Azusa Pacific Ranked Among Nation’s Best by U.S.News & World Report

AZUSA, Calif.― Azusa Pacific University secured a place again in the National Universities category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2012 rankings, positioned alongside premier universities such as Harvard (No.1), Stanford (No. 5), and USC (No. 23). Ranked in Tier One, in a six-way tie at No. 170, APU appears alongside Virginia Commonwealth University, Utah State University, Pace University, Southern Illinois University, Edgewood College, and Biola University. In addition, APU was also recognized as #16 in the best Up-and-Coming Schools and as an A+ Option for B Students.

“Today’s students face a multitude of choices when selecting a college,” said Azusa Pacific University President Jon R. Wallace. “This recognition by U.S.News affirms APU’s reputation as a premier Christian university. With a standard of academic excellence and a heart for community, APU is a unique place where cultural change makers are created.”

“U.S.News & World Report’s recognition of APU in the Up-and-Coming and A+ School categories reinforces our expanding academic reputation as a provider of high-quality programs for traditional undergraduates, transfers, master’s degree and doctoral students, adult learners, and online students,” said Mark Stanton, Ph.D., provost and chief academic officer.

From 2000-06, APU was ranked in the Top 25 of the Western-Universities Master’s classification before moving to the National Universities category in 2007.

U.S.News & World Report annually ranks 1,400 schools. The National Universities category includes 262 American universities (164 public and 98 private) that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees; many also strongly emphasize research. Seven primary areas are reviewed for this classification, including peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance. For more information,