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Using the Library...

Retail Management - December 4, 2018
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The library needs improvement immediately. Very difficult when searching for a particular ebook. Why should students have to continue using your email to register to different subscribers just to gain access to the material the students are paying for?

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Great University for Business!

Business Adminitration - December 1, 2018
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I had a great experience with APUS with obtaining my bachelor's in business. The library had issues occasionally, but I think it was due to using Safari on my Mac. The majority of the professors were fantastic! They were all great with communication, providing feedback, and with posting grades quickly. I only had issues with a few math-based courses and not receiving adequate help. Fortunately, the university asks for feedback after each course so I could let them know my concerns. Overall, this is a great school and I would highly recommend it, especially with pursuing a business degree.

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Very flexible, loving my first semester

BA in English - November 28, 2018
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I have just completed my first two classes and am halfway through two more. As a working (pregnant) mom, it was hard for me to find somewhere to finally get a degree so I could support my family with more than minimum wage job. Finding APU was amazing because it’s totally online and I can work it around my schedule. It’s also very affordable. The instructors have been supportive and flexible, letting me get an extension on an assignment if I need one. Because of the quality of the classes, helpfulness of the instructors, and flexibility, I managed to finish my first two classes with A’s despite the fact that I only get little study time. It has been an amazing experience so far and I’m very grateful as a young parent to have found APU and get this opportunity.

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MBA online at APUS

Masters of Business Administration - August 30, 2018
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Instructors are responsive as are administrators, and others. So far I have received support any time I have requested -- from the time I started the transfer application and credit transfers, to needing a course extension to finish final assignments because of personal and family health reasons. The eight week sessions allow one to complete the MBA in a year, and at a very affordable cost. There is a lot to do each week: I spend about 20 hours a week per course minimum reading and writing, but I maintain an A average. Be sure to ask questions about where to find resources, etc as there are many to access. Everything can be done on your time schedule, which is a significant benefit, as long as you meet the few deadlines each week.

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So far so good!

Philosophy - August 2, 2018
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I just started early this year (2018) working towards a BA in Philosophy Ethics. I have 3 complaints: 1) This is my fault. I am having trouble dedicating proper time to my class work. 2) I find the Library difficult to use, even after going through the tutorials. 3) I find it frustrating to have to sign up with multiple ebook services just to get my textbooks. The best one will read it to you while the others won't. That is a feature I need. Otherwise I love it! I wish I did this sooner.

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Good experience

BA History - July 12, 2018
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I just completed my undergraduate program in European History. I had completed my general education at a community college so I cannot speak to any of those classes or instructors. APUS easily transferred all my classes without any hassle! Never had a bad experience with my professors. The worst ones were the difficult ones and I gained valuable writing and research skills from those experiences.

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Two APUS Degrees Under-the-Belt and Back for a Third

Bachelor of Arts - May 17, 2018
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Obviously I will second all of the cliche posits: "you get what you put into it," "the faculty will not hold your hand; you must be self sufficient," and "(concerning faculty) you take the good with the bad." But, I will stress the point that there is an implicit bias behind the many negative reviews posted here of this university; and that is, not everyone has the self motivation and borderline 'reclusiveness' to do well under such conditions. Somehow, in my case, I managed to receive two BA degrees in Business Administration w/minor in Religion and Philosophy all within the course of about 2.5 years. My GPA was 3.79 and 3.93 respectively. So, naturally I am quite pleased with my experience. In fact, although I am currently half the way through a Graduate degree in Philosophy at a CA State University, I have just enrolled for another go at turning that minor in Religion into a Bachelors. This final BA here is primarily for the purposes of expanding my current intellectual acumen so as to help me move even further in my scholarly pursuits. But the fact remains that APUS/AMUS is 1) a regionally accredited university (which means credits will transfer to major universities) 2) one of the most affordable distance universities (I think they achieve this affordability through the outsourcing of many educational mediums to other institutes; e.g. get ready to go to You Tube and other sites to do research or learn the weeks topic. I did find all of the content highly relevant however. It is just for the fact that many higher priced distance programs have their own proprietary content that probably accounts for the higher priced tuition costs...just saying). 3) administration seems to get smeared here on this review site. Though, I really never had any issues with them and found that they usually had the answers to my queries and produced these answers quickly. Actually I was more often very impressed with the back office staff. I would imagine that those who throw files and papers into the corner of their room, loose stuff, never mark down due dates on their calendar, and generally expect others to be on top of their shiznit are the same former students who had a poor experience with the finance and administrative staff. One needs to be thoroughly on top of their shiznit to do well at APUS. Do not expect staff to order your life - this is unrealistic. This said, many prompts will show up in your virtual classroom that will help you in keeping dates and other important obligations. 4) Most classes have a very reasonable workload. Some courses are extremely easy, others not so much, but although APUS cannot be relegated to the status of "diploma mill," many of the professors are extremely accommodating and it is quite possible to do too much for that 'A,' while other classmates simply phone it in. But the internal discipline of always operating as if you were just half a grade point from failing will serve you well in the long run. Lastly, I simply wish to state that every professor is a PhD. This is important for accreditation. The degree you earn at APUS is comparable to that of a major university in that APUS carries regional accreditation. Additionally, if you have attended universities that carry only national accreditation, and perhaps universities that are arguably 'diploma mills,' e.g. ITT Tech. Institute, and so on, APUS will except your transfer credits. In other words, APUS is the perfect conduit to turn otherwise useless credits into legitimate and useful credits. If I recall, APUS offers over 80 degree programs. This is astonishing for a purely distance education university. For these reasons APUS was the perfect fit for me and it may be for you as well. I wish you the very best in discovering for yourself. ~KM

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Excellent University!!!!!

Master of Management: Human Resources - May 3, 2018
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My experience at American Public University was great! I want to thank the awesome financial aid department for always being there for me, they never let me down. I also want to thank the awesome professors that went out of their way to help me when I was struggling. Choosing American Public University was one of the best decisions I have made and can honestly say that what I learned has enhanced my thought process and decision-making abilities. The classes were structured so that everyone can succeed if they put the time in that is required. I have noticed some bad reviews on this site that puzzle me because I have never experienced anything negative. Those that post negative remarks and are attending the university or recently graduated are hurting themselves because potential employers and others will view our school in a negative manner. American Public University offers a great education and has low tuition and provides free ebooks for all undergraduate courses that helped me attain my degree without accumulating much debt. I searched other universities to pursue my master's degree, but in the end, I decided to continue my studies at American Public University.

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Instructors overall very cold and unhelpful

Bachelor's of Science - Environmental Science - October 10, 2017
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The professors are horrid. I am now keeping a diary of every professor, my own rating system and way to keep notes on the how the professor taught so I know when signing up for future classes to purposely NEVER CHOOSE THESE PROFESSORS AGAIN for another related class! Couple this with the constant financial issues from the financial aid department and APUS causes me a significant amount of stress, which is not what I am paying for. One professor did nothing but write on my papers in various places "This is awkward language" and never explained what in the heck he meant! How was my language "awkward"?! I asked and did not get any response. I suppose this was his typical cut-and-paste response for every student and did not feel the need to explain himself. He gave instructions, I met the instructions, yet my papers still were not good enough to suit him. By about one-quarter of the way through the course, as with another course in the initial COLL100 class, I just wanted the course over with. These 'professors' really rely on CUT & PASTE for their critiques and responses to students A LOT! Very disappointing instructors. Out of five instructors this year, three were horrid...not just bad, but horrid. Two were pretty fantastic. There seems to be no in-between, they are either really good or horrid, and the bad outweigh the good thus far. I hope this changes or I will reevaluate and change schools. The professors set the tone for these online classes, and if they have a cold, removed, haughty presence online with their comments which turn students off immediately. I can see in various forums that the professor makes or breaks the class and it is sad that APUS keep professors on that get complaints by students because students are pretty easy to get along with in my opinion. They just want to enjoy their class and get good feedback from classmates and their teacher and that is not too much to ask, yet APUS keeps instructors on that have complaint after complaint because they do not wish to hire new people and move a professor on out of their system. It is annoying that students have to pay for classes they do not enjoy and are not given the option to move to a different teacher considering the cost of the class and the timeframe in which we have to finish the class. On another note, APUS/AMU sold/provided my telephone number to various 'lower your student loan debt' companies and I get harrassed DAILY by automated calls telling me 'this is the last attempt to reach you (when actually it is the 78th attempt) to lower your student loan debt' and get this, I DO NOT HAVE STUDENT LOAN DEBT!! I don't have student loans! LEAVE ME ALONE! How rotten is it for a college to SELL THEIR STUDENT'S PRIVATE PHONE NUMBERS TO COMPANIES FOR A BUCK?! They take too long to get back to your emails and the financial department is a constant cause of stress as no submission or documents ever met their needs on the first go-round and my payment plan always seem to get forgotten about when it comes time to register for new classes, which requires yet another call to the school, holding on line forever while I am trying to keep my day job, and FINALLY getting them to acknowledge they messed up and correct it. The school is mentally exhausting. So, to wrap up: the financial department's constant requirements (stress) that are very vague and confusing + the inability to reach your advisors or teachers outside of their 2-3 day response timeframes (stress) + the horrid instructors outweighing the good ones making classes a nightmare for entire semesters (stress) = APUS/AMU a very anxiety-ridden school to deal with. Life, family, work are enough stresses without adding your school to the mix of stressors. Not cool. Very, very, very disappointed in APUS/AMU.

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Very Good School; Reputable and regionally accredited

Political Science - July 21, 2017
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Higher education is what you make it. Even brick and mortar schools utilize online training/homework almost as much as APUS/AMU. Sure, you may not be sitting down in a class room but have you heard of Adobe Connect? APUS utilizes one on one Skype w/ professors or Adobe Connect with many students and professors at once. The world is transitioning into a virtual reality. Get onboard now! Professors have wide range of experience and credentials. One professor was an actual congressman. Books are digital and free. Military TA paid for my B.A. in 30 months. You can transfer APUS credits to most regionally accredited universities (i.e. Florida State, Arizona State etc.). Self-discipline is key if you attend. You will not have the convenience of an official class start time, no tardiness showing up to class, no attendance requirements. You are held accountable for yourself and for turning in quality work on time. If you drop the ball or get behind in your work and you stay quite about it, you will pay for it, figuratively and financially. I recommend this school if you are active duty military and civilian who desires a reputable education at a good price with good professors. If you need the convenience of telecommuting your education with a regionally accredited reputable university, APUS/AMU is for you.

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Minimal Input from Professors & Staff

Emergency and Disaster Management and Homeland Security - June 26, 2017
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The majority of instructors give the MINIMUM amount of time required for them to receive payment for being a "professor." I had a different instructor for each class in my 36 unit program, and only two gave valuable feedback. Most of the responses from the instructors was trite and did not encourage me to expand my knowledge. One professor stated in his first post that he intended to fail at least half of the class. Fortunately, the APU staff responded to requests from the students and the professor was quickly changed. I gained very little from instructor responses and relied on the reading material and writing papers to learn the material. The Capstone professor is supposed to guide us through the thesis writing process. My professor chose to consistently write short, confusing responses that often contradicted the material in the Capstone Manual or material she provided as examples. At times her lack of effort or caring about doing a decent job caused her to post BLATANTLY insulting comments. This lack of professionalism was CONSISTENTLY due to her cursory reading of our writings. This is not just one students opinion, but was discussed with other students privately and the conclusion was drawn collectively and supported by NUMEROUS posts from the professor. The Airport Security professor had never worked at an airport. At the time I was working at an airport in security (not TSA) and had to correct the professor on several occasions. Imparting the nuances and insights gained from ACTUAL experience is EXPECTED from QUALITY instructors. Needless to say, APU almost consistently fails to provide this valuable aspect of the educational experience. A problem develops with having multiple instructors teach the same course, mainly that the instructors OFTEN do not follow the syllabus. Some instructors refuse to even provide a syllabus or decide to revise it mid-course. As the syllabus is THE CONTRACT between students, the professor, and the institution, this should NOT be allowed. The Academic Advising at APU is PATHETIC. I had completed over half of my program before I was contacted by an Academic Advisor. To clear up a mistake MADE BY APU I had to contact and explain the issue to the Academic Advising staff five times. On the forth time I refused to discuss the issue with the staff who answered the phone, but instead explained that I had already worked with them three times to rectify THEIR mistake and that I wanted to speak with their supervisor. Several weeks later I received an email from the Academic Advising staff stating that the same problem existed. After receiving a rather terse email in response, the Academic Advising staff FINALLY fixed THEIR problem. Lesson learned: ALWAYS take screenshots EVERYTHING submitted to APU and ALWAYS follow up emails with a phone call and MAKE SURE you get an email from the person you emailed/spoke to stating the problem was resolved and how it was resolved. KEEP THE EMAILS UNTIL YOU ARE DONE WITH THE PROGRAM. Another lesson learned: NEVER write your forums directly onto the APU website. Instead, write them in Word first and then copy and paste and save your responses, and the screenshots showing submissions, until you receive your grade for the course. Website "glitches" have been known to not allow you to submit responses and then "crash" or "lose" work submitted. I earned my undergraduate degree taking courses via mail and online. I am comfortable seeking clarification and guidance from professors via various distance delivery methods. The format APU provides is adequate to allow instructors to provide valuable input. Unfortunately the majority of instructors APU provides do not take pride in their work, but instead put forth only the minimal amount of input necessary to earn their paycheck. This is NOT the way to create competent leaders of the future.

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Terrible experience

Public Health - June 8, 2017
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I am sad to say this was the worst experience I have had with an instructor in all of my education. I have two bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees and have been teaching in a university for about 3 years now. I have a good idea of how a class should be handled and expect at least a minimal amount of responsiveness and guidance from the instructor. This was not the case. No detailed feedback on any assignment. Not more than one sentence that said "refer to the rubric." Teacher was quite literally MIA. Absolutely do not recommend. Hopefully other classes are fine and this was an isolated incident. I took one course as a pre-requisite for a doctoral program I was starting.

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Excellent MPH Program

Public Health - June 6, 2017
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I just finished medical school in July,2016 and finding an online MPH that I can work on concurrent to preparing for US licensing process and residency was something important to me. I found the MPH program rigorous and fulfilling and I have been able to accomplish the goals I set prior to enrolling. I am very confident that my training is closely comparable to brick and mortar programs and that progressing into my second and succeeding years - I will be able to do the work of a combined MD-MPH just like I would have been able to do in the traditional settings.

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It is what it is...

Transportation and Logistics Management - May 24, 2017
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I am 3 years removed from receiving my BA in Transportation & Logistics Management and can give you some perspective on what the degree has done for me- nothing. Having went to school for 2 years in the early 90s, then out for 16 years, APU provided just what I needed at the time- an online education majoring in a field that I had almost 20 years of work experience in. The coursework was challenging, but at the same time suited my learning style, and worked hard to earn the degree. What I later found out in my several hundred million job interviews that followed is that employers choose an employee solely off of personal opinions, instincts and biases- ONLY. If an applicants TRUE AND FACTUAL education and work experience could be fed into a program and a machine chooses the perfect applicant for a job, that would be one thing. But that is not the world we live in... and the last thing you want is to be sitting in an interview and make the employer question the school that you went to ("APU? I never heard of that. What the heck is it?") Unfortunately degrees must be obtained from a household name school, otherwise it's not going to be of any real value. APU's "career services" were for all intent and purposes laughable. I got a couple minor suggestions for improving my resume. There was not anything available that resembled job placement, and the job fairs were an absolute joke.

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Masters of Education/online learning

Masters of Education/English Language Learners - May 23, 2017
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I will keep this brief. If anyone is curious as to some of my comments, I suggest researching what makes online education viable and a great learning experience. A little background: I also finished an Bachelor of English at APUS. Online learning is greatly enhanced by the participation of all players involved and that includes the instructor. Online learners (especially in college level studies) must be autonomous and active learners. In other words, you have to do the work to get any value from your degree. At the same time, online instructors must be active participants in the 'classroom' to provide students with guidance, timely feedback/grades, and stimulating/leading interaction. No one should pay for a class where all you get is a book, a syllabus with all assignments included, and a grade that might have been generated by the learning platform software. Even for-profit schools should demand that their teachers spend time with their students and offer the proper professional development and training to insure that they understand how this interaction should take place. Students are held to certain standards and instructors should be as well. This is not the case at APUS. Sure, in the 7 years and nearly 40 classes I have taken, I have had some incredible teachers. I have had very hard teachers, teachers who would write more in the forums than the students, teachers who gave deep feedback on assignments, both structurally and with content, and teachers who answered messages quickly and thoroughly. I KNOW it is possible, by these teachers examples, that great teaching is possible in distance learning. On the other hand, I have had teachers who, for the most part, did not exist. I have written 'test' assignments (meant to see if the teacher is reading what I am writing) and received A+ on them, because I met the word count and knew how to cite correctly. I have had teachers who did not know how to use programs required for the class, who didn't familiarize themselves with the syllabus, and new nothing of what the word "accommodation" meant and why it is so important in education. I have received perfect grades for forums where my responses had nothing to do with the subject at hand. (obviously, the instructor just relied on the algorithm to count my entries and words. So...I cannot completely say that APUS sucks...I think the classes are ok...(although some of my literature classes used the same books I read in high school 30 years ago and the first book in my first class explained how to make a dial-up connection better.......so, yes, they could work on making sure assigned texts are current). I think some of the remarkable teachers I have had offset the ones who should never have been hired...(or quickly dismissed). Nothing is perfect, but I would question your instructor at the beginning of each class and ask them their philosophy on distance learning pedagogy.

