A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally. The university holds accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a nationally recognized accreditation agency.
In addition to receiving accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), APU's School of Education also stands as one of only three private schools in California accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which means APU credential preparation programs enjoy recognition throughout the United States and internationally.
Azusa Pacific University held its place in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2013 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 179 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 121 institutions in the 2012 Best Colleges in the West for the seventh consecutive year.