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1899

A group of spiritual leaders from various denominations meet in Whittier, California, establishing a Bible college geared to training students for service and missionary endeavors. The institution earns its first name: the Training School of Christian Workers (TSCW).


1900

The initial class of students meets on March 3, 1900. Mary A. Hill serves as first president.




1907

The Training School for Christian Workers moves three times before settling in Huntington Park in 1907.




1939


The institution’s name changes to Pacific Bible College, and four-year degrees are offered. Cornelius P. Haggard, Th.D., is appointed president and serves as such for 36 years.




1946

Pacific Bible College outgrows its Huntington Park campus and the Board of Trustees decides to purchase a 12-acre school for girls in Azusa. Classes begin on the new campus in 1946.



1947

Pacific Bible College receives accreditation from the American Association of Bible Colleges.




1957

With recent campus development in Azusa, Pacific Bible College changes its name to Azusa College.




1964

Azusa Pacific College receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).




1965

Azusa College merges with Los Angeles Pacific College, a four-year liberal arts institution. Its name changes to Azusa Pacific College (APC).

In the same year, APC joins the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as well as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and competes on the national level.


1968–69

Initiated by a tractor fire, APC experiences great natural disasters over the following 18 months. In addition to the destructive fire, the campus deals with two unexpected student deaths, floods in 1969, and extreme winds later that year.

However, APC survives and prevails, participating in the national NCCAA tournament and capturing the schools first national championship in 1969.


1971–72


APC completes and occupies Multimedia I and Multimedia II classrooms, along with the “Shire Mods,” containing 100 apartments for married students and faculty.




1973

APC becomes a member of the Western Association of Graduate Schools. The institution offers courses in Crestline, Garden Grove, Indio, Lancaster, Long Beach, North Hollywood, Pasadena, Escondido, and Victorville. The total off- and on-campus enrollment reaches 1,000.


1975

The School of Nursing receives accreditation from the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).


1977

APC’s Undergraduate Nursing Program receives accreditation from the National League of Nursing.


1981

Upon achievement of university status, the college changes its name to Azusa Pacific University.




1982

APU’s Undergraduate Social Work Program receives accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


1990

Richard E. Felix, Ph.D. becomes president. Among many other accomplishments, Felix reframes the university’s values of the school’s historic Christian mission as the cornerstones of the university – Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service. The Cornerstones are still recognized today.

APU’s Graduate School of Theology (now Azusa Pacific Seminary) receives accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).


1991

APU’s Graduate Nursing Program receives accreditation from the National League for Nursing.


1996

APU’s Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs receive accreditation from the National League for Nursing.


1999

APU’s Graduate Physical Therapy Program receives accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.


2000

Felix culminates his presidency with the construction of seven new buildings, a doubling of student enrollment, and the quadrupling of graduate programs. He announces his retirement in April 2000, after the celebration of the university’s centennial.

The Board of Trustees unanimously selects executive vice president and APU alumnus Jon R. Wallace, DBA, to follow Felix in the role of president, effective November 27, 2000.

APU’s Graduate Psychology Program receives accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA).


2001

The High Sierra Program (formerly called the Great Works Program) debuts fall 2001, offering students an opportunity to study classic Western art, music, and thought in the scenic setting of California’s High Sierras.

Azusa Pacific’s All Access Program expands the learning environment through wireless computer technology, allowing students to conduct research on the Internet within 300 feet of any university building without wires or cords.

APU’s Graduate Teacher Education receives accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

APU’s School Nurse Services Credential Program receives accreditation from The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission


2002

APU receives accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Sports Medicine and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. This establishes the present-day Athletic Training Education Program.

APU’s Athletic Training Education Program receives accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

APU’s Doctor of Psychology Program receives accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA).

APU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program receives accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).


2003

APU’s Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs receive accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (replaced National League of Nursing).


2004

TIME magazine publishes a feature article on Azusa Pacific University. The article’s last sentence states, “There are a lot of misconceptions about Christian schools. APU’s mission is to prove them wrong.”




2005

APU’s School of Business and Management receives accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).


2007

After six years ranked among the top best colleges in U.S.News & World Report America’s Best Colleges Western-Universities Master’s classification, APU moves up to the prestigious national category along with schools like Harvard and Yale, ranking in the third tier. APU also ranks ninth in a list of up-and-coming universities named by U.S. News. Also, for the fourth consecutive year, The Princeton Review names APU among Best in the West.

APU’s Sports Medicine Program receives accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) (replaced CAAHEP).

APU’s School of Music receives accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


2009

Dedicated September 3, 2009, the $54 million Segerstrom Science Center provides 72,000 square feet of lab, office, and classroom space. The building holds a gold LEED certification, making it a high-performance green building.

APU acquires five Dead Sea Scroll fragments, becoming only the second institution of higher education to own original fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls.


2010

In September, APU launches Azusa Pacific Online University (APOU), and holds its first class in June 2011.


2011

A gift from L.P. and Bobbi Leung allows APU to establish the L.P. and Timothy Leung School of Accounting in January. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Professional Accountancy, preparing students for excellence and integrity in the profession.

Mark Stanton, Ph.D., assumes the role of provost in April, becoming the university’s fourth provost and chief academic officer.

The university’s application for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II is accepted in July, ushering in a new era of Cougar athletic competition.

In September, President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, unveils the Shared Vision 2022 to the APU community, focusing on Mission, Academic Reputation, Valuing People, and Financial Excellence.


2012

Azusa Pacific caps its final year of membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) by winning an unprecedented eighth consecutive Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup trophy.

G.I. Jobs magazine names APU a Military Friendly School for the 2012–13 school year, positioning the university in the top 15 percent of U.S. educational institutions that provide the best services to help educate America’s veterans.


2013

The university earns a nine-year reaccreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) following a four-year review process.

The School of Music teams with the Departments of Art and Design, and Theater, Film, and Television to form the new College of Music and the Arts.

APU establishes the Honors College to enhance the university’s Honors Program and offer enriched curriculum for highly motivated students.