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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 22, 2014

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Great School, Definitely Recommend It! I had one bad experience with one instructor, which, if you have been to a traditional college, is excellent. I am very happy with the education I received at American Public University. The program allowed me to take classes at my own pace and the degree progress page they provide for you acted as a kind of vision board as I completed my classes and saw my credits and GPA change. I know many that started classes at different online schools only to find themselves in debt with the school, with federal student loans, and no closer to a degree than when they started. You will not have that issue with American Public University.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 22, 2014

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Great online program I have attended APU now for two years and will complete my BA in Criminal Justice in 4 months. The instructors and classes have been excellent. The school has been all I expected and I intend on completing my Masters program here as well. Definitely reccomend the university to other peers.
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Danholtsberry (Graduate) on July 22, 2014 (email verified)

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Excellent Experience in European History I have recently completed my Master's Degree in European History at American Public University. I had a challenging but enjoyable experience. On the whole the professors were very professional and available for guidance and feedback. There is something to be said about anyone who has the self-discipline need to pursue a Master's degree online, full-time while working a full-time job. I would highly recommend this institution to anyone wishing to better themselves while not interrupting their established lives.
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M-mattice (In Progress) on July 17, 2014 (email verified)

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Great School! I believe this is a fantastic school, especially if you are a working adult and parent. At the age of 28 I decided that it was time for me to go back to college, however, I knew it would be very difficult for me since I work full time and I have a toddler. It was impossible for me to attend a traditional college (even a city college) because course schedules are primarily during work hours.I also didn't want to attend a "degree mill" which most online universities are considered. I am so thankful for finding APUS...not only can I get a BA online, but the courses are reasonably priced and the school is reputable and accredited. I am 58/121 into my BA and I started on 10/12...if I were going to a traditional school with my scheduling conflicts, that wouldn't even be a possibility. The professors are great and very helpful, the library has never failed me when conducting research and the financial aid department personnel are very nice. I've recommended a few of my friends here and they are loving it so far! In all, APUS has changed my life and given me the opportunity to be a college graduate, elevate my career opportunities, and gave me a sense of confidence and pride that was lacking in my life working a 9-5 desk job.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 16, 2014 (email verified)

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Rocket Propulsion If you wish to really learn rocket propulsion be prepared to work your fantail off! This was a very tough course (yes, I am also a working engineer) but my professor, Wendy Lawrence, did an outstanding job at helping with the course material. Don't be fooled, you will have to put in a lot of time and a lot of calculations ranging from thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, as well as chemistry and physics. By the way, Wendy flew in space four times and speaks from experience! Our textbook was "Element of Rocket Propulsion", 8th edition by Sutton. It is a tough read but this is very common textbook for several aerospace engineering programs. Tom
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Rhonda.anderberg (In Progress) on July 11, 2014 (email verified)

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Hard Earned Degree I am 12 SH away from completing my BA in Transportation and Logistics Management. I have never had a problem with the administration office or student affairs. I started my program while I was still Active Duty Military, now working to complete it as a Retiree/Veteran. I have used TA as well as the GI Bill, it is an automated process, not rocket science. As long as you pay attention and click the correct categories AMU/APUS does the rest. I got divorced and changed my name with no issues or complaints. I have read several of the other reviews and am completely baffled by some of them. The online environment is not one for the faint of heart. If you choose this as your academic path, you need to be focused and committed, there is nobody out here to nudge you and remind you to participate or turn in your "homework" every week. I have had instructors who were hard to deal with, which made me work even harder for the grade I received, but that made me appreciate the school even more, because I am not being "given" an A. That statement applies to every class, not just the more difficult ones. I take two classes at a time, staggering them so I start a new class the first Monday of every month. Because I am using my GI Bill I am able to work part time. I put in 30-40 hours a week on the coursework, reading, research and writing required to maintain my 3.8+ GPA at AMU. I recommend AMU/APUS to anyone who is ready to work hard to "earn" their degree of choice. I do not regret my choice and look forward to finishing my final course in 4.5 months.
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Wferretto (In Progress) on July 10, 2014 (email verified)

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AMU is becoming recognized for their programs I am currently getting ready to start my last class, which is my Capstone. I would have to say that overall the instructors found within the APU System are all top notch instructors, all of which are or have been in the field that they are teaching. I have read some of the other reviews and it seems that some are from disgruntled students, I can't speak for them but only for myself. ALL the instructors know and understand that the students are busy with their everyday lives of work and family. With that being said, I have had to turn in papers late and was granted an extension based on events that have happened. The financial aid process is completely automated and rather easily completed, provided that you have taken the time to complete all the necessary forms on time and when requested. For those that have left negative reviews, take responsibility for YOUR actions and quit blaming others for your own shortcomings. This is an online University that is becoming recognized more and more each year both within and outside the government for their academic programs. Most of the students are currently in the field of intelligence or have had experience in the field. Personally, based on this fact I have both learned from the instructors, as well as , from my fellow students, they are some of the best and brightest I have come across. Online education is not easy by any means, you have to have the ability to balance your everyday life with your online education. The best advice I can giver is you MUST set aside time each and every day to devote to the weekly readings, forum posts, assignments, essays and research papers. There is a lot of writing, but that is to be expected and I have noticed that my writing has drastically improved. After all, we all are trying to accomplish a graduate degree and as such the degree will not just be handed to you, YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR WHAT YOU WANT!!!!
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Smithth22 (In Progress) on July 5, 2014

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APUS - Not a mill My experience with APUS has been very positive and productive. The classes ALL require some extensive writing and research that promotes the learning process. The grades are NOT just handed out. The deadlines are real and require getting material in on time. If you don't you can not submit after a deadline date. It requires a lot of effort but well worth it. The professors are interactive and participate in class forums. The forums are very interactive, the assignments are appropriate to the class objectives. If you can't find the references you do have to work at googling them and searching other resources. Never had a problem on the finance side ever. The only drawback has been the advising side where they are sometimes slow to respond or hand off to other advisors causing you to restate your situation. This is no 'easy A', institution, those who say it is don't sound like they are really current or past students. I buy the textbooks elsewhere, real books so you do need to have some initiative to get your required textbooks - but why are you in school if you aren't capable of doing that simple task? It's definitely a great bargain.
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Jshar71 (In Progress) on July 4, 2014 (email verified)

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So far, great experience! I am about to start my eleventh of twelve courses required to complete my MA in Homeland Security. I have been in law enforcement for approximately 25 years and understood I needed to continue my education to remain competitive with others for consideration in promotional processes etc. I have had no truly troubling issues with AMU so far. You must be self disciplined and motivated to succeed here. The professors will not hold your hand and carry you. You will fail if you do not complete or submit quality assigned work. That being said, I love the class materials, my classmates are professionals in the field in most classes along with my professors so far. The tuition is cheap compared to other schools and within the local, state, and federal government arena AMU appears credible and respected for hire and promotions. In conclusion, I recommend this school for those who are self motivated and are willing to work hard.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 3, 2014 (email verified)

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Good Price for Working Adults I'm working to complete my BA in Business Management, and while searching for the school that would provide what I needed and not cost a fortune, and also being accredited, I found APU. One aspect that I like about it, is that the books are included with the tuition, because books can be more expensive than what one might pay for a credit hour. The teachers are helpful and have the knowledge to back up what they say as well. I've read some of the comments on this site, and some I agree with and others I disagree on. As with any college, you have to work at earning your degree because they aren't handed to you. This is true with APU because it is online and you have to motivate yourself to complete the tasks. I'm finishing my degree while also working fulltime, and I've been able to complete my homework without too much hassle. So, for those that are looking for an online college that is reasonably priced, and are able to work a computer and the internet, APU is the best for you. Good luck on making the decision!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 1, 2014

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APUS - Past Student Experience I was curious about the feedback, as my experience has been nothing but positive in 95% of the time I attended the school. Instructors are pretty diligent, the assignments are many and require a lot of writing. The forum is good for student interaction on specific topics, the interaction with the professors here could be more active. I felt it took some work to complete each course, and have had prior experience at brick and mortar schools like UCLA, Maryville and feel there was more work required in the online program than in the classroom. I had no problems with the financial program, although, my only real issue was corresponding with the school admin, or advisors where you talk to a different person or receive email from different people each time. In many cases, they don't have the prior correspondence you've already sent and require re-sending the same info. All in all, a great experience, more work and not easy "A's". Reading the credentials of the professors will give you an idea.
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Dallas.clements (In Progress) on June 26, 2014 (email verified)

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Excellent pool of experience amongst my instructors and classmates I am one class and a thesis paper away from completing a Masters of Emergency and Disaster Management with APUS / AMU. I'm in the military and I selected this school based on the recommendations of several peers in the military as well as the fact that it was one of the few schools at the time that had an all online Emergency and Disaster Management program. The good: 1. I am consistently blown away by the experience background of my classmates. FBI agents, military leaders, FEMA personnel, police chiefs, fire chiefs, etc. Whatever the school is doing, they are effectively marketing themselves the emergency and disaster management community. This helps boost its profile in the career field and strengthens the quality of class discussions. Additionally, when I see these levels of practitioners in my classes, I feel reaffirmed in my own choice of school. 2. The courses do a good job of capturing the key issues in the field and use a lot of real world case studies. 3. If you're a Soldier using Tuition Assistance, the process of registering for classes is really easy. 4. Reasonably priced. Needs Improvement: 1. Based off of the professors that I've encountered over the last several years, I don't feel like the majority contribute a lot to the discussion. Most of the time I feel left on my own to form opinions based off of much reading of academic journals, textbooks, and discussions with classmates. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I'd like to see the professors inject their experiences and training more to go along with all the other sources just mentioned. Of course, this is a generalization. There have been professors along the way who have guided the discussion and even provided "lectures" online. Dr. Christopher Reynolds, the former dean of the program, comes to mind as someone who actively taught the material. Having said all that, I'm still learning under professors who are not actively talking the material. How? Well, the research that you have to do each week in order to complete the written assignments and forum posts force you to find, read, and comprehend large numbers of academic papers and government documents. It's really hard to not learn the material under those conditions. I'm just saying it would be better if some of the professors were more involved. Overall: I would recommend this school to others currently involved in or pursuing a career in emergency and disaster management.
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Odus1 (In Progress) on June 14, 2014 (email verified)

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New Lease on Life For many years I worked for small businesses that only had plans for themselves to succeed. In 2010 I started APU and have to say that if you are looking for an easy grade go somewhere else because your input in the forums is essential. If you are at a point that you want to learn and be around others who are serious about education, this is where you want to be. All of my instructors have come with pretty impressive backgrounds. During community college I would always sat in back and never raised my hand in fear of saying the wrong thing. With APU's online forums you have to be involved and it has made me a better student. Everybody in the class sees your work so it pushes you to become better and expect more of yourself. My family will attest to the fact that this journey is not an easy one and I have sacrificed many things. But because of my diligence and drive to succeed I have been able to consistently be on the Dean's List for Academics. I am looking forward to graduation at the end of 2014 and my future in Logistics/Supply Chain field.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 11, 2014 (email verified)

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Great value, Great professors, Great university A great university! I have attended Brick and Mortar schools and online schools. This one challenges them all! I had some professors that were easier to get by with, just like in regular brick and mortar schools, and I had some that challenged by understanding of history and important watershed events. I was challenged to produced better written works, with more complex arguments, better research materials, and stronger critical thought processes behind my arguments. The university staff were always helpful. I have enrolled in a Masters program with this university!
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Ponder.meister (In Progress) on June 10, 2014

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Math 125 - Math for Liberal Arts Recently I complete "Math for Liberal Arts" (Math125)at AMU I originally took this class to avoid Algebra and Geometry and turned the corner right into several weeks of it during this class. Turned out to be the best thing ever. When I started this class all I could remember about Algebra and Geometry was how hard they were after those sections were done I had a new understanding and realized how easy they really were if present din the right format. Overall this is a outstanding basics of Math class. There is a wide variety of MaTh topics covered. MAth from everyday life is the core of the this class. If you make money have have to live day to day then take this class you will learn huge amounts of useful information. Mortgage calculations, simple and compound interest, even stock market math. This course is well worth your while and will give you renewed confidence in your abilities to do the math of everyday life.
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Hotdiverod (In Progress) on June 7, 2014 (email verified)

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BA in Psychology I am currently in my last class of my AMU BA in Psychology. I have enjoyed completing this degree online. AMU Professors have mostly been very flexible and accommodating to problems or issues that have arisen during the class. I have had to extend a couple classes 30 and 60 days during deployments. My AMU Adviser/Student Counselor has been extremely helpful in helping me register for the right courses. I have had 3 or 4 required courses become "no longer available". In these situations, the Student Adviser helped me find courses to take instead. While I have traditionally liked to receive hard-copy books, I have grown accustomed to electronic books. The only thing I haven't liked are E-books that cannot be downloaded to my computer. This has happened a couple times. The way I see it, if I purchased the book, I should be able to download it even if it is an E-book. Lastly, in taking courses online, one trades the Professor interaction for the flexible schedule of online courses. With that said, all of my Professors have encouraged me to communicate with them frequently with questions or general discussion points. So Professor/student interaction is possible at a high level if one is willing to put forth the effort. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with my AMU experience and I plan on enrolling in AMU's Masters in Psychology. Robert!
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James.p.newcomer (In Progress) on June 4, 2014 (email verified)

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An adult student I have read several other reviews on this site and I agree with those that say you get out what you put in. As a returning student from a brick and mortar institution, it was a change from what I was used to but I adapted and have found the experience to do course work on my own time was very uplifting. I do not work in a classroom, I work in the real world and that is how I have approached this institution and my personal goals. I do not recommend this program for someone just out of high school. In my opinion, you need to have some life experience and true inner desire to get your work done and done right. I have been impressed not only with my own output but with the challenges of my professors. This school is not for everyone, no school is. This school is for me and it may be for you.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 28, 2014 (email verified)

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Great Value/ Quality School I have a undergrad degree from a top tier school, got my MA from AMU. Like anything you get out what you put in. AMU is no exception. If you want to learn, you will. If you want to do the minimum, you can do that too but you won't learn anything. So people who put AMU down are likely slackers. The teachers on a whole were surprisingly high quality. I did not expect that. I studied Intelligence and my instructors are current instructors at Military Academies and former Intel Analysts. All had Doctoral Degrees. I would say for schools that are exclusively online, AMU is the best and most respected. If you think this is a joke like some schools like Phoenix, your dead wrong. If your looking for an online school, definitely consider AMU. AMU is also a great value. I now have a Masters degree and cost less than $12,000 (well the military paid most of it but you get the point). Also many government and military officials have degrees from AMU. So it is well recieved in government. Good luck.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 12, 2014

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Obtained Bachelor's and Masters Here I have just completed my MBA program at American Public University System. After attending this university for seven years straight, I feel that I can accurately rate and assess the school better than most. I have attended both B&M schools and this university, and I must say that the work is challenging, especially if you are a working adult with children. I am a witness that if you apply yourself and manage your time wisely, you will learn what you need to know in your field of study. I cannot express this enough. Many of the negative reviews that I have read come from people that are not capable of online learning. This is not a bad thing because we all learn differently. If you know that you cannot learn without having the physical presence of a teacher, then online learning is not for you. If you know that you are skating and/or cheating your way through your online class, then YOU must hold yourself accountable. This will only hurt you in the end. When you try to get a job, you will not know as much as you should about your field. Many of my colleagues discovered that they gained more applicable skills than many of the students from the B&M schools. Lastly, accreditation means something. No, APUS is not Harvard, but getting an accredited degree is still worth every penny.
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Trlreed (Graduate) on May 9, 2014 (email verified)

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Masters of Arts-American History at AMU I completed my MA in American History with a conferral date of May 15, 2014. I found the experience of online learning to be more challenging than the brick and mortar schools. For example, there was much writing of abstracts, literature reviews, a 15-25 research paper with bibliography, essays, forums to provide interaction with students and professors, as well as many research links to read and address in every class. In other words, I was more actively engaged in the classroom via online than I was when I attended other in-resident schools. There was no 300 student auditoriums, two-hour waits for a 15 minute discussion with an advisor, and no graduate teaching assistants who could not answer questions. I found the professors with a few exceptions to be actively engaged in their students and lesson plans even though many were also teaching at other colleges. I believe AMU has an excellent program which provided me with a degree I am confident will stand up against any other college.
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Gregg.m.bohren (In Progress) on May 8, 2014 (email verified)

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BA in Management This is an online institution - not a traditional classroom environment. If people go into the experience "eyes wide open" on that fact, the satisfaction level is high. The level of support from the instructors has been great. Not as quick as raising your hand in class, since it is being handled through email, but that's to be expected. The text books are usually electronic versions - cheaper & easier to access online; however, clearly not the same for someone used to reading & highlighting in their physical text book. The value is fantastic - the quality in relation to the cost of education is extremely good. Like any learning institution, some teachers are incredible, some are great, some are good and some are marginal; however, the majority of them are very good. The VA benefits process worked flawlessly and the counselors and other support staff have been fantastic to work with. Overall, I definitely recommend AMU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 6, 2014 (email verified)

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Some Professor Will Make You Feel That You Are Buying a Degree If you just want a degree, this is a school for you. However, you need to read, type, and research a lot. If you want to learn, this is definitely NOT for you. Reality about online learning is: more works than traditional classroom setting. 70% of the professors are great, and encourage learning, but you will definitely get some who do not teach but grade assignments. When you get the non-teaching professors, it will be the same with buying yourself textbooks and read them on your spare time. And,...you will also get professors who give A for anything and everything. If no good university or community college wants you, then enroll here, otherwise, I am sure there's something better. May my regret benefits someone before it is too late. It is a shame that GI Bills are not that selective in paying for our educations.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 4, 2014

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MPA with HR concentration APUS was extremely generous with accepting graduate-level transfer credits, which was a financial incentive to enroll in their 36 credit MPA program (with a concentration in HR). All of the MPA and HR courses had an acceptable level of academic rigor. A course called public finance (PADM 612) was definitely the most difficult, due to all of the quantitative analysis that was required. It would be nice if the APUS MPA program had NASPAA programmatic accreditation. APUS MPA faculty-administrators are allegedly pursuing it, but it has still not been achieved, as of this date (5.4.14). The tuition is remarkably affordable, considering that it is a for-profit institution. I need one more class to graduate. After having previously graduated from a state university (with an MA) and from a for-profit university (with a doctorate), the APUS curriculum, rigor and value have been comparably excellent. Lastly, word to the wise: Many people pursue garden variety masters degrees with the false expectation that it will automatically open many financially lucrative employment doors. It may do that, but more likely it will not, unless the applicant has commensurate industry experience. Having industry experiene, in conjunction with a graduate degree, is a winning ticket. A garden variety masters degree is best pursued by someone who is already established in a career -- and they need a graduate degree to make them eligible for promotion into senior management positions. Getting a masters degree without having any industry experience is not a guarantee of success.
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Mgb7371 (In Progress) on May 3, 2014 (email verified)