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A Full Review (Updated)

English - May 16, 2017
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I wanted to give a recent review on this school. There are a lot of reviews but I can’t help noticing that a lot of the reviews are from years ago and there are not a lot of updated ones. I’m going to try and be as honest as I can be. I’m not going to slap the slogan “it’s what you make it” and call it that. I want to give a more detailed overview of what that means for people looking for a better idea of what they are stepping in to. It’s not that I disagree with the people who say it is what you make it, because I agree, but I want to go into more than that. First off, I want to address the “diploma mill” allegations that I find insulting. This is a hard college. For those of you who have only started your freshman level courses and are badmouthing the college, you have no right to do so. If you go full-time, that is, two classes at 8 week intervals at a time, you will have extremely rigorous course loads. Anyone can cheat in college, though. Anyone can just wing the forums. It is not the college’s responsibility to stop you from not taking your education seriously, that is entirely on you, the student. Anyone can wing it and receive “okay” grades, but trust me when I say, unless you are cheating, there is no way you can wing these classes and graduate with a 4.0. On the other side of this, you will notice cheating. You will find people who don’t take their education seriously. You will find this in the workplace. You will find this at Oxford. People will always look for ways to cut corners, and people will always cheat. It is up to you to not resort to those behaviors, and though it is outraging to see students being given credit for stolen knowledge or work, it does not only happen here, it happens in every college and work place. It is not the college’s responsibility to police each class. Most of these professors have full-time jobs. Do not blame the college for practices that occur. They put as many road blocks in place to deter cheating as any modern college. Three strikes at this college from plagiarism and you are dropped from the program if you get caught. There is no cheating your way to a degree unless you literally pay someone to do it for you (or you are very good at plagiarizing), and then that is up to the type of person you are. If you are comfortable paying someone to do your work for you or cheating, you can do that at any college or workplace and it won’t be limited to this one. The college is not to blame for the behaviors that occur at all colleges. They put things in place to curb this, just as much as at other colleges. On to the comparison to “brick and mortar” schools. The physical college will almost always be the best option, but you most likely aren’t here because a physical college and its time demands are realistic for you. You are here because you don’t have time to go to a physical college or you have other restraints keeping you from attending a physical college. As for the graduate program, no, there are no requirements except a 2.5 GPA, and yes, that is deterring, but it is not as if the program is large. It is a small program with typically less than 10 people graduating a year. You cannot compare yourself to the other students. You have to look at yourself and ask if this is the work you will be proud of. If you cannot take your education seriously you won’t take this program or most likely any self-taught program seriously. This is one of the cheapest colleges working adults have access to. You cannot expect the college to have professors catering to the students like at more expensive colleges. If you want access to a professor you have to pay for it, and if you are not paying for it you have no right to complain. These people have to make a living, and if you read the review by the faculty member who worked at this college, these programs are more like part-time work for them, and they are not devoting their attention to them. This is a self-taught program on almost every level, and if you are able to keep up, and you do all of the reading, the work, and you push YOURSELF you will attain a great education. YOU have to be the one to do that. If you can manage that you will step away with an expanded knowledge of your field and degree. The financial aid department is rocky. I have had my own share of experiences with them. You are going to need to take your time with this department when you come here. Plan carefully and accordingly, but if you are not already doing that with your finances I question whether it is the program or your own financial habits that are the problem. I will say, my wife went to a strictly private college with a high price tag, and that financial aid was horrific as well. We have never had a school (after three brick and mortar schools on my wife’s part) that had a financial department that was helpful. Again, when the school is this cheap, I do not see how people are expecting perfection here. It seems more like idealism than reality in terms of realistic expectations. My wife is on her third degree now, and we’ve been in college for almost seven years, and it is almost never a smooth transition to a new school, especially starting out, with financial aid. That said, in the recent years the financial aid department has gotten better. When I first started here it was rocky, but as the years went by they started getting better. They redesigned their website and have made it MUCH easier to figure out your finances. On top of that they have an app now where you can access your classroom on the go from your phone, and let me tell you, this makes forum replies that are due each week much easier to do while you are sitting at the doctor’s office or are waiting for an oil change that should take 20 minutes but gets stretched out to an hour. You will get the money that is yours here. This school does not rip people off and steal money. This is a REGIONALLY ACCREDDITED college, meaning it is on par with every major college in the country. There is no employer who will see that it is regionally accredited college and think it is not a legit college. If you honestly believe your job prospects will be effected by attending an online college then do your research. Statistics are changing for online colleges, very much for the better (though there is still a stigma). When you put this college on your resume, make sure you point out that is one of the top-rated colleges by U.S. News, and that it has received numerous awards. Build the college up. This is basic resume edict, and I hesitate to look at the resumes of the people who say they got their degree here and it did nothing for their job prospects. This is a for profit school, though. That has to be recognized as well. That puts a nasty taste in a lot of people’s mouths, but again, if you go into this with eyes open, after hours of research and realistic expectations for a self-taught program, then I don’t think you will have complaints. I started and finished my Bachelor’s in English in three and half years after taking no breaks whatsoever and always going full-time. With my degree it was very easy to be self-taught. I would read, which I would be doing in any program, and then I would discuss and read lectures on the works. For me, that made this program extremely good for me. If you have a major where this won’t be the case, or if you need someone to literally be there to show you, you are going to be frustrated and angry, but you will always feel that in a self-taught course. I’m not so sure about getting a teaching degree here, or going into the intelligence community from here. It seems more likely you would flourish in a physical college and not an online one. These are not college courses with professors standing in front of you explaining it all. It is A LOT of reading and it is ENTIRELY on you to learn the material. The professors are there as consultants and graders but not much more than that. I have never once had a professor not reply to me in almost four years of being here, though. If you send a message, from my experience, you will get a reply in almost always one day, or if it’s the weekend, two days. I have never, and I mean literally never once had this not be the case. I have read some reviews from people who are afraid they will not be accepted into Ph.D. programs after going here, and I can tell you that this is not the case at all. I know people who have been accepted into higher programs after this. You don’t have to take my word for it, I understand, but I have no reason to sit here and pretend to be supportive of this college if I did not fully believe it was worthy of what I had to say, and I hope I am honest in its shortcomings as well. This is not a college where you will have professors there teaching you. The financial aid is rocky. The students are subpar in the earlier years (they typically don’t make it to the higher level years, believe me), BUT you get an affordable degree, in which you mostly are your own teacher. It is entirely accredited. It is recognized. You cannot expect more than this for what you are paying. I stepped away with a great understanding of my degree. I don’t regret the decision whatsoever, but there are shortcomings and there will always be people who do not respect a cheaper college, but guess what, they wouldn’t respect a physical community college either. There is a stigma against these colleges, but at least in terms of online colleges, the stigma is beginning to change, and as time moves on, it will begin to fade, though most likely never entirely. Understand that when you make the decision to not only go here but any online college. One of the last things, you will have hit-and-miss professors here. My wife has experienced the same at each of her brick and mortar colleges. This will be the same at every college you attend. You will always have the professors you can’t stand. At this college specifically, you most likely will not interact with your professor a lot, and if that is important to you, ATTEND ANOTHER COLLEGE and stop leaving one star reviews that hurt this college and its reputation because of YOUR learning style and idealistic expectations after, for the most part from what I’ve seen, having had no experience with outside colleges. This college is constantly improving in the way it provides its courses and in its professors. After every class you will be given a survey so you can point out the shortcomings and good things of every class, and they use this to make changes. YOU can be a part of the reason this college is better for others. I don’t appreciate the one star whiny reviews about not being given enough attention by the professors. This is not the college for that. You are in charge, and if you can’t handle that, you will not get good grades (unless you are cheating, lying about your knowledge, or plagiarizing), and if you leave and don’t notify the college as to why, you will be dropped, this is common sense people. Please do not blame the college for your inconsistencies. Random tid bits: In reply to the textbooks being outdated, this is typically not the case from my experience. I read a review of someone stating they could pull information from their “ass” and cite it and get good grades. Again, this is entirely on the student to have an education worth learning from, but they chose to half-ass their degree and got what they put in without doing the work. I have no sympathy. This is your life, and if you want to spend it half-assing everything that comes your way, then I applaud your consistency but not your approach to life. You could have learned and earned that GPA, but you made it worthless. My degree is gold to me because I spent many a sleepless night working my ass off to earn my GPA without lying and falsely citing material. Wikipedia is not a source that is acceptable at this college. Some of the classes are in reconstruction. I had one in my entire degree. It was not necessarily a good learning experience, but not a reason to bash the college and hurt their reputation because I, myself, got frustrated and threw an adult temper tantrum, and then attempted to make the college look bad on a place where real reviews should be written. Some classes here are better structured than others. You will find this a lot in colleges. Please do not pretend this is only the case with this college. After seven years of experiencing separate colleges I can tell you that this is the case in most colleges at an average level. I will not claim to be genius here. I am sure this is not the case with Virginia Tech, Yale or Harvard, but if you can get into those colleges I don’t see what you are doing here. Overall I both hated and loved this college. I learned so much because I did the work, the reading, the papers and the forums. I didn’t judge the college because of its students who are often busy too, and their posts are not perfect. Yours won’t be perfect either, and know, just as you are tearing everyone else’s posts to pieces, they are doing the same to yours, and know this, they think you are just as inept as you think they are. This is a regionally accredited college. It is a self-taught format. It’s hit-and-miss sometimes. The professors can be amazing and real asshats. You have to commit if you want to gain an understanding. For some degrees self-teaching isn’t going to go well. I don’t see getting a teaching degree here, or going on to being an intelligence officer. I was an English major, and for that, it was perfect. I gained all that I would have elsewhere because I took the time to learn it. I am proud of my degree and this college. It is not perfect. I felt cheated at times both with financial aid and the plagiarizing I saw other students doing, but I came to realize it was up to me what this would be. I chose to make it an experience that would define me and my discipline to suck it up and do the work. I’m not here whining about how I was wronged. There will always be cheaters and slackers. There will always be both classmates and professors that you don’t like, but I’m not going to sit here and make a generalization and then apply it to the ENTIRE college. I mean come on, it’s childish. Come in with your eyes open, realistic expectations that you would have with a community college, and know you will be your teacher, coach, accountability partner and at the end of the day, judge. Call this place worthless if you will, but it’s only worthless if you let it be. It’s up to you to determine the value of something. I don’t think those who find this college worthless will find a great many things up to their “level.” This can be a great place if you make it one. You will need a support system. You will need strict regimen. You will need understanding and a positive attitude, but these things are necessary for life, not just college. Some days you will hate this college, but that doesn’t mean you have the right to come here and trash the college. If you can calmly, without heated emotion, examine your experience and consider it one star, then lay out your argument, but I see no arguments keeping anyone from coming here and gaining from it as long as they do so with proper planning and information. Good luck to you all in your pursuit and decision. I know how hard that can be, and that is why I wrote this. Each of you can accomplish your goal if you don’t give up when the hardship comes, and remember, the start of any new great burden such as college or even a new job comes with feelings of helplessness, it is overcoming those that determines what value you will gain in the end.

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A Full Review

English - May 7, 2017
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I wanted to give a recent review on this school. There are a lot of reviews but I can’t help noticing that a lot of the reviews are from years ago and there are not a lot of updated reviews of the school. I’m going to try and be as honest as I can be. I’m not going to slap the slogan “it’s what you make it” and call it that. I want to give a more detailed overview of what that means for people looking for a better idea of what they are stepping in to. It’s not that I disagree with the people who say it is what you make it, because I agree, but I want to go into more than that. First off, I want to address the “diploma mill” allegations that I find insulting. This is a hard college. For those of you who have only started your freshman level courses and are badmouthing the college, you have no right to do so. If you go full-time, that is, two classes at 8 week intervals at a time, you have extremely rigorous course loads. Anyone can cheat in college, though. Anyone can just wing the forums. It is not the college’s responsibility to stop you from not taking your education seriously, that is entirely on you, the student. Anyone can wing it and receive “okay” grades, but trust me when I say, unless you are cheating, there is no way you can wing these classes and graduate with a 4.0. On these other side of this, you will notice cheating. You will find people who don’t take their education seriously. You will find this in the workplace. You will find this at Oxford. People will always look for ways to cut corners, and people will always cheat. It is up to you to not resort to those behaviors and though it is outraging to see students being given credit for stolen knowledge or work, it does not only happen here, it happens in every college and work place. It is not the college’s responsibility to police each class. Most of these professors have full-time jobs. Do not blame the college for practices that occur. They put as many road blocks in place to deter cheating as any modern college. Three strikes at this college from plagiarism and you are dropped from the program if you get caught. There is no cheating your way to a degree unless you literally pay someone to do it for you (or you are very good at plagiarizing), and then that is up to the type of person you are. If you are comfortable paying someone to do your work for you or cheating, you can do that at any college or workplace and it won’t be limited to this one. The college is not to blame for the behaviors that occur at all colleges. They put things in place to curb this, just as much as at other colleges. On to the comparison to “brick and mortar” schools. The physical college will almost always be the best option, but you most likely aren’t here because a physical college and its time demands are realistic for you. You are here because you don’t have time to go to a physical college or you have other restraints keeping you from attending a physical college. As for the graduate program, no there are no requirements except a 2.5 GPA, and yes that is deterring, but it is not as if the program is large. It is a small program with typically less than 10 people graduating a year. You cannot compare yourself to the other students. You have to look at yourself and ask if this is the work you will be proud of. If you cannot take your education seriously you won’t take this program or most likely any self-taught program seriously. This is one of the cheapest colleges working adults have access to, you cannot expect the college to have professors catering to the students like at more expensive colleges. If you want access to a professor you have to pay for it, and if you are not paying for it you have no right to complain. These people have to make a living, and if you read the review by the faculty member who worked at this college, these programs are more like part-time work for them, and they are not devoting their attention to them. This is a self-taught program on almost every level, and if you are able to keep up, and you do all of the reading, the work and you push YOURSELF you will attain a great education. YOU have to be the one to do that. If you can manage that you will step away with an expanded knowledge of your field and degree. The financial aid department is rocky. I have had my own share of experiences with them. You are going to need to take your time with this department when you come here. Plan carefully and accordingly, but if you are not already doing that with your finances I question whether it is the program or your own financial habits that are the problem. I will say, my wife went to a strictly private college with a high price tag, and that financial aid was horrific as well. We have never had a school (after three brick and mortar schools on my wife’s part) that had a financial department that was helpful. Again, when the school is this cheap, I do not see how people are expecting perfection here. It seems more like idealism than reality in terms of realistic expectations. My wife is on her third degree now, and we’ve been in college for almost seven years, and it is almost never a smooth transition to a new school, especially starting out, with financial aid. That said, in the recent years the financial aid department has gotten better. When I first started here it was rocky, but as the years went by they started getting better. They redesigned their website and have made it MUCH easier to figure out your finances. On top of that they have an app now where you can access your classroom on the go from your phone, and let me tell you, this makes forum replies that are due each week much easier to do while you are sitting at the doctor’s office or are waiting for an oil change that should take 20 minutes but gets stretched out to an hour somehow. You will get the money that is yours here. This school does not rip people off and steal money. This is a REGIONALLY ACCREDITED college meaning it is on par with every major college in the country. There is no employer who will see that it is regionally accredited college and think it is not a legit college. If you honestly believe your job prospects will be effected by attending an online college then do your research. Statistics are changing for online colleges, very much for the better. When you put this college on your resume, make sure you point out that is one of the top-rated colleges by U.S. News, and that it has received numerous awards. Build the college up. This is basic resume edict, and I hesitate to look at the resumes of the people who say they got their degree here and it did nothing for their job prospects. This is a for profit school. This has to be recognized as well. That puts a nasty taste in a lot of people’s mouths, but again, if you go into this with eyes open, after hours of research and realistic expectations for a self-taught program, then I don’t think you will have complaints. I started and finished my Bachelor’s in English in three and half years after taking no breaks whatsoever and always going full-time. With my degree it was very easy to be self-taught. I would read, which I would be doing in any program, and then I would discuss and read lectures on the works. For me, that made this program extremely good for me. If you have a major where this won’t be the case, or if you need someone to literally be there to show you, you are going to be frustrated and angry, but you will always feel that in a self-taught course. I’m not so sure about getting a teaching degree here, or going into the intelligence community from here. It seems more likely you would flourish in a physical college and not an online one. These are not college courses with professors standing in front of you explaining it all. It is A LOT of reading and it is ENTIRELY on you to learn the material. The professors are there as consultants and graders but not much more than that. I have never once had a professor not reply to me in almost four years of being here, though. If you send a message, from my experience, you will get a reply in almost always one day, or if it’s the weekend, two days. I have never, and I mean literally never once had this not be the case. I have read some reviews from people who are afraid they will not be accepted into Ph.D. programs after going here, and I can tell you that this is not the case at all. I know people who have been accepted into higher programs after this. You don’t have to take my word for it, I understand, but I have no reason to sit here and pretend to be supportive of this college if I did not fully believe it was worthy of what I had to say, and I hope I am honest in its shortcomings as well. This is not college where you will have professors there teaching you. The financial aid is rocky. The students are sub par in the earlier years (they typically don’t make it to the higher level years, believe me), BUT you get an affordable degree, in which you mostly are your own teacher. It is entirely accredited. It is recognized. You cannot expect more than this for what you are paying. I stepped away with a great understanding of my degree. I don’t regret the decision whatsoever, but there are shortcomings and there will always be people who do not respect a cheaper college, but guess what, they wouldn’t respect a physical community college either. There is a stigma against these colleges, but at least in terms of online colleges, the stigma is beginning to change, and as time moves on, it will begin to fade, though most likely never entirely. Understand that when you make the decision to not only go here but any online college. One of the last things, you will have hit-and-miss professors here. My wife has experienced the same at each of her brick and mortar colleges. This will be the same at every college you attend. You will always have the professors you can’t stand. At this college specifically, you most likely will not interact with your professor a lot, and if that is important to you, ATTEND ANOTHER COLLEGE and stop leaving one star reviews that hurt this college and its reputation because of YOUR learning style and idealistic expectations after, for the most part from what I’ve seen, having had no experience with outside colleges. This college is constantly improving in the way it provides its courses and in its professors. After every class you will be given a survey so you can point out the shortcomings and good things of every class, and they use this to make changes. YOU can be a part of the reason this college is better for others. I don’t appreciate the one star whiny reviews about not being given enough attention by the professors. This is not the college for that. You are in charge, and if you can’t handle that, you will not get good grades (unless you are cheating, lying about your knowledge, or plagiarizing), and if you leave and don’t notify the college as to why, you will be dropped, this is common sense people. Please do not blame the college for your inconsistencies. Random tid bits: In reply to the textbooks being outdated, this is typically not the case from my experience. I read a review of someone stating they could pull information from their “ass” and cite it and get good grades. Again, this is entirely on the student to have an education worth learning from, but they chose to half ass their degree and got what they put in without doing the work. I have no sympathy. This is your life, and if you want to spend it half assing everything that comes your way, then I applaud your consistency but not your approach to life. You could have learned and earned that GPA, but you made it worthless. My degree is gold to me, because I spent many a sleepless night working my ass off to earn my GPA without lying and falsely citing material. Wikipedia is not a source that is acceptable at this college. Some of the classes are in reconstruction. I had one in my entire degree. It was not necessarily a good learning experience, but not a reason to bash the college and hurt their reputation because I, myself, got frustrated and threw an adult temper tantrum, attempting to make the college bad on a place where real reviews should be written. Some classes here are better structured than others. You will find this a lot in colleges. Please do not pretend this is only the case with college. After seven years of experiencing a separate colleges I can tell you that this is the case in most colleges at an average level. I will not claim to be genius here. I am sure this is not the case with Virginia Tech, Yale or Harvard, but if you can get into those colleges I don’t see what you are doing here. Overall I both hated and loved this college. I learned so much because I did the work, the reading, the papers and the forums. I didn’t judge the college because of its students who are often busy too, and their posts are not perfect. Yours won’t be perfect either, and know, just as you are tearing everyone else’s posts to pieces, they are doing the same to yours, and know this, they think you are just as inept as you think they are. This is a regionally accredited college. It is a self-taught format. It’s hit-and-miss sometimes. The professors can be amazing and real asshats. You have to commit if you want to gain an understanding. For some degrees self-teaching isn’t going to go well. I don’t see getting a teaching degree here, or going on to being an intelligence officer. I was an English major, and for that, it was perfect. I gained all that I would have elsewhere because I took the time to learn it. I am proud of my degree and this college. It is not perfect. I felt cheated at times both with financial aid and the plagiarizing I saw other students doing, but I can to realize it was up to be what this would be. I chose to make it an experience that would define me and my discipline to suck and up and do the work. I’m not here whining about how I was wronged. There will always be cheaters and slackers. There will always be both classmates and professors that you don’t like, but I’m not going to sit here and make a generalization and then apply it to the ENTIRE college. I mean come on, it’s childish. Come in with your eyes open, realistic expectations that you would have with a community college, and know you will be your teacher, coach, accountability partner and at the end of the day, judge. Call this place worthless if you will, but it’s only worthless if you let it be. It’s up to you to determine the value of something. I don’t think those who find this college worthless will find a great many things up to their “level.” This can be a great place if you make it one. You will need a support system. You will need strict regimen. You will need understanding and a positive attitude, but these things are necessary for life, not just college. Some days you will hate this college, but that doesn’t mean you have the right to come here and trash the college. If you can calmly, without heated emotion, examine your experience and consider it one star, then lay out your argument, but I see no arguments keeping anyone from coming here and gaining from it as long as they do so with proper planning and information. Good luck to you all in your pursuit and decision. I know how hard that can be, and that is why I wrote this. Each of you can accomplish your goal if you don’t give up when the hardship comes, and remember, the start of any new great burden such as college or even a new job comes with feelings of helplessness, it is overcoming those that determines what value you will gain in the end.

