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Christian Life Profile

Cultivating Difference Makers Since 1899

Six women and men with a vision to teach and train missionaries for Christian service prayed this school into existence in 1899. Now, 116 years later, Azusa Pacific is still here. We have more programs, more activities, and more buildings, but the mission hasn’t changed: Azusa Pacific University exists to prepare disciples and scholars to impact the world for Christ.

At APU you’ll find a transformational education experience. We’re a community of men and women passionate about what we do and about being a light to the world around us. Inside or outside the classroom, students apply their hearts, souls, and minds, pursuing excellence—and Christ—in all they do. They graduate ready to impact the world for Christ in classrooms, communities, hospitals, boardrooms, churches, and beyond.

Watch: Get a glimpse of what campus life is like at APU. Watch our video and schedule a tour or sign up for a preview day.

Faculty mentors
Faculty at Azusa Pacific are experts in their fields, but more than that, they are passionate teachers and mentors who pour knowledge into students. Students frequently seek the advice of their professors, discussing class assignments, brainstorming research opportunities, and exploring dreams and goals. With a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, professors get to know you. And they can’t wait to see you succeed.

Here’s a little more about APU’s exceptional faculty:
• 1,219 instructional faculty
• 67% of full-time faculty have a doctorate/terminal degree.
• 26% of full-time faculty represent an ethnic minority.
• 52% of faculty are female.

Watch: See what it’s like to study at APU and learn from engaging faculty scholars. Watch as associate professor of biology and chemistry Skyla Herod, Ph.D., talks about researching with students.

Meaningful learning
At Azusa Pacific learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom. Opportunities for involvement overflow whether on or off campus. Each one not only helps you prepare for what you’re going to do after you graduate, but what you can do now: research with faculty, serve in a leadership role, study abroad, volunteer in the community, go on a mission trip, play intramurals, join a club, learn skills at an internship, work on campus. In fact, in addition to academic studies, APU students contribute more than 165,000 hours of service annually, applying their knowledge as they reach out to help communities locally, nationally, and abroad.

And whether you’ve known what you want to major in for years or you look forward to exploring opportunities during college, APU has options. Discover which one is right for you.

Making a Difference
Watch these videos to see how APU students and faculty make a difference in the lives of others.

Combining his passion for business and calling to be a pastor, Matt Holguin ’02, M.B.A. ’05, created Working to Give, a purpose-driven business that puts 50% of profits back into communities.

Skyla M. Herod, Ph.D., associate professor in APU’s Department of Biology and Chemistry, mentors students in the classroom and the lab to prepare them for graduate school and beyond.

Todd Williams ’13 served as a resident advisor at APU and participated in Walkabout, a 10-day leadership training trek that challenges students physically, spiritually, and emotionally.


Facts and Figures
• Established in 1899
• Motto: God First
• Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
• Highly ranked in U.S.News & World Report, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and The Princeton Review
• 5,600 undergraduates from 47 countries and 48 states
• 90% of undergraduates receiving financial aid
• 51 undergraduate majors
• 50+ ministry and service opportunities
• 40+ study abroad and off-campus learning options
• 21 music ensembles
• 19 NCAA Division II sports teams
• 4+ mainstage theater productions each year
• 4 on-campus art galleries
• 1 Honors College