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Excellent Experiences I am currently at 21 credits toward a masters degree in European History and can unequivocally state that the experience has been very positive. The courses are challenging, the instructors are very knowledgeable and always willing to assist the student in achieving success. I am 50 years old and am not a tech junkie, so at first there were challenges with the on-line library and some of the financial aid forms etc.; however, I had exceptional assistance from instructors and staff whenever it was requested.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 3, 2014 (email verified)

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Positive Experience I am 4 courses from completion of the MPH program and have been very satisfied with the experience. I have previously completed a Masters Program and a MD degree at top tier brick & mortar universities. My AMU experience has been worthwhile and convenient to my professional and personal lifestyle. Online graduate education requires independence and discipline but faculty and support staff have always been available.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 2, 2014 (email verified)

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Masters of Arts, History (Public History) Online courses are not for everyone but AMU/APU's Masters in Public History was excellent. It's required introductory courses and its public history core courses provide just as must as a brick and mortar school could do. Access to a real university library and the quality of instruction were also very good. The technology was great but required some training to get used to. I was concerned about getting an internship but did so without a problem and the director of the museum knew the University and had had other students from the university working for them and was quite happy to hire another AMU/APU student. This, even more than my own evaluation, is testimony to the quality of the education received.
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Dshawtin (Graduate) on April 30, 2014 (email verified)

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Master's Degree - National Security Studies Perhaps because I received my Bachelor's Degree online, I easily blended into the online environment at the American Military University. I had only minor IT issues navigating the classroon or uploading files, but the technology of the classroom was predominately reliable and easy to use. What impressed me most was the professional pedigrees of my professors. All of them had extensive intelligence community or military backgrounds and many were still currently working in the profession. I found the text books to be current, relevant and valuable. I noted a comment by one student that the professors 'baby sat' their rooms. At no time did I have that experience, even with one professor deployed overseas on active duty, the mentorship and instruction was constant and supportive. Lastly, while I did not need financial assistance at AMU, I did at my first online university and experienced some of the same challenges noted here by other students. I am of the opinion that the issue is more about bureaucracy at the federal level than anything else when it comes to the hurdles in obtaining the lending approvals and dispersements. I am very proud to be an alumni of AMU and member of three AMU affiliated honor societies and would encourage anyone seeking an online to degree to pursue AMU for your education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 30, 2014 (email verified)

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Quality Online School I switched from another online school to APUS because the other school was a joke. I am extremely pleased with the program that I am in here at APUS. The instructors are helpful and actively participate in class discussions and the classes are fairly comprehensive. I feel I am actually learning something as opposed to the last school where it seemed I was just buying a degree. Overall I am pleased with this university and their online program. I will say however that If you are somebody who is not self disciplined enough to research independently online schooling in general is probably not for you.
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KVolkert1 (In Progress) on April 30, 2014 (email verified)

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Great school! I am currently employed and began the MBA program to enhance my current knowledge and perspective of the world. I have been to several schools and rate this one as good as other programs or better. I attended a brick and mortar school for my undergraduate degree in criminal justice and then a top rated online program for a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice. My pick is the Homeland Security emphasis in order to better understand how policies and procedure work within disaster management. Also, I thought this was important considering the outcome of terrorism and natural disasters. Many other schools do not offer this option. Overall, I think that students who excel in school will enjoy this program and many others they choose. For students who have set high expectations including: a school finding a job for you; the school making life easy etc. you might be disappointed. To speak for myself, I am having a great time in class and have nothing but good things to say about this school!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 30, 2014

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Quick Degree But Not A Good Education I have been attending APUS/AMU for about 2 years and in the IT program, the professors don't communicate very well and quite frankly many of them don't even check their spelling or grammar. I have had a few good ones, but a majority of them don't give any or very useful feedback and certainly not in a timely manner. Some don't even grade your work until after the class has ended, making the feedback worthless to you. I have had week 2 assignments left ungraded until the end of the course. If I was doing something wrong I would like to have known before the class ended so I can correct myself. Besides the professors, the concentration on writing forums and papers is unsettling. While I am concentrating on learning computer skills, I'm actually only improving my writing (BSing) skills. You can seriously BS your way to a degree in this school. The content of your forums can be complete garbage and you will get full points. Feel free to make spelling and grammar errors all over the place, the instructors do it too! You can learn just as much on Google, but alas we all need a piece of paper that says we have a degree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 30, 2014

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Great Online School I started at another online university and switched to APUS because the first place was a joke. I was learning absolutely nothing. The courses I have taken through Apus have been interesting. The instructors that I have had have been very helpful and actively participate on the forums. The only issue that I have had is that the library is a little confusing at first. Overall I feel that I am receiving a good education.
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Fopper112 (In Progress) on April 30, 2014 (email verified)

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Excellent Experience I have attended APUS/AMU twice. The first time I failed miserably. But we discovered that as part of a TBI I had experienced in the military, that my abilities to comprehend material and communicate had changed. After some extensive help, I returned to APUS/AMU. I am holding a B average, with 42 credit hours completed. I failed my first attempt for I did not try to communicate with my student advisor or Professors. When I came back, I have made a point to communicate with them often. I have not had any problems, unless I did not ask. I have attended Capella University and a brick and mortar college in the past. APUS/AMU has excelled at all of my expectations and has worked hard to support me in my endeavors. Many places say they will work with someone who is disabled...only APUS/AMU has proven that to me. Sincerely, Pam P.
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Jeffreylewis31 (Graduate) on April 30, 2014 (email verified)

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Good Experience I had a good experience earning my MA in History. I was happy with the instructors and the feedback they gave me. The were knowledgeable in the field and thorough in feedback and instruction. I felt like the books we used were excellent resources and have continued to read them even though I have completed my studies. They changed/updated technology part way through which was mostly just annoying. Overall I was very happy with my experience.
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Mik99hd (In Progress) on April 25, 2014 (email verified)

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Currently attending APUS I am currently attending as a graduate student. I have been very impressed with the quality of the instructors. This school is no "cake walk". You need self discipline to keep up, but once you get into a routine it isn't too bad. Like other raters I have sometimes been disappointed in the quality of some students. On the other hand I have no way of rating how the school deals with other students, so maybe they wash out. I rated the value of the school as excellent. The cost per credit hour is reasonable although the cost of text books for a couple of the classes has been really high. I order most of my books used to defray cost.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 12, 2014 (email verified)

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My Experience at APU/AMU I am a student with APU. I was at a community college in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I wasn't able to get into the classes I needed due to lack of teachers and lots of students. I talked with an Academic Adviser and he told me to look into taking classes with APU, and then transferring them back to my community college. So I looked into APU, and I liked the online independence, I liked that there was administration there to help me on the phone, over the email, or on chat and their answers they were confident in and led me to success (unlike at my CC). I started at AMU with an Algebra class (my least favorite subject), and the teacher and the way the class was set up was awesome. I learned, I grew and I understood the material and I passed with a B. Something I had never done in Math. I like that at APU, the teachers don't BS. The teachers stay on task and on topic of the class and don't go off on talking about their personal lives, or political beliefs. The professors want to help and the interaction is good to where you feel you are validated. After the math class, I left my community college and fully enrolled at APU/AMU. I now have about 15 classes left and am excited to complete my Bachelors of Science in Sports and Health Sciences with an emphasis in Exercise Science in the beginning of 2015! I have gone to three other schools, and applied to many schools looking for the help, and sincere customer service which I did not ever find until I worked with AMU/APU. Keep up the good work AMU/APUS. And I urge all of you perspective students to take just one class see how you like it and go from there. Another thing, AMU accepted all my credits. I feel like I am getting a good education (better than my CC). From AMU Student
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 9, 2014 (email verified)

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You can ALMOST get out of it what you put in. To a large extent, you get out of this program what you put into it, which is true of any academic program. Unfortunately, you tend to have professor interfere with what you're trying to get because some don't care, some don't want to be bothered, and some simply don't understand the subject. For example, I had one professor who simply didn't respond to e-mails, questions on the forum, or messages in the student system. I suspected he wasn't reading our papers when I turned in one that I saw had a glaring error when I re-read it myself. As an experiment, the final third of my term paper (3 full pages) was nonsensical gibberish. I mean that seriously. Some of my "words" were just random letters. My grade: 100% and a comment that this was one of the best papers turned in for that class. I had another professor tell me that she couldn't understand the technical portion of my paper, so she was just going to give me 100%. The higher level IA classes are a joke - the text books we were assigned for one class was written 7 years ago and reads like a particularly stupid monkey wrote it - it is the worst book of it's kind according to multiple book review sites. In fact, much of the material is outdated - you can pull up syllabi from several years ago and nothing changes but the instructor name - one of my text books was 10 years old and discussed fiber as the "coming thing". Some of these classes would be great vehicles for learning if APU/AMU would simply keep them up to date! All of that said, if you want to learn you have to do a lot of it yourself, and there are some professors who are truly gems - responsive, smart, and well versed in their subject.
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Travnat1 (In Progress) on April 6, 2014

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Nothing But Busy Work I'm so fed up with this school, but I've gotten so many credits now that any attempt to move to another institution would make it all a waste. Do you really think a real school would take any of these clown classes as real transfer credit? No. Clown classes....full of busy work disquised as academic learning. I may not have learned a stinking thing to make me a better manager, but if I ever get a job where my boss wants an academic citation, he's in for a treat! Too bad though, because no industry other than academics, gives a rats ... about proper citations. I've written most of my dozens and dozens of papers with information I pulled straight out of my rear, but as long as I found a couple good citations and wrote them correctly, I've managed to keep my 3.97 GPA. A real joke AMU. No instructor helps design the courses, and when you challenge the material the instructor just blames the "course development team" and lets me know there is nothing they can do. Just keep leading the lemmings off the cliff. It really is a "monkey see, monkey do" institution. You will get a handy piece of degree paper upon completion, but you will still be as dumb as when you started. When I'm the hiring official and I see "AMU" on the resume as their degree: File 13. For the record, I am already a manager with a Federal agency after serving two enlistments. I have a successfull career and am well familiar of what it takes to be a manger in the industry. I can confidently say that this program does not offer you any tools to do the job, other than the piece of paper you need to get past the electronic resume screening machine used by the Fed. gov.
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Pauladwalsh (Graduate) on April 6, 2014 (email verified)

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A Great University for Those that Need a Quality Portable Education I received my Bachelor's Degree and am currently undertaking my Master's degree with AMU. I am using my 9/11 GI Bill to pay for course. The university's VA representatives are excellent in working through set up and execution of your benefits. Once you contact the VA reps, they walk you through every single step - granted that you have already completed the eligibility process with the VA. One in the classroom - undergraduates get their books for free. Some are hard copy book, most are electronic books. Regardless, they are free. Electronic versions can be downloaded on to your computer in a PDF file, which means you can keep them forever. Because this is an online degree program, there are much higher time requirements on the student. This actually may be a push when you consider the time necessary to travel to and attend a traditional classroom course two or three days a weeks. Also the courses are only 8 weeks (some of the math classes are 16 weeks). Which means 4.5 to 5 months of studying must be completed in half that amount of time. I believe that they amount of time I spend completing each course is probably the same amount of time I would have spent in a traditional classroom, but I can complete courses faster. For my bachelors I took 2/3 classes a term - so I could completed about 5/6 classes a semester. For my Master's classes, I can complete 1/2 classes per 8 week session. The professors are great and supportive. The best thing is that every class and every assignment has a written grading rubric that is available in the classroom. I know the EXACT requirements I must meet if I want an A on an assignment and in the course. I am extremely grateful, that with all of moving around my military family does every two to three years, that I have the ability to completed my education at one institution. I have taken classes from the US, South Korea and soon Germany. One transcript and all classes counting towards my degree goals. No worrying about finding a new college/degree program each time we move AND not worrying that my completed classes won't get accepted by the next college. So much time, money and energy saved on my part.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 5, 2014

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Great School I am a few classes away from my degree and I have been completely satisfied with my experience. I find (most) of the professors to be intelligent and engaging and the classes to be fun and accessible. I had a little trouble with financial aid in my first year, but they have long since fixed those problems and the financial aid department is now nearly as responsive as my own personal advisors. The Arts and Humanities school is excellent in every way. I have no complaints. In fact, the only issue I have had in this entire program was an unprofessional art teacher in an elective class who ALMOST ruined my perfect GPA here at the end of my career.
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Mmodeler (Graduate) on April 4, 2014 (email verified)

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Be Proactive and Dive in Head First I have just completed all coursework and am entering into the capstone paper. I have read both graduate degree and undergrad responses here. I think that really, you need to be at least 30 years old to take an online program. It is truly for adults. You, as the student, must be proactive, attack each course and in communicating with the university itself in addressing issues like advising and financial aid. KIDS need not apply. The undergrad reviews are rife with children who do not accept responsibility in life. With that said, my experience at AMU has been fantastic and fulfilling. I will also graduate this year with a graduate degree in history from Nebraska. That's right, two graduate degrees in two and half years. Am I burned out? YES...but it is so cool...where else could I get a military studies masters? Two other colleges offer it and they are not online. The school that is online is exorbitant in costs. I have LEARNED much, enough to keep pace with the military men around me and I have begun addressing asymmetric warfare issues with STRATCOM at Offutt Air Force Base. I already have two job offers to teach and three other job offers, one with the government and two in the private sector. You see, I have been through the grist mill, car accident in 1998, and seven years of surgeries and rehab which ended my career in medicine. Returned to school in 2010 (Nebraska), bachelors degree in history, then on to graduate school. Learning happens based on what YOU put into it. There was actually little difference between Nebraska and AMU. NO difference in quality. You, the student, are in charge of your learning. This is what a 53 y/o man understands, and what a 20 y/o kid needs to learn.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 4, 2014

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You get out what you put into it! I am enjoying the classes and the online interaction. The classes are challenging, but you have to put the effort into them. You can tell in the interclass discussions, some students are just trying to get by, while others are generating thought provoking discussion. I definitely think the quality of classes are comparable to many other Universities. It is not Yale or Harvard, but it is not buy-a-degree either.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 4, 2014 (email verified)

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Excellent Value, Easy to Complete AMU and APUS are the best value for your money in higher education. You do have to be self-motivated however, in order to succeed. You will be learning primarily from the textbooks offered, and from your research paper that you have to write for each class. There is a great deal of class interaction in the online forums with other students, and therefore you do feel a part of a "real" class. Your instructor is available for any questions you may have, and most get back to you on a very timely basis. The grading is very fair. Tips for success: Read the entire syllabus first and refer to it often; Read the entire textbook, which is usually available online in an easy to access format. You can take notes within the textbook via "vitalsource", which is similar to Amazon's Kindle; Start your research paper within the third week, and plan to finish it by the seventh week; Keep on top of the forums and the assignments, including the quizzes for that week, paying particular attention to the deadlines and the amount of words required for each post inside the forums; If you would like a hard copy of the textbook, you can obtain a used book from online sources like Amazon.com. Whether you are reading it in a hard copy form or online, you can and should start reading the textbook before the first day of class, because you will then be ahead of the game instead of always trying to play catch-up; always write more words than are required, and always use more sources for your paper than are required; And, never take more than one class at a time, unless you overlap the start dates by one month. Do these things are you will be able to obtain a high GPA, and enjoy that degree in no time. It is possible to take 12 courses per year if you overlap each of them in one month intervals. In summary, this is a fantastic way for working people, and other busy people, to get a four year college degree for the lowest price available.
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Diane.c.robinson (In Progress) on April 4, 2014 (email verified)

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Great information in a convenient format APUS is an accredited university, it is affordable, and it offers a variety of programs. I love the online classes as I can work full time and complete my assignments from where ever I might be. The instructors hold terminal degrees in their fields and have actual experience in the courses they are teaching. Like a traditional school, some of them are jerks that I can't relate to. Mostly however, they are genuinely interested in teaching the subjects. Like a traditional school, some are more prompt than others returning assignments than others. This school has very reliable technology. As an online school, they recognize the impact even a short down time may have on students who plan carefully to complete assignments. I have never been unable to upload or complete an assignment as a result of APUS technology issues. I haven't ever used the support programs offered so I can't comment on the tutoring and such. I will say that I sometimes find the library a bit frustrating but since I work at an institution where it's easy to access academic materials, it could simply be that I haven't taken the time to learn the APUS library. Overall, APUS offers incredibly affordable programs that prepare you for real careers. I highly recommend it!
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Bgrobo99 (In Progress) on April 4, 2014

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For Intelligence Professionals Only This program is the answer to the age old question of intelligence professionals: "What do I major in if I work in intelligence?" For years many were forced to enroll in national security, security studies, or international relations programs. Not any more! This program is exactly what you need to become skilled in policy and high level issues. I would suggest only those with experience, not just a four year degree, take these courses. You may pass either way, but you won't get much out of it unless you can relate the lessons to some work experience to make the light bulb click. I highly suggest that those seeking to focus on intelligence seek this program or similar ones. Don't just read the title or listen to friends. Investigate the course descriptions. Even great schools like GWU will boast about preparing veteran intelligence professionals for intelligence work, but they have NO intelligence program and no courses that will teach you policy from the intelligence professional's outlook. There is one downside. If you are not interested in policy and high level congressional issues, then this degree is not for you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 29, 2014

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Financial Aid Maze I have been working through the financial aid process for the 2014 academic year since January, leaving me very disappointed with the entire process. I have experienced various explanations for incomplete request regarding the same student request, thus putting me in a never ending loop of the financial aid system as if customer service and processing is working on production leaving the student feeling like a number. After becoming frustrated with the last request I reviewed online reviews, which generally gave the University great academic reviews and less favorable financial aid reviews. I feel that I have learned a great deal more through online learning verses attending a state university. I have been challenged to improve my writing, problem solving, independent study and analytical skills, yet I am left feeling like I may need to rethink returning to a brick and mortar university. Working as a customer service trainer and supervisor there should never be multiple contacts without resolution for the same issue. It is easier to keep a client, customer or student than replacing one. When satisfied more business is generated through word of mouth, which is the least expensive and most reliable form of advertising. I am not one to complain; therefor my experience must have been less than favorable for me to speak of my experience in writing. My overall experience has been ok. If you are an independent student that is dedicated and do not depend on financial aid for assistance this is the school for you. If you depend on financial assistance, look for other educational options outside of the American Public University Systems.
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Lorenmill (In Progress) on March 24, 2014

