Welcome to PLNU

New Student Orientation is August 25-26, 2017

Classes begin Tuesday, August 29, 2017


NSO is a two-day experience, and it is designed to help all new PLNU students and parents/guests become acclimated to life at PLNU. First you check in then you check out everything PLNU has to offer you over the next two to four years. Meet new friends and your professors, ask questions, collect information, and explore options. It is our way of welcoming you to the PLNU community. 

The electronic version of the NSO Guide that will be mailed to you in late spring will also be available here for download. 

PLNU New Student Orientation 2017 is in the process of going mobile! Please be patient with us as we update information for 2017 in preparation for your arrival. 

We're excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, and much more. Get our guide here: https://guidebook.com/g/plnunso2016

Android and iOS users: Tap the "Download" button to download the free Guidebook app

Open Guidebook and you can find our "PLNU New Student Orientation 2017" guide


NSO takes place Friday, August 25, through Saturday, August 26, prior to classes beginning on Tuesday, August 29. Parents/guests are welcome to leave on Saturday evening, (8/26).

NSO Parent/Guest Registration
(incoming students are free)

Online registration for NSO Fall 2017 will be available in late spring. You can also fill out the registration form in the NSO Booklet  and mail it in. Each new students will receive two complimentary passes (a value of $100). In order to avoid long lines during check-in, please list out the names for these two passes on the registration form so we can have name tags waiting when you arrive. Additional guests that attend NSO will require a $50 registration fee. Please note that orientation is designed for new students and their adult guests. (It is not recommended to bring younger siblings or small children.)

For Hotel information, links, sponsors and more, check out the Hotel Partnerships of PLNU and Visitor's Guide and Sponsors.

Getting to campus from Airport

If you are flying to San Diego for NSO, we can provide a ride for you from the airport to the main campus on Friday, August 25. Please call the NSO hotline (619) 849-2644 to let us know your departure schedule.

Check-in day - Friday (8/25)

To avoid congestion on Friday and make the process as smooth as possible, each new student is assigned a time to check in. Check-in is in Nicholson Commons. Following check-in, residential students will move their belongings into their residential hall rooms. Your assigned check-in time will be available July 1 in your student portal at my.pointloma.edu. You will receive a color-coded check-in ticket in the mail with an assigned time about two weeks prior to NSO. This ticket will allow you onto campus on Friday, August 25.


Welcome to PLNU, a Strengths based university! You are joining a community of students, professors and staff who are committed to focusing on what’s right —your Strengths! Your Strengths make you uniquely talented, and these Strengths apply to relationships and academics, so you can succeed here. 

How do I take it?

After July 1 but prior to your arrival to PLNU, you (not your parents) will take the StrengthsQuest assessment. You are assigned a personal code, which can be found in your student portal, that allows you access to take this assessment. At this point, you will need to have your portal set up already (my.pointloma.edu). You can find your code under the “Profile Info” tab and then scroll down to StrengthsQuest. If you need help setting up your portal or finding your individualized StrengthsQuest code, please call the Help Center at (619) 849-2222.

Learning More About Your Strengths

After taking the assessment, you will receive a customized report listing your Top Five Strengths and suggestions on how to productively apply these to your life. This report will help you gain insight on how you can use your strengths to be personally and academically successful as a student at PLNU. Be sure to take your Gallup StrengthsQuest assessment by August 1 to make the most of your group Strengths Session on Saturday morning of NSO. You can also schedule an individual session with your personal Career Coach to follow up. We look forward to meeting you to learn about the unique Strengths you bring to PLNU! To learn more, visit www.pointloma.edu/strengths.

Your Major

During NSO, you will meet several times with faculty and students in your academic major area. All students are encouraged to select a major in an area of study they plan to pursue or in which they have an interest even if their choice is tentative. Click here for a list of majors, minors and concentrations.

Transfer Student Orientation Track

Transfer students new to PLNU will attend both Friday and Saturday of NSO. Many of the sessions you attend will address information pertinent to your needs as a transfer student, even though first-time freshmen may also be in attendance. Please see the Transfer Student Track in this booklet on page 9. For more detailed information with regard to new transfer students, visit the Transfer Student Services webpage at  www.pointloma.edu/transferstudentservices.

Student Handbook

PLNU's Student Handbook has been designed to answer questions relating to student life and is a valuable resource as you begin your university experience. Visit StudentHandbook and spend some time becoming familiar with PLNU's opportunities and expectations. 


ZipCar Is Another Option

Great news! PLNU has partnered with ZipCar, a car sharing program. This program allows students, 18 years of age and older, to rent a car to get around San Diego. Visit zipcar.com/plnu to begin the process of membership. Once approved, you can have access to a ZipCar (located on the PLNU campus) 24 hours a day for a minimum hourly fee.