Ready for APU? Start the Process Here!

We’re so excited you’re planning to continue your education journey with Azusa Pacific, and we can’t wait to welcome you to APU this fall. We know the process can seem a little daunting at first as you prepare to transition to college, so we created the following month-by-month checklist to help you complete the essential requirements before you start your first day.

On-Campus Events Canceled; Attend a Virtual Event

All on-campus events are currently canceled. Instead, we invite you to participate in one of our online events to learn more about APU, or experience campus from home by exploring our Virtual Campus Experience. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our admissions team with any questions at

First Steps

Make Your Enrollment Deposit

For admitted students, submitting your enrollment deposit is the first step in saying, “I’m ready to start my journey at Azusa Pacific.” Submit your deposit through our online Billing and Payment System using the button below. Click on “Enrollment Deposit” and complete the payment information. For questions, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (626) 812-3016.

Online Admissions Events

To safeguard the health and wellbeing of our current and prospective APU family, on-campus events and tours are temporarily canceled. Join us for one of our upcoming online events to learn more about APU. You can also discover the APU difference from home by viewing our student portraits and alumni stories or by exploring our Virtual Campus Experience.

Complete FAFSA

If you have not yet completed your FAFSA, please submit it as soon as possible to see what financial aid you may qualify for. Applications are being processed as early as October 1 the year before that which you’re applying for. Accepted students who have completed the FAFSA will receive a financial aid offer to help as they make their college decision. APU’s FAFSA code is 001117.

New Student Checklist

It’s official! You’ve deposited! Now you can start taking the next steps as an APU student. The following checklist includes an overview of what you need to do, as well as a general timeline and deadlines; however, we highly recommend submitting any required forms, registrations, or assessments as soon as you are able. Let’s get started!

In January-March

Campus Housing

If you have been approved to live on campus, complete your request for campus housing form. Students who have deposited and have been approved for housing will receive the form in their email. For more information about housing for Fall 2021, view the housing guidelines at Destination APU.

Attend a Financial Aid Event

January 21 and February 9, 25

Financial Aid: Paying for College provides an opportunity for you to learn more about the financial aid process. All admitted students will receive a personal access link on the day of the event. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns at (626) 812-3016 or

California Student Aid

California Residents Only

Submit grades to California Student Aid Commission for grade verification. Your high school counselor will often do this on your behalf, but check in with them to make sure they don’t miss the deadline (due March 2).

Appointment with your Admissions Counselor

Schedule an appointment with your admissions counselor to discuss financial aid, courses for your first semester, and your plan to graduate.

In April

Complete Your Registration Profile

The admissions office will provide you with this form, which captures your academic profile, including in-progress work and any AP or IB tests you have taken or will take at the conclusion of your senior year. This helps us best advise you on class choice as you begin building your academic schedule. Questions? Contact the Undergraduate Admissions at (626) 812-3016.

Set Up Your Student Portal Access

After you submit your registration profile, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to access your student portal at This is where you will register for classes, make payments, and more. Questions? Contact Undergraduate Admissions at (626) 812-3016.

Take Any Necessary Placement Assessments

These assessments are used to place you into courses that match your current and potential skills and abilities, and must be completed before you register for your first APU classes. Select each subject below to determine if you are required to take an assessment and view next steps.

In May

Attend Prepare for APU

Prepare for APU is a series of virtual events that will take place throughout May and June. At your Prepare for APU session, you’ll learn how to submit a photo for your student ID, sign up for a dining plan, and more. You will receive the opportunity to register for a Prepare for APU session upon completing your registration profile.

Course Registration Workshop

Once you complete your registration profile, you will receive an RSVP form for your course registration workshop date, which will take place sometime in May or June. During this workshop, our staff will walk you through registering for fall semester classes and will provide resources, assistance, and help answer any questions you may have. For questions about the process, check the Registration Help Center or contact Undergraduate Admissions at (626) 812-3016.

Academic Advising Resources

Now that you are ready to start registering for classes, we have resources available to help you create a successful first-semester schedule, including academic success coaches and academic maps. Visit the Academic Advising Resources site or contact the Academic Success Center at (626) 815-3886.