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Great School I would have to say I love this school and I love the area of study which I am in. At first I was skeptical about how good an online program could be compared to a traditional school. I must I am very impressed with the degree program curriculum. A good friend of mine is a local high school biology teacher and he thinks the online labs are great. Overall I feel I have made a good decision to pursue my degree through AMU. I have a family and work full time so going to a traditional school would be impossible.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 17, 2014 (email verified)

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Class On Autopilot While I was taking general education courses, such as Math, Science, and English, the instruction and materials were excellent. The instructors were involved and had thought-out responses. The forums seemed constructive and I truly learned much. Since I began the IT-focused content, everything went downhill. The instructors were less involved, responses to questions took longer and, frequently, did not answer the questions. It is evident that many instructors do not read the entire e-mail message. In addition, I also believe they do not always look at all of our work. Of the four IT classes I've taken, every one showed consistent problems with the online content. Instructional materials were not filled out completely, links were broken, and in several cases, instructions in one tab have conflicted with instructions in another. The entire program feels like it's on autopilot with the occasional babysitter to loosely monitor things. I'm very disappointed and am greatly concerned about the value of my IT degree.
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Smprfi99 (In Progress) on March 14, 2014 (email verified)

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Manage your expectations. I expected more from the program. After examining a lot of institution, and realizing many of the "brick and mortar" schools offering online Masters programs were going to cost between $30-$50K, I settled on AMU/APU. I have been disappointed thus far with the "classes" online. Of the two classes that I have taken, there have not been anything that I would consider a lesson offered by a professor. I thought that there would be powerpoint presentations and outlines that articulated the course topics. Instead, the "lessons" provided links to reading and minimal teaching from professors. So far, very disappointed.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 14, 2014 (email verified)

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Pretty Lame Where shall I begin...this school is a joke, for lack of a better description. I am finishing my first three courses and I am beyond disappointed. I am not completing my degree here, and will only take a few more classes because they're free, for me, and maybe I can trick somebody into thinking I have some semblance of an education with them on my resume. The "foundations of online learning" is the worst, insult to the intelligence of a grapefruit, waste of money I have ever seen. Pointless writing in the forums, and generic material gathered from wherever they can find it for free on the internet. If they just changed it to only focus on writing styles (APA, MLA, etc.), I could possibly understand it being useful but it would still not be worth the price. The basics of business is nearly as laughable. The course material explicitly says Wikipedia is not a credible source, then THE TEXT BOOK CITES WIKIPEDIA FOR AN ENTIRE CHAPTER!! Not to mention the book is written for third-world "entrepreneurs" that want to start a bazaar stand, and dedicates an entire chapter to where to get micro-loans. So, actual learning from this course is minimal. Aside from this, the assignments can be kind of fun and the forums are hit or miss. Finally microeconomics, the text is decent by APUS's lack of standards. There aren't any frivolous writing assignments. Now the bad part of the class is, like all of the others, is that the course is designed by "experts." So test questions are written in a very stupid way that many times it is difficult to interpret. The forums are also a bit lame at times. I did actually learn quite a bit, but when I compared it to some other microeconomics courses, its material seemed a bit shallow. Overall, I call this "school" a joke. There are many supporters that say "you get what make of it." I have to disagree with them. I made an honest effort and feel like I have been wronged. If you just want a "degree" to get promoted with, you have found your home! If you want to maybe actually learn something and not some goofy, barely good enough for government work "education," go elsewhere. Absolutely a scam, without question.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 8, 2014 (email verified)

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MA Emergency and Disaster Management This is the hardest I have ever worked for a degree. It is up to you to put in the effort required and you will learn only as much as you are willing. I am a better writer now, I read studies with a more critical eye and look for validations not just statistics. I now insist on information being current, yet I also now appreciate where the beginnings of my profession were and how far we have come. The program was easy to follow. I stayed on track and graduated on time. The teachers corrected as necessary and you were held to a high standard. I never felt as though I received a higher or lesser grade than I should have. I often purchased my books (only at the graduate level) from Half.com or Amazon. This lead to a couple of close calls with receiving them in time. I would suggest that you buy them from their store and save yourself the grief. Technology was easy to use and they upgraded things three times during my two years. Each time making things better. I highly recommend AMU!
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Vanessaabeaty (Graduate) on March 6, 2014 (email verified)

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I Would Do It Again Overall, APU is a wonderful school. I loved my instructors and the coursework. The only issues that I had were with the financial aid department regarding a change-over in how loans are disbursed. Once they get past that little problem, this will be a perfect school. I do wish that they offered a Master's in English as my time here is finished and I have to go elsewhere for my graduate degree. All in all, I think this is a wonderful place to pursue your online degree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 6, 2014 (email verified)

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Excellent experience in-class I have had great success with my online Management courses. My teachers and classmates have all been engaged and encourage in-depth review and discussion on the management methods which can be utilized in everyday scenarios. Learning how to support potential theories from scholarly research in an educational environment assists in future, or concurrent, management experiences. It takes a concerted effort to obtain a quality education, no matter if it is an online or in a brick-and-mortar program.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 5, 2014 (email verified)

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Met and Exceeded Expectations I spent the majority of my college experience at a brick and mortar university. I spent 3 and a half years at a major state university with 25000 undergrads. For a variety of reasons I could not complete my degree there. A friend of the family informed me about APUS. I looked into it and reluctantly transferred into the online Sports and Health Sciences program. I was disappointed that I went from a brick and mortar university to an online college. I did not think that it would be "as good" of a degree. Now that I have completed the program I am extremely satisfied. Brick and mortar classes spend a lot of time with professors lecturing that really have no focus on what the course exams or papers will be about. The online classes are direct and right to the point. The work load is very similar and the amount of work online is just as challenging, seriously. I have known people to complete their degree online with APUS and have gone on to brick and mortar universities to complete masters degrees. This is a real education. Going to APUS gives you exactly what you put into it. APUS actually goes a step further than brick and mortar by helping students create a professional resume, portfolio, and a great deal of connections to get you hooked up with employers.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 5, 2014 (email verified)

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AMU was great! I have completed my master's and I found that AMU was a great experience. I was able to complete all my courses while working full time. I was able to easily transfer in credits from another university. I had a good experience with the teachers, my peers and guidance. I did not use finical aid, so I have no opinion of them. What I learned quickly was that you get what you put into it. So I worked hard, read the texts and actively participated in the course discussions. I find myself applying what I learned in class applicable to my current career. Unlike another reviewer, I purchased my texts from amazon, because I do not care for online texts. The texts and periodicals that I learned from where only a few years old, the oldest being 2010. Overall I thought it was a great experience and I would recommend their MA program.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 3, 2014

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Diploma mill Diploma mill, plain and simple. Consider a real school such as Embry-Riddle if you are considering this degree. Most of the "professors" give no lectures, and the math oriented classes feature high school level problems, not nearly as challenging as should be for an MS study field. I don't know if all online schools are this easy, but APUS makes me feel that online education is an oxymoron, and should not be allowed.
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Curtis.dunlap (Graduate) on February 26, 2014 (email verified)

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You get out what you are willing to put in I started at AMU in 2009 and obtained a BS in Health Science, I continued on to just recently finish my Masters in Information Technology. When I started at AMU, it was the first time I had been engaged with any type of higher learning process and it had been about 15 years since I had finished high school. I was very excited and motivated, thus the school was a perfect match for me. AMU/APUS is all about what you as a learner are willing to do in order to better your personal knowledge and education levels. The courses range from easy to hard, your fellow students will vary from smart to stupid, the motivation and participation levels of your classmates will also vary. Each and every class is going to be something different and you need to understand this going in. The school does not cater to YOUR needs, it offers a platform for learning and it is up to YOU to engage yourself and find the best way for you to learn the materials assigned in the syllabus + some more that interest you. In every course I took at AMU I made sure to prepare myself correctly. You have to be proactive, you have to be organized and you have to be on time with your assignments. There is no one to hold your hand and baby sit you to get your work done on time and correctly. Online learning is not for everyone, it is for mature people who know what they want and are responsible to manage their time to ensure success. Sometimes you will come across a course that just seems off and you may feel like you are not learning nothing from it, but that is not an excuse to not continue your education. Even in the less challenging courses, there are always extra resources offered by the professors that can help to increase your knowledge levels. This again, is about what YOU want from an education. Do you want to just skim by doing only the minimum and the only thing you want is a piece of paper with your name and a graduation date on it? If so, then you are cheating yourself. If you want an education, then AMU offers the path to obtain that as well, but if you want the best education you need to go beyond what AMU has in a syllabus and really engage with your courses. Post more than the minimum each week in the discussions, try to engage your classmates as early as possible with responses that draw counter statements from those classmates. Don't just post your initial discussion on a Friday night and then toss down two generic "I agree with everything you said" responses on a Sunday night. That cycle does nothing to enhance the learning process for anyone. When a class actually becomes engaged, it typically draws in the professor more as well. Then you end up in a very effective learning and sharing environment. This again, is a reflection of what the students want from a course, it can be good or it can be bad based on the level of commitment. AMU is a good cost option, it is a great choice for Active Duty Military that use their Tuition Assistance. AMU's costs for an Undergrad degree is exactly the cost of the years worth of TA for a halftime enrollment. If you attend half-time year round, then a military member can finish a Bachelor degree within 3 years easily. There is no excuse to not have a bachelor degree when you leave the military anymore. The bad parts of my review are next. Some of the students do not speak english, so when you get a small class it makes it harder to communicate effectively. Due to the way people learn around the world, you can get students that have drastically different expectations. I just finished my capstone course for my MS and one student in the course never posted a single reply to anyone that had any personalization in the response. It was like a robot was spewing random facts about my topic instead of a follow up post that I could engage with. Sometimes no matter how hard YOU try, no matter how bad YOU want to get an education, the other students in your class want to only do the minimum or less. This makes it exponentially harder on you as a learner to get the most out of the course. This happens, you just have to be ready to deal with it. Try to engage more with the professor in these instances. The course materials can be dated or just seem like they have nothing to do with your degree. I had a database fundamentals course, it used a book that was written by what felt like a cryptologist from Mars. Everyone in the class including the professor hated the text, it was useless. The assignments had nothing to do with my overall degree program, it was like a curve ball and it was hard... way too hard. Luckily I managed to get through it, but the amount of time I had to invest in securing my GPA was absurd. Bottom line, is AMU/APUS is a great alternative to a physical school. If you are responsible enough to manage yourself, then it is a great option.
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Rlwheel (In Progress) on February 26, 2014 (email verified)

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Exceptional Learning Platform Having earned a MA in Public Policy at another institution, I was a bit concerned with the level of education that APUS could provide. After having completed my first few courses, I am highly encouraged by the coursework and the professors. All of my professors, to date, genuinely seem to care about my learning experience and success. It is certainly not a "free ride" as the coursework requires much effort from the student and forces the student to take his or her learning experience to new and higher levels. I would place the education that I have received here at APUS on the same, if not higher, level to any I have received at traditional universities.
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Bethburnett70 (In Progress) on February 8, 2014 (email verified)

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Excellent school I am a few classes away from my BA in English. I have had a wonderful experience with this school. Most of the teachers have been engaged in the discussion boards, which is, in my opinion, one of the most important things a professor can do to make a class great, as opposed to mediocre. I feel as if I have had a wonderful learning experience. In my first year, I often had trouble getting a response from the financial aid department, but I have noticed this year that whatever problems they were having there have been addressed, because I have only had positive experiences with this since then. I have already applied to and been accepted at my grad school of choice based on my performance at APUS, so I'm thrilled in that area as well. Great price, too. It will definitely be a shocker to have to move on and pay for my books in grad school.
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Cansv (In Progress) on February 7, 2014 (email verified)

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A Mixed Bag APU is a mixed bag and potential students will find it either helpful or not depending on your objectives. A plus is that the condensed semester format lets you finish quickly, if you apply strict time management skills and use self-discipline. A downside is that, like a four course meal that is gobbled down, there's not as much time to savor or appreciate the content. I took the MPH with an Environmental Health concentration. This concentration is now being phased out as APU applies for CEPH certification. However, the curriculum is disjointed. Classes such as Environmental Management and Environmental Law were required under the old concentration, which have little to do with public health, while Environmental Toxicology, which has everything to do with public health, wasn't. Inexplicably, the Environmental Management degree is linked with the National Environmental Health Association but the MPH is not - a serious lapse. Instructors are uneven, with some taking an active interest and many others playing a passive role. The required Forum participation is sadly mostly a waste of time. Most students don't critically engage with the material but just recap what they read with little insight. Instructors rarely challenge or stimulate further discussion. Forum participation counts for an oversized weight in the final grade, which means that original independent work doesn't count as much; a way to make the courses softer but which undermines academic rigor. The online library resources are skimpy as APU only subscribes to bare-bones database collections. However, I don't want to be too critical. Since most students are interested in getting a degree and not necessarily engaging critically with materials, APU offers excellent value and the condensed format will help anyone whose objectives focus on completing a degree.
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Jbpmoliere (In Progress) on February 7, 2014 (email verified)

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APU - Good for Military Folks They are kind of behind on technology compared to some other schools, but I have seen them improve over the years. Also they used to send us our books included with the price of the class, now they cheaped out on us and only give us access to e-Books. We have to use really crappy software to use the e-Books, i have super fast internet at home, and the book pages always load reallllllyyyy slooooowwwwwwllllyyyy It's maddening to have to use eBooks or else buy it, when APU used to provide the books when we registered for class. So much for that. Also, their bookstore support section was very rude to me and unfriendly. I've been going to school here from 2007-2014, so have plenty of experience with them. Besides all that, they're pretty much very good in all other ways. I would definitely recommend them to anyone like me (military) for whom it's difficult to go to a brick and mortar school. They beat a lot of other online schools (see US News & World Report's rating-APU/AMU has a good rating there).
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 6, 2014

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Solid Structure, Affordability, and Convenient I am in the last semester and a half of my degree here at American Public University, and must say that my expectations have been exceeded in every way. I would highly recommend joining the educational experience here at APU for your B.S. of Environmental Science. Almost every single one of my teachers, including those instructing 100-level classes have held Doctoral or Professional degrees. Those I have known working on distance masters degrees from other institutions regarded their experiences as easier than my B.S. APU expects good research and coursework from its students, and that has helped me to strive for higher grades, and I am doing better work than I ever did at my previous colleges. I can attend class and make submissions at any time of day or night. I know that some online programs at other schools focus on teamwork like crazy, allowing weaker students to be carried by stronger students. Here, it is all you. That is not meant to scare anyone, but it means freeloaders cannot take credit for your good work. Some would see that as a huge plus. Course prices are extremely competitive. You can finish your degree from APU for a fraction of what you would spend at a brick and mortar school. I should know. I attended three different institutions before coming here. With those there was still the hassle of scheduling work around certain classroom time blocks, parking across campus, paying hundreds of dollars for that parking space, and having to abide by strict attendance policies, many of which did not allow for more than one or two sick days in a semester. Catching the flu during the semester at APU was not too bad, all things considered. All of my professors were very willing to work with me, allowing for a few extra days to turn things in or take any quizzes. My favorite thing about APU is that the classes are usually 8 weeks long. If you are taking a math course or a normally difficult course like chemistry, then course lengths are 16 weeks long. What this means is that you have the opportunity to finish your degree faster, but expect more homework during an 8 week course than a traditional 16 week course. You are still going through an entire textbook, like you normally would, but it is condensed, which means more weekly reading than in a traditional course. Other scheduling perks including being able to stagger your classes (having one class start at the beginning of each month), take time off at unusual times of year (like in February), or taking classes all the way through winter and summer breaks. There is a lot of room for flexibility. Like you, I was skeptical about the name American Public University at the beginning, but I have had an overwhelmingly challenging but great experience so far. I'm glad I decided to get my B.S. here.
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Jose.gonzalez4 (Graduate) on February 5, 2014 (email verified)

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Good balance The highlight of this degree program is the versatility and balance between the subjects. You have a lot of choices that may suit many that are interested in different areas. This degree program is ideal for people that do not know what they would like to specialize in. This program allows the exploration of many areas of study. This approach to studies results in a clearer view of your strenghts and weaknesses, as well as what are your true life passions. Best wishes to all! Jose
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Chris.brusich (In Progress) on February 4, 2014 (email verified)

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History Department I am enjoying my time with AMU. I have completed about ten classes thus far. I love online learning as I am able to, for the most part, make my own schedule while still learning. History is my favorite subject, and AMU is able to challenge me as there is plenty of reading and writing associated with my degree. Plus, being able to start classes on a monthly basis is a huge benefit for anyone looking to complete their degree in a timely fashion. Whether I utilize tuition assistance of my VA benefits, I have had no difficulty utilizing either of them quickly and accurately. The professors are flexible, helpful, and knowledgeable.
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Amy.beth764 (In Progress) on February 3, 2014 (email verified)

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Great program I have earned 2 MAs at AMU and I have had zero issues with any of my classes. I have used financial aid throughout and have always been able to fix any issues that I might have had, quickly. I am not sure about issues that others have had with financial aid but they have not been my experiences at all. I would (and have) recommended AMU to several people. I have enjoyed all of my classes and have always felt challenged.
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Scott.bucher (In Progress) on January 31, 2014 (email verified)

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Management AMU-APUS provides a high caliber, Regionally Accredited, higher learning experience with alternatives to the traditional fixed semester schedules nearly impossible to adjust and adapt to every 16 weeks (if you have a life other than school). The faculty, from what I have experienced- are hard working, intelligent and insightful; they are genuinely interested in helping students grow and gain a command of the subject matter. The online campus is extremely easy to navigate and very user friendly- previous classes remain open and thus available for students to hop back in, review posts and discussion threads, and retrieve information...(though I keep mine on a flash drive) and the library has what every student needs, unlimited resources and ease of use. Lastly (but not least), the cost of higher education has skyrocketed and many institutions out there have taken full advantage of that trend by jacking up tuition to fully maximize federally funded financial aid programs- NOT AMU-APUS!!! AMU-APUS has maintained their low cost per credit hour structure throughout my program and remains one of the most affordable Regionally Accredited Undergraduate or Graduate Degree Programs in the country. I am thankful I was referred here by a friend, former associate (ex-military) and am very pleased with the value proposition AMU-APUS stands for. Best of luck, you can't go wrong here.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 31, 2014

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APUS BS environmental studies graduate I am about to finish my degree this up coming june. I am currently in a pathways program, which is exactly whre I attended to be when i started APU. Unfortunetly my pathways program is not in an environmental field. However getting the degree means I qualify for jobs based upon education, and being ina apthways program and able to convert really helps me get hired. However I am worried about being able to obtain a position when going agaisnt other applicants from traditional schools. Has anyone been able to land a position with a degree from APU in the wildlife field. I have absolutly loved the program and used it for all its advantages. I pushed myself harder than before and learned a lot. I just really want to be able to land ajob in the fieldof natural resources, since I went back to school for in that first place.
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Luckeycrissie (In Progress) on January 26, 2014 (email verified)

