Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
2,350
Tuition
$29,510
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 601 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Beautiful right next to the ocean

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great food but hard to get there b/c I don't have a car

College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car so I cannot rate parking

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Feel safe walking by myself late at night. Plus guys are more than willing to walk girls back to their dorms at night

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No pressure to do anything because its not allowed

4 College Freshman

Athletics: People get really into the basketball games

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have a great scholarship for science honors, and I need to keep my GPA at 3.5

5 College Freshman

Majors: Very happy. The science program is very difficult, but very esteemed.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are very attractive, but the ratio is not favorable for us girls.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Our school is very strict about the rules. Many of the rules here don't even exist at other schools

5 College Freshman

Weather: Beautiful most days, and the ocean view is incomparable to any other.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Freshman can't have cars, but they really make a difference

2 College Freshman

Parking: The parking is very scarce because the campus is on an eroding cliff. When there are special events on campus, then parking is a nightmare for the typical student, but Public Safety does a good job with event parking and closing off spaces. Parking is distinguished by colored spaces. Many people get ticketed and get mad about it, but the rules are pretty clear. Temporary permits are free, but all residents are required to have permits.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are multiple scholarships available at the school, plus FAFSA and Cal-Grant for California residents, but it's definitely not enough to cover all of the costs. If you want scholarships, then apply for department scholarships, and if you have musical talent, then apply for a music scholarship. Academic and athletic scholarships will get you the most money.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computer labs, both Mac and PC, that are available to students. However, most students have their own personal laptops and tablets because the campus WiFi is good. There is WiFi everywhere on campus. Generally the network is reliable and fast. Printers are a good thing to have, but all students get 15 dollars in printing money, and the printing in the library is reliable. It's all a matter of convenience, though.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: No alcohol or drugs are allowed on campus, which I find to be very helpful. It's generally looked down upon to engage in those activities. They've loosened up on certain policies over the years that were too strict, such as dances, dress code, and open hours. The professors take attendance and that affects out grade.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are a great option at Loma. About 75% of the students live or have lived on campus, and the community is tightly knit. Nease is my favorite freshman dorm because it's the closest dorm to the main class and facility buildings. Dorms on South Campus are farther away but have a better ocean view. Any dorm can be great with the right people. Cost is high for the dorms, but it's worth the money; there are 3 and 4 person rooms available for a more affordable cost.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: People don't do nightlife at Point Loma. For any sort of nightlife that involves more than Netflix and food, get off campus. ASB does some fun night events like dances and game nights, but anything related to alcohol, clubbing, and partying is found at SDSU or Downtown.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you can get there, there are lots of areas in San Diego that have vibrant cultural events and good fun. There are various beaches and boardwalks, Chicano Park and Latino cultural events, Balboa Park, Downtown San Diego (which has shops, malls, theatres, and Symphony Hall), and other events. Downtown isn't safe to wander alone at night, but everywhere requires common sense when it comes to safety. The local attitude towards students depends on the amount of students that come to a certain area. Most places will be nice to you.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is a fair variety of interests on campus. People generally try to blend in with their physical appearance, partially out of respect and partially because it's rare to see "punk" or "goth" styles. Dress is beach casual or workout clothing, or just comfortable clothing. People generally try to be "intentional" with their relationships on campus, which is respectful but sometimes takes the excitement out of romance. Everyone tries to be friends first before dating.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Forget going anywhere off-campus without a car unless you're willing to take triple the amount of time to get there. Off-campus shuttles are free but only run on weekends and on the hour; plus, they don't wait for people and you can't reach them on either number provided to call them.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I work for Public Safety, and there are very little incidents that occur. Most of the issues involve parking tickets. There are officers on duty around the clock who patrol in vehicles and on foot. They check the buildings on every shift, and dispatchers are required to check cameras. We haven't had a major violence, kidnapping, or rape incident in a long time.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are off-campus apartments, but they cost the same as an on-campus dorm and it doesn't have a meal plan. Other than that, you should plan on either commuting from your parent's house or get married.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: PLNU is laid-back. It exemplifies the ideal San Diego life at a college campus. Generally, people strive to be genuine and unique, but not stand out too much. The Spanish program is great and the professors strive to get the students involved in the community, which is what the University as a whole focuses on. It's easy to get caught up in the "Point Loma Bubble" because of lack of transportation, though. Many people are stuck in that bubble, comfortable and unwilling to move outside that zone, but those who really push to live outside that are not an extinct breed. The Music deportment is wonderful, as well as the Communication department. Managerial & Organizational Communication is a unique and comprehensive major with wonderful professors.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Compared to other schools, our cafeteria is very elaborate and they make a conscious effort to try new things. Over this past year alone, they've had some stumbling blocks, but they do take people's opinions into consideration. Point Break Café has good food; classic options like burgers, fries, and mac&cheese are always available there. There is a small store to get snacks too. However, everything closes around 8pm, so off-campus places are the only option late at night. Luckily we have Ortiz's.

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