Admission Requirements and Procedures
As a Christian institution providing higher education in the liberal arts and selected professional areas, Point Loma Nazarene University offers admission to qualified applicants of moral character, personal maturity, and intellectual ability. Preference is given to those who share the ideals and objectives of the university, and whose self-directive capabilities might enable them to profit in an optimal way from its total program of learning and developmental experiences. The Enrollment Management Committee of the faculty has ultimate responsibility for admission and readmission to the university. The university maintains a policy of non-discrimination in the admission of students.
All necessary forms in the process of application may be obtained from the Admissions Office. In preparation for initial entrance or readmission, applicants are encouraged to file the appropriate forms early in the process. Admission to the university does not in itself assure the student of housing, financial aid, or other necessary arrangements. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make such arrangements with the appropriate office. February 15 is the priority deadline for admission to the university for the fall semester.
Admission to Freshman Standing
Students may apply as early as the fall semester of their senior year in high school or one year prior to transfer from another college or university. First-year applicants may apply for early action or regular admission. Early action is an option reserved for students who have made Point Loma Nazarene University one of their top-choice institutions providing notification by December 20. The deadline for early action is November 15 and requires receipt of all admission materials, including transcripts and test scores. Applicants for the February 15 regular admission priority deadline and those deferred from Early Action may receive notification between mid-March and the first week of April. Students seeking admission to the university following their secondary education must file the following with the Admissions Office:
- a formal application for admission;
- two recommendations;
- official SAT and/or ACT score reports;
- an official high school transcript or its equivalent; and
- a formal interview (strongly encouraged but not required).
The university expects applicants for admission to follow a typical preparatory course of study during their high school years. This should include the following program:
- English and literature - 4 years
- One foreign language - 2 years
- History and social sciences - 3 years
- Mathematics (through Algebra II) - 3 years
- Natural science (2 with laboratory) - 3 years
Note: Students who plan to major in mathematics or any of the sciences should include at least three years of mathematics and laboratory courses in physical or biological sciences in their high school programs.
Students who are admitted with any deficiencies in the above preparatory pattern may be required to make up such deficiencies either by taking certain courses or by demonstrating a minimum level of proficiency through acceptable scores on standardized achievement tests.
Freshmen entering Point Loma from accredited high schools have an aggregate GPA of above 3.7 and an average score of 1160 on the SAT examination (critical reading and math).
Admission of Transfer Students
Students seeking admission from accredited colleges and universities must file the following with the Admissions Office:
- a formal application for admission;
- two recommendations;
- official SAT and/or ACT score reports and an official high school transcript (for students with less than 36 completed semester units at application);
- official transcripts of all college/university course work; and
- a formal interview (recommended).
Students from accredited colleges and universities may be considered for admission provided a GPA of 2.000 has been maintained in all previous course work. Transfer applicants who have met all priority deadlines will receive notification between early February and mid-April. The university has developed articulation agreements with a number of community colleges. Transcripts submitted from non-accredited institutions are evaluated on an individual basis. Transcripts from universities outside the United States must be evaluated for the student by an independent evaluation service approved by Point Loma. Transfer students who do not have all official transcripts on file with the Admissions Office before initial registration may be admitted but will not be allowed to register for the following semester until all transcripts are on file. Issues related to proper placement are addressed below under “Advanced Placement.”
Students from community colleges may transfer in a maximum of 70 applicable units toward the baccalaureate degree at Point Loma. All courses taken at a community college transfer as lower-division units only.
Admission of International Students
Point Loma Nazarene University welcomes students from all over the world. Students for whom English is not the native language must demonstrate English language proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), available through the Educational Testing Service, Box 955, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. A score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL is required, or 216 on the computer-based exam, or 80 for the TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT). International students seeking admission to the university must file the following documents with the Admissions Office:
- a formal application for admission;
- two recommendation letters;
- official evaluated transcripts (high school or university) ;
- SAT/ACT scores if the student’s native language is English or official TOEFL scores (for non-native speakers);
- an affidavit of support; and
- a formal interview (strongly recommended).
Students seeking to receive credit at the university from an institution outside the United States are required to have their foreign transcript evaluated by a service that is accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A detailed or course-by-course report is required. Official foreign transcripts are submitted to the service of choice and the evaluations subsequently submitted directly to the Office of Records. For further information, students may contact the Director of International Student Services/International Admissions Counselor.
Readmission to the University
Students who leave the university must apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions, meeting calendar deadlines and making deposits as required. Students whose continuous enrollment is not interrupted by more than one semester may remain under their declared applicable Catalog. Those who are readmitted after two or more consecutive semesters of non-attendance return under the Catalog in effect at the time of readmission.
Entrance and Placement Examinations
All applicants for admission to the university are required to take either the ACT Assessment of the American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT) of the College Board. These tests are administered at high schools and university test centers throughout the United States. The scores earned are used for placement in certain courses. The Point Loma Nazarene University SAT testing code is 4605; the ACT code is 0370. Entering students who have not taken the entrance examination are required to meet this requirement after arrival.
First-Year Experience (FYE)
Educating the Student…Developing the Student… Serving the Student. This is the focus of Point Loma Nazarene University’s First-Year Experience (FYE) program. FYE includes academic and personal development activities and services that strive to be as seamless as possible. The goal of Point Loma’s FYE is to support and facilitate the transition to university life as students learn how to take responsibility in seeking to develop skills to meet the challenges of higher education, self-awareness and understanding of others, the enjoyment of a wide variety of services, and setting the course to enter into the community of faithful learners.