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Very Satisfied & Pleasantly Shocked I've been enrolled in APUS Master of Public Administration program since 6/13 and I must say that I've been very pleased with it so far. The work is intellectually rigorous and quite time-consuming, which is precisely as it SHOULD be for any graduate academic program. All of my professors thus far have been courteous, helpful, professional and appear quite worthy of their own prestigious educational credentials. One professor, for instance, spent HOURS with me during the wee hours of one early morning in the virtual chat room to walk me through Google Scholar and other virtual research tools. He was quite helpful and very competent. Likewise, I've found all my other professors to be knowledgeable and willing to bend over backwards to assist students. Furthermore, I've been impressed by the Advising Dept., Registrar's Office, and other non-academic offices (for the most part) insofar as willingness to help. For instance, the Graduate Advising Team offers online or telephone chat sessions with advisors to customize academic plan adjustments. For instance, I'd been ill and unable to complete all my work on time in one class, so I had to get an extension that caused an "I" to remain on my grade report. Consequently, I wasn't able to register for the following semester in sufficient time. HOWEVER, the Registrar manually forced enrolled me so that I wouldn't lose my financial aid or interrupt academic progress through the program. Moreover, APUS has an impressive online presence that extends throughout all social media and includes numerous helpful resources like LinkedIn subgroups by academic program and a separate subgroup for APUS library users (which all graduate students HAVE to be as a practical matter). Along those same lines, APUS Library allows students to access many fee-based scholarly journal databases for free via institutional accounts. That feature alone is worth hundreds of dollars in separate membership fees! Even better is 24/7/365 librarian and tech support access. APUS DOWNSIDES: The only drawback I've noticed so far is tardiness in response to many of my emails to various offices and institutional divisions, etc. Financial Aid takes their sweet time to reply and I've had a few emails completely ignored by the Appeals Dept. and Academic advising. However, a 2nd followup email is all it took for a speedy response. A second APUS deficiency is its interface navigability. It is somewhat cumbersome to navigate through certain segments of its online "Campus" interface. For instance, once you enter the "My Portal" area to review financial aid award status, etc., there's no way back out to the main campus page. Instead, you've got to open another tab and login all over again. Also, some of the hyperlinks to various functions are difficult to visualize and access. Overall, I'd give APUS a 9.5 out of 10, based on my experience thus far. I'd also recommend it to anyone wanting a decent education for a reasonable cost. APUS has notoriously low tuition rates. From my experience to this point, however, that does not by ANY means indicate reduced educational quality.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 22, 2014 (email verified)

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Masters I recently completed my M.A. in Management (Organizational Leadership) here after finishing my Bachelor degree at a brick and mortar school. It honestly is the best school for military and government careers. I personally had some challenging classes, and then I had some classes I felt I could pass with little effort. At the graduate level, we wrote quite a bit. Between assignments and forums, plan on around 5 pages a week. I did receive my first "C" in years in one class, but still graduated with a 3.6. Also the final comprehensive final was challenging. I took it the first time without preparing expecting it to be easy, but failed. Second time around I nailed it. I would say the school is a 7/10. Honestly some comments on here are right about lax instructors, but I had lax instructors at my brick and mortar school as well. The only thing easier about online is reviewing your notes for a test, but if you are at the graduate level, than there are no test. You simply must rely on your own writing skills and in depth analysis.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 17, 2014 (email verified)

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AMU Student Base & Impact on Learning Environment While I appreciate the limits of online education at AMU, those are often easy enough to deal with. The student (and, on occasion, the instructor) base leave a lot to be desired. Part of AMU's teaching methodology is to require students to answer a forum question based on readings and then reply to two other student's posts by the end of the week. This would be a decent system, except that half of the students can't express their ideas in a manner that merits they've earned a Bachelor's, let alone are pursuing their Master's degree. Everything from typos to misspelled words to entire 500 word posts that don't make sense; even citations are messed up, either by incomplete or incorrect data or by failure to follow guidelines. The instructors often contribute to this problem by lax grading and a failure to provide feedback. Even the best instructor I had provided a rote cut-and-paste feedback with generic guidance like using more Latin words and tightening up my prose (but no further information on how to go about that). The worst don't even do that, grading your post according to the rubric, with no information as to what they based their decision on. It's very difficult to improve under these circumstances, and even harder to justify devoting effort to a course and a degree when everyone else seems to be skating by and getting away with it.
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Curtis.mcferon (In Progress) on January 12, 2014 (email verified)

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Flexible, Challenging, and Engaging Great university. I enjoy the flexibility. I am serving active duty Army in a very dynamic job. In fact, I was able to do the course work while being trained in my Army occupation. Not easy, but this would never have been conceivable 20 years ago. To some of those peeps who complain about some of the curricula: It's what you put into it as well. Challenge yourselves. Get outside your comfort zones. There were a couple issues with the turnitin criteria that seemed to change regularly, which was confusing and frustrating. Yes, some of the syllibi were either outdated or contradictory. Frustrating, but that did not seem to stop the classes from going on, with a thankful nod to the professors who covered down when that did happen. The tuition is odd, perhaps frustrating to some who expect more. But I discovered the upside of their tuition scheme: flexibility. It depends upon when you begin your course undertaking. A bit complicated, but they have a pretty decent handle on it. I once tried to contact an advisor, set up for a date/time for a call, and it never occurred. That's a little disappointing. I am 5 classes away from my master's nonetheless...Thank you, APU!
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Dustinchristian30 (In Progress) on January 9, 2014 (email verified)

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Good Experience Great online classroom environment. I attended a traditional Brick and Mortar university when I was younger and did not learn half as much as I have in the past 2 years at AMU. The best part about AMU is the flexibility of the instructors. There are deadlines in most courses mid week, however most heavy weighted assignments are due on Sundays. I think online learning takes much more maturity because most of us are in the military or working full-time jobs and juggling school work. WHo would you rather hire, someone who went to school for 4 years with no real world experience at all or someone who worked full-time and did classes full-time when they were off work? I would choose the latter, as they would have much more maturity and time management than the person who went to university and partied for 4 years. Just my opinion. AMU is a good online school.
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Sdwebgal (In Progress) on January 8, 2014 (email verified)

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Superb online experience After taking online courses through three other institutions, I was very impressed with APU's approach. The expectationns each week were manageable, had realistic expectations for my time available, and was engaging. The professor gave quick feedback which was thorough and related to when i had written. Would recommend the certificate programs as well.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 8, 2014 (email verified)

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SSG_US_ARMY AMU is a very military friendly school. I have completed 6 classes with them and from the beginning I noticed they were very user friendly. When on any kind of orders the instructors will work with you to ensure your assignments are graded, even if you turn them in late. All it takes is communication with the instructor and he/she will do all she can to help. Another helpful advantage they have are extensions; if you fall behind to the point you might not make end date, you may request a 30 day extension (some qualifying factors are taken into consideration). I have used an extension twice. AMU is here for the soldier, free books, TA covers costs… take advantage.
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Prcdf (In Progress) on January 6, 2014

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No problems thus far I started attending AMU in July 2012 and have seven more classes before I complete my degree. I am well pleased thus far. The instructors are helpful, the textbooks are a bit outdated. I am using the GI Bill and have not had any problems.
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Leonardsilsil (In Progress) on January 5, 2014 (email verified)

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Masters in National Security Studies I will begin my capstone for my Masters in National Security Studies in March 2014. This is an excellent school with excellent instructors and excellent students.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 4, 2014

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Great Program The "My Workspace" site needs some work but all in all this is an excellent school. Great interaction within the virtual classroom.
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Rchllclvr (In Progress) on January 4, 2014 (email verified)

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AMU National Security I have completed 5 courses towards my M.A. in National Security. The professors are excellent and the reading materials are great. The only problem is their loan program, which is a problem. So what I did was borrow more money than I needed, and now I have the extra money so that I can pay for the rest of my courses as self-pay with the extra money I did not use yet. So I can continue to enjoy the great courses and professors. I have another M.A. from Penn that I completed live and it was not as good as this one. I wish they had some doctoral programs for me to tackle next.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 3, 2014 (email verified)

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A great balance of education and cost I have been attending APU for a year now and have not been disappointed. A concern I had when considering switching from the standard college/university to an online college/university was the course content. I didn't want to be paying for an education that wasn't of quality, but I didn't want to be paying an arm and a leg either. APU hasn't disappointed me yet. I feel that the coursework is challenging and offers an opportunity to learn and grow. The instructors are engaging and provide answers to questions in a timely manner. To top it off, everything has been smooth sailing since I decided to apply. The admissions process, final aid, books/materials, registering, everything is done smoothly and I had no problems. If I had a question, it was always answered, by email, within 24 hours.
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Rustubfari (In Progress) on January 2, 2014 (email verified)

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You get out of it what you put into it. This school is for driven individuals that want to learn and work. The course schedules are very flexible; each class is 8 weeks, and they start every month. Some classes and instructors are more demanding than others, but in the end, every class provides tons of information and plenty of challenges. If you aren't disciplined enough to do all of the reading and research, go somewhere else; most of the instructors make up for not lecturing you by providing more information to read.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 2, 2014

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Excellent School I searched for many weeks and even up to months trying to figure out which school was best for me. There are not to many schools that offer Hospitality degree's. I wanted to try strictly online course college as I have done the traditional colleges in the past. I came across American Public University System. I noticed they accepted Financial Aide so I knew they were a true school. So I signed up and got my Financial Aide together and it was accepted. I was very pleased with how the school operates using Financial Aide. Most schools you have to attend at least half time to even get aide. No not at APUS. You can just take one class and Financial Aide will be accepted. If you have any monies out-standing they let you make payments with a payment plan which is awesome. My other experience with traditional it all has to be paid before even starting. So far the instructors are great. I have only taken one class and I have four more classes for the rest of my year. I took the intro to online learning class and thought it may just be a blow off classes but I was very wrong. There was a lot going on in this class and I learned a ton from it. It helped that I had a truly amazing instructor. I hope the rest of my instructors are just like her.
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Melodygemuend (In Progress) on January 1, 2014 (email verified)

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Great affordable school! I am starting my last program requirement for my M.A. so very confident when I say it has been a great experience! The professors have diverse backgrounds, which helps to keep the classes interesting. The coursework is challenging, but online classes have been a lifesaver with my busy schedule. Very affordable military friendly school.
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Tayconstable (In Progress) on January 1, 2014 (email verified)

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Retail Mgmt & Financial aid I just started attending this University in September 2013. All my teachers have been more than wonderful. They actually interact with the class and are always there if I have a question. The only problem I have had is with the financial aid dept. I changed my degree plan in August 2013 and this put a hold on my financial aid because there was a glitch in the system. Usually the financial aid refund should be sent out 30-45 days after the semester starts. It is now January 1st and I have not received my refund. The hold has finally been lifted so hopefully I will receive my refund soon since this has been an on-going process. I was just really disappointed because I needed the extra money...I mean it would have been nice. I hope this coming semester I will receive my refund in the time frame the university gives.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 1, 2014 (email verified)

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Masters at APUS I completed my Masters in General Psychology at APUS. It was a fine program overall, however, I would not recommend it to someone who was seeking to enter a new field as I do not feel that the content and work is rigorous enough to truly prepare someone wanting to enter a new field competitively. If you are already in your chosen field and are getting an advanced degree to better secure your position or allow you to move up in the same field (as I did) - then this is the school for you. The work is monotonous, you do the same thing in each class: Weekly forum discussion (1 initial post and 1 reply post minimum. Usually not very "discussion" oriented assignments though), at least one research paper 8-10 pages long and probably 1-3 smaller writing assignments. You will get good at using the online library and finding articles and learning to use proper APA formatting, which is good. However, I do not think the quality of submissions is extraordinarily high considering the fact that I basically got 100's on ALL of my work and I know I didn't deserve all of those points (I did on a few, for sure didn't on a few too). The teachers are ok. There are a few that are amazing and really do a great job - they communicate well, respond to emails quickly and with actual answers, and participate in the forums to encourage real DIsucssion. There are also several that are just awful. They don't answer emails, or if they do answer them, they don't actually address your questions/concerns, they don't do anything in the forums and grade reallllly slow and give hardly any feedback - or feedback that is pretty much useless. I don't regret getting my degree here but if I thought it was going to help me break into a new profession, I would. Go here if you just need the degree from an accredited place, but not if you are doing something new or entering a field for the first time.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 1, 2014

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You're in control It is what you make it. You are learning on your own. If you dont read the material and make the effort to participate you may not have a productive experience. If you are involved, you read, you email the prof and classmates, and you do real research on topics discused, you'll get what you need out of this school. The staff is more supportive then than the two other 'standard' universities I went to. Not all of the prof are gems, but that is to be expected. All things considered I'm very happy with this school
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 30, 2013

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Effective boiler plate education depends on learner APUS (AMU)offers easy acceptance, easy registration and cheap boiler plate education. Content materials are sadly out of date and while the instructor was highly credentialed the instructor was totally disengaged from class. To reflect what others have said here - this is cheap boiler plate education where the learner makes of it what they will. Probably the worst aspect of the class for me that would be the easiest to improve was the lack of meaningful discussion. With all assignments due midnight Sunday and few students if any posting before Saturday evening meaningful discussion is almost entirely absent from class. That was the most disappointing aspect of the experience. Learning via the exchange of ideas is great, but you will not get that here. It is possible to learn despite the difficulties however and it is cheap.
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Shalben (In Progress) on December 30, 2013 (email verified)

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Awesome! I've taken three courses so far and I will agree with what many are saying, you get what you put into it. As a motivated student, I can say that the experience so far has been amazing. The professors have been topnotch and their credentials are superior, to say the least. The coursework has been interesting for me and absolutely appropriate. Whenever I have had a question, the professor has gotten back to me the same day. All in all an outstanding program for me.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 26, 2013 (email verified)

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Learned A LOT I entered the MA in Intelligence Studies, with a concentration in Criminal INTL, from a BS in Criminal Justice with NO previous experience in INTL. I was really unsure about my decision but I wanted to go for a degree that was different and might make me stand out from other potential candidates. The biggest problem I had was deciding on the topic for my papers in each class. Trying to determine a topic and question to ask/answer was difficult since I was not from the field. However, the instructor's were always helpful and guided me in my search so I was able to overcome that challenge. My fellow classmates were generally from the INTL field but they ALWAYS respected my opinions and ideas and I never felt like an outsider in the conversations. I thoroughly enjoyed my degree from AMU and am looking at continuing for either another master's or a certificate program. It is well worth the time and money to pursue this degree program.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 18, 2013

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horrible Worst class experience I have ever had in the PADM program. The accounting classes were wonderful in comparision
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Gparrish327 (In Progress) on December 15, 2013 (email verified)

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Great experience with fantastic instructors! Since beginning the Homeland Security program I mid-2011, I have been very satisfied with my experiences with American Military University. Every interaction with them, from Professors to academic staff were all positive. They answered any questions I had promptly and accurately. I highly recommend them as a source of higher learning!
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Creynolds189 (In Progress) on December 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Lazy people need not apply I was a transfer student from the traditional brick and motor school. I was very timid about attending, because of a lot of the bad reviews that were on this website. Like with anything I continued to research and decided to attend when I found traditional brick and mortar schools accepted credits from APUS.(Oregon University being one) This was my greatest concern as there are a lot of online college that are degree mills. I have been here two semesters now I can tell you first hand, some of these classes are more intense compared to those I have taken at Northern Kentucky University. My second worry was financial aid. As I have read in many reviews before I started, individuals have had issues with the so called "hoops" you have to jump through. I can tell you the "hoops" they are talking about are forums you have to fill out online through APUS. The process is not any different from any other school with the exception that you will have to fill the paper work out, print the forum and fax or e-mail it back. The extra step is for your protection because the document requires an actual signature. Plus, if you have any questions or concerns, the advisor's are always quick to help. Like with any school you must make sure you allow enough time for financial aid to go through. This is why most people fill out the FASA asap instead of waiting until May of each year. Personally, I will fill out my FASA forms after taxes are finished. There is somethings that irritate me a little, but I think overall it is a great school. I feel I have learned more here in the first two semester than I have in two years at the previous College I attended.
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As.6017 (In Progress) on December 6, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Experience I transferred into AMU and now have just 15 classes until graduation, and I have loved it. The only problem I've had is with financial aid, however, it was NOT any worse than dealing with any other school's financial aid office. I have had some absolutely fantastic professors who not only teach their subject, but offer real advice about pursuing careers and furthering education. My adviser has been nothing but great, leading me to not only receive my degree but show me ways to improve my career opportunities by pursuing a minor.
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SteveO209314 (In Progress) on December 6, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent Choice I have been quite pleased and happy with my time at APUS. The quality of education and the materials provided are equal to or superior to traditional schools. Financial Aide is automated and if you have what is required you are accepted and are able to enroll fairly quickly.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 5, 2013 (email verified)

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Expectations not met When I started at AMU I really enjoyed the classes, I guess I didn't know any better. As I progress through more classes I am finding the quality of the courses are subpar. I left my rating of "teachers" at 5 because there are some good ones, but believe there are more bad there, well lazy may be a better term than bad. One class I had in wed development had just been redesigned and my class was first to take the "newly" designed course. We spent 3 weeks covering an outdated development tool that is no longer even supported by the developers who made it. 3 WEEKS!! My most recent classes, there may be more but I only just took notice this past term, the materials were uploaded to the class in 2010...it is almost 2014. Everything in the classes are the same, post a response to a discussion board topic of 250-500 words, reply back to 2 classmates with 150 words and do an assignment or quiz if they are even offered. Also, when I first started, actual text books would be mailed out to you, then they moved to pdf file text books, now they are starting where the don't even let you downlonad a pdf copy that you can have after the class ends...the download periods are for max 3 days at a time. There is never any sort of lecture in the classes, most of the times the "lessons" section does not even have a script of a lecture or any sort of weekly overview that the facilitator has put together to give you their impressions of what it is we are "learning" about. They use no video, don't even bother putting links to youtube videos that may be of help. No sort of attempts at interaction between facilitators and students other than the typical one line reply thanking you for submitting your post or assignment or saying good job on it. Hold a live meeting every once in a while as a Q&A session, heck even having a Q&A thread in the discussion boards would be a nice addition since they hardly ever even do that! I learn more for FREE from youtube videos than I do from the courses, but doing that won't get me that piece of paper. Since I am about 8 classes or so away from my degree I can't afford to waste money by transferring somehwere and losing credits in the process. I will continue on and finish the degree here. I pretty much only want the degree as a check in the box at this point in my life, but I guess I was expecting to actually learn some things in the process...other than having to learn it all on my own that is. Maybe my expectations were just set too high.
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Betsy0040 (Graduate) on December 5, 2013

