What you do outside the classroom is just as important as what you do inside — it’s an integral part of a rich, well-rounded PLNU experience. That’s why we offer a variety of campus opportunities for you to get involved in. Hone your leadership skills. Foster relationships with fellow students. Cultivate your passions and interests. Or simply discover new ways to have some fun.
Maybe you’re interested in spearheading campus activities and instilling a sense of community at PLNU. The Associated Student Body (ASB) might be just for you. Are you looking to dig deeper and get hands-on experience in your area of study? Check out our professional societies. Or perhaps you strive to be a spark for change in the public? One of our social activism clubs would be a good place to start. Whether you’re interested in promoting sustainability, sharing your cultural background with others, or discussing cinematography with like-minded film buffs, there are all kinds of opportunities to get involved at PLNU.
Academic and Professional Societies
- Biology Club (TriBeta)
- The Biology Club is committed to supporting the biology department students, sponsoring lectures, organizing social ventures to form bonds, and serving our community.
- California Nursing Student Association-Point Loma (CNSA-PL) is a local chapter of California Nursing Student Association (CNSA). The goal of CNSA-PL is to provide a community of support academically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually while promoting excellence and professionalism at PLNU and in the community through events and outreach projects.
- Delta Alpha Pi (Honor Society for Students with Disabilities)
- Delta Alpha Pi is an international honor society involved both on campus and in the community, raising awareness and supporting those with disabilities. Delta Alpha Pi recognizes full-time students who have either a physical or mental/learning disability and have at least a 3.10 GPA.
- Delta Sigma Pi
- Finance and Investment Society
- The goal of Finance & Investment Society is to bring together individuals interesting in learning and sharing information about investing and finance to better prepare for their financial futures.
- Kinesiology Club
- The Kinesiology Club works to unite the three majors of the Department of Kinesiology through missions and recreational and educational activities. Students do not have to be a member of the department to join; all are welcome!
- Phi Alpha Theta (History)
- Phi Alpha Theta is a nationally recognized history honor society that exists to promote scholarship and create an atmosphere where intelligent ideas can be exchanged, especially through research. PAT participates in museum trips, research conferences, forums, historical movie nights, and discussion dinners that seek to provide members with exciting and stimulating opportunities to present their research and broaden their knowledge of history.
- Phi Upsilon Omicron (Consumer Science)
- Phi Upsilon Omicron, an honor society in the integrated field of family and consumer sciences, offers an environment empowering lifelong learning, leadership building, and ethical and scholastic excellence.
- Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
- Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, is the honor society for students of government and political science in the U.S. The purpose of Pi Sigma Alpha is to stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government, public affairs and service, political philosophy, and issues in public policy.
- PLPHSA (Point Loma Pre-Health Student Association)
- PLPHSA is a gathering of students with similar career goals of a future in the health field. Their goals are to create an atmosphere of support as pre-health students work toward their careers, provide opportunities for them to serve in the community, and facilitate ways in which they can get plugged in with health professionals.
- Psi Chi (Psychology)
- Psi Chi is PLNU’s chapter of the national honor society of psychology. The purpose of our chapter is to recognize academic excellence in our psychology students and help foster relationships within our department.
- SAACS (Chemistry)
- The Chemistry Society (SAACS) seeks to connect students who are passionate about chemistry and provide them with opportunities to explore how chemistry affects their lives. The club provides opportunities to serve the local community by working with elementary, middle, and high schools performing labs, demonstrations, and lectures.
- Science and Religion Club
- The Science and Religion Club strives to create a community for safe, intellectual conversations about faith and science. Their vision is to demonstrate how Christians who hold different positions on science and faith can engage in hospitable dialogue.
- SCTA (Student California Teachers Association)
- The SCTA is a club focused on the education profession and its wonderful opportunities. They seek to serve the community of Point Loma, as well as the PLNU campus, through several exciting projects.
- SDA (Student Dietetic Association)
- SDA is a club for dietetic and nutrition students that is associated with the Department of Sociology, Social Work, & Family Sciences. They have monthly meetings, social outings, on-campus activities, networking opportunities, and volunteer opportunities.
