AZUSA, Calif.― For the third year, Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the national category of the U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2010 rankings, placing in the third tier of this prestigious category that includes schools like Harvard, Yale, and UCLA. In years past, APU ranked within the Western-Universities Master’s category, and last year received acknowledgement as an up and coming university by U.S. News. 

“Today’s students use a variety of resources to find the top institutions of higher education to meet their needs and prepare them for their futures,” said APU President Jon R. Wallace, DBA. “This recognition by U.S.News affirms Azusa Pacific’s reputation for offering quality programs with courses taught by world-class faculty.”

According to U.S.News & World Report, schools in the national universities group include 262 American universities (164 public and 98 private) that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees; many strongly emphasize research. The move to this higher category comes as a result of the university’s increased offerings, including the addition of APU’s seventh doctoral degree, the Ph.D. in Higher Education. This resulted in reclassification by the Carnegie Foundation, which informs ranking results.

The national universities classification considers eight primary areas, including peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance. Rankings are derived 75 percent from objective measures, and 25 percent from a reputation survey distributed to presidents, provosts, and deans of admission at participating schools. For more information, visit www.usnews.com.

In addition, for the fourth consecutive year, The Princeton Review designated APU as 1 of 123 colleges in the 2010 Best in the West category. Schools selected as part of this category met The Princeton Review’s rigorous standards for academic excellence and reflect students’ comments, supplied anonymously. According to The Princeton Review, their goal remains simple: to identify stand-out colleges and universities within each region. For a complete listing of results, visit www.princetonreview.com.

“These rankings are only a few of many indicators that identify Azusa Pacific University as a great Christian institution of higher education for not only excellence in the quality of its faculty, research and scholarship, but also in the faith based curriculum that permeates every program of study,” said Michael M. Whyte, Ph.D., provost.