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Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at six regional centers across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S.News & World Report.

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  • Azusa Pacific University is a leading Christian college ranked as one of the nation’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. 
  • MilitaryTimes included Azusa Pacific University on its Best For Vets: College 2017 rankings. This honor places APU among the nation's top 15 percent of military friendly schools.

As an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars, Azusa Pacific University approaches diversity from a biblical perspective, affirming that diversity is an expression of God’s image, love, and boundless creativity.

We believe that all people, without exception, bear the image of God (Genesis 1:27; 9:6; James 3:9). We also believe that, because sin has marred each individual, Christ, in His great love, chose to die on the cross for the sake of every person (I John 2:2; John 3:16) so that all may receive forgiveness for sin and be reconciled to God. Our pursuit of diversity involves fulfilling Christ’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 19:19; Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27). We support a diverse university across lines of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, socioeconomic status, class, age, and ability. In submitting to the Lordship of Christ we seek to eliminate attitudes of superiority and failure to fulfill Christ’s charge to reach all peoples. Therefore, we must submit to Christ and love one another as we appreciate individual uniqueness while pursuing the unity for which Jesus prayed (John 17:21).

Biblical Foundations
Matthew 28:19-20 – The Great Commission
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

Matthew 22:37-40 – The Two Greatest Commandments
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

We believe that diversity can only be properly understood in light of God’s revelation to humankind through the Bible (John 14:6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

We advocate a behavior regarding diversity that is anchored in the prerogative of love—God’s love for all people (John 3:16) and His command to love Him and each other (Matthew 22:37-40).

This love:

  • begins with God’s creation of humankind in His image (Genesis 1:27), which means that all people reflect something of God’s character, and therefore have inherent worth and dignity.
  • transcends human differences without ignoring or denying them, nor using them as occasions for prejudice, exploitation, or injustice (John 4:9-10).
  • is offered to all human beings, who by their very nature are inclined to sin and violate God’s desires (Romans 3:23).
  • confronts the effects of sin within individuals, families, groups, cultures, and nations (1 Kings 8:46-50; Romans 6:23; I John 1:8-2:2).
  • calls all to repentance, change, and holy living (Matthew 4:17; Acts 17:30, 26:20).
  • offers hope for change through the power of forgiveness and reconciliation, with God and with each other (Ephesians 2:14-18; Romans 5:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21).
  • demonstrates special concern for the poor, oppressed, and powerless (Deuteronomy 15:4-11; Psalms 35:10, 140:12; Luke 4:18-19).
  • extends the hope of heaven, where there will be no more suffering, injustice, or conflict (Isaiah 2:2-4; Revelation 7:16-17, 21:1-4), and where people representing the diversity of creation will join together in worshipping their Creator (Revelation 7:9).

In addition to those mentioned above, a Christian approach to diversity should be characterized by the following:

  • Faith
    Matthew 17:20; John 14:12
  • Grace
    Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Humility
    Proverbs 3:34; Ephesians 4:2
  • Respect
    1 Peter 2:17
  • Community
    Acts 2:42-47
  • Hospitality
    Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9
  • Compassion
    Psalm 86:1-5, Matthew 9:36; Colossians 3:12
  • Honesty
    Ephesians 4:15
  • Patience
    Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 4:2
  • Unity
    Acts 4:32; Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 2:1-4
  • Appreciation of different Gifts/Roles
    Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31
  • Transformation
    Romans 8:28, 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18
  • Servant Leadership
    Mark 10:42-45; John 13:12-17; Philippians 2:5-11


To this end we are committed to the following goals:

University Community:

  • Encourage and provide opportunities for the exchange of Christ-centered redemptive insights in all circumstances.
  • Create and expand opportunities for students, staff, faculty, administrators, and trustees to engage in intercultural learning both inside and outside of the classroom through partnerships between the curricular and cocurricular.
  • Implement an intentional marketing, recruitment, and retention plan directed toward underrepresented Christ-centered communities at all levels of the university; investigate and initiate outreach programs to churches, ministries, community organizations, and/or K–12 schools.
  • Intentionally include a broad representation of diverse speakers, performers, and musicians at APU campus and public events.


  • Expand and integrate diversity studies into the curriculum.
  • Explore the development of ethnic and/or gender study programs.
  • Recruit, support, and retain faculty who integrate intercultural perspectives and other diversity issues into their curriculum and research.
  • Provide incentives for faculty to participate in intercultural experiences and training.


