Azusa Pacific University earned a place in the National Universities category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings, positioned alongside premier universities such as Princeton (No. 1), Stanford (No. 7), and UCLA (No. 19). APU is tied with several schools at No. 205.

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

  • Ethnic Diversity (Top 25 in the nation)
  • Economic Diversity (Top 10 in the nation)
  • Highest Freshman Retention Rate
  • Largest Amount of Need-based Aid
  • Highest Portion of Classes with Fewer than 20 Students

“A nationally recognized top Christian university, Azusa Pacific University is committed to the success of our diverse student body,” said Jon R. Wallace, DBA, president of Azusa Pacific University. “APU graduates disciples and scholars who go on to make a difference in the world.”

“APU provides quality educational programming for traditional students, transfer students, graduate students, adult learners, and online students. Rankings like this one affirm our reputation for academic excellence,” 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 76 bachelor’s degrees, 47 master’s degrees, 22 certificates, 12 credentials, and 8 doctoral programs, the university offers its more than 10,000 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional locations throughout Southern California.