PLNU Admission RequirementsSan Diego, California
Chances of getting into Point Loma Nazarene University
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
Applicants Submitting SAT75%
|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||650|
|SAT Composite 75th||1300|
|Average SAT Score||1220|
SAT Scores you need to get in
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.
|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%|
PLNU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT50%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||24|
|ACT Math 25th||23|
|ACT Composite 25th||24|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.78
Typical High School GradesA-
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.
|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|
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)||28%||26%||27%|
Applications were DueFeb 15, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to Point Loma Nazarene University and what considerations affect 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.
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.