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Admissions Criteria

We believe you have more to offer than just a GPA or test score, which is why there is no numeric formula that determines admittance. Rather, we use a holistic evaluation approach to determine whether you are a good fit for PLNU. You may be the person we’re looking for in our next incoming class, so we encourage you to apply, even if you’re unsure of your qualifications.

Please make sure to regularly review application due dates and our application checklist to stay on top of your application status.

For additional information about applying, please visit one of the following, depending on your application status: 
High School Seniors
Transfer Applicants
International Applicants

Important Information About the SAT for the 2018–19 Application Season

As you know, College Board made significant changes to the SAT assessment in spring 2016, which has meant PLNU has had to re-evaluate our interpretation of SAT scores submitted for admission.

For the purposes of this breakdown:

  • "Old SAT” refers to the SAT test offered from 2005 through February 2016, for which scores consisted of three 800-point required sections (math, critical reading, and writing).

  • “New SAT” refers to the current SAT test, first offered in March 2016, for which scores consist of two 800-point required sections (math, evidence-based reading and writing) and an optional essay.

  • “Superscore” refers to the combined subsection scores from different test dates to result in a new cumulative score. (For example, if your highest math subsection score is from your November 2015 test, and your highest critical reading subsection score is from your February 2016 test, we’ll combine those two scores to give you the highest cumulative score possible.)

As an applicant for spring or fall 2018, you should fall into one of the categories below. Here’s what the new SAT means for you:

I’m applying to PLNU with old SAT scores only.

PLNU’s printed and published admission and scholarship minimums are all based on test data from the new SAT, and are on the new SAT scale. Fortunately, College Board has conducted extensive research, and provided us with concordance tables that allow us to determine what an old SAT score would look like on the new SAT scale.

Each student who applies to PLNU with old SAT scores will have them converted to the new SAT scale for admission and scholarship consideration.

To determine what your old SAT scores will translate to on the new SAT scale, we highly encourage you to download College Board’s SAT Score Converter app on your smartphone, or make use of its SAT Score Converter online.

We will maintain our superscore policy with old SAT scores, but each score will be represented in its updated form.

Here are some helpful resources for you:

General Information About the New SAT
Differences in the Old and New SAT

I’m applying to PLNU with old SAT scores and new SAT scores.

PLNU’s printed and published admission and scholarship minimums are all based on test data from the new SAT, and are on the new SAT scale. Fortunately, College Board has conducted extensive research, and provided us with concordance tables that allow us to determine what an old SAT score would look like on the new SAT scale.

Each student who applies to PLNU with old SAT scores will have them converted to the new SAT scale for admission and scholarship consideration.

To determine what your old SAT scores will translate to on the new SAT scale, we highly encourage you to download College Board’s Score Converter app on your smartphone, or make use of its Score Converter online.

Exclusively for the spring and fall 2018 application cycle, PLNU will superscore old and new SAT scores, but before doing so, any old SAT scores being included will be converted to new SAT score levels.

Here are some helpful resources for you:

General Information About the New SAT
Differences in the Old and New SAT

I’m applying to PLNU with new SAT scores only.

You’re making life easy — for you and for us! There’s nothing extra you need to do to interpret your scores; the admission and scholarship minimums printed and published reflect new SAT scores.

Here are some helpful resources for you:

General Information About the New SAT
Differences in the Old and New SAT