About APU

Mission Statement

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars who seek to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence in liberal arts and professional programs of higher education that encourage students to develop a Christian perspective of truth and life.

University History

Azusa Pacific University (APU) began in 1899 as the Training School for Christian Workers, the first Bible college on the West Coast geared toward training students for ministry and service endeavors. The university has resided in Azusa since 1949.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 71 bachelor’s degrees, 47 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 14 credentials, 8 doctoral programs, and 3 associate‘s degrees, the university offers its more than 10,700 students a quality education on campus, online, and at six regional centers throughout Southern California.

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

APU has 12 professional accreditations (PDF), which are listed below:

The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).

Azusa Pacific University is approved for the training of veterans under the Veterans’ Bill of Rights. The university is listed with the United States Department of Justice for training of students from foreign countries.

Institutional membership and accreditation documents are available in the Office of the Provost.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

For more information, visit apu.edu/about/.