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B.A. History, Early European Civilization

BA History - April 22, 2017
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I completed my B.A. in History February 2015. Yes, this university has no applications or tests, but if you wish to progress in the field of history you will have to be prepared with a good background in writing in the Chicago/Turabian style for formatting your papers. I was blessed with exceptional instructors as well as great university level curriculum. Internet learning can be a challenge in the beginning, but once mastered it worked quite well. The only challenge for me was that my professors feedback was gentle; I needed to be challenged with critical feed-back. Al in all, internet learning is not as challenging as brick and mortar institutions of higher learning. I did have issues with academic guidance, as a B.A. in history is not particularly a subject where one can find employment somewhat easily. I have no choice but to work towards an M.A. or an M.S. The instructors, I found were quite exceptional in their field. I decided on history; that is my passion. If I had to do this over again, I would choose a major that would allow me to find a job, other than teaching; I would major in environmental studies or logistics. If you have a passion for history I highly recommend you enroll in this subject. The APU/AMU program is perfect for students who have full-time or part-time jobs. Great instructors, but non face-to-face, which is unfortunate. Instructors are dedicated and will respond quickly to any challenges to questions you might have.

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Great Experience, Highly Recommended!

BA - Sociology - February 19, 2017
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Overall, my experience with this university was great! Financial Aid was sometimes hard to deal with, but that is a common complaint with most universities. The rigor of the coursework was what I expected from an online university. I was familiar with online learning prior to attending APU, because I took online courses at a local community college and had a degree from another online university. I decided to pursue this degree because my other one was not regionally accredited. I wish APU would convert and use Blackboard rather than Sakai as I feel it is easier to navigate but once you get the hang of Sakai, it's not so bad. I enjoyed the majority of the course options. The professors were helpful and wanted to see students succeed. I highly recommend this university because it allowed me to juggle a full-course load with working and family responsibilities. The 8 week course offering are awesome! I never want to take 16 week courses again.

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Quality control problems at APU

Psychology - February 9, 2017
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I am attending APU and should graduate later this year with my Bachelor's in psychology. Please note I am a 4.0 student, and that achievement has required a lot of work, past the normal forums, quizzes, and assignments. The quality of the virtual classroom and matching of textbooks to the lesson plan have suffered incredibly over the last 2 years. I often find conflicting rubric and assignment directions, textbooks which don't match the lesson plan (or even the questions asked), and incomplete or flatly late grading by professors. The ONLY way that APU knows when professors do not comply with the 5-day grading rule is when a student escalates it. Professors don't seem to know which book is being used, and they also appear completely clueless how to investigate or change anything. The level and depth of quality control I have to employ to challenge quiz or exam question answer keys are astonishing. 90% of the time when I challenge them, I am right that they are inaccurate and the professor or someone else changes the grade for them for everyone in the class. The course I completed last month had the wrong book provided to us, which I escalated to the professor and the associate department chair. Even after receiving the latter's responses four weeks into the course, other students in the class were not notified the book was the wrong one and information pertinent to questions on the quizzes and exam not contained the one we had. I do not know how other people in the class passed the course: I purchased the right book on my own and got permission to use it. APU has become a stovepiped organization, where accountability doesn't exist. I have held off taking my major requirements courses until this summer in hopes that at least in my departmental studies, the quality of the classroom content and management improves. I do know that the next time I have to QC a course as I did for the last two, I'm going to be asking for additional credits to do so, which is what happens at larger universities. My role is as a student, not as a person to check every single thing for APU in a classroom and make sure it's right. The fact I have to do so shows the dysfunction in APU as an organization, and it is something they need to resolve.

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Great Non-Traditional route to a degree

BA in Management - February 1, 2017
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I have taken 14 courses from APU and I have been impressed with a only a few courses and instructors but I have never been disappointed with any of them. Just like the 60+ credits I transferred to APU. I had some good and some average instructors and materials. I would not recommend this program as the very first college experience unless you are a disciplined individual. As an older and career experienced student, this program fits me perfectly. My company is supporting me with partial re-imbursement and I am getting better than average reviews in part to my continuing education activities. This program is not perfect and neither is life. I have personally not had any issue with the program. This program fits my schedule, my budget and my career objective. I work with college graduates of "brick and mortar" schools everyday. Some of them are good people and good employees and some of them are jerks who must have skated through college because they rely on others to do their job for them. My point is that this program is what you make it.

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Financial aid department incompetent

Psychology - January 20, 2017
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How can financial aid manage to screw up peoples grants and loans EVERY SINGLE TIME? I swear I spent half my college career trying to get my money. Hire people who can do accounting properly, and fix your website so that students can correct your errors before hitting enter on their forms. P.S Vitalsource is a horrible program. Please switch to one that doesn't crash all the time, and mess up people's computers.

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OUTSTANDING Course of Study!

Homeland Security - December 1, 2016
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I have worked in this field for over 12 years and I still found this course of study to be very interesting. The way the course is presented is beneficial to the entry level personnel or the expert looking for the academia to coincide with work related experience.

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MA/ TLMT

MA: Transportation and Logistics Management - November 3, 2016
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I absolutely love this university! I recently completed the Masters TLMT program and it was worth every penny, every hour of research, and every paper written! The instructors were awesome! Their feedback helped me tremendously! I recommend APU to everyone!

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MA Psychology + I taught here

M.A. Psychology - August 31, 2016
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My grades are for the institution as a whole, what I saw as a grad student and what I saw as an instructor. I really enjoyed the quality of most of the instructors in psych. One of them needed to be sacked. As others have mentioned, he didn't respond. But that was one out of seven! I pointed out to the department chair that case studies would be more appropriate vs. review papers for every class, but that's my only real quibble. APUS is the best of the online for-profits, nothing like the horrible diploma mills that are being shut down, thank goodness. So much for the grad program and its wonderful instructors, especially the sweetie who helped me so much in stats. Now, as to being an instructor: bad news. You may not know that all colleges are moving to a mostly-adjuncts and poverty-wage adjuncts at that, and APUS is no different. I worked very hard and was very responsive, labored hard over grading rubrics and got high marks for caring from the students. Your fellow students are the same mixed bag you get elsewhere. Some people (especially the military) are very conscientious, wonderful people to pour your dedication into, and fun to meet as a fellow student. Some are poorly prepared for college, period, really need remedial English classes; some will claim racism to try to get an A. I am proud of APUS for not knuckling under to any kind of "I want an A" pressure. I have high, fair standards and APUS always came down on the side of facts and evidence. This is not what I encountered in public community colleges, I must say, where you COULD manipulate to get a higher grade. So bravo, APUS, for academic standards. Another weakness that sadly is shared with more and more schools is the utter refusal to allow instructors to create exams, assignments or anything else; the curriculum was decided by someone else and we were all stuck with it. As I said, sadly becoming the state of higher education. I suspect that APUS, as any other school other than Harvard, is best in the specific-subject areas and weaker in the synthesis programs like generic humanities. Everyone I've ever talked to in psych or in the military specialties was very happy with the quality of their degree. I am, too!

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Life Changing

Bachelor's of Science - Environmental Science - August 30, 2016
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I am a mother and work full-time. APU enabled me to complete my Bachelor's Degree in the field I am passionate about. APU provided great support. The technology was perfect. I will for ever be greatful to APU for helping me achieve my dream. I would strongly recommend them to anyone!!

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Affordable and reputable program

Homeland Security - August 11, 2016
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I completed my Master of Arts in Homeland Security in August 2015. This was my second degree from American Public University System (APUS) because of the accessibility and affordability, as well as the kinds and quality of courses that are offered. The quality of education, in my experience, was as good as, and in some cases better than, what one would receive at a traditional in-state university (I graduated from Arizona State University in 2013). The courses are very interesting, the professors keep students engaged and promote an environment for students to truly delve into the course topics. The online library is an excellent resource APUS has while you are a student and you have lifetime access once you graduate. I know many people have reservations about attending online institutions because of the fact the school is online. I tell all those who have those reservations that I have been witness to a few of the programs for the School of Security and Global Studies; they are fully recognized in the military and the federal civilian side of the government. My experience with American Public University has been great overall. If you are looking at starting a degree for the first time, completing a degree started from another institution, pursuing an advanced degree, or looking at changing your field, the education you receive with American Public University is well worth the time and money you will invest. You will not regret your decision to pursuit your education with American Public University.

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A highly recommended online university

Sport and Health Science - August 9, 2016
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If it were not for APUS, I would not be finishing my degree. I needed to find a program that was convenient for me to fit in with a full-time job, and this meant not having to go to a brick and mortar university several times a week. APUS allows me to work from the comfort of my own home after hours. The courses I take challenge me and allow me to push myself like I never have before. As with any university, some instructors are better than others, but there have been a few that are outstanding and who strive to help students succeed. APUS also allows students to complete surveys at the end of each class to critique the instructors and the curriculum. I would highly recommend APUS to anyone who wants to complete a degree on their own terms.

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Absolutely loving this school

Philosophy - August 6, 2016
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I started school at APUS in October, and overall I have loved it. My life is quite busy, and it was not practical for me to attend a brick and mortar school. I did a lot of research when trying to find an online philosophy program, and APUS is significantly less expensive than any others that I could find. Not only that, but it is an accredited school, and allows me to work around my schedule. The classes have been challenging, but enjoyable, and all of my teachers (minus one) have been extremely helpful and informative. With that situation, I enjoyed the class, but the teacher was just not helpful. The classrooms are set up so that each class has a forum, which makes it feel more like a real classroom. I enjoy the ability to have discussions with other classmates. I personally have not had any problems with financial aid, but I have called the financial aid department to answer questions, and they have been very helpful. I understand that some people may not enjoy this type of school, but if you are looking for a good online college, I would highly recommend APUS.

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Becoming a Coach

Sport and Health Science - June 9, 2016
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Using APUS as my institution for my degree plan was the best decision that I have ever made. I have been in the military for 25 years and with the constant deploying and missions they worked with me every step of the way. If you are looking to become a coach of any sports program they have the most up to date information that can be applied to your situation immediately. I would suggest this college to anyone that has a very busy life but still wants to progress in their education. Shade Holder

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Great Program

BS - Environmental Studies - June 3, 2016
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The best online university I could find for Environmental Science. In fact, it ranked high even compared to brick and mortar universities for this program. It had all of the classes I wanted. Tuition was great and the institution is accredited. I feel that I have gotten a great start for pursuing a career in this field. I am continuing on with a Masters program in Environmental Policy and Management.

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M.A. Humanities Meh

Humanities - May 13, 2016
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Really? This program does not even compare to brick and mortar programs. Hey, did you know that there aren't any admission requirements? This means that any fool with a pulse and a checkbook can join the program. And they do. Looking for students who have a solid background in humanities and earned their place here? Not going to happen. They haven't taken GREs, or have letters of recommendation, or a decent GPA to get into this school ANYONE who wants to pay gets in. All you have to do is post in discussion forums and write a few essays over a 16 week period. The instructors are ok, but the other students don't know how to read or think about complicated issues, so good luck trying to find intellectual stimulation here. If you want your degree to be worth more than a roll of toilet paper, save yourself the time and aggravation and apply to a real, traditional school with a rigorous program.

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Accredited-Affordable-Overall, GREAT

Masters in Public Administration - May 4, 2016
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I researched far and wide to find an accredited, affordable, all on-line option for my MPA. APUS fit the bill. The classes are eight weeks each and teach an incredible amount of material in that time. Students are required to READ a GREAT DEAL of material however all the material is relevant. I have not yet run across any professor's 'pet project' that doesn't really relate to the class. The curriculum is focused and I definitely feel I learn the important, core topics in each class. The required forum postings can be difficult. But I don't learn with stuff that is easy. The teachers clearly describe the requirements for a good grade and are quite consistent in applying the grading matrix. I have NEVER been surprised by a grade as I know how much work went into the paper/discussion/project. 90% of the professors respond promptly. The enrollment process was easy. I have no difficulty in getting direction and/or help when I need it from the central/admission office. I appreciate the opportunity to learn in this way. It works for me and it's affordable. I encourage you to try.

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School Counseling Program of Study

Masters of Education, School Counseling - April 27, 2016
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I was thoroughly challenged yet was very supported by all of my professors. For my Practicum and Internship the professors broke down the stigma of online learning by communicating with students frequently and making themselves available at all times of the day or night! I feel completely prepared to walk right into the School Counseling profession. Compared to others who attended other schools in the area, I feel that my experiences and learning from APU are way superior.

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Unique possibility to obtain Degree in Intelligence studies

Intelligence Studies - April 20, 2016
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APUS gave me exactly what I need. APUS is one of many online universities which provide opportunity to obtain the Master Degree in Intelligence Studies and after one year of study I can confirm that it is the best option. It is very important that the school is accredited and recognized by the United Nations Staff Selection Office. The Intelligence studies program has completely exceeded my expectations; moreover, comparing with my previous in-person Master Degree education in the same field academics in APUS is better than anything I have ever experienced with the course of study being more profound and informative. The instructors have broad experiences working at the different bodies and key posts in the Intelligence community. The staff is amazing, providing a lot of additional information and help beyond the program of studying. The APUS online library deserves special appraisal with easy to search option and multitude of useful, rare and just interesting sources, which is not possible to find on open Internet. The APUS events in the different cities of the USA allow interacting with fellow students and the APUS management. You are totally in control of what you learn and how you learn it. Even with my work without a definite schedule and extra work hours I am still able to balance work, family, and education taking one eight-week online course at a time with one-month break between classes. I recommend APUS and specifically Intelligence Study program to anyone interested in advancing the career in international security and analysis as well as for United Nations Security specialists.

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Best American History Program

BA History - April 17, 2016
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I earned my undergraduate degree in American history. I enjoyed the academic experience as an online learner. In order to succeed in online learning. Student's must be self-disciplined, dedicated, and committed. I learned true history from the professors at American Public University. Not only that, they encouraged me to search beyond the obvious facts for a greater understanding of our world through positive feedback, criticism, and ongoing encouragement. At American Public University, I felt like a contributing member of the diverse learning environment. I gained a greater understanding of life, the community I live in and the world. I can do more with historical facts rather than simply repeating them. I plan to challenge my history students to do the same by applying the same teaching principles I was exposed to at American Public University.

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APUS Humanities Grad Student

Humanities - April 16, 2016
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Having limited exposure to online classroom environments, as well as having been out of school for over twenty years, I was hesitant in my pursuit of an online masters degree; however, my internet search was clear--APUS was, by far, the clear choice for accreditation, reputation, quality, and value. The APUS Humanities program is based on the Great Books of Western Civilization, which can be limiting for students who wish to explore additional areas of interest more in depth (such as the Near East or ancient Egypt). Indeed, these areas are covered in HUMN510, albeit very quickly. Opinions and reviews of professors are subjective, so I will not get into it here; however, my assessment of the professors in this programs is as follows: they are qualified, accomplished, knowledgeable, involved, and responsive. They are the real deal; I have experienced no "hacks" thus far. Indeed, they are kept quite busy; many carry several undergrad and graduate classes, as well as sit on advisory boards, attend conferences, supervise other professors, etc. Regardless of other activities and responsibilities, each of my professors was engaged throughout each week, and returned graded assignments within a week or two (at the most). Expectations are high, so bring your 'A' game. Grading is hard, but fair. Again, your mileage will vary from one instructor to the next, but this is no program to stroll through. If you are in search of a degree mill to obtain a masters for the sake of having one, you may want to look elsewhere. The admin staff--front office, financial aid, student services, librarians--is friendly, helpful, and eager to assist. The online library seems infinite; there is no shortage of resources for your papers and research. I have even had books loaned to me from outside libraries via the Interlibrary Loan System. Consistent with perhaps any other academic setting, I have had classmates who were intelligent and engaged, sarcastic and pedantic, and B.S.-ing slugs. In one of my classes I was the ONLY student! If you are serious about a solid education at the graduate level, APUS is worthy of consideration. Be prepared to read and write, and read and write. Each class is different, however, and they have creatively approached changing the work demands throughout the program. For instance, HUMN500 is a research and writing class requiring some small essays and one term paper. In HUMN510, a moderate paper is due about every three weeks. Several two- to three-paged papers are required in HUMN520. The demands are challenging, but your reading and writing ability will improve dramatically. The only downside I will assert is the inability to "specialize" in any area. Sure, there are some electives offered wherein, based on selection, one could become more learned in, say, world religion--entire classes are offered in Hinduism and Buddhism, for instance. This program is more structured in western human culture and thought throughout history, as reflected in literature, treatise, and poetry, from the beginning of recorded history (Sumer/Babylonia) through modern time. Finally, many of the required reading materials are made available at no cost to the students either by links or uploads provided by the professors. While this can be beneficial to cost savings, I have purchased many of the books through Amazon (which were cheaper than what was offered at the student store).

