Point Loma Nazarene University


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 Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Website: pointloma.edu

Phone: 619-849-2200

Email: admissions@pointloma.edu

Organization details

EIN: 951644035

CEO/President: Robert Brower

Chairman: Rev. Doug Pierce

Board size: 38

Founder: Dr. Phineas F. Bresee

Year founded: 1937

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2014


Point Loma Nazarene University will be a nationally prominent Christian university and a leading Wesleyan voice in higher education and the church - known for excellence in academic preparation, wholeness in personal development, and faithfulness to mission.

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.

Statement of faith

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating345 of 72544 of 87
Fund acquisition rating456 of 72656 of 87
Resource allocation rating392 of 72650 of 87
Asset utilization rating208 of 72520 of 87

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$10,942,462$11,363,607$10,100,434$8,309,718$5,754,162
Short-term investments$29,902,029$29,501,712$6,847,269$0$1,223,407
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$75,089,341$65,528,419$56,021,061$47,152,857$43,114,779
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$1,373,660
Fixed assets$104,534,441$101,715,851$100,739,541$96,012,553$74,852,066
Other long-term assets$3,971,490$4,272,295$3,840,190$3,540,819$5,714,853
Total long-term assets$108,505,931$105,988,146$104,579,731$99,553,372$81,940,579
Total assets$183,595,272$171,516,565$160,600,792$146,706,229$125,055,358
Payables and accrued expenses$7,240,840$7,649,837$9,539,245$14,723,282$9,564,036
Other current liabilities$6,941,773$6,974,345$4,421,518$2,765,725$2,030,374
Total current liabilities$14,182,613$14,624,182$13,960,763$17,489,007$11,594,410
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$8,297,144$5,915,311$9,835,453$8,006,289$6,741,894
Total long-term liabilities$56,466,198$55,436,123$60,872,714$52,069,330$41,722,656
Total liabilities$70,648,811$70,060,305$74,833,477$69,558,337$53,317,066
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$4,611,302$5,920,090$5,054,337$3,419,451$6,619,806
Permanently restricted$48,459$48,459$48,670$48,670$98,459
Net assets$112,946,461$101,456,260$85,767,315$77,147,892$71,738,292
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,871,806$5,748,838$5,330,038$6,045,327$5,722,627
Program service revenue$137,953,607$129,225,758$118,775,014$108,763,434$106,571,702
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,408,032$793,203$694,617$582,968$395,177
Other revenue($559,032)$0($566,883)($453,147)($468,878)
Total other revenue$138,802,607$130,018,961$118,902,748$108,893,255$106,498,001
Total revenue$143,674,413$135,767,799$124,232,786$114,938,582$112,220,628
Program services$111,830,920$105,061,125$93,657,810$89,793,370$85,271,797
Management and general$19,716,650$15,289,663$18,964,972$17,953,503$20,614,867
Total expenses$133,159,364$122,122,416$114,162,602$109,410,505$106,806,111
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$10,515,049$13,645,383$10,070,184$5,528,077$5,414,517
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$10,515,049$13,645,383$10,070,184$5,528,077$5,414,517


Robert BrowerPresident$388,273
Alison ReaserChief Economist$282,909
Kerry FulcherProvost$247,253
George R Latter JrVP of Finance$232,285
Catherine SmithVP of Student Dev.$200,300
Corey FlingChief Information Officer$178,453
Michael LeihAssociate Professor$163,242
Maria ZackDepartment Chair$159,635

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2018

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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.

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