APU Offers Flexibility and Support to Future Students During COVID-19

by Abigail Reed

As you gear up for the next chapter of your life in the midst of this challenging time, Azusa Pacific University is committed to making your college transition as smooth as possible by extending the deposit deadline and providing a variety of virtual resources to assist you.

“In the midst of unexpected endings and challenges related to COVID-19, we are working to help our future students prepare for a new beginning at Azusa Pacific University,” said Heather Petridis, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management. “We welcome and celebrate our incoming class of freshman with excitement for what’s to come.”

Here are some ways you can learn more to help you with your college decision:

Connect with the Admissions Office

Committing to a college is a big decision and APU is here to help. To provide flexibility during this time, APU has extended the undergraduate deposit deadline for Fall 2020 from May 1 to June 1. If you have questions about enrollment, financial aid, or anything in between, APU’s Admissions office is ready to assist. For quick information, live chat with a representative Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., on the admissions page. If you would like to set up a phone or Zoom appointment with an admissions counselor, call (626) 812-3016 or email admissions@apu.edu.

Watch Faculty and Student Video Series

When preparing to attend college, hearing from current students and faculty can familiarize faces and give you a glimpse into the heart of the university. Cozy up on your couch and browse APU’s Student Portraits video series on YouTube, listening to students share their stories and college experiences. Hear messages from APU’s faculty on the Meet the Faculty series, which features more than 100 professors representing every major on campus—some of whom may teach your future courses.

“So many people are so excited to meet you on campus this fall,” said Zachary Conner ’21, math major. “APU professors desire to build relationships with you, and hundreds of students give of their time to serve and lead incoming students—just so they can make you feel like you belong here on campus.”

Tune in to Chapel Recordings

Chapel gives students pause in the midst of a busy school week to worship and listen to relevant messages rooted in Scripture. From energetic morning chapels to liturgical style evening gatherings, there is a place for everyone.

You can view chapel online by visiting the Chapel Video Archive, which features recordings of past chapels, in addition to Weekly Rhythms, a live-stream series that takes place every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. PDT.

Register for Virtual Events

Azusa Pacific is committed to offering online events and workshops for students and parents, with resources to learn more about academics, financial aid, outcomes, and student life at APU. From virtual tours to department-specific information sessions, these live events will aid you in making your college decision.

Visit the Online Admissions Events page to view a full list of upcoming events and register ahead of time. Select past events are available to stream.

Engage with Other Students

Knowing a few friendly faces and having someone to grab meals with can be incredibly helpful when arriving at college for the first time. Connect with other incoming students through Zeemee, a platform designed to plug incoming students into their future community. Follow the steps to create an account, search for the Azusa Pacific University page, and start connecting with potential new friends or even find a roommate!

Read Prospective Student Articles

Whether you need help with next steps after college acceptance, want to learn more about financial aid, or need help choosing a major, APU’s online article archive offers a wealth of information and provides answers to many common questions. Simply choose the “APU Bound” category to browse articles written especially for you. Some of these include:

“Although this time is discouraging, especially for high school seniors, I know God has amazing plans for you,” said Conner. “Dream big and expect God to move in the next season of your life. I hope to see you at APU!”

Abigail Reed is a public relations intern in the Office of University Relations. She is a liberal studies major with an honors humanities minor.