Our Legacy and Our Future | Los Angeles Pacific University

Our Legacy and Our Future

With a heritage of putting God first since 1899, the Azusa Pacific University System continues to evolve and meet the needs of our students as they prepare to make a difference in the world. As the newest chapter in this 119-year legacy, Los Angeles Pacific is an online university dedicated to serving busy adults and is reviving the Los Angeles Pacific name that played such a vital role in the rich history of Azusa Pacific University.

1899

Training School for Christian Workers

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Spiritual leaders from multiple denominations establish a Bible college, the Training School for Christian Workers, to train students for service and missionary work.

1903

Los Angeles Free Methodist Seminary

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Built atop Mt. Hermon in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Free Methodist Seminary is established with the goal of providing a quality Christian education.

1923

Los Angeles Pacific Junior College

Upon offering a college-level certificate program, the board votes to change the name of the seminary to Los Angeles Pacific Junior College.

1934

Los Angeles Pacific College

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Los Angeles Pacific Junior College expands to a four-year liberal arts institution and is renamed Los Angeles Pacific College.

1939

Pacific Bible College

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The Training School for Christian Workers changes its name to Pacific Bible College and begins offering four-year degrees.

1957

Azusa College

After moving to the city of Azusa and developing the land into a larger campus, Pacific Bible College is renamed Azusa College.

1965

Azusa Pacific College

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Azusa College merges with Los Angeles Pacific College to become Azusa Pacific College (APC).

1981

Azusa Pacific University

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Upon achievement of university status, the college changes its name to Azusa Pacific University.

2010

Azusa Pacific Online University

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To expand the reach and accessibility of the university, APU launches Azusa Pacific Online University which holds its first class in June 2011.

2014

University College at Azusa Pacific University

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Azusa Pacific Online University (APOU) and APU’s School of Adult and Professional Studies (APS) merge to form University College.

2018

Azusa Pacific University System

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The Azusa Pacific University System (APS) is established to provide a common association among affiliate institutions offering an education in the Christ-centered tradition of APU.

Los Angeles Pacific University

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University College is granted regional accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) as an independent institution and becomes the first affiliate of the Azusa Pacific University System.

 

Learn more about the transition from University College to LAPU.

 

As of 2018, the Azusa Pacific University System is comprised of two institutions: Azusa Pacific University and Los Angeles Pacific University.

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