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Review of APU BA Psychology Program I have just completed all the required courses for my BA in Psychology from APU. It is a very different experience from a brick and mortar school that I attended for 3 years. I was a transfer student and almost all of my credits transferred leaving me with 12 courses to complete to graduate. Most of the courses were psychology. I took a statistics course and two history courses. If you are thinking about online courses know that it is completely up to you to learn. The instructors are merely facilitators. They are not professors. You do the learning yourself. If you are self motivated then you will do fine. I did most of the work for my 8 week courses in 7 weeks. It is doable. I did both part time and full time and it is possible to do. I do not work outside the home right now but I plan to and I do have a child so I have responsibilities but I still found the time to make it work. There are some instructors I would not recommend, go to Rate My Professors dot com and check out their reviews. Of course your experience may be completely different but hopefully you will get good instructors. There are good and bad professors at every school. I did have times I got overwhelmed but it passed. I managed all As except one A- and will graduate with honors and Magna Cum Laude. Your degree will not be handed to do, you do have to do the work. Some instructors will be easy on you and some hard, like at any school. Learn how to write a good paper and learn APA style formatting and you will be fine.
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Ftgfloors (In Progress) on December 5, 2013 (email verified)

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Good School For Motivated Leaners I am currently in the bachelor's program for public health with a minor in psychology. To make this review easier to read, I have decided to break it down to the pros and cons based on my personal experience: Pros: - Affordable at $250 per undergraduate credit hour - Easy to apply federal financial aid - Flexible scheduling with most courses having two due dates/times each week - Many of my professors have held doctorate's in their respective fields, so feedback is generally constructive and valuable - E-books and plenty of online resources - 10 hours of free tutoring provided yearly - Emphasis on class discussions (required and graded) promotes a sense of involvement with other peers Cons: - Correspondence can sometimes take a bit longer than expected - Some of the general education classes feel a bit easy, but core and major/minor classes get more advanced - E-books Notice that I put e-books as both a pro and con. For me, the e-books are perfect about 95% of the time. However, depending on the subject being studied, I would sometimes prefer an actual physical copy. I could obviously purchase or rent a copy if I chose to do so. I am very happy with APU and I feel like I am getting a quality education. I look forward to pursuing my MPH with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics after I am through with this degree. I have read a couple of negative comments here and there, but they seem to be mainly focused on the administrative side (financial aid and whatnot). So far, I have had no issues with the administration and have especially been pleased with the financial aid office. I guess results may vary, but based off my experience, I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is intrinsically motivated and wants to further their education.
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Jvboland (In Progress) on November 27, 2013 (email verified)

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APU is the right choice! APU is a great for working professionals. The course work is challenging but professors work very well with to get the most out if the classes. I wish I had started apu sooner.
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Janicem20102010 (In Progress) on November 21, 2013

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I LOVE THIS SCHOOL but This is a great school! The price is fair, everything can be done online which is great for people on the go all the time. Books have to be paid for out of pocket but they are fairly cheap as well. You can REALLY work at your own pace. I love the masters program, part time is one class at a time so full time is two or more. For people on the go, families and work can really do the work and still do their other things as well. I hated the other school I went to because you had to post 5 out of 7 days to two student original threads on top of doing your weekly work. NOT HERE, you do your work and you reply to maybe two students a week. This gives you more free time from school. I love that! I did have problems with the financial aid department when I started. I called and emailed them for months about the loan disbursement. They didn't tell me that I had to turn in some papers before it could be done, I had to figure that out on my own but if you go in the portal you can see if documents are needed. I love APUS! EVERYONE SHOULD GO HERE!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 15, 2013 (email verified)

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APU GI Bill Scams Veterans and anybody using the Post 9/11 GI Bill beware, APU will attempt to scam this government program. Here is how APU's scam works: You enroll with the intention of using the GI Bill to pay for your courses, complete your application for enrollment and the VA FORM 22-1990 APPLICATION FOR VA EDUCATION BENEFITS. From here APU will instruct you to send the forms to the APU VA representative and they will submit the final paperwork to the VA for the Certificate of Eligibility and funding. HERE is where they scam the VA: APU will then submit your paperwork and "accidentally" state to the VA that you had enrolled during a previous semester that had already passed and the government will cut a check to APU for that tuition. APU will get away with this fraudulent charge unless the VA conducts an audit at that University for all VA applications submitted and paid out. A real class act!!!
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Carino.miguel (In Progress) on November 12, 2013 (email verified)

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AA General Studies This was my first experience in online learning. I am in the military and did have some doubt after reading some reviews and talking to some people. Once I decided AMU was the school I was going to attend, it was simply about communicating with the right people who have had experience in getting the paperwork side of things done. Understand that anything that has to depend on the government and their work ethic in helping us is going to be slow. In the end things ended being about patience and proper planning. The institution gives more than enough contact information to find the info you need and status updates. Here is the kicker.. it is your education, if you are not proactive in getting things rolling or following up, then don’t complain about delays or something not being done in a timely fashion. Instructors are going to vary in quality, which is why they send you the surveys, FILL THEM OUT! I like AMU so far and at this point I have already registered for another class with them. Military people, ASK FOR HELP, they pay those college office civilians for that reason… your command education officer should be there for you, and if they are not, don’t blast the school.. get off your butt and get into action. Done.. IM OUT!
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Sr609 (In Progress) on November 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Amu horribly experience The finance office at AMU is joke. I had so many problems trying to use pell grants. The books that I used for my last class were awful. I nomally don't mind books but this course material was bad. My instructor for this class was so bad that I have disenrolled in this university and enrolled into another. Fellow Amn don't waste your time with this university, go with someone else. Unless you like never getting a straight answer when you do finallly get to speak to a representive after waiting 20 mins. I will warn all of my troops about this university. The classes are a joke very simple material.
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Richard.kennon (In Progress) on November 7, 2013 (email verified)

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APU/AMU REVIEW I have been a student at AMU since 2008. I completed my Associates Degree in General Studies, and am currently a Senior in my BA program in Emergency and Disaster Management. I have attended both conventional courses and online course. I attended online courses at another school prior to AMU, and was not happy with them. My experience with AMU has been outstanding. The classroom format is very user-friendly, and the instructors are professionals in the field, who share their knowledge and experience. The courses are challenging and I have learned a great deal of knowledge that I can apply on the job. The 8 week sessions have allowed me to complete my program much quicker, while working full time in the military. I would recommend APU/AMU to anyone considering on-line courses.
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Bpmaylone (In Progress) on November 7, 2013 (email verified)

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Financial Aid Woes Instructor to pupil communication is very much lacking. As well as accountability with the failing financial aid system. I have completed my first semester, and have not received the financial aid that I applied for over 12 weeks ago. Because I have not received the aid, and the lack of communication I received from the instructors, financial aid, and any person in the school besides other students, I give the overall experience a 1 at best. The use of technology, and access to books and materials are great at this school. But the other items are lacking. I would not recommend this school to any one whom has access to their local community college. I will not return to this school.
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Jmorrow04 (In Progress) on November 7, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU first class experience. Having completed my first class in the M.S. Space Studies program I feel confident about this school. I have had zero problems with any aspect of applying or finance and any questions I have had were answered promptly. I for one am very pleased to know my instructors work in the field. I have read negative comments from people and I am sorry your experience was not good but online school is not for everyone. You have to have dedication to not be babysat by your instructor. I will gladly continue with my education with this school.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Good School, Good Program Good education for an online format. Not a degree mill; my professors required legit work turned in. Price is decent too. I would recommend AMU. I also completed a Masters in Leadership Studies from University Texas El Paso, and not a big difference in requirements, other than being able to personally interact in a classroom. As far as professors, some were good, some were ok. One was terrible, but when I emailed the school about him, they thanked me for the details and said they would act on my detailed email.
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Joyeklein (In Progress) on November 2, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU Online has good and bad but overall well worth it! This is my 4th semester with AMU and I have had both good and bad experiences so far. The biggest problem I have is specific to certain instructors. It's very difficult to "choose" a good instructor and sometimes there's no choice at all and you take whomever is available. The biggest difference between online and in school learning is that if I get a "bad" instructor, I can't just drop the class and sign up under another instructor teaching the same subject. I will complain to the university about this inconvenience because some times there is just personality clashes or other reasons an instructor doesn't work.
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Reavlee (In Progress) on November 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Great school! Love, love this school. It is affordable and the technology is efficient. Getting an online education is definately for the disciplined, but if you are serious about your education this is the school for you!
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Tim.quinn101 (Graduate) on October 31, 2013 (email verified)

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Great program, excellent instructors I enrolled at APUS as part of a degree completion program; from AAS to Bachelors. I received a fair transfer credit evaluation. I entered this program as a 50 year old student who was already in a management position for more than 10 years. I can honestly say that I actually did learn things along the way during my time at APUS; it was not merely completing assignments to get credits accumulated. I had some very involved discussions with some of the instructors and was pleased at the level of their real world knowledge. My tuition was covered though a combination of employer contributions and a FSA loan. Although this payment structure was at times very complex, the Financial Staff always worked through the details with me in a way that I could understand. For those of you looking for a career in Emergency Management or Homeland Security, APUS is a great way to complement your field experience and get you the degree that you need to move up the ladder. I am so happy with the education that I have received here, I am enrolled in the MPA program beginning January 2014. Tim Quinn NREMT-P, BA
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 31, 2013 (email verified)

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Sloppy, low-quality school I attended AMU for my Bachelor's degree and I am now pursuing my Master's at the same institution. There have been times that I have been so frustrated with AMU that I have seriously explored switching to another university. The only reason I didn't is because I was so far along that I couldn't stomach starting over somewhere new. AMU's instructors are often absent. Of the half-dozen Master's classes I have taken only one had a teacher who genuinely participated (Patrick Barton) but others (Valerie Davis) were inept and unprofessional. It is very obvious that the instructors are re-using the same course materials. There are many errors and contradictions, and sometimes they just plain don't understand or don't agree with the materials some other instructor wrote. AMU's technology is far behind the curve. The forums routinely experience bugs that I have never encountered in any other internet forum or BBS. A little more rigor is called for in their admissions process. I have encountered many students who do not have the skills to do acceptable undergraduate work but somehow have been accepted at the graduate level. As for actual learning, I am not being taught any real skills. It is mostly case studies and theory. About 75% of the time, I am not learning anything new but rather applying skills that I have already mastered from my work experience.
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Rhonabrown72 (In Progress) on October 31, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent Price, Excellent Experience, and Excellent Professors! I HAVE BEEN ATTENDING FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW AND I HAVE FOUND THE CURRICULUM AND PROFESSORS TO BE OUTSTANDING! I HAVE ATTENDED A PRIVATE AND A STATE COLLEGE PREVIOUSLY (ON CAMPUS) AND I HAVE FOUND APU TO BE EVEN MORE INVOLVED WITH THEIR STUDENTS THAN THEY WERE. I HAVE FOUND THE PROFESSORS TO BE REMARKABLE PEOPLE AND HIGHLY EDUCATED IN THEIR FIELDS. I HAVE FOUND THE COURSEWORK TO BE MORE INDEPTH THAN PREVIOUS COLLEGES. I FEEL STRONGLY THAT I HAVE MADE AN INCREDIBLE CHOICE IN ATTENDING APU AND RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE. THE COST IS ALSO INCREDIBLE. EXCELLENT EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. I AM NOT A TYPICAL "COMPUTER PERSON" AND REALLY FEARED I WAS MAKING THE WRONG CHOICE BY GOING TO AN ONLINE SCHOOL...BUT MY FEARS WERE FOR NOTHING!
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Coldwar8690 (In Progress) on October 31, 2013 (email verified)

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Masters in Homeland Security First, I would like to say that I hold a BA from Temple University (brick and mortar school.) I am half way through my Master's degree in Homeland Security at AMU (affiliated with APUS.) So far I believe the education at AMU has been top notch. If anyone thinks that the courses are easy or are completed with minimum work, they are either brainiacs or ignorant. I have had a wide variety of instructors ranging from not so good to really good, Just like at Temple. I found each course to be challenging, even the ones taught by the not so good instructors, just like at Temple. Each class has a term paper due between 10-15 pages. Most of the classes I have had the instructor provided critical feedback on the papers, just like at Temple. There was one course where I wondered if the instructor even looked at the paper, but that is not the norm, just like at...well you get the idea. My only concern with the school is that employers will trash my application when they find out it was from an online university. If they do trash it, it won't be because the instruction was poor and the curriculm was easy. My experience has been quite the opposite thus far. Online learning is probably going to be the waive of the future and will increase in stature with employers as more and more people opt for this path of learning...I hope.
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Mobilefritts (In Progress) on October 30, 2013 (email verified)

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Finishing last of 20+ classes for HRM degree I've been taking course with AMU off and on since 2007 and the experience has ALWAYS been perfect! I was looking for an alternative to night classes and/or sit-down classrooms. When I initially registered, I was an active duty AF First Sergeant and I was afraid that a regimented classroom schedule would not be flexible enough for my career. I imagined being in the middle of a class or a test when something crazy would happen in the unit that would require my presence. AMU gave me the flexibility I needed to improve myself and still meet the needs of my people. I also loved the fact that no matter where I was, as long as I had some form of Internet access, I could attend classes. If I were on the moon and had the Net, I could go to class! No worries about changing schools when I moved from one duty station to the next or worrying about missing classes in the transition. In short, it was a perfect choice for me! Doing all of the reading assignments and turning in papers by the deadlines was not an issue either. I'm pretty bad at procrastinating, but had zero issues with meeting the timelines. There were a few personal life-events that interrupted some timelines, but the professors were always willing to accept late assignments when I let them know beforehand. I had to extend two classes 30 days beyond the normal completion date and both times, the professors were eager to help me out. I knew that online classes were the key for getting me back into school, but I wasn't sure how the actual "classroom" experience would go. As it turns out, I think I actually prefer the cyber classrooms to the brick & mortar versions. When I first started, AMU mailed out textbooks for the classes and I often wished there was an electronic version instead. Eventually, AMU went to the electronic versions and I found myself missing the textbooks! I actually purchased the Stats book out of my own pocket. There are some classes that lend themselves to electronic study materials and some still need the old analog version on paper. I will admit that the electronic stuff seems to be more up-to-date and I love having the links to explore a subject in greater detail, if I desire. Still, I would love to have an option to also receive a hardcopy of a textbook. But, the used bookstores can usually take care of that at a reasonable price. One of the first things that struck me about AMU was the overwhelming amount of knowledge each professor seemed to have in their particular field of study. I suppose that makes sense, but it was new to me. Most military instructors are from differing career fields and the teaching gig is a temporary one, so the knowledge is usually pretty good, but not nearly as deep as what the professors have. I often found the online forums conversations to be mesmerizing and oftentimes, my initial opinion was swayed or defined by the posts from the professors. In short, I really felt a "spirit" of knowledge touching me. I don't know another way to describe it, other than I could actually "feel it" in my bones. It makes you smile and think, "Okay, maybe there is something to this college deal after all. It's more than a piece of paper hanging on the wall that says you are smart." The only time I ever "hated" on AMU was when they wouldn't accept my 10-year old Algebra CLEP. It was mostly because I wasn't an Algebra fan and I didn't want to take the class. As it turns out, AMU was wiser than me; I NEEDED to retake the class. I struggled hard for a couple of weeks and then the light came on. I now understand Algebra better than I have at any point in my life. Some people have a fear of heights, flying or public speaking. My fear was Algebra. In taking the class, with an OUTSTANDING professor, a perfect textbook and the MathZone website, I dominated and ended up with a 96% final grade. Needless to say, I no longer fear Algebra. One of the biggest bonuses from taking classes at AMU is the confidence that I gained after conquering the material. I was late in getting back to school, (in my 40s) and was unsure if I could still "do it." Six years later (deployments, TDYs, court-martial witness, retirement, etc), with a 3.95 GPA, I feel like I can do anything. AMU gave me that confidence. Note to those who dislike the so-called "non value added" classes that are part of your degree program: I balked at having to spend $750 on a history class, but didn't feel like studying for the CLEP, so I took AMU's "History of the American Indian" course and thought it was the most fascinating class in my entire program. I was sharing the stories from the textbook with anyone who would listen. There is soooo much more that is simply not taught in high school. I learned so much that I wondered how I could have been so clueless in the past. I was stationed in South Dakota for a number of years and knew that the Great Sioux Nation was fighting to regain possession of the Black Hills territory. In the class, I learned how the Black Hills reservation began, the terms of the Ft Laramie Treaty and not just "why" it was broken, but also "how" and by whom. And not in a single paragraph or single page, but entire chapters were designated to tell the story as it built, developed, unraveled and ended up as we know it today. Some parts were shocking. Some parts of our history were nauseating and seemed to go against the foundation of our Nation. Like I said, probably THE most fascinating college course I have ever taken. Note to fellow "Old Guys" who are afraid to go back to school: Go. It is so worth it. I think I had a much greater appreciation for school as an older adult. I tried harder than I would have a 20-something and I look for the larger life lessons to be taken from the text. With so many years of life experiences under my belt, the things I learned seemed to resonate more than if I were the "normal" college-aged student. We've lived many of the concepts that the "kids" are just learning. I know I related to the material quicker than the younger folks. The bonus is that you learn a lot from them as well. I've never used Twitter, Facebook or any of the social media sites. I just learned to "text" a few years ago. I understand the hip lingo much better and I think it gave me a better idea of the "pulse" of the younger members in my unit. Go. It's not the academic nightmare you are making it out to be. In fact, you may find that your life and career experiences give you an edge. Plus, you're not as "distracted" as the younger folks. Hopefully, you're past the "youth mating rituals" and nights of heavy drinking. You've got a steady income and home life. You just have to make sure you've got your homework done before football comes on or before those trips to Home Depot! Ha! Bottom Line: AMU has been a wonderful experience for me and I don't know that I would have completed my degree (coming up November 2013) if not for the flexibility that AMU offers. I have experienced only EXCELLENCE from AMU since starting in 2007. I heartily recommend them to anyone, from the casual class-taker to the hard-core student.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 30, 2013 (email verified)

