Recent Alumnus 2010-11-29T18:38:19Z
It Is Okay – Azusa Pacific University is growing and making lots of changes, while still keeping firm with being a Christian-based institution. Some of the professors and staff are truly amazing, and others not so great.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-30T20:26:05Z
Diverse, but Not Perfect – APU has a variety of races, ethnicities, religions, and economic and political standings; however, the majority of the school's population is made of middle to upper class, white Americans from California. The school is currently struggling with their policy and student's views on sexual orientation. APU is seen as a more liberal Christian university, but not all people here are more liberal, nor are they all Christians.
Yearly, school offices sponsor UnLearn Week, where we "UnLearn" prejudices and learn how to love.
The school has problems, like most places, but is learning how to become a diverse body, among both students and staff.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-30T20:17:43Z
Health & Safety:
As Safe as Can Be – APU Campus Safety has a presence on campus that makes it seem like a more safe place overall. You can call campus safety at any time of the day or night and reach the dispatcher. During night time hours, you can call for a ride so that you do not have to walk back to your living space alone. The Azusa PD works closely with Campus Safety and is called in for larger issues, and also they inform our campus of local issues that pertain to us so that we can be warned. The Mayor of Azusa, Joe Rocha, gave all of the students his personal phone number at orientation so that we can call him if we ever have a problem. Just like any other city, Azusa has crime, but APU is a safe campus to be on and around.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-30T20:11:48Z
A Great Place to Be – APU is located northeast of LA, so there are always opportunities to drive to the latest happening thing, or out to Hollywood, or even to the beach. Newport Beach is about an hour away, Disneyland is only a half hour away, and an escape to the local Foothills (mountains) can be as little as a five minute drive. Within walking distance, there is a movie theater, Chipotle, 3 different frozen yogurt places, a new Target, a dollar store, two grocery stores, Ross, and many other local resources that a college student might need.
If you get the chance to go, I would recommend getting out to see Griffith Observatory. It is an amazing place, only about 45 minutes away from campus. A great date place too.
The area isn't the safest, but as long as you are not alone, you should be okay. Campus Safety works hard to do their job here.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-10T05:22:00Z
This is a Christian school so you are suppose to grow stronger in Christ here. But don't come here and expect everyone to be nice and sweet of course there are racist & prejudice people here and roommate who will drive you crazy but I still think this is a good school for the most part.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-10T05:08:07Z
We are near LA if your looking for trouble you'll find it if your looking for clean fun you can find that too.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-10T05:06:31Z
Is really far in the heat it is definitely not worth the walk. And the Architects who designed the apartments I'm sorry but the need to go back to school how can you put the Air conditioner on the floor and expect it to reach in the rooms.
Also the fact there are 3 instead of 2 people living in the apartments not a good idea because 2 people usually gang up one 1 person thats why some colleges have abolished triples.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-03T21:50:03Z
Trolleys Good, Besides That, Nothing – trolleys for getting from one campus to the other is great, but sometimes packed. transportation to other areas, you need your own car.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-03T21:43:38Z
Awesome Network – They got a better network towards the end of last semester, so the internet is really fast and efficient now.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-28T06:06:19Z
APU Is Unique – APU is not only a school, but it's a community. I transferred in here last year from a junior college and got put in "transfer housing" which is an apartment complex located right across the street from the school. This was the best experience I have ever had. They really plugged us into the school and got us involved, but they knew when we needed our space and gave us that too. We eventually all became friends and had huge dinner parties, study groups, movie nights, and random adventures up to the top of the mountains right behind our school. The school set up events to play broomball on the ice, or halloween parties, or formal black and white parties. Transferring in, and living on campus, was the best decision I ever made. Transferring into APU was not my first choice, but once I transferred in here I quickly realized that if I went to any other school, that would be a mistake. The friendships it creates will last a lifetime.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-28T05:57:26Z
Drug Scene – Azusa Pacific University is a completely dry campus and does not allow any form of stimulant on campus. Inside the campus there is little to zero activity in these areas, but outside of the school there is a select group of people that do go out. But overall the school does a great job at keeping it off campus, so there is no peer pressure at all.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-28T05:45:47Z
Dining Options – APU is split into two campuses. Each one has its own food options. West campus offers a sub sandwich deli that resembles Subway. It also has a cafe, and food court that offers a wide range of food from pizza to burritos or salads. Everyday has a "Special" entree. East campus also has a few dining areas. The main cafeteria is the freshman hang out, this is where all of the event dinners are held to support the holidays. This campus also has a mexican restaurant, a coffee shop for a quick "pick-me-up", and another restaurant called the den. This is a lot like the cafeteria that offers an array of food.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-21T20:08:02Z
California Sunshine – Usually warm and sunny but the cold weather is a nice change every once in a while.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-21T20:06:47Z
No form of greek life at Azusa Pacific. They're are D groups which consist of christian faith together discussion religion but no Greek system exists
College Sophomore 2010-09-10T22:19:30Z
Looking Forward – This is a review on the admission process. I have yet to transfer to nor receive approval for transfer from APU.
