Point Loma Nazarene University

Admission Requirements / Application


Point Loma Nazarene University offers admission to qualified applicants who demonstrate academic achievement, extracurricular and community involvement, and the potential to profit from and contribute to the Point Loma community. Transfer and international students and students who are members of underrepresented groups are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Prospective first-time college students are eligible for admission provided the following conditions are met: a minimum high school GPA of 2.8 with an SAT I combined minimum score of 860 or an ACT composite minimum score of 18. Transfer students may apply provided they have a minimum GPA of a 2.0 (a 2.8 GPA minimum is recommended). High school transcripts and SAT I or ACT scores for transfers must be submitted if the student has fewer than 24 completed college units. For fall 2001, Point Loma accepted 72 percent of the first-time college applicants and 58 percent of transfer applicants. The average GPA of an applicant was 3.65, and the average SAT I score was 1130.

A limited number of first-year students with a high school GPA or test scores below the University’s minimums are considered for provisional standing. Provisional students are required to complete an accelerated college-preparatory summer program called Program Quick Start (PQS) before being considered for admission to the University in the fall.

The application for admission includes a formal application for admission, an application fee of $45, three essays, two recommendations, transcripts, official SAT I or ACT score reports, and an interview with an admissions counselor.

Students may apply as early as the fall semester of their senior year in high school or one year prior to transferring from another college or university. Applicants may apply for early action or regular admission. Early action is reserved for students who have made Point Loma Nazarene University one of their top choices, and it provides students with notification of their admission decision by January 15. Early action is not binding; students who are accepted during early action still have until May 1 to make their final college choice. The deadline to be considered for early action is December 1. The priority deadline for regular admission is March 1. Applicants for regular admission and those not offered admission through early action receive notification after February 1 or as admission files are completed. For more information, to arrange a campus visit, or to request more information or an application, students should contact: