Azusa Pacific University began in 1899 as the Training
School for Christian Workers. A gathering of spiritual leaders
assembled to establish the first Bible college on the West
Coast, geared toward training students for ministry and
service endeavors. After moving several times and merging
with other various colleges throughout the century, APU
now resides in Azusa, a Southern California location about
26 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Rapid growth in the past 20 years has both established
the university and maintained the vision of the past. APU
achieved university status in the 1980s and subsequent developments
included off-site regional centers, allowing students to
receive a degree without actually attending classes in Azusa,
and the addition of master’s and doctoral degree programs.
Under the presidency of Richard E. Felix, Ph.D., the Cornerstones
of the university were reframed to Christ, Scholarship,
Community, and Service. His developments included a doubling
of student enrollment, the construction of seven new buildings,
and the quadrupling of graduate programs.
Currently, under the leadership of President Jon R. Wallace,
DBA, APU maintains the mission of service, now with an emphasis
on the campus, the surrounding community, and the world.
Various programs, such as the Oxford Study Abroad Program
and Operation Impact, provide students with the opportunity
to attend schools in many different countries. Multiple
missionary sites throughout the world are also readily available
for student involvement.
Spurred by a vision to be known first as a Christ-centered
institution, Azusa Pacific seeks to offer transformational
scholarship opportunities within the context of life-giving
community, dedicated to the practice of selfless service.
This understanding of the four Cornerstones guides the university
in all its programs and actions.
More than a century after its founding, Azusa Pacific
University serves as a comprehensive Christian, evangelical
university, dedicated to the motto God First, and
to excellence in higher education. The institution offers
more than 50 areas of undergraduate study, 21 master’s
degree programs, and 5 doctorates to a total enrollment
of more than 8,200 students. APU continues to prepare
disciples and scholars to advance the work of God in the