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PLNU Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into PLNU? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 2,004 out of 2,809 applicants or 71% were admitted making PLNU a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores. Point Loma Nazarene University typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 1,987 822 2,809
Accepted 1,378 626 2,004
Acceptance Rate 69% 76% 71%
Enrolled 393 206 599
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 33% 30%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Point Loma Nazarene University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that PLNU regularly accepts students with ACTs of 23 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. 57 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Point Loma Nazarene University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1005. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1215 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1110 1320
SAT Reading 570 670
SAT Math 540 650
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT English 23 30
ACT Math 23 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >82%
25 to 28 Avg + 71%-82%
23 to 25 Avg - 62%-71%
21 to 23 Reach 51%-62%
Less than 21 Low <51%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >81%
1215 to 1320 Avg + 71%-81%
1110 to 1215 Avg - 59%-71%
1005 to 1110 Reach 46%-59%
Less than 1005 Low <46%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Point Loma Nazarene University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Point Loma Nazarene University was 3.78 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as PLNU accepts 71% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 56% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 12% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 8% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 4% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Point Loma Nazarene University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=121309 IPEDS survey data for Point Loma Nazarene University.



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