Cultivating Difference Makers Since 1899


Facts and Figures

• Established in 1899

• Motto: God First

• Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

Highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and The Princeton Review

• 5,100 undergraduates from 57 countries and 50 states

96% of undergraduates receiving financial aid

• 60+ undergraduate majors

• 50+ ministry and service opportunities

20+ 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

Six women and men with a vision to teach and train missionaries for Christian service prayed this school into existence in 1899. Now, 119 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 difference makers to impact the world for Christ. 

At APU, you’ll find a transformational education experience. We’rea community of men and women who are 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 in classrooms, communities, hospitals, businesses, 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 event.

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 10:1 student-faculty ratio, professors get to know you. And they can’t waitto see you succeed.

Here’s a little more about APU’s exceptional faculty:

• 485 full-time faculty members

58% of full-time faculty have a doctorate or other terminal degree.

• 27% of full-time faculty represent an ethnic minority.

• 54% 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, PhD, talks about researching with students. 

Meaningful learning 
At Azusa Pacific, learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom. Opportunities for involvement abound on and off campus. Each one not only helps you prepare for whatyou’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 hoursof 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 oryou look forward to exploring opportunities during college, APU has options. Discover which one is rightfor you. 

Making a Difference 

Watch these videos on our website to see how APU students and faculty make a difference in the lives of others.

Army veteran and Physical Education major Jerson Anzola ’18 showed perseverance in the face of suffering a traumatic brain injury and the loss of his parents. The Colombia native now plans to give back to his community as a physical education teacher and youth mentor.

Skyla M. Herod, PhD, 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.

Margarita Ramirez ’12, a first-generation college student and Political Science major, built close relationships with professors and was encouraged to pursue a Fulbright Scholarship to further her dreams.