Point Loma Nazarene University

2014 Quick Stats
3900 Lomaland Drive

San Diego, CA 92106

Phone: (619) 849-2200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Apr. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#17 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Point Loma Nazarene University is a private institution that was founded in 1902. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,415, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 17. Its tuition and fees are $30,360 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

PLNU has a rich heritage, a great reputation, and a forward-thinking approach to education. At PLNU, you can choose from 67 majors and 37 minors; interact with students from more than 40 states and 15 countries; take part in a genuine community of faith; study abroad almost anywhere in the world; develop personal relationships with your professors; make lifelong friends; participate in internships or research relevant to your career goal; and enjoy an incomparable ocean view. When it comes to choosing a college, think forward. Think PLNU.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1902
Religious affiliation Church of the Nazarene
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $35,729,579


When applying to Point Loma Nazarene University, it's important to note the application deadline is April 1, 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 55.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 55.9%
Application deadline April 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Point Loma Nazarene University is 14:1, and the school has 46.6 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; Visual and Performing Arts; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 61%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 24%
Health Professions and Related Programs 13%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

Point Loma Nazarene University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,415, with a gender distribution of 37.8 percent male students and 62.2 percent female students. At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 30 percent of students live off campus. Point Loma Nazarene University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,192
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Point Loma Nazarene University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Point Loma Nazarene University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Point Loma Nazarene University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Point Loma Nazarene University, 70.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,237.

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Tuition and fees $30,360 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,810 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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