The Point Loma campus, located on San Diego’s picturesque Point Loma peninsula, is a 93-acre plot first established as an educational site by the Theosophical Society of America and has been occupied since by Balboa University, California Western College, and United States International University. The early occupants of the site erected a number of wooden buildings, some of which have been renovated and are still in use as designated historical sites. Since 1995, many new classroom, office, and residence halls have been added to the historic buildings to provide a unique campus setting. Recently added facilities include an expanded athletic complex, the Fermanian School of Business and Business Center, the Cooper Music Center with its 400-seat Crill Performance Hall, Ryan Library and Learning Center, Colt Hall, Nicholson Commons, Draper Hall, Smee Hall (School of Theology and Christian Ministry), Bond Academic Center, Sator Hall, Latter Hall, and the Prescott Prayer Chapel. Buildings of historical interest include the Greek Amphitheatre, first of its type to be built in the United States; Mieras Hall, built in 1901 by the Spalding family; and Cabrillo Hall, originally the home of Madame Katherine Tingley, leader of the Theosophical Society.
Other Teaching Locations
PLNU’s additional location in the Mission Valley area is a 51,000 square-foot structure and houses offices and classrooms for the graduate and adult degree completion programs in clinical counseling, education, and business administration. This facility brings Point Loma’s programs nearer to the heart of the city. The first floor houses Graduate Services, and the remainder of the facility features the Whitcomb Family Prayer Chapel, classrooms, graduate, and adult degree completion programs.
Located in the culturally diverse San Joaquin Valley, the university’s additional location in Bakersfield is committed to serve Kern County and the surrounding areas. The Bakersfield facility is centrally located for the convenience of students and accessible from Route 99 and all major connectors to the area. Classes are held in instructional facilities conducive to the delivery of higher education in a pleasant atmosphere.
Ryan Library supports student learning in an environment that combines the traditional values of the liberal arts university with the technological advances of the 21st century. Library faculty and staff are dedicated to serving the information needs of students, faculty, and all others affiliated with the university. The library is home to a variety of comfortable learning spaces: rooms for group work and projects, clusters of soft seating, areas for quiet study, and more. In addition, Ryan Library is home to over 170,000 volumes including books, periodicals, and several specialized collections. The library also subscribes to numerous online databases, many of which provide full-text access. For items not held by the library, InterLibrary Loan services provide access to resources located throughout the region and the world. Online access to library resources and services is available through the Ryan Library webpage at http://www.pointloma.edu/library. In classroom settings and one-on-one consultations, librarians teach students how to find appropriate resources, create effective search strategies, and evaluate online information. The work of the library faculty and staff fosters the pursuit of knowledge, excellence in teaching and learning, and respect for inquiry and diverse points of view.
The San Diego main campus of Point Loma Nazarene University is not only a garden spot overlooking the San Diego Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It also is home to several collections and works of public art.
Paintings from the Spiros John Karras Collection of California Plein Air paintings, housed primarily in Cooper Music Center, are prominently displayed for public viewing. The Fischer Collection (a rare and unique set of matched, hand-made string instruments for use by faculty and student string quartets) is housed in Cooper Music Center and may be viewed and heard in public recitals.
Ryan Library has two collections of note: special collections of the writings of Arminius and John Wesley and the William C. and Frances Vaughters collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. In addition to these collections, the campus is home to various works of art. As a former center for the Theosophical Society, original buildings feature interior woodworking by Reginald Machel. Ryan Library houses sculptures of the artist Scott Stearman and an original Norman Rockwell painting created for use as a Saturday Evening Post cover.
Two monumental works of sculpture grace the campus in Point Loma: The Calling, by Scott Stearman, and Centenary Passage, by Peter Mitten. The first was presented to the university by the Women’s Auxiliary to portray Jesus’ calling of the disciple Peter as a symbol of the “divine calling to all, the assurance of Christ’s constant companionship, and the invitation to become fishers of men.” The second is a 10-foot work of granite and bronze created by local artist and former Point Loma Nazarene University faculty member in the Department of Art and Design. It was commissioned to commemorate the university’s centennial during the 2001-2002 academic year.
Information Technology Resources
Internet Services (Email and Web)
Students can conduct research and communication using the campus wireless network. Each student is given a network account, an email account (which may be used after graduation), and a network area for storing files, presentations, assignments, attachments, etc. In addition to telephone and written correspondence, email is a recognized means of official university-to-student communication. Students are expected to read their university email on a regular basis. When away from the university, students can access their email account via the web. Students are also able to go online to register for classes, check grades, and view their class schedule and other student information in their portal. The Student Portal may be accessed at http://my.pointloma.edu.
Graduate students have access to a variety of technology resources - at the additional locations, as well as from their homes and offices. Wireless Internet access is available at each additional location allowing access to the Internet, as well as the following PLNU resources:
Assistance for PLNU-related technology is available for all graduate students by phone and email:
All classrooms at each of the additional locations are equipped with hardware to assist both students and instructors in the presentation of course material. This includes a DVD player, data projector, digital presenter, and computer.
Students may purchase the Microsoft Office suite at a discounted rate through journeyed.com. Students are also provided anti-virus software at a significant discount. Discounts on additional software, as well as both Apple and Microsoft hardware are also available through PLNU.
Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety exists to provide a safe living, learning, and working environment for university students and employees. The department operates 24/7 and staffs Point Loma, Liberty Station, and Mission Valley locations. It does not maintain a presence at the Bakersfield site.
The Department of Public Safety encourages victims and witnesses to report crimes and suspicious activity to local law enforcement and to administrative offices of regional teaching locations. PLNU maintains an emergency plan and all campuses participate in biannual emergency drills.
Additional resources regarding campus safety are available at the website maintained by the Department of Public Safety (https://www.pointloma.edu/offices/public-safety). Students may also contact Public Safety at (619) 849-2525 for assistance 24 hours a day.