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. APU offers 68 bachelor’s degrees, 48 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 10 credentials, and 9 doctoral programs to more than 9,000 students at the university’s main campus in Azusa, seven regional locations, and online. A member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and recognized among the nation’s top schools, APU remains committed to God First and Christ-centered academic excellence.
Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2021 rankings, to its national universities list, as well as to several other significant lists, including First-Year Experiences and Top Performers on Social Mobility. The Princeton Review designated APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the “Best Western Colleges” section of its 2021 Best Colleges guide. APU is also recognized in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Top 100 Degree producers for 2020 and is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).
The school’s first graduating class had 12 people. Today, APU has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students.
Total students enrolled: 9,006
- Traditional Undergraduate: 3,592
- Professional Undergraduate: 906
- Graduate: 4,508
Total teaching faculty: 978
- Full-time faculty: 450
- Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
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Representing APU’s commitment to God-honoring diversity, approximately 66 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.
Four APU students were named Fulbright scholars in 2018, bringing the total number of APU recipients to 15 faculty and 39 students since 2003, and positioning APU faculty and students among the world’s elite scholars seeking global engagement and understanding from a Christian perspective.
Committed to Christ-centered academic excellence, Azusa Pacific University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral/Research University.
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. APU undergraduates perform more than 165,000 hours of service each year locally and globally.
Azusa Pacific University ranks in the top 25 universities nationwide based on alumni ratings, according to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs and featured by Forbes. Listed at number 22, APU joins elite universities, including Harvard, Princeton, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. APU is 1 of only 2 Christian universities to make the list.
More than 470 student-athletes compete for the university’s 18-sport NCAA Division 2 athletics program, which seeks to cultivate champions of character who excel in athletics and in life. During the 2019-20 season, APU won three conference championships, made nine NCAA postseason appearances, and produced over 300 scholar-athletes.
APU is one of seven universities in California named a Nursing College of Distinction for 2020-21.
APU’s Department of Theater Arts produces four faculty-directed theater productions annually, and several smaller, student-directed productions.
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 20 musical ensembles, and sponsors student recitals, faculty recitals, and many guest artist concert events annually.