorm Life

    You get to know you dorm friends and do lots of activities with them.

    Academic Rigor

    95% of all the students graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask people for help and get involved in activities that interest you.

    In three sentences

    I give it a 10 because the atmosphere was warm welcoming. It was breath taking when I set my eyes on the beautiful ocean view. All the students and people that worked their went the extra mile to help in any way they could.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive. It's amazing. Apply for scholarships... lots of scholarships. It will be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do if you are willing to simply go and not sit in your dorm all day. My hall is always dong activities, there are tons of ministries that are easy to get involved in, there is swing dancing, intramural sports, yoga, school wide events (such as zombie apocalypse) and school retreats. You can go to the beach or the cliffs, cup of yo right down the street, beach volleyball, great escapes outdoor fun stuff (hiking, biking, trails, etc.) and the ARC that has bikes or surfboards to rent and pool tables, ping pong, and foosball.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria really isn't that bad; the food is good. Bobby B's makes Starbucks, is on campus and is awesome! Point Break is a little food place next to it that has great food that you can buy for a decent price if you don't feel like going to the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fantastic! Each hall is like a mini-family and every R.A. I have met has been super fun and kind. Every weekend my hall will do something together and Thursday nights we talk and get to know each other deeper.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging if you aren't ready to work, but if you apply yourself and manage your time you will be fine. Luckily all the professors are willing to help in any way that they can and will walk with you every step of the way,

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and take a tour here. The campus is beautiful and you can easily fall in love with it. If someone tells you that everyone here is nice, believe them. It sounds silly, but it is true and if you come here you quickly discover that.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma is an amazing place for anyone who wants to seek Jesus and be educated at the same time. Everyone here is kind and the professors really care about each of their students. Dorm life is awesome if you are proactive and get involved, which is easy to do in this great environment.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    35 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated and religious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The baseball field is over looking the ocean.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but you learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your studies and always strive to do your best!

    In three sentences

    Point Loma has a beautiful campus, literally on the coast. The education is faith based. No other education compares.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Unless you are on scholarship(s) which can be very helpful and generous, this is a private university so price is to be considered when applying. There are also fines for skipping or violating things they encourage, like chapel.

    Food and Dining

    There are two main areas for dining and a small grocery stop below the cafeteria. The cafeteria is paid by one's meal plan and the bistro and sandwich shop is paid for by the corresponding amount of sea lion dollars which reset or can be changed every semester. The food quality starts off decent, but quality and variety go down as time passes. Off campus dining is great, there are a number of shops in Liberty station and countless mexican food stops.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life and rules for those with residency is very strict. One signs an agreement not to get involved in inappropriate activities. Freshmen living on campus do not have cars. The students and staff in charge occasionally provide students with activities, or encourage them to make their own. RA's are a big part of this. Most are also very responsive to trying to help students.

    Academic Rigor

    As far as challenging courses go, it's what you make of it. A hardworking student that chooses his or her classes thoughtfully is able to succeed. I have had an array of teachers from ones that seem decent to very passionate to ones that seem almost too passionate. Academically they range from quite manageable to challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should have good GPA and SAT scores, but it's not highly competitive. They are more concerned with the combination of quality academics and your personal story. There are different scholarships one can qualify for.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma is a small, private, christian university. It sits on the edge of sunset cliffs. They are a school that tries to promote their values.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a pretty good selection of clubs, activities, and ministries to be part of. There obviously isn't as great a selection as you would get from a bigger school, but the selection is good for the size of the school.

    Great for these types of students

    Its a great fit for students that have at least a moderate interest in their faith, don't mind the chapel requirement, want a more casual environment, and like being pushed a little academically.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    PLNU has a Greek Theater which most colleges probably do not have.

    What to do for fun

    Freshman are not allowed to have cars, so most take an off-campus shuttle to the surrounding area. Old Town and several shopping centers are not far from campus. One of the shuttle's stops is Fashion Valley mall. The campus, along with access to the beach, has some activities as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent but don't expect to love it. The variety is okay but you will probably get bored by the lack of selection as the year goes on.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are a decent size and arrangement. The atmosphere of the dorm building itself however varies. Most halls tend to be louder in the evenings until quiet hours. The dorm I got assigned to however has a study lounge where things are generally quieter.

    Academic Rigor

    As a first-year biology student, my first year showed me where my school prepared or did not prepare me. While the science department building may not look very impressive, the professors have fairly high expectations and will push you.

