APU at a Glance
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Azusa Pacific is a comprehensive, evangelical Christian university located near Los Angeles in Southern California and built on Four Cornerstones: Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service. Azusa Pacific offers 80 bachelor’s degrees, 51 master’s degrees, 25 certificates, 12 credentials, 8 doctoral programs, and 2 associate’s degrees to more than 10,000 students. A member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and recognized among the nation’s top schools, APU remains committed to God First and offers high-quality academic programs on campus, online, and at numerous regional locations.
Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2018 rankings, placing at No. 187 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 127 institutions in its 2018 Best Colleges in the West; Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2018; G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams; and Military Times named APU a Best for Vets school.
The school’s first graduating class had 12 people. Today, APU has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students.
Total students enrolled: 10,020
- Traditional Undergraduate: 5,344
- Graduate and Professional: 4,676
Total teaching faculty: 1,206
- Full-time faculty: 458
- Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
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U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2018 includes APU on several lists, including Highest Freshman Retention Rate, Highest Proportion of Classes with Fewer than 20 Students, Most Campus Ethnic Diversity, and Most Economic Diversity.
Representing APU’s commitment to God-honoring diversity, approximately 52 percent of APU’s student body is ethnically diverse, 1,535 of more than 5,000 undergraduates receive Cal Grants, 75 percent of Cal Grant recipients come from underserved families, and APU is one of 152 Hispanic-serving institutions in California.
Three APU students were named Fulbright scholars in 2016, bringing the total number of APU recipients to 11 faculty and 35 students since 2003, and positioning APU faculty and students among the world’s elite scholars seeking global engagement and understanding from a Christian perspective.
Reaffirming its institutional commitment to deepening the practice of service and strengthening its connection to the community, APU is 1 of 240 institutions classified as a Carnegie Community Engaged campus, and for the eighth consecutive year has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary leadership in civic engagement, service-learning, and building community partnerships. APU undergraduates perform more than 165,000 hours of service each year locally and globally.
More than 450 student-athletes compete for the university’s 19-sport intercollegiate athletics program. APU produced 16 All-Americans and 167 Academic All-Conference selections in the 2015-16 school year, which was APU’s first year of active membership in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). After winning the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Directors’ Cup eight consecutive years (2005-12), APU finished 17th for the second consecutive year in the 2015-16 NCAA Division II Directors’ Cup standings.
APU offers on-campus and online accelerated degree-completion programs that can be completed in as little as 12 months, with each class meeting only one night a week.
APU’s Department of Theater Arts produces four faculty-directed theater productions annually, and several smaller, student-directed productions.
Through APU’s national and international study-away opportunities, students gain cross-cultural experience that gives them a competitive advantage when applying to graduate schools or going for their first job, and opens the door to expanding vocational and ministry opportunities worldwide. Students benefit from financial, academic, and personal assistance from staff in planning and preparing for their study-away experience.
The Departments of Art and Design have four on-campus galleries that exhibit student, faculty, and visiting artist pieces throughout the year.
APU’s School of Music includes more than 20 musical ensembles, and sponsors student recitals, faculty recitals, and many guest artist concert events annually.
APU is one of the few higher education institutions in the country to own original fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls—the oldest known texts of the Hebrew Bible, dating back to roughly 250 B.C. The acquisition of five fragments, along with a number of rare biblical artifacts, reinforces APU’s commitment to the Scriptures and opens up numerous scholarship and research opportunities for faculty and students.