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Great online School

Sport and Health Science - April 14, 2016
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BS in Sports and Health Sciences. I was nervous starting an online program, but I knew I did not want to be stuck where I am. Soon I will graduate! 4 classes left and I am looking forward to a new chapter. I started at APUS in Feb. 2010 and have been busting my butt since. I am only part time due to 2 jobs and youth sports (coach) I have not had many problems yet. There is always a computer near by, my book are electronic and having a tablet and smart phone makes reading easy. No excuses. Financial aid department has always been on top of things, always answering my questions in a timely manner. I have really enjoyed my studies, only problem, I wish I would have chosen a different degree, not sure exactly what I am going to do when I am done. But the world opens doors for BS degrees.

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APUS Community

Psychology - April 10, 2016
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APUS has many wonderful qualities, and for someone who is looking to get a quality education that offers flexibility and stability; it was the perfect fit. That being said, while attending APUS I had quite a bit of problems with the financial aid department, my professors and simply put the complete digital nature of the textbooks. APUS provides its undergrad students with book tuition, meaning you do not have to pay for your books unless you would like a physical copy of them. This is environmentally and economically friendly, but if you are like me, it is not very convenient and can actually become a problem if you are visually impaired, or have attention span problems. While yes, you can buy the physical copy of the book, not every class provides you with that option, thus forcing you to read your text on your computer screen. When you are reading 4-5 chapters a week, per class, with and upwards amount of 3-5 classes, it can be rather troublesome. The professors, generally speaking, are on your side and are willing to do almost anything to help you succeed and to pass their class. The downside that I kept running into is that there are some professors who simply will not work with you, no matter the circumstances. Which is something to be aware of if, like me, you live in a VERY rural area that is prone to power outages when the weather is inclement. The last major problem that I had with this school, was that of the financial aid dept. Every semester was the same thing, I would have to call up the financial aid dept. tell them that they have yet to disburse my loans and I would have to fight with them to ensure that my financial aid was disbursed and that my classes were covered. My final semester of APUS they had over-calculated my financial aid and I received a refund when I shouldn't have. Due to this I did not have enough funds to cover my final courses, and ended up having to pay out of pocket in order to graduate. While I did not have to pay an exuberant amount, I was more upset by the fact that they were the ones who had made the mistake, and I ended up paying for it. During my time with APUS, I had the opportunity to become rather engaged in the online extra-curricular community. APUS has many clubs, and student run organizations that you can join and participate in; you can even hold officer positions and help run these orgs. and clubs! Serving as a student leader was a lot of fun, and helped change my point of view about the school. There are many wonderful individuals who work with APUS, and I absolutely enjoyed getting to know many of them. In addition, APUS has many resources available to its students and alumni, including but not limited to: Career services (assistance with finding a job, resume writing assistance, career fairs, etc), Free online tutoring, a library filled with limitless references for all majors, minors, and certificate programs, an alumni rally, university ambassador program, student awards and honor societies, and SO MANY cross-networking opportunities. The graduation is also quite a to-do, and I am really excited to be able to attend this year. If I had the choice to do my education all over again, I think I would still choose APUS, mostly because of its strong sense of community, and ease of access. But there is definitely A LOT of room for improvement in regards to in-house affairs like financial services.

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Great Choice for Pursuing Masters Degree

Management - April 9, 2016
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I graduated with my BS in Criminology, Fall 1994, from a brick and mortar institution. I commenced working on my Masters Degree November 2015 after a 21 year absence!! Honestly, my BS has NOT been put to use in security, law enforcement, or corrections. I will admit that it was a scary endeavor at first because I wasn't even certain about returning to school, especially with changing majors. My first two weeks were the hardest and I considered giving up at least three times (maybe more). I am elated that I did not. I had to re-learn APA style (actually I didn't even remember it). The biggest challenges have been finding the balance with family life, working full-time, and going to school full-time; completing what seems to be excessive readings; and writing scientifically since I'm more of a "free-styler". Faculty has been great in working with me and providing great recommendations. I do miss my free time but this is worth the investment. Two years is not a long time. I am grateful that I ran out of excuses on why I should NOT pursue my Masters. The biggest recommendations that I can give anyone is to assure that you are disciplined enough to pursue online (a scheduled is still required and time management is mandatory) and to be 100% positive that this is the best route for you. I am now in my third class and continuing to push forward, anticipated graduation Fall 2017. Aim high, rise higher!! ALF

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MBA at APUS

Masters of Business Administration - April 7, 2016
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I had a wonderful experience at APUS. The Professors were very good and always ready to assist you. We also had well-behaved colleagues. During the course of my MBA program, I worked too hard because it was difficult to contact colleagues from different time zones. However, being online made it easier for me to work from three continents. In fact, wherever there was Internet. I worked from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Washington DC, Chicago in the USA, Montreal, Sherbrooke in Canada and Lagos, Nigeria just to mention a few. With perseverance, hard work and determination, the sky is your limit. Enjoy the moment.

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Great Experience

Master of Management: Human Resources - April 6, 2016
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I have enjoyed my experience with APU these last two years. I have tried other schools online, but was less than pleased with what I was offered. Throughout these two years I have been able to take course work and relate it to my present job.

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MA - Transportation and Logistics

MA: Transportation and Logistics Management - April 6, 2016
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A top line value for any on-line school. Professors were informative, easy to access, encouraged and provided meaningful feedback. I have recommended to friends and co-workers to consider furthering their education through APU. I graduated this last November, and say I miss being in the classes.

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Good degree for my purposes

M.A. Psychology - April 6, 2016
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This isn't a pre-licensing degree, please note, it is designed to allow you to teach and do occupations related to human services. The stats and ethics and physiology profs were exceptional. Only one was MIA and awful, which exceeds the quality level of any other school I've attended. This is my second master. APUS overall is an excellent institution and value. They are innovative users of tech. Every class makes you write, use critical thinking and discuss politely, a skill so lacking in many workplaces. This degree was perfect for me, as a professional hypnotherapist and energy healer. It was very intellectually stimulating to be learning. I do wish the department chair would allow the I n instructors more innovation in how they teach. Assessments other than the same old papers - more case studies - would h ave helped me more in my work. But the instructors and materials are excellent. Sign up today!!

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Awesome Experience

MA Military History/Civil War - April 6, 2016
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The curriculum for the degree exceeded my expectations and the instructors were knowledgeable and approachable. Being able to study under Dr. Steven Woodworth for two classes is an experience that I will never forget.

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Great Bachelors Program!

Legal Studies - April 5, 2016
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I just graduated February 15, 2016 with my bachelors degree in Legal Studies. This was the right school for me. I also worked full time, I was able to transfer my Associates in Paralegal Technology and graduate in about a year with my bachelors. I highly recommend this program and University.

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MA Humanities - Heavy workload

Humanities - April 5, 2016
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I have attended several online universities over the years, and APU is my least favorite. As compared to other online universities, the weekly assignments and expectations are way overloaded. This is my biggest complaint with APU. Too much is expected on a weekly basis for the class. The other issue I have is that many professors somehow twist the rubric to their liking and grade papers too harshly. They say they use a rubric, but deduct way too many points for small infractions like a period or a comma in a footnote or bibliography. Another issue is that each instructor has the right to choose whether to use MLA or Chicago-style or Turabian, and there are many small differences between these styles. I wish they would choose one style and stick with it. In the Humanities program, classes remain at 16 weeks, which is way too long for one class to last. Eight weeks is plenty of time for one class, and I don't see the point in dragging out classes for 16 weeks.

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Online Degree Review

Business Administration - April 5, 2016
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I am so happy that I decided to attend American Public University. The teachers are great, the class room set-up is the best, and everything is easy access. If you need assistance, you will receive feedback in twenty-four to forty-eight hours, which is good. If you send an email, you will receive a quick feedback, also. The books are online, and you have a choice to purchase off line. The only regret that I have, is that I did not attend this university sooner. Jacqueline Greenwood, MS

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Masters in Sports Management - April 5, 2016
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At first I wasn't sure how well an online program would work in obtaining my Master's degree. However, APUS made the process of being admitted, enrolling in courses and completing courses very easy. I have finished my 12 courses and, once I pass my final comprehensive exam, will graduate. I recommend APUS for those who want to expand their education in a flexible fashion.

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I loved American Public University

Masters of Arts History - April 5, 2016
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I loved studying at American Public University the teachers were great they helped me with the work, understanding the subject as well as when my work was due and what books could help me on my research paper. I recommend this school to anyone including single mothers who work this school allowed me to do the work on my own time.

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Online is a great way to go

BA in Psychology - April 5, 2016
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After taking some classes at a community college and completing my general education, I took a couple years off. I'm a single parent and have a full time job. I don't have a lot of help around me so I always put school on the back burner. Even through my first three years at the community college, I attempted online studies, but was never successful and didn't really care for it. Once I realized all of the factors pilled against me, I decided to give it another shot. That is when I came to APU. Starting out was a little rough. There is definitely an adjustment period that you have to get through. It is possible though. I am on my final semester here at APU. Most of the professors that I have encountered have been extremely supportive and helpful when needed. I also really enjoy the forums for each course. This is where you give your view points on each week's lesson and readings. You also get to review each of your classmates view point that are sometimes different than yours. I feel this always allowed for keeping an open mind concept because there are things in every aspect of life that not everyone is going to see the same way as you. In reference to a previous, and I might add poor, review on the university could likely be to poor communication and consideration on the student's part. Not everyone is going to have nice things to say, but when you are in an online class you have to keep in mind that you should be considerate of others, for it is their learning environment too. I have four classes left with APU. I can say that I would go back and do it again after I complete my BA in Psychology. I would attend this school for my MA degree too, however the university doesn't have a program that fits the proper courses required for my states licensing requirements. I gave a 9 for each of the components listed in the review because nothing is just absolutely perfect anywhere. There will always be kinks to work out. There are things that you have to learn the school's process for and learn that financial aid has potential to take forever or get hung up anywhere that you go. However, this university is truly amazing and that is why I give an excellent review.

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American Public University

Master of Management: Human Resources - April 5, 2016
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I was on a two year work assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2012 when I enrolled for my Masters degree. I have never been happier with the support I got from my Professors. They were very thorough and particular with whatever they taught and were always available to help. The classes were manageable and the quality of education was beyond reproach. For as long as I completed by class work assignments and research papers on time; ;life was good. I applied my life and work experiences in my studies which made my research work exciting. I am using all I learnt at my place of work and have no regrets whatsoever for having enrolled for my Masters degree at APUS.

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Good Program

Masters in Public Administration - April 1, 2016
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I had read some bad reviews of APU from several years ago and entered a bit worried. There was no need for worry as the program far exceeded my expectations. The instructors were fantastic, the hours flexible, and the tuition affordable. I am on my final capstone and thesis now. My instructor and I communicate almost daily.

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Amazed At My Progress at APU

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - March 30, 2016
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I am five classes away from receiving my Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, and I am constantly amazed every session that I made it this far!!! I am very 'ole skool' and have spent years going to brick and mortar classrooms. I was very skeptical at first, but the more classes I took, the better I got. I have to say, except for two instructors, I have been fortunate enough to have some great professors. I have never had a problem with the support system at APU with either Student Services or Financial Aid. Any questions I ask, they usually get right back to me within 24 hours. One of the things that I had to overcome was the face-to-face contact with the professor and classmates. If I needed assistance, I could just go to the professor and talk about it. Online, I have to wait for a response, so that was something I had to get used to. Eventually, I got used to that as well. All in all, it has been an eye-opening experience, and I am really proud of myself!!!!!

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I absolutley Love APUS

BA in English - March 9, 2016
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I stated attending American PUBLIC UNIVERSITY SYSTEMS in January of this year 2016. I am now participating in my fourth class and I'm loving every minute of it. The professors are brilliant and easily accessible, and they grade fairly. The topic's in all of my classes so far have been up to date in its teachings and the course work has been challenging. The coll100 course that new online learners are required to take was very helpful to me, especially when it came to the writing styles like APA standard or MLA ect. The books and course materials are all up to date and mostly new. Love having the forum space to post discussions and critique and be critiqued. You really do feel like your part of a community at APUS. Financial aid was so easy to get, never had any problems and the financial aid staff are spectacularly nice people and well informed. Because the course work is so challenging and the professor's are shoo easily accessible I plan to continue attending till I achieve my desired degree which in the end will be Space Studies when I change majors from English next year. Also another thing I like about apus is the sorority opportunities offered, I just applied to one recently. There so many wonderful things Apus offers, including many degree program's. I would encourage anyone who is SERIOUS about there education and obtaining there degree to go here. It's fantastic and I'm really glad I chose to go here first.

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Good School

BA History - March 5, 2016
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I attended a college and lived on campus. I failed because there was too much pressure and my days were too restricted. I have been with APUS for two years now and I like it and I am doing very well. You have a week to do your work and you have more freedom; you set your schedule and not the school. The professors are great and if you have a question or problem send them a message and they return it quickly. I am glad that I chose APUS, great decision.Jacob

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Do yourself a favor and go to a brick and mortar school

Criminal Justice - March 2, 2016
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Going to college online seemed like a good idea because it offered the flexibility that I needed, however if I could do it over again, I would absolutely choose a different school. I am two classes away from getting my Bachelor's Degree and have been attending off and on since 2013. There were problems almost every single semester, mostly with the financial aid office (I got my last refund 2 1/2 months late). There were a few helpful people in that office, but most of them had no idea what they were doing. Most of the teachers were barely present in the class, and some were downright terrible. I had one teacher, ONE, out of 3 years that was a great teacher. Shout out to Professor Pittaro! Your advising team is a joke. No one has ever even told me who my advisor was. And their departments don't communicate with each other. I switched my degree plan a little bit so I could graduate six months earlier, and they didn't tell me I should have waited until the semester was over. And then when it messed up my financial aid disbursement, the Financial Aid office was rude and told me it was my fault because I switched degree plans in the middle of a semester. The university claims they value and encourage differing opinions in the classroom. They don't. If you disagree with someone in the forums, they act like you're a cyber bully because you don't apologize for disagreeing with them. And God forbid when you back it up with facts! They think you are attacking the other student. I was appalled by how many of my fellow classmates could not spell or form a complete a sentence. I also had to report several students for blatant plagiarism. They copied online sources word-for-word; actually they just copy and pasted it, which you could tell because they didn't even bother to change the formatting, so it stood out like a sore thumb. Most of the other students, when replying to your forum, don't even address what you wrote. Rather, they are just talking at you, regurgitating their own forum post, in order to meet the word requirements. (I understand the word requirements to some degree, but I really think people would provide more substantive answers if they were not having to meet a ridiculous word requirement. The number of words does not equate to the amount of substance). The amount of reading assigned is astronomical, which is partly why I hardly cracked a book while I was here. It is nearly impossible to read all of the material before your first forum post is due, especially if you work at all. I have heard, and agree somewhat, that your education, no matter what college you attend, is what you make of it. However, if you are a bright student and really want to get the most out of your education, this is definitely NOT the school for you. I highly recommend a brick and mortar school if it's at all possible. If not, at least make sure that the school offering the online program has a brick and mortar campus. Trust me. At the end of the day, the only thing this university has going for it is that it's cheaper than most (in cost and value) and one great teacher.

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Master's YES!

Guidance and Counseling - January 15, 2016
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I am from Texas,and even with the extra steps I must take to be certified in Texas, I have learned so much! I could not be more pleased with my decision to go with this online school. Great learning expense, great professors (only 1 less than stellar experience and even it was still valuable).

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Don't hesitate: APU IS for you!

BA - Sociology - January 2, 2016
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After being "tricked" by a traditional, private college I initially attended, I switched to APU in November. I have finished three courses as of today and my semester, and remaining two courses, will be finished in February. So far, I am more than impressed with APU; the instructors and staff are amazing! They are readily available, genuine and get back to you very quickly. The textbooks and other resources provided to us are exquisite and professional. The courses, depending on whether you choose 8-week or 16-week duration, vary in complexity, however, staying to the outlined lesson and seeking help through classmates and instructors are guaranteed methods to lead you to success. In any online school, focus and persistence are required, and APU is no different. All you need to succeed at APU is the right state of mind; the school provides you with everything else and more with no hesitation. They are truly willing to help you every step of the way, and their consideration and flexibility is breathtaking. Do NOT hesitate--- APU IS the right choice, for everyone. Good luck, guys, and give APU a try!

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MS, Sports and Health Science

Bachelor of Health Management - January 2, 2016
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I am currently taking my fifth graduate level class and have had a very good experience. Classes are much more intensive than my B&M underdraduate classes. Professors have been excellent to good, the good instructors graded fairly and gave feedback but just weren't as engaged as the excellent ones. The excellent instructors graded fairly but more strictly and gave more detailed feedback. The online format used at APUS is best suited to self starters. You could skate by with low B to C grades as with any other school but if you put in sincere effort you can get a good education. The same can be said of the forums, if you use them as an opportunity to expand your learning they are an excellent way to learn from your peers. Textbooks and supplemental reading assignments are current. Financial aid has been responsive, I have not had to drop any classes while attending APUS. Instructors will work with you when you need an extension due to work conflicts. This is an excellent school to attend if you are already in the work force.

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Masters in Humanities

Humanities - December 31, 2015
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I am pleased with my first class. The instructor was exceptional and the support from the librarians, bookstore and academic team were great! Every time I needed something they were patient while explaining things to me and were willing to give of their time. I first thought of pursuing a masters degree four years ago. I spoke with many counselors from many online universities across the country and also considered brick and mortar schools in my area. When I came across the online Masters in Humanities degree at APUS, I said, "Bingo!" I found what seemed to be a perfect fit for me. I was anxious about starting and nervous the first week of my first online class, but I'm very pleased so far and look forward to my future classes.

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Very satisfied so far

Accounting - December 30, 2015
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I have been attending APUS for almost a year and enjoy every minute. There has been only one teacher that I felt could have done better and by that I mean actually show up to class more than once every 2 weeks. Financial aid has always been on time and I have never had any issues with that aspect. I have received A's and B+ in all of my courses and I worked very hard for my grades and hope to soon have my Accounting degree.

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Was expecting much more

Computer Applications - December 30, 2015
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I took three classes this semester, one of which is still in progress but the other two my "Intro to programming" class and the class they require you to take which is an online class to learn how to take classes online and has classes that teach you nothing about taking a class online, I learned nothing in those two. My math was great and continues to be fantastic and the actual school seems to be really good but be very careful what classes you take and which instructor you choose. To learn my programming class I had to find someone at my work that could teach me because the instructor was basically MIA, the school handbook said that instructors were required to have your work graded within 8 days of the due date and in my programming class, it could take 3 weeks to get grades. I will definitely be transferring to physical classes at my community college instead of registering for anymore here.

