Admission to the University

Azusa Pacific University brings to its campus students who are committed to personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth. The university encourages applications from students who will contribute to, as well as benefit from, the university experience. In assessing the applicant’s potential for success, academic capabilities, as well as involvement in church, school, and community activities, are reviewed.

Freshman applicants are not required to complete a specific set of courses; however, the following college preparatory courses are strongly recommended: English (four years), mathematics (including first- and second-year algebra and geometry, as well as a third-year course), science (two years, including a laboratory science), foreign language (two years), United States history and government, and strong academic electives (including fine arts courses). Prospective students interested in the nursing programs must take, at the least, biology (one year), chemistry (one year), and algebra (two years) in high school.

The applicant’s previous scholastic record is considered an important indicator of potential success at the university. Applicants seeking regular admission to APU are required to achieve a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in high school or 2.2 in previous academic college work. Grade-point averages are determined by the university (for information on admission with provisional or developmental status, see Admission Status). While each applicant is considered for admission on individual merit, certain criteria are used in the selection process. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the university. These criteria are delineated in the following sections. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may request a personal interview with the applicant. Azusa Pacific University, in compliance with federal regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran.

To apply for admission to Azusa Pacific University, visit the APU website or request an application from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Prospective freshman students may apply for Early Action. The Early Action applicant must be a high school senior and Azusa Pacific University should be one of his/her first-choice colleges.

Candidates not accepted for Early Action may be notified that they will be reconsidered for admission under Regular Decision. This will allow time for the submission of additional materials that might strengthen the overall file or meet major requirements (e.g., fall grades, test-optional admission process, and/or additional SAT/ACT scores).