When is the best time to visit campus?
We strongly recommend you visit campus on a weekday, during the school year. This will give you the opportunity to get a feel for what the PLNU community is like when our students are on campus. You can attend chapel, visit a class, attend a student-led campus tour, and stay overnight in a residence hall.
While we hope you can visit PLNU during a weekday, we realize not everyone has the flexibility to visit PLNU during traditional school or work hours. Because of that, we offer an additional opportunity to experience PLNU: Sunset Tours (Thursday evening visits).
We also offer Preview Day events, which are one more way to get a glimpse into life at PLNU. Preview Days provide a one-of-a-kind exposure to PLNU, offering the chance to go a bit deeper than the average campus visit. And the best part — you get to visit campus and experience life at PLNU alongside hundreds of other students who are in the same position you’re in.
How far in advance do we need to schedule our visit?
We’re usually able to accommodate tours with 24 hours' notice. However, if you want to meet with someone in person, we’ll need a little more notice. All requests to sit in on a class or do an overnight stay need to be made at least two weeks in advance.
I’m going on a campus tour. What can I expect?
One of our admissions counselors will give a 15 to 20 minute information session, which will include a time for general questions. You will then go on a tour of campus, led by one of our current students. This typically lasts just over an hour, passing all the academic buildings and overlooking the athletic fields on campus. It also includes a visit to the library, our student union building, and more. Please make sure to wear comfortable shoes!
I want to meet with my admissions counselor. Should I schedule an interview or a meeting?
If you have general questions about the admissions process, or simply about PLNU, we’re happy to schedule a time for you to meet with an admissions counselor. If you’re a high school senior or transfer student considering applying to PLNU and would like to complete your admissions interview (an optional part of the application process), we can schedule a 30-minute interview with your admissions counselor. Please keep in mind that these interviews need to be scheduled prior to the application deadline.
I’m interested in visiting a class. How does that work? And can my parents join me?
We understand the importance of being able to experience a class at PLNU and want to make that happen for you! When you plan your visit, please let us know if you’re interested in sitting in on a class, and we’ll do our best to plan accordingly. This process typically requires communicating with multiple professors and/or departmental staff, so please allow two weeks for planning purposes. Due to space constraints, the class visits are for students only. If your parents really want to join you, we’re happy to check with the professor to see if that’s possible, but unless you’ve been given special permission, the class visit is just for you. Remember to be on time to the classes that have been scheduled for you. And let us know if you’d like an admissions staff member to walk you to class — we’re happy to do so!
Can I stay overnight in a residence hall?
Yes! We offer overnight stays Monday through Thursday nights for prospective students between the ages of 16 and 23. This is a great opportunity to experience what it’s like to live at PLNU, as you'll be staying with one of our volunteer hosts (all of whom are current students). Our rooms aren’t equipped with extra beds, so please make sure to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. There is a $15 non-refundable charge for overnight stays — and you’ll receive meal passes for the time you’re on campus.
Please allow at least two weeks' notice to schedule an overnight visit. Please call our campus visit coordinator, Kelly Miller, to schedule.
Do you provide accommodations for guests?
While we don’t provide on-campus accommodations for guests, we do have a partnership with Bartell Hotels, which have properties within 10 minutes of the San Diego airport and PLNU’s campus. They have seven hotel options that range in cost to fit almost any travel budget. Many properties also offer PLNU visitors a complimentary breakfast. Not only do these hotels provide up to a 15 percent discount for visitors — they also donate 10 percent of the total room cost to our University Fund, which benefits student scholarships. It's definitely a win-win!
Is transportation to and from your campus provided?
During our Preview Day events, we’re able to provide transportation to and from the airport or train station during our office hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). If you’re looking for an inexpensive and reliable shuttle service, we recommend Cloud9. You can also catch a cab to our campus, as we’re located a mere 12 minutes from the San Diego airport.
Can I meet with a coach while I’m on campus?
While our coaches love meeting with prospective students, we cannot always guarantee a meeting due to their busy schedules. If you’re interested in being an athlete at PLNU, please fill out our prospective athlete form. If you have questions or want to be in touch with a coach, you can find contact information for each of our coaches on our Athletics page.
Can I meet with someone regarding financial aid?
Absolutely! The Office of Student Financial Services is located right across the hall from admissions, and it takes walk-ins. You can visit that office before or after going on your campus tour. You can also give the office a call at (619) 849-2538.