A place to thrive.
A combination of challenging academics, deep spirituality, and service-centered action. PLNU prepares students for living purpose-filled lives, integrating knowledge with Christian beliefs, values, and actions. Here, whole-person development is not only important, but vital to making a difference in the world.
Committed to pursuing truth.
Thinking critically, engaging issues with the mind and heart, and making meaningful decisions are outcomes of PLNU’s commitment to academic excellence. With engaged faculty, hands-on research opportunities, and strong curricula, students learn how to examine and explore life’s profound questions.
Want to learn more about studying at PLNU?Explore Academic Programs
Upcoming Community EventWriter's Symposium by the Sea
February 21-23, 2017 | 7:00pm
To explain her field of study, Dr. Michelle Chen, PLNU associate professor of physics, refers to a ball on her desk. It is hand-sized and made up of hexagons, like a soccer ball you can see all the way through ...
A PLNU associate professor of physics explains how her penchant for tangible models led to the fascinating study of nanomaterials.Read More »
Dr. Scott Bennett’s students know what it’s like to be challenged, to be pushed beyond their comfort zones. Whether they are encouraged to visit a less-traveled country like Colombia, or asked to stretch themselves creatively ...
This PLNU associate professor's students know what it’s like to be challenged, to be pushed beyond their comfort zones.Read More »
Daytime MBA student Christian Martinez talks about gaining the real-world experience for which employers are looking.
Daytime MBA student Christian Martinez talks about gaining the real-world experience for which employers are looking.Watch Video
Through the Eyes of a Student
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership student Samantha Steele shares her experience.
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership student Samantha Steele shares her experience.Watch Video
Preparing Future Leaders and Scholars
PLNU's Humanities Honors Program challenges students both intellectually and spiritually with the aim of forming Christian and global-minded scholars and leaders. Students participate in a cohort of like-minded students, experience another culture through study abroad, and more.
PLNU’s Humanities Honors Program challenges students both intellectually and spiritually with the aim of forming Christian and global-minded scholars and leaders.Learn More »
Ranked Top 20
Among all universities in Regional Universities (West) - US News & World Report
Ranked Top 5%
Out of 1,275 colleges by The Economist in their first ever university rankings
Student to faculty ratio
A Christian community where life is lived deeply.
A close-knit community. Opportunities for intellectual enrichment. Athletics, clubs, and diverse ministries. And don’t forget a beautiful campus overlooking a stretch of the Pacific. Campus life incorporates all of these things and more. Life at PLNU is rich and vibrant—there’s no place quite like it.
Curious what life on and off campus is like?Explore Undergraduate Life
Transformed for transformation.
Transformation is happening every day at PLNU. Students, faculty, and staff are being transformed, whether it’s through researching new antibodies and pursuing philosophical truths over lunch or serving children without families in Rwanda and starting businesses to serve their shared community.
The type of transformation that occurs at PLNU creates future leaders—service-minded individuals committed to Christ set on influencing the lives of those in their wider community. Those who experience PLNU embark with a sense of calling to transform the world.
Find out about the people, events, and ideas that shape PLNU.Read the Viewpoint Alumni Magazine
Upcoming Alumni EventHawaii Area Event
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Watch: PLNU is a leading private university in San Diego committed to the community and those living in it.
Watch: Students, Faculty, and Staff Describe How They’ve Been Transformed at PLNU and How They Want to be Agents of Transformation Around the World
When Pieter Baker (10) first stepped foot on Sierra Leone soil in November 2014, it did not look as though Ebola had spread.
Start Your Journey.
Whether you’re looking to begin your college career, explore graduate and professional opportunities, or complete a degree you’ve already started, take the next step in making life at PLNU a reality.
Upcoming Undergraduate Event"Get to the Point" Preview Day
Friday, March 17, 2017 | 7:00am to 3:30pm
Upcoming Graduate EventGraduate Programs Info Event
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Upcoming Adult Degree Completion EventADC Info Event
Monday, March 13, 2017 | 6:00pm to 7:30pm