Point Loma Nazarene University

Private, Four-years School Located in San Diego, CA

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How much is the PLNU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, PLNU's tuition & fees is $43,550.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $59,554 when a student lives on-campus.

PLNU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$43,550
Books & Supplies Costs$1,152
On-campus Room & Board$11,800
On-campus Expenses$3,052
Off-campus Room & Board$17,784
Off-campus Expenses$4,860
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$41,100

How Much Does it Cost to Go to PLNU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $201,755 at PLNU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $267,355. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $189,405.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$46,146$61,593$43,764
Sophomore (2024-25)$48,897$64,962$46,071
Junior (2025-26)$51,812$68,521$48,503
Senior (2026-27)$54,900$72,279$51,067
4 Years Total$201,755$267,355$189,405
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$48,897$64,962$46,071
Sophomore (2025-26)$51,812$68,521$48,503
Junior (2026-27)$54,900$72,279$51,067
Senior (2027-28)$58,173$76,247$53,772
4 Years Total$213,781$282,009$199,413
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$51,812$68,521$48,503
Sophomore (2026-27)$54,900$72,279$51,067
Junior (2027-28)$58,173$76,247$53,772
Senior (2028-29)$61,641$80,439$56,624
4 Years Total$226,525$297,486$209,966
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$54,900$72,279$51,067
Sophomore (2027-28)$58,173$76,247$53,772
Junior (2028-29)$61,641$80,439$56,624
Senior (2029-30)$65,315$84,867$59,631
4 Years Total$240,028$313,832$221,094
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$58,173$76,247$53,772
Sophomore (2028-29)$61,641$80,439$56,624
Junior (2029-30)$65,315$84,867$59,631
Senior (2030-31)$69,208$89,543$62,804
4 Years Total$254,337$331,096$232,831

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, PLNU' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $23,111.
Point Loma Nazarene University$43,550
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between PLNU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Point Loma Nazarene UniversitySan Diego, CA$43,550$11,880
University of Southern IndianaEvansville, IN$22,573$20,904
Mount Marty UniversityYankton, SD$33,100$14,264
Rosemont CollegeRosemont, PA$22,171$12,780
Saint Martin's UniversityLacey, WA$44,210$16,252
Centenary UniversityHackettstown, NJ$37,732$19,350
Mercy CollegeDobbs Ferry, NY$22,106$18,960
Methodist UniversityFayetteville, NC$39,664$43,365
Whitworth UniversitySpokane, WA$50,920$12,924
Berry CollegeMount Berry, GA$40,416$12,960
University of BridgeportBridgeport, CT$35,760$21,786

Financial Aid and COA

At Point Loma Nazarene University, 3,168 students (100%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $16,826.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at PLNU is $42,728 for students living on-campus and $50,520 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 662 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $19,422 and the average amount of student loans is $7,511.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$59,554
COA (off-campus)$67,346
Tuition & Fees$43,550
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$16,004
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$23,796
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$42,728
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$50,520
Average Financial Aid$16,826
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship3,168100%$16,826
Pell Grants73423%$4,528
Federal Student Loan1,53848%$7,260
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid662100%-
Grants or Scholarships662100%$19,422
Federal Grants662100%$1,904
Pell Grants9815%$5,021
Other Federal Grants662100%$1,161
State/Local Grants11718%$8,769
Institutional Grants62695%$16,886
Student Loan Aid32349%$7,511
Federal Student Loans32048%$5,195
Other Student Loans335%$23,135

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

PLNU's acceptance rate is 83.66%. A total of 3,060 applicants applied to and 2,560 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 662 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 25.86%.
To apply to PLNU, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and Recommendations. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate83.66%90.66%80.34%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)25.86%26.32%25.61%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Considered But Not Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

Point Loma Nazarene University has a total of 4,319 students including 3,154 undergraduate and 1,165 graduate students. By gender, there are 1,461 male students and 2,984 female students attending PLNU. The school offers online degree programs and 537 students enrolled online exclusively (12.43% of all students).
Total4,445 1,4612,984
Undergraduate3,174 1,0902,084
Graduate1,271 371900

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered67 Programs
Online Program Offered3 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered12 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate81.93%
Student Population4,319
Graduation Rate75%
Transfer-out Rate19%
Retention Rate85%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate13 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties149 (Full-time), 242 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs596 (Full-time), 279 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$95,035
Average Staff Salary$64,463