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Point Loma Nazarene University Overview

Point Loma Nazarene University is a private not-for-profit institution located in San Diego, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Point Loma Nazarene University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$38,335 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • The 0% student loan default rate at PLNU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at PLNU is the doctor's degree.
  • In <nil>, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from PLNU makes roughly $64,114 a year. This is 57% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from PLNU to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

Where Is Point Loma Nazarene University?


Contact details for PLNU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-2899
Phone: 619-849-2200

How Do I Get Into PLNU?

You can apply to PLNU online at:

Admission Requirements for PLNU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into PLNU?

84% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
15% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 84%, PLNU may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 80%.

Average Test Scores

About 15% of students accepted to PLNU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 570 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University  ( 600 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University  ( 570 to 670 )
PLNU received ACT scores from 10% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 33. Math scores were between 22 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University  ( 22 to 33 )
ACT Math Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University  ( 22 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University  ( 22 to 30 )

Can I Afford Point Loma Nazarene University?

$38,335 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
0.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of PLNU is $38,335. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At PLNU, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $8,117 a year. That adds up to $32,468 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at PLNU is 0.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Point Loma Nazarene University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,574 Full-Time Undergraduates
66% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,174 undergraduate students at PLNU, with 2,574 being full-time and 600 being part-time.


There are also 1,271 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,574 full-time undergraduates at PLNU, 34% are male and 66% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Point Loma Nazarene University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 174
Black or African American 39
Hispanic or Latino 555
White 1,502
International Students 30
Other Races/Ethnicities 274

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Point Loma Nazarene University. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 32 countries are represented at PLNU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Germany, and Canada.

Online Learning at Point Loma Nazarene University

459 Took All Classes Online
1,660 Took At Least One Class Online
18.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at PLNU. In 2020-2021, 1,660 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at PLNU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 39th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of PLNU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Point Loma Nazarene University was 18.1%. This is the #1,121 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at PLNU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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