- Society of Physics Students
- Speech and Debate
- Toast at the Point
- Toast at the Point is a public speaking club, with opportunities for membership with the organization Toastmasters International. As a group, they focus on improving public speaking abilities to communicate more effectively in the classroom, with friends, during interviews, and in future careers.
Music, Theatre, and the Arts
- Breakerz Dance Club
- Breakerz hopes that students of all levels of dance experience will improve their technique and style while being a part of this program. They want students to express themselves through the art of dance and have the opportunity to be part of a dance team or club. Their overall vision is to create a dance-friendly community that will is Point Loma Nazarene University's first official team that will be performing at various sporting games.
- Cheer Squad
- Improv Club Underscore
- The Improv Club Underscore seeks to practice improv comedy through games and exercises with a tight group of people committed to improving their skills in the arts and communication.
- Key of Sea A Capella
- Key of Sea is PLNU's all-women’s a cappella group.
- Point Loma Opera Theatre (PLOT)
- PLOT is a group of students dedicated to the promotion, performance, and perfection of opera within its ranks and the community. The goal of PLOT is to promote opera in the community and provide needed opportunities for developing singers, directors, conductors, and instrumentalists with experience performing timeless music of cultural and historical significance.
- Pointless A Capella
- Pointless is an all-male a capella group with 12-18 members per year. Auditions are held both in the fall and toward the end of spring.
Multicultural Opportunities (MOSAIC)
MOSAIC (Multicultural Opportunities for Students Actively Involved in Community) is home to eight multicultural student organizations on campus. As we work, partner, and collaborate, our desire is to model what it means to live an inclusive multicultural community that embraces all those different backgrounds. MOSAIC intentionally seeks to deliver a cross-cultural, intercultural, and multicultural educational component in all our programming to create engagement across cultures.
- ALAS (Association of Latin American Students)
- ALAS exists provide a safe and welcoming environment for students who wish to celebrate, learn, and understand the true diverse Latin American culture. As a club with Christian faith, ALAS tries to show the same compassion that Christ showed to us, by reaching out to their community. To reach these goals, ALAS works alongside different ministries and clubs that share similar values.
- ASU (Asian Student Union)
- ASU is all about cultural diversity. Our underlying goal is to have fun through the exposure of various Asian and Pacific cultures to the students around the PLNU community.
- B.R.E.A.K. (Beauty, Revival, Equity, Action, and Knowledge)
- PLNU B.R.E.A.K exists to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students who wish to participate and learn more about gender equality issues in our society today.
- BSU (Black Student Union)
- BSU emphasizes bringing family, service to the community, and education about African American culture to the PLNU community. BSU is a place for anyone and everyone!
- Hui O’ Hawaii
- Hui O’Hawaii is all about the "aloha spirit" and sharing with each other and the community. Their goal is to create a “home away from home” for all students, and to share our unique spirit through fellowship, music, hula dancing, and exquisite foods.
- Team Barnabas Mentoring Program
- The purpose of Team Barnabas is to provide personal support, assistance, social guidance, and positive campus survival skills to first-year students of color during their transition to PLNU by developing activities and interactions with upper-class students to address personal needs. TEAM Barnabas aims to increase the overall access, retention, and persistence rates of students of color.
- UNITE (Uniting National and International Students Through Education)
- UNITE seeks to provide a social outlet for international students, missionary kids, third culture kids, and military children while providing a means to bring domestic and international students together. The goal of this club is to assist international students with the transition to U.S. culture and society.
- College Democrats
- PLNU's College Democrats club is an official chapter of the National College Democrats. College Democrats participate in community service efforts, volunteer work, and awareness, and hope to engage students in thinking deeply about real issues that affect millions of Americans.
- College Republicans
- PLNU’s College Republicans exists to provide a context for politically like-minded Republicans from all walks of life to convene and enjoy each other’s company, as well as provide a safe environment in which students might engage in political discussion. We are a welcoming group of friends who invite any and all to join us for our regular game and discussion nights.
- Friends of Zion
- Friends of Zion exists to discuss Jewish-Christian Relations, American-Israeli relations, and the Old Testament roots of New Testament Christianity.