    Tips for prospective students

    While it isn't difficult to get into this school as compared to more competitive schools, it is good to maintain a better GPA to get scholarships and have a better standing when starting at PLNU. As a Nazarene school, they will also prefer having Christian students.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Point Loma Nazarene University has weekly on-campus events such as movie nights in the outdoors on Thursday nights where students can view fairly new movies with the view of the ocean still there. The dorms also offers students an opportunity to have fun with the rest of their dorm mates by setting up events such as volleyball tournaments on Saturdays with barbecue for lunch. Point Loma also provides students with weekly music performances by the students themselves along with refreshments and food.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining in Point Loma University is exceptional especially since the dining area offers students a great variety of food ranging from breakfast food to dessert. The dining area offers a section of vegetarian foods for vegetarians and also offers catering services to those who need it. One of the greatest advantages of the dining area in Point Loma is the fact that it greatly resembles a buffet since it offers students all kinds of food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life in Point Loma Nazarene University is equivalent to a confused stranger stepping into a small town, which means that students feel right at home after a week or two of adjusting from home. The students situated in the same hall are more than willing to invite all students to events and accompany them to on-campus performances. The students in every dorm are friendly and willing to help any one who needs the help. I was able to make a great amount of friends since everyone in my dorm are always willing to invite me to accompany them in school events and for lunch dates. I am grateful to be in the dorm I am in now.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers of Point Loma urge students to read chapters the day before class begins by handing out surprise quizzes to students to make sure that the students are up to task and are not falling behind on the subjects. The teachers are also especially willing to help struggling students by devoting their office hours in meeting up with students to help the students better understand the lesson in which they are struggling with. The school even offers free tutoring for students who are struggling with a difficult subject so as to not allow students from falling behind in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are interested in further developing their spiritual growth as Christians along with gaining a well-rounded education are definitely going to find these factors in Point Loma Nazarene University. Students who are struggling with a subject in Point Loma Nazarene University should make the effort to seek help by applying to free tutoring sessions provided by older students.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma Nazarene University offers an exceptional amount of education for students who not only wish to gain the knowledge necessary for their subject of interest but also teaches students the values they need to lead a healthy life. The teachers in this school look forward to investing students with a deeper sense of emotional and spiritual growth that is not found in public schools. The administration sincerely cares for the spiritual and emotional growth of their students as the students learn to grow up in a society where values are needed for students to be able to have a healthy lifestyle in the future while also enjoying the careers they are interested in.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    39 of 50

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    The campus at PLNU is gorgeous! It overlooks the California coast. Also the environment on campus is great! The students really seem to be enjoying their time there.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is located in a really nice suburban area, so crime isn't a big issue. However, since there is public property on campus, people are essentially free to come and go as the like until 12:00 am.

    Greek Life

    If you're looking for Greek life, than this isn't the place for you, as we have none.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of clubs to choose from if you're up for it, and if there's a club not represented you can always start it yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who desire a rigorous academic system. Those who enjoy small close knit environments. Those who are Christian, especially those affiliated with the Nazarene denomination.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently Cabrillo Hall is haunted by a ghost. Look it up, its a historical sight.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is beautiful! We're located right next to the water, adjacent to a place called Sunset Cliffs (place to go to watch the sunset), so we get the same exact view. And if you're into surfing we have a really good surfing beach. Also the teachers are generally really good. They actually care about you and you learn a TON.

    What to do for fun

    There's tons to do (as long as you have a way to get there). Downtown is like ten minutes away and the night life there is really cool. Also since we're in San Diego there are beaches virtually everywhere, whether you're looking to surf, kick back and relax, or take a stroll on a boardwalk. There's also a good amount of historical significant sights around if you're interested in that.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus isn't necessarily bad, its just extremely repetitive and there is only the cafeteria and the Point Break Cafe to get legitimate meals from. We do however have a Jamba Juice, coffee shop and small student grocery store. But if you have a car there are plenty of places that you can drive not too far to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a really good GPA and SATs because you can get good academic scholarship money from the school, that is relatively easy to maintain. Also come in with as many credits as you can because your priority for class registration will be much better.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's pretty safe, Public Safety is always driving around. You will only see the random people who come to surf at the beach down by Young Hall.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life whatsoever.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities! It's pretty hard to not find something that interests you.

    Great for these types of students

    -students who like to surf between classes -students who are passionate about their majors -students who want to join a community of people -students who are just happy to be there overall

    Bang for the buck

    For the amount of tuition that they charge you definitely get a lot. The student life, clubs and activities, location, etc. The food and room size of some dorms could be a bit better for the amount of money they charge for those areas. There could be a bit of more school spirit as well, and sports are definitely not as big as at other schools. But other than that I would say it's a pretty fair trade.

