American Public University
Review Averages: 8.0 out of 10
Accreditation: RA (NCA), DETC
American Public University Reviews:
Guidance and Counseling - January 15, 2016
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).
Don't hesitate: APU IS for you!
BA - Sociology - January 2, 2016
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!
MS, Sports and Health Science
Bachelor of Health Management - January 2, 2016
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.
Masters in Humanities
Humanities - December 31, 2015
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.
Very satisfied so far
Accounting - December 30, 2015
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.
Was expecting much more
Computer Applications - December 30, 2015
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
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
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Masters of Business Administration - November 7, 2015
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.
Masters of Arts History - November 1, 2015
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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