Azusa Pacific University has received a silver-medal designation as a Military Friendly® University for the 2022-23 year. This award affirms APU as a top-tier military program, scoring within the 30th percentile of the 10 highest-ranked institutions in multiple categories. APU is one of 750 schools to be honored, and one of 70 schools to earn the silver award status.
With more than 350 military-connected students, APU’s Office of Military and Veteran Services is committed to providing comprehensive services to a diverse population of military-connected students and families. The office strives to help military-connected students successfully navigate and integrate with collegiate life and community while bolstering the holistic success of students.
“APU is a top destination for all military-connected students,” said Everette Brooks, executive director, military and veteran services. “With this Military Friendly designation, as well as other enhancements within our military and veterans program, we are excited for the opportunity to provide outstanding services to our community.”
Recently, Brooks secured a $445,816 grant from the Department of Education, allowing APU to establish a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success on campus, enact a veteran student support team, secure a full-time project coordinator, and build a comprehensive plan to sustain high-quality veteran resources and programs. Since receiving the grant, the Office of Military and Veteran Services has conducted a survey of military-connected students at regional locations and the Azusa main campus to gauge effectiveness in delivering services and ease of transition into academic programs. From the data, the office is working to identify areas to help boost success ensuring that APU’s military-connected students thrive.