How to Apply

High School Seniors

High School Seniors

Are you a high school senior interested in attending PLNU? Then you're in the right place! We're here to walk you through the simple application process, answer any questions you may have, and get you one step closer to starting your PLNU experience.

To be considered for admission into PLNU, you must have a complete application, including high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and two letters of recommendation. You also have the option of conducting an interview with your admissions counselor.

You can apply via the PLNU application or the CommonApp — we have no preference! However, please choose just one. Submitting both applications only harms your chances of admission.

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

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

Attention Nursing Applicants: Please note that due to PLNU's capped enrollment and the competitive nature of the Nursing program, we highly encourage high school seniors interested in Nursing to apply Early Action (November 15, 2020). The admission rate of Nursing students at Early Action is significantly higher than our General Admission deadline.

If you have questions, please contact your admissions counselor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an interview mandatory?

Interviews are not required, but are strongly recommended. Call (800) 733-7770 or refer to our Visit page to schedule an interview.

Can I get college credit for taking AP tests?

Yes, our transfer credit information page includes an AP guide, which outlines what scores are accepted from incoming students. Also listed on this site are our transfer agreements with local community colleges and our General Education Transfer Guide — these can help you determine which community college classes will transfer to PLNU.

What if I've taken college credits while I've been in high school?

College credits earned while in high school can transfer to PLNU. If you are admitted to PLNU and choose to attend, you need to send your official college or university transcripts before July 1 of the year you're planning to attend. From there, your courses will be evaluated so PLNU credit can be assigned. Almost any introductory or general education (GE) class can be applied for credit at PLNU.

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. Simply follow the application instructions above to apply to PLNU. To learn more about applying to a ROTC program, see the listings below:

Navy/Marines
Consortium with local San Diego universities
Official Website
Local Website

Army
Cross-town affiliate with San Diego State University
Official Website
Local Website

Air Force
Cross-town affiliate with San Diego State University
Official Website
Local Website

For more information, call (619) 849-2273.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students

You graduated from high school, earned college credits from another institution, and are now interested in applying to PLNU. How will your previous courses transfer? How many units do you need to have completed before you apply? We know it can be difficult transferring to a new school, but we’re here to help. We’ll guide you through the application process and be there every step of the way to answer your questions.

Transfer Nursing Applicants: PLNU is NOT accepting applications into our 3 year BSN or LVN to BSN Programs for the 2020-2021 school year and PLNU does not admit Pre-Nursing transfer students. For more information, scroll down to Nursing FAQ.

To be considered for admission into PLNU, you must have a complete application, including all college/university transcripts, high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores (if you’ve completed 35 units or fewer), and two letters of recommendation.

PLNU does not have specific courses that must be completed prior to transferring, except for nursing (see requirements below). You can apply to PLNU with any number of units or credits, but if you have completed fewer than 36 transferable units at the time you apply, we require you to submit your final high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to your college transcripts to complete your file. Please refer to our Transferring Credit page for more information about admissions and transfer conditions that must be met.

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

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

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

If you have questions, please contact your admissions counselor.

Frequently Asked 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 (GE) 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 to help you select courses that are most likely to transfer to PLNU.

These two sources, as well as information about AP credit, can be found at our Transferring Credit page.

How do I know which classes will transfer?

PLNU offers official transcript evaluations to students who have started an application. If you've already started your application, contact your admissions counselor to request an evaluation.

What if I'm a veteran or active duty military applicant?

If you’re a veteran or still serving in the military, our admissions counselors will 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.

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 the Yellow Ribbon Program, we’ll help make sure all assistance is applied accurately and efficiently. Learn more about VA educational benefits.

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.

What if I'm interested in the Nursing program?

What are the prerequisite courses needed to apply as a transfer to PLNU’s School of Nursing?

  • 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)
  • Microbiology (4 semester units with lab)

I don’t see Nursing as a major option on the application...what does that mean?

From time to time, PLNU’s Nursing program completely fills up with continuing PLNU students. Rather than collect application fees from hopeful transfers who have no shot at getting into the program, we remove “Nursing” as an option on our application entirely, to prevent any students from wasting their time and money.