New Student Orientation (NSO)
An important component of the First-Year Experience at Point Loma Nazarene University is a program known as New Student Orientation (NSO). An intensive orientation to all aspects of student life at the university, NSO welcomes students and families to the main campus for a three-day series of events that focus on issues such as academic life, residential life, adjustment to the challenges of a university education, financing one’s education, and enjoyable social events. The NSO experience is the culmination of mailings and website offerings prepared and administered by a cross-section of the university community, including staff, faculty, and student leaders. NSO is offered both in August and in January.
Learning Experiences for Academic Progress (LEAP)
Learning Experiences for Academic Progress (LEAP) provides a small group of freshmen with a year of selected activities, structured academic programming, and on-campus support services in order to increase academic success, retention, and degree attainment. The LEAP experience is designed to assist students with the transition from high school into a four-year, residential environment by providing a network of educational, personal, social, and spiritual support for one academic year. The year-long Freshman Studies Seminar (FST 100 , FST 101 ) focuses on study skills, motivational issues, and the institutional and personal resources that can contribute to academic success. In addition to curricular programming and academic enrichment, purposeful and holistic co-curricular opportunities are incorporated into LEAP. Faculty members, along with professionals from Academic Advising, Engagement and Retention, and Residential Life, serve as advocates and facilitators to encourage students to achieve their educational goals. The program places a significant emphasis on the university-level writing and reasoning skills necessary to promote student learning.
In the fall semester, LEAP students take a maximum of 14 units and receive tutorial services. At the conclusion of the fall semester, LEAP students with a GPA of 2.000 or above will be removed from academic probation for the spring semester and limited to 15 units of coursework. LEAP students with GPA of 2.8000 or above are given permission to enroll in additional coursework (not to exceed a total of 17 units of which LEAP will choose 15 ). LEAP students who complete the fall semester with a GPA of 1.800 to 1.999 will continue on academic probation in the spring semester with a limit of 15 units. Students who fail to achieve a C- or better in FST 100 , WRI 099 , or FST 101 or who fail to achieve a GPA of 1.8000 or better are not allowed to continue in the following semester. Failure to achieve normal academic status (GPA at or above 2.000) at the conclusion of the spring semester will result in disqualification from the university.
(PSY 101 )
Typical of many institutions of quality, Point Loma Nazarene University offers a freshman seminar required of all first-time freshmen in their first year of study. Presented in a unique combination of colloquium, lecture, and small-group laboratory experience, the seminar is designed to assist the student in understanding Point Loma Nazarene University as an academic, religious, and social culture. The semester-long experience features guest speaker, films, panels, and a variety of settings in which theories and issues in psychology are related to the student’s own level of need to develop mentally, spiritually, and socially.
Integrated Semester for Freshmen (ISF)
A learning community experience, PLNU’s Integrated Semester for Freshmen (ISF) is a one-semester fall program of five classes and sixteen units open to 48 first-year students. Professors from several departments plan together for thematic studies and discussions that provide a unique synergism for cross-disciplinary learning. Other emphases of the program include writing across the curriculum, the development of a dynamic, close-knit learning community, and achieving an academically successful first semester. All courses in this program fulfill undergraduate graduation requirements in general education. An activity fee covers costs of special activities including a mid-week retreat and a cultural event.
Course Challenge Programs
Students may use a variety of vehicles for meeting graduation requirements other than in the traditional classroom. These include the Advanced Placement (AP) program sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board, approved on-line courses, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. (See also Transfer Credit.)
Advanced Placement Program (AP)
Entering students who have satisfactory scores on AP examinations may receive credit in applicable areas of the curriculum. A score of four or five receives six units of credit where appropriate.
First-time freshman students who enter with advanced standing by a variety of means open to them are required, nevertheless, to fulfill the normal freshman experiences, even when the number of transcripted units exceeds the technical category of freshman. These include PSY 101 , WRI 110 (or its equivalent), and BIB 101 -BIB 102 , unless met by substitutions approved by the Vice Provost for Academic Administration.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Point Loma recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and awards advanced standing for Higher Level courses completed with a score of five or above. Official IB transcripts must be sent to the Office of Records for consideration. Credits awarded through the IB program are accepted as university credits and are not subject to the transcripting fee. For complete information, students should contact the Office of Records.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Students may earn up to 32 semester units of credit by demonstrating proficiency in Subject Examinations related to graduation requirements. Credit is awarded as recommended by the College Board, with some restrictions to certain majors and general education. Credits are awarded only after the student has earned twelve units in residence with a minimum GPA of 2.000.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The Study Abroad office creates and provides programs that directly serve the mission of the university, primarily at international sites. Specifically, these study abroad programs provide students with the opportunity to expand their understanding of global and societal issues through direct study in a culture distinct from their own. Participation in these programs amplifies and extends the “teaching, shaping, and sending” emphasis of the university mission by helping students encounter and understand changes confronting our world in the context of global community and world citizenship.
Point Loma Nazarene University cooperates in selected academic programs abroad and encourages students to consider such an experience. These programs directly support the university’s core values of providing a global perspective and experience, and the appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity. Students applying to study abroad enroll in these programs by registering with the Study Abroad office. All students must determine, in advance, with their faculty advisors and the director of Study Abroad, how courses taken through these programs will be applied to their specific graduation requirements. Furthermore, students must consider the implications of study abroad on university-funded scholarships. Additional information and application materials may be obtained on-line at www.pointloma.edu/studyabroad. Students may also e-mail the office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the office by telephone at 619-849-2972. Students who are on academic probation, or those who are not cleared by the Office of the Dean of Students, are not eligible to participate in Study Abroad programs.
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