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BA in Intelligence Studies

Intelligence Studies - November 9, 2015
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I started my previous degree program in October 2011, this being the BA in Intelligence Studies. Before enrolling in this program I had went for an undergraduate certificate in Terrorism Studies to see how the university is and if I would enjoy it; I had no college experience and was a high school drop out. I loved the certificate program and with the guidance of an academic advisor I enrolled in a Bachelors program. The advisor talked to me about the certificate. She asked what I thought about it, what my favorite courses were and what my future interests were/are. Based on this, she recommended that I enroll in either a BA in criminal justice or intelligence studies; I choose intel. The degree took about 3 years; I took 3 course at once for a semester to finish sooner. I felt that all of the professors have knowledge related to the subject of the course. Most professors that I had graded my work pretty strictly; sometimes if citations were off they let me know so I can fix it; it is challenging when some courses use different citations/references. But this made me a better student. I felt that by the end of the program I was writing on a professional level. The reading material is the best I have read! I normally hate reading; but because the material was based on what I like, I enjoyed it, even if some of the reading was difficult to understand. Unlike some students, I had no problem with financial aid, registration and so on. If I had any questions I called the school and they explained things to me. At first I didn't understand what credit hours meant when I was talking to the admissions team, the lady explained it to me, but I was still confused (which I let her know) so she explained it another way that made sense to me. It is good that they know these things can be confusing sometimes. I would rate this university a solid 10/10. It is the only university I have attended and it is the best. Following graduating with my BA (with honors), I took some time off to decide what I wanted to do next. This is when I decided that I was going to go back to AMU/APUS for a Master's degree. Again I called the school and spoke to the academic advisors about master programs. I didn't want a MA in Intelligence Studies, I wanted something to complement my BA. An advisor recommended criminal justice; which is what I was already thinking about. I am now on my fifth course for my MA and love it! My BA is helping with some of the topics and I feel that I fit in very well; even though I felt out of place when getting my BA. I would highly recommend APUS if you are willing to put in the effort. You are sort of teaching yourself here.. So if you don't have the drive, determination and time to put in your best effort, don't go here. At APUS the more you put into your work and studies, the better you will do. I've seen a family member attend AMU for forensics; he didn't have the drive to do it, as a result he flunked out. I recommend AMU to friends, but tell them it is not easy; simply because it isn't. The assignment are made to challenge your knowledge, they are made to make you a better student. The amount of reading varies for each class; I was reading 50-75 pages a week for my BA, which seems a little more than average (I didn't mind). Now for my MA, I am reading 100-150 pages a week. If you attend AMU and do not do your best, don't blame it on the university or the professors. If I didn't do as good on an assignment, it was because I didn't give it my best effort that week, it was my fault and no one else's. If you give your best effort, you should receive a fair grade. Always remember to do more than your best.

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Having a great experience

Criminal Justice - November 9, 2015
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I have been taking courses up here for several years earning my degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in forensics. I wish they had a biology degree or one for forensic science as a stand alone. I haven't had any problems with any of my teachers except for one. A 1600 mile move and computer glitched caused me to fail the class (the last project was worth so much it was pass or fail). I retook the course and obtained an A. I get plenty of financial aid and have paid for nothing out of pocket unless it was by choice. My books are all digital so I only have to pay for them if I want a physical copy. I love that I get to pick my own classes and I can pick when I take them and how many I take. The important thing to do is to keep yourself on a set schedule. On these days you do your reading, on this day you do your initial forum post or quiz and always do them early. The more active you are the more likely a teacher will help you out if there's an issue.

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MBA

Masters of Business Administration - November 7, 2015
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I feel that APUS provided a well rounded course of studies. I only had one professor that was not up to caliber of the other professors. Other wise I feel that my experience here was excellent. When I had an issue with the one professor my academic advisors stepped in as well as the Academic Vice-Provost. I passed the class but was very dissappointed with the professor not the class or the school. I would recommend APUS to anyone.

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Great School!

Masters of Arts History - November 1, 2015
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I was looking for a college to get my Master's in History from and through word of mouth from a friend found this school. It has been everything that I hoped for. The classes are rigorous and it's not just a diploma mill. All of my instructors to date have been very knowledgeable and very helpful. I have had to contact several departments within APUS and everyone I have encountered has been professional and helpful. I have 3 A's and a C. The C only because I hated the course and had no interest in it whatsoever but it was a requirement for my degree. So I only did enough to get a C in it. The books needed for a few of the classes have been very expensive and this next class I am taking requires 4 different books on one topic, which I do not understand. But overall I love APUS. I think that its a great school and worth my money.

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Not what I thought it would be

BS - Environmental Studies - October 2, 2015
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The discussion forum program is awful. Their level of communications from staff other than the class instructor is lacking. I wish I would have selected another college to complete my bachelors in. Be careful and research everything about the college before attending.

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Good Experience

Transportation and Logistics Management - September 30, 2015
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I enrolled with the University in 2009 but I didn't start classes until 2010. I found the enrollment process to be simple and that the University Staff answered all questions promptly. I chose the Transportation and Logistics Management Bachelor's program because of my background with it in the Army. All of the related courses were relatively easy and they allowed me to apply the knowledge and experience I had through my Army career and a couple of civilian jobs I held. The only class I really had an issue with was literature and I found it to be dry and boring but I still managed to pass because the instructor was willing to answer questions and try to make the goals easily understood. If you take a class with the University take the COLL 300 class as one of your first classes because it will teach you what you need to know in order to write throughout the course. I say that because I took it last and I struggled for the first few papers I wrote. The name is a bit intimidating but the class is not that bad and it will help. Get familiar with APA and MLA citation formats because that will help also. Overall, I'm very satisfied with my experience but I will go to a brick and mortar school next for my Master's so I can have face to face time with students and professors.

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Smoke & Mirrors

Psychology - September 11, 2015
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The school once was top of the line, but after going public and taking on a 'business model' things have gone down hill for about eight years. The top managements concern is student retention so they can keep their fat salaries. For example, the president of the school does not take a raise each year. People think this is wonderful. Well, in reality it's a joke. When you make $1,881,846.00 as of 2015 what is a raise when you automatically receive one million in benefits each year? Who needs a raise? The average full time teacher's salary is $38,000.00. They pay teachers about $20,000.00 less than the national average. My point. After finding out this information it explains much of the quality of education I received at their hands. The bottom line is the top dollar. Obviously if the teachers were paid more students might receive quality instead of quantity. Another thing I discovered is plagiarism appears to be accepted at the university. Just pathetic.

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A Wonderful Educational Experience

Master of Arts in American History - August 22, 2015
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I have been with APUS for 15 years. I completed my B.A. with them, and have continued on with my Master's in American History. I've seen this institution grow into a very fine online experience which has continued to improve during my years of schooling. I have recommended it to many friends and colleagues, and am happy to discuss it with anyone at anytime. The online experience of learning was a new chapter in my learning life, and it suited my work and personal lifestyles both. I highly recommend it to anyone who is very busy; who can read and write without too much assistance; a self-starter and highly motivated person; and also someone who can get bored sitting in a classroom. I have always been one to think outside of the box and willing to try new experiences. After attending APUS I can think of no possible reason why I would EVER go to a traditional class again. That said, I would NOT recommend this experience to someone just beginning their college studies without any knowledge of the large difference between high school and college demands. A college freshman should probably go to a physical class for a semester or two before trying online learning. Barring that, it's a great experience and one that should be tried to truly be enjoyed. MIKE RUZZA

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Outstanding University

Criminal Justice - August 4, 2015
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This university has given me every tool to do well. I am very happy to be a part of this school. The staff is helpful and the classes are informative. The financial aid department and other facilities are wonderful as well. If you want to do it right the first time, this school is the place to do it.

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Relevance, Strength in research, Progress!

MS - Environmental Policy & Management - August 4, 2015
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If you engage, there is an institution that reaches back for you, in a most timely and considerate way. The knowledge and resources are in place at APUS. You couldn't fake the level of concern and passion that the faculty have for your learning, and growth. It's the real thing! In every facet things are thought out, in the approach to learning. On the most important measures, the lines are blurred between what this university has to offer and other leading institutions (of which I have attended). If there isn't an advantage conferred by attending online (doubtful in my case), there seems a tacit acknowledgment, in the frenzied innovation, and a vision for near term excellence. Immersion in this kind of learning experience, will quickly ameliorate concerns about whether or not you will be able to compete globally, when your finished!

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American Public University - Garry - Current Student - My Experience

Criminal Justice - August 1, 2015
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I was first attracted to American Public University when searching for a university that provided online learning, regional accreditation, and a degree in criminal justice and business administration. I am currently working towards my degree with my major in criminal justice and minor in business administration. The price was another factor and I found the prices at APU to be reasonable and better than many other established online universities. I looked into the history of this school and became more interested when I learned that the university was established to help our active military obtain their degree while overseas. This is personal but I have felt honored to go to school with so many brave men and women who serve in our military. The education is provided through a quality online learning environment with proper books, tutorials, and resources provided. The majority of class instructors are quality and willing to provide help when needed. I want to stress that in the online learning environment you will get out of the classes what you are willing to put into them. Due dates are announced for required assignments and writing is especially important with online learning as this is the most important way instructors are able to determine if students are taking in the material. Online learning is not for everybody and if you need some pressure to complete assignments or are quick to use resources outside of normal study materials brick and mortar might be a better fit. When it comes to negatives, I discussed online learning not being for everybody. I have had a few issues over the years with financial aid. The process is generally simple and they changed over to a new system several months ago. I have not had any problems with financial aid since they made the changes. I place APU as a major online university. I would place them as a mid-level university among all universities. When I first started looking into APU, I spoke to several people at the University of Louisville. I explained my situation and what my goal was and was pleasantly surprised to have them tell me that APU provided a quality education and credits for almost all-general education classes would transfer if I chose to switch to UofL since APU is regionally accredited. Originally, some people in my family were concerned with problems I might run into after obtaining the degree started searching for a job because of stigma some people in previous years attached to online learning. The conversations I had allowed me to feel more comfortable with going to an online university. The bottom line in my opinion is that APU is a good school for average, everyday people who need flexibility and are happy with obtaining a descent education at a reasonable price. I believe a descent education is possible through APU if the student is willing to put in the time and effort during the course of their classes. I hope this helps those considering online learning and APU.

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Fantastic Program

BA in Psychology - July 29, 2015
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Despite the varying reviews for this institution, it is one of the best. I have had the most positive experience with this school. The most important factors for me were the accreditation, the challenging course work, challenging online environment and the flexibility to allow me to achieve my overall goal! Many of my fellow Soldier’s/Colleagues have also had very positive experiences with this university. To see anything negative hits a sore spot with me (especially when the person writing the negative review cannot spell, nor comprise a simple paragraph-despite still choosing to continue to earn their degree and cannot be brave enough to own it !) because this university is one of the best out there. Very military friendly with credits, duty and overall excellent programs. I recommend this university to anyone who is serious about fulfilling their educational goals. I thank all the faculty, fantastic communication and overall support.

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Positive experiences

Religion - July 22, 2015
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I transferred to APU from my local community college. Every credit was accepted. I had fears about financial aid, I read the horror stories online. However I can honestly say I never had any issues. The few issues I ever had with APU I either emailed or called the school. Each time the issue was resolved quickly with minimal to no hassle. I picked APU because working full time I had few options for the degree I wanted. The only state school in my area they had an equivalent degree did not have the night classes I needed. APU is also very affordable. At the time it was $250 per credit hour (equal to my local state school, but now tuition raised a bit). I have so far completed 12 courses. I received A’s in the majority and the rest B’s (those were classes which were “tough” or I was simply annoyed and showed a lack of interest in the topic). Each class is different but there usually is a typical format of discussions board posts of a minimum length, two replies each week, possibly reflections papers, quizzes, site evaluation, mid test and most often than not a research paper. The degree I am working towards is the B.A in Religion. From what I have experience is that you do not go too deep into the subject material. Give the courses are eight weeks, how can you. I have had mixed emotions of some disappointment, but also at times I have been surprised at what I have learned. The instructors are hit or miss. Luckily thanks to RateMyProffesor.com you should be able to avoid bad teachers can select the right ones. I found a good group of them and make sure to take the other courses they teach. A critic I have for the actual “teaching” is that there can be improvement. The last class I had had no lectures, instead you were to read the textbook and do the weekly forums, which had not relation to the text or any weekly agenda. That was ridiculous and from my experience atypical. I would like to see audio/video lectures to go along with the text. I have seen instructors be very interactive with the class, but there is always room to improve that. What I had struggled with the most at times is making the minimum post requirement in the weekly boards. It is not a problem at 250 words but some classes have 500 minimum and that is excessive. Quality over quantity! Research papers can be a struggle mainly because of the short length of the class. But you can apply for extensions. Writing is important, you will be doing a lot of writing in APU along with reading. I honestly have gotten by without reading all of the assigned readings, but that is because of my own knowledge on the subject. To succeed at APU you need to manage your time well, put enough time into the classes and follow the syllabus. Communicate with your instructor early if you need help, advice or give them a heads up about anything. Overall, the experience has been positive with a few minor bumps along the way. Can most people say that about other schools?

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Great education that will advance your career to new heights!

Masters in Public Administration - July 19, 2015
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The education I have received at APUS has been first rate. Within a year of starting the MA Public Administration degree I was taking on leadership roles I never dreamed of before. My life has changed in ways I never thought about when I started the program and my skills are cutting edge now. I have risen in my career quickly and feel that I will be at the top within a couple of years. The instructors at APUS are not only highly educated, but also leaders in their organizations. They have real life executive experiences and they have all been superstars in their own areas of expertise. They have gone out of their way to speak with me on the phone, share emails and even Skype. I felt more connected to many of the instructors here than when I received my MA degrees at brick and mortar university. The instructors shared ideas (when I have asked) about my job and given me direction (not related to the class I was taking at the time) that have been so much help to me at work. I am confident in my abilities and skill set and I am seen as a strong leader in my organization. This degree provided the same skills as the people I work with who graduated from Harvard and Princeton and they often come to me for ideas. This school is a great deal of work and you will work hard to get where you want to go. If you put in the time and effort you will have the skills and cutting edge education to rise to the top. Lazy people won't get as much out of the education but if you work then the sky is the limit. I can't believe where I am today after taking this program. It was the best decision I have ever made in my career.

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APUS AMU - get what you put into it

Masters of Business Administration - July 18, 2015
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I've attended several other universities, colleges and have degrees from brick and mortar schools, however the challenge and pace at APUS was much better in that I found the work - was work, not some of the mediocre do the assignment mentality of other schools. If you think because it's online it'll be easier, you'd be making the wrong assumption. There are a few areas where improvement would help, the instructors are with few exceptions great and engaged. The area where improvement would help the most is in their administration, support where you can end up being passed around through the advisors until you get an answer. In some instances, the texts could be better. Sometimes there are people who don't appear to have the writing skills to be in graduate classes. This is not however much different from your traditional school. I would highly recommend it for people who are willing to work, stay connected and participate. It's a great value for the cost and provides you with the opportunity to increase your knowledge in an interactive environment. If you don't participate or want to write more in-depth assignments than you will not like it. Great school. T. Smith

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Batchelor's Degree in Management

Management (Leadership) - July 16, 2015
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I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in February 2015. I rate my studies at American Public University overall a great experience. I graduated with a associated degree in 1985. All of my girls is grown and I had not been in school since 1985I decided to go back to school to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Management. APU was a great experience, what I loved most about this experience was the interaction with fellow students and professor through threads. When we were giving the opportunity to post our pictures, and the professors posted their pictures, it gave a sense of a personal experience, because we were able to see the person instead of trying to imagine the person we were responding. I was able to use most of my credits from my previous university, which was a great help with the number of credits I needed. I thought I was going to have to take an extra class to graduate. Instead of taking the extra class, APU allowed me to use the extra credits from my previous university. I loved the electronic books, but I had problems with the on line library. I could never find what I was looking for. One of my professors did ask me why I was not using the library. I explained to her, that I could never locate the assignment when I attempted to use the library. That is why I used other resources to complete my assignments. As time passed, some of my fellow classmates were having the same problem. The university should make an extra effort to make online library accessible for classrooms assignment. Taking the online courses gave me the opportunity to work a full time job and go to school. My personal life was nonexistent for two years. My experience at APU was a great experience. The tuition was affordable and I had great professor that I could ask for guidance if I did not understand the assignment. I was so impressed with APU, that I have recommended two of my relatives to take on line courses at APU, and they both is attending the online classes.

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Great education

Transportation and Logistics Management - July 12, 2015
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Is school is wonderful!!! Being military I don't have the desire to sit in a class after work then rush home to do homework. I got the most freedom to do assignments as well as had understanding teachers that will work with you. I believe that I got a wonderful education from APUS and I look forward to moving in to my masters with them in the next couple months.

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Top notched Education

International Relations and Conflict Resolution - July 9, 2015
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American Public University is the place to receive the finest form of education. The online environment is suitable for working adults who have to juggle work, education and cater for family needs or responsibilities as well. In my experience, I gained indepth understanding of course content through the virtual classroom analysis of subject matter. The professors were great and had and they had a complete command over their respective fields. They were very critical and helpful as well. They skilfully steered the course towards meeting the objectives outlined in the program. I do not think I could ever receive this kind of top-notch education from any other institution, be it in a traditional or online environment. Self-disciple, motivation and the quest to learn and know more are added advantages of enrolling at APU. As a result of the knowledge that I gained from APU, I have been able to publish a number of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals. For example, The State of Iraqi Democracy, Afghanistan after the US Withdrawal (Peace and Conflict Monitor), The Syrian Conflict and Superpower Politics, Understanding the Structural Dynamics of the Russo-Chechen Conflict (Journal of Global Peace and Conflict),The International Experimentation in Democratic Governance (International Journal of Current Research), and Reconciling Huntington and Mueller's Theories of Conflict: A Critical Analysis of Race, Culture and Conflict (International Journal of Current Research and Academic Review). I will recommend American Public University to anyone seeking a great university and a great environment to study. You will never regret it, I promise.

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Very high quality Institution

Masters in Public Administration - July 9, 2015
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Overall I'm satisfied with my education at American Public University. The required textbooks consist of modern content that is consistent with other universities. The instructors are qualified, knowledgeable, and involved. However, there were a few instructors who seemed to value flexibility at the expense of quality. For example, although these instructors would deduct points, students were issued higher scores even when their participation was minimal and their assignments were less-than-proficient and/or late. However, many of the instructors had higher standards and their grading policies reflected them. American Public University has consistently been ranked well according to U.S. News rankings of online universities. For this reason I considered rating the college as "Very high quality." However, during the second year of my MPA, American Public University received an "N/A" from U.S. News, prompting me to lower my rating one category to "Good." The support I was provided by the admissions staff, advisers, financial aid staff, instructors, bookstore and library staff, and tech support were all above average. Without a doubt, the best feature of American Public University is the value. This proprietary institution offers educational services that compare to other colleges, both for-profit and non-profit, including traditional and online institutions. Yet, American Public University is one of the most affordable educational institutions. Overall, I rate American Public University as a very high quality institution and value my Master's Degree.