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A blessing! Incredible. I love the flexibility, the time it saves me, the outgoing and helpful staff. The flexibility is not what people lead you to believe, no you do not do what you want when you want, there are deadlines just like any other class. The flexibility comes in because you can choose to go online and read the textbook, take the quizzes complete assignments, etc. at 3am or 3pm if you want, in this way you can easily work out times to study. There is no waking up super early to drive to class and worrying about how tired you are and how that will affect your attentiveness in class and on the road. Unlike typical universities, apus has their act together; none of this shuffling you around to get answer or simply register and pay for classes. Its organized! I am majoring in space studies and this came as a real blessing, because all of my circumstances were decimateing my hopes of achieving a bachelors degree in this field. There are no online bachelors degree in astronomy anywhere else, I know I looked and I prayed! The material is excellent I feel like I am really earning a meaningful degree in my desired field and obtaining the knowledge necessary to succeed! They provide many resources that will help students to learn the material but yes you do have to have some discipline to make this work, you don't get points just for showing up. I have told my friends that apus is the way to go!
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Jonamatthews (In Progress) on October 30, 2013 (email verified)

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American Public University I've enjoyed APU thus far despite working full-time, traveling to support military personnel as a civilian. I've completed two classes and I'm about to start a third. So far, I've balanced this workload by using the broad range of tools the school and each class forum has to offer. The most useful aspects for me are access to digital books and library materials I can save to my 'iBooks' program, and saving the recommended videos as soon as possible, so that I can synch and watch them on my phone when traveling. I recommend APU for the flexibility of the learning platform and cost of the classes.
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Burnsfam555 (Graduate) on October 30, 2013

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OUTSTANDING ONLINE SCHOOL AMU may be the best thing to ever happen for military service members! The school is very flexible and worked with me whenever I had difficulties responding or completing an assignment due to my military commitment. The instructors ALWAYS worked with me to set new deadlines to give me opportunities to complete my assignments...and this was MUCH appreciated. Although the classes were very demanding, the syllabus was very helpful with informing students what was expected. Others have said that they learned more in AMUs online classes than they did attending on-site classes. I have recommended AMU to at least 30 of my peers and subordinates and nearly all of them became students of AMU.
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Polarity (In Progress) on October 27, 2013

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A comparison of APU online school and traditional My contribution here is to boil down a review so it’s not labor intensive to get through. Many reviews I have just read are in agreement with several angles of my opinion about whether or not APU is a good, bad, or indifferent place to attend for quality (or not) education that will (or will not) benefit life in the real world of work and discrimination of information and various matters. I am qualified by experience, of attending both types of old traditional schools and new online versions; also, of several years and types of old traditional: technical, community, college and university levels. Issues/opinions: Traditional-must attend at least 50%; APU online – will transfer as much as possible and life experience is also accepted; Both have internship courses and careers/vocational opportunities via career counselors/career fairs; Both: course projects which enhance learning experiences; Both: Traditional / learning lab; APU online – tutor.com and other supplemental presented by departments/schools, i.e.: School of Science, etc. Books and materials: Traditional: Must pay for books and materials (often paid by monies from grants, but also a part of the costs to budget). For this students who are paying for their own will feel the pinch.APU online: Course books and labs paid by special grant and not out of student’s own individual budget, up until Masters level. Unlimited and flex schedule: Traditional – provides online campus life and schedule; options of potential extensions, but getting them approved is a 50/50 gamble, practically like an act of congress approval. APU online has most willing professors to work with you for extensions and difficult schedules, making it apparent the y are mutually interested and realistic in the students success; that we are mostly adults who are very busy and realize for most, that attending college is something of value, otherwise, why would we be here in the first place? Both schools, traditional and APU online are supported by U.S. Financial Aid, regionally and federally accredited. A large difference I see between the two types of school is that I have no spare time to use for traveling and attending physical schools at this juncture of my life. Rather, I am happy to focus my time on actual learning. I am not able to make a great comparison between traditional and APU online for quality in programs of the same since I have changed from Arts to Science, from Law, Administration, and to Science, with the exception to the level of difficulty. Both types of learning have provided distinguished levels of quality in teaching and materials to learn by. For both schools, there were/are students of varied levels of learning capabilities. It is true that what is put into ones education in effort to learn, will often result in that, and more, as a result. My final opinion with regard to comparisons between old traditional and APU online: the education I am receiving now, at APU, is solid, intensive, rigorous, and thorough. Students are expected to be on time, complete the assignments, and to be able to perform well and to achieve, to set goals and to attain them. I am very pleased with the education I am receiving at APU online university. I am equally satisfied with most of my past endeavors in traditional learning, but often wished I had the ability to just go to school since I had to make myself available to attending in person. That was not a realistic situation to dream about because life happens and things changes. Flexibility of online college is priceless with my needs as a student, child of an elderly parent, parent, grandparent, and spouse. In the end, I do not have to make any real trade-offs to get my education. Yes, I do have to pay for my own. This did not turn out to be as concise as I planned, but hopefully this has accomplished an assist to you if you are researching a place to call your educational home –APU! Good luck to you in research to find a school. Financial Aid provides helps in both types of schools, APUS online and Traditional.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 23, 2013

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Very Interesting Program My program was very interesting and informative. I feel that I definately got my money's worth. The courses were well taught and the instructors over all were very knowledgable in their field and were able to demonstrate their knowledge to the class. Many of the instructors were able to use real life experiences to create an interesting learning environment.
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Lhss23 (Graduate) on October 14, 2013 (email verified)

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Do It! If you are thinking of going back to school, but think you don't have the time, money, etc, just DO IT! When you do, APU is the way to go. I am a full-time high school teacher that was worried about my time and budget, but APU fit perfectly. It is completely accredited, fully supportive, and all-around exceptional. The cost of classes was significantly cheaper than any other universities I was able to find and being completely on-line, I did not have to deal with driving to and from a campus. If you are looking to go back to school, but are past the traditional campus style and want to save time and money, this is the way to go. I cannot recommend APU enough.
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Colemanscripts (In Progress) on October 10, 2013

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Glad I Joined I'm so glad I decided to go back to college online. I have a 96.6% average after 8 courses, and I'm actually happy about continuing until I earn my degree. Each course is only 8 weeks long, and I do most of my work when the kids are in bed at night. I've learned a lot about the world, but mostly I've learned new things about myself, like the fact that I can overcome my fear of technology, write excellent essays, and meet deadlines. I'm setting a good example for my kids as well. When my oldest son sees me working hard on homework he has no excuses to avoid his own. APU/AMU was designed for people who are busy and possibly a little lost with the new technology of learning online. They guide you quickly and easily through the process of signing up and taking classes. They set you up with an introductory class that teaches you how to use the classroom tools and write your first essays. If you take subjects that interest you, and you want to learn you will be glad you joined this college.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 10, 2013 (email verified)

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A once great school, trashed by low quality teachers and recycled texts APUS has gone downhill. The quality of courses and instructors has really taken a nosedive since the profit potential of online colleges has been realized. The school's software is a joke, they insist on using FREE Sakai software, and charging you to use it. They've also started adding fees and claiming that it is somehow not a tuition increase. The staff are hard to deal with and probably overwhelmed. Keep your expectations low with this diploma mill.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 9, 2013 (email verified)

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BE READY TO READ, WRITE, AND ANALYZE... I have to say my experience has been good. I have stuck with the same teachers as often as I can because then I know what to expect (rate my professor.com). Most students do this in your colleges and universities that they sit in classroom daily. This may be difficult for some of students with general study classes. You will spend alot of time reading and researching information for your posting. I will say I have had some rough goes with fellow students because they won't reply to postings, but I had some great goes with fellow students in postngs. I do miss the classroom interaction and real life stories that teachers can project into the criminal justice degree classes. I was taking one class were there must have been intially 8 of us in the class, it end up being just the two of us in the class. Most schools would have dropped the class, but that would have hurt my fellow classmate because he needed it to graduate. On-line is not for the faint at heart. My books are paid for free, yes I would much rather have a hard copy of my text book but, I save all my books on computer, I can always go back them. Is it challenging? Yes.
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J_skaa (In Progress) on October 5, 2013 (email verified)

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Great for Underachievers This school seems good for those that may have struggled in high school, or those that are exceptionally lazy and just want that degree, not the education itself. I realize that I have not attended other online schools--this may be the case for all of them. Most of the instructors seem to be copying and pasting their lessons (not necessarily their own, as I dropped a class, took it again from someone else later, and everything was the same) and not paying attention to what is happening in the "classroom." One did not notice that another student's posts were 90% copied straight from the text and still failed to address the question posed. At the end of eight weeks many of the students don't seem to have learned anything. I am not sure if that is on the student or the instructor's lax approach. It makes me wonder if I will be ready for graduate school if I continue with AMU/APUS. Why don't I transfer schools? Because I work full time and cannot attend a real school, and have yet to find another online school that offers this program.
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Masseycm (In Progress) on October 3, 2013

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Good for a degree not for an education If you are merely looking for a quick an easy degree this might be the place for you. If you are looking for an education then please look somewhere else. The instructors are unengaged and some of the participants are even worse. I have over 30 hours with this university and honestly it was about 28 too many. I was afraid to switch schools because I was using VA benefits and was concerned not enough credits would transfer for me to still get my BS. I am now going to SNHU they have less expensive classes and they have been very helpful in the transfer process.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Eh... It's ok. In my third year, wish I would have hunted around for an online school more. Most classroom focus is put on posting atleast 250 words in your weekly forum post rather than there is on the course's content - which you're on your own for. Instructors, while some were nice to work, were mostly absent. I got the feeling they were working out of a call center in Manilla. They almost never participate in the discussion forums and assignment feedback left much to be desired. If you're looking for an online degree that's somewhat affordable and doesn't say "Phoenix" anywhere on it APUS will suffice. If quality of education is one of your priorities then shop around first.
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Bentzkim (In Progress) on October 2, 2013 (email verified)

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Online Learning - Not for the Faint of Heart APUS/AMU is a mixed bag, like everywhere else, I presume. Some professors are excellent, some are okay. Some of the material is engaging and interesting, and some of it is make-work. The biggest thing about getting an education online is that you must be prepared to teach yourself! You must have a great deal of self-discipline and go out of your way to receive the maximum benefit from the classes. Granted, I have only taken 100-200 level courses. The best professors I've had are in the Science and Social Studies. These courses were well-designed and the materials were great. The English department has been a lot more hit-and-miss. Some advice: Do your work as early as possible so that technical difficulties aren't devastating. And communicate with your professor on a regular basis. That is the only way in which I have felt any kind of a human component to the school. The school tries to generate online collaboration and sense of community through the class forums, but at least for me, that has had mixed success. The counseling/advising department has been very helpful, and a recent registration problem was handled swiftly and with great professionalism, by no less than three departments. The extreme upside of an online education for the working professional is that I can study at home, where I'm comfortable, in my pajamas if need be. If I need to work late, it does not conflict with class, and if there is a family tragedy or something the professors (so far) have been great at making the small accommodations necessary. As long as you are willing to put in the work to take in the materials on your own,
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 2, 2013 (email verified)

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Go Elsewhere I have had some very good quality professors at APU, but the point is to find employment at the end. My advice is to spend more money and pay for an MBA from a more well-known, connected instituation. Unfortunately APU has no affiliations with employers, which is necessary to find employment these days.
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Chandra4687 (In Progress) on September 22, 2013 (email verified)

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I was a little scared! But I'm glad I jumped in. I always thought that I didn't have time for school, or to be honest I thought that I wasn't smart enough. I am a normal person a mother, wife, I work at Wal-Mart. I am going to school full time. taking 4 classes a semester, two 8 weeks classes in the beginning of the semester, and two at the end of the semester. I have enough time. As long as you do the work, ask for help when needed. You will be fine. I'm so glad I jumped in. My saying was "I jumped in, and all I could do was hope to float." Well, I'm floating.
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Cbheroux (In Progress) on September 19, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent Opportunity to get your Degree from an Accredited University I am two-thirds of the way through their Bachelor's in Psychology program at American Military University, and I would be willing to talk to anyone about my experience. The transfer credit process was easy and clear. I use the G.I. Bill to pay for my classes and that process was easy as well. I take two, eight week courses at a time, and though the homework can be plentiful, I could not have dreamed of a more accessible path to earn my degree. Some of the professors have been more engaged than others, but I have nothing negative to say about them either. I go to ratemyprofessor.com to evaluate who I should take. AMU/APU are the way to go for online schooling. I hope to continue on towards my Master's degree after I complete my undergraduate courses. Chris H.
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Smcfadden2269 (Graduate) on September 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Finally Finished I started doing classes with this school in 2006, and I FINALLY finished my final class for my Bachelor's Degree. This is a great school if you have to choose an online medium. Regardless where you are in the world, if you have access to the internet, you can take classes thru this school. I was able to do so regardless where I was, be it Virginia, Korea, Texas, or on a ship out in the middle of the ocean somewhere. Some of my fellow students were in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan taking advantage of this school as well. Compared to other universities, the tuition is very low(if you're in the military, you have tuition assistance that pays for everything, all you have to do is pass the class). The only bad thing I have to say is that sometimes you're not able to sell your books back thru MBS Direct. I was however, able to donate my books thru betterworldbooks.com. However, despite that, I still say AMU is an excellent school, and I'm very glad I was able to pursue a college education this way.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 6, 2013 (email verified)

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You get what you put in Online education is a pain. Without in-person lectures the student is required to shoulder the burden of their own education. For some, this is a dealbreaker, for others, it's exactly what they want. If you're willing to put forth the effort, you can learn a tremendous amount from a degree program at AMU. I came in with an Associate's Degree, so I can't speak for the general education courses of the first two years, but the professionals who taught the specifics in the 300 and 400 level courses were on their game and more than willing to work with you. While certainly not perfect, and without hands-on there are gaps in my knowledge that needed to be filled with local training and agencies, the base-level information gave me what I needed to address any concern which came my way. I trust the university enough I returned for my Masters. My only complaint is the financial aid office, which is consistently giving me 60% of their estimated costs of attendance for some reason they can't adequately explain. I am still trying to iron that out, but I'm inclined to agree with other reviews that they appear to have issues in that department.
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S_schenk_watts (In Progress) on September 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Great school, great program variety I've transferred to APUS in January 2012 with the full allowable credit hours to continue my BA History, after I had exhausted all online classes offered at my local brick & mortar university. I am glad I switched, and I only regret not transferring earlier. Cost-wise, APUS is less expensive than my local public university, as APUS' tuition includes all textbooks for undergraduates. Time-wise, APUS offers students to complete their degree in less time than a traditional university because of the 8-weeks semesters. With that said, the workload is the same, if not more, than what I did at my local university. Since my general ed classes and electives all transferred, all I have taken at APUS are History classes. They are by far more work intensive and time consuming than the classes I took at my local university. On average, all of my upper-level History classes at APUS required a weekly short paper (3-5 pages), a 10-page research paper, a mid-term and a final exam on top of the weekly discussion board posts (usually around 4-6). As for History instructors, I have no complaints: They are all very well educated in their field, and most of them will go out of their way to ensure that you succeed in class. For anybody who works full-time and has a family, APUS is an excellent choice in getting a step closer to achieving your academic dream.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 1, 2013

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So far So far I like the school. My experience has been mixed but it is more positive. I have had two teachers who by their the way they handled me make me angry with them till this time. that is why I gave a 9 for teachers or it would have been exceptional. Their communication was bad and one of them would not even respond promptly to me. She really messed me up and I would never have brought this up. However to let the school know would be a blessing to the university and myself because I would forever be a member of the university. The remaining teachers were excellent. I would keep putting in my best, take you all.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 31, 2013 (email verified)

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Experience is what you make it Having attended two traditional and respected universities to earn my B.S., I can only speak of my experience with AMU from the master's standpoint. Overall, I have had truly positive experiences with this program and contend the knowledge gained will serve well in both personal and professional endeavors. I mentioned the undergrad work through traditional schools as I am not certain an online medium can bring justice to the many facets of learning and experiences typically attained in a classroom environment. However, if one has a solid undergrad experience, it will be easy to see the value of attending a school such as AMU for post-graduate work. For those whom may argue it is lacking in challenge, I would argue the experience is what you make of it. I am certain plenty of students do the minimum necessary to complete a degree, but if you truly engage in the topics, discussions and research, there is much to gain. The drawback to AMU, and the majority of for-profit universities, is the 100 percent acceptance rate in post-grad studies. At times this takes away from thought-provoking discussions and assignments that could demand more. Additionally, though AMU is becoming more and more widely respected, this is also the reason employers do not give as much credit to a degree from a for-profit. I have no regrets attaining my master's through AMU but once completed I will be looking to engage in a second master's through a traditional university to better set the stage for PhD studies. Though I am utilizing Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits, I have had to work extensively with the financial aid department for the deferment of my undergraduate loans and have always had positive encounters with that department. They have always been prompt in their responses and willing to answer questions or provide assistance in the process.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 30, 2013 (email verified)

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Self-Learning Since no one has reviewed this school in over a year, I'll give my two cents. I haven't had any problems with the APUS financial aid system. They may have changed their application process, but I didn't have any problems applying a few years ago. The application process is accompanied by a timeline, so the student applying can see what they have done and what needs to be done next. I finished my application, and registered for classes in under a week. Their financial aid "portal" is lacking and you can't see how much money you started with, or what is being deducted. Always opt out of automatic school deductions. Always ask your check to be mailed to you and you will pay the school. I've been in multiple universities and having a good financial department is a myth. No one knows what is going on, so make sure you are in control. The biggest plus of this school would be the type of classes you can take. A lot of classes you can't take at regular universities. People who want their work done for them, or their hands held, should run away from online learning. Online learning is "self-learning." Professors don't care about you (in regular universities they have to care about you because they are required to see you), and won't coddle you. Most of my professors are literally act like teenagers. They know that you can't do anything, or petition against them, in an online university. Often they will dock you points just because they don't like you, or because you are asking too many questions. They don't grade assignments if they don't want to, don't post due dates, and blame students when no one knows when to turn them in. The language programs in this school are also ridiculous. Don't take them. They squash the equivalent of two years of high school language into sixteen weeks. This school is set up for one thing, to get people their degrees. It is set up for those who are motivated military members or just regular motivated students. This school will make you fail if you can't do the learning on your own. APUS does have some other good points. They are very against plagiarism and enforce rules that apply to students (rules for professors are ignored). Other universities (SUU, for example) I have attended don't care when students turn in fake papers, or cheat. Most of your fellow classmates are all their to do their best, to learn and to excel. If you are diligent and follow all your classmates you will learn more at APUS than at a normal university. Most students here are already professionals. There is no "freshman" atmosphere. Even though the professors don't care, the student body at APUS knows that learning is serious business. A lot of students at APUS know more about a subject than the professors. Over my time at APUS, the school has upgraded significantly. They are progressing, but not fast enough. I wouldn't recommend spending your money to go here. Get the basic classes and move on. If you want to take some of the more specialized classes, be prepared to do everything alone. p.s. Don't take any classes by Al Acuna, or Dr Meiling Lim.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 29, 2013

