Azusa Pacific University is the Best University in the San Gabriel Valley, according to a recent poll conducted by the Southern California News Group. This is the second consecutive year that APU has received the Best of the San Gabriel Valley Readers Choice Award from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star News, and Whittier Daily News.
“Azusa Pacific is honored to receive this accolade from our local San Gabriel Valley residents,” said President Jon R. Wallace, DBA. “We draw the majority of our students from area high schools and community colleges, strengthening our region by producing skilled graduates who join the workforce and contribute to their communities as good neighbors. ”
APU’s educational commitment to the San Gabriel Valley is evidenced through its partnerships with several local school districts. These partnerships provide guaranteed admission for high school graduates who meet requirements and $10,000 renewable scholarships. San Gabriel Valley districts include Arcadia, Azusa, Bassett, Bonita, Charter Oak, Claremont, Covina-Valley, Duarte, Glendora, Monrovia, Rowland, Temple City, and West Covina. This partnership extends to Damien High School and Western Christian High School as well.
The university also contributes to the region’s economic vitality, generating $474 million for the San Gabriel Valley economy each year. This includes supporting about 2,800 direct, indirect, and induced jobs around the region, $6 million in capital investments, and $32 million spent by APU students each year within the valley. In addition, APU students perform 165,000 hours of community service each year, and more than 10,600 APU alumni and 600 faculty reside within the San Gabriel Valley.
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