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- Party SceneC+
- Campus FoodC+
- Student LifeA
Point Loma Nazarene is a highly rated private, Christian university located in San Diego, California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,595 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Point Loma Nazarene acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Sociology. Graduating 75% of students, Point Loma Nazarene alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,800.
NCAA Division II (without football)
Pacific West Conference
Point Loma Nazarene University Rankings
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Point Loma Nazarene Admissions
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.69 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.94 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
Point Loma Nazarene University Reviews
Point Loma is paradise on earth. The campus is beautiful, the professors genuinely care about you, and the people are welcoming. I thought I wouldn't like attending a school with a small campus, but it turned out that it was just what I needed. Classes are extremely personal. You also get to meet a lot of people though! Precisely because it's small, you build deep and intimate connections with those around you. You also get to form tight knit relationships with your professors and their associates. This helps for any form of networking. Additionally, we have a variety of amazing local stores and events. San Diego is a beautiful area to live in, providing you with everything from famous taco stands to mainstream concerts. The education in itself is amazing. Statistically, PLNU has one of the best nursing programs in the country. The standard income rate after graduating is very high also. Overall, I recommend this school to anyone who wants to end with a good career/college experience.
I think Point Loma offers fantastic academics, with amazing professors and access to endless resources that prepare all students for success. It is a great community of people, but I would definitely like to see a change in accessibility to all prospective students. There is minimal diversity in the student body, and I think there definitely needs to be a change in how the University advertises their school, and how accessible they are making it for people of all backgrounds (financially, racially, religiously, ethnically, etc.) to be able to attend. I also think their approach to inclusivity needs to change as well. Although it is a religious school, leaving stigma around same-sex marriage, and other "political" topics, I think the school needs to be making more of an outward effort to include and support the LGBTQI+ community on campus and the community, as well as more outward support to the Black community and POC community, especially since it is a Christian environment.
Second semester of this past year, I took part in online learning due to COVID-19. The school did an excellent job at providing resources and opportunities for online success for all students. They provided a lot of grace and individual help if it was needed. The school was more worries about student health, mentally and physically during such an unforeseen time, over turning every assignment in on time. Professors did an excellent job at helping their students and taking into account every individuals personal struggles, all while helping them achieve academically. I am grateful for the school's efforts during such a hard time.