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Emphasis on HR Management APU is a wonderful college. I started back in March 2010, and actually started at National American University. I came across APU by accident. When I found out the cost was $250/credit and FREE BOOKS, it was a no-brainer. I have been able to study and go continously without breaks since March 2010. I study at work (when I have a chance), evenings and weekends. It has been a fabulous journey...scheduled to wrap up in a year!
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Whitenorman32 (In Progress) on August 29, 2013 (email verified)

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8 Week Courses Are Better For myself I really liked the 8 week courses better than the 16 week courses. Between work and family I am a very busy individual. Also my work takes me away most weeks out of the year. So being able to take a class for 8 weeks, instead of 16 weeks, makes it so I can squeeze a class or two in before I have to leave again for work. Now yes because of the shorter time period you have more work at a faster pace than you would with the 16 week courses. As long as you stay on top of it, do not overload yourself, and work hard you will be fine. Also the instructors expect you to get your work done but they are also extremely helpful. To be honest, at least with the instructors I have had so far, I felt like my instructors really wanted to see me succeed in their class.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 29, 2013

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MBA I have been attending APU for 8 months now and I am sooo pleased with this on-line college. Everything about I am learning is based on real world challenges. APU has proven to me that it is not just a business, it is truly a learning institution that is not just in it for the money.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 16, 2013

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Overall Overall AMU is a great school academically. However the manner in which they handle financial needs to be overhauled, I am going to pursue my masters but will do it else where because of the horrific manner in which they deal with student's financial aid. Its funny because its the pell grants they seem to mess up not the loans. I am completely baffled as to how at the way they deal with disbursements. Other than this the school is great.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 14, 2013 (email verified)

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STAY AWAY!!!!! Extremely poor financial aid department. Teachers were fairly decent and helpful when asked- no problems experienced. This school offers a good amount of selection. I do not recommend going to this on line campus due to all the problems with financial aid department. Their process is very poor. Send numerous forms over and over again via fax, scanned emails. I have had to send tha same documents over a half dozen times and this pushes deadlines to the max, even to the point will it affects dropping classes to restart a new semester. Happens alot and it messes up your financial aid. I am going to another college and skipping this online experience. Wish everybody the best in the educational experiences, but no recommendations here.
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Diogenes.cruz (In Progress) on August 7, 2013 (email verified)

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American Military University I started at AMU in 2009 and after a hiatus, decided that I would prefer to finish my bachelor's at a brick and mortar school. I struggled with the lack of support and guidance at a traditional college, especially since the one I chose was not conducive for non-traditional adult students (i.e, I can't attend classes during the day). I came back to AMU with a greater appreciation for what the school offers. First of all, although everything is done online, it is a seamless process. If you need human support, you can pick up the phone and ask somebody for help. One thing I have seen them do, which is hard to see done at a traditional college, is having people expedite things for you, such as evaluating one class for transfer credit. I absolutely LOVE that I can start classes every month, which will allow me to complete my degree at an accelerated pace. At the rate I was going with my old school, I would have completed my degree at old age, mainly because class offerings were so limited and I could never get a spot in a class I needed. Is it a perfect school? No, but that's the case with any other school. Are the instructors the best? Just like any other school, you have the occassional bad apple. But for the most part, I am happy with my experience at AMU and it took seeing how others schools operate to help me understand what a gem AMU is for military professionals who need the flexbility AMU offers.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Great school, good value I have been attending AMU/APUS for several years and plan to complete my undergraduate degree by 2015. I have over 20 years workforce experience and enjoy the virtual classroom environment. I find it interesting that people are so quick to write negative reviews when they have one bad experience. Overall, my experience with this institution has been great. Transfer credits - I had ZERO problems with the transfer credit evaluation (TCE) process, and by providing all of the required documentation, appreciate that AMU/APUS accepted many of my prior credits. Financial - I have not used financial aid, but can say that the current process for paying my tuition works like a charm. And, when I dropped a class or two refunds were provided in full, and in a timely manner. Website navigation/features - The school website is easy to navigate and I like the layout of my Academic Plan. Books - Yes, many of the free undergrad textbooks are now e-books. It's an adjustment - especially for us older students, but I would rather have the new options than pay for hard copy books. Instructors/courses - The majority of instructors I've had so far have challenged me to learn and do my best. I have rarely encountered one who did not respond to my questions in a timely manner. I do recommend AMU/APUS to other adult learners on a regular basis.
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Rockinghranching (Graduate) on August 3, 2013 (email verified)

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BA in Management - Great Experience! As others have stated in their reviews, online school is not for everyone. If you require constant interaction in order to learn and retain material, then distance learning is not for you. If you are a disciplined self starter, then you will do well at APU. Having attended other online programs and traditional universities, I would place the quality of education in line with the other schools. My professors have included practicing attorneys, a major in the pentagon, and multiple professors who teach in traditional universities. Like many things in life, if you put forth the effort and do the work, you will do well. If you do not, then you will struggle. Because technology plays a major role, APU does a great job with their learning management system. I have found the financial aid office to be adequate and my advisers follow up usually within a matter of hours. The elitism that exists in many traditional universities seems to be absent from APU. My wife also transferred to APU. I work for a fortune 100 company and as I discuss the quality of my education with those who have attended traditional universities, they are impressed. If an online education fits your life, the APU is a great institution to partner with in accomplishing your goals.
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Pauline521 (In Progress) on August 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Overworked Professors I am pursuing a MBA in Accounting. This institution has some positives and negatives. POSITIVES 1) You are not required to buy the lastest textbook edition. My BA degree is from a brick and mortar State University and had to buy the latest textbook edition which is obviously more expensive. 2) The Tuition is very reasonable compared to other on-line Universities. NEGATIVES 1) I think the biggest reason why APU receives negative feedback is that its professors are either overworked, not dedicated APU students and online teaching or have another job and APU is secondary. I had a professor give us all 100% on the final exam because he forgot to upload it. I have had a professor mix up his classes by accidentally sending his APU students materials for another course at another school. I have had a professor confess that he was busy grading papers for students at another schools and that's why it took him so long to update our grade. Other professors promise to post youtube tutorials but never do. It's not uncommon to receive a grade for an assignment but the professor doesn't provide you with answers, so you dont know which questions you missed and why. 2) Some courses need more than 8 weeks. Because professors want to finish the textbook within 2 months, I had a class where we covered 3-4 chapters a week. I honestly didnt learn much in that class.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 1, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU MA History AMU classes can be challenging, and expectations can be high. Some instructors are easier to work with than others but overall the quality of the teaching staff is very high. They all teach at B&M schools and are experts with extensive subject knowledge. This is by no means an easier route to post graduate qualification, neither is the quality any less than at a traditional B&M school. I am half way through my masters and will value it highly when it is complete.
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Williamsderrickk (Graduate) on August 1, 2013 (email verified)

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It's All on You APU/AMU allows you to make the decision IF you want to put forth the effort in earning your degree. Do not get a false sense of security that taking online classes are easy because you have seven days +/- to get your assignments done. It took me a couple of classes to get my bearings and understand that each day is precious when it comes to getting your work finished to turn in. If you don't like writing papers, then don't bother signing up. Stick to a classroom setting if you need variety. Depending on your degree, APU/AMU's professors will challenge you to think more outside of the norm. I'm happy that I had some good professors for my Masters program for Emergency Management. They gave me a gut check on if I really wanted to transition into this field. With graduation 14 days away, I'm proud of my choice to do my studies with AMU. D Williams Master of Arts - Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness Summer Class of 2013
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Liampotterx (In Progress) on August 1, 2013

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Military and Diplomatic History My experience with APUS/AMU in my program has been exceptional. Professors are responsive and knowledgeable about the subject matter and course content has been both challenging and rewarding. My knowledge of the subject matter has increased exponentially. I have had the experience of brick and mortar schools and online. I can't speak for other schools, but I can and do recommend APUS/AMU for the Historian/Scholar looking to really learn!!
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M-dunham (In Progress) on August 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Good online program. As with most colleges, the quality of teachers and their interactions are good and bad. For several classes, I had good teachers that provided regular useful input. For one or two classes, I had a teacher I did not prefer. Most of the courses are interesting and I haven't felt like I wasted my money on any of them (which is saying something since I am paying out of pocket with no scholarship money). I miss the face to face interactions of classrooms but this program is easy to get into and easy to maintain. The pace of course work can be a little grueling but its still do-able, even with a full-time job. Anytime I have emailed the administration with questions or issues, I have always received a prompt response.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 31, 2013

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Quality Education The hospitality management program at AMU/APUS is a great program. I've worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years and this program has helped me to hone my skills. The courses and instructors in this program are outstanding. I have learned so much from an operations standpoint that I feel I am ready for mid-level management easily.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 31, 2013 (email verified)

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You should already be working in your field Honestly, there is nothing completely wrong with anything. But there is nothing exceptional either. You will not get a really deep understanding of anything new in this program, so hopefully you are only getting this degree because you need another degree and are already working in the field. Most teachers do the bare minimum. There are one or two that really get into it and make the assignments interesting, including discussion forums and give feedback that is actually useful. Each class has the same assignment layout and they are very basic and in my opinion do not foster active learning. Once you figure out the formula, it's easy to pump out the requirements and get an easy A. i have yet to struggle in a class and I barely put in effort. Straight A's. They let everyone in so it's easy to shine in the program and feel good about yourself. If you want teachers and discussion forums and assignments that really encourage a deep understanding, this is not the school for you. If you want a degree from an accredited school - then this will do. I already work in my field and getting a Master's just makes my credentials look better. APUS is cheaper than many other schools but be honest with yourself - it's a Private, online, FOR PROFIT, degree mill school that happens to be better than others in the same boat, especially in terms of costs and accreditation. It's not a top notch school though. It's totally average.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 31, 2013 (email verified)

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APU is a bad online school. I am a new student here. I wanted a great online education and was told that APU was one of the great ones. I WOULD never in a million YEARS say ANYTHING good about this school. I will tell people not to just walk away, BUT run away. The support staff team are stupid and totally lacking in support and information. More important than that, they do not care. They will tell you what you want to hear. Or better yet, just hang up on you. The school thought going to a new system for the FSA package was a wonderful idea. LIKE HELL it was. EVEN if your school is all paid for,they think you should wait for weeks on end while THEY fix THEIR problem. Promises and lame excuses are all I have heard from these people. When you go to call to ask a simple question or to try and get someone who knows what is going on, well it is a NIGHTMARE! I have even been blamed as a student that this MESS is my FAULT! When people want to go back to school to better themselves, they need help to pay for it and extra money to live on. I am pretty DAMN sure everyone who works at that school GOT money to pay their bills last month. They do not care about you. They have never cared about you as a student. I have told everyone I KNOW and will tell a hell of a lot more people that this is one school YOU should NEVER go to. APU you have made your bed, hope you can sleep at night in it.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 31, 2013 (email verified)

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Exceptional Learning Program. Taking one eight week course at a time allowed me to focus on that course while still graduating at the same two year pace that a person taking two sixteen week courses at a time does. The online media also allows for working anywhere at anytime.
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Hstrykm (In Progress) on July 29, 2013 (email verified)

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very happy with my education I received my BA in history from APUS after a long break from college. They were very easy to work with and the financial aid process went very smoothly. I was able to transfer almost all of my credits from my previous school. I chose APUS because they had a history program when no other on-line school did. I was pleasantly surprised and could not have been happier with the whole process. I am now almost finished with my MA in ancient history, and would highly recommend this school to anyone looking to extend their education for any reason.
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James.hamilton6 (In Progress) on July 24, 2013 (email verified)

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BA in Transportation and Logistics Management I have been taking classes with AMU since 2007 and just completed my final class and will officially graduate in August. I found AMU to be a great program and met or exceeded all of my expectations. For the majority of my time at AMU, I used Tuition Assistance to pay for my classes but back when the Army was considering taking away this option a few years ago, I used received financial aid to make sure I could finish my last few classes. My experience was easy to process and I received my checks by around the half-way point of my classes. Most of the instructors were caring and showed a real concern to what they were teaching. The only bad experience I had with an instructor, I reported him and what he did (he didn't do anything, never responded or taught anything, just went through the motions and got paid), and I received several emails asking for more specifics on him and I never saw his name as an instructor again. I personally found AMU to be outstanding and I have nothing bad to say at all. I'm 46 and finally getting my degree and with work, a large family, and going to school, I would not have been able to do all of this without the way AMU was structured. It worked out great for me and I recommend this program for anyone who is older and experienced in life and wants a program that will help you finish your degree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 18, 2013

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Meh. I'm currently a Masters student at APU. I attended three years ago, took a break, and have come back. Boy have things changed. It seems the "lessons" are just statements that tell one to read chapters then write 300+ word busy work forum posts. When I attended before, there were a variety of learning techniques including not only readings, but website exploration and videos. Now it's just read and vomit out information. Heavy sigh...can't wait to get this over with...
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Brookhart (In Progress) on July 15, 2013 (email verified)

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The quality of education is up to you I want to start off by saying, a brick and mortar school education is far better than an on-line education. With that said, if you are in the military or a similar situation that requires you to move periodical AMU is a “good” school for you. I would not classify any on-line school as “great,” but the APUS is one of the better on-line schools out there. The education you will receive will depend on the time you put into the class. There is no one spoon feeding you the information like at a brick and mortar school and you don’t have immediate feedback from the professors. This school requires the student to be responsible for their own education. The school does provide resources to their students to aid in their educational journey. You get free text books (some may be e-books) for your undergraduate degree, a structured learning plan, a school that will allow you to move from a certificate, to Associates Degree, to a Bachelors’, and finish with a Master’s all on-line, and the professors are required to provide feedback to a student’s question within 48 hours. I am in the military and AMU fits my lifestyle well. The eight week courses makes it easy for me to take one class at a time and still use all of my tuition assistance to complete six courses a year. The school does not require proctored, so I am able to complete all course work at home at my leisure. Again, if you have the option of going to a brick and mortar school …go! If you are like me and want to stick with one school from Associate’s to Master’s no matter where the Army moves me consider AMU/APUS.
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Bke7560341 (In Progress) on July 15, 2013 (email verified)

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AA in Retail Management I have been taking courses to complete my Associate's degree with APUS for two years now. This has been a great decision on my part. The classes are flexible and the syllabi are easy to understand and follow. I have had some technical difficulties but was able to iron them out with some communication with the proper departments and/or the professors. I have found that the financial aid department was easily accessible as well. The sign of any good department is how they handle problems and when I had one the financial aid department was able to find the solution. Some of my courses were work credit (called LLRC) courses taken through my company. If I had a complaint, it would be that two weeks is not enough time to read the whole book and take the test for these credits. On the other hand, it is a course that is credited if the test is passed, at no cost to me, so that part is great. My experience with the professors has been great as well. They have all responded to my questions and concerns quickly. As other reviewers have said, online courses depend on your own motivation. You really get out what you put in. Overall, I would say that this university gets a high 8. Good quality for the money.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 11, 2013

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Best Bang for Your Buck Overall, I think this is the best bang for your buck if you are already working in your degree area, but need certification or graduate coursework for promotion or salary increase. Taking courses through APU online acquaints you with others already working in your industry/profession, who are diverse geographically, culturally, age, gender, etc. This diversity factor, along with course content, puts you on the cutting edge of your profession. Also, the course forums are a great way to collaborate and discuss practical solutions to theoretical problems posed in the textbook. In addition, for those who are not used to being online or collaborating online, taking classes at APU is a very quick, crash-course way to improve your technological skills. I must say, however, that the technology fee raised the tuition a bit. This lessens the value and may prove not to be as cost-effective for the student in the long run, particularly so if the student is paying out of pocket.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 11, 2013 (email verified)

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MS in Accounting I am half way through my 36-credit Master of Science in Accounting degree program at American Public University System (APUS). I would have to say that at first I was skeptical about online universities being that I completed my Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accountancy degree at a traditional brick-and-mortar university back in 1998. However, I researched other online universities, but settled with APUS instead. I selected APUS because its an accredited online university and also because it has received rewards and recognitions for its high quality of education. In addition, they are well known for educating our country's finest military personnel through American Military University (under the same umbrella as American Public University)--for that matter, I can't go wrong in choosing APUS to pursue my Master's. Even though APUS is a for-profit, private online university with over 100,000 students enrolled, I also believe that they strive to make obtaining a degree affordable for all who wants to challenge themselves intellectually, and have the discipline and the commitment to pursue higher education. ~Chinese man from Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Kramer.arbogast (In Progress) on July 10, 2013 (email verified)

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Solid Foundation for Future Success! I have completed several courses with the American Military University and all of them have proven to be top quality educational experiences. As others who have posted reviews here I too have attended other Community Colleges and actual Universities and have found that classes I have taken with AMU are equal to or better than te classes taken at these institutions. I feel that AMU offers working adults like myself and our United States Service Men and Women the opportunity to acheive our goals while providing for our familis or defending our country. The education I have recieved while studying here at AMU has prepared me for real life application of what I have learned. AMU has not only trained me in courses I required for my degree but they have guided my development of computer skills as well. I would recommend AMU to anyone who wants a quality education set at their own pace and from facultywho really care about them.
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Omar.marrero (In Progress) on July 8, 2013

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AMU - What's not to love? Although I have only ever attended AMU through online or distance learning since 2009, I have found this institution of learning very valuable in my endeavors to complete a degree that interests me. Being in the military I have been fortunate enough to still be able to attend AMU even when in remote parts of Afghanistan still receiving my books and any and all help I have requested when experiencing hardships in the environment I was learning in. All in all I always recommend this school highly to the Airmen I supervise in the Air Force and even to those who are in the civilian sector.
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Francisco.tirado (Graduate) on July 5, 2013 (email verified)

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APU Homeland Security Program As a transfer student, I completed my Bachelors degree in Homeland Security online and I can truly say the quality of education, intructors and administrative personnel is just as good or better than a brick and mortar institution. The amount of experience and pedagogical excellence of the instructors in this program say a lot about its curriculum.
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R222mus (In Progress) on July 5, 2013 (email verified)

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Courses leading to an associate's degree in accounting I am pleasantly surprised, and happy, that I seem to be earning a good education both in my accounting and business classes, and in the general education courses I need to earn my associate's degree in accounting. My general courses, such as English 101, Foundations of Online Learning, Geography, International Relations, College Algebra, were demanding and difficult for me, but very rewarding. The instructors were truly outstanding! They were very good in their fields, communicative, and responsive to my questions and needs. Both of my teachers for my two accounting classes were excellent, supportive, and very knowledgeable and able in their fields. I had never taken accounting classes before, and I was really scraping for awhile to get a handle on the facts and processes of accounting. The teachers were instrumental in my overcoming the obstacles I faced. My microeconomics teacher, which class I just completed, was very competent and helpful as well. My Business 101 class was excellent as well. The general format for all my classes has been the same, pretty much. One can download the e-book to your computer so that you don't have to go the website each time for reading the chapters and doing the homework. But for the algebra homework, I did have to go to the website. The structure for the quizzes and the tests was pretty much identical for all the classes that had quizzes and tests. The entire format for attending classes and handing in the homework and tests is well designed and not difficult to learn how to navigate. One wish I have is that the school implement a format for live e-lectures by the instructors which us students can attend either in real time or afterwards. But, the instructors did give us links to videotaped lectures by other professors that we could click on and listen to, and learn from. So that is a very good option, but still, it would be nice if we could actually see our instructors from time to time, even if on a video tape.
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Bjv1976 (In Progress) on July 4, 2013 (email verified)

