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Reviews 1747 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Freshman

Parking: SInce we have two campuses all Underclassmen have to park on the opposite campus where there is no housing. It is difficult to rely on the trolley system to get to West Campus. The parking permits are overpriced; if I am going to pay almost $300 for a parking permit, I would like my car to be outside of my living area, not on the opposite campus. This seems unreasonable because Upperclassmen pay less for their cars to be parked on East campus (where living areas are). I feel that it should be equal pricing and equal opportunity of where to park.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Unless there is a Campus Life Event going on, the nightlife activities are the student's job to entertain themselves. When our campus does have Communiversity event, it is the talk for the next week or so. Transportation is not a problem because most events are on campus. If there is an event off campus like Swagtacular, it is typically not difficult to find a ride.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Need to Expand – APU is growing rapidly in it's student population and they are not making up for it in housing. The housing there is now is okay but could be much better, I am in an apartment with 4 other girls with 2 bedroom and only one bathroom.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The City of Azusa. I come from a very safe environment from home, so coming to Azusa was a culture shock for me. The people on campus are amazing, but I feel very unsafe in the city of Azusa.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: To Be a Psych Major at APU – The professors at APU in the Psychology department are extremely caring and show great concern for their students. Because of the small class sizes it is easy to get to know your professors and to gain important references for graduate schools.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Good School Once You Finally Get Connected – I am a film student and it is going pretty well. I do wish the department had more students because then the school would take us more seriously and give us what we need, but it is a close department. I also wish that it was based more on talent instead of names because there are some talented people but they are not thought of when it comes to advanced films because they couldn't get into the right classes at the right time until now because the film school is so small. Once you are connected it is a great program, but it is hard to be successful in the program unless you are a select few.
The professors are wonderful and know a lot about film and are willing to help you succeed as well as the other students. Everyone works close together. There may not be a ton of people and we may not make as many connection, but the connections we do make will be strong ones.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Need to Focus on College, Not High School – It is hard to get financial aid, but once they start to work with you, they are really nice and understanding. I think they should focus more on grades you get now and what you achieve now since high school is behind us. I know several people who were great students in high school and are getting a lot of money from the school but are terrible students now. Other than that the financial office here is great.

2 College Junior

Parking: The parking permit is very expensive for a freshman, probably $250, so they shouldn't even bother. During the day, it can become impossible to find parking on East campus, even for professors, so you can park on West campus and then trolley or walk to East campus. It's about a 15 minute walk between the campuses. If you live on campus a car is not a necessity, but obviously if you are a commuter it is. A lot of students use bicycles, but I personally stopped when we were told to not ride against the flow of traffic. If you're heading from West to East campus, in order to not ride against traffic, you need to ride into oncoming traffic. A student at APU suffered severe brain injuries nearly four years ago riding against traffic when she was hit by one of APU's trolleys. Now they've painted in bike lanes, but I still wouldn't risk it personally.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: OK but at Least There Are Options – Stopped going to the dining hall very soon after I started. They mainly have student workers preparing the food and it shows. They have cafes on both campuses with delicious muffins. There are a few options on either campus. The particular stands/menu options have probably changed since I've left. I enjoyed the quesadillas at cougar walk.

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Students Are Not Treated Like Adults – In the dorms and on-campus apartments, there are not to be those of the opposite gender in your room/apartment during certain set hours. If an RA catches you, you'll be written up. Also, no drugs, drinking or even cigarette smoking on campus. Students are required to attend chapel three times a week or else you can be fined, made unable to register for classes, etc.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Wish There Was More Parking – The school has greatly increased the number of incoming students the past several years without having the infrastructure to accommodate the increase. I'm glad that I didn't have to live in a triple dorm room my first year as many students now do. It's great they have trolleys that bring students to and from either campus--it also helps with safety at night. Parking has grown steadily worse over the years, particularly on East campus. Because of traffic and how hard it is to find parking at certain times of day, I've even had professors who've been consistently late when they had classes back to back on both campuses.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs often get crowded very fast due to printers and such. Most people have their own computers and if you don't have a laptop, it'll be very difficult

4 College Junior

Diversity: Many Clubs – There are a wide variety of clubs throughout the campus. If your looking for a particular type of club you don't have to look far.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – The campus is very safe although it is widely spread out. There are escorts available to walk with you in the evening hours to dorms, classrooms,or your vehicle. Security could be more present throughout the campus to make sure there are no issues.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Livin' the Life – So far the college experience has been thrilling. There are plenty of people in my class year to get to know, and most of them share a similar background and interests as I do. There are fun, night events put on by the upper-classmen pretty frequently. There just isn't enough time in the day to go to classes, do homework, and socialize with people.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Azusa Living – There are several living places to chose from off campus. There's the Modulars, which are located very close to the campus; the Appartments, which are barely in walking distance; and the University Village, which is also barely in walking distance from the campus. From the three choices, the Mods are probably the best pick considering you live close to the academic buildings and heat and air-conditioning is free.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Varied Population – The area around Azusa Pacific University is very diverse. It ranges from neighborhoods where older folks live to ghettos to shopping centers. There have been several assaults and even kidnappings this semester, so it is important for girls to not go anywhere alone.

College Junior

Drug Safety: It's still college. It's always present, but you have to find it.

College Junior

Nightlife: Nothing Around – In the neighborhood around the campus, there are very few nightlife places to go to. Travel is required to get anywhere worth partying, but its not my thing.

3 College Junior

Diversity: APU: Diverse or What? Although APU is considered a Christian college, there are some students who are quite opposed to the idea of a Christian lifestyle, and therefore make it known to everyone else that they are not satisfied. According to religion, students are somewhat diverse and I believe that this deters from the whole experience of going to a Christian college. Racially, students hail from all over the world, providing a rich mix of races. Economically, students come from all sorts of backgrounds, as the Christian faith spans from the rich to the poor. Politically, students and staff are mostly conservative with a small contingency of liberal. Surprisingly, there is a presence of non-heterosexual students at APU, which goes against what APU stands for, and when they voice their opinions on the "door of discussion" where people leave letters for everyone to read, I feel a sense of hostility and denial, which deters from the APU experience. At APU, you get out what you put into it, and I am getting enough to enjoy my time here

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Winning! Duh – seven time directors cup winner!!!!!!! and moving up to NCAA D2 which is pretty sweet!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Glendora is great. Azusa is kinda sketch. i wouldnt recommend walking around alone at night.
on the other hand there's so much to do in LA. a lot of students have passes to disneyland or six flags and people go to the beach a lot too. there are great museums and art exhibits to go and a ton of concerts all the time. people go to san diego and las vegas a lot too because they're only a few hours away. i'm never bored on weekends and if you are it's your own fault because there's a lot to do.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Don't Do Drugs – Since I have been at APU I haven't noticed any drug activity. A very large reason for that is most likely the fact that it is a Christian university, and such activity is strictly prohibited. The students don't seem to be the type to do drugs which makes APU a great place to be.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Cougar Dome – The athletic center at APU is very nice. There are plenty of things to do there from basketball to yoga to indoor soccer to cardio workout programs. It has just been refurbished this year, and is looking great. It's one of the centers of APU.

4 College Freshman

Academics: World Class Professors – I had two years of college experience before coming to APU, and have had plenty of experience with all types of professors. Easy professors, hard professors, lazy professors, and friendly professors. The professors at APU are very well educated, friendly, and helpful. They make difficult college classes bearable and sometimes even fun, and help you get the most out of the class.


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