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3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619) 849-2200
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees
2,568 enrolled
36% male / 64% female
Feb. 15 application deadline
69.5% accepted

Point Loma Nazarene University is a private institution that was founded in 1902. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,568, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 90 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Point Loma Nazarene University’s ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 17. Its tuition and fees are $32,400 (2015-16).

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1902
Religious affiliation Church of the Nazarene
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2014 Endowment $47,308,783


When applying to Point Loma Nazarene University, it’s important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Point Loma Nazarene University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.5 percent.

Academic Life

Stats: The student-faculty ratio at Point Loma Nazarene University is 14:1, and the school has 42.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Point Loma Nazarene University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Psychology; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.8 percent.

Five most popular majors for 2014 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Health Professions and Related Programs 17%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
Psychology 8%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 6%

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Point Loma Universty Introduction

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[10] and universities affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene.[11] Although its name might suggest that it is the college for the “Point Loma” region, no such region currently exists;[12] 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.[13] 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.”[14] PLNU has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1949.[15]


Point Loma Nazarene University has a “commitment to educating students as whole people.”[16] 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.[17] The 2007 acceptance rate for students who applied to the college was 53.5 percent.[18] 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.