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Point Loma Nazarene is a highly rated private, Christian university located in San Diego, California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,571 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Point Loma Nazarene acceptance rate is 76%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Health Professions. Graduating 74% of students, Point Loma Nazarene alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,800.
About Point Loma Nazarene University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference
Address
3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Point Loma Nazarene University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
February 15
SAT Range
1100-1290
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$31,349/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,285/ year
  • $30-48k
    $24,877/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,632/ year
  • $76-110k
    $30,970/ year
  • $110k+
    $36,711/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.53 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.53 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,571Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 49 responses
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  • Friendly
    45%
  • Kind and willing to help
    31%
  • White
    20%
  • Inexperienced
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.65 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.90 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 43 responses
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  • Christian community
    28%
  • "Point Loma bubble"
    28%
  • Beach
    21%
  • 360 degree ocean view
    12%
  • Community
    9%
  • Top-notch professors
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
74%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
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This school is fantastic! The Christian community is something special that creates a welcoming, loving atosmophere unlike any other college. The faculty and staff pour everything they can into their students and go above and beyond in brilliant and heartwarming ways! Also, I have a disability, and the disability resource center is wonderful. The support and love I have felt at this school has truly changed my life and I am beyond grateful for PLNU!
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I knew from the moment that I stepped onto the campus that Point Loma Nazarene University would be the perfect school for me. From the first day of my first semester to now I have felt nothing but love from my professors, faculty, and new friends. I am a strong Christian so being at a school whose main focus is to foster a relationship with God while providing the best education possible could not be more perfect. Before almost every class my professor will pray for the whole class; these prayers are not just broad and generic, but deep and intentional prayers for the wellbeing of all of us. Along with come the everlasting relationships that you will make with friends. Here at Point Loma Nazarene University it is hard to find someone who doesn't truly care about you and want the best for you both literally and spiritually. It is because of these factors, that I would rate my experience so far at Point Loma Nazarene University as excellent.
I really enjoyed my time here at Point Loma Nazarene University. One thing that I liked, in particular, was the fact that it is such a small school. My high school graduating class was thirteen students! The transition to Point Loma was as smooth as can be, considering my previous experiences. One thing I would like to see, here at Point Loma, is a more diverse campus. The university ann student body are both taking strides to bring that to fruition. Hopefully within the next few years, this campus will flourish into a thriving and diversified university.