Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University, also knnown as PLNU, is a Christian, liberal arts college located in San Diego, CA, United States. It was established in 1902 as the Pacific Bible College. After a few name changes, it received university status in 1998. The main campus is situated on Loma Oceanfront Point in San Diego. It also operates several regional centers in Arcadia, Inland Empire, Bakersfield, and Mission Valley, San Diego.

PLNU is a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The university offers over 12 athletic programs for both men and women. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Sea Lions. The Sea Lions compete in cross-country, soccer, basketball, golf, baseball, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and softball.

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Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego , CA 92106-2899
General Phone: (619) 849-2200

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Point Loma Nazarene University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching308education, educational administration, art education, music teaching, biology teaching
Business and Management123business management, accounting, business communications, MIS
Liberal Arts87Romance languages, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, international studies, social services, international development, political science, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine61registered nursing
Family and Social Work49family and consumer science, food and nutrition, child development, family and community services, social work
Therapy and Counseling48psychology, organizational psychology
Media37communication studies, mass communication, journalism, broadcast journalism, communication and journalism, graphic communications
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy36health and physical education, exercise science, athletic trainer, dietitian
Science36biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Religion and Philosophy35philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies, bible studies, religious music, pre-ministerial studies, theological and ministerial studies
Design20graphic design
Music7music, music performance, music theory and composition
Art Studies7visual and performing arts, art studies
Engineering4engineering physics
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Computer Science and Engineering2computer science
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Point Loma Nazarene University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree55257
Master's degree3206
Post-master's certificate11

Point Loma Nazarene University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Point Loma Nazarene University had a total enrollment of 3,480 students (3,243 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 55%
Graduate 45%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 72%
Black 3%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 29%
20-21 28%
22-24 10%
25-29 11%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Point Loma Nazarene University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 87 %

Point Loma Nazarene University Room and Board (2007)

Point Loma Nazarene University offers campus housing for 1,697 of its 3,243 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of San Diego, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Point Loma Nazarene University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510600
SAT Math510620
SAT Writing500610
ACT Math2227
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT91%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT41%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Point Loma Nazarene University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 25,120
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,120
Room and board $ 8,170
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 3,220

Financial Aid:
Point Loma Nazarene University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 126200)

Point Loma Nazarene University Faculty

Point Loma Nazarene University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year52$88,23023$86,114
Associate professoracademic year21$71,36321$73,384
Assistant professoracademic year14$59,53114$59,721
Instructoracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year87$79,54159$74,637

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Point Loma Nazarene University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Golden State Athletic Conference
Baseball Golden State Athletic Conference
Track Golden State Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports285179

Point Loma Nazarene University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Corporate Communications
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Music Teacher Education

Engineering Physics

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Community Services
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Development Economics and International Development
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Graphic Communications, General
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General

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