American Public University
Review Averages: 8.0 out of 10 (480 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:
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
BS Mathematics-concentration in Statistics
American Public University - June 6, 2015
I have taken classes at traditional brick and mortar institutions in the past and sometimes have had a very good experience, but more often a fair or bad experience. Some classes that I have taken was made bad because the instructor was either inept to teach or apathetic to teaching the class for what ever reason. A case in point I recently took a class called Mathematical Modeling. It had clear objectives and by the end of the Semester all the objectives were met and I have a great understanding of the material that was presented. If prompted to do so I could pass the final right now and get a A in the class. My point is that I originally took the same class at a State University and the first day of class the professor said that essentially you guys will teach the class by yourselves as she picked up a novel that she brought, gave us a assignment and then put here legs up on the desk and proceeded to read. I dropped the class within a hour. Online classes in my experience are more beneficial to me. I am a motivated, self starter student, and feel that going to physical classes is a waste of time. The only thing that I miss is input to discussions from other students, which I do get in a way with the forum part of the classes. At APUS you will most likely go through the entire textbook, which was surprising to me at first since I have never finished a textbook from front to finish in a Semester at a traditional school. You will work, you will learn, or you will learn the objectives, or you will not pass the class. Straightforward format, no nonsense, perfect for me. Not for everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
BA in Management - June 3, 2015
I am very pleased that I chose this school. This school has the challenges of a brick and mortar school with the convenience of being online. The teachers are supportive and authentic. The school work is real. I had signed up for Ashford University and did there trial for 3 weeks. after the 3rd week I stopped because the work was too easy. If you are looking for a legitimate online school then APUS is an awesome choice. My financial aid went through smoothly even though I registered under my married name and my social Security was still under my maiden name. I am excited to continue my education with APUS.
School is great to many profs dont understand online learning
Masters in Sports Management - June 3, 2015
I know it is a pain but if the profs would be more interactive this school would rock. It feels like they do the least amount of work possible. Then some get to be real hard a$$ about grading. I guess it comes down to you learning on your own and really do I need to pay for someone to teach me the subjects I am learning without them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I really love this school
Masters of Arts History - June 3, 2015
American Public University System (APUS), this includes APU and AMU, is great for working adults. The classes are first rate. The professors that I have had have been excellent. I will admit to have BSed my way through undergraduate classes but I have not been able to do that in the graduate classes. Since this is my only experience with a graduate program I can't compare it to any other. I cannot imagine any other school being more challenging. I have co-workers that are taking undergraduate courses at APUS and they report that the classes are challenging there also. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who needs an online environment. As a working parent the online environment worked beautifully for me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
AS in Computer Applications
Computer Applications - June 3, 2015
I will complete my AS in Computer Applications this year, taken nearly completely at APU/AMU. I only transferred 10 credits into the program, so I have more than my fill of their content, organization and instructors having nearly 60 hours under my belt now. So here is the bottom line: ------------------------------------ If you are a busy individual, who wants to learn more about your field. Someone who is for example already working in the field but needs to solidify their educational background, APU/AMU is going to be a perfect choice. The cost is fantastic, 8 week classes allow you to really pound out a degree quickly and classes start nearly every month. That being said, let me say this, APU/AMU was not my first rodeo, I have been in local community college and I transferred from DeVry to APU/AMU. DeVry has got their act together and trying to judge APU against DeVry isn't fair. However, at nearly triple the cost per credit hour, it should be. In fact, I left DeVry for that very reason, it was consuming all my financial aid and my bank account just to keep up. APU/AMU has been a complete joy in this realm. As for the Computer Applications degree, its a good degree, but expect to get out of it what you put in and here is why I say that. APU/AMU puts to much effort on forum collaboration and less effort in collectively organizing material for you to learn with, lack of text books is my first quarrel. APU/AMU general ed classes are on par with the local community colleges, its good stuff. However, as for your core degree content, they really need to try to organize the material around proper text books and provide lecture videos. For the most part, I have felt my passion for the subject is what has taught me and my resourcefulness in research. If you are not passionate enough to go outside the class room and do your own research, you may have problems. The material that is provided is good none the less, just a lack of it and disorganized. APU/AMU just like anything has its good and bad points. I'm going on now to get my BS in Information Technology through them. I been in IT for 16 years already, so its nothing new and for someone like myself, APU has been an excellent choice. So my last words, if you cant spend every waking hour trying to live up to some professors expectation of you, if you live a real life with work, family and all that comes with it, if you are a working professional who needs to solidify his education to go places, then look no further, you'll be happy, I am.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
MA in Military History
Masters of Arts History - May 27, 2015
Recently completed a Masters in Military History, Civil War concentration. AMU is a great school and a great place to learn. I have to agree with the other reviews that learning in the on-line environment requires self discipline as well as a true desire to learn. Great instructors at AMU. I had a positive experience with AMU and would highly recommend the school to anyone seeking a degree in History. On-line classes were the only way for me to be able to attend class as I work full-time and have two kids at home. The flexibility which taking on-line classes gives the student is great.
