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 four 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 1140 (25th percentile) - 1310 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 24 (25th percentile) - 29 (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 3.35 - 3.57. 74% of all those students that apply are accepted to Point Loma Nazarene University, from which 25 percent choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at pointloma.edu.

Overall PLNU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Point Loma Nazarene University was reported as 73.7% in Fall 2020 with over 3,280 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: 24 - 29
  • PLNU Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.57

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

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to PLNU is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Point Loma Nazarene University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 69.4%
  • 2017-2018: 76.3%
  • 2018-2019: 68.9%
  • 2019-2020: 73.7%
  • Projected PLNU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 67.2%

How Does PLNU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Point Loma Nazarene University is thirty percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
San Diego Christian College55.9%
Soka University of America40.1%
Laguna College of Art and Design81.0%
Concordia University-Irvine70.8%

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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to PLNU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading580 - 650
Math560 - 660
Total Score1140 - 1310
ACT®Score Range
English23 - 31
Math23 - 28
Composite Score24 - 29
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