Chances of getting into Point Loma Nazarene University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
68.9%
Admission Difficulty for Point Loma Nazarene University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into PLNU and can I get accepted? The school has a 69% acceptance rate ranking it #71 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,394 out of 3,473 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 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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PLNU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1140-1300
Applicants Submitting SAT
75%
SAT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1300
Average SAT Score 1220

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

Point Loma Nazarene University typically requires 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 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #28 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Point Loma Nazarene University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1300 and Above Good >79%
1220 to 1300 Avg + 69%-79%
1140 to 1220 Avg - 57%-69%
1060 to 1140 Reach 44%-57%
Less than 1060 Low <44%
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PLNU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
24-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
50%
ACT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

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 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 #26 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 50 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
29 and Above Good >81%
26 to 29 Avg + 69%-81%
24 to 26 Avg - 59%-69%
22 to 24 Reach 49%-59%
Less than 22 Low <49%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.78
Typical High School Grades
A-

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. 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 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 Competitiveness
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

High School Class Rank

67% of Point Loma Nazarene University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Point Loma Nazarene University students
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%

Admission Statistics

Point Loma Nazarene University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,415 1,058 3,473
Accepted 1,541 853 2,394
Acceptance Rate 64% 81% 69%
Enrolled 432 225 657
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 26% 27%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2020.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

75% of students submit their SAT scores to PLNU. 50% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

69% 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 1300. 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.

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