Azusa Pacific University: Narrative Description

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901 East Alosta Ave., PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Tel: (626)969-3434
Free: 800-TALK-APU
Admissions: (626)812-3016
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent nondenominational, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1899. Setting: 60-acre small town campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $21.1 million. Total enrollment: 8,162. Faculty: 356 (344 full-time, 12 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 2,824 applied, 73% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 86% from top half. Full-time: 3,770 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 671 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 52 other countries, 21% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 3% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 16% 25 or older, 69% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.8 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 6/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $26,798 includes full-time tuition ($20,006), mandatory fees ($660), and college room and board ($6132). College room only: $3340. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level. Part-time tuition: $835 per unit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 32 open to all. Most popular organizations: community service groups, choir, outreach ministries groups, Habitat for Humanity, Multi-Ethnic Student Alliance (MESA). Major annual events: Mega Weekend (Homecoming/dinner rally), Mexicali Outreach, Night of Champions. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,807 college housing spaces available; 2,322 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Marshburn Memorial Library plus 2 others with 185,708 books, 691,829 microform titles, 14,031 serials, 17,706 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Azusa is in a suburban area 26 miles east of Los Angeles with a temperate climate. Bus, air, and rail services are nearby. The city has a public library, churches of major denominations, hospitals, and clinics within a 10-mile radius. Mountains and beaches are within easy driving distance and Azusa is close to the cultural and recreational advantages of Los Angeles County.

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