Azusa Pacific University secured a place once again in the National Universities category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2013 rankings, positioned alongside premier universities such as Princeton (No.1), Stanford (No. 6), and USC (No. 24). Ranked in Tier One, in a five-way tie at No. 179, APU appears alongside Southern Ilinois University, Edgewood College, University of Missouri, and University of New Mexico.

Also, for the seventh consecutive year, The Princeton Review named Azusa Pacific University as one of the best colleges in the west. APU is one of 121 universities recommended in the “Best Western Colleges” section of the 2012 Best Colleges.

“Today’s students face a multitude of choices when selecting a college,” said Azusa Pacific University President Jon R. Wallace, DBA. “These recognitions by U.S.News and the Princeton Review affirm APU’s reputation as a premier Christian university. With a standard of academic excellence and a heart for community, APU is a unique place where difference makers are created.”

“These latest rankings reinforce our expanding academic reputation as a provider of high-quality programs for traditional students, transfer students, graduate students, adult learners, and online students,” said Mark Stanton, Ph.D., provost and chief academic officer.

U.S.News & World Report annually ranks 1,400 schools. The National Universities category includes 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 also strongly emphasize research. Seven primary areas are reviewed for this classification, including peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance. For more information, visit www.us.news.com.

The Princeton Review’s 62 ranking lists are based on multiple surveys given to college students that are conducted during the school year. The surveys have more than 80 questions, including everything from “How many out-of-class hours do you spend studying each day?” to “How do you rate your campus food?”