    What to do for fun

    Well the campus is basically on the beach, so that offers a lot to do. There is an outdoor activities place on campus that allows you to rent canoes, and sign up for things like hiking, snorkeling, etc. You can easily get on the Loma shuttle or drive to the nearby train station. From there you can pretty much go anywhere like downtown San Diego, Little Italy, Old Town, and a bunch of other places too. Any other fun things to do is mostly up to you and what you prefer. But there is a fun little thing called geocaching that a lot of people at Loma do. It's really fun to do and it gives you a tour of random places and neighborhoods in the San Diego area.

    Food and Dining

    What can I say, its college food on a college budget. It's not phenomenal but it could be a lot worse. I have heard that the food has gotten better with each year so I will have to find that out myself being a second year student.

    Dorm Life

    Now that they have made majority of the dorms Coed I think that will make things a little better. However, you still have to check in at the front desk to visit the opposite sex even if you are staying in the same dorm. But some people find a way to bypass that system and just go see friends. Point Loma could definitely be a little more flexible on the dorm visiting hours for the opposite sex too.

    Academic Rigor

    The science majors definitely have the most rigorous academic schedules. Not trying to diss any other majors, but the science majors require a lot more time in labs and outside the classroom attentiveness.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to learn. This is not a college to joke around when it comes to academics, if you put in the effort you will get a lot of the experience. Also, if you are looking for a huge night or party scene this most likely isn't the school for you since there isn't a very big one. Hince, the Nazarene in the school name kind of gives that away but you would be surprised how some people don't catch on to that. Lastly, Point Loma has a lot to offer extracurricular wise so get involved! There is literally something for everyone so it is a great way to meet people and enjoy doing things that you are passionate about.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma has a great community of people, everyone is very welcoming and friendly. The academics can be rigorous, but the teachers are so helpful and are willing to work with you. Plus, the ocean view from everywhere on campus just cannot be beat!

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While the campus is open to the public and has active foot traffic from local surfers, the campus is very safe.

    Greek Life

    I would like to mention that there are no sororities or fraternities on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for the student who enjoys community. The benefits of attending a small school is that everyone kind of knows each other, so one can easily combine friend groups and hang out with a variety of people, making it feel like a community. Also, this place is great for the chill, calm student because the campus life is not very crazy and tends to be relaxed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As I mentioned before, PLNU is located on Sunset Cliffs. The cliffs are a public park and are really fun to explore. There are tons of places to hike, climb, or to attempt to squeeze through when enjoying them. In particular, there is one stretch I found that has been graffiti-ed so much, that all of the walls, ceilings, trees, and rocks are colored. My friends and I refer to it as Alice in Wonderland because it is hidden and seems unreal.

    What to do for fun

    Obviously, the main thing to do for fun is go to the beach! Students have the choice of surfing at the famous surf spot, Sunset Cliffs, or of surfing at Ocean Beach located three miles down from campus. If you are not a surfer, you can still enjoy Sunset Cliffs to swim in! Also, Point Loma is located by tons of other beaches, such as Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, and Pacific Beach, so students enjoy exploring all of the different beaches. Besides beaching it, Point Loma is located five miles from the gaslamp district which offers amazing night life, malls, restaurants, and other city- life activities. Finally, San Diego also has artsy/ hippy areas that make it fun for the students who want culture.

    Food and Dining

    PLNU has one large cafeteria, one cafe, and one Jamba Juice on campus. Although we are a very small school, I wish the school had more variety in its food on campus. The cafeteria's food is decent but most students complain about it.

    Dorm Life

    I have no complaints regarding the dorm life because all of the dorms are located within a five minutes walking distance to the water. Who can be unhappy with the dorms when you are on the water? Although the dorms are not huge or loft style like UCSD's or other school's, they reach the basic standards of what a nice comfortable dorm should be. In my first year the dorms were either all boys or all girls, but in this next year some of the dorms will be co-ed. I think it is important to mention that in the all girls or all boys dorms, there were very restricting visiting hours as to when the opposite sex could visit. While this was very annoying, I still give the dorm life five stars because of their beach location.

