Azusa, Calif. — The Princeton Review named Azusa Pacific University one of the best colleges in the West for the fifth consecutive year.

APU is one of 120 institutions recommended in the “Best in the West” section of the 2011 Best Colleges, released on August 2. The rankings are broken down by region: the Northeast, the Southeast, the Midwest, and the West. Within each region, institutions are reviewed and selected based on academic excellence, campus life, and student feedback. Collectively, the 623 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

“The Princeton Review ranking is one of many indicators that identify Azusa Pacific University as a quality institution of higher education,” said APU Acting Provost Mark Stanton, Ph.D., ABPP. “This recognition affirms our commitment to excellence in scholarship and the teaching-learning relationship that is so important to the development of students who will make a difference in our world.”

According to one student’s feedback on The Princeton Review’s website, “In addition to being accomplished in their fields, the faculty at APU are also ‘passionate about the students and [strive] to see us succeed in the classroom, in our faith in Christ, and in life.’”

The Princeton Review’s 62 ranking lists are based on surveys of 122,000 students (average 325 per campus) at the 373 schools in the book during the 2009-10 and/or previous two school years. The 80-question survey asked students about their school's academics, administration, campus life, student body, and themselves.

Rachel White
Associate Director of Public Relations
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