Azusa Pacific University Murrieta Regional Campus
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Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California, that offers more than 150 degree options from bachelor's to doctorate.
A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional locations across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
God First Since 1889
For more than a century, Azusa Pacific remains committed to the vision on which it was founded—to prepare men and women to make a difference in the world for Christ. From our humble beginnings to the faith and learning community we are today, discover more about APU.
What We Believe:
As an evangelical Christian university, APU affirms the supremacy of Christ in all areas of life. Our beliefs and values exist at the core of the university.
The earliest declaration of the university motto, God First, appeared in the early part of the 20th century, reflecting the community’s desire and commitment that the institution remain spiritually alive and vitally Christian. An early publication affirms that heartfelt intent, stating, “It is the foremost thought of our every activity, the principal lesson of every class and the utmost desire of every soul.” Our God First approach infuses how we move forward into God’s preferred future, holding fast to our identity, mission, and purpose.
These two words exemplify a guiding principle for us that both captures and focuses our commitment to providing the highest levels of education and service to our students, our community, and the larger world. As an institution of higher education, we see beyond the bricks and mortar and consider our university to be a living structure, composed of competent and compassionate believers who vitalize our mission and purpose with an understanding of the distinct calling Azusa Pacific has to be an excellent academic institution distinguished, too, by our warmth, our relational nature, and our desire to serve the world as Christ followers.
Today at Azusa Pacific University, we work together as a team of difference makers to advance the work of God in the world through scholarship, teaching, and building disciples across all levels and delivery systems of collegiate education. When Azusa Pacific was founded in 1899 in a simple home in Whittier, California, as the Training School for Christian Workers, that modest beginning came with the bold resolve of homeowner Philena B. Hadley and others to forge an educational enterprise that would impact the world for Christ. This foundational understanding of our common purpose finds expression in the Mission Statement as established in 1990 under the leadership of Interim President Ted Engstrom and President Richard Felix, who had just begun his tenure.
The Board of Trustees has adopted the following statement of mission and purpose for Azusa Pacific University:
"Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars who seek to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence in liberal arts and professional programs of higher education that encourage students to develop a Christian perspective of truth and life."
8 SoCal Locations and Online:
In addition to our main campus in Azusa, APU’s seven Southern California regional locations offer bachelor’s degrees for working professionals, as well as master’s degrees. Find an APU campus close to you: Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Inland Empire, High Desert, Monrovia, and Murrieta. For those unable to attend on campus, we offer a number of online degree programs to help you reach your goals.
Business Hours : Monday-Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm; Friday 9:00am-1:00pm