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Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, California, United States
As a Christian liberal arts university, PLNU is committed to shaping students’ academic, personal, and spiritual growth. 

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7)
Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Humanities (5)
Medicine & Health (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



Dr. Bob Brower, PLNU’s current president, was inaugurated in 1998. In 1999, PLNU began graduate programs in education in Bakersfield and Mission Valley. A graduate program in education had remained in Pasadena since the move and in 2001, it moved to Arcadia. Also in 2001, an MBA program was added in Mission Valley. 


Our mission isn’t simply to prepare you for a career after you graduate — though that’s part of it — but to shape you into a thoughtful, service-minded, and engaged member of your community and world. 


The Offices of Strengths & Vocation (OSV) will provide you with the skills, experience, and relationships you need after you graduate. From helping you find internships and editing your resume to connecting you with professionals, OSV will help you uncover how you can live out your calling in everything you do and every aspect of your life.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

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Housing services

PLNU is primarily a residential campus, meaning most of our students live on campus.

Living in a residence hall can be a significant part of your time at PLNU. We see it as a challenging, rewarding way to live out our commitment to being a Christian community.

Each of our residence halls has a resident director (RD), a full-time staff person who lives and works in the hall. We also have a committed team of student resident assistants (RAs) who live and work in the hall as well.

Library services


Medical services

We are committed to making sure students at PLNU receive a safe, healthy, and overall meaningful experience. That’s why we offer several resources to ensure they are well taken care of, and thrive during their college experience.

Student Life

Campus life

PLNU is primarily a residential campus, meaning most of our students live on campus.

Sports facilities

The balance of study and play is what makes for a great PLNU experience. That’s why we encourage you to engage your body as well as your mind.

Suit up and hit the turf (or surf) on an intramural or club team. Grab your bike, kayak, or hiking gear and take to the outdoors to satisfy your appetite for adventure. Or hone your competitive spirit and join fellow students in supporting your NCAA Division II Sea Lions as they compete against rival schools. Whether you enjoy competing on the field or cheering on the sideline, there are many ways to get involved in PLNU’s vibrant campus community.

Student clubs

What you do outside the classroom is just as important as what you do inside — it’s an integral part of a rich, well-rounded PLNU experience. That’s why we offer a variety of campus opportunities for you to get involved in. 

Hone your leadership skills. Foster relationships with fellow students. Cultivate your passions and interests. Or simply discover new ways to have some fun.


PLNU is numbered among those institutions of higher education that meet or exceed the rigorous standards of accrediting associations and commissions. PLNU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), for which it periodically completes a self-study that addresses recognized standards and principles of excellence.

Student Reviews

Two Years Was (more than) Enough
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

The Visual Arts program is small and personable. Staff is more often available to students and the campus is small and easy to navigate. There is a sense of unity amongst the students, especially those who attend all four years of the program. Although the university requires many general education courses to prepare students to become well-rounded individuals, most...

San Diego, California, United States

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