  • Facilitate the transformation of a campus culture that promotes an environment of Christ-centered love to the community.
  • Provide a safe environment for students in which they are accepted, empowered, and supported; create an environment where differences of perspective are sought and respected for the enrichment of the entire community.
  • Develop and support students who are agents of reconciliation and who understand their responsibility to advance diversity.
  • Develop students who are prepared to interact within a diverse and globally minded society; continue to develop and expand programs that challenge and encourage students to compassionately respond to diverse perspectives.
  • Assess each university department’s involvement in promoting the institution’s mission on diversity.
  • Strategically address ways to promote diversity.

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October 29, 2014
News Release
Azusa Pacific University’s School of Music hosts a free community concert featuring performances by Azusa Pacific University, Citrus College, and local high school and middle school choirs.
October 29, 2014
Media Alert
Azusa Pacific University’s School of Music hosts a free concert featuring APU’s Symphony Orchestra with Director Christopher Russell and the Oratorio Choir with Director John Sutton, DMA.
October 16, 2014
News Release
Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College invite the community to pay tribute to the men and women who have served in the military at the Ninth Annual Saluting Our Veterans.
October 8, 2014
Media Alert
APU hosts a concert with Switchfoot and Gungor at Felix Event Center on Fri., Oct. 31.
October 6, 2014
News Release
Azusa Pacific University’s LP and Timothy Leung School of Accounting welcomes TIME magazine’s 2002 Person of the Year, Cynthia Cooper, famous for her instrumental role in exposing the WorldCom fraud, one of the largest in corporate history.


Azusa Pacific University is a community like no other, where the individual stories of students, graduates, professors, coaches, and staff connect to a collective identity—we prepare and serve as difference makers, ready to impact the world for Christ. Our mission as disciples and scholars begins on campus, and it spreads outward to the local region, the nation, and beyond. Experience the story of Azusa Pacific through the people who comprise the heart of the university.

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Academic Vision

Developed as a team by the Academic and President’s cabinets
February 2004

Mission Statement

“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.”

We strive to be an exemplary university that is Christ-centered and evangelical, recognized for excellence that honors God through transformational scholarship, life-giving community, and selfless service.


We will be known as a university that is Christ-centered.

  • We declare God First in all we say and do.
  • We will be an evangelical Christian community of higher education developing disciples and scholars.
  • We will first serve churches and faith communities in the San Gabriel Valley and Southern California.
  • We will teach every student in every class from a Christian perspective of truth and life.
  • We will model what it means to follow Jesus Christ as we call others to be disciples and scholars.
  • We will work under the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.


We will be known as a university distinguished by transformational Scholarship (Romans 12:2).

  • We will strengthen scholarship that embraces discovery, application, integration and teaching.
  • We will create an environment that supports and develops recognized researchers and excellent teachers.
  • We will promote the discipline of lifelong learning.
  • We will implement effective delivery systems to educate students regardless of geographic location.
  • We will be innovative and responsive in meeting the academic needs of a changing and diverse society.
  • We will continually assess academic programs to ensure educational effectiveness.


We will be known as a university that embodies life-giving Community.

  • We will value people, practicing grace and kindness, because all people are loved by God.
  • We will honor God by achieving diversity of ethnicity, race and gender, reflecting the richness of Southern California.
  • We will model Christ in our relationships, practicing truth-telling, trust, and transparency.
  • We will identify value and cultivate servant leaders within the APU community.
  • We will hear all voices on social issues, founding our response on the truth of scripture as lived out in the mission of the university.
  • We will be a learning community committed to life together as disciples of Jesus Christ.


We will be known as a university that practices selfless Service.

  • We will engage in service in order to model Christ.
  • We will live, participate and collaborate as a good neighbor in our surrounding communities through serving and learning.
  • We will grow in our commitment as a Christian university to apply our knowledge and skills in service to the academy and our community.
  • We will be witnesses and servants first in our Jerusalem (Azusa), our Judea (East San Gabriel Valley), our Samaria (Southern California), and then to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Strategic Priorities

We will provide resources and an infrastructure for the attainment of our Strategic Priorities.

  • We will employ organizational and management systems that will support the mission and vision.
  • We will manage our size and growth in support of our strategic priorities.
  • We will only develop, implement and maintain programs that support our mission.
  • We will coordinate our efforts through a formal institutional assessment and planning process that integrates strategic, budget, human resources, development and master plans.

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