Highlights and Distinctives

APU makes a distinct mark among the 1,600 four-year colleges and universities contributing to the nation’s higher education landscape, and underscores the value and necessity of a premier Christian institution to advance social good. Among the university’s unique attributes and contributions, the following highlights exemplify Azusa Pacific University’s readiness for renewal and impact:

  • One of the largest Christian universities on the West Coast, and ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the 399 Doctoral-level National Universities category of America’s Best Colleges 2020, with 6,293 undergraduate and 5,550 graduate students.
  • Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. Recognized as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPI).
  • Nationally recognized as a Carnegie Classification R2 Doctoral University with high research activity consistent with outstanding faculty scholarship. APU is 1 of only 135 National Universities in this category and 1 of only 2 colleges and universities of the 180-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
  • Ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 for Service Learning, and No. 31 for Campus Ethnic Diversity among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • A military friendly, Yellow Ribbon-designated university.
  • One of only 359 institutions nationwide earning the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2020.
  • Offers more than 100 outstanding academic programs focused on Christ-centered academic excellence. The School of Nursing is ranked as a top 10 program in the nation (USA Today) and in California at No. 1 (College Factual). The School of Education is 1 of only 13 California schools of education with national accreditation. The Honors College is recognized as 1 of 5 “Hidden Gems” Honors Colleges in the nation (The American Council of Trustees and Alumni). The School of Music is ranked No. 7 in California (College Factual 2020). The Doctor of Physical Therapy program has a 97% graduation rate, 100% pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam, and 100% employment in the field.
  • Consistently in the Top 20 NCAA Division II athletic programs, with more than 450 student-athletes competing in 19 intercollegiate sports athletics and collectively maintaining a 3.2 grade-point average. APU boasts 51 national and 138 conference championships, 14 alumni professional athletes, 14 Olympians, and 7 Olympic medals.
  • 16 faculty and 40 students as Fulbright Scholar Awardees since 2003.
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