U.S.News & World Report named Azusa Pacific an overperforming university for the second consecutive year. Ranked at No. 6, APU joins a list of 20 institutions that exceed their undergraduate academic reputations as determined in the Best Colleges 2014 list.

“By selecting Azusa Pacific as an overperforming university, U.S.News & World Report affirms our position as a premier Christian university committed to academic excellence,” said Azusa Pacific University President Jon R. Wallace, DBA.

“This ranking demonstrates that APU’s academic success outpaces our perception in academia,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Mark Stanton, Ph.D. “National distinctions such as this help raise our reputation to a level that matches our continued progress.”

U.S.News & World Report analyzed key academic indicators, including admissions selectivity, financial and faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance to determine overperforming universities.

In September, APU rose to No.173 in the National Universities category of U.S.News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings. APU also gained inclusion on several of its college lists including Highest Freshman Retention Rate, Campus Ethnic Diversity, Highest Six-Year Graduate Rate, and Least Debt, Class of 2012.