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Checklists & Deadlines

High School Seniors

High School Seniors

Important Dates
 

PLNU will begin accepting applications for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters on August 15, 2020

Early Action
Deadline: November 15
Notification is mailed mid-December.

General Admission
Deadline: February 15
Notification is mailed mid- to late-March.

Semester Start Dates
Fall 2020: August 17, 2020
Spring 2021: March 1, 2021

Application Checklist

  1. Submit the Application for Admission
    Apply to PLNU using the online application. This application also serves as your application for PLNU financial aid.
     

  2. Submit Two Letters of Recommendation (one academic and one spiritual)
    Your spiritual leader and academic recommendation are facilitated through the application. Simply enter your recommenders’ email addresses in the recommendation section, and the recommendation site will be emailed to them. If your recommenders would prefer to mail in a paper letter, there is no need to use any form. Simply have them send the letter to PLNU at: PLNU Admissions, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA, 92106, and be sure your full name is included. You can also email your letter of recommendation to admissions@pointloma.edu.
     

  3. Pay the $55 Application Fee Online or by Mail
    The application fee can be paid online. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you can mail a check to PLNU at: PLNU Admissions, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA, 92106. Please be sure your full name is on the check.
     

  4. Request Official Transcripts
    Request an official copy of your transcripts to be mailed or electronically submitted directly from your school. If you are taking college courses, please submit an official “in progress” transcript from the college.
     

  5. Submit SAT and/or ACT Scores (optional for Fall 2021 applicants)
    For Fall 2021 applicants, an SAT/ACT score is not required to be considered for admission. PLNU accepts both the SAT and/or the ACT. To Submit your score, sign into CollegeBoard or ACT student and request for official scores to be sent to PLNU. Please use PLNU's school test score code 4605 for the SAT and 0370 for the ACT. We super score the 2 SAT sections and the subsections of the ACT to give you the best composite score.

  6. Request an Admissions Interview (optional but strongly recommended)
    We encourage our applicants to complete an admissions interview with their admissions counselor, but an interview is not required. Students who wish to arrange an in-person or phone interview should contact our campus visit staff at (800) 733-7770 or check out the visit campus pages. Please contact us at least one month before the application deadline to arrange your interview, which can occur up until the application deadline. An on-campus interview is strongly encouraged.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Important Dates

Spring 2021 Transfer Students:  Due to health and safety considerations, and to increase the likelihood of being able to deliver an in-person campus experience, PLNU has delayed the start of the Spring 2021 term to March 1, 2021.

PLNU will begin accepting applications for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters on August 15, 2020

General Admission
Fall Deadline: February 15
Notification is mailed mid- to late-March.

Spring Deadline: October 1
Notification is mailed mid- to late-November.

Semester Start Dates
Fall 2020: August 17, 2020
Spring 2021: March 1, 2021

Application Checklist

  1. Submit the Application for Admission
    Apply to PLNU using the online application. This application also serves as your application for PLNU financial aid.
     

  2. Submit Two Letters of Recommendation (one academic and one spiritual)
    Your spiritual leader and academic recommendation are facilitated through the application. Simply enter your recommenders’ email addresses in the recommendation section, and the recommendation site will be emailed to them. If your recommenders would prefer to mail in a paper letter, there is no need to use any form. Simply have them send the letter to PLNU at: PLNU Admissions, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA, 92106, and be sure your full name is included.
     

  3. Pay the $55 Application Fee Online or by Mail
    The application fee can be paid online. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you can mail a check to PLNU at: PLNU Admissions, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA, 92106. Please be sure your full name is on the check.
     

  4. Request Official Transcripts
    Request an official copy of your transcripts to be mailed or electronically submitted directly from your school. If you are taking college courses, please submit an official “in progress” transcript from the college.
    • If you have completed 35 units or fewer, you must additionally submit your official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. For Fall 2021 applicants, an SAT/ACT score is not required to be considered for admission.
    • 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.

For more information about foundational explorations (FE), read our guide to selecting transferrable GE courses.

International Applicants

International Applicants 

Important Dates

PLNU will begin accepting applications for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters on August 15, 2020

International High School Students

Early Action
Deadline: November 15
Notification is mailed mid-December.

General Admission
Deadline: February 15
Notification is mailed mid- to late-March.

International Transfer Students

General Admission
Fall Deadline: February 15
Notification is mailed mid- to late-March.

