Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA, USA
3.95 Average Rating

Founded by the Church of the Nazarene in 1902, Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college in San Diego. PLU offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study and the university’s Office of Strengths and Vocation provides guidance for students who are undecided about a major. As a Christian university, PLNU holds regular chapel services and attendance is mandatory. Outside of class, PLNU hosts a debate team that has previously won the National Parliamentary Debate Association championship.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Church of the Nazarene
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city
0
100
74%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. November 15
Fall Regular Decision February 15 June 1

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
73%
Out-Of-State Students
18%
47%
Submitting ACT
74%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 27
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1242
0
1600

Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
4,616
Total Number of Undergrads
3,216
Academic Calendar

Semester

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Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
40%
20-39 Students
48%
40-99 Students
11%
0
100
64%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
74%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
15:1
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$34,644
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$39,500
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$39,500
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$11,300
Books and Supplies
$1080

Aid & Grants

0
100
63%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
28%
Average Aid Per Year
$17,848
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
28%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,093
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$14,824

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
54%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,531
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$19,500
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$215

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
34%
66%
Student Organizations
49
Size of Town
Major city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
No
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
56%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Sea Lions
School Colors
green and gold
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
No

After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
San Diego
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Phoenix
Seattle
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$54,400

What Students Are Saying

3.95 Average Rating
PLNU is my home away from home. It is impossible to beat the supportive community, caring professors, small classes, and ocean views. This school is great for surfers and Christians wishing to grow in their faith.
Female from Mission Viejo, CA
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!
Kaylee
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.
Lauren from San Clemente, CA

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