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Do your homework before you decide

M.A. Psychology - July 9, 2015
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It's a shame be this could be a really good school despite being an online only college with a for profit status. They accept anyone, and you will notice this pretty quickly within your courses when you see the atrocious writing skills and overall aptitude of many of your contemporaries. Until they are more picky with admissions, I fear that APU will continue to carry the bad reputation they have. Unfortunately for me, I was accepted into many prestigious schools and could not commit to the scheduling due to having an autistic son. So despite my instincts I continued on at APU until it was too late to transfer (due to financial reasons associated with starting over elsewhere) and now I basically lie when people ask where my degree is from. I was hoping to be able to fall back on the fact that my undergrad degree is from a prestigious institution (at least as far as state schools go) and that would see me through no matter where I got my masters from, I guess time will tell if I am able to secure a job in my chosen field or get accepted into any Ph.D. programs....

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Respectable Online Degree: It's real work not a diploma mill.

BA History - July 8, 2015
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I chose APUS because it is regionally accredited by the North Central Association. (Regional accreditation is very important) My classes were challenging with hard work and accountability. APUS will expect you to earn your degree. They will not simply give you one. Also, I am now a graduate student at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC. UNCG had no problem accepting my APUS BA degree as a prerequisite for their Master of Library and Information Studies program. I'm very pleased.

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Better suited if you worked ahed in another schoo

Philosophy - July 6, 2015
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Make sure you do not transfer during mid-FAFSA year (Jan, Feb, etc) I feel like admissions decieved me by not mentioning this would cause such a long a delay, longer than 1st time students. It took 8 weeks for APU to request my fin aid. I received a refund shortly after. Tf you have no other income this is stressful. The school provides an algorithm for borrowinglimitations which is bare substinence, even with a roomate. By contrast, my 1st school let you borrow more as you progressed. Not APU. I graduated from a community college in 2013 (mostly online) so it was a format I had been used to. I worked ahead in comuunity college and did 6 CLEP exams there. That is pace more than a single class requires APU requires to survive. By week 4-5 you are sick of the demanding schedule (weekly discussions; sometimes more than one as well as mandatory peer replies.) multiple research papers are due in the 8 week format. I've been going continually since Jan 2014, a week after my CC graduation. Iknew my writing and finally general caring about GPA was going away, so I scheduked some time off Idk who I would reccomend this school to, other then those a few courses chort of a degree with another source of incme. Instructors are great, admissions is great but Financial needs an overhaul, especiallly the algorithm which does not match what they offer. Sorry if it seemed overly critical but I feel transferring when I did I may have received a larger refund, enabling a used car and the possibility of employmenr. :)

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Excellent School - Rigorous Curriculum

BS in Environmental Studies - July 5, 2015
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The professors and curriculum are top notch. I’ve attended brick and mortar universities and other online universities. I found a home with APUS/AMU. I have 7 more courses left to graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Science and will complete my Master of Science with APUS/AMU as well. This is not an easy program however, the curriculum is full of thought provoking material and the professors care about your educational experience. After each course ends, a survey is emailed to the students to get the students’ perspective on how the course went for them. APUS/AMU values their students’ feedback and I’m thankful for that.

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Great Online University

Sports and Health Sciences - July 4, 2015
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I have really enjoyed my experience thus far. It is really helpful that most classes are available monthly so I do not have to wait so long in between classes for courses to become available. All of my professors so far have been understanding and helpful with any needs I may have.

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Great so Far!

Information Technology - July 3, 2015
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Now, I just started going to APU for my Bachelors in Information Technology and am very pleased so far! Through work I get a tuition discount and free eBooks which was a major factor in choosing this university. I was skeptical as I had never heard of it, but was assuaged when I saw it was highly rated and had a good return and graduation rate. So far in my first semester I must say the financial aid and student services staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, I've never had an issue unanswered. I have to say that my financial aid took quite a while to go through though (issues with faxing/uploading). My instructors are from highly respectable fields such as Aeronautics and Astronautics and Military History and a great deal of experience to back it. The materials used in the course are everything you would find at any other institution and the coursework is very challenging and you learn just like you would at a brick and mortar institution. I think the only downside is that at an online school you really have to know how to pace yourself and stay ahead of the work because attending can be difficult with daily distractions.

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An excellent university to consider

BA History - July 1, 2015
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I have been a student at American Public University for over two years and pleased with the education I am receiving. Transferring my credits from my local college to APUS was very easy and the staff helped me work through the admissions process. When I decided to change some things in my academic program or when I had questions regarding academic planning, advising helped me through it and they were prompt on their responses and I am at least six hours behind (APUS being on EST and me being on HST). Their Financial Aid offices were the same way. Always prompt and very helpful. In addition to their administration, I am a student member in two student clubs/organizations, ISI and Saber and Scroll, to enhance my college experience. I have not been disappointed with the activity of these two clubs. It's challenging trying to conduct business in these groups when your student population is scattered around the globe, but they manage it well through social media and the Quad. After a year or two as a spectator, I've begun to make connections through these organizations and happy with the progress. The main concern most people have when considering an online university is the curriculum and quality of education. Entering my sophomore year with APU, I have not been disappointed. The professors I have had has at least one degree in the field of study, a few have more. Most of the instructors have been engaging and have provided positive and useful feedback. They let me know when I could do better and they let me know when I've done great. Just as professors should. Most of the work is reading assignments, but others include audio lectures and videos and there have been a few power point lectures. It's been engaging, educational, and I believe comparable to brick-and-motor universities, if not a tad bit better since I think the varied sources provide a richer platform. APU is an excellent university that is worth considering if you are looking for an online university.

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A great all around school.

Emergency and Disaster Management and Homeland Security - July 1, 2015
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I originally chose this school because it is on the FEMA recommended schools list for the disaster management job I eventually want to hold. In February of this year I finished my Bachelors in Homeland Security. At that time I started looking for a school for the follow on Masters. Local schools had nothing for the degree I wanted to gain so it was back to online schools again. I looked at schools such as Georgetown, Penn State, Millersville University, and University of Nevada Las Vegas. These schools again came from the FEMA recommended list. After reviewing the application processes, timelines, and in some cases the academic plan I chose to stay with American Military University because I thought I knew what to expect. The admissions process was a breeze and those I talked to over the phone and in email was on point with their information. 2 days later my classes were set up and a week later I was allowed in to my classes. Overall it was a stress free process. I have recommended this school to others and will continue to do so. The classes are not easy and you will learn, you may feel overwhelmed but you will learn. It takes discipline and motivation to handle the workload of this school’s Master’s Program. I have given up many weekends in exchange for the knowledge that I have gained and actually use at my current job. All but one teacher I have had at this school for 2 degrees have been more than helpful when an issue comes up, additionally they tend to give constructive feedback (again I had one that was just a bad teacher). One thing I like is the school uses books that can be found on Kindle which saves the student money and can be put on multiple machines. Support usually takes no longer than 12 hours to reply via email. Finally value, according to people in my HR where the degree comes from is not important, but in my field if FEMA recommends it that that should say something about the degree and the students that have achieved that degree. AMU says their degree costs just over 12,000 and FinAid.org says the average is $30,000 to $120,000 depending on school. To me AMU sounds like great value and my AMU BA is already paying off.

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Ideal Environment for Working/Busy Adults

Business Administration - June 29, 2015
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I am a full time student, employee, mother of two young children, and part-time designer with Origami Owl. This institution has fit my needs perfectly. I am able to set and adjust my degree schedule as needed. The professors are understanding. Every process from applying and enrolling has been stress free. The site has all the information needed to answer majority of your questions and if you do have to reach out to a staff member all of my correspondences have been quick, positive, and friendly. As for the course work, it is manageable if you dedicate yourself to it. You can not just breeze through the courses, you are expected to participate just as you would in a more traditional brick and mortar setting. Each professor tells you their expectations at the beginning of each semester and communication with the professors has been the same as with the office administration, quick, positive, and friendly. I have been recommending APUS for a couple of years now and will continue to do so in the future. This has been a positive experience for me and a blessing that I came across their information a few years ago. One pleasant surprise with APUS is how they handle the required books for each class. Not having to worry about finding and buying these very costly books is a tremendous benefit and savings for me.

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Masters in History - Global

Masters in History-Global - June 26, 2015
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I am at the close of my studies, the next step is to write my thesis proposal. During this process, I must admit that all of the classes have come together, support each other and have been extremely beneficial. I can honestly say that the classes at American Public University have changed my life. I see the world and its past in a much more complex manner. If you are serious, this institution is worth the cost and time for neither is an insignificant investment.

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My Personal Experiences

Masters in Sports Management - June 26, 2015
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I graduated with my master's degree in 2008 at 56 years old. My employer is an International College based just outside Bangkok, Thailand. On reflection, the hardest part for me was to take the initial step and make inquiries about possible matriculation at APU. Once enrolled, I began my journey of academic rebirth. From the beginning, I found my courses challenging and the faculty responsive, objective in their evaluations, and understanding of my background. Furthermore, the administrative tasks of deciding when and what courses to take while working full-time became less and less troublesome.It took me approximately two and half years to complete my studies at APU, and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I 've ever taken in my life. Concluding, from personal experience it was the correct decision, and I'm eternally grateful to APU.

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Great School for Self Starters

Transportation and Logistics Management - June 25, 2015
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APU is a great school for self-starters. However, if you require a fair amount of hands-on contact from your school, this may not be for you. 95% of the time, lectures consist of "read your assignments" and "do your work", and about 5% of the time you get a powerpoint presentation or an occasional real lecture of some kind. Then you have to do your work. Again, this is great for the self-disciplined self-starter, but millenials and non-professionals might be challenged by this. If you don't mind working on your own, figuring out your own answers, being your own counselor and financial aid expert, this is a good place to be.

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Great school and program

Masters in Public Administration - June 25, 2015
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I just finished my master's in public administration in June. I completed the program in 18 months. APUS has been supportive throughout the entire process...registration for classes through commencement. The professors at APUS are sincere and care about the success of their students. APUS is not a diploma factory by any means. Online schools sometimes get that reputation but I assure you, you will work for your degree and rightfully so. Most professors have first hand, working knowledge of the material. For the cost and value of a degree, you can't go wrong with APUS.

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Exceptional University

Master of Arts in Political Science - June 25, 2015
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I finished my Masters of Political Science at American Public University November of 2014. I found the school to be top notch. The instructors were responsive and involved and the learning material was appropriate and very interesting. The student discussions in weekly forum posts were engaged and enlightening. It was refreshing to be able to get the different viewpoints from the other students. I had to take a test to finish my degree, I think they have quit doing the test and do the project completion now. I found this university to be excellent. I didn't have any problems with it. The work was challenging and very interesting. I didn't have any problems with financial aid distribution and staff was receptive to questions. Overall, I recommend this university to anyone who wants a quality education with affordable tuition. I give American Public University an A+.

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Database Application Development

Information Technology - June 25, 2015
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My name is Julius Smith and I am a proud member of the class of 2015. I have to say that the reason I chose APU/AMU is partly because I was intrigued about the university's history. The concept of evolving from its military educational background was thought provoking to me. Here you had a university with a symbiotic relationship with its predecessor! I liked the idea of having classmates (soldiers) that were serving in the active war effort; it grounded me to a certain degree. But the biggest positive was my professors! There was no coddling or pampering in my entire college journey! From my Sociology class to my beloved science classes, (Environmental studies, Meteorology) I gained a new perspective as well as appreciation and love for the forces that make the world go round. And my major? Well; my Information Technology classes were hard, which is the way it should be. I got through it because my teachers pointed me in the right directions, when I needed it. So I recommend this school to anybody who wants to get a creative and innovative education!

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Great University!

Bachelor of Arts - June 24, 2015
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I have had the pleasure of being a part of this university for some time now. I am near the end of my program (BA in Psychology) and I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive leaping into an online learning atmosphere at first. This university has put me at ease especially in regards to the devotion that the instructors clearly portray! I learned so much in regards to human nature, human behavior, and life development, which in turn, will help me to seek out and obtain employment in my preferred area of interest. I am not, by any means, insinuating that this university is a piece of cake since you have to work to be successful, but the instructors (and students) are always there to help you reach your goals. I am proud to say that I am a part of this university and I am looking forward to continue, right here, to obtain my Masters in the same field. I clearly made the best choice, all around, when picking this university!!!

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I would choose this school again

M.A. - National Security Studies - June 24, 2015
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APUS is a well organized and well staffed online school. The professors are fair and easy to work with concerning due dates if you were to have an issue the kept you from turning in assignments on time. (an actual issue, not "I was procrastinating") The syllabi are thought out and easy to follow. Professors return e-mail quickly (usually within 24 hours) and offer help when needed. If APUS offered a PhD program I would continue my education there.

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business Program Review

Business Administration - June 24, 2015
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American Public University is a very good school for an online degree. I have attended for the past two years and have 4 more classes to take.There were a few classes online was not suited for, for most students I feel. And some of the instructors are not very interactive. But all in all, I had a great experience and am happy to have APUS in my background.

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APU masters history

Humanities - June 24, 2015
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If you have a ton of time and all the money to complete the program quickly then go for it. I took a year off to care for my ailing father and was dropped and had to reapply. That resulted in a complete change in my program and extra course work. They allowed me to appeal but it was only a formality and there was never any real consideration given. With the new requirements I wasn't able to meet their deadline for completion and with 11 months left in my program they wouldn't let me register for classes since they didn't think I would finish in time. So with 11 months to the deadline I couldn't take any courses and had to apply for an extension. Basically it is always some problem and obstacle. I'm paying to take classes why wouldn't you let me pay you and register??? Every time I'm close to finishing they somehow find a way to add more time and requirements. Once in the classes, they're fine. Some good readings and discussions in a lot of classes, in others there's some needlessly tedious work which can be a struggle while working full time.

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Graduated But Not Impressed

Masters of Business Administration - June 24, 2015
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I think the vision of getting my MBA allowed me to think than I could better my situation financially. To date (1.5 years later) that has not happened. The main reason is that employers seemed to be bothered with online degrees, especially from schools that are unfamiliar to them. My BSBA degree with a finance/accounting major and my experience carries more weight than my newly earned MBA. To that end, I only had the time in my life to do online classes and I made the decision with eyes wide open. However, I have seen no new doors open for me because of this designation. It may have to do with the lack of true networking that goes on at traditional schools. It may have to do with the school's lack of relationships with major employers at APU. And for those reasons alone, I think that the cost of the program is too high as the program can't compare with the intangibles received at normal schools. While I am unhappy with the employment issues, I am happy that the information learned during the degree was beneficial to me as a person. Perhaps the school should reflect on these missing ingredients to become a better school if these issues are a concern for them. Until then, I can only give mid level grades for my review.

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APU has a more coherent MS than Hopkins

MS - Environmental Policy & Management - June 24, 2015
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I have two MS degrees. One in business (John Hopkins University) and one in environmental management and policy (APU). APU has a far more coherently organized program, and far, far more supportive and interested professors than Hopkins' program. At the brick and mortar school, I rarely talked with my professors (they were mostly overworked adjuncts) The Hopkins program used texts and handouts, and precious little primary material. My thesis was completed with no input available or offered by my sponsoring professor. I was bored by the program and was able to coast through it easily. Now for APU: the curriculum is carefully designed with a limited number of electives. The entire program is online, your progress towards the degree - as well as your grades - are always available. Assignments relied heavily on primary resources (peer reviewed studies) as well as texts. Professors help when requested by directing you to supplementary material or clarify questions quickly by email. Assignments included mini essays, weekly quizzes, formidable research papers and semester long hands on assignments. As an example, the toxicology course consisted of completing and analyzing the outcome of a river contaminated by mine trailings. You mastered the chemistry, and learned how to actually do a environmental analysis using raw data. Needless to say, I have never worked so hard or enjoyed doing so, in all my life. You cannot coast through an APU degree. My thesis advisor at Hopkins provided no academic direction or editorial assistance. At APU my thesis advisor directed me into entirely new areas of environmental and sustainability economics. I received constant critical and editorial feedback on my research. Feedback is critical in the educational process if learning is really the desired outcome. At Hopkins I emerged with a degree from an internationally respected school. I had a BBA going into the program at Hopkins, and did not emerge with much new, useful knowledge. At APU, I emerged with formidable subject matter expertise (I am recognized as the subject matter expert at my agency). APU gave me confidence, intellectual rigor and an extensive knowledge base. I strongly recommend the APU graduate program if learning is your goal. You will work hard and it will be interesting and very rewarding.

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American Public University

Psychology - June 24, 2015
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I was very hesitant to go back to school at age 30, nor did I think I had the discipline to do it online. APU was extremely easy to access, the professors were overall great to work with and I will be completing my Bachelor's Degree this year. It was a great way to still work full time and obtain my degree. I have and will continue to recommend APU to others.

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Excellent Program and Professors

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - June 24, 2015
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Having just completed my studies, and graduating from APU in June 2015, I can say this school is the best in my opinion. I have had family members and friends attend also, with some transferring from other universities and colleges. The cost of tuition is the lowest for a Graduate degree, even with the recent minimum increase. The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice builds off what was learned during my undergraduate studies (A.S. and B.A in CRJ). The coursework, reading and researching here at the graduate level is heavy, but is manageable. I recommend only taking one graduate class at a time!!! Most of the courses, require 15-20 hours per week in order to be successful, or maintain a high G.P.A. Critical thought and analytical skills, along with graduate level writing is required. Do not enroll thinking that your courses will be easier than attending in person, as is the view with some towards online schools. The coursework is the same, and maybe even a little more complex. Most of the classes required the use of academic journals, so becoming familiar with the library, and reaching out to the department assigned librarians is crucial. Most of the Professor were very helpful, and responsive, replying to emails or other correspondence in less than 24 hours. They were also helpful in assisting and guiding when needed, or going off-track. I found that most provided accurate, helpful, and sometimes critical feedback to my forums, assignments, and research papers, which only assisted me in successful completing the learning objective. I would say that only one Professor did not fulfill this requirement. Overall on a scale of 1-10, this school gets a 10. Some may review lower due to issues with FA, which were caused by changes in the schools software, along with system changeovers with the Department of Education. I found that if you manage, and keep track of your FA files periodically (monthly), you won't have a problem.

