First-time Freshmen

The move from high school to college is an exciting one.

Starting PLNU right out of high school or without previous college experience? That makes you a first-time freshman, and we have the info you need to apply for admission and financial aid. You can also learn more about what majors we offer, what makes PLNU special, and how you can schedule a visit to campus.

How do I apply?

Seniors in high school have two application deadlines to choose from: 

Early Action

  • Deadline is November 15
  • Notification is mailed mid-December

General Admission

  • Deadline is February 15
  • Notification is mailed mid-to-late March

You must submit the following items:

  • Apply using our online application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official SAT and/or ACT test scores
  • Two letters of recommendation, one academic and one spiritual
  • $50 application fee

For more specific information, refer to our Application Checklist.

Optional Interview

Interviews are not required but are strongly recommended. Call (800) 733-7770 or refer to our campus visit page to schedule an interview.

How do I get in?

To be considered for admission into PLNU, you must have a complete application, including high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and two recommendation letters. Our applicants also have the option of conducting an interview with their admissions counselor.  Incoming freshmen for the 2009-2010 school year had an average weighted GPA of 3.7 and SAT score of 1160 (math + critical reading).

Who can I talk to about anything PLNU related?

Each prospective student is matched with an admissions counselor. Your admissions counselor will be able to assist you with the application process and familiarize you with PLNU. Find out who your admissions counselor is so you know who to contact when you have questions!

What is PLNU all about?

Find out what makes PLNU different than other Christian schools. Take a look at our university profile to learn the basics. View a list of virtually everything you can be involved in with our campus life.  See how you can grow in your faith by checking out our ministry and service opportunities, and check out our housing website to get a glimpse what it’s like to live on the ocean at PLNU!

Does PLNU have my major?

We have more than 62 majors and areas of study for you to choose from. See our list of majors at our Areas of Study page. Our Undergraduate Catalog is also available for you to refer to departmental or general curriculum requirements.

How do I schedule a visit?

We have an outstanding campus visit program in place and we’d like you to experience first-hand what it is like to go to school here! At our campus visit page, you can see all our visit options as well as schedule a visit online. You might also consider attending one of our Preview Days, which are geared towards introducing you to the day in the life of a PLNU student.

What is the cost and how do I get financial aid?

For info on current tuition and room and board, visit the Student Financial Services website. We recommend all of our prospective students fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon after January 1 as possible. This is the first step in receiving financial aid. PLNU does not require a separate application for financial aid. Certain scholarships, especially those that are athletic or performance based may require extra materials or auditions. PLNU offers academic awards to first time freshmen that range from $4,000 up to full tuition! Find out about eligibility criteria and other scholarships at our Tuition and Finances website.

Can I get college credit for taking AP tests?

For those who like to get a head start on college credit before beginning your freshmen year, we encourage you to visit our Transfer Credit site, where you can view our AP Guide to see what scores you need in order to get credit at PLNU. Once here, you can refer to our Transfer Agreements with Local Community Colleges, or our General Education Transfer Guide to get a better idea of which community college classes will transfer in.

Please visit our FAQ if you have any more questions. Remember that your admissions counselor is here to help throughout the admissions process!