The school is small, but big enough to meet new people during the entirety of your education. If someone has never heard of APU as a university but just that it is a Christian College, they put the stereotype of "strict christian college" to it, but people who really have heard of APU and/or know of people that go there hold it to a high regard. Employers have even regarded APU alums very highly as critical thinkers, problem solvers and caring people passionate for serving others. While the chapel requirement can bog some people down, the overall atmosphere of the school is a great one, especially with small class sizes and professors that REALLY care about you.
This school does its very best to try to incorporate a Christ affirming environment for education. It integrates Christian theology with academia. In my opinion, the social atmosphere is very healthy. In your first year of college, a lot of upperclassmen take part in leadership roles to encourage, support, and guide freshmen, creating a nurturing environment for the transition into adulthood. There are plenty of ways to be involved with the school and to take part in something greater for yourself, you can be involved with on-campus events and leadership roles, and you can also be involved with international missions. APU encourages its students to grab life by the horns and soak up as many experiences as possible. Whether it is being involved with athletics, music, arts, community service, study abroad or ministry, there are a lot of options for a student to really feel plugged in and have the best college experience possible.
Since no school is perfect, there are a few things that I think the university could benefit from change. If I have to be honest, I have to say that not every department does the best job of helping their students succeed in their career after college. There are a lot of post-graduates who are struggling to find jobs and are having issues with making decisions for their futures. Like any college we do have a career center, and in my opinion, I think they do a good job, but further support needs to come from the departments themselves. Most of the education I received was beneficial, in knowledge and theory, but there was a major issue in putting my knowledge to actual field work. My own department is not the only one that falls short in that category. However, to be fair, there are some programs that APU offers that are very good at helping their students succeed despite this economy, such as the Music, and Social Work departments.
In regards to faith, believe me when I say there is a huge collection of believers on this campus. I've met a lot of people who dedicate their time (even with busy schedules) to ministry and are loving it. I've heard so many people who plan on using their education to create a faith based organization that doesn't act as an exclusive social club, but rather as a real service to social issues. You'll see a lot of people who are open about what they feel and what they think (in a very academic sense) about their walk in faith. To many students at APU, Christianity is more about attending church, it's about being a positive force in the world, through faith, intellectual conversation, and the application of what you believe into what you do.
On the flip side of that, regardless of what your faith is, you will find that the university will at times will "lay on the Christianity pretty thick". As a student, you are required to attend weekly chapel, integrate your personal faith into classes for your major, and take biblical classes. It is all about which professor you are taking and how you approach a Christian worldview. It is possible for an agnostic person to have a positive experience in a theology class, even if they have not changed their belief system.
A very strong suit that for me was the deciding factor in attending this university is that professors that they have at APU. There is a low student-faculty ratio, and you get a chance to really get to know your educators and bond with your classmates. APU faculty and staff are dedicated towards advancing the students education, development, and walk with Christ. We get more than just lectures from our professors, we get to hear about their stories about their professional lives. These talks really give you perspective into what your career could be like and give you a valuable resource outside of academia. In addition, most if not all professors are willing to meet and talk with students outside of the classroom for extra assistance. I would encourage any prospective student at APU to take advantage of that and get to really know your professors in order to build references and to get connections.
APU is a private institution, which attaches a large tuition bill, and although you can receive plenty of scholarships, make sure that this is an institution you really want to go to. No matter which college a prospective student takes, it is important to weigh out the pros and cons before attending and realize that it is a commitment and investment. In other words, if you are a part of APU, embrace it, be a part of it, accept what you can't change, and change what you can. You make your college experience whatever you want it to be. So do what you can to make it a good one. Because if you love where you go, you'll love what you're doing.
APU definitely has both positives and negatives; however, I think that it is a great school overall. It is just the right size. You do not know everyone on campus, but you can always find someone you know. A majority of students live on campus or very close to campus, so it easy to stay connected with people. Professors truly care about the students and are passionate about the material they teach. One of the most frequent student complaints is the requirement to attend chapel three times a week. However, many students enjoy this aspect of the school.