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BS Mathematics-concentration in Statistics

American Public University - June 6, 2015
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I have taken classes at traditional brick and mortar institutions in the past and sometimes have had a very good experience, but more often a fair or bad experience. Some classes that I have taken was made bad because the instructor was either inept to teach or apathetic to teaching the class for what ever reason. A case in point I recently took a class called Mathematical Modeling. It had clear objectives and by the end of the Semester all the objectives were met and I have a great understanding of the material that was presented. If prompted to do so I could pass the final right now and get a A in the class. My point is that I originally took the same class at a State University and the first day of class the professor said that essentially you guys will teach the class by yourselves as she picked up a novel that she brought, gave us a assignment and then put here legs up on the desk and proceeded to read. I dropped the class within a hour. Online classes in my experience are more beneficial to me. I am a motivated, self starter student, and feel that going to physical classes is a waste of time. The only thing that I miss is input to discussions from other students, which I do get in a way with the forum part of the classes. At APUS you will most likely go through the entire textbook, which was surprising to me at first since I have never finished a textbook from front to finish in a Semester at a traditional school. You will work, you will learn, or you will learn the objectives, or you will not pass the class. Straightforward format, no nonsense, perfect for me. Not for everyone.

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Real School

BA in Management - June 3, 2015
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I am very pleased that I chose this school. This school has the challenges of a brick and mortar school with the convenience of being online. The teachers are supportive and authentic. The school work is real. I had signed up for Ashford University and did there trial for 3 weeks. after the 3rd week I stopped because the work was too easy. If you are looking for a legitimate online school then APUS is an awesome choice. My financial aid went through smoothly even though I registered under my married name and my social Security was still under my maiden name. I am excited to continue my education with APUS.

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School is great to many profs dont understand online learning

Masters in Sports Management - June 3, 2015
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I know it is a pain but if the profs would be more interactive this school would rock. It feels like they do the least amount of work possible. Then some get to be real hard a$$ about grading. I guess it comes down to you learning on your own and really do I need to pay for someone to teach me the subjects I am learning without them.

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I really love this school

Masters of Arts History - June 3, 2015
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American Public University System (APUS), this includes APU and AMU, is great for working adults. The classes are first rate. The professors that I have had have been excellent. I will admit to have BSed my way through undergraduate classes but I have not been able to do that in the graduate classes. Since this is my only experience with a graduate program I can't compare it to any other. I cannot imagine any other school being more challenging. I have co-workers that are taking undergraduate courses at APUS and they report that the classes are challenging there also. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who needs an online environment. As a working parent the online environment worked beautifully for me.

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AS in Computer Applications

Computer Applications - June 3, 2015
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I will complete my AS in Computer Applications this year, taken nearly completely at APU/AMU. I only transferred 10 credits into the program, so I have more than my fill of their content, organization and instructors having nearly 60 hours under my belt now. So here is the bottom line: ------------------------------------ If you are a busy individual, who wants to learn more about your field. Someone who is for example already working in the field but needs to solidify their educational background, APU/AMU is going to be a perfect choice. The cost is fantastic, 8 week classes allow you to really pound out a degree quickly and classes start nearly every month. That being said, let me say this, APU/AMU was not my first rodeo, I have been in local community college and I transferred from DeVry to APU/AMU. DeVry has got their act together and trying to judge APU against DeVry isn't fair. However, at nearly triple the cost per credit hour, it should be. In fact, I left DeVry for that very reason, it was consuming all my financial aid and my bank account just to keep up. APU/AMU has been a complete joy in this realm. As for the Computer Applications degree, its a good degree, but expect to get out of it what you put in and here is why I say that. APU/AMU puts to much effort on forum collaboration and less effort in collectively organizing material for you to learn with, lack of text books is my first quarrel. APU/AMU general ed classes are on par with the local community colleges, its good stuff. However, as for your core degree content, they really need to try to organize the material around proper text books and provide lecture videos. For the most part, I have felt my passion for the subject is what has taught me and my resourcefulness in research. If you are not passionate enough to go outside the class room and do your own research, you may have problems. The material that is provided is good none the less, just a lack of it and disorganized. APU/AMU just like anything has its good and bad points. I'm going on now to get my BS in Information Technology through them. I been in IT for 16 years already, so its nothing new and for someone like myself, APU has been an excellent choice. So my last words, if you cant spend every waking hour trying to live up to some professors expectation of you, if you live a real life with work, family and all that comes with it, if you are a working professional who needs to solidify his education to go places, then look no further, you'll be happy, I am.

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MA in Military History

Masters of Arts History - May 27, 2015
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Recently completed a Masters in Military History, Civil War concentration. AMU is a great school and a great place to learn. I have to agree with the other reviews that learning in the on-line environment requires self discipline as well as a true desire to learn. Great instructors at AMU. I had a positive experience with AMU and would highly recommend the school to anyone seeking a degree in History. On-line classes were the only way for me to be able to attend class as I work full-time and have two kids at home. The flexibility which taking on-line classes gives the student is great.

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I Recommend AMU/APUS Depending on Your Degree Program

Information Technology Management - May 4, 2015
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People seem to forget that this is an online school. Everyone's experiences vary, but I believe that it will never be better than a brick and mortar university. I have taken brick and mortar courses before and I learned so much more than I do through distance learning. With that being said . . . Overall, I thought my experience with AMU was good. I would recommend AMU/APUS for degree programs that do not require hands-on, physical application of something. For example, my degree program is for IT Management. Learning the course material requires you to physically apply it. You cannot do that through the online medium. On the other hand, if you were pursuing a degree in History then I would recommend AMU/APUS. You can do your own research and learn just the same as if you were in a brick and mortar school. Otherwise, your courses consist of you reading a chapter or two every week and going over terms and definitions. Learning the definitions only help you to follow a conversation, not participate in it. Materials: In the past, I received physical copies of textbooks. I personally prefer to have the physical copy. In the last two years my textbooks have been electronic versions. Some courses have the e-books as .pdf files that you can download and other courses make you go through a miserable website that has a low budget viewer in order to use the e-book. When that happens I just buy a physical copy. No big deal, but I have the Post 9/11 GI Bill and I get a books and supplies stipend. Teachers: Most of the teachers that I had were decent. Don't forget that this is an online school. They cannot give you a two hour lecture on the weekly lesson. I did have a couple of courses that the instructor recorded a 30-60 minute lecture and put it on YouTube for the class to watch every week. That was nice, but rare. Some instructors go out of their way to help the student through phone calls or video chat. I did tell one of my instructors that I was not grasping the course material (Intro to Programming) and he e-mailed me a link to wikipedia about programming. Not helpful. It all depends on the individual instructor regardless of they type of school. Institution: Any time I had a problem with an instructor or an admin issue I was able to contact the school and they took care of it relatively fast. They always seemed to know what the answer was and I did not have any issues. Some people that made negative comments on here had no clue who they were supposed to contact and got mad because they called the wrong department about their issue. Support: I have requested course extensions on several occasions and there was only one time that it was not approved. The school and teachers are flexible with student needs. If you are a joker that continually fails to submit assignments and does not show progress then why should they go out of their way to help you? Use of Technology: I have taken courses (general requirements) where we used different software to supplement the course material. Sometimes it was fun and usually beneficial. I have to say that the IT Management degree program was lacking in using technology to enhance learning. We used the Microsoft Office suite a lot and it was helpful, but that was about it.

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If you expect to be spoon fed, you'll be disappointed

BA History - April 9, 2015
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Here's the thing. It's like anything else in life, you going to get out of it, exactly what you put in. I'm about a quarter way through my degree program and have found it to be nothing more than an extremely positive experience. It's not perfect by any means but no institution is and I have yet to run into any of the issues many here have experienced. But there is a catch, if you are poor at time management, lack self motivation or procrastinate in any way this is definitely not for you. I have found the courses and content relevant, instructors open and encouraging of discussion. Professors are quick to respond to any query either posted in the course forums or via email. Most papers are graded and returned to you well within the timeframe they are allowed. So far even with the general ed/required courses I have been encouraged to tailor my papers from the perspective of my major which has made them easier to digest but also kept me motivated and on point,it has also taught me to approach my subject from a different perspective. This is not always possible with some courses such as math but I have appreciated the accommodation when possible. It's not Havard or MIT but it's not trying to be, but I would certainly recommend this school to anyone and have done to several colleagues.

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Finishing my BA soon

Homeland Security - April 6, 2015
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I am currently three classes away from completing my BA in Homeland Security and I thought I would share my experience at AMU. As many of the reviewers point out on here, online classes are not for the ill-prepared, procrastinators and or the needy. You will have to manage your time, do a lot of self study, write a lot (and a lot) and sometimes these classes will be more difficult than a traditional classroom. I would also like to say the teachers here are hit and miss, but what's great about this school is you have the option of which teacher to take, so I keep taking the teachers I know are good or helpful. And like some of you, I have had some crap teachers, but I think overall I've had really good ones. They are highly qualified, have great real world experience, and have always been helpful and supportive of my education. I do agree that having some real world experience in some of the degree programs does help, but it's not impossible to learn the information if you don't have any. I haven't applied for a Masters program yet, so I'm not sure how my online degree will be received, but I honestly don't think it's going to be an issue. I have tried a few online universities, UMUC and St. Leo University. I think AMU is better than UMUC in more ways than one, but I felt like I was attending a real school with St. Leo. I like that AMU leaves a lot on the student (register for your own classes, manage your own degree program) I feel more like an adult, unlike St Leo, which registers your classes for you and constantly sends emails to remind you to do things (I just don't need more emails in my inbox). While there have definitely been instances of classroom materials being out of date or not working, I find more often than not, that even if it's a copied syllabus or information, it's still relevant and useful. Overall I'd give the university a 7 out of 10. Would I recommend attending this university? Depends upon your lifestyle and career goals. I recommend this for a working professional whose trying to get a degree out of the way and prefers to be as independent as possible (which is what I am) and probably not recommend this for the kids right out of high school, who need more assistance and supervision. One final note, anyone who says one degree program or another will land them a job in an intelligence profession, is wrong. Having a degree is good in general, but having a clearance and polygraph is one thing you have to have. Hope this helps!

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Great for Single Parents

Business and MBA: Human Resources - April 5, 2015
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As a single parent wanting to earn a degree to better the lives of my children, APU is a perfect fit for our family. I can attend class when it is convenient for me. This allows me to work my normal schedule, spend time with my children, and still work on my degree. I have not encountered any problems with the financial aid office, or their processing my my funds and getting my refunds to me in a timely manner. The professors that I have had are great at communicating with students and the material is up to date. I have over 20 years work experience and the professors are very respectful of that fact and have never treated me as a child. The librarians are amazingly helpful, the financial aid personnel are very knowledgeable, and the professors are very timely in their communication. I personally can not wait to meet all of my professors at graduation.

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Academically good, but financial aid office is a different matter

MPH - April 1, 2015
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In the middle of my thesis for the Master of Public Health at the moment. The academics have been quite good, but as I'm using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and only getting 80% tuition coverage, I've had to use FSA to make up the difference. First year at AMU, everything went smoothly, BUT after that, nothing about the student account page made sense. I had the experience TWICE of not getting the second half of my FSA disbursement for the term, one cancelled altogether without ny consent and "re-requested" at a significantly lower amount which ended up leaving me on the hook for several thousand dollars DIRECTLY TO THE UNIVERSITY, when the original loan was already being serviced by the designated loan servicer under the original terms. Fundamentally, AMU's whole book-keeping system looks like a game of Three-Card Monty. Every time I've ever called the financial aid office, I have NEVER spoken to the same person twice, and without exception, every person I spoke to REFUSED to identify himself when asked. Anytime the conversation deviated from what one would expect in a "scripted" fashion, I could detect a couple of individuals slipping into an otherwise carefully camouflaged Hindi accent. This strongly suggests that this office is actually an offshored call-centre. Something very wrong is going on in that office, not all of which I'm willing to disclose on a public forum at this time. It's gotten to the point that I'm now seeking legal representation for a class-action lawsuit. Several other for-profit universities' financial aid exectutives have gotten into serious legal trouble of late, and it's come to my attention that some of them are now in Federal prison over lining their own pockets with FSA funds that were never disbursed to students. I received my undergraduate degree at another for-profit and DID NOT have these issues with them. Those many other individual students who have voiced the same complaints are spot-on, but instead of merely venting on this site, or RipoffReport.com or the so-called Better Business Bureau (NOT a government entity, by the way!), everyone needs to file complaints to the State of West Virginia, to the Federal Trade Commission, AND the Department of Education.

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Great School, Challenging Professors

Business Administration - March 31, 2015
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I received an Associates in Business Administration from a State school in Illinois, and APUS transferred every single credit from that Degree towards my Bachelors. The initial classes with APUS were pretty standard general education, but I found that the upper level classes were challenging, and the professors don't let you slip by. You're expected get your projects done completely and professionally, and on time, which I appreciated. The classes in financial management and operations research were particularly challenging, and involved a lot of skills development in excel, using graphing and function features, as well as understanding several key upper management and profit philosophies. The professors would post online videos of the methodology for some of the problems, so if you are like me and you work all day, you can view an actual class at night and then work through the homework with much greater understanding. I finished my classes feeling like I actually understood how to use the new skills and knowledge. As far the financial aid department, I never had an issue with them, all of my loans came through on time, and the E-books are fantastic and don't cost anything. I would highly recommend APUS. I took online classes at my State school as well. You can either have a great experience with online experiences, if you are willing to work with new technology and have a desire to learn, or you can approach the classes with an attitude that prohibits you from learning anything. Online course work is difficult because you don't have a lot of peer support, but you are required to participate in online forums with APUS, which provides peer support. There were several times for different classes when I turned to my fellow students for some thoughts as to a certain problem, and found that my classmates, and my professors were always eager to help. I am currently employed full time as a legal assistant and billing manager at a small law firm in Idaho. I am salaried at approximately $35,000.00, and I am 25 years old, which salary is well above average for the area that I live in, and I have full benefits. My degree has helped me on a daily basis with my employment.

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Great School

Legal Studies - March 16, 2015
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This is my second year at APU and so far I had a good experience with this university. I am a transfer student and been through so much in the past two years with medical issues. Going back to school has been a refresher and a major change for the better. So far I had one minor experience with a professor and with financial aid but adjustments were made. The professors are superior especially this past term I did very well to my surprise with the support of my legal instructor he was outstanding. I appreciate he dedication,loyalty and support to all of his students I thank him for making my transition from Business to Legal a wonderful experience. I read most comments here some were good and others not favorable give the school a chance if it doesn't work for you there are options the choice is yours.

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MBA with Finance Concentration

Masters of Business Administration - March 6, 2015
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AMU is a great school that provides a top notch education. Tuition is reasonable and classes are challenging. Coursework requires hard work and dedication. If you want to succeed, you must do the work. AMU is not a diploma mill in any way. Instructors are helpful and all staff at AMU provide exceptional support. I have studied in various traditional brick and mortar universities and AMU has been my best experience by far. Very happy with my experience with AMU and the education I have received. Proud to be graduating from AMU!

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The real AMU/APUS

Criminal Justice - March 6, 2015
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As with almost all online based Universities you have to be prepared to manage your expectations. If you are expecting to receive weekly lectures from Professors and receive feedback on everything you post, than prepare to be disappointed. This is an online college that has NO enrollment restrictions and is 100% for profit. At the end of the day you are paying $750 for access to a textbook that you read on a set schedule and essentially teach yourself the material. There is no other course outline besides, 1-2 chapters of reading per week, an initial forum posting with at least 2 replies, a final paper and a mid-term and a final exam. Once you have completed all of the required credits you will receive you degree. Most people are here to get the piece of paper to further the career they are already in and aren't here to actually learn. I can't tell you how many students I see in 300 and 400 level classes that don't even have a solid grasp of writing mechanics or grammar and sentence structure. If all you need is a piece of paper that says you are a college graduate than enroll here!

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You get what you put in!

M.A. - National Security Studies - March 5, 2015
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All in all, I find the courses at AMU very interesting and relevant to those in the National Security sector. If you are interested in taking courses with AMU, I advise that you read the bio of the teachers who teach your specific course and chose the one that has the background most relevant to the course you are taking. Next, these courses aren't easy. Although I don't find them unmanageable, all of the courses I have taken with AMU require a significant amount of writing both in the weekly discussion post and the usual assigned paper that all courses have had. You must be willing to spend several hours a week reading and writing and spending time on your projects. If not, your likely to fall behind and turn in a substandard product. However, you are paying for the course, so why not put some effort towards it. Last, the ability to conduct your work in any environment (deployed, traveling or at home) is definitely a plus. If you are already in the workforce and searching for additional education, my recommendation is to just take one course at a time and slowly knock it out. It might take a while, but you will eventually reach your goal.

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Do Not Get Trapped Here.

Legal Studies - February 14, 2015
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APU or APUS/AMU is not all it is set out to be. This is an online school that one can feel trapped in, especially the financial aid office. They have the worst means of communication any online school may have. It is pure hell just to get normal information from them. They manage the students funding poorly to the point that if you are on federal aid, you are royally messed up. They will run out of funding before you finish your degree plan, and you have to come out of pocket to finish the degree. If you are unemployed, disabled, a honor student, or anyone they do not care to help, you are in for the ride of your life. They do not get a care about the students, just what they can swindle out of your bank account. I will be glad when I can get out of this hell school. I would not recommend them to anyone. At one point, when I was fooled into believing they were there to help the student, I found out the hard way. The reason I am trying to reach out to those who have not signed up for this school is because when others who had a bad experience posted it online, I thought it was just being plain ugly, but I have personally, since attending the APU, online for three years, that they were right. I was mistakenly wrong. I have to live with this pain each day, but if I can help one person out there not have to go through with what I went through, then I am happy. Take care and pick another school, this one is not worth the effort or the money. The Financial Aid Office is a lying joke. They wrote the book on lies. Emily in Texas

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Great Experience So Far

American Public University: Information Systems Security - February 10, 2015
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I recently reached Junior status with APUS, although a fair amount of my credits were transferred. I have attended several online schools, with mixed experiences so far. APUS stands above the crowd in my opinion, not just because of the reasonable cost, but they do employ instructors with credentials that could easily compete with a traditional brick and mortar school. For example, my current professor holds two verifiable Ph.D's, and that has been very commonplace. I will attest that your interaction with the professor may be more meaningful in a physical classroom, but for those of you that are working full time, and raising a family, etc., this school will probably be a good choice for you. The stigma that once surrounded online schools is falling away, and hopefully employers will soon see that an online program, with accelerated courses, can be just as challenging if not more so, than in a physical setting. These courses are not designed for the 18 year old fresh out of high school, but for those already with a bit of experience looking to build upon that foundation.

