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Welcome to PLNU

New Student Orientation is August 26-28, 2016

Classes begin Tuesday, August 30, 2016

To download the electronic version of the NSO Guide to PLNU please click here.

NSO is a two-day experience which 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.


NSO takes place Friday, August 28, through Saturday, August 29, prior to classes beginning on Tuesday, September 1. Parents/guests are welcome to leave on Saturday evening, (8/29) after the open house in the Residence Halls.

NSO Parent/Guest Registration
(incoming students are free)

To register for NSO, fill out the registration form either online by clicking here.  Each new student 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 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 and/or your parents/guests are flying to San Diego for NSO, we will provide a ride for you from the airport to the main campus and back. Please call Sandy Ische at (619) 849-2446 to let us know your arrival and departure schedule.

Check-in day - Friday (8/28)

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 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 28.


What Is StrengthsQuest?

Imagine an environment where what is good, right, and healthy about you is identified, encouraged, and fostered to grow. PLNU strives to be such a place by utilizing the StrengthsQuest assessment tool. You will find that this will be used in several key components of your college experience.

How do I take it?

After July 1 but prior to your arrival at PLNU, you (not your parents) will take the StrengthsQuest assessment through your PLNU portal ( For help setting up your portal or finding the assessment, please call the Help Desk 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 this to your life. This report will help you gain insight on how you can use your strengths to be successful personally and academically as a student at PLNU. Once you arrive on campus, you will learn more about your strengths from the Office of Strengths and Vocation in your Com101 Class. Be sure to take advantage of our free coaching program by signing up for a Strengths on Point session by emailing

Please visit our website at for more information. We hope you enjoy taking the assessment and learning more about your 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 attend most of the same sessions as first-time freshman in addition the Transfer Student Track on Saturday. This track is created specifically for transfer students. On the schedule, you will learn about all aspects of joining the PLNU community as a "student with experience." Visit

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 to begin the process of membership and once approved you can have access to a ZipCar (located on the PLNU campus) 24 hours a day for a minimum hourly fee.