Azusa Pacific University, found near Los Angeles, California initially had strong connections to Quakers and evangelical Christianity. Today its inter-denominational student body counts 11,000 strong, and it offers over sixty options for bachelor’s degrees and forty graduate degree programs. On-campus resources span a number of academic centers as well as three main libraries that total over 215,000 volumes, including a special exhibit of several fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls and original prints of the King James Bible. APU’s focus on service-learning has earned it a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll five times, and its extensive global engagement program sends students to serve in over 20 countries each year, including Kenya, Thailand, and South Africa. All this, and the APU Cougars still find time to compete in more than a dozen varsity sports, such as cross-country, tennis, track, water polo and even competitive cheerleading (go, Spirit Squad, go!) Altogether, the solid academics here combine with the attitude of putting “God first” to create a memorable collegiate experience.