I Recommend AMU/APUS Depending on Your Degree Program
Information Technology Management - May 4, 2015
People seem to forget that this is an online school. Everyone's experiences vary, but I believe that it will never be better than a brick and mortar university. I have taken brick and mortar courses before and I learned so much more than I do through distance learning. With that being said . . . Overall, I thought my experience with AMU was good. I would recommend AMU/APUS for degree programs that do not require hands-on, physical application of something. For example, my degree program is for IT Management. Learning the course material requires you to physically apply it. You cannot do that through the online medium. On the other hand, if you were pursuing a degree in History then I would recommend AMU/APUS. You can do your own research and learn just the same as if you were in a brick and mortar school. Otherwise, your courses consist of you reading a chapter or two every week and going over terms and definitions. Learning the definitions only help you to follow a conversation, not participate in it. Materials: In the past, I received physical copies of textbooks. I personally prefer to have the physical copy. In the last two years my textbooks have been electronic versions. Some courses have the e-books as .pdf files that you can download and other courses make you go through a miserable website that has a low budget viewer in order to use the e-book. When that happens I just buy a physical copy. No big deal, but I have the Post 9/11 GI Bill and I get a books and supplies stipend. Teachers: Most of the teachers that I had were decent. Don't forget that this is an online school. They cannot give you a two hour lecture on the weekly lesson. I did have a couple of courses that the instructor recorded a 30-60 minute lecture and put it on YouTube for the class to watch every week. That was nice, but rare. Some instructors go out of their way to help the student through phone calls or video chat. I did tell one of my instructors that I was not grasping the course material (Intro to Programming) and he e-mailed me a link to wikipedia about programming. Not helpful. It all depends on the individual instructor regardless of they type of school. Institution: Any time I had a problem with an instructor or an admin issue I was able to contact the school and they took care of it relatively fast. They always seemed to know what the answer was and I did not have any issues. Some people that made negative comments on here had no clue who they were supposed to contact and got mad because they called the wrong department about their issue. Support: I have requested course extensions on several occasions and there was only one time that it was not approved. The school and teachers are flexible with student needs. If you are a joker that continually fails to submit assignments and does not show progress then why should they go out of their way to help you? Use of Technology: I have taken courses (general requirements) where we used different software to supplement the course material. Sometimes it was fun and usually beneficial. I have to say that the IT Management degree program was lacking in using technology to enhance learning. We used the Microsoft Office suite a lot and it was helpful, but that was about it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you expect to be spoon fed, you'll be disappointed
BA History - April 9, 2015
Here's the thing. It's like anything else in life, you going to get out of it, exactly what you put in. I'm about a quarter way through my degree program and have found it to be nothing more than an extremely positive experience. It's not perfect by any means but no institution is and I have yet to run into any of the issues many here have experienced. But there is a catch, if you are poor at time management, lack self motivation or procrastinate in any way this is definitely not for you. I have found the courses and content relevant, instructors open and encouraging of discussion. Professors are quick to respond to any query either posted in the course forums or via email. Most papers are graded and returned to you well within the timeframe they are allowed. So far even with the general ed/required courses I have been encouraged to tailor my papers from the perspective of my major which has made them easier to digest but also kept me motivated and on point,it has also taught me to approach my subject from a different perspective. This is not always possible with some courses such as math but I have appreciated the accommodation when possible. It's not Havard or MIT but it's not trying to be, but I would certainly recommend this school to anyone and have done to several colleagues.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Finishing my BA soon
Homeland Security - April 6, 2015
I am currently three classes away from completing my BA in Homeland Security and I thought I would share my experience at AMU. As many of the reviewers point out on here, online classes are not for the ill-prepared, procrastinators and or the needy. You will have to manage your time, do a lot of self study, write a lot (and a lot) and sometimes these classes will be more difficult than a traditional classroom. I would also like to say the teachers here are hit and miss, but what's great about this school is you have the option of which teacher to take, so I keep taking the teachers I know are good or helpful. And like some of you, I have had some crap teachers, but I think overall I've had really good ones. They are highly qualified, have great real world experience, and have always been helpful and supportive of my education. I do agree that having some real world experience in some of the degree programs does help, but it's not impossible to learn the information if you don't have any. I haven't applied for a Masters program yet, so I'm not sure how my online degree will be received, but I honestly don't think it's going to be an issue. I have tried a few online universities, UMUC and St. Leo University. I think AMU is better than UMUC in more ways than one, but I felt like I was attending a real school with St. Leo. I like that AMU leaves a lot on the student (register for your own classes, manage your own degree program) I feel more like an adult, unlike St Leo, which registers your classes for you and constantly sends emails to remind you to do things (I just don't need more emails in my inbox). While there have definitely been instances of classroom materials being out of date or not working, I find more often than not, that even if it's a copied syllabus or information, it's still relevant and useful. Overall I'd give the university a 7 out of 10. Would I recommend attending this university? Depends upon your lifestyle and career goals. I recommend this for a working professional whose trying to get a degree out of the way and prefers to be as independent as possible (which is what I am) and probably not recommend this for the kids right out of high school, who need more assistance and supervision. One final note, anyone who says one degree program or another will land them a job in an intelligence profession, is wrong. Having a degree is good in general, but having a clearance and polygraph is one thing you have to have. Hope this helps!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great for Single Parents
Business and MBA: Human Resources - April 5, 2015
As a single parent wanting to earn a degree to better the lives of my children, APU is a perfect fit for our family. I can attend class when it is convenient for me. This allows me to work my normal schedule, spend time with my children, and still work on my degree. I have not encountered any problems with the financial aid office, or their processing my my funds and getting my refunds to me in a timely manner. The professors that I have had are great at communicating with students and the material is up to date. I have over 20 years work experience and the professors are very respectful of that fact and have never treated me as a child. The librarians are amazingly helpful, the financial aid personnel are very knowledgeable, and the professors are very timely in their communication. I personally can not wait to meet all of my professors at graduation.
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