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APU at a Glance

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About APU

Azusa Pacific is a comprehensive, Christian, evangelical university, committed to God First and known for excellence in higher education. APU’s main campus lies just 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, while its six Southern California regional centers offer convenience and quality programming in the following areas: High Desert (Victorville), Inland Empire (San Bernardino), Los Angeles, Murrieta, Orange County, and San Diego.

The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 40 master’s degree programs, 17 certificates, 11 credentials, 8 doctorates, and 2 associate’s degrees through its eight schools and two colleges.

Azusa Pacific is built on Four Cornerstones: Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service.

On November 27, 2000, Jon R. Wallace, DBA, became the 16th president of Azusa Pacific University.

Read the university’s complete history here.

Recognition

Azusa Pacific University held its place for the sixth year in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 173 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2014 Best Colleges in the West for the seventh consecutive year, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2013–14, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Enrollment

The school’s first graduating class had 12 people. Today, APU has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students.

Total students enrolled: 10,755

Total teaching faculty: 1,004

Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Did You Know?

In July 2013, Azusa Pacific was granted provisional membership in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and is now in the last year of the three-year membership process.

You can download APU Mobile from the iTunes store to watch videos, get the latest APU news, check out the menus of APU dining venues, search the APU faculty and building directories, and see how the Cougar athletic teams are faring. You can also download the APU Trolley Tracker to keep tabs on where the APU trolleys are and see trolley schedules.

APU offers several on-campus and online accelerated degree-completion programs that can be completed in as little as 12 months, with some requiring class only one night a week.

APU’s Department of Theater, Film, and Television, which offers Cinematic Arts and Theater Arts programs, produces five faculty-directed theater productions annually, and several smaller student-directed productions.

APU offers more than 40 national and international study opportunities— from California’s High Sierra Mountain Range to the coast of South Africa.

With alumni living and serving in all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world, APU graduates are transforming the world for Christ, one life at a time.

Since 2003, 27 APU students and 9 APU faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars, accepting grants to conduct research or teach English in countries such as Romania, Jordan, Andorra, and Korea.

The Department of Art and Design’s four on-campus galleries exhibit student, faculty, and visiting artist pieces throughout the year.

APU’s School of Music includes more than 20 musical ensembles, and sponsors student recitals, faculty recitals, and many guest artist concert events annually.

Each APU undergraduate student contributes 15–25 hours of community service per semester, resulting in more than 150,000 hours of service, locally and globally, each year.

The university’s first LEED-certified building, APU’s $54-million, 72,000-square-foot Segerstrom Science Center, offers a 90-seat lecture hall, 26 classrooms, 37 laboratories, and an electron microscope room. It also houses APU’s Center for Research in Science, representing the university’s commitment to preparing graduates for the vital fields of science, education, and health care.

In August 2009, APU became one of only three higher education institutions in the country to own original fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls—the oldest known texts of the Hebrew Bible, dating back to roughly 250 B.C. The acquisition of five fragments, along with a number of rare biblical artifacts, reinforces APU’s commitment to the Scriptures and opens up numerous scholarship and research opportunities for faculty and students.

For more than a decade, APU and the city of Azusa have collaborated on Azusa Reads, a program that promotes literacy as APU students engage with and tutor local youth. The program has grown to include Azusa Writes, Azusa Counts, and Azusa Calculates.

APU has the country’s only doctoral program in higher education that takes a strengths-based approach. The university focuses on its students’ strengths upon entry into the program, helping them to develop and leverage those strengths in order to achieve excellence.

In fall 2009, in collaboration with Jim Burns, Ph.D., APU launched the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. This community resource provides valuable information for families and churches, and offers services such as seminars at Azusa Pacific, enewsletters, online dialogue, daily devotionals, and more.

Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay and noted speaker and author John Maxwell are APU alumni.