Spring Deadline: October 1
Notification is mailed mid- to late-November.

Semester Start Dates

Fall 2020: August 17, 2020
Spring 2021: March 1, 2021

Application Checklist

  1. Submit the Application for Admission
    Apply to PLNU using the online application. This application also serves as your application for PLNU financial aid.
     

  2. Submit Two Letters of Recommendation (one academic and one spiritual)
    Your spiritual leader and academic recommendation are facilitated through the application. Simply enter your recommenders’ email addresses in the recommendation section, and the recommendation site will be emailed to them. If your recommenders would prefer to mail in a paper letter, there is no need to use any form. Simply have them send the letter to PLNU at: PLNU Admissions, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA, 92106, and be sure your full name is included.
     

  3. Submit Two Essays
    The prompts for the essays can be found on the application.
     

  4. Pay the $55 Application Fee Online or by Mail
    The application fee can be paid online. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you can mail a check to PLNU at: PLNU Admissions, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA, 92106. Please be sure your full name is on the check.
     

  5. Send Official Transcripts
    This includes any high school and/or college transcripts. All documents must be translated into English and evaluated by an approved evaluation service before being sent to the admissions office. PLNU is not responsible for evaluating foreign transcripts or coursework.
     

  6. Submit Official Proof of English Proficiency

    • Submit TOEFL or IELTS score. TOEFL or IELTS scores can be waived if you take the SAT or ACT.*
    • *students in countries where test centers are currently closed may submit an IELTS Indicator score.
    • Minimum scores: TOEFL (80 iBT) or IELTS (6.5)
  7. Request a Phone, or Skype Interview (optional but strongly recommended)
    We encourage our applicants to complete an admissions interview with their admissions counselor, but an interview is not required. Students who wish to arrange an phone interview should contact our campus visit staff at (800) 733-7770. Please contact us at least one month before the application deadline to arrange your interview, which can occur up until the application deadline.

  8. Submit bank statement(s) or financial support letters
    Please note: If admitted, and before enrolling, students will be required to submit bank statement(s) or financial support letter(s).

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I have my coursework evaluated and approved to receive credit at PLNU?

For transcript evaluation, PLNU recommends using one of the following:

If you have any questions regarding what evaluation type you should choose, please contact the international admissions counselor. PLNU is not responsible for translating or evaluating foreign transcripts or coursework.

Military Applicants

Applying as a Veteran or Active Duty Military

If you are a veteran or active duty military applicant, our admissions counselors with help you with everything from submitting transcripts and academic planning to VA benefits and other financial aid. We’ll even have your transcripts evaluated before you apply for admission to see which of your military credits can be transferred.

The most important thing to know is that your application process is the same as any other student. There are just a few steps to take when applying for your VA benefits.

Admissions

  1. Apply to PLNU
    Apply to PLNU using the online application

  2. Send Official Transcripts
    Send official transcripts from other colleges and universities to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Drive
    San Diego, CA 92106

  3. Order Official Military Transcripts
    Contact admissions@pointloma.edu or talk to your transfer admissions counselor for an unofficial transcript evaluation request
     

Financial Aid Advisor

  1. Apply for VA benefits and a Certificate of Eligibility.
    Apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

  2. Complete PLNU’s Military & Veterans Education Benefits Application Packet
    Get the packet by emailing veteranservices@pointloma.edu.

  3. Complete Change of Program Form (if transferring Post-9/11 GI® Bill benefits from another institution)
    Available online.

  4. Apply for Financial Aid (if applicable)
    Apply online.

 

Put Your Military Benefits to Work

All undergraduate programs can be completed in 36 months or less to accommodate terms of eligibility for your military benefits. Because our undergraduate degrees will not require you to use your maximum benefits, you can use any remaining eligibility toward one of our graduate degree programs.

If you are a recipient of VA educational benefits, such as the Post 9/11 GI® Bill or Yellow Ribbon Program, we’ll help make sure all assistance is applied accurately and efficiently.

Learn more about VA educational benefits.

What if I'm planning on doing ROTC?
PLNU serves as a cross-town affiliate for ROTC programs with the Navy, Marines, Army, and Air Force. If you are planning on doing ROTC and are currently a high school senior, the process for applying to PLNU is exactly the same as for non-ROTC students.

For military-specific questions, please email veteranservices@pointloma.edu.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.