- Launch Point Entrepreneurship Club
- Launch Point Entrepreneurship Club fosters a creative environment and the entrepreneurial spirit through speakers, entrepreneurship workshops, innovation challenges, and events. It is a place where you can pitch ideas, learn about idea generation, and make connections with other entrepreneurs.
- Mental Health Awareness Club
- PLNU's Mental Health Awareness Club is aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues through educational and preventive measures. They strive to provide a safe environment open to anyone interested in or affected by mental health.
- Microfinance Club
- The Microfinance Club exists to provide awareness and professional experience in the field of microfinance. They do this through bringing highly-regarded speakers to speak with students, providing gateways to internships and research opportunities, and spreading awareness of the need to help the underprivileged of the world who may live on less than $2 a day.
- Peace Through Plants
- Peace Through Plants is a student-led group focused on the ways that plant-based living can change our world, and all creation on it, for the better.
- SEAA (Students for Environmental Action and Awareness)
- SEAA club hopes to inspire and educate students about sustainable practices through actions and changes on campus and within our coastal community. This club exists to show the small and big initiatives an individual can take to protect the environment.
- Social Work Club
- This club strives to serve in areas of noticeable need within the community, to provide a social outlet for students wherein they can voice opinions and find peer support. The Social Work Club encourages the application of academic endeavors to develop a better understanding of the social work profession campus-wide.
- Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)
- YAF aims to promote the conservative movement on college campuses.
- Appreciation Anonymous
- Appreciation Anonymous seeks to put students in the mindset of a gracious and thankful heart, through the contemplative practice of writing letters to others.
- Dungeons & Dragons Club
- Dungeons & Dragons Club strives to provide a safe and enjoyable space for PLNU students and faculty to play Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop games.
- French Club
- The French Club seeks to create a multicultural dynamic for students at Point Loma Nazarene University through monthly French events where we gather to celebrate French arts, films, food, and culture!
- Knit that Naz
- Kint that Naz loves to knit (or crochet)! Come join them to relax and de-stress before a busy week, and meet tons of new friends!
- Loma's Helmet Club
- Marketing Club
- Pace PLNU
- PLNU Body of Ornithology & Birding Society
- The PLNU Body of Ornithology & Birding Society is concerned with nature and learning about the over four-hundred species of birds that you can watch and admire around San Diego!
- Rubik's Cube Club
- Student Veterans Organization
- Young Life
Sports and Outdoors
- Blades of Loma
- Blades of Loma joins in fellowship together through rollerblading! All wheels are welcome to come with as they ride around Mission Beach, Liberty Station, and other locations. Their mission is to create a sense of community among a wide variety of people. All wheels are welcome, so everyone come out, meet new people, and spend time together!
- Climbing Club
- eSports Club
- The PLNU TeSPA eSports club exists to provide an opportunity for the gaming population of the student body to get together to discuss, enjoy, and play the games they love. They hope to overcome the stigma associated with online and competitive gaming that it is not an antisocial activity, but rather a strong and valuable community.
- Hiking & Adventure Club
- Loma Dives
- Men’s Volleyball
- MMA Club
- Rowing Club
- Rugby Club
- The PLNU Rugby Club competes in the Gold Coast Conference Intercollegiate Rugby and is a member of National Small College Rugby Organization. The program first achieved national success in 2005, finishing fifth in USA Rugby Division II. Recently, the club won back-to-back Western Region Challenge Cup Championships in Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017, finishing second and third, respectively. The program is led by a paid coaching staff with years of experience.
- Spikeball Club
- Paddling Club
- PLFC Women's Club Soccer
- Surf Club
- Surf Team
- Ultimate Frisbee Club
- PLNU Ultimate Frisbee Club seeks to teach students teamwork and cohesiveness in a high-energy sports setting.
- Wake & Ski Club
- Want to wakeboard and waterski on Mission Bay with friends from PLNU? Join the Wake & Ski Club!
- Women's Club Volleyball
- The Women's Club Volleyball Team is a chance for athletes to continue to play at a competitive level without a huge time commitment. They participate in the Southern California Collegiate Volleyball League and play in tournaments with other colleges in Southern California.
