Azusa Pacific University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA

Founded in 1899 by a group of spiritual leaders spanning a number of denominations, the Training School for Christian Workers first opened its doors to students on March 3, 1900. After several name changes and a couple of school mergers, the school known today as Azusa Pacific University (APU) emerged in 1981.

Over 100 years after its initial founding, APU has emerged as an evangelical Christian university that serves nearly 10,000 students each year via its main campus, online, and 7 regional centers located throughout Southern California. APU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Tier One National University in 2011.


Azusa Pacific University offered over 80 academic programs as of 2012. At the undergraduate level, the school offers bachelor's degrees in areas ranging from theater and art to biblical studies and nursing. Students have a number of master's and Ph.D. degree options available as well. Popular master's programs include business administration and education, while physical therapy topped the list of most popular doctoral programs among students during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Special learning opportunities are available to students that include ROTC (Army), teacher certification, and study abroad programs. Distance learning options are available that include 9 online undergraduate degree options and over 20 online graduate degree and certificate program options. Available online programs range from education and leadership to nursing and business.


First-time freshmen and new applicants must supply official transcripts for all previous coursework in addition to official ACT or SAT scores and recommendation letters. The average high school GPA of freshmen entering the university in Fall 2011 was 3.637. Applicants may receive priority notification of their admissions status if they apply by February 15, but the final deadline for fall admission is not until June 1. For those interested, the Early Action deadline for freshmen is November 15. Those not admitted at that time will have a chance to be reconsidered under the Regular Decision (February 15) deadline. The application fee is $45, and applications may be completed online.

The university considers a number of factors during the evaluation process, including overall class ranking, standardized test scores, prior academic performance and the applicant's recommendations. Of the roughly 1,100 undergraduates admitted in Fall 2011, about 88% attended APU full-time, and 85% of them were 24 years of age or younger.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of the 2012-2013 school year, tuition and fees at Azusa Pacific University were around $30,236 per academic year. Books and supplies were estimated to cost just over $1,600 for 2011-2012, and students living on campus were expected to spend about $7,370 on room and board during the 2012-13 academic year.

Scholarship opportunities for first-time freshmen include the Trustees' Scholarship (which covers full tuition and is awarded to 5 individuals each year) and the President's Scholarship (valued at $5,000 per semester). Additional scholarship opportunities available include the Dean's Scholarship, the Director's Scholarship, the Founder's Award, and transfer student scholarships.

School Type 4-year, private non-profit**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral, post-baccalaureate certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Suburb: large**
Student Body Around 5,998 undergraduates and 3,931 graduate students in 2010-2011**
Student Housing 4 residence halls on campus and 5 nearby apartment complexes*
Schools and Programs 8 colleges and schools; over 80 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Registered nursing (261)
Master's: Education, general (651)
Doctorate: Physical therapy/Therapist (35)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2003:
55% in 4 years
66% in 6 years
68% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 51% in Fall 2010**
Entering Class Size About 1,184 in Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates For undergrads beginning in Fall 2010:
88% (full-time students)
80% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Freshmen in Fall 2011 1,105 (Combined score)*
Undergraduate Application Due Date Early Action November 15; February 15 (Recommended); June 1 (Final deadline)*
Decision Notification Date Early Action students are notified within 3 weeks of completion of application. Regular Decision students are notified in April*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2012-2013 are roughly $30,236*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Freshmen Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grant aid (29%), state/local grant aid (23%), institutional grant aid (92%), federal loans (65%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid in 2010-2011 95% of first-time freshmen**

Sources: *Azusa Pacific University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 901 E. Alosta, Azusa, CA 91702-7000
  • Phone: (626) 969-3434
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