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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Outstanding Students

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars who seek to advance the work of God through academic excellence in liberal arts and professional programs of higher education – both of which encourage students to develop a Christian perspective of truth and life.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,883 undergraduate students
91% of undergrad students are full time
35% male — 65% female
23% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
480 full-time faculty
727 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

School Location

Azusa, California—just 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley.

Retention Fall 2015

88% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

68% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 29%
Black or African American 5%
White 44%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 8%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


NCAA Division II, Pacific West Conference. 19 varsity sports (8 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, track & field, indoor track and field, tennis; 11 women’s: soccer, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, softball, track & field, indoor track and field, tennis, acrobatics and tumbling, swimming and waterpolo, diving).

Other Information

Azusa Pacific University is a four-year, comprehensive Christian, evangelical university founded in 1899.

Academic Programs

Accounting; Applied Art; Applied Health; Art History; Biblical Studies; Biochemistry; Biology/Biological Sciences; Business Management; Chemistry; Communication/Speech Communication & Rhetoric; Computer Science; Divinity/Ministry; English; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Global Studies; Graphic Design; Health Science; History; International Relations & Affairs; Journalism; Liberal Arts & Sciences/Liberal Studies; Marketing/Marketing Management; Mathematics; Music; Nursing (Registered nurse training); Philosophy; Physical Education Teaching & Coaching; Physics; Political Science & Government; Pre-engineering; Prelaw Studies; Psychology; Religious Studies; Social Sciences; Social Work; Sociology; Spanish; Theology; Visual Art

More Distinctions

  • Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually by U.S. News and World Report's America's Best College and by the Princeton Review.

  • For the sixth consecutive year, The Princeton Review designated APU as 1 of 121 institutions in the “Best Western Colleges” section of its 2011 Best Colleges.

  • For the 10th consecutive year, Azusa Pacific University secured a place in this year's top 25 of the U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges and Universities," Master's Classification, ranking 15th from among 124 western colleges and universities.

  • APU was recognized by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of the nation’s top schools in awarding degrees to minority students. In 2011, APU ranked 6th out of 100 universities for awarding Hispanic master’s degrees in the education category, and 66th for total minority master’s degrees awarded across all disciplines.

Service as a Cornerstone

Azusa Pacific places a high priority on service learning projects. The Center for Academic Service Learning and Research provides programs for Azusa Pacific students to engage with the surrounding community. The programs vary from teaching local school children to reading with the Azusa Reads program. Students can be involved in the College Headed and Mighty Proud (C.H.A.M.P.) program, where students introduce the idea of college to 600-700 local at-risk fourth graders, and the Azusa Conservatory of Music, which provides free music lessons to area youth.

The Center for Student Action mobilizes and educates students toward responsible and transformational service locally and globally through a collaborative network of offices and programs. Students connect with the Center for Global Learning & Engagement (study abroad), the Office of Ministry and Service, the Office of World Missions, Mexico Outreach, International Students and Scholars, Rancho El Refugio, and HIS Years.


At Azusa Pacific, undergraduate students attend chapel from a selection of options each week. The Office of Chapel Program brings in internationally renowned speakers, authors, ministers, and musicians to share their message with the APU community.

Valuable Scholarship

With a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, APU students benefit from small class sizes and more personal interaction with faculty members, many of whom take time to mentor students and host small study groups.

APU professors serve as expert resources who continue to pursue professional development and lifelong learning. Two faculty members received Fulbright Scholarships in 2012 to conduct research in China and Jordon, respectively. Two were appointed editors of Christian Higher Education, one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals in 2011. Others have developed groundbreaking iPhone apps and conducted significant archeological research in Israel.


Azusa Pacific has more than 40 national and international study abroad opportunities through the Center for Global Learning & Engagement. One of the most popular, the Azusa Oxford Semester, sends 25 junior and senior students to become associate students at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Here, the 12-15-unit curriculum includes lectures, tutorials, and a weekly Colloquium on Faith and Learning. The APU South Africa Semester offers students an exciting opportunity to learn, serve, and engage the unique culture of South Africa in Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg.

