PLNU Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Point Loma Nazarene University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow

Can I get into PLNU? The school has a 69% acceptance rate. Last year, 2,195 out of 3,162 applicants were admitted making PLNU a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores. Point Loma Nazarene University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1110
SAT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1310
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Point Loma Nazarene University?

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1010. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1210 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 70 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Point Loma Nazarene University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1310 and Above Good >79%
1210 to 1310 Avg + 69%-79%
1110 to 1210 Avg - 57%-69%
1010 to 1110 Reach 44%-57%
Less than 1010 Low <44%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 28
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into PLNU?

Admission data indicates that PLNU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 61 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Point Loma Nazarene University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Point Loma Nazarene University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >81%
25 to 28 Avg + 69%-81%
23 to 25 Avg - 59%-69%
21 to 23 Reach 49%-59%
Less than 21 Low <49%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Point Loma Nazarene University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Point Loma Nazarene University was 3.78 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as PLNU accepts 69% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Point Loma Nazarene University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 56% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 12% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 8% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 4% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low


Admission Statistics

Point Loma Nazarene University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,177 985 3,162
Accepted 1,457 738 2,195
Acceptance Rate 67% 75% 69%
Enrolled 381 213 594
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 29% 27%

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 15, 2018
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2018.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Point Loma Nazarene University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Point Loma Nazarene University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Point Loma Nazarene University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=121309 IPEDS survey data for Point Loma Nazarene University.