Point Loma Nazarene University is a liberal arts university located on the Point Loma oceanfront in San Diego, California. It offers quality liberal arts and professional programs on its main campus in San Diego, and select graduate and professional programs throughout the denominationís southwest educational region.
The history of Point Loma begins in 1902, when Dr. Phineas F. Bresee - a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church - founded Pacific Bible College in Los Angeles at the urging of several laypersons. Its aim was to train ministerial and lay leadership for the new denomination. The college was renamed Deets Pacific Bible College, in 1905.
After acquiring the Hugus Ranch property in Pasadena in 1910, the college campus was shifted to that site and was named Nazarene University. A theological dispute in 1917, forced half the student body to depart, leaving the university nearly bankrupt. But the board of trustees managed to save it and they renamed the school Pasadena University.
In the next few decades, the school grew vastly, receiving accreditation from Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools in 1943, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, in 1949. To revert to old trends begun by Bresee, the school was once again renamed, this time to Pasadena College.
The college was relocated on the historic Point Loma peninsula in San Diego in 1973, after a rejected plan to move the school to Santa Ana. It thrived for 10 years as Point Loma College. In 1983, the name was again changed to Point Loma Nazarene College, and finally rechristened as Point Loma Nazarene University, in 1998.
Now, Point Loma campus lies on 90 acres, which was first established as an educational site by the Theosophical Society of America and has been occupied since by Balboa University, California Western College, and United States International University.
Earlier occupants of this campus erected a number of wooden buildings, several of which are still in use. Among these historical buildings are the Greek Amphitheatre - the first of its type to be built in the United States, Mieras Hall, and Cabrillo Hall. A historical picture gallery of the Point Loma campus is also available.
The curriculum is made available in three colleges - the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, and the College of Education. It offers more than 60 majors and concentrations.
The university also has 10 university centers. Other facilities include a well-stocked library, wellness center, and the Common Knowledge Bookstore. In athletics, the university has seven intercollegiate sports for men and six sports for women.
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