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How hard is it to get into PLNU and can I get accepted? The school has a 74% acceptance rate ranking it #72 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,414 out of 3,277 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, generally admitting students who score in the top 30 percent. Point Loma Nazarene University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
You must submit admission test scores with your application. Point Loma Nazarene University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||580|
|SAT Math 25th||560|
|SAT Composite 25th||1140|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||650|
|SAT Math 75th||660|
|SAT Composite 75th||1310|
|Average SAT Score||1230|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Point Loma Nazarene University?
Point Loma Nazarene University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 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 1050. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. The school ranks #27 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 75 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1310 and Above||Good||>83%|
|1225 to 1310||Avg +||74%-83%|
|1140 to 1225||Avg -||63%-74%|
|1055 to 1140||Reach||50%-63%|
|Less than 1055||Low||<50%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||23|
|ACT Math 25th||23|
|ACT Composite 25th||24|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||31|
|ACT Math 75th||28|
|ACT Composite 75th||29|
|Average ACT Score||26|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into PLNU?
Admission data indicates that PLNU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 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 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #27 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Point Loma Nazarene University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|29 and Above||Good||>84%|
|26 to 29||Avg +||74%-84%|
|24 to 26||Avg -||65%-74%|
|22 to 24||Reach||55%-65%|
|Less than 22||Low||<55%|
What GPA do you need to get into Point Loma Nazarene University?
Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into PLNU. 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. The school ranks #19 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as PLNU accepts 74% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
67% of Point Loma Nazarene University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||30%|
|Top 25% of class||67%|
|Top 50% of class||89%|
|Bottom 50% of class||11%|
|Bottom 25% of class||2%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||26%||24%||25%|
The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2021.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Point Loma Nazarene University is $55.
What are the requirements for admission to Point Loma Nazarene University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.
75% of students submit their SAT scores to PLNU. 50% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
74% of those who apply are granted admission to PLNU. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1140 and 1310. 75% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 29. 50% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.