American Public University
Review Averages: 8.0 out of 10
Accreditation: RA (NCA), DETC
American Public University Reviews:
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.
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.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not what I thought it would be
BS - Environmental Studies - October 2, 2015
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Transportation and Logistics Management - September 30, 2015
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.
3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Smoke & Mirrors
Psychology - September 11, 2015
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Educational Experience
Master of Arts in American History - August 22, 2015
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
Criminal Justice - August 4, 2015
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.
Relevance, Strength in research, Progress!
MS - Environmental Policy & Management - August 4, 2015
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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