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New to APU

Welcome to the APU family! We hope the time spent here will be just as rewarding for you as it is for your student. If you have any questions and don’t know where to start, feel free to contact our office!

New Student Orientation

New student orientation is a time for all incoming undergraduate students to get involved and begin their journey as Cougars! New students register, meet their advisors, review class schedules, meet their Alpha Leader and Alpha group of other incoming freshmen, engage in on-campus informational sessions, and begin getting acclimated to the Azusa Pacific community. Through orientation, we strive to create a smooth, comfortable, and safe transition into APU and provide your student with a Christ-centered welcome to the university setting.

It is crucial for students to sign up for classes on one of our registration dates so they can get help specific to their major and work out any scheduling problems that may occur. The process takes four to five hours, and students can also expect to:

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend orientation. They will be able to attend innovative, informative, and meaningful workshops to help them gain insight on what it is like to be in a “student’s shoes” at APU. There are special events set up for you to attend throughout the day while your student is in workshops with their Alpha group, so you can address all your worries, doubts, and concerns.

Understanding APU’s Strengths-Based Focus

At Azusa Pacific, we are passionate about helping students understand and develop their strengths. This starts during their first semester, when all new students discover what their strengths are using Clifton's StrengthsFinder curriculum. If you would like to take the StrengthsFinder test, discover your personal strength themes, and understand your student's themes better, you may purchase either of the following books, which include a StrengthsFinder code to take the online test. And you can learn more about APU’s strength-based approach through the university’s Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education.

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
(New York: Gallup, 2007)

Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie
(New York: Gallup, 2008)

Clifton StrengthsFinder Website