New Student Orientation, Fall
Welcome to PLNU!
We deeply desire that you grow as a whole person during your years here. We trust you will experience an extra measure of God’s grace as you participate in our community. Opportunities to learn, grow, and serve are abundant here. The entire PLNU community is preparing for your arrival.
At New Student Orientation (NSO), you will meet key people, get your ID card, learn about the culture of PLNU, move into your room, purchase your textbooks, and much more. You are welcome to bring up to two guests to attend NSO with you.
NSO Fall 2019 is on Friday and Saturday, August 30 and 31.
The City of San Diego is in the midst of extensive water and sewer pipeline construction throughout the Point Loma community surrounding PLNU. This construction will significantly impact driving directions and drive time to Main Campus during New Student Orientation. Please review the alternate routes we have provided.
Labor Day Weekend
This year's New Student Orientation falls on Labor Day Weekend. Please plan ahead accordingly to ensure that your visit goes smoothly.
To avoid congestion on Friday and make the process as smooth as possible, each new student is assigned a time to check in inside Nicholson Commons. Following check-in, residential students will move their belongings into their residential hall rooms. Your assigned check-in time will be available July 1 in your student portal. You will receive a color-coded check-in ticket in the mail with an assigned time about two weeks prior to NSO. This ticket will allow you onto campus on Friday, August 30.
Parents and Guests
All parents and guests must register to attend NSO. Students are allowed to bring two parents/guests at no charge. Parents and guests are invited to join us for the check-in/move-in process on Friday, August 30, in addition to events on Saturday, August 31, and are welcome to leave on Saturday evening.
Point Loma Nazarene University App
Stay up-to-date with the schedule, event locations, and important information throughout your NSO experience by downloading the PLNU app through your iOS or Android App Store. You can also view the content without downloading.
PLNU is pleased to offer a specially reduced rate at a variety of Bartell Hotels in the San Diego area. Rates are based on availability and all appropriate taxes and hotel fees apply. To guarantee a special rate, please book early and ask for the "PLNU rate" at the time the reservation is made. In return, Bartell will donate a percentage of the total room cost to PLNU's university fund benefiting student scholarships. Book online and find additional information about PLNU's partnership with Bartell hotels.
Transfer Student Orientation
Transfer students new to PLNU will attend both Friday and Saturday of NSO. Many of the sessions you attend will address information pertinent to your needs as a transfer student, even though first-time freshmen may also be in attendance. Please see the Transfer Student Track in the New Student Guide.
PLNU is dedicated to providing students with disabilities access to the programs, services, and activities of the university, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and Amendment (2008), and by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973). The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides reasonable accommodations so otherwise qualified students with disabilities may, as independently as possible, meet the demands of university life.
For accommodation requests, contact the DRC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send requests at least four weeks in advance of NSO.
Your New Student Guide to PLNU
The NSO Guide provides students and parents with more details about the weekend’s events, campus resources, department information, frequently asked questions, and more.Download the New Student Guide