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| Now that APU has been upgraded to a national university by US News you can tell that the university is getting more serious about academics, but it maintains that personal touch to make you feel that you're still getting the small school/interpersonal attention. The faculty here is awesome, very caring and attentive. The music programs here are world renowned, and the sports teams merely keep winning national championships. The physical plant is outstanding for the most part, particularly the Felix Center that rivals so called big universities. And when you mix all of that with its being the premier faith based university in the nation, well, it makes being here totally awesome and unique. |
|Sep 04 2008|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2009 |
| APU overall is a great school. I havenâ€™t regret coming here. Ill try and break it down to different aspect of the school|
I see a lot of comment describing school comprised of a lot of sheltered, private-schooled, Christians kids that coming here b/c their parents have the money. To be honest, yes there are those type of people here; however, the school is much more diverse than that. I am a Asian-America from Tennessee, NOT raised in a Christian household, NOT sided with the republican party. I found people from all walks of life. My best friend is from Iowa and I know a few others from different states and countries like Germany and Japan. However most kids are from California so donâ€™t be surprised. Therefore weekends can be pretty dead. Make out of state friends who are stuck on campus with you.
The city of Azusa is pretty boring. There not much of a club/party scene. Having a car is very helpful.(almost necessary) LA/Hollywood is about 35min away. The beaches are about 45min away. However the school does provide events and outdoor activities that are fun. Drinking is not predominantly seen. If you donâ€™t want it, you wont find it. However if you DO want it, you can find. That another thing about APU that makes it so great. People mainly come here b/c they want to be here.
APU have some regulation that seem constricting, but it is out of good intentions. There is mandatory chapel 3 times a week, however you get 10 absences. That basically 3 straight weeks of no chapel so its not so bad. There is a curfew. No girls on the dorm floor by 10pm on weekday. 12am on weekends. That does get annoying but it doable. Ive heard it become more laxed in the apartments.
The dorms in general are pretty good and spacious. There are 4 dorm freshmens stay in. Smith(all guys dorm aka Manland), Adams(all girls), Engstrom (Co-ed floor with suit style restroom) or the newest one Trinity (co-ed floor with community restroom). They all are pretty spacious compared to UCLA dorms and Trinity have their own AC thermostat which is awesome. I live in trinity and the brotherhood and bond you get to make by living in that type of environment is priceless. Youâ€™re forced to get out your shell and met new people. It just a great experience, I recommend that everyone live in the dorm to get the experience.
Food here kinda sucks. All freshmen are require to have a minimum of a 180 meal plan(10 meals a week) that may seem alittle, but the food become VERY redundant. It basically the same chicken with different sauce. Im am sick of the food, I only eat it cause I donâ€™t want to blow money on fastfood. Food on west campus is better, but after awhile, it become redundant as well. I havenâ€™t met a person who used all their meal plans yet, so donâ€™t get any meal plan above 180.
No Greek system here. Sorry
Im a Bio Major. The program here is rough. The classroom size are roughly between 15-30. General Ed class are even small. Im not a number in a class, thus NO ONE can really fall through the cracks here. There a lot of individually attention and professor memorize all of their student names. All prof have office hours to allow one on one conference with student as needed. The science field is very challenging, but the professor advocate helping one another other and group studying.
Since this is a Christian school, there are prayers before class. All teachers working are required to be Christians. You would think that it would create a homogeneous senses of the Christian ideology, but surprisingly, that is incorrect. Teacher in the religion classes challenge student to think beyond the norm. They point out conflicts in the bible and question our belief. There were times I walked out of class more confused and dissatisfied with my faith before I walked in. Teachers here really care for the student. It really is amazing.
All in all, APU is definitely what you make out of it. There are a lot of good, loving people here who honestly care for your well being. People are given the choice to do what they want. You can party. You can grow in faith. You can slack off. You can work hard. Youâ€™re going to get out what you put into it. I honestly enjoyed my time so far and plan to spend all four years.
|Dec 29 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| 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 |