AZUSA, Calif.― Azusa Pacific University earned a place in the National Universities category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings, positioned alongside premier universities such as Princeton (No.1), Stanford (No. 5) and USC (No. 23). APU rose in the ranks to No. 173.

APU also gained inclusion on several of U.S.News & World Report’s college rankings lists including:

  • Highest Freshman Retention Rate
  • Highest Six-Year Graduation Rate
  • Highest Proportion of Classes with Fewer than 20 Students
  • Campus Ethnic Diversity
  • Economic Diversity
  • A+ School for B Students
  • Most International Students
  • Least Debt, Class of 2012

“This recognition by U.S.News & World Report affirms APU’s reputation as a premier Christian university and a leader in higher education serving a diverse student population,” said Azusa Pacific University President Jon R. Wallace, DBA. “Through our commitment to excellence, APU equips disciples and scholars to make a difference in the world.”

“These latest rankings reinforce our expanding academic reputation as a provider of high-quality programs that achieve outstanding outcomes 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 1,596 schools. The National Universities category includes 281 American universities (173 public, 101 private, and 7 for-profit) 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.