Welcome to PLNU - Fall New Student Orientation 2016

Welcome to Point Loma Nazarene University


Caye Smith

When you drive onto campus Friday, August 26, you will enter as a PLNU student. This is the beginning of a whole new chapter of your life. The days ahead will challenge you to learn and grow beyond what you can now imagine.

You are joining a community that is deeply committed to your success. As a university, we value your intellectual growth. You will also discover multiple opportunities to grow spiritually – in relationships and roles of leadership – and there will definitely be plenty of opportunities to have fun. You will be challenged here, and we commit to support your growth as a whole person. 

The PLNU experience is not for everyone. We have found that you are most likely to be successful when you:

› Understand and embrace our mission, which we summarize as “To Teach, To Shape, and To Send.”

› Understand and embrace the values which govern relationships within our community (see www.pointloma.edu/studenthandbook).

› Bring a parent or significant adult and participate in New Student Orientation.

› Attend class and complete assignments consistently.

› Commit to at least one consistent activity outside the classroom, such as a student ministry or club.

› Keep the goal of graduation always in sight.

Your personal to-do list for the summer includes: keeping your New Student Orientation Guide handy and refer to it often; register for New Student Orientation; take the StrengthsQuest assessment; and take the Math Placement Test. Once you complete these important items, you will be ready to join other Sea Lions at New Student Orientation on August 26, 2016.


I eagerly anticipate your arrival.

 Dr. Caye Barton Smith, Psy.D.

 Vice President for Student Development

Point Loma Nazarene University's Mission Statement
Point Loma Nazarene University exists to provide higher education in a vital Christian community where minds are engaged and challenged, character is modeled and formed, and service becomes an expression of faith. Being of Wesleyan heritage, we aspire to be a learning community where grace is foundational, truth is pursued, and holiness is a way of life.

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