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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  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 2,595 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.
3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference

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.

Point Loma Nazarene Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
Application Deadline
February 15
SAT Range
1140-1310
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$33,183/ 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
$17,848/ 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

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    15%
  • On Campus
    84%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,595Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
540
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 52 responses
  • Friendly
    48%
  • Kind and willing to help
    29%
  • White
    19%
  • Inexperienced
    4%

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
  • "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
75%
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 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.
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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.