#20 Best Private Colleges in California

Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, California

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Point Loma Nazarene University overview
Location San Diego, California
Online pointloma.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Church of the Nazarene
Point Loma Nazarene University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is a private Christian liberal arts college located on the Point Loma oceanfront in San Diego, California. Established in 1902 as a religious educational institution, PLNU boasts a picturesque campus renowned for its Spanish Renaissance architecture. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate areas of study with notable programs in nursing, business, and biology, reflecting a diverse academic profile. Point Loma Nazarene University's application process is moderately selective, attracting a wide array of students. On-campus housing is available, with a variety of living options designed to accommodate undergraduate students. While PLNU does have an athletic program, it is not primarily known for its success in intercollegiate athletics.

In the most recent statistical year 3,149 prospective students applied, and 2,580 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 690 enrolled in the school.  3,238 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,081 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $40,400 plus fees of $700. PLNU is ranked 292 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












PLNU is rated within the top 36% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Point Loma Nazarene University overview
SAT 1170/1350
ACT 22/30
GPA 3.65

Applications Accepted

Point Loma Nazarene University overview
Applications Due Feb 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $55

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Point Loma Nazarene University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,152
Other Fees$700
Room and Board $11,800
Budget for Other Expenses$3,052
Total One Year Cost$57,104

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$53,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

72% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Point Loma Nazarene University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 23%
Health Professions 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Psychology 8%
Communication 6%

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