AZUSA, Calif.- The Princeton Review named Azusa Pacific University a top college in the west.

APU is one of 124 institutions recommended in the “Best Western Colleges” section of the 2014 Best Colleges. The rankings are broken down by region: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West. Within each region, institutions are selected based on many factors, including academic excellence, campus life, and student feedback. Collectively, the 643 colleges chosen constitute about 25 percent of the nation's universities.

The Princeton Review’s rating score categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, Quality of Life, and Green (environmental responsibility). The Princeton Review’s 62 ranking lists are based on multiple surveys given to college students during the school year. The surveys contain 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?” Some questions on the survey are open-ended and offer students the opportunity to answer with narrative responses.