Make the switch to PLNU
If you’ll be coming to PLNU with one or more college credits from another institution and have already graduated from high school, you’re a transfer student. At PLNU, we work hard to make your transfer experience as smooth and simple as possible. Find out how to apply and which of your previous courses will transfer. Follow Loma Blogger Elizabeth, a current transfer student, through her journey. You’ll also find info on what makes PLNU stand out and how to apply for financial aid, as well as receive answers to frequently asked transfer student questions.
How do I choose classes that will transfer?
See our transfer agreements for a list of colleges and universities with which we have direct agreements. Click on the college for a list of general education classes that will transfer to PLNU. These do not have to be completed before transferring to PLNU.
If your school is not listed, please refer to our General Education Transfer Guide.
These two sources, as well as information about AP credit, can be found at our Transfer Credit page.
How do I apply?
Transfer students must apply by February 15 for Fall and by October 1 for Spring. In order to apply, you must submit the following items:
- Apply using our Online Application
- $50 application fee
- Official college transcripts, directly from all colleges/universities you have attended
- If you have completed 35 units or fewer, you must additionally submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.
- If you are applying for the upcoming Fall semester, we must have your current Fall grades so wait to request transcripts until those grades have posted.
- Two recommendation letters: one academic and one spiritual
For more specific information, refer to our Application Checklist.
How do I know which classes will transfer?
Transcript evaluations are the best way to know what exactly will transfer to PLNU. PLNU does not offer transcript evaluations until a student has completed our application. Once your application is complete, you may contact your Admissions counselor so that he or she may request an evaluation.
Which majors does PLNU offer?
What if I want to transfer into PLNU's School of Nursing?
PLNU's School of Nursing is one of the best around! After you have completed your Nursing prerequisites, we offer a three year BSN program. PLNU does not accept transfer Pre-Nursing students. There are very specific requirements to apply so please see below.
- Applications are only accepted once per year for the fall. The deadline is February 1 with no exceptions.
- Applicants must apply both to PLNU (see instructions above) and to the School of Nursing by the deadline.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed for consideration. See list of prerequisite courses below:
- Inorganic and Organic Biological Chemistry -or- Organic Chemistry (4 or 5 semester units—with labs)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 semester units—with labs)
- General Psychology or Personal Identity (3 or 4 semester units)
- College-level Algebra (determined by PLNU math placement test)
- Human Development (3 semester units): strongly recommended prior to NSG 250
- Nutrition (3 semester units): strongly recommended prior to NSG 250
- Microbiology ( 4 or 5 semester units with lab)
- Transfer students must have all prerequisite courses completed at the time of application to the BSN program.
- Minimum cumulative college GPA to apply is 2.7. Application to the PLNU School of Nursing is competitive so 2.7 is the absolute minimum to apply and does not guarantee acceptance.
- Please contact Marsha Reece in the School of Nursing at MarshaReece@pointloma.edu or (619) 849-7055 for further questions
What are the requirements for transferring?
PLNU does not have specific courses that must be complete prior to transferring, except for Nursing and Athletic Training students (see Nursing requirements above). We require 36 completed college units at the time you apply. Please refer to our transfer requirements page for more info about admissions and transfer conditions that must be met.
What is PLNU all about?
Find out what makes PLNU different than other Christian schools. Check out the Why PLNU? page 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!
Who can I talk to about transferring?
Each prospective student is matched with an admissions counselor. Your admissions counselor is not an academic adviser, but will be able to assist you with the application process and familiarize you with PLNU. They also will be able to request a transcript evaluation on your behalf. The transfer student admission counselor is Matt Julia.
What is the cost and how do I get financial aid?
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 may require extra materials or auditions. PLNU offers a $4,000 "Provost Scholarship" to transfer students who meet eligibility criteria. Find out how make your PLNU education affordable at our Tuition and Finances website.
For more information on Tuition and Fees, check out our Student Financial Services department!