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Masters in SPED AMU

Education: teaching/special education - February 9, 2015
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This program will be difficult for those who are not already in the field, but as long as you have the ability to regulate yourself and are not afraid to ask for help when you need it, you will do well and learn a lot. Use your fellow classmates and learn from them, that is what online learning is all about. If you only answer the required amount of times, you will pass, but if you go beyond the requirements, it will help you tremendously.

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Great price, Great Practicum/Internship Professor

Masters of Education, School Counseling - February 9, 2015
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Overall my experience with APU was very positive. It was not perfect, but overall positive. The price per credit was the lowest I found. The admission and financial aid process was fair. The enrollment process - enrolling for classes was very easy. Class start dates were plentiful. Class structures were flexible. The student portal is user friendly. Some staff members and a couple of the professors could perhaps benefit from customer service skills training. However, other staff members and professors provided exceptional service. I often check in to see if any new degrees are offered; APU remains my first choice should I pursue additional education. I found the APU Career Center and continued ability to access the school's online library to be valuable resources as well. The APU Alumni Association is active and welcoming; they can make you feel like you are still a part of the APU family. We are fortunate in the U.S. to have many schools to consider; I would strongly encourage prospective students to explore APU.

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keep expectations low

M.A. in National Security - January 28, 2015
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I used AMU for the last six credits needed to complete a Naval War College Master's Degree. The registration process was excellent, and I was excited to start. The professor in my first course was extremely tough, and I had to do more work for those three credits than I did for the previous 21 with the War College. The only positive was that I learned a lot from the course (Great Military Leaders). The second course was just the opposite. The instructor was just barely involved, and I got practically nothing out of the course. I am disappointed because the course has the potential to be really great (Ethics in Leadership). I would take courses from AMU/APU again, but would keep my expectations low.

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Good education at a great value

Masters of Arts History - January 12, 2015
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I just completed my Master's Degree in History, with a concentration in American History, and an added Graduate Certificate in Civil War Studies. The convenience of being able to "attend" classes while travelling frequently for work was fantastic. An on-line education is not for everyone. If you are the type of person who needs constant feedback and constant direction then on-line education is not for you, as it takes a committed, self disciplined, and self motivated person for on-line education to be truly successful and effective. I had several good instructors, many great instructors, and several truly outstanding instructors. All of them were willing to work with me during the occasional challenges that life presented during my five years of part time studies. A comparable Master's at a traditional brick and mortar school would have been much more expensive and would not have offered the flexibility to continue my studies while traveling for business or to attend after moving from Maryland to Hawai'i following my retirement. All that most employers care about regarding a degree is that it is from a regionally accredited school and that the school's accreditation is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. American Public University fits both of those criteria. I am seriously considering going for an additional Graduate Certificate in World War II Studies at APU.

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End of Course Review

Masters of Arts History - January 9, 2015
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Every class was packed with information and had highly qualified teachers. Requirements were unified between classes and met amazing fellow students, it was always sad to say goodbye at the end.

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Great experience

Sports Management - January 8, 2015
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I had a great experience in this university. I wished I received my Bachelor's degree here as well, but completing my Master's degree here was great. I liked the 8 week courses and the professors were all very knowledgeable and helpful throughout.

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Terrorism Studies

M.A. in National Security - January 8, 2015
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I have just completed 9 out of the 12 courses required for my M.A. I have been extremely satisfied with the professors, the syllabus, and the text and extra readings required. I am getting a top notch education for a very reasonable price. After I complete this degree I will start another M.A. in Military Strategy here at AMU.

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MS Space Studies, Aerospace Science program

Space Studies - January 1, 2015
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APU and AMU do great job offering competitive degree programs with low tuition. The quality of the Space Studies program instructors is exceptional and the class sizes remain small enough & large enough to engage with other students effectively. I enjoy the relevant topics we cover in the aerospace industry and can use what I've learned immediately. I would recommend this program and university to anyone trying to save tuition costs and the opportunity to work with world class instructors.

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A Great School for Self-Motivated Students

MS - Environmental Policy & Management - December 31, 2014
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I previously received my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a focus in Fish and Wildlife Management and a minor in English from APU/AMU, and I am now pursuing my Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management at the same school. I took one year off school following high school, but quickly realized that was a mistake, and thus started school shopping at the tail end of 2010. I was rather shy at the time, and had no idea where to begin, especially in terms of applying for scholarships and figuring out housing for a university. This prompted me to look into online schooling, where I found APU. I expressed interest in the school, and soon received a call from an advisor who wanted to talk about my education goals. It just so happened that APU had an environmental science degree that would fulfill my dream of getting a career that would allow me to work with wild animals, and the enrollment process was a breeze. After submitting some paperwork and my FAFSA application, I was ready to start my courses on January 2, 2011. The courses at APU are typically all 8 weeks long (although some are 16). You receive your weekly workload at the beginning of the week, and most assignments are due by the end of the week, with the exception of some forum discussion posts being due earlier to give your classmates time to comment on your assignment. You are given a list of chapters from a course textbook or links to scholarly journals that are usually necessary to read in order to complete the assignments each week. Many people fear online courses because there is no possibility for the face to face teaching style that many students require. While it is true that this school is easier for someone who is self-motivated--who can read the material and teach themselves, every professor I have ever had has reminded everyone that if anyone ever needs help with the course material, all you need to do is ask. There is a messaging tab in the classroom where you can privately message the professor, not to mention each professor's school email is listed on the course Syllabus and in the classroom, in addition to their personal phone number and the hours they are available to talk. Many of the professor's are eager to help their students to understand the material and to get the most out of their course. In addition, there are also several tools that the school offers, such as free tutor services that can aid in a student's learning. Nevertheless, in being successful at APU it certainly helps to have the motivation to get your work done before it is due, as credit is usually lost for late assignments in bachelor programs if a heads up with a strong excuse is not provided to the professor beforehand, and most master level courses will not offer credit to late assignments. With that being said, however, in my entire experience with APU over the last four years, I have only submitted two assignments late, one due to personal reasons that were accepted by the professor for additional time to complete the assignment, and the other because I had a busy week and failed to realize I had skipped one of the assignments (since then I have kept a weekly planner where I list my assignments every week, and check them off as I go--no more issues). I honestly have found online schooling to be more accommodating than traditional brick and mortar schools. You don't have to get up every morning and get ready, or make any sort of commute just to sit through a lesson and be given your homework. As long as you submit your assignments on time, you can work on them whenever you want, and submit them at any time of day (without even getting out of bed if you'd like). In regards to the actual quality of teaching at APU, it really depends on how devoted you are. If you actually read through each of the assigned readings (take notes if necessary for you to remember the material), it really does teach you everything you need to know for the assignments. If you are lazy and skim through the material for answers to each assignment's questions, you might get good grades on the assignments, but you will be cheating yourself out of a good education. I have already found the information I was taught to be highly useful, especially in regards to my core classes and my entire master's degree that focuses on topics I want to make a career out of. At APU, even difficult courses that you are afraid of starting end up being rather simply if you just read the material and aim to understand it. You are given all of the tools you need to be successful at APU; it is us to you to utilize them effectively. Lastly, I have had two very different financial aid experiences at APU. When I first enrolled in my bachelor's degree program in 2011, I was single, answered the FAFSA questions asked, and I was quickly granted full tuition, in addition to a few thousand dollars every semester (four months) for educational expenses. When I applied for my master's degree, on the other hand, my story was a little different. I was in the middle of divorce, which was months away from being finalized. While I had never even lived with or shared finances with my soon-to-be ex-spouse, I had filed a joint tax return with him the year before, simply because it allowed us to take advantage of the most amount of credits (you can not get any of the educational tax credits unless you are married filing jointly or single--not separated). When submitting my FAFSA information, the combination of me saying I was technically single but my tax information saying I was married (and making WAY more money than I actually was, thanks to the addition of my ex's salary), APU found it quite suspicious. I was contacted via email and told I needed to provided additional information, primarily paperwork from the IRS that I did not have, nor did I have any way of getting. After weeks of endless phone calls to APU where I was told I needed to contact the IRS (which anyone who has tried that knows it is basically impossible to talk to a live human being), I finally got upset and was transferred to a APU financial supervisor, who understood that the papers I was being asked to provide did not even exist, and instead gave me a short list of alternative proof that I was able to easily email to the school. All in all, it was a difficult process, but I do understand that was simply because the situation I was in was also difficult. As long as you do not have a complex financial situation like I did, the financial aid process really is smooth sailing, for the most part. You are provided with a step by step explanation of what to do and when to do it, and you can always call or email for help if it is needed. For those of you afraid of applying because of a lack of money, I am currently unemployed, and was for the majority of my bachelor's degree. I received full funding, and while I will owe quite some money to student loans, I am already enrolled in a pay as you earn program that allows your monthly loan payment (beginning six months after graduation) to be based off of how much you make (I was paying $0/month after getting my bachelor's), and simply requires you to supply a family size and annual salary on a yearly basis so your monthly payment can be recalculated accordingly. Ultimately, my message in terms of financial aid is not to let a lack of money stop you from receiving an education (which will usually allow you to make up for any loans you borrow, and then some). While many careers do want hands-on experience, which this school does not necessarily offer, your chances of getting your foot in the door are extremely high--especially if you can find an internship in your area of interest. What I am trying to say, is that if APU/AMU offers a degree program that interests you, and you have any inclination to further your education and get yourself a career, I would strongly suggest this institution. And in regards to all of these negative reviews, keep in mind that everybody has a different experience, especially when you take their personality into consideration. If a negative or unmotivated person attempts to receive a degree from APU, whether or not they are successful, they are very likely to have a bad experience doing so. If you take the material seriously and get help if you need it, you are highly likely to have a successful and enjoyable online schooling journey. READ the material, DO your work on time and with your full effort, REMEMBER why you're pursing a degree in the first place, and you WILL be successful. Despite what many people have claimed--you CAN come out of these programs with a lot more knowledge than you started with; it's simply up to you to make that happen.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful

Outstanding Online Educational Experience

Masters of Arts History - December 27, 2014
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It is difficult to find a fully accredited online M.A. program in History -- especially one that is affordable and works with you to pace your studies. Like all online experiences, you must be mature enough to bring the self-discipline and to navigate the occasional sense of isolation that remote studies can sometimes inflict, but in every way APU makes all the rest accessible and supportive. In the course of obtaining my MA in Public History from APU, I had a truly outstanding experience much of the time. I would highly recommend this institution!

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MA: Military History

MA Military History/Civil War - December 24, 2014
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I have just completed an M.A. in Military History. I am completely satisfied with my experience at AMU. The university offers unique programs in a flexible learning environment. Like any master's program worth its salt, you get out what you put in. At this level, a student should be able to learn on his or her own. Like with all schools, AMU has some outstanding instructors who engage and challenge students and some instructors who remain aloof from the discussions and act more as online facilitators. Obviously, the former are preferred. Likewise, some of the recommended texts were very good and others I disposed of as soon as I was done with them. Since I work fulltime, it took me almost 5 years to complete my degree. During that time I noticed that the course requirements became more stringent. This suggests that AMU is serious about academic excellence and providing first-class degree programs. I recommend AMU without reservation.

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Well worth it!!!

Masters of Arts History - December 17, 2014
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I saw some of the reviews that were negative or that there wasn't much learning going on. Students must remember that YOU decided what effort YOU will put into your learning. Whether you are in a class or online you can skim through the material or engulf yourself in it and ask the professor many questions. I found all aspects of the program to be exceptional. I worked with professors and received quick responses, the counseling department, a librarian and all were more than helpful. I would highly recommend this program, the benefit of online learning is you can fit it into your schedule avoiding the time of driving and attending classes. I took 2 classes at a time throughout the program and a now in the final thesis class....it has been quite a journey and a benefit to communicate with fellow students from all over the United States, and some stationed outside of the United States. Thank you APUS for a great experience and education.

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Very Pleased !!!!!

Masters in Public Administration - December 11, 2014
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This school is quite a bit different than my Undergrad in how they do things, but I have found if I give the effort, the instructors go the extra mile. I have seen comments about textbooks and don't understand them. E-books are available, but so are regular paper editions. The course I just completed used the same text as NC State was using for the course. Online learning is not for everyone but it works for me.

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A Capstone To Go

Masters of Education/English Language Learners - December 11, 2014
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My conundrums before APUS: 1. I was one of the "technology challenged" people who could not even figure out how to use Facebook. 2. I had zero knowledge about APA citations and documentations which grad students use for their "scholarly written" essays/articles. 3. I was at a lost as to what to do and where to go, because I just arrived from Manila to California...and I was already 43 years old;l too old to be a drive thru boy at McDonald's. My accomplishments so far: 1. I now know how to write blogs, glogs...I am an expert in prezi.com, pixton.com and I got a grade of "A" ( a very hard-earned grade I must say) from a course entitled, "Technology Integration in Education. 2. Getting comments like, "you are an excellent writer, Nestor. from both my peers and professors become normal/usual (modesty aside) with me as my works are now properly supported with proper documentation format and citations...6th edition! 3. I have one more subject to take by January,2015 and I am writing my capstone right after that. Therefore, I know now that I am either pursuing a doctorate degree or teaching college sooner. I can go on and on with my accomplishments through APUS, but I opt to halt now as I may sound really loud. Besides, the room for this review isn't enough for what I have to say. I promise, you are not going to regret it as long as you have the will and the perseverance to get what you want. So, send yourself back to school; to APUS. It's worth it.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful

Quality Education - affordable price

M.A. - December 11, 2014
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Not an easy 'A' requires considerable effort, careful adherence to APA rules, workload consists of many papers and research of topics to support analysis or position. Must read assignments, and participate in weekly interaction with classmates on subject including constructive discussions on different positions. Professors are involved, providing feedback and honest assessment of work done. High marks for ROI on investment in these programs. Challenging for working adults but, not insurmountable weekly workload. This is not a program you glide through with little or poor quality work.

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Military History

Masters of Arts History - December 10, 2014
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Overall my program in American Military History has been outstanding. All of the professors were well versed in their respective fields (some of whom are published and well known). I prefer the distance learning format since I am partially disabled and can do all the course work from home. As such, there is more time for research and study instead of fighting traffic and parking. As others have noted, if you need to be in a classroom this school may not be the best fit. If you are self-disciplined with good time management skills, I highly recommend either AMU or APU. My only word of caution is to take 16-week classes instead of 8-week ones when possible(16-week classes are less stressful).

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Excellent for the mature students

International Relations and Conflict Resolution - December 10, 2014
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After graduate from the university long time ago, this is my first step back to school majoring in International Relations and Conflict Resolution. This became a real big challenge for me in terms of time and fund. When I registered this online school, I did not expect to have great instructors on online study and considered the study would not be too deep as in the classroom study. In fact, the class is so challenging and made me do more research and read more articles to have an argument on each topic and issue in the class forum. The need to write an essay of each topic and respond to other essays as well as to defend my opinion and analysis was highly valuable. Most of instructors have a wide experience and always respond to any question I asked and guide the forum conversation so well in a wise way. They treated us as a 'mature' student who does not need to be guided step by step because all the rules, policy and guidance were provided prior to the beginning of each class. My program is still in the progress but I had already an advantage of this program by applying some knowledge I received during the class session in my current job. I paid the school from my own pocket so I never known how to deal with financial aid.

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Bs Public Heath

Public Health - December 10, 2014
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Comparatively, the cost of education in the US is pretty high. I made my own online research to choose among the thousands of higher educational institutions in the country to start my learning goal. American Public University Systems provided the opportunity to offering higher quality education at a reduced cost that is second to none in the country. This more the reason I rated the institution 10 overall.

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Overall - Great Institution

Business Administration - December 9, 2014
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I recently completed my Bachelor's Degree Program in Business Administration. I found my overall experience at APU to be very satisfying and rewarding. In the beginning, I was able to transfer almost all of my credits from my Associates Degree (taken at a local Community College). I found it very easy to select classes and pay online. Based on my experience, I would say 80-85% of my Professors were very knowledgeable on the the course subject matter. However, I did find some of the course materials to be a little outdated. Most of my Professor's supplemented current materials through forum assignments or research papers. Grading schedules varied by Professor, but most worked on a "following week" schedule for submitting grades. In my experience, I deserved every grade I received. If I slacked off, then I felt my grade reflected it accurately. If you meet the assignment requirements, then more than likely you will receive an A or B. The course software interfaces are pretty easy to use, and any nuances can be quickly worked around. I enjoyed my experience, and I will begin my Master's Program at APU in the very near future.

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Unprofessional

Masters of Business Administration - December 9, 2014
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I have taken 5 semesters with APUS and I can tell you that if you don't mind your questions being unanswered (flat out ignored), or given vague commits (unpersonalized, unrelated and more copy-paste related) or the run around when you need assistance then yes this school is for you. I am not just looking for someone to hand me a degree; I am paying for a service which should evolve professors actually trying to educate me in needed information (not just tell me to read a chapter), can answer my questions and the professors should actually want to help me succeed (not treat me like crap). Here are some examples of my experience in APUS and you can be the judge if this school is for you. When I received commits from a professor (copy-pasted, vague and stated things that I had done as though I haven't), I would ask the professor what exactly is wrong or needs corrections. The professor would tell me to go to someone else for the answer(s). Now if a professor refuses to answer a question about their very own commits that says something about their teaching methods. I have asked a professor if she could check to make sure my submitted paper was available for her to see (I have had issues with submitted papers not going through correctly) and her reply was to go to contact student support. Now why would I need to go to support when all I am doing is making sure my paper was correctly submitted to her? Sounds like she's just acting lazy don't you think. I have been told that my APA formatting was not right and that she was following the regulations in her corrections (she stated they were not her own) and yet when I went on the Owl (which is in the syllabubs as a reliable source) and the schools regulations on APA formatting and sent her screen shots and pasted examples to prove I was correct, she ignored the proof, denied owl as a reliable source and still marked me wrong (said she said she wasn't' going to change it). I have contacted even the Dean of this school to see if this behavior was acceptable (this behavior seems to be a pattern in almost every professor I have come across) in the APUS school. The reply I got was a big "NOTHING." So there you go, if you don't mind this behavior then feel free to waste your money on attending and getting a worthless experience.

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful

Just finished my MPA!

Masters in Public Administration - December 8, 2014
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If I can do it after taking 25 years off from school after completing my BA, anyone can. The support is there, utilize it and you will succeed!

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Masters of Arts in American History

Masters of Arts History - December 8, 2014
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I began the Master of Arts in History program in the Spring of 2008 and finished my degree in August 2014. Overall it was an outstanding program. All my instructors were excellent and two were outstanding. The program was flexible and the costs were very reasonable. I received an outstanding education and would recommend this program to anybody who is serious about studying history.

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