Azusa Pacific University, or APU, is an Evangelical Christian University located approximately 26 miles north of Los Angeles in Azusa, California. Azusa Pacific University is the result of a merger between three Christian institutions of higher education in Southern California: Azusa College, Los Angeles Pacific College, and Arlington College. Azusa College, formerly known at its founding in 1899 as the Training School for Christian Workers, was the first Bible College in California.
Today, Azusa Pacific University offers more than eighty bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from a Christian perspective to over 8,100 students. The University still operates under its founding motto of “God First” and has added Four Cornerstones: Christ, Scholarship, Community and Service that students are taught and encouraged to live. APU’s commitment to their Cornerstones has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, citing them as one of America’s Best Value Colleges for the past six years.
Azusa Pacific University seeks to make Christian scholarship accessible to Southern California through distance learning. Classic distance learning consists of bringing academic programs to satellite locations. Indeed, APU seeks “combine quality APU education with local convenience” at its seven regional learning centers. APU’s distance learning centers are located in Victorville High Desert campus), San Bernardino (Inland Empire campus), Los Angeles, Murrieta, Orange County, San Diego, and Ventura County.
Additionally, Azusa Pacific University also offers distance learning through cutting-edge online technology, offering accredited and high-quality Christian degrees in a flexible online format to accommodate working professionals. Programs offered online include Business, Nursing, Education, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Specific undergraduate degrees include: Human Development, Organizational Leadership, and Nursing (RN).
Graduate programs include Masters Degrees in Leadership and Organizational Studies, Management, Education (Technology, Leadership, School Librarian, and Special Education). Post-bachelor teaching certificates are also available online. Azusa Pacific University’s Education has developed many programs to train teachers and school personnel at the master’s and certificate levels. These degree programs are great way for students to make a career change or further their career in the field of education.
Tuition and fees vary per program, but range in price from $470-535 per unit; additional fees are charged per unit for online classes and graduate students. However, this is a great value, as there are lower faculty:student ratios with online degrees and other incidental expenses, such as fees for on-campus services and the cost of taking time off from work and commuting are not charged. Additionally, online students are eligible for the same financial aid and scholarships as on-campus students.
Aid is offered in the form of grants at the state and federal levels, as well as through program specific grants, scholarships and loan forgiveness programs. There are many financial incentives for teachers through federal and state programs, as well as professional organizations. Many of the scholarships available to teachers are specifically for women, which is a great way for women who want to further their career or re-enter the workforce.
APU seeks to provide quality education on-campus and online.