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Get the facts about Point Loma Nazarene University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Point Loma Nazarene University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Point Loma Nazarene University was awarded 13 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

PLNU landed the #320 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

PLNU also holds the #35 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

See all of the rankings for Point Loma Nazarene University.

Is It Hard to Get Into PLNU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Point Loma Nazarene University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 76%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 68% of students accepted to PLNU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 650. Math scores were between 540 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University  ( 560 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University  ( 540 to 640 )
PLNU received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Point Loma Nazarene University  ( 23 to 28 )

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Point Loma Nazarene University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Point Loma Nazarene University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access student will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Point Loma Nazarene University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Point Loma Nazarene University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Point Loma Nazarene University has a freshmen retention rate of 89%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  89 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at PLNU for first-time, full-time students is 63%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  63 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at PLNU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,100 undergraduates at PLNU with 2,571 being full-time and 529 being part-time.

PLNU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for PLNU is 72.45 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  72.45 out of 100
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How Much Does Point Loma Nazarene University Cost?

The overall average net price of PLNU is $31,452. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for PLNU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$22,285 $24,877 $27,632 $30,970 $36,711

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of PLNU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At PLNU, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $7,067 a year. That adds up to $28,268 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at PLNU is 3.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do PLNU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from PLNU make around $50,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future PLNU graduates since it is 25% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Point Loma Nazarene University make the most money.

Location of Point Loma Nazarene University

Located in San Diego, California, Point Loma Nazarene University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of PLNU is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact details for PLNU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-2899
Phone: 619-849-2200

Point Loma Nazarene University Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, students from 54 majors graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University. Of these students, 917 received undergraduate degrees and 374 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 213 $79,200
Business Administration & Management 83 $29,800
General Psychology 65 $24,200
Allied Health Professions 62 $30,900
Human Development & Family Studies 46 $21,400
General Biology 23 $27,700

Learn more about the majors offered at Point Loma Nazarene University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at PLNU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 1,027 students took at least one online class at Point Loma Nazarene University. This is an increase from the 921 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,027 200
2016-2017 921 241
2015-2016 701 158
2014-2015 642 90
2013-2014 392 32

Learn more about online learning at Point Loma Nazarene University.

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