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Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, California, United States
We are committed to shaping students’ academic, personal, and spiritual growth. This means our mission isn’t simply to prepare you for a career after you graduate — though that’s part of it — but to shape you into a thoughtful, service-minded, and engaged member of your community and world.

Master's Programmes

Education & Training (3)
Medicine & Health (2)
Business & Management (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Bresee founded and became the first president of Pacific Bible College, which would become Pasadena College and later Point Loma Nazarene University. The women had envisioned a Bible college, but Bresee’s vision was for a liberal arts institution. He believed spiritual and academic learning went hand-in-hand.

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Medical services

We are committed to making sure students at PLNU receive a safe, healthy, and overall meaningful experience. That’s why we offer several resources to ensure they are well taken care of, and thrive during their college experience.

  • The Wellness Center
  • Campus Safety
  • Student Care Group

Student Life

Campus life

  • PLNU is primarily a residential campus, meaning most of our students live on campus.  
  • Living in a residence hall can be a significant part of your time at PLNU. We see it as a challenging, rewarding way to live out our commitment to being a Christian community.    
  • Each of our residence halls has a resident director (RD), a full-time staff person who lives and works in the hall. We also have a committed team of student resident assistants (RAs) who live and work in the halls.

Sports facilities

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Martial Arts Club
  • Zumba

Student clubs

  • Alumni Association
  • Alumni Auxiliary
  • Business Alumni
  • Rugby Associates


PLNU is accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission

Student Reviews

Two Years Was (more than) Enough
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

The Visual Arts program is small and personable. Staff is more often available to students and the campus is small and easy to navigate. There is a sense of unity amongst the students, especially those who attend all four years of the program. Although the university requires many general education courses to prepare students to become well-rounded individuals, most...

San Diego, California, United States

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