Azusa Pacific University earned a place in the National Universities category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, positioned alongside premier universities such as Princeton (No. 1), Stanford (No. 5), and UCLA (No. 24). APU is tied with five schools at No. 183.

APU made several U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings lists, including:

  • Highest Four-Year Graduation Rate
  • Highest Freshman Retention Rate
  • Highest Proportion of Classes with Fewer than 20 Students
  • Campus Ethnic Diversity
  • Economic Diversity
  • Most International Students

“This recognition by U.S. News & World Report affirms APU’s reputation as a premier Christian university and a leader in higher education serving a ethnically and economically diverse student population,” said Jon R. Wallace, DBA, president of Azusa Pacific University. “Through our commitment to excellence, APU equips disciples and scholars to make a difference in the world.”

“These rankings reinforce our academic reputation as a provider of high-quality programs that achieve outstanding outcomes for traditional students, transfer students, graduate students, adult learners, and online students,” said Mark Stanton, Ph.D, provost and chief academic officer.

U.S. News & World Report annually ranks 1,374 schools. The National Universities category includes 310 American universities that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees; many also strongly emphasize research. The institutions receive rankings based on 15 measures of academic quality, including retention, graduation rates, faculty resources, financial resources, and alumni giving. For more information, visit


Rachel White
Executive Director of Strategic Communication
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Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 77 bachelor’s degrees, 45 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 16 credentials, 8 doctoral programs. The university offers its more than 10,300 students a quality education on campus, online, and at six regional centers throughout Southern California.