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Azusa Pacific Online University operates year-round on a standard trimester calendar. In this system, the academic year consists of three 16-week semesters (spring, summer, and fall), each of which is split into two 8-week sessions. Offering flexibility and convenience, APOU enables students to enroll at six different start dates each calendar year.

How It Works

Choose Your Pace

Typically, as an APOU undergraduate student, you will complete two 3-unit courses per session. If you desire a slower pace, you may enroll in only one course. Likewise, students may enroll in more than two courses to complete their degree on an accelerated schedule. You are considered full-time once enrolled in 12 units per semester.

Each 8-week, 3-unit course will require approximately 14 hours of active learning (class time, reading, homework, studying, etc.) each week. For example, the typical learner taking two simultaneous courses will spend about 28 hours each week engaged in studies.

Classes When You Need Them

As a general rule, APOU will keep courses—all of which are taught by faculty who are readily available online during the week—small to ensure you a quality academic experience with direct access to the professor. Typically, no more than 20 students will be enrolled in a course. However, classes that entail heavy writing will be limited to 15 students.

In the event that a class is filled, another will open up to ensure that you stay on track to meet your academic goals. This offers APOU students the advantage over their peers in other schools. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, community college students across the nation are struggling to get into the classes they need due to budget cuts and overcrowding.

From a student:
"I absolutely love being at a school where our faith is openly expressed. I have learned so much from my classmates already. I can only imagine where I will be once I achieve my degree."