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Freshman Applicants

Freshman applicants are not required to have completed a specific set of courses; however the following college preparatory courses are strongly recommended:

Academic capabilities, as well as involvement in church, school, and community activities, are considered in assessing the applicant's potential for success at the university. The application process is designed as a tool for making these assessments.

Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements apply to students currently enrolled in high school or who have earned fewer than 28 units of college credit following high school graduation.

  1. Application, Statement of Agreement with Institutional Policy, and Personal Statement (Apply Online | Undergraduate Application (PDF)
  2. Application Fee
    A nonrefundable $45 application fee must be submitted.
  3. Transcripts
    The applicant is responsible for requesting that official transcripts* be sent from the high school from which he/she graduated (or is currently attending) and each college he/she has attended to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    Please download, print, and complete a Transcript Request Form (PDF) and mail it along with your official transcripts to:

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Azusa Pacific University
    PO Box 7000
    Azusa, CA 91702-7000

    *Official transcripts are sealed by the high school or college and mailed directly or hand-carried to Azusa Pacific University.

  4. Preadmission Tests
    All freshman applicants must submit scores from the ACT or SAT I. (Transfer applicants who have completed 12 or more core units in one semester are not required to submit test scores.)
  5. Recommendation

    At the time of application, each applicant must supply contact information for a character recommendation.* If recommendation information is not provided or unavailable when filling out the application, the applicant can supply it at a later time.

    *The recommender must be a person who has observed the applicant’s character and/or spiritual development over a reasonable period of time. When possible, APU prefers recommendations from pastors or youth pastors/leaders. Alternatively, a recommendation from a coach, employer, or adult family friend is also acceptable. A recommendation from a relative, friend, peer, or someone who knows the applicant from a purely academic setting will not be accepted.

  6. Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Residency
    U.S. permanent residents or U.S. citizens currently living outside of the United States may be required to provide documentation. Your admissions counselor will assist you in this process.
  7. Programs with Additional Admission Requirements
    • Nursing Applicants
      Additional materials are required for nursing applicants. Refer to the BSN Admission page for further information. Deadline for freshman applicants is February 15.
    • BFA in Cinematic Arts Production Applicants
      Additional materials are required for the BFA in Cinematic Arts Production major. Applicants must complete an online supplemental application. View further information about admission requirements on the Cinematic Arts Production program page. Deadline for freshman applicants is March 16.