Point Loma Nazarene University

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School Overview

Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is a private, Christian liberal arts college located in San Diego, California situated on the scenic Point Loma oceanfront. The college was established in 1902 by the Church of the Nazarene as a Bible college.

General Information

Admission Office

3900 Lomaland Drive


San Diego, CA 92106-2899

(619) 849-2273

(800) 733-7770

Fax: (619) 849-2601

Contact: Eric Groves

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

3900 Lomaland Drive

San Diego, CA 92106-2899

(619) 849-2200


Total undergrads: 2,394

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 538

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,385

Graduate enrollment: 1,096


Suburban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 78%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 83%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $23,730 $25,120 $25,840 $27,100 +4.88%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,760 $8,170 $8,100 $8,600 +6.17%
Other $2,934 $3,220 $3,042 $2,979 -2.07%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,288 $10,152 $10,872 $10,980 +0.99%
Other $3,618 $4,238 $3,996 $3,897 -2.48%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $35,810 $38,076 $38,620 $40,299 +4.35%
In-state Off Campus $38,022 $41,076 $42,346 $43,597 +2.95%
In-state with Family $25,116 $26,686 $27,478 $28,720 +4.52%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $9,360
In-state Student Fees $100
Out-of-state Tuition $9,360
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $100

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 471 88%
Grant or scholarship aid 389 73% $4,646,569 $11,945
• Federal grants 86 16% $479,427 $5,575
• Pell grants 82 15% $271,507 $3,311
• Other federal grants 86 16% $207,920 $2,418
State and local government grant or scholarships 92 17% $802,585 $8,724
Institutional scholarships or grants 385 72% $3,364,557 $8,739
Student loan financial aid 323 61% $2,527,520 $7,825
• Federal student loans 321 60% $1,754,903 $5,467
• Other student loans 57 11% $772,617 $13,555

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 628 286 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44
Biochemistry 14
Biology/biological Sciences, General 30
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 149 10
Accounting 21
Business Administration and Management, General 81 10
Business/corporate Communications 37
Fashion Merchandising 4
Management Information Systems, General 6
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 40
Broadcast Journalism 2
Journalism 12
Mass Communication/media Studies 16
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 10
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 7
Computer Science 7
Education 6 260 4
Art Teacher Education 2
Biology Teacher Education 10
Education, General 250
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4
Music Teacher Education 4
Engineering 7
Engineering Physics/applied Physics 7
English Language and Literature/letters 22
English Language and Literature, General 16
Writing, General 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1
Spanish Language and Literature 7
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 60 13
Athletic Training/trainer 8
Clinical Nurse Leader 46
Dietetics/dietitian 6
Nursing Administration 13
History 6
History, General 6
Human Services, General 8
Social Work 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 38
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 38
Mathematics and Statistics 7
Mathematics, General 7
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 5
International/global Studies 5
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Environmental Science 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 30
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 8
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 22
Physical Sciences 4
Chemistry, General 4
Physics, General
Psychology 59
Industrial and organizational Psychology 6
Psychology, General 53
Social Sciences 27
Development Economics and International Development 8
Political Science and Government, General 6
Social Sciences, General 3
Sociology 10
Theology and Religious Vocations 18 3
Bible/biblical Studies 5
Pre-theology/pre-ministerial Studies 8
Religious/sacred Music 5
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other 3
Visual and Performing Arts 46
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/art Studies, General 1
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 7
Fashion/apparel Design
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/studio Arts, General 6
Graphic Design 20
Interior Design 1
Keyboard Instruments 1
Music Performance, General 1
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 9
Voice and Opera
Work and Family Studies 34
Child Development 18
Family and Community Services 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General 9
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 6
Foodservice Systems Administration/management
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Fashion Design B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business Communications B
Management Information Systems B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B


Engineering Physics B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Romance Languages B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Philosophy and religious studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Industrial/Organizational Psychology B
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Development Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B
Pre-Ministerial Studies B
Religious/Sacred Music B
Youth Ministry B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Point Loma Nazarene University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(619) 849-2200
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.pointloma.edu/UndergradAdmissions/ApplyNow.htm
Address:3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-2899
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:4,098
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):72%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:3,397 (83% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$33,500
Out-of-state Tuition:$33,500
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:92%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$16,716

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Point Loma Nazarene University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services122
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs4
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
English Language and Literature/Letters2
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics3
Health Professions and Related Programs151
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Philosophy and Religious Studies21
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences4
Theology and Religious Vocations31
Visual and Performing Arts9
Grand total1668

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services11
Grand total11

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Point Loma Nazarene University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,790

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid55392%
Grant or scholarship aid51285%$16,716
Student loan aid35659%$7,717

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,23481%$16,726
Federal student loans1,65560%$7,333

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Point Loma Nazarene University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Point Loma Nazarene University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants3,1629852,177
Percent admitted100%75%67%
Percent admitted who enrolled19%22%18%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Point Loma Nazarene University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment4,098
Undergraduate enrollment2,995
Graduate enrollment1,103

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Point Loma Nazarene University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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