Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU)

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PLNU can be found in San Diego, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Nearly three thousand students are enrolled at Point Loma Nazarene University.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores within the range of 1040 (25th percentile) - 1260 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 23 (25th percentile) - 28 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is typical among applicants admitted to PLNU. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the PLNU average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.28 - 3.52. 67% of all those students that apply are accepted to Point Loma Nazarene University, from which 31 percent choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at pointloma.edu.

Overall PLNU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Point Loma Nazarene University was reported as 66.5% in Fall 2013 with over 3,140 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • PLNU ACT Scores: 23 - 28
  • PLNU Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Point Loma Nazarene University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Point Loma Nazarene University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Point Loma Nazarene University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 74.4%
  • 2010-2011: 54.9%
  • 2011-2012: 52.4%
  • 2012-2013: 55.9%
  • 2013-2014: 66.5%
  • Projected PLNU Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 60.4%

How Does PLNU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Point Loma Nazarene University is twenty percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
San Diego Christian College49.2%
Soka University of America43.4%
Laguna College of Art and Design43.3%
Concordia University-Irvine91.2%
Vanguard University of Southern California69.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to PLNU (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English23 - 29
Math23 - 27
Composite Score23 - 28
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