What are PLNU's Institutional Learning Outcomes?
The Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) are institutional expectations for graduates. At PLNU, the three ILO are that each student experiences and demonstrates:
1. Learning, informed by our faith in Christ
2. Growing, in a Christ-centered faith community
3. Serving, in a context of Christian faith
PLNU offers more than 50 majors, ranging from accounting to writing. Normally, students select a major no later than their sophomore year. During NSO, you will meet with faculty and students in your academics major. All students are encouraged to select a major in an area of study they plan to pursue or in which they have interest, even if their choice is tentative. Visit the PLNU Catalog for a list of majors, minors and concentrations.
Can I earn a minor in a different academic program?
What about special placement questions?
PLNU requires students to meet minimum standards in mathematics, writing and foreign language, and also allows advancement in your program through the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) program, the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). More information is available at the PLNU Catalog.
How will I know what courses to take this fall?
PLNU uses a research-based prescriptive model of course registration for all incoming new students. Using the personal profile you submitted earlier this year, your interests and preferences were matched with the requirements for the academic major you have selected. Because the faculty has prescribed your first semester courses, you have the optimal schedule for completing educational goals and degree requirements in a timely manner. Later this fall, you will meet with your faculty advisor and plan your course schedule for the spring semester.
How do I receive credit for Advanced Placement?
Verify with the College Board if uncertain or request your scores by visiting the College Board website. Details regarding other placement issues are discussed in the current online university catalog.
All students who attend PLNU have a general education mathematics requirements. Students who have passed the AP Calculus AB exam or BC exam with a score of 3, 4, or 5 and have already satisfied the requirement. To avoid students enrolling in a course they have already mastered, we require each student who has not passed an AP Calculus exam to take a one-hour mathematics exam.
The results of this exam will be used by academic advisors to place students in the appropriate mathematics course for their program of study. Calculators are allowed on this exam. Further information about this exam can be found at www.pointloma.edu/MathPlacement.
What is PLNU's writing requirement?
PLNU requires four units of composition as the standard writing component of the general education curriculum. Most freshmen will be scheduled to take WRI110 College Composition. WRI 110 is a four-unit, one-semester course that covers both essay and research writing. Students scoring 470 or less on the SAT Writing and/or 19 or less in the ACTEnglish will co-enroll in WRI097 tutorial and WRI110.
Do I need a foreign language to graduate?