Transfer Connections

We acknowledge that transfer students have a difference experience in building connections and locating resources on a new campus. Through our Transfer Connections program, we help transfer students at APU find the resources they need, make connections on campus, and get involved. Our goal is for transfer students to experience a smooth transition into the community, feel a sense of belonging, and make the most of their time here at APU.

Below is an overview of just a few of the resources, programs, and support services available, as well as a calendar of upcoming events. Plus, the Campus Life team is on hand to serve transfer students; don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Welcome Weekend and the Alpha Program

As transfers start their first semester at APU, these programs help them connect with each other and with current students.

At Welcome Weekend, we help new students get comfortable with the people and places of APU, setting you up for a successful university experience. Learn more at the Welcome Weekend website.

The Alpha Program is a student leadership program that help students explore the meaning of authentic Christianity. Each new student is assigned to an Alpha group that meets throughout the semester for guidance and support. Student leaders in the program learn how to build and maintain meaningful community, develop a sense of belonging, and gain an understanding of what it means to love others. Ultimately, the program prepares student leaders to serve, teach, mentor, and love a small group of incoming freshmen and transfer students during their first year at APU. You may apply to become an Alpha leader via Handshake (create your account; you may also access Handshake on My Resources > General > Student Resources > Handshake Job Platform).

Alpha Coordinators

  • Mariah Brooks

    Majors: International Relations and Humanities

    Hometown: San Diego, California

    Favorite Verse: “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” – John 3:21

    Favorite Aspect of APU: Multiple ways to get connected and find community. Whether in leadership roles or small groups, APU has created a space for all to feel seen and known.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Get involved but don’t feel stressed to do everything. Welcome Christ into your every moment and look for the little blessings in even the most uncomfortable days. Pursue community and stay true to yourself.

  • Grace Chung

    Major: Biochemistry

    Hometown: Porter Ranch, California

    Favorite Verse: “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:9

    Favorite Aspect of APU: My favorite aspect of APU is community. As often as we hear the word community thrown around in a day at APU, the sense of community on APU is so amazing. The atmosphere around campus is friendly and inviting. For example, I’m a commuter and I don’t have a meal plan, so if I buy food on campus, I have to use cash or card or cougar bucks. But I’ve had this happen so many times where people will offer to pay for whatever it is I’m buying. This is just a small example of people being caring and friendly where people do simple things and look out for others.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Take advantage of opportunities to connect with others. Allow yourself to fully engage with others whether that be in classes, alpha group, intramural sports, D-groups, etc. There are so many opportunities to meet some really awesome people that will be lifelong friends. It’s important that you find a way to keep your faith a priority in your life so you can continue to grow in your relationship with God.

  • Natalie Day

    Majors: Communication Studies and Honors Humanities

    Hometown: Byron Center, Michigan

    Favorite Verse: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:14

    Favorite Aspect of APU: My favorite part about APU is having the opportunity to talk with friends and professors about moments that I have been able to see God move. Having a community that is open to talking about Jesus and investing in one another is something that I am grateful to have and that I admire about my school.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Remember when going through your day-to-day life that even though it may seem boring to you, God has you right here in this moment for a reason. Live every day in constant prayer, and never stop looking for ways that God is moving in your life and in those around you.

  • Saxon Gutierrez

    Major: Social Work

    Hometown: San Dimas, California

    Favorite Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” – Jeremiah 29:11-14

    Favorite Aspect of APU: The people! The APU community is a huge aspect—the conversations that are had, and the memories that are made, only God can make an atmosphere like this.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Do not be afraid. Do not fear failure, and do not fear rejection. Go after every opportunity, seek out every possibility, and put your all into everything you do. God has a specific purpose for you, and he will equip you to do so. Stay true to yourself, make memories and have fun doing it!

  • Kyle Humphrey

    Majors: Economics and Business Finance

    Hometown: San Diego, California

    Favorite Verse: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

    Favorite Aspect of APU: Small class sizes and willingness of professors to engage in conversation.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Slow down on a day-to-day basis and be willing to talk to and get to know people different than you.

  • Leidy Juarez

    Majors: Liberal Studies and Theology

    Hometown: Lake Elsinore, California

    Favorite Verse: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” – Ephesians 2:10

    Favorite Aspect of APU: My favorite aspect about APU is the lovely human beings that God created and blessed to be at APU. I truly believe it is the love and care for one another that makes APU such a beautiful place to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and in our relationship with Jesus. APU wouldn’t be the same if Jesus were not at the center of it all.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Truly take this year to reflect on the ways that God has been there for you in the past and live each day with a grateful heart for what He will be doing in this new season of your life. I pray that you are able to step out in courage and not go through the motions in your classes, but to truly be engaged and take ownership of your education. Get informed with the various resources provided around our magnificent campus.

