Welcome Week, Fall
Hurricane Hilary information (last update: 8/18/23 11:30 a.m. PST)
New PLNU students and families. We are sure that you are aware of the unprecedented weather that San Diego will likely experience this weekend through Monday, August 21st. Hurricane Hilary is likely to come within 100 miles of San Diego as a tropical storm which could generate a great deal of rain. We are working around the clock to ensure that we are prepared for this weather, including contingency plans to move all outdoor activities inside.
We understand that this unexpected weather might impact your travel plans or make you feel apprehensive about arriving on Monday. Safety is our top priority and we will gladly accommodate our new students and their guests, regardless of when they arrive. We will also be ready on Monday morning for those who are able to get to campus safely. Again, your safety and well being is our top priority, so please do what you feel is best. We will have all semester to make sure that each student feels welcomed, cared for, and a valued member of the PLNU community.
Please pay close attention to our Welcome Week website and all communications from PLNU this weekend. We will continue to monitor the weather pattern and provide updates as they become available. For additional questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 849-2644 for a faster response. Thank you for your patience and grace as we navigate this unprecedented weather together.
Get Ready for Welcome Week!
Welcome Week, PLNU's premier orientation for all new students, is anchored by intentionally curated experiences, where students will be propelled toward a deeper understanding of God, self, and others. The week will commence with family, support systems, and guests on move-in day, and conclude with our traditional integration of students alongside their new peers. It is our hope that this week gives you the time to learn more about our community in ways best suited for you to transition well and begin to provide you with the tools: spiritually, vocationally, intellectually and professionally to walk your unique path with success and thrive!
New student move-in is on Monday, August 21st. Families and guests will depart at the conclusion of programming on August 22nd, with students continuing their Welcome Week experience through August 26th.
Welcome Week will commence with meeting key people, getting your student ID card, learning about the culture of PLNU, moving into your room, picking up your textbooks, and that’s just in the first two days! You are welcome to have two complimentary guests attend Monday and Tuesday of Welcome Week. Any additional guests will be charged a fee during the Registration process.
Key Event Details
Move-in and Family Programming: August 21-22
- Monday, August 21st - Day One: New Student Move-in, General Session, ResLife Night One
- Tuesday, August 22nd - Day Two: General Session, New Student & Parent Workshops, Academic Open House.
- The 22nd will conclude with a Covenant Service from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at which time, guests and families will depart.
Welcome Week: August 21-27
- Monday, August 21st - Day One: New Student Move-in, General Session, ResLife Night One
- Tuesday, August 22nd - Day Two: General Session, New Student & Parent Workshops, Academic Open House. Families and guests depart after the evening Covenant Service.
- Wednesday, August 23rd through Saturday, August 26th - continued programming
- Friday, August 25th - returning student move-in and “business” day for those students, Sand Ceremony, Loma Community Celebration
- Sunday, August 27th - Bobby B’s birthday bash
- Monday, August 28th - Fall Classes Begin
To-Do List for New Students Before Welcome Week
- Register for Welcome Week Orientation through your Accepted Student Community portal.
Take the online Math Placement exam (required).
Complete the Title IX: Get Inclusive training (required).
Check your PLNU email regularly for updates and key communication, including how to access and complete the required Math Placement exam and Title IX training.
Join us for the following webinars:
Welcome to Loma!
We deeply desire that you thrive 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 from arrival to commencement. Opportunities to learn, grow, and serve are abundant here. The entire PLNU community has prepared for your arrival.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I need to arrive?
Monday, August 21st. Your unique move-in time will be provided at the beginning of August.
What will Welcome Week cost?
The cost of Welcome Week is built into your tuition and fees. If you intend to bring more than the two complimentary guests to join you, additional costs will be incurred ($50 per person).
What can I expect during Welcome Week?
General sessions targeted for all first year students (freshmen and transfers), peer-led small groups, local outings, acts of service, and instruction by PLNU faculty and staff.
How does the check-in/move-in process work?
In early August, new students will be provided with their “check-in” specific instructions and move-in time. You are allowed to fill two vehicles (no trailers, U-Hauls, motorhomes/RV are allowed on campus). Any additional vehicles will need to be parked off-campus. It is imperative that you don’t arrive early. All students and their families who arrive earlier than the stated time on their form will be asked to wait off-campus until their assigned time.
Once on-campus, you will check-in at Nicholson Commons before heading to your residence hall. Student workers and staff will be ready to celebrate you, unload your vehicle(s), and carry everything into your room.
How many people can I bring with me?
Two guests are included with your Welcome Week registration for the first two days. Any additional guests will need to register and pay $50 per person.
All guests who will be joining you on campus must register in advance of the event.
Where will my guests stay?
Guests will not be allowed to stay on-campus nor will PLNU be providing accommodations for guests during Welcome Week. We would recommend that families check out our reduced rate partnership with 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.
When will I find out my housing and roommate for the fall?
Housing will be announced in early July.
How do I register for classes?
PLNU creates your first semester schedule before you arrive. Our faculty recommend specific courses based on your major choice, to ensure you are on track towards graduation. Later in the fall semester, you will meet with a faculty advisor to plan your own schedule for the following spring semester. If you have questions about your first semester schedule email email@example.com from your PLNU email address.
Is there anything I need to do in the summer leading up to Welcome Week?
Yes! Here are some important steps to take prior to Welcome Week:
- Check your PLNU email regularly for updates and key communication
- Register for Welcome Week Orientation through your Accepted Student Community portal
- Take the online Math Placement Test
- Complete the Title IX: Get Inclusive Training before June 15th
To avoid congestion on move-in day and make the process as smooth as possible, each new student is assigned a time to check in inside Nicholson Commons. Following check-in, new students will move their belongings into their residential hall rooms. Your assigned check-in time will be available by the beginning of August in your Student Workday. You will receive a color-coded check-in ticket in the mail with an assigned time about two weeks prior to Welcome Week. This ticket will allow you access to campus on Monday, August 21.
Families and Guests
All guests must register to attend the family and guest portion of Welcome Week. Students are allowed to bring two guests at no charge. Guests are invited to join us for the check-in/move-in process on Monday, August 21, in addition to events on Tuesday, August 22, and should plan on departing no later than our Res Hall Open House on Tuesday evening.
Transfer Student Orientation
Welcome Week will include programming and information specifically for new transfer students. Transfer students who will be living on-campus are required to attend Welcome Week. Sessions you attend will address information pertinent to your needs as a transfer student.
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.
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 Educational Access Center (EAC) 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 EAC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send requests at least four weeks in advance of Welcome Week.
Photos taken at PLNU Welcome Week may also be used in various university publications or on the university website. Individuals who prefer that their photograph not be used must inform the Office of Marketing and Creative Services of their request.
Download the myPLNU App
Stay up-to-date with the schedule, event locations, and important information throughout your Welcome Week experience by downloading the myPLNU app through your iOS or Android App Store. Search for Point Loma Nazarene University or PLNU.
For questions about Welcome Week, check our Frequently Asked Questions above for a list of common questions and answers. If you still have further questions or needs, feel free to contact us please contact us via email at email@example.com or by phone at (619) 849-2644 and a member of our team will get back to you as quickly as possible.