My favorite thing about APU is the community. Now, I know this sounds really cliche but it's true, ask anyone. Everyone is so friendly and there are so many people here who want to get to know you. I think one of the biggest reasons why APU is so friendly is because of its size. I think the size is perfect, it really adds to the wonderful community. Not only is the community great, but Azusa is such a college town with everything you need right by it. Although there are things around the campus, most of my time is spent on campus hanging out with friends, get a meal, or having study groups. Its so awesome being able to fellowship and live together with amazing people. Its especially fun when there is a football or basketball game going on because students love to dress up for them and root on our cougars. There is something very unique about Azusa Pacific University: chapel three times a week. Now I hear a wide variety of opinions on this subject. Some students love it, some hate it, some wish it was less than three times, and some people wish it was more. It really depends on the person and what they make of it. Every school has their ups and downs, but when I was debating to go to this school or not, I never heard anyone say anything negative about it, but only positive comments.
Azusa Pacific University, t is a Christian university that does not only strengthen a student’s academic performance, but also his or her faith in God. The campus gives off such a friendly, welcoming vibe in such a way that you know that God is present.
It is APU’s supportive community that continually encourages you to keep growing spiritually and academically by assigning faith integration papers for every class. This allows you to think why you believe in a a certain religion, and how does the teaching of that religion relate to what you learned about psychology, art, biology, etc. To be more specific, APU has two huge campuses. The East Campus, is for Liberal Arts majors and the West Campus is for Math/Science majors. They are both equipped with the latest technology and one out of the three libraries, is open till 3 am and allows students to eat inside! The best part of APU is that they provide trolleys to transport students from one campus to another. Not only does APU provide study abroad opportunity, but also missionary opportunities, and research internships. I believe that an APU's experience can change someone's life for the better.
I believe that Azusa Pacific University is a special university that attracts a special type of person. A person that is talented and goal oriented; yet, still is able to maintain a healthy diet of social activity. The school has a great balance of fresh faces and faithful friends. When I proudly say I go to Azusa Pacific University and play soccer for their program, I am met with either a joke about our acronym (APU) or I am met with a respectful response for what the university is doing and for the people it turns out. When, I am not studying, playing soccer, or working, I enjoy spending time in the coffee shop meeting new people and making conversation. In conclusion, I would say that APU is a school heading in the right direction.
I am so glad I chose to come to Azusa Pacific University. It was everything I hoped for. The best part of APU is the community. You have to try really hard to not get connected in multiple ways. All freshmen are placed in Alpha groups that help ease the transition into college. I love my Alpha group and still keep in touch with them. They prayed for me and helped me with so much. I have also really connected with the girls on my hall. We do so much together and have so many laughs and fun times. However, they are always there if I need them. I think the student population is just right. It is large enough that I am consistently meeting new people, but small enough that I always seem to see people I know around campus. One thing that some people don't like are the chapel requirements. Students are required to go to three of the 5 chapels offered during the week. They are allowed 10 abscences. Some people think it is too big of a hassle, but I love chapel. It is a time to take a break and really reflect and worship God. It is a huge stress reliever.
APU is a great place if you are seeking God or want to know him more intimately. But like all things you get what you put into it.
To be honest, I wanted to transfer my Freshman year. I had not figured out how APU worked. Three years later I would not have wanted to be anywhere else. This school provides so many opportunities for growth and experience. They really encourage student involvement on campus. This is the best way to find your niche.
The best part of Azusa is the faculty. I am yet to take a class that the professor does not want to see you succeed. That does not mean that success if passing the class with an "A" but instead grasping the concepts and growing through.
I would change the food on campus. The food is good and we are well fed. However this is really the only area that I would change.
I would say that student population is really relevant to the person. For me this is just right. I am constantly seeing new faces, but there is still a sense of community on campus.
People always notice the sticker on my car from Azusa Pacific. It is the start of many great conversations. I most often hear that people go to the community college across the street and really want to to transfer to APU. They ask how I like it and what kind of classes I get to take.
