American Public University
Review Averages: 8.0 out of 10
Accreditation: RA (NCA), DETC
American Public University Reviews:
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!
American Public University - Garry - Current Student - My Experience
Criminal Justice - August 1, 2015
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.
BA in Psychology - July 29, 2015
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.
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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