- Women’s Horse Polo
- The Women’s Polo Club at PLNU is a US Polo Association recognized college polo team. The members of the club compete against other universities across the United States representing PLNU.
Speech and Debate Team
If you haven’t yet heard, PLNU has the best speech and debate team in the nation — and that’s not hyperbole or pride speaking. Over the past 20 years, our debaters have cumulatively outscored their competitors by at least a third more points than the second place team.
Students for Environmental Action and Awareness Club (SEAA)
Put your passion for sustainability and protecting the environment in action by joining the Students for Environmental Action and Awareness Club (SEAA). Tend your own plot in our on-campus community garden, attend our awareness events, or even minor in sustainability!
As a member of ROTC in your chosen branch of service, you’ll receive the skills and experience needed to be an officer in the U.S. military. You’ll be trained as a future leader while completing your bachelor’s degree program. ROTC scholarships are also available to cover the partial and full cost of tuition for all four years.
Didn’t find the club you were looking for?
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Associated Student Body
The Associated Student Body (ASB) is a student government structure that provides student-sponsored educational, social, cultural, religious, and service opportunities for students. ASB coordinates student organizations and campus events for students, faculty, and staff. As a member of ASB, you’ll help plan major campus events like ‘80s Skate Night, Movie at the Greek, Homecoming, and more.
The Student Senate is a group made up of four student representatives from each class, who meet once a week and aid in creating the goals and objectives of the ASB Board of Directors. This group is exposed to various administrators and issues across campus. They are also able to voice their opinions and suggestions about campus issues at each meeting.
Representatives are also responsible for talking to the students they live with to receive their feedback, and for making their fellow students aware of the actions of the ASB Board of Directors, what is going on at the administrative level, and the thoughts of the student body.
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Sports and Recreation
PLNU Surf Team
Grab your wetsuit and hit the waves with our national champion surf team! Our Surf Team competes in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA), which is the highest amateur competitive surfing association in the United States and has consistently taken home the top spot in the overall school rankings.
The Way Wilderness Orientation
The Way Wilderness Orientation is a weeklong excursion for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Take some time in nature to consider your life, community, and God in a new perspective as you start your college journey at PLNU.
When you need a break from studying, why not learn how to rock climb, snorkel, or canoe? Great Escapes trips take you to the desert, ocean, or mountains so you can relax and get a dose of adventure at the same time!
Ministry and Spiritual Growth
Ministry and Spiritual Growth
- Alpha Groups
- Created Space
- Creative and Visiting Ministries
- Discipleship Groups
- Homeless Ministries
- Ministry with Mexico
- Spiritual Mentoring
- Spiritual Retreats
- Tutoring and Mentoring Ministries
- Worship Teams
Teach English in a rural school in Maetang, Thailand. Play soccer with kids in Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo. Proclaim the good news from the heights of the Andes. Through our LoveWorks short-term mission program, you can join more than 3,000 students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have served with churches around the world.
Ministry with México
Travel across our nearby international border on student-led day trips, weekend border pilgrimages to study complex immigration and border issues, and an annual Spring Break Build where we build a church in one week alongside Dr. Brower and other PLNU administrators, faculty and staff.
Designed for first-semester freshmen, Alpha Groups provide a space for you to share your faith journey and process your college experience with others in a supportive group environment.
Other Events & Opportunities
Undergraduate Summer Research
Work with faculty each summer studying subjects ranging from marine fauna in deep-sea habitats, to novel cancer treatments, behaviors of large mammals in the Costa Rican cloud forest, and so much more!
Offices of Strengths & Vocation
Find out how to dress for success, nail an interview, and network with the best by checking out our Offices of Strengths & Vocation. You can also explore career fields and find out which jobs might best fit your strengths and interests.
Join the many PLNU students who study abroad, and you can study Shakespeare in a London coffee shop, discuss the relationship between race and religion in a South African soccer stadium, or fulfill your environmental science requirements while hiking in a Costa Rica rainforest (among many countless other possibilities.)