    Academic Rigor

    It is difficult for me to judge the academic rigor of PLNU because I will only be a sophomore in the upcoming fall semester, but I can say that PLNU offers strong academics. My basic for this assumption is that we have a very high employment rate after graduating, which is most of the students' motivation for attending the school. My reason for giving four stars out of five is that I personally expected college to be very difficult and have found myself to be partly wrong. I am the type of person who likes to be challenged, and I have not quite hit the point yet, although I may find myself being pushed this year once I get into my core degree classes. Overall, the academics of this school can be securely trusted.

    Tips for prospective students

    One main tip I advise to prospective students is not to apply here if you are not serious about your faith. This may seem silly but I bring this point up because I continually run into students who are bothered by the school's religious background because they did not expect the school to be that Christiany. Along with that, if you are looking for a crazy party school do not apply here because this school has a very laid back feeling to it.

    In three sentences

    As an overview, PLNU is a Christian Nazarene school located in southern San Diego. One of the biggest perks to the school is its amazing location on Sunset Cliffs, which is a famous surf spot. In whole, PLNU is a very small private liberal arts school that is very focused on its spirituality and academics.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Don't get discouraged by the price of tuition. PLNU offers many types of aids to help lower the cost of tuition and help their students afford this education. No matter what, all the money is worth the great community, beautiful sunsets, and the best four years of your life!

    What to do for fun

    Point Loma Nazarene University is literally the college by the beach! With the beach only a walk away, students can often be found hanging out at the beach or spending their day surfing. Also not very far away from downtown San Diego, PLNU is a perfect distance between the city and the ocean.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food might not be amazing, but there are different options to help you be creative and make something all your own.

    Dorm Life

    People you meet in your dorm will be your friends for all four years! Everyone becomes so close and you build a community full of fun and laughter.

    Academic Rigor

    While some classes may be harder than others, most classes are manageable and won't take away your social life. All the professors are really helpful and are available if you need them, so take advantage of that!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a visit to Point Loma Nazarene University, and you won't regret it! The student hosts are friendly and will show and tell you everything you need to know about the campus. After one visit you are sure to fall in love.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma Nazarene University has a fantastic campus both in its physical appearance and welcoming community. You aren't just a number to professors, but an actual student who they look forward seeing succeed and do well. Your peers at PLNU will make you feel needed and welcomed.

  • 12/04/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    44 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The amphitheater is old and brings history to the campus.

    What to do for fun

    go by the cliffs, hang out, and go to the cafe.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma is beautiful, I never want to leave. The campus is so gorgeous right next to the ocean. And you can see the ocean out of your window.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Completely safe. There is campus security on duty at all hours of the night. At the beginning of the year, campus security gives out their phone number so that if you ever feel unsafe, you can call them.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone! Everyone is so nice and loving which makes everyone feel welcome!

    What to do for fun

    You are walking distance from the ocean! The weather is always lovely so you can walk to the beach, walk to get the famous Acai Bowls of San Diego, or even rent a surf board from the Activites Room, if you don't have one, and go surfing.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good for cafeteria food! different main meals everyday which allows you to get a taste of everything. There is a gluten free and vegetarian section which is phenomenal.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome! Some are better than others but you're going to get that at any school you attend. RA's are phenomenal and PLNU does a wonderful job at choosing them. Each hall frequently goes on hall events such as gyrads (get your roommate a date).

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very small so you are able to learn from where ever you sit in the room. Because of the small class sizes, professors are interested in your academic and social success and genuinely care. They want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! PLNU is amazing at getting you connected, you just need to be social and attend those events to meet people.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freshman cannot have cars on campus. But there are off-campus shuttles that take you to almost everywhere one would need to go.

    Bang for the buck

    You are paying a lot for this school, however, the faculty knows this and really tries to give you the best education for your money.

    What to do for fun

    Walk down to the beach to study or hangout. There are so many things to do in San Diego it would take too long to list them all.

    Food and Dining

    Everyone complains and gets tired of the food but over-all it is decent food with a lot of variety compared to other schools I looked at. And their presentation of the food is very nice.

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful views from the rooms and fun events set up to connect hall-mates.

    Academic Rigor

    You cannot slid by in classes here, your going to have to work for your grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and stay connected with students and faculty members.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with a beautiful location. The teachers there not only care about your academic life but also your personal life. There are many fun campus events throughout the year to bring everyone together for entertaining events.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    47 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are tons of surrounding places to eat at.The cafeteria has a nice buffet selection.

    Dorm Life

    There are great beach views.

    Academic Rigor

    It is supposed to be a great academic school.

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There isn't very much Greek Life to speak of at this school. Because this school has such a sense of community, many students would feel it unnecessary to sequester themselves away into a group that only accepts a select group of individuals.