I love hanging out with my friends at their apartments, going to library for study groups, or the coffee shop to catch up with a friend.
The city of Azusa is very supportive of APU. However it is not solely a city for APU. This provides a great opportunity for service though. APU is committed to providing service to the community. This would be difficult if the city was a college town.
I love the administration at Azusa. I have been fortunate enough to take a class with the President of the university. It is amazing that he would take the time to really invest in a group of students in this way.
The most recent controversy was for a veterans day chapel. Azusa Pacific invited a pacifist to speak to the student body. There was quite a bit of hostility from certain parts of the student body. However the speaker did a fantastic job of paying respect to service members while speaking about his beliefs on war.
The best thing about APU is that the staff care whether you succeed or not. Some may pull you into meetings to talk about how you could do better if you are failing a class. APU is fantastic and I wouldn't change a thing.
I have full confidence when I say Azusa Pacific is an amazing school. It has just the right amount of students to be able to be comfortable and get connected but it is big enough to meet new people often. Our teachers are great role models and want to get to know each student personally and invest in our lives. Freshmen year I spent a lot of my time on Trinity lawn because everyone would be hanging out listening to music, reading a book, or talking to friends. One thing that is very unusual about our school is the study abroad for the same price as tuition. I had the opportunity to go to South Africa, that is one experience I will never forget. Four months in an amazing, God-filled place.
The best thing about this school is that everyone is literally the nicest people in the world. Whether or not they are being genuine, they are all so nice and generous. The other great thing is that because the school is not crowded just yet (it's expanding exponentially every year), people don't psychologically feel claustrophobic. It is true that this school is not the most well-known but as far as Christian universities go, it is in the top three. There is a lot of school pride especially when it comes to sports, obviously. My school has a great baseball team as well as an acrobatic and tumbling team. There are different venues at this school that people could hang out at like the coffee shop, with indoor and outdoor seating; cougar walk, an outdoor seating area; the Rose garden with a "romantic" atmosphere; the amphitheatre with the gorgeous sun hitting your face; and so much more. One thing that is a bummer, however, is that all undergrad students are required to attend three chapel services a week. Although it is only an hour, I feel that it is unnecessary. APU also has an amazing music program with a great cello studio (which I am part of) as well as a Jazz combo group with amazing directors like Rusty Higgins, who used to frequently play with the Jazz bigs like Count Basie.
Azusa, just like any school, has it's bright spots and it's challenges. A walk across campus is inspiring, from the beautiful landscaping to the amazing Southern California weather. The atmosphere is kinder and more welcoming than other schools I have visited. Admissions was an easy process, made easier by a wonderful staff. Across from campus are several fast food places, shops and even a movie theater, all within walking distance. However, with that being said, one has to prepare for the pitfalls. I have observed that the libraries are not ideal study places, and campus food is very pricey. As a commuter student, there are very few, if any, comfortable places to sit down and have a meal while browsing your laptop. With those drawbacks aside, the benefits of attending a well-respected school such as Azusa Pacific University outweigh the downfalls. And sitting outside in the grass on a sunny autumn day is a bright spot unlike any other.
I have really enjoyed being at Azusa Pacific. As a freshman, I can always find something to do and love the atmosphere of it. There are just the right amount of students. It is not overwhelming but not too small. You get the classes you want and are able to connect with your professors. The feel is amazing and God centered. The school has pride for our athletics down to the theater program. Some days are slow but for the most part, there is always something to do and someone to talk too.
APU is a wonderful school that is filled with people who are committed to learning, loving one another, and creating a community for our students, which is one of our greatest attributes. Although we are committed to change, we still need to continue to work on things such as parking, food, and our discussion around diversity. Because APU is in Azusa, 30 minutes from LA, our campus is very urban. The campus size is around 5000 which is not too big or too small, but it feels perfect because it is so close to a big city. One thing to keep in mind is that because we are in such a urban area, we have had a few problems with security issues, but no more than any other urban campus that is being sought out for.
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