Azusa Pacific University Profile

Founded in 1899, Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a comprehensive Christian evangelical university located near Los Angeles in suburban Azusa, California (USA). It was featured in TIME magazine and placed as one of the nation’s best by U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

The university has the following schools:
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Center for Adult and Professional Studies
- School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences,
- School of Business and Management,
- School of Education,
- School of Music,
- School of Nursing,
- School of Theology.

APU receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, the School of Business and Management receives accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and holds membership in the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The School of Nursing's programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


- Placed in the Tier 3 among National Universities (US News & World Report Best Colleges 2010). Schools in the national universities group include 262 American institutions that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees; many strongly emphasize research.

- The Princeton Review designated it as one of 123 colleges in the 2010 Best in the West category.

- In the U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2009, it is placed in the third tier of the national category, and ranked 9th among the best up-and-coming national universities.

- The Princeton Review included it as one of 120 colleges in the 2009 Best in the West category.

- Placed as one of 123 colleges in the Best in the West category (The Princeton Review 2008).

- Placed in the third tier of national category in the U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2008 rankings, categorized alongside premier national universities such as Harvard and Yale. It was previously placed within the Western Universities-Master’s category.

- Placed among the Top 25 of Western Universities-Master’s classification, ranking 15th (USNWR 2007 America’s Best Colleges). APU’s first-year experience was named among 52 of the nation’s top programs.

- According to Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine 2007, it is placed as one of the nation’s top schools in awarding degrees to minority students, including 6th for awarding Hispanic master's degrees in the education category, and 60th for total minority master's degrees awarded across all disciplines.