Azusa Pacific University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

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Azusa Pacific University Admissions Overview:

Azusa Pacific has a fairly high acceptance rate—around six out of every ten students who apply is accepted to the school. APU does require test scores submitted from either the SAT or ACT—more students, in general, submit SAT scores, although both are accepted equally. Interested students must send in high school transcripts, an application fee, and an online application form. As part of this form, students must write a short personal statement about why they are interested in the school.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Azusa Pacific University Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Azusa Pacific University Description:

Founded in 1899, Azusa Pacific University is a private, four-year evangelical Christian university located in Azusa, California, a town 26 miles east of Los Angeles. Azusa has a student body of about 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students who are supported by a student/faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The university offers over 100 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs across its schools of Business and Management, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Behavioral and Applied Sciences, Adult and Professional Studies, Theology, Nursing, Education, and Music. Student life is enhanced by a range of clubs and intramurals, and students participate in outdoor activities such as "La Jolla Kayaking" and "Mountain High Ski and Snowboard." At the intercollegiate level, the Azusa Cougars compete in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference (PacWest) and have won 42 national championships and 109 conference championships.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 10,020 (5,770 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 34% Male / 66% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $36,120
  • Books: $1,792 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,492
  • Other Expenses: $3,170
  • Total Cost: $50,574

Azusa Pacific University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 63%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $19,840
    • Loans: $7,865

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Business Administration, English, Liberal Studies, Music, Nursing, physical Education, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 22%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 51%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Gymnastics, Tennis, Swimming, Softball, Volleyball, Water Polo, Track and Field, Basketball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

If You Like Azusa Pacific University, You May Also Like These Schools:

Applicants interested in other large schools on the West Coast should also look into California Baptist University, San Diego State University, the University of California - Riverside, Pepperdine University, and Loyola Marymount University, all of which also offer a similarly wide range of academic programs and degrees.

Other colleges in the PacWest conference that are the most similar to APU in terms of admissions, size, and athletic programs, include Hawaii Pacific University, Biola University, Fresno Pacific University, and Point Loma Nazarene University.

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