August 28th through 30th, PLNU will host New Student Orientation (NSO) on the Point Loma campus and officially kick off the Fall semester on Tuesday, September, 1st.
NSO is a weekend experience designed to help students and parents/guests become acclimated to university life. Recognized as one of the premier orientation events for new students, PLNU has spent the past seventeen years refining and enhancing their campus welcome for students and parents alike.
“The purpose of NSO is really about student success,” says PLNU President, Bob Brower Ph.D.. “We've found that when new students and their families experience an informative, helpful, and engaging welcome by hundreds of students and staff, the transition into the university creates a strong start for students and erases many unknowns in their adjustment to college.”
Following a weekend of festivities for both new and returning students, classes begin on Tuesday, September 1st. The new semester not only welcomes nearly 800 incoming students to main campus, but also represents an exciting time of growth in the broader university system as a result of new programs in PLNU’s Graduate and Professional Education Programs through the College of Extended Learning.
Over the past several months PLNU has entered into partnership with a number of San Diego County’s community colleges to offer bachelor’s degree completion programs across the region. These partnerships seek to serve new populations of students and allow PLNU to further meet workforce development needs in the San Diego region and beyond.
“PLNU is a proud partner with our robust community college network in San Diego County to provide increased access to students across the region who wish to pursue their bachelor’s degree,” said Brower. “These partnerships speak to the collaborative relationships that exist among San Diego’s robust and diverse higher education community and affirms our respective institutions’ commitment to educational quality for the benefit of all students.”
The flagship program offered through the innovative partnerships is the RN to BSN program which enables community college students who earn an associate degree in Registered Nursing to earn their Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from PLNU within 15 months – all on their local community college campus. The RN to BSN program is available to students at the following community colleges in the region; San Diego City, Grossmont, Mira Costa, Palomar and Southwestern Colleges.
The partnership at Southwestern College in San Diego’s South Bay is the largest partnership to date, with multiple degree options for students. Students who are accepted into PLNU partnership programs at Southwestern can earn bachelor degrees in Nursing, Criminal Justice, Management and Relational Development, and Child and Adolescent Development without having to leave the district.
Continued growth in PLNU’s Graduate and Professional Education Programs is anticipated during the coming academic year, both at community college campuses and PLNU’s Mission Valley satellite campus. For more information on PLNU’s Graduate and Professional Education Programs, please visit http://gps.pointloma.edu/