  • Ryan Morwood

    Major: History

    Minor: International Relations

    Hometown: Claremont, California

    Favorite Verse: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7

    Favorite Aspect of APU: That a diverse group of students from across the world and from entirely different backgrounds gets to come together to share life, try new things, and grow in their faith as a community. It’s an amazing environment that is so special!

    Advice for Incoming Students: Be patient and open for what God has for you. Your first semester will not be perfect, but God has you at APU for a reason. It’s because of this, you can trust Him through the ups and downs and be confident that God is walking with you during this exciting new season.

  • Maya Richert

    Major: Public Relations

    Minor: Graphic Design

    Hometown: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

    Favorite Verse: Psalm 116

    Favorite Aspect of APU: You’ve heard it once, you’ll hear it again: the people! The community and relational aspect on campus is my favorite thing. They’re the kind of friends and people that you want in your life forever. The kind you can laugh with for hours and go on spontaneous adventures with but also the kind you can pray with, cry with, and seek the Lord with.

    Advice for Incoming Students: No matter how you are feeling in the midst of the transition from home to APU, do not let that get in the way of these two truths:

    1. The Lord is with you. You are not doing this alone.
    2. There are so many people that are going through the same transition or have already been through it; you are not alone.

    There are so many people that want to get to know you! Show up, don’t be anyone but yourself, and see what the Lord does.

  • Chelsea Sealander

    Majors: Biology and Honors Humanities

    Hometown: Santa Clarita, California

    Favorite Verse: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

    Favorite Aspect of APU: My favorite aspect of APU is its emphasis on God First as well as community. Seeking God in all that we do should be the top priority in our lives, and that includes participating in a community that has that same mindset.

    Advice for Incoming Students: My advice to incoming students would be pray fervently, and get involved on campus.

  • Morgan Young

    Major: Acting for the Stage and Screen

    Hometown: Temecula, California

    Favorite Verse: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7

    Favorite Aspect of APU: As cliché as it can be at times, the community of people at APU is so amazingly strong and Christ-centered. The emphasis on creating a family between students as well as faculty and staff really separates this university from all others!

    Advice for Incoming Students: Don’t be afraid to be out of your comfort zone! Having to restart the friend-making process can be so difficult amid the new challenges of college like new living spaces and more difficult classes, but the simplest of gestures can go so far. So many students feel the same kind of nerves and stress about finding a good fit so just go for it! Getting plugged in with other students or organizations around the university can be some of the most fulfilling experiences of your life. Also, God can really stretch and grow us when we find things difficult and uncomfortable so have faith in Him, and have no worries!

Transfer-Specific Events

A variety of events are held each semester through a partnership between the Office of Campus Life and the Academic Success Center that help support transfer students’ unique needs. To stay up to date on these campus-wide events, follow us on Instagram at @apucampuslife.

Academic Resources

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center is composed of several areas committed to partnering with students, faculty, and staff to support the academic success of Azusa Pacific students:

  • Academic Advising: Provides academic coaching and support.
  • TRIO Student Support Services: A student support program that provides services for first-generation students, those from low-income families, and those with disabilities requiring learning accommodations.
  • TRIO Upward Bound: Helps potential first-generation students at Azusa High School identify their strengths, explore their vocational calling, and thrive academically.
  • First-Year Seminar: This 3-unit course introduces students to strategies for academic success and fosters a sense of belonging in the university community.
  • Accessibility Services: Provides services and accommodations for students with disabilities or accessibility challenges.
  • Testing Services: Offers placement assessments, credit-by-examination tests, and exam proctoring services.
  • Tutoring Center: Individual and group tutoring is available to all APU students at no additional cost.

Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity

The Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity promotes student development through coordinating cultural events, advising ethnic student organizations, and providing information on scholarships. It is also home to the GEN1 Scholars Program, which offers APU’s first-generation students resources and opportunities for academic, professional, and personal growth.

Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center

APU’s Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center provides enrollment and financial services information and resources. Drop by or contact them for help with class registration, graduation materials, transcripts, academic forms, financial aid, and tuition questions.

Important Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center Resources for Transfers:

  • Associate Degree Transfer Plan: A guaranteed pathway for transferring to APU. With the ADT option, our goal is to help make the process smoother for you so you can finish your degree while benefiting from all that an APU education offers.
  • Transferology: Transferology is a great online tool where a student can set up an account in order to see how classes transfer into APU from outside institutions. This includes 2-year, 4-year, local, and out-of-state institutions.
  • Academic Policies: This resources provides some important information about being a student at APU from grading policies to course number information.
  • Graduation Tips: Taking into account that a transfer student's time at APU can be condensed, it is important to be aware of the graduation process so students can ensure degree completion in time for commencement.

Transfer Life Crew: This is a volunteer leadership opportunity for transfer students to participate in. The TLC exists to promote community, involvement, and belonging by providing transfer students with engaging events and Team Transfer gatherings.

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