In June

Submit Immunization Records

Log onto On the left side of the page, scroll down to “Applicant Resources.” From there, select “Student Resources,” then select “MyCougar Health.” This will redirect you to the Electronic Medical Record Portal. Follow the instructions to submit your records. Questions? Contact the APU Student Health Center at (626) 815-2100.

Submit Your Health Insurance Waiver

Recommended Completion by June 30

On your financial aid estimate, you will see a charge for health insurance ($1,509 for the 2020-21 academic year). This is a charge that can be waived if the student has health insurance coverage that is compatible with Covered California.

Sign Your FERPA Authorization

The federal government requires Azusa Pacific to have your permission to share details of your account with certain individuals. Please complete the FERPA Authorization at by selecting “UG Enrollment Services Center,” then ”Update My Information.” Learn more about FERPA. For questions, contact the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center at (626) 815-2020.

Set Up Authorized Payers

Adding authorized payers to your account allows others, such as parents and spouses, to view your statements and make online payments. To set up an authorized payer, visit, click on “Student,” then select “Add New” under the Parent/Authorized Payers section. For questions, contact the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center at (626) 815-2020.

Set Up Electronic Funds Transfer

Enrolling in Electronic Funds Transfer allows APU to send any refunds on your student account directly to your bank account. To sign up, visit and select “Financials,” then ”Billing and Payment.” Once in our online Billing and Payment System, select “Enroll in Electronic Refunds” under “Direct Deposit/Electronic Refunds (ACH)” to provide your bank account information. For questions, contact the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center at (626) 815-2020.

Taking Out A Loan

If you complete the FAFSA you may be offered loan options. Learn more about taking out a Direct Loan, Parent PLUS Loan, or Alternative Loan.

Have Outstanding Checklist Items?

To ensure that you are prepared for fall, check out your To Do List for any outstanding items. Visit and select ”To Dos” to see which tasks are left.

In July

Attend Summer Orientation

Specific dates and formats for Summer Orientation have yet to be determined. Information is forthcoming and will be announced by email when it is available. Learn more about Summer Orientation. For questions, contact our admissions team at (626) 812-3016.

Sign Up for Welcome Weekend

Our pivot to remote learning means we are transitioning our welcome to a virtual experience. This needed adjustment to uphold the health and safety of our entire university does not diminish our commitment to you: we are ready to help you discover the people and resources you need to connect and thrive in APU’s Christ-centered academic community. Learn more about Welcome Weekend.

Transfer Students: Choose a Dining Plan

The Cougar Traditional dining plan is required for all incoming transfer students living in residence halls, and enrollment in the plan is automatic. If you have been approved to live in an on-campus apartment, you are not required to purchase a dining plan but can do so as a supplement to making your own food. Enroll in a dining plan through by selecting “My Resources,” then “General,” then “Other,” then “Meal Plan Selection.”

Watch for Your First Statement

Your first statement will be available in early July and can be accessed through our online Billing and Payment System. Your first payment will be due August 1. For questions, contact the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center at (626) 815-2020.

Make Your First Payment

Due August 1

This is the first of four payments in your fall 2021 payment plan. Make the payment through our online Billing and Payment System. For questions, contact the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center at (626) 815-2020.

Watch for Your Housing Assignment

If you have been approved to live on campus, watch for your housing assignment and roommate information! You’ll receive an email with instructions on how to view your assignment.

In August

Purchase Your Books

Don’t wait until the semester starts—visit to generate a book list based on your courses and purchase your books.

Shop for Living Area Supplies

If you have been approved to live on campus, it’s time to purchase those much needed items like bedding, school supplies, toiletries, and more. Use the Housing Packing List to help as you shop, and be sure to coordinate any big items with your roommate(s).

Countdown to Welcome Weekend

Follow the countdown clock and share your excitement for your first day at APU on social media using #iheartAPU!

Complete Title IX Training

To encourage a safe and positive campus community grounded in personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence, all new students are required to complete an online Title IX and Alcohol Education training. You will receive an email with instructions on how to access and complete this training. Learn more about Title IX at APU. Questions? Contact the Title IX coordinator at (626) 815-2065.

Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend is a unique opportunity for you and your family to gain information about the university, build memories, and simply have a great time. Our goal is that all students and their guests feel a sense of belonging as they begin their journey at APU. Learn more about Welcome Weekend.

We can’t wait to welcome you to APU!