    Clubs and Activities

    Point Loma offers a variety of clubs and activities for its students to engage in that provide an atmosphere of friendship and community. There are activity fairs every semester that tell students which clubs they can sign up for. The school wants its students to be involved and become well-rounded individuals.

    What to do for fun

    Thursdays through Sundays Point Loma provides a shuttle to take students off campus and to a variety of different places. It offers students a chance to get off campus and into the streets and businesses of San Diego. On days when the shuttle doesn't run, students can simply call a cab or have a friend drive them the 15 minutes into downtown San Diego. Many students also tend to hang out at local Mexican restaurants for midnight burrito runs and other such foods.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the caf isn't bad. The chefs pretty much make everything right there, but it's nowhere close to a good home-cooked meal or even many restaurants. There is always something different available, as well as the ever-present pizza, pasta, sandwich supplies, salad bar, and french fries.

    Dorm Life

    Many students find their closest friends within their hall. Hall-mates tend to bond really well, and the RA's always try to become involved in their students' lives. It's easy to make friends within the dorms, but there are also open hours which state when members of the opposite sex are allowed within your rooms. It's not that big of a deal though because lounges are open every night and quickly become the place to hang out.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes require a lot of reading, but the information that provide is relatively interesting, for the most part. It's not always easy to finish homework for every class, but it's best if you do because many professors expect to have detailed conversations about the reading, and deduct points from your grade if you never participate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to people and join some clubs or groups on campus. Point Loma provides many opportunities for its students to build social lives outside of their dorms. However, be sure to pay attention to your course work and show up to classes on time. Professors tend to understand if a student is late a few times, but many impose limits on the amount of times a student can be late or absent. Try to actually do the reading that professors assign.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma is perfect for students hoping to attend a college with a high sense of community. Teachers and faculty are really interested in your success and the quality of your life, and students aren't afraid to talk and get to know each other. You'll never be lonely because this is such a beautiful, welcoming campus.

  • 04/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Its a Christian school with a sincere Christian environment. Chapel is offered four times a week along with a church on campus. If your looking for this plus want a incredible education with the ocean in your backyard then this is the school for you.

    What to do for fun

    The ocean is literally my backyard, so that is the number one best thing to do for fun at Point Loma. Throw on a bathing suit and head down the cliffs to get some sun and enjoy the surf. There are also so many different clubs and events to get involved with weekly that is impossible not to find something you love.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dinning services were pretty good, but you can get sick of it really quick. Our café had many options but also was very limited sometimes when you have picky eaters, especially a vegetarian who eats healthy and doesn't want to live on pizza and sandwiches. Sometimes making food in my dorm was a better option but overall café food was good.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm with three floors, the bottom two with girls and the top with boys. Boys on the top floor was awful because they are loud and up all hours of the night. My dorm also did not have a kitchen so it was not the greatest since I am a vegetarian and love to cook.

    Academic Rigor

    School is school; you may be better in some classes than others, but classes are manageable. Setting up your schedule the best way is the hardest part of school. But, just spreading out courses and general education requirement courses is the best way to look at it.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is not always easy to adjust to college your first semester as a freshman, but it is possible and it does get better. Make friends and join different clubs because you will meet incredible people. Also make sure to figure out the best way for you to study and set boundaries for yourself between fun and school.

    In three sentences

    Point Loma is an incredible school with caring professors, great programs, and an incredible view. Teachers genuinely care about the students and want them to succeed. Point Loma is an amazing place to spend four years learning and creating your future.

  • 04/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is super safe. There is always a Public Safety car driving around campus.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Join all of them all!!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Prescott Prayer Chapel and the park behind Fermainian, the two must go places.

    Bang for the buck

    The reason why Point Loma is worth coming to is because the teachers care about you which is something that you will not find at any big college campus.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach!! Roam Ocean Beach, and go to Hodad's. Go to the mall and shop till you drop. Go to near-by thrift stores. Go to Balboa park and go to some museums. Go downtown and then head over to Seaport village.

    Food and Dining

    This year the Caf has done so much better, but it could do with some improvement.

    Dorm Life

    It is what you make of it, have a great roommate and get to know the people around you.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not hard, just stay on top of the work load

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get to know your teachers 2. Get involved in on campus clubs that you are interested in 3. Go to on-campus activities 4. Your experience will be what you make it

    In three sentences

    Point Loma Nazarene University is a great school for those who want to go to a small christian based university. It has a great community of teachers and students that genuinely care about others well-being. The classes are small so teachers know your name and want to help you succeed.