About APU

Founded in 1899, Azusa Pacific University (APU) is dedicated to helping students grow as a whole person through involvement in rigorous academic programs, exciting social events, and ministry opportunities. APU welcomes students of all faiths to attend.

Students are prepared professionally through a strong liberal arts program and challenging undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. A low student-professor ratio allows excellent interaction. Modern library facilities also give students access to up-to-date research and information worldwide. In addition, students who wish to study English as a second language can apply to APU’s American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) which specializes in preparing international students for success in an American university.

Located at the base of the San Gabriel mountains in the city of Azusa, APU provides a secure small-town atmosphere where students live within walking distance of restaurants, entertainment venues, churches, shopping, and much more. Additionally, students are within a 45-minute drive of downtown Los Angeles and other exciting locations such as Hollywood, the Getty Art Museum, L.A. Music Center, baseball and basketball stadiums, amusement parks (e.g., Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm), the mountains, and numerous beaches.

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Azusa Pacific University

Founded 1899

Campus Locations

Azusa Pacific University is located in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa, 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Situated on 52 acres, East Campus is home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business and Management and Music, and houses administrative facilities, classrooms, residence halls, a library, student center, and gymnasium. The 53-acre West Campus is home to Azusa Pacific Seminary, the schools of Nursing, Behavioral and Applied Sciences, Education, Theology, and Visual and Performing Arts, two libraries, the Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center, the John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex, the Barbara and Jack Lee Place of Prayer, and numerous classrooms and offices. The 72,000-square-foot, $54-million Segerstrom Science Center is also on West Campus, serving multiple disciplines and the community at large.

There are also seven offsite regional locations serving the High Desert, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Monrovia, Murrieta, Orange County, and San Diego, as well as many online programs.

Off-Campus Study Options

APU students have many national and international study opportunities, including High Sierra Semester, Los Angeles Term, South Africa Semester, Ecuador Semester, and study away programs.

Climate

Moderate climate; mostly warm and dry throughout the year.

University Degrees and Programs

Degrees awarded (2015-16) 3,336
Doctoral degrees 119
Master's degrees 1,507
Bachelor's degrees 1,710

Freshmen Admission Profile (Class of 2020)

Number Applied 6,605
Number Entering (first time, full time) 1,132
Average high school GPA 3.70
Average combined SAT score 1051
Average SAT Math 522
National Average SAT Math 511
Average SAT Reading 529
National Average SAT Reading 495
Freshmen retention (fall 2015–16) 86%

Financial Aid (2015–16)

Scholarships/grants
Federal $9,236,243
State $11,635,520
Other external scholarships/grants administered by college $5,163,752
Institutional $62,928,856
Self Help
Student loans $35,912,120
Parent loans $15,512,058
Tuition waivers $4,741,606
Athletic awards $5,013,703
Percent of undergraduate students receiving any form of:
Financial aid 95%
Institutional financial aid 90%
Need-based financial aid 74%

Faculty

Total teaching faculty 1,206
Full-time 458
Part-time 27
Adjunct 721
Student-to-faculty ratio 12:1
Undergraduate ratio 13:1
Graduate ratio 10:1
Percent with doctorate, first professional, or other terminal degree (based on full-time teaching faculty) 61%

Finances

Budget (2015–16) $232,250,000
Endowment (2015–16) $68,714,161
Full-time undergraduate tuition (2016–17)* $35,540

* See apu.edu for graduate and professional tuition costs.

Donation History

2015–16 University Fund $2,398,367
2015–16 Total Donations $10,293,825

Additional Information

University Fact Sheet

For a PDF of this information, download the University Fact Sheet (PDF), or to request a printed copy, email universityrelations@apu.edu.