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PLNU Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

76.3%
Admission Difficulty for Point Loma Nazarene University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

Can I get into PLNU? The school has a 76% acceptance rate. Last year, 2,294 out of 3,007 applicants were admitted making Point Loma Nazarene University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming 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.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1170-1350
Applicants Submitting SAT
68%
SAT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1350
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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 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 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 1080. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 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
1350 and Above Good >84%
1260 to 1350 Avg + 76%-84%
1170 to 1260 Avg - 65%-76%
1080 to 1170 Reach 52%-65%
Less than 1080 Low <52%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
23-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
57%
ACT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 27
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. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. 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. 57 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 >86%
25 to 28 Avg + 76%-86%
23 to 25 Avg - 67%-76%
21 to 23 Reach 58%-67%
Less than 21 Low <58%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. If your high school grades are above the average 3.78 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as PLNU accepts 76% of all applicants.

 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 2,064 943 3,007
Accepted 1,516 778 2,294
Acceptance Rate 73% 83% 76%
Enrolled 408 210 618
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 27% 27%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
27

Applicants have 27 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Feb 15, 2019.

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.