Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. Azusa Pacific University, one of the largest Christian universities in the nation today, had begun on March 3, 1899. As an evangelical Christian university, APU affirms the supremacy of Christ in all areas of life. Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The University is organized into three colleges and seven schools.
The academics programs are available from the Honors College, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Music and the Arts, Leung School of Accounting, School of Adult and Professional Studies, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, School of Business and Management, School of Education, School of Nursing, and School of Theology. APU offers three libraries on its main campus and six off-campus libraries supporting academic programs at the APU Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Murrieta Regional Centers. The main campus libraries are the William V. Marshburn Library, Hugh and Hazel Darling Library, and Stamps Theological Library, and contain a print collection of more than 215,000 books and media, 1,800 periodical titles, and 630,000 microforms. The university network also provides access to 100 online databases, which include 12,000 full-text periodical titles and 23,000 electronic books.Azusa Pacific University, one of the largest Christian universities in the nation today, began on March 3, 1899, when a group of men and women passionate about creating a place for Christian education gathered to form the Training School for Christian Workers. It became the first Bible college on the West Coast geared toward preparing men and women for ministry and service. Meeting in a modest home in Whittier, California, and led by President Mary A. Hill, the school grew to an enrollment of 12 in its first term.
In November 2000, Jon R. Wallace, DBA, an Azusa Pacific alumnus and former student body president, assumed the role of university president. Prior to becoming president, Wallace served in numerous roles at the university, including dean of students and vice president. Known for his passion, energy, and connection with the campus community, Wallace began building upon the legacy of his predecessors and envisioning the next level of God-honoring excellence for APU. His entrepreneurial approach to management, program development, and meaningful, transformational scholarship, has led the university through a period of growth, including overseeing completion several new buildings, including the $54 million Segerstrom Science Center, the most fiscally significant project ever undertaken by the university.
in 2012 Wallace announced the Shared Vision 2022 for Azusa Pacific, grounded in the following vision statement: APU will be a premier Christian university and a recognized leader in higher education, a city on a hill that reflects the life of Christ and shines the light of Truth. The vision focuses on four key components: advancing APU’s Christ-centered mission, enhancing its academic reputation, continuing to value people, and pursuing financial excellence.
Today, APU offers 57 bachelor’s degrees, 40 master’s degrees, 14 certificates, 10 credentials, and 9 doctoral programs at the university’s main campus in Azusa, six regional centers, and online. The university earned a 9-year reaccreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2013, and holds 14 other specialized accreditations.
Currently, the university’s award-winning intercollegiate athletic program consists of 19 teams. The athletics program has won an unprecedented eight consecutive National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Directors’ Cup awards, and began membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II in fall 2012. APU also belongs to the Pacific West Conference in all sports except for football, which belongs to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).
Through all this, Azusa Pacific continues advancing its core mission, preparing and graduating students who go on to make a difference in the lives of others. Learn more by watching the stories of alumni like these as they carry on that tradition, while inspiring future generations.
Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars who seek to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence in liberal arts and professional programs of higher education that encourage students to develop a Christian perspective of truth and life.
The earliest declaration of the university motto, God First, appeared in the early part of the 20th century, reflecting the community's desire and commitment that the institution remains spiritually alive and vitally Christian. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities,
APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at six regional centers across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S.News & World Report.
APU sponsors local and global programs, including: tutoring local children, sponsoring sports camps, and cleaning up local mountain trails. Farther from campus, students build on 35 years of cooperation with Mexican churches painting schools, erecting churches, and leading Vacation Bible schools in neighborhoods throughout Mexicali and Ensenada. Through Focus International, students serve in India, Kenya, Thailand, and other ministry sites around the globe.
Azusa Pacific is a community of disciples and scholars preparing to impact the world for Christ. Azusa Pacific’s more than 75 graduate-level programs, including master’s degrees, doctorates, certificates, and credentials, prepare students to make a positive impact in their classrooms, boardrooms, organizations, and communities. The Graduate and Professional Center provides multiple resources and services to help students proceed through their graduate studies, including admission, registration, and financial aid. zusa Pacific’s online degree programs combine the distinction of attending a leading Christian university with the flexibility of a dynamic online learning environment. Students complete their coursework when and where it works best for them—without sacrificing the comprehensive, relevant academics APU is known for.