Point Loma Nazarene University

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PLNU is a Christian liberal arts university located in San Diego, CA, and sits on a 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU also offers graduate programs.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego, CA 92106

Website: pointloma.edu

Phone: 619-849-2200

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 951644035

CEO/President: Bob Brower, Ph.D.

Chairman: Rev. Doug Pierce

Board size: 29

Founder: Dr. Phineas F. Bresee

Ruling year: 1937

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2014


Discovering Vocation, Expanding Horizons, Deepening Faith, Transforming Communities

Mission statement

Point Loma Nazarene University exists to provide higher education in a vital Christian community where minds are engaged and challenged, character is modeled and formed, and service is an expression of faith. Being of Wesleyan heritage, we strive to be a learning community where truth is pursued, grace is foundational, and holiness is a way of life.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating762 of 110495 of 129
Fund acquisition rating580 of 110569 of 129
Resource allocation rating1067 of 1105125 of 129
Asset utilization rating367 of 110440 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$10,880,994$10,668,035$9,254,224$10,786,933$10,942,462
Short-term investments$39,215,999$41,744,277$41,477,175$39,923,509$29,902,029
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$109,286,652$92,573,934$84,559,604$77,041,425$75,089,341
Long-term investments$2,058,520$2,310,051$2,521,352$4,171$0
Fixed assets$130,866,166$130,506,963$111,353,649$114,671,138$104,534,441
Other long-term assets$7,268,514$5,581,745$1,345,271$3,414,972$3,971,490
Total long-term assets$140,193,200$138,398,759$115,220,272$118,090,281$108,505,931
Total assets$249,479,852$230,972,693$199,779,876$195,131,706$183,595,272
Payables and accrued expenses$9,993,321$10,652,614$7,209,466$8,613,432$7,240,840
Other current liabilities$7,253,814$8,070,316$7,836,616$7,013,755$6,941,773
Total current liabilities$17,247,135$18,722,930$15,046,082$15,627,187$14,182,613
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$15,618,168$11,898,418$11,911,793$9,456,752$8,297,144
Total long-term liabilities$79,787,765$69,568,776$55,248,806$56,228,876$56,466,198
Total liabilities$97,034,900$88,291,706$70,294,888$71,856,063$70,648,811
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$144,336,523$136,727,072$123,512,606$117,936,568$108,286,700
With donor restrictions$8,108,429$5,953,915$5,972,382$5,339,075$4,659,761
Net assets$152,444,952$142,680,987$129,484,988$123,275,643$112,946,461
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$15,990,043$16,661,712$8,797,534$5,953,545$4,871,806
Program service revenue$152,170,985$138,569,173$140,568,278$144,154,491$137,953,607
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,383,611$2,101,718$1,857,064$1,697,271$1,408,032
Other revenue$181,125$96,833($8,707)($45,077)($559,032)
Total other revenue$153,735,721$140,767,724$142,416,635$145,806,685$138,802,607
Total revenue$169,725,764$157,429,436$151,214,169$151,760,230$143,674,413
Program services$103,846,667$113,917,592$92,857,838$103,326,792$111,830,920
Management and general$53,584,256$28,555,919$49,792,461$35,792,081$19,716,650
Total expenses$159,137,421$144,039,346$144,325,553$140,776,069$133,159,364
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$10,588,343$13,390,090$6,888,616$10,984,161$10,515,049
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$10,588,343$13,390,090$6,888,616$10,984,161$10,515,049


Robert BrowerPresident$439,386
Alison ReaserChief Economist$302,670
Kerry FulcherProvost$283,495
Joseph D LaLuzerneVP of Finance$259,109
Kelly SmithVP of University Advancement$239,797
Corey FlingChief Information Officer$198,182
Dan BotheSchool Dean$192,614
Catherine SmithVP of Student Dev$177,523

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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When Dr. Phineas F. Bresee responded to the growing need for a Christian college in the Los Angeles area, God used him to answer the heartfelt prayers of a group of six women who called themselves the Bible College Prayer Circle. The group had come together in 1897, and on July 28, 1902, their prayers were answered. Bresee founded and became the first president of Pacific Bible College, which would become Pasadena College and later Point Loma Nazarene University. The women had envisioned a Bible college, but Bresee's vision was for a liberal arts institution. He believed spiritual and academic learning went hand-in-hand. That legacy is still with us today, as PLNU remains committed to the liberal arts and to whole-person education.

Pacific Bible College began with 41 students. In 1910, Bresee purchased the Hugus Ranch land in Pasadena and fulfilled his dream of creating not just a Bible college but a holiness university. Nazarene University opened in 1910 and from its beginning included male and female students.

By 1919, the name of the school had changed again to Pasadena College.

In 1964, W. Shelburne Brown became president of Pasadena College. He was instrumental in moving the college from its original location in Pasadena to its new Point Loma, San Diego, home in 1973.

Dr. Bob Brower, PLNU's current president, was inaugurated in 1998. In 1999, PLNU began graduate programs in education in Bakersfield and Mission Valley. A graduate program in education had remained in Pasadena since the move and in 2001, it moved to Arcadia. Also in 2001, an MBA program was added in Mission Valley. PLNU now has three locations: the undergraduate campus in Point Loma and graduate programs at regional centers in Bakersfield and Mission Valley in San Diego. PLNU currently offers graduate degrees in biology, business, education, nursing, clinical counseling, kinesiology, and theology.

Bresee's commitments to the message of holiness and to helping the poor set the stage for the future work of the Church of the Nazarene and PLNU. Nazarene churches are known for their outreach, their service to those in need, and addressing issues of social justice. Though the university began with only $4,000 in pledges, God has been faithful. Today, PLNU is home to more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

There is a Bible on campus, encased in protective glass, that belonged to Phineas Bresee. It's opened to Isaiah 62, the chapter Bresee claimed for the school. Permanently marked with his fingerprints, it displays a double message: God's words in Isaiah 62 and Bresee's love for those words. It's a message of being grounded in Scripture, of pursuing a well-rounded education and serving the poor out of a primary and intense love for God and His Word. Bresee died in 1915, but his message still resonates. In fact, it defines PLNU.

Program accomplishments

15:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
$49.1 million in grant and scholarship aid awarded to PLNU students in 2020-21
Top 5 ranked most selective Christian college in the U.S.
90% medical school acceptance rate