Point Loma Nazarene University: Narrative Description

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3900 Lomaland Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106-2899
Tel: (619)849-2200
Free: 800-733-7770
Admissions: (619)849-2273
Fax: (619)849-2579
Web Site: http://www.ptloma.edu/


Independent Nazarene, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1902. Setting: 88-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $28 million. Research spending 2003-04: $472,971. Educational spending 2003-04: $6300 per student. Total enrollment: 3,209. Faculty: 295 (134 full-time, 161 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 1,768 applied, 65% were admitted. 36% from top 10% of their high school class, 75% from top quarter, 93% from top half. 21 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,294 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 67 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 15 other countries, 22% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 2% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 3% 25 or older, 68% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at American University, Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.8 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $27,880 includes full-time tuition ($20,200), mandatory fees ($530), and college room and board ($7150). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $842 per unit. Part-time mandatory fees: $20 per unit. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all; national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: Chi Delta Psi, Psi Omega Theta, SNAPL (nurses association), Chi Beta Sigma. Major annual events: homecoming, Christmas Messiah Concert. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,637 college housing spaces available; 1,613 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Ryan Library with 152,377 books, 125,582 microform titles, 25,505 serials, 15,198 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $937,147. 196 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

San Diego is an area of matchless climate and spectacular scenery. Resident institutions provide ample resources in research, culture, entertainment, and recreation. They involve the University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University; University of San Diego; San Diego Symphony; San Diego Opera; Scripps Institute of Oceanography; Palomar Observatory; and Balboa Park with its world famous Zoo, Natural History Museum, Fine Arts Gallery, Old Globe Theatre, Museum of Man, Photographic Arts Museum, Aerospace Museum, Starlight Opera, and Reuben H. Fleet Space Theatre and Museum. Los Angeles is two and one-half hours driving time to the north and Mexico thirty minutes to the south. The Laguna Mountains are to the east.

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