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| My experience at Azusa Pacific was an amazing one. When you begin to delve into the Azusa community, you will be surprised by the great assets of the small, rather poor city. You are going to get out of the APU experience whatever you are willing to put into it. It is not difficult to develop relationships or become involved in some school-wide activity. Class sizes are incomparable to any state school... I even had a class once that had six students!! If you want to go out, that isn't difficult either. It is close enough to places like Pasadena and LA, so you can enjoy a little night life, but you are still far enough away to avoid the horrific traffic that plagues the inner city. All in all, I met my best friends and my husband at Azusa Pacific University. Every single one of my teachers acted as a mentor and prepared me for my career as a math teacher. I loved the area and miss Legends, The Hat, Donut Man, and Montanas! No matter which college you choose, it is up to you to make the most of the opportunities that university offers. You can build or destroy your character at any college, grow or drain your spiritual life, build friendship or hide from them... its always up to you and what you're willing to put into it. |
| Starting Job: Math Teacher, Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School, Preparedness: A+, Reputation: B |
|Aug 16 2010|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| I just finished my second year at APU. Overall it was a good experience. The one unique thing about APU is the community. The school is very intentional about fostering a home away from home feel. The student body is very warm and friendly, but sometimes they seem very sheltered. Most student are from upper-middle class family and have gone to private school their entire lives. However, I have met some of the coolest, smartest, down to earth people at APU. Every school is going to have arrogant and close minded students, but i dont think it truly reflect the student body of APU. I feel as most student are just ignorant to certain things and are willing to learn if given the chance. Like i said, most of the student have been born and raised christian and this is all they ever know, so be ready for that. |
As for the education, there is a heavy emphasis on the bible. You are mandated to take 5 bible classes order to graduate. Those classes are either hit or miss. You can choose to take easy prof to breeze right through them, or actually challenge yourself and you will learn things that will rock you view about God, yourself, and your faith. Its really up to you.
The psych program is alright. Most student are just average intelligent wise. The class are small (generally ranging from 20-50). They are taught by prof who genuinely care about the well being of their student, which makes it easy to get plugged into a research team. They are easily accessible and some even give their cell phone numbers to student.
Social wise, it what you make out of it. Azusa is a small city so there's not much to do. You def need to have a car to go to LA or the beach which is about 40 min away. The school does throw random events, and they are okay. Generally, most student find way to have "clean" fun. The drinking and party scene is very underground. And no Greek system. So if you are looking to party, you REALLY should consider other schools.
Oh yeah, there's chapel 3 times a week. Freshmen year it was okay, now im just getting sick of it. You get 10 misses a semester though.
Overall, APU is a good school, though it has a heavy price tag (about 35k) But, i feel that APU is doing a great job molding and mentoring student grow in their walks with God and prepping them to be a Christian in the workfield. Though I feel that i could get a better education elsewhere, I know i am spiritually growing in ways that i could never in a UC or Cal State. So consider your options and decide which path you want to walk toward. Know that APU stands pretty firm on its motto about putting "God First"
|Jun 28 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| I am a second year student at this university and I have to say I'm not impressed. Where to begin...|
First Ill start with the living arragements. I am a commuter so I might as well not even exist at this institution. They have a "department" for communters but it consisits of handing out snacks to make up for the social isolation that takes place at this school. You only have a social life if you live on campus.
In the science department its also interesting. The faculty are alright, besides the fact that almost every class has only one teacher, making learning style choices nonexistant.
The high price tag at this school is not for the education, its for the activities that the school puts on that are a waste of time at an instituion of "learning." If I wanted to go to church, I would go on my own time, not pay $35,000 dollars a year.
The students are a mixed bunch, some are really friendly, others not so much. Most I have encountered have been closed minded and spoiled/sixth year seniors who ride it out on their parents dime to get a degree in "global studies"?
They are very invested in promoting the school and invite many investors to come and pour more money into the school.
Don't get me wrong though, APU is still a great institution...if your a pastors kid. The only way to get recognition is if you achieve one of the coveted positions on campus like chapel leader or RA.Overall I feel left out and that my money is being spent on services that are not required for me to get an academic education.
|Jun 28 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |