American Public University
Review Averages: 8.0 out of 10
Accreditation: RA (NCA), DETC
American Public University Reviews:
MA Psychology + I taught here
M.A. Psychology - August 31, 2016
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!
Bachelor's of Science - Environmental Science - August 30, 2016
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!!
Affordable and reputable program
Homeland Security - August 11, 2016
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.
A highly recommended online university
Sport and Health Science - August 9, 2016
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.
Absolutely loving this school
Philosophy - August 6, 2016
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.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Becoming a Coach
Sport and Health Science - June 9, 2016
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
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
BS - Environmental Studies - June 3, 2016
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.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
M.A. Humanities Meh
Humanities - May 13, 2016
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Masters in Public Administration - May 4, 2016
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.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
School Counseling Program of Study
Masters of Education, School Counseling - April 27, 2016
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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