9 Ways Professional Students Can Access Resources for a Bachelor's Degree

by Stephanie Thurrott

Adult students who are working to earn a bachelor’s degree tend to have different needs than traditional undergraduates who enroll in college right after high school. Considering those needs, Azusa Pacific University strives to meet its student community where they are at. For instance, APU’s regional campuses offer learners a range of resources for a bachelor’s degree that can help professional students succeed no matter where they’re located.

If you’re pursuing a bachelor’s degree and working to advance your career, tapping into the following nine resources can help enhance and support your college experience.

1. Graduate and Professional Student Engagement

The office of Graduate and Professional Student Engagement provides you with services, programs, and networking opportunities designed to enrich your academic experiences. A representative from the office visits APU’s regional campuses bi-weekly to make sure you can get connected to the resources you need. The office can also help you if you want to join or create an official student organization, connect with the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association, or understand your rights as a student.

2. The Writing Center

The Writing Center team at APU can answer questions you have about your writing assignments, offer feedback, and help you improve your writing process. Whether you’re just getting started on a writing project or want help revising what you’ve written, you can schedule a 30- or 45-minute appointment for one-on-one time with a coach at APU’s regional campuses in San Diego, High Desert, and Inland Empire. For those at other campuses, you can set up an appointment to work with a coach online.

3. University Libraries

Through APU’s University Libraries, professional students have access to core library collections, online tools and resources, as well as a full range of library services. Through APU’s distance library services, books and media can be mailed from the main campus libraries. Shipping is free both ways and a return envelope is included. You can also have online journal articles emailed to you from the main libraries using ArticleReach, which is extremely helpful when you’re researching and writing a paper.

4. SoulQuest

SoulQuest is a spiritual care ministry that helps graduate and professional students at APU integrate their spiritual growth with their academic and career development. SoulQuest offers regular events, and pastors are located at all regional campuses. You can reach out to a pastor for your prayer and support needs at any time.

5. APU Mobile Apps

APU has several mobile apps that give you access to the information you need right on your mobile device. The APU Mobile app is most often accessed by professional students, because it houses your student account, enrollment options, APU calendars, and more. Additionally the APU Directory app provides contact, bio, and office information for all APU faculty, so you can get in touch with professors.

6. Virtual ID Card

The APU Mobile app also gives you instant access to your virtual ID card—just shake your phone side to side when you’re in the app! You can use it to identify yourself as part of the APU community and get student discounts at local food establishments, movie theaters, and more.

7. ProtoCall Mental Health Hotline

ProtoCall is a free, 24/7 mental health resource for graduate and professional students in crisis. If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed and in need of support, don’t hesitate to call (855) 231-0895 and speak with a licensed clinician. These professionals want to help and are always available—no matter the hour.

8. Graduate and Professional Center

The Graduate and Professional Center is located at APU’s main campus but proudly serves students who are attending classes online or at one of the university’s regional campuses. The office brings together admissions, financial services, registrar, and student support services. Together, this team helps professional students navigate the application process and progress through their academic programs.

9. Military and Veteran Services

APU has been recognized as a Yellow Ribbon University for its commitment to supporting veterans and their families as they pursue their education goals and make the transition from military to civilian life. The Office of Military and Veteran Services offers engagement opportunities for military-connected students at regional campuses, while the Office of Military and Veteran Education Benefits helps military-connected students understand and access their benefits to pay for college.

Interested in completing your degree at one of Azusa Pacific University’s campuses? Learn more about APU’s transfer pathways and apply today!