The undergraduate admissions counselor supports me and a great help; gives me courage to continue by not giving up.
The reviews here make me excited to attend APU. Especially those reviews like "... no night life...", "... no drinking on-campus...", "... strict...", etc. Those are not bad points in my opinion rather good points.
Will update this review once I am officially enrolled and studying at Azusa Pacific University.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-03T00:49:35Z
So So – it's really lax (which I like). However the 'you must be standing if you're in the opposit sex's dorm room after 12pm' rule is pretty pointless.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-03T00:45:34Z
Guys & Girls:
The students are well behaved, well mannered, super friendly/helpful and cool people to hang out with.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-03T00:43:58Z
I like them. They're fairly nice and close to campus, but I dont think we should have to pay for parking if we're living off campus
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T22:17:03Z
It is obvious that all of the students involved in collegiate athletics are passionate and excited about what they do. The major bummer is APU's location in the NAIA and GSAC conferences, which are little known and hardly reputable. Because APU is a smaller school with Christian rules and regulations, and no national prominence (except for Bryan Clay making it to the Olympics) it is difficult to get any incredibly talented players that can push the school up a notch (especially in football). But the basketball games ARE fun to go to, and APU students get a lot of spirit when the rivalry game against Biola is played.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T22:12:41Z
Most APU students opt to live on campus for at least 3 years, if not all 4. However, the students who do move off campus usually snuggle between 4 and 6 people into a rented house, instead of a smaller number in a 2 bedroom apartment. APU recently purchased the major apartment village located across the street from the school, now named University Village, which used to be filled with students who wanted to live near campus, but off campus, due to rules regarding drinking, smoking and opposite sex visitation hours. Since it's purchase, students have had to move a little farther away from campus to find apartments and other housing options.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T22:07:21Z
While there are great options (BJs and Chili's in nearby West Covina, and fabulous downtown Pasadena restaurants like Louise's Trattoria and Mi Piace) there isn't really anything super close. Everything is at least a 10-15 minute drive away. While West Covina restaurants are only a few miles away, it's south of the school and the only way to get there is on side streets with TONS of lights.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T21:17:13Z
There is no nightlife at or near APU. The best places to go are 20-30 minutes away in Pasadena or 15 minutes away in San Dimas, and even those options are limited. The only nightlife you will find is students who are still studying taking random breaks to hang out in courtyards. Night transportation does not exist.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T21:13:00Z
West Campus facilities are beautiful (although very white and too bright on sunny days) and all of the classrooms and the gym are taken very good care of. East campus is nice, but the standout features are definitely the flowers and not the buildings.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T21:10:08Z
While the immediate surroundings boast plenty of coffee shops, fast food joints and a movie theatre, students have to drive at least 5 miles to get to the closest cluster of Restaurants. Bars are scare (which most of the students don't mind, but some of the more liberal students are disappointed about). Hopping over to downtown Pasadena for something to do isn't too bad, but getting to LA takes at least an hour in bad traffic.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-25T18:28:35Z
Guys & Girls:
Great People – I have met some of the best people I have ever known at APU
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