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Azusa Pacific University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkA- Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationA-
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeB
Surrounding CityB Extra CurricularsB
SafetyA
Describes the student body as:
Friendly

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Dec 29 2008
Major: Biology (This Major's Salary over time)
APU overall is a great school. I havent regret coming here. Ill try and break it down to different aspect of the school

Socially

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 dont 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 dont 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. Youre 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 dont want to blow money on fastfood. Food on west campus is better, but after awhile, it become redundant as well. I havent met a person who used all their meal plans yet, so dont get any meal plan above 180.

No Greek system here. Sorry

Academic

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. Youre going to get out what you put into it. I honestly enjoyed my time so far and plan to spend all four years.

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