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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A
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

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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$16,687/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

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
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,571Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
529
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 53 responses
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  • Friendly
    47%
  • Kind and willing to help
    28%
  • White
    19%
  • Inexperienced
    4%
  • Diverse
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.69 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.94 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 47 responses
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  • "Point Loma bubble"
    30%
  • Christian community
    26%
  • Beach
    23%
  • 360 degree ocean view
    11%
  • 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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Point Loma Nazarene University Reviews

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Point Loma Nazarene University is an amazing school! Highlights are the location (amazing ocean view), and excellent academics. The people though, are the very best part, and it's a wonderfully social place. One downside is that the cafeteria food is not particularly good.
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Good
+The small class sizes (all my teacher know me by name and are always there to help)

+The student body resources (campus ministries, study abroad, intramurals, dorm events)

+Location (you are in arguably the most beautiful campus ever where you are never more than a 5-15 minute walk from the beach, also San Diego)

+Religion (3 bible classes in the curriculum, chapel offered 4 days a week, prayer chapel, church right next to campus, professors that pray for classes)

Bad
-Gym/Sports Teams (Our homecoming soccer and basketball games are fun but apart from that it is a ghost town even though the team are typically decent, also the rec center is SMALL, like in A CLOSET which makes it hard to stay healthy without having an outside gym membership)

-Cafeteria (it can be pretty gross at dinner time and weekends when professors and paid staff aren’t there to complain about the quality)

-Dorms (The dorms are literal military barracks, they are livable, but very small and outdated.
Point Loma Nazarene University gives students the type of college experience that everyone dreams about. It is the perfect small University. The professors give each student their absolute best and constantly work to help student succeed. It is truly the kind of college one attends to better themselves in each area of their life. The community at PLNU is unmatched; everyone who goes to this school is friendly, caring, and has a unique drive to succeed in their studies. Once you are apart of this community, you will always have access to a strong network in whatever you do. Point Loma Nazarene University is the one of the top universities in the nation and has been an excellent fit for me.