APU’s High Sierra Semester offers students the unique opportunity to step away from the typical college experience by studying in the High Sierras, just south of Yosemite National Park. Each semester, 40 to 50 students embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they enter into a small community. The High Sierra Program holds each student to high academic standards. Classes are taught as part of the university’s Great Works Option, which allows students to learn through the integration of all their classes, all while meeting General Studies and Upper Division Elective requirements.

Extra Tutoring

The Learning Enrichment Center (LEC) provides academic support to students who require a little additional help. The LEC offers both group and individual tutoring, student disability accommodations, freshman testing, individualized study strategies, and more to support students in their academic endeavors toward excellence. Additionally, APU offers assistance through the Writing Center, which provides one-on-one consulting services, workshops for research papers, and resources for publishing.

School of Nursing

Azusa Pacific participates in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The chapter currently includes approximately 800 members. APU’s School of Nursing offers baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing, as well as a Ph.D. in Nursing and credential programs for nursing, education, family nurse practitioner, and school nurse.

Nursing and the Community

The Neighborhood Wellness Center is a collaborative project between the city of Azusa and APU’s School of Nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the predominantly underserved families of Azusa and the surrounding area. The center offers several services, including a drop-in center that serves as a community resource. It offers health screening, bilingual health education, and referrals. The center also partners with community agencies to develop activities which address the identified health needs of local residents such as stress reduction, exercise, healthy eating, and child safety.


The Community Counseling Center is a Christian-based counseling center that provides quality counseling and consulting services at a low cost to the community. The center helps families find harmony between their values and actions as they work through challenges and transitional dilemmas. The center also enables students in APU’s Clinical or Family Psychology programs to develop the necessary skills to become effective therapists and/or psychologists.

Student Services

The Office of Student Success helps acclimate and support new students through the Alpha Program and strengths counseling. Each semester, current students serve as Alpha leaders, meeting with a group of 8-10 new students whom they support, guide, and challenge as they begin their college experience. During this time, new students also participate in strengths counseling, getting to know their individual strengths through the StrengthsFinder test and meeting with a trained strengths counselor to learn how to apply their strengths to their academics and future careers.

A Community of Awareness

APU’s own source for student perspectives on the university and world news, entertainment, sports, and campus issues, The Clause is distributed every Wednesday after chapel.

The Office of Multi-Ethnic Programs (MEP) seeks to contribute to a campus climate at APU that is sensitive to the values of ethnic diversity. MEP promotes student development through ethnic organizations (Latin American Student Association, Black Student Awareness, and the Pacific Islander Organization). In addition, MEP coordinates the Multi-Ethnic Leader Scholarship Program.

Art Programs

Many APU programs reflect the university’s dedication to support, encourage, and embrace the arts. The School of Music sponsors 21 vocal and instrumental groups that perform for thousands of people across the U.S. each year. Each year, the university also brings renowned musicians to perform on campus through the Artist Concert Series. The Department of Art hosts faculty and student art exhibits throughout the year, as well as guest artist lectures and displays. The university’s Theater Arts program conducts five mainstage performances per year as well as several smaller productions.

Athletic Success

Azusa Pacific’s application for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II was accepted in 2011, ushering in a new era of Cougar athletic competition. Azusa Pacific’s 19 intercollegiate sports have combined to win 42 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championships as well as 109 Golden State Athletics Conference (GSAC) championships. In 2011-12, the Cougars captured their eighth consecutive Directors’ Cup. APU’s Athletics Department is also known for its dedication to character development, striving to educate student athletes in all areas of their lives.

Azusa Pacific is famous for its track and field athletes. More than 11 Olympic track and field athletes have graduated from Azusa Pacific since 1980. In the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, alumni Bryan Clay ’03 won the silver medal in the decathlon, and Stephanie McCann ’01 secured 10th place in the pole vault. Clay went on to win the gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.


Admissions Fall 2015

6,084 Total Applicants 
4,922 Total Admissions 
1,202 Total Freshman Enrollment

80.90% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 480 590
SAT Math 470 590
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 21 27
ACT Math 20 27
ACT English 21 28
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $34,174
Fees $580
Total $34,754
Room and Board (on campus) $9,218
Room Only $5,438
Board Only $3,780
Estimated Total On Campus $43,972


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

97% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
65% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$18,181 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,821 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates