Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is a Christian liberal arts college. Its main campus is located on the Point Loma oceanfront in San Diego, California, United States. It was founded in 1902 as a Bible college by the Church of the Nazarene.
PLNU is one of the eight U.S. liberal arts colleges and universities affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Although its name might suggest that it is the college for the “Point Loma” region, no such region currently exists; PLNU is the college for the “Southwest Region” of the United States, comprising the northern California, Sacramento, central California, Los Angeles, Anaheim, southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Hawaii districts, which include California, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii, and parts of Nevada, Utah, and Texas. Each college receives financial backing from the Nazarene churches on its region; part of each church budget is paid into a fund for its regional school. Each college or university is also bound by a gentlemen’s agreement not to actively recruit outside its respective “educational region.” PLNU has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1949.
Point Loma Nazarene University has a “commitment to educating students as whole people.” The University offers more than 60 areas of scholarship as Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, as well as graduate degrees. There were 3,480 students at the college in 2007, 2,346 of whom were undergraduates. The 2007 acceptance rate for students who applied to the college was 53.5 percent. PLNU has all the usual academic programs for both undergraduates and graduates. One unique feature to the university is the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. The school also offers special programs such as study abroad and an honors program. PLNU is home to a variety of majors including Nursing, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Business, Finance, and Accounting just to name a few.