I’d like to apply to PLNU as a non-Nursing major and then change into Nursing once admitted. Is that ok?

Unfortunately no. In order to be in the Nursing program at PLNU, transfer students have to apply as Nursing majors, and be admitted as Nursing majors. There is no option for a student to apply to PLNU as any non–Nursing major and ever join the Nursing program. 

I’d like to enroll at PLNU as a non-Nursing major and then change into Nursing once I’m there. Is that ok?

No PLNU student in any non-Nursing major is ever able to change into the Nursing program, no matter the circumstance. Nursing is a locked major–students must be admitted as a Nursing major to ever be a part of the program.

I’ve taken some of the Nursing prerequisite courses, but want to finish the rest at PLNU – can I do that?

No. To be considered a viable PLNU transfer Nursing candidate, you must have completed all prerequisites before applying to the School of Nursing. This also means you can’t be in the semester-of-completion of any prerequisite course when applying to PLNU. Each course has to be completed.  

I have taken college classes after graduating high school, but I haven’t taken any Nursing prerequisites. Can I apply as a transfer into the Pre-Nursing program to complete prerequisites at PLNU?

Unfortunately no. If you’ve taken ANY college units after graduating from high school, you’re considered a transfer applicant to PLNU. All transfer applicants must have completed all Nursing prerequisite courses before applying to PLNU.

I applied to PLNU as a transfer Nursing major – now what?

If PLNU is accepting Nursing transfers, once you’ve completed your PLNU Admissions application, you also need to apply to the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing application process is different than the admissions process, and has different deadlines. Please visit their site for additional information

Does PLNU accept the ADT?

Many California community colleges participate in the ADT program (Associates Degree for Transfer) that guarantees students who graduate with their ADT a space at some four year institutions. PLNU participates in the ADT program in these specific majors: Art History, Child and Adolescent Development, Literature, Criminal Justice, History, Journalism, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology. If you're applying as a transfer to PLNU in one of these majors, you'll be asked to submit a copy of your completed ADT at the time of application.    

International Applicants

International Applicants

Welcome to PLNU! We’re excited you’re considering making our campus your home for the next few years. Each year, students from more than 20 different countries attend PLNU, and we hope you’ll be one of them!

We know transferring to a new school and country can be a big transition, and we’re committed to making it as smooth as possible. As an international student, you can either apply as a high school senior or a transfer student. Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry — we’re here to answer your questions and walk you through the application process step-by-step. 

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To be considered for admission into PLNU, you must have a complete application, including high school and/or college transcripts, English proficiency scores (see below for accepted exams), two essays, and two letters of recommendation. You also have the option of conducting an interview with the international admissions counselor, which is highly recommended.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

For transcript evaluation, PLNU strongly suggests using Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI), but we will accept accredited transcripts from members of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). For first-time freshmen applicants, you need to request a course-by-course evaluation with a GPA. Transfer applicants looking to receive credit from a foreign college need to request a course-by-course evaluation with the course description and GPA. At ACEI, this is called the "Course Match Evaluation". If you have any questions regarding what evaluation type you should choose, please contact the international admissions counselor. PLNU is not responsible for evaluating foreign transcripts or coursework.

Am I eligible for scholarships as an international student?

Yes! International students are eligible for an International Merit Scholarship based on their GPA and TOEFL/IELTS scores. Students should contact their international admissions counselor to check if they qualify.

International students are also eligible for merit-based scholarships, involvement scholarships, outside scholarships (dependent upon scholarship qualifications), and endowed scholarships. For more information, see cost and financial aid.

Military Applicants

Applying as a Veteran or Active Duty Military

If you are a veteran or active duty military applicant, our admissions counselors will 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 you need to take to apply for your VA benefits.

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Admissions

  • Apply to PLNU
    Submit your PLNU online application.

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

  • Order Official Military Transcripts
    Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps
    Air Force

Financial Aid Advisor

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 the 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.