Azusa Pacific University is the largest Christian university on the West Coast, serving nearly 11,000 students and offers more than 150-degree options from bachelor’s to doctorate. In addition to their main campus, they have seven regional campuses in Southern California, this includes Murrieta. The APU Murrieta Regional Campus features bachelor’s completion programs, master’s degrees, teacher credentialing, and a graduate business program.

  • U.S. News & World Report included Azusa Pacific University in the National Universities category of America’s Best Colleges 2019.

  • Forbes and Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific University in their 2019 Top Colleges and 2020 Best Western University rankings.

  • Azusa Pacific’s School of Nursing consistently ranks as a top program in the nation. USA Today selected Azusa Pacific University's School of Nursing as one of the top 10 programs in the United States.

  • Azusa Pacific University is a Yellow-Ribbon University, serving 500+ military families.

  • According to the College Scorecard, six years after graduating from Azusa Pacific University students earn an average of $50,500 (national average is $33,000). A total of 93 percent of APU graduates are employed two years after graduation (national average is 83 percent).

Serving the southwestern Riverside County, California State University San Marcos Temecula Campus is an off-campus branch of California State University San Marcos. The campus offers state-accredited degrees and it’s the only public university in the area that offers upper division Bachelor's and Master's degrees. In addition, the campus offers certificate programs such as professional development certificates and personal enrichment programs.

At MSJC, faculty, staff, and students are transforming the future. MSJC is a community college that serves students in San Jacinto, Menifee Valley and San Gorgonio Pass campuses, Temecula Higher Education Center, and many off-site locations. MSJC will be opening its new state-of-the-art Temecula Valley Campus in late 2020. In the Menifee Valley Campus, MSJC is building a 5,000-seat stadium and is creating a beautiful Menifee Valley Campus Student Center that will provide students a central hub featuring a café, bookstore, multicultural center, student life, and career and transfer center.

  • Award recipients of 2018 Strong Workforce Stars Recognizing Excellence in Student Outcomes

  • Recently launched its MSJC Promise program that offers free tuition to first-time student

  • 70% of Students receive Enrollment Fee Waiver

  • 26,000 Students attend MSJC annually

  • 2019 MSJC Graduation: 329 Certificates, 2,985 associates degrees, 1,707 individual grads

  • 97.3% of the nursing graduates in the MSJC Class of 2018 passed the NCFLEX state licensing exam


The Economic Development Coalitions - Valley of Innovation regions' K-12 School Districts are some of the top performing school districts in the State of California and Nationwide. Including school districts ranked as the top safest school districts and best school districts for athletes. The regions K-12 schools consist of exemplary schools with great achievements, of which many have been recipients of honors and distinctions.