Azusa Pacific University Reviews
I attended Azusa Pacific University from 1985-1989 as a Music Major. I actually began my college education at Stanford University as a Music Major but actually considered dropping my major while there as my experience as a music major was less than I had hoped for. APU was a dynamic place for music and I was able to be involved in several different music groups that traveled throughout the year performing at various events and churches, as well as in the Summer through several different states. While I wasn't sure at the time what my ultimate goal would be as a music major, I knew that was my "calling." The University Choir I was in helped to prepare me for my future work as a choral director and I loved the community I was involved with. For most of my time at APU, I was a double major, adding Communications as my second major. I loved my classes in that arena and always felt challenged and accessible to my professors. They expressed genuine concern for me, which continues to resonate with me as I now teach at a university myself. Although I only graduated with the Music major (6 units shy of my Communications degree :/) what I learned through that major also helped to prepare me for the public speaking I regularly do. I highly encourage APU as an institution to become equipped, not just as a student, but in life.
APU offers a very holistic, comprehensive, and service-centered approach to nursing. The professors are excellent and not only teach well, they model superb nursing care. The 4+ year course is demanding, but one emerges well equipped to enter any nursing specialty with confidence and current knowledge practice. Clinically skills are not deferred until undergraduate prerequisites are completed, but taught in the freshman year and applied in the second semester. Thus, even though baccalaureate nursing programs have a reputation (among nurses working in the field) for lacking in clinical time, nothing could be farther from the truth. Student nurses at APU are not only exposed to various specialties, but clinical rotations tend to be longer and more in-depth due to the length of the program. In addition, a social-service focus is very much emphasized, so that their nurses are not so much poised to 'get out there and make money' but motivated to seek the improvement of health in under-served communities.
Having worked for smaller companies and doing contract work for a start-up tech firm, I have realized that my place is within the large corporate culture. As frustrating as the red tape, lack of agility, and passing of responsibility can be, that is where I belong. I had the privilege of being in Jon Wallace and Peggy Campbells Senior Seminar course; we spent a considerable amount of time discussing ethics and how we, as Christians, need to be in the hard places to spread Gods light whether that be on the mission field or the board room. In my short time in the workforce, I have faced circumstances that did not seem right, and despite being young and new, I did the hard thing and raised my hand. Not only did I receive a quality education with real world application that has paved the way for my success, but that education is grounded in faith and values.
APU is a great school to attend. Campus isn't too big or small allowing students to get from one side of the campus to the other in a short amount of time. Faculty is available anytime for any questions or guidance needed for students. Classroom sizes are small which allows for better interaction with teachers.
Azusa Pacific University absolutely changed my life and shaped the person I am today. From taking courses on social justice, to studying abroad in South Africa, to learning how my Christian faith could exist in the future I was building for myself...I owe so much of who I am to this university. I have made lasting friendships and had experiences that I will never forget. I entered the "real world" prepared, excited and ready.
The Bachelor of Social Work program at Azusa Pacific University produces high quality social workers. The social work classes taught me clinical interventions, how to write session notes, and how to search for community resources. Nearly every class required volunteering, while also requiring a year internship. The practical skills developed helped me to start off on the right foot in the profession world.
I really liked Azusa Pacific University's College online platform. The classes were at my convenience. I could literally sit at work and be able to go to class. That is just the icing on the cake though. The professors were very accessible to the students. They always offered feedback and help when needed for assignments. There was respect from all the students towards each other. My experience here was definitely a valuable one, and, if I had to do this all over again, I absolutely would. I don't think I could have finally completed my BA if it was not for the students and faculty at APU.
Azusa Pacific University was a great college to attend. While getting my undergrad everything ran pretty smooth. I am now getting a graduate's degree. The classes are about the same, however Azusa seems a lot less organized now. I have a hard time talking to my counselor about my classes and money issues. I would recommend this school, but only for an undergrad.
My time at Azusa Pacific University Online RN to BSN program was the best. The professors were very helpful and the content of the classes were appropriate. I felt the integration of Christian values was very well done. I strongly recommend this accelerated program for the seasoned RN looking to advance his/her career.
This was a quality school at which to receive a music degree. I feel that the music groups I was involved in, as well as the education classes I took prepared my well to become a music teacher. The only area lacking were the pedagogy classes on how to play the different instruments in the woodwind, brass, string and percussion families. I am sure that the pedagogy classes have improved since 2000.