American Public University
Review Averages: 8.0 out of 10 (510 reviews)American Public University is a regionally accredited institution offering more than 100 flexible degree programs online. The school, which is affiliated with American Military University, offers traditional liberal arts courses as well as classes especially of interest to military personnel (e.g., Air Warfare, Land Warfare, and Emergency and Disaster Management).
Accreditation: RA (NCA), DETC
American Public University Reviews:
Religion - July 22, 2015
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?
Great education that will advance your career to new heights!
Masters in Public Administration - July 19, 2015
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.
APUS AMU - get what you put into it
Masters of Business Administration - July 18, 2015
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
Batchelor's Degree in Management
Management (Leadership) - July 16, 2015
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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Transportation and Logistics Management - July 12, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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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