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No need to wait I'm 36 yrs old and waited a long time to go back to school for a degree. A couple reasons for this is because I couldn't stand the young kids of today and I didn't think I would have the time. However, with American Military University all of the reasons I had disappeared. The online courses and staff are great. The students in my experience are very well respectful, even if we don't see eye to eye on some topics. So if you are waiting to find a college there is no need any longer. You found the one you have been searching for.
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Greg50111 (In Progress) on July 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Poor education I used to make excuses for the failings of an online education, saying "it's all what you put into it outside of class". I don't make excuses for my online learning experience at APUS anymore. I have a traditional "on campus" BA, from the University of Northern Iowa, so I have a solid frame of reference. My experience with APUS is that it is far inferior to my on campus experience. Most of the "instructors" are horrible, probably because they are allowed to "oversee" several courses each eight weeks. Rather than answering questions I ask, some tell me "it's a complex topic, look it up on the Internet". Probably the only way to attract anyone to work for them is to allow the instructors to be invisible to the students, letting them "grade" six courses every eight weeks so that the job pays enough. I had one instructor tell me he didn't have time to answer all of the students messages because his job with APUS was one of three jobs that he had. At the University of Northern Iowa we had traditional 16 week semesters. It was a far more rigorous education than with APUS. It is thirty years ago and I still remember a great deal of what I learned. At APUS the classes are so poor I can barely remember what we learned the prior week. Occasionally, I have had a descent instructor. The only reason I stay at APUS is that it is cheaper than other online institutions. If you can afford it, go somewhere else. Preferably on campus.
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Helene1213 (In Progress) on July 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Great school. I have no complaints about this school or my program. I've run into a few teachers I didn't like but for the most part it's been awesome. I have a 4.0 in the program. I work hard and earn my grades. At first I questioned if A's were easily handed out, but I checked the Presidents list and did not see certain names which helped me feel confident my work is excellent. This program is all about reading and writing, no tests. I hate to read and suffer through it, but I love to write. It balances out. Financial aid has not been an issue and the staff assisting in setting up my practicum and internship have been excellent. I highly recommend this school especially for a working professional.
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Joanbiz7788 (Graduate) on July 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Great MBA at APU The MBA degree at APU provides an excellent higher education for any student who enjoys a challenge. The class discussion and students interaction provide a great understanding of real business situation through research scholarly publication. My education at APU provided the understanding and knowledge to tackle any business decision on a job. APU provides excellent support to enroll a student without any hassle. The financial aid department is fantastic for an online university. I have attended other colleges in the past, and APU provides great resources to assist students in their educational endeavor. I highly recommend American Public University. Thanks, Joan
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 2, 2013 (email verified)

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Wonderful experience overall The best part of APU is the professors - I had some outstanding instruction and support. I have read some of the reviews and 'financial aid' seems to be a big concern. The problem is not the school but the system. I have kids in university and the process is daunting at any school with the University of Florida coming in horrifically.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 2, 2013

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Impressive High Quality Institution I finished my Bachelors degree in February in Sports and Health Sciences. ....As an active duty spouse and mother of two young toddlers, APU made it possible and easier for me to complete my degree. Prior to APU, I attended 4 other colleges/universities (physical and online) in 4 different states and APU topped them all! I was a bit apprehensive on what to expect from an entirely online degree program, but was quickly and continually impressed at the quality and level academics, the level of professionalism and interaction between professors and students in the virtual classrooms, as well as the high level of support and help prvided accademic counselors, staff, etc. I loved the virtual classroom design and the treal classroom feel where I was not just an "invisible" student. The quality of education I received from actual professionals in their field exceeded the affordable price! I highly recommend APU/AMU!
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Toniraska (In Progress) on June 30, 2013 (email verified)

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student review of APUS I heard of APUS through family who went there and enjoyed it. I had been given the biggest run around from Columbia university MO. for the last year about my student loans so I transferred to APUS. I have over 190 credits and when I emailed APUS to require about courses, I told them that I lacked 3 courses from obtaining my bachelors and wanted to finish ,as well as go on to masters. I then paid to have transcripts sent. I was put in master program. I thought it was because of all the credits that I had but did ask if I needed to do anything else and was told ,NO that they had it all. I was thrilled and registered. I started and was in the 5th week when I was asked for my conferment date for bachelors. I told them that I didn't have one and had told them that. I also was disbursed my student loan check already. Then I was told that I I would be dropped due to falsifying my record and I let them know that I saved all emails and could prove what was said, the tune changed and I was told that I could enroll in the bachelors but had to wait for July of this year to enroll, which I understood. About two weeks late I was told that I had to pay them 7, 779 dollars before I could register. I informed them that I owed the federal government and checked my direct loans and was aware they had disbursed to their financial aid office 7,779 dollars. They had sent me 5, 773 dollars in a disbursement check . I told them that I was disabled and there was no way I had that type of money ,especially when they had not disbursed 7,779 to me. A week later , I received another check disbursed for 483 dollars in my account. I asked about it and nothing was said. I then told them that this was ridiculous and I owed them nothing, they made the mistake and I was not taking any fall for their error. I have heard nothing. I called FAFSA help line and they didn't even have a clue . Now, I am in debt for 49,000 to government and not sure if I can get into another college. I enjoyed the courses, the instructors were great but I have seen these online colleges are shady and it is about the money not the students. I have never seen anything like it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 29, 2013 (email verified)

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Get out now! After 2 semesters at APUS, I'm transferring to a different school. My classes have been great. I've had good instructors and learned what I needed to know. The school itself is terrible! I recently spent 3 hours on the phone with them, and still didn't get an answer. Not only were the people extremely rude on the phone, but when they get sick of the issue they would transfer me to someone else, who is just as clueless. The 5-6 people I talked to all told me different things. Also, my husband, who is using GI bill, has never had issues. I am using financial aid. The issues I'm having are not financially based, but rather with transfer credits. They also billed me incorrectly. I paid the balance they told me, and a month later could not register for classes because of an outstanding balance. After 2 hours on the phone, they figured out that they had made a billing mistake. By the time they processed my second payment and lifted the holds, the registration period had closed. When using financial aid, you have to take classes when they tell you to. Since I missed that, I could not receive all of my financial aid. No one was willing to help resolve this issue, even though it was THEIR mistake. Don't deal with the BS, choose a different school!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 28, 2013 (email verified)

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Gets the Job Done but Sometimes Excessively Frustrating I completed my teacher certification through APU in 2011. I ended up with my certification, but several issues arose that added unnecessary frustration and uncertainty to that process. The bar is very low in this program, which is not uncommon for education degrees; it serves its purpose--getting a teaching certification--but doesn't result in much knowledge gained that will be useful in the classroom. I learned the most in my student teaching internship; beyond that, the assignments were hoops to jump through that seemed more aimed at mimicking a K-12 classroom than in providing a graduate level of scholarship. The texts didn't meet a very high standard of scientific rigor; the intro-level textbook didn't cite any articles or books or anything beyond the authors' personal experiences. Analysis or evaluation of research methods or professional literature were not covered, nor were scholarly sources required to be consulted as part of required readings or research for the classes. Professors were often employed simultaneously in K-12 education, which resulted in slow turn-around times on returning assignments, responding to questions, etc. In one class, the professor disappeared halfway through the semester to be replaced in the final hour by a new professor with a new rubric and expectations for work that had been completed sometimes months earlier. Student concerns that we had basically self-taught ourselves for at least half a semester went unacknowledged by the administration; we were offered no refund or other recourse. Feedback from professors was minimal. For my student-teaching internship, I compiled several hundred pages of journals, lesson plans, and other required material (in addition to videos of myself teaching) and received a 95% and not a word of feedback: what I had done well or what I needed to improve that had caused the loss of 5%. Because this program results in a professional certification, there are internship and paperwork requirements that have to be completed by various points in the program. Since the program must also conform, by necessity, to the K-12 school year of the districts in which internships and practicums are served, then there is little room for error in this. The administrators of the program, however, often miscommunicated, gave partial information, or provided conflicting information that caused me, on several occasions, to almost miss deadlines that I was otherwise prepared to meet and that would have set me back a year in completing my certification. At the outset, an email about setting up initial internships was not sent to a group of students--I was one of that group--and so we were presented with this requirement on the first day of classes, when internships should have been set up already. I started the process of setting up an internship on the first day of classes but was five weeks behind as a result of that missed email. Requirements for the final practicum were unclear, both to me and my mentoring teacher, and we spent far too much time trying to decipher requirements from multiple and conflicting documents. When I emailed the professor overseeing my student-teaching practicum with questions, I was frequently sent replies that bore no resemblance to the question I'd asked. To add the icing on the cake, I was told to submit my certification application at the end of the program to APU with the expectation that APU would forward the application to West Virginia Dept. of Ed. When six months went by with no reply, I contacted my point person and was told that this was mistaken information and that I needed to apply for certification on my own. I was sent a list of documents to complete, which was, of course, not correct. Had I taken the university's word and not followed up with West Virginia Dept. of Education myself as to required documentation, that would have likely been another delay. This was two years ago at this writing, and I was led to believe at the time that I was one of the first students to complete the program. Hopefully, they've gotten their act together since then, but when I completed the program, I had the distinct impression that it was a series of hoops to jump through in order to receive a certification, and the whole program was mired in chaos in a way that worsened the already stressful experience of trying to balance my full-time work with the internship and practicum requirements. The program is affordable and easy. I would recommend it for those for whom those are selling points. If you want to truly develop a strong basis in the scholarship of education or if you have a low-tolerance for disorganization and red tape, look elsewhere.
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Pchavez003 (Graduate) on June 28, 2013 (email verified)

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buyaa Even though I could of finished a year sooner I was still able to complete the program. started in 2010 and completed last class by 2012. One year hiatus due to divorce yet this school does confirmations for degrees every three months and a ceremony outside the nation's capital for under 12K well worth the price of school. Note I transferred into a PHD program for public admin and got 15 quarter units waived toward the program at Walden (cost for Walden PHD under 35K and completion is in under three years.
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Beckadawn (Graduate) on June 27, 2013

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Fantastic College Experience The only negatives I have to offer are that there were a few classes I would have preferred to have actual books instead of digital copies and a couple of professors were extremely hard graders without ever explaining what they wanted. I will not hold this against APU since I could have bought books if I'd wanted to spend the money. It was a blessing that any actual books needed for classes were of no cost to me. Outside of the books, the professors I had trouble with would tell me things like they needed more detail or more citations. When questioned as to where these were needed I was only ever given vague answers, so my work never really would improve, in their eyes. Surprisingly, one Professor loved my essays in the first class and told me my citations were horrible in the next, though they were the same as before. Again, I must point out that I only had this issue in two or three classes. I did, however, use outside professor review sites to determine which classes I enrolled in.
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Candf (Graduate) on June 27, 2013 (email verified)

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Review American Public University is the best by far of online colleges. I have attended traditional brick and mortar colleges and online with APUS outshining them all. For the adult wishing to work, it is the best solution. My classes were effective in requiring 10 hrs per class in a school setting which allowed opportunities I would not have in traditional colleges. Their professors are awesome and available as needed for their students. I strongly recommend APUS to every student looking to further their education. As a veteran, I appreciated the decisiveness of classroom delivery... If looking for a college, look no further. APUS is all that it claims to be. Thank you APUS for all you have done in preparing me for a career at the Masters level...
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Crysbriant (Graduate) on June 27, 2013 (email verified)

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Made the right choice I honestly have no complaints with APUS. I have checked out many online colleges. APUS, at least my classes were set up on a weekly basis. This allowed me a full week to read the materials and do the work. All of the books were free, paid for by tuition and online. Which was annoying for me as I prefer printed materials but it made it very easy to do my work anywhere there was an internet connection. I completed a Certificate in Human Resource Management. I think the class for that were the wrong classes for a certificate. However, because of those classes, I actually learned a great deal about people, myself and how to conduct a professional work environment. Because of the required participation in the forums, I learned a great deal from people all over the world and from many different backgrounds. The financial aid process and admissions process was extremely simple. Professors answered your questions within 24 hours and were very helpful. Even though I think they could use some more practical courses for what I was doing, they were challenging and require a student to use your brain. If you want a cakewalk class, APU is not for you. If you want to challenge yourself, improve yourself then you found the right place. This is not just academia. This is life. Would I recommend APU/AMU... YES!
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Rameyps (Graduate) on June 27, 2013 (email verified)

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BA in Child and Family Development Really felt that the instructors and advisors were there to help me succeed, and get my goals achieved. Every class concludes with an online survey so you always have the ability to share you experiences and opinions about the courses and what worked well, and suggestions for improvement. The vast majority of my surveys were glowing because I really did feel that the compassion, understanding, and quality of instruction was amazing within this particular degree program. As a childcare center administrator, I utilized many of the Management and HR courses to my advantage as electives, so I was able to truly personalize my education to best suit my needs!
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Clwest05 (In Progress) on June 27, 2013 (email verified)

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Online Degree Review I have only attended APUS for a short period of time, but my experience has been wonderful. Every professor I have had has been very knowledgeable, understanding, and eager to help. They are so involved with their students and want to see you pass. These professors do not set you up for failure. I absolutely love how I do not have to purchase text books because they are provided to me using Ebooks. To me that's awesome because it saves money and it's green. The university is very helpful with any questions you may have and always respond promptly. I am very satisfied with my choice!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 11, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent School! My experience with AMU/APUS has been excellent! The classroom environment is easy to navigate and they have an extensive library. The professors are qualified professionals in their respective fields and they genuinely care about the students. I have only had one professor that was slow to respond and slow to grade assignments; all of my other professors have been phenomenal! In regards to most of the negative feedback, communication is the key - if you give them half of the information they need, expect half of a response. I have never received a busy signal when I called and I always received a return call when I requested one. One last note: even though I spent 23 years in my AF career field, I AM learning new things at this school! I highly recommend AMU/APUS!
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Tanner38837 (In Progress) on June 9, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU - Good all around AMU has some exceptional instructors and they have so average instructors. I've taken 15+ courses and I have only had one bad teacher. He was certainly a low point but it is important to note that out of 15+ teachers only one was bad. The Customer Support is very nice and patient but it is an online school so, as previous people have complained, yes it will take more work on your part than going to a traditional college that has financial aid offices to assist. They will help if you call them and they release financial holds if asked. All in all everyone is polite and understanding. The only issue I have is that they charge more than institutions with higher prestige (Penn State has lower tuition rates) because they know the Tuition Assistance is $750 per course or $250 a credit. With the changes to Tuition Assistance coming I imagine they'll be changing pricing policy. They shoulnd't charge exactly the cap simply because they can due to a large part of the student body not being active duty (however, I think the abysmal University of Phoenix charges more?). Take out the financials and I give them a 9/10... very good school.
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Tatesamantha33 (In Progress) on June 9, 2013 (email verified)

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MBA Program I have found American Public University to be a wonderful institution. I truly value respect for the individual's cares/concerns. I especially like that students aren't treated as just a number due to having empathetic/compassionate professors who are truly masters of their crafts.
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Davidson86.dd (In Progress) on June 8, 2013 (email verified)

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So far good Gave material a 7 because the books are quiet high in some courses BUT that is typical for any college that doesn't give you books. Everything else is a 10..I'm taking the MA in psychology and I'm half way done. The professors are engaged in forums with the students, timely feedback, never hard to get a hole of and very involved. I have needed flexibility with certain stuff and haven't had issues with that. The campus base is very easy to navigate and use for the classroom. ONLINE is self-taught and self-pace so if your not up for that, it's not for you BUT if you are it's worth the time and def worth the low cost for a degree!!! So far so good!!
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Dan.dufek (In Progress) on June 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Awesome Philosophy Department Very Pleased! I must say that I am very pleased with my education from AMU. I will be receiving a degree in Philosophy in August of this year and would have no issue with saying that my Liberal Arts education met with the sort of intellectual rigor one would expect. I have been to both traditional and non-traditional colleges and without a doubt AMU is a great school. My capstone class and final paper was challenging and provided a small glimpse of what writing a dissertation might entail. Anyone that asserts that AMU is a degree mill is ill informed and does not have a modicum of credibility as AMU is Regionally Accredited and is a solid school.
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Jeremy.healey (In Progress) on June 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Stop Whining I'm also a bit surprised at any negative reviews for APU/AMU--I noticed that they were mostly from IT weenies..., and the rest for financial aide (which the school really doesn't control). This college has everything you need to succeed in the world, meaning: it's accredited--just like all the others. Naturally online learning is a bit different, namely, there is nobody to immediately hold your hand, and you have to figure some things out on your own...much like life. OR, you can email the instructor (or call them), and get your answers generally within 24 hours (or immediately). If you are older, OF COURSE, this is just a piece of paper, as my resume' is based on experience, but if you are younger (or starting a second career), don't waste your money on a brick and mortar school when an APU/AMU degree will serve you just fine. I'm a huge fan of this school. I've seen my co-workers struggling with the "attitude" of their instructors that are teaching an online course from a more traditional institution, and I the only difference I see is other's inability to accept online degrees as "real", when in fact, they are. Welcome to the 21st Century, haters :P
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Very Satified With AMU AMU has provided an excellent learning environment for me and I'm fully satisfied with the experience so far. Yes, there have been a few problems but none that are any different than what would be encountered at a traditional university and, all were solved professionally and maturely. I have recommended this university to co-workers and some have entered chosen programs. Most beneficial I believe is the increased proficiency in writing and research. I look forward to graduating at AMU in the near future and moving on to a masters degree.
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Eightyone_el (In Progress) on June 1, 2013 (email verified)

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MA Emergency and Disaster Management Courses The courses offered through APUS/AMU are appropriate for extending and initiating interests in the Emergency and Disaster field. The instructors, for the most part are highly trained in areas pertaining to the courses and enrich the studies with personal as well as professional perspectives along with the curriculum. I feel empowered to make a difference in this rapidly changing field as a direct result of the education I am receiving from APUS/AMU and this MA program.
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Christydiggs (In Progress) on June 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Bachelors Sports and Health Schience I am very surprised by the other comments. I have had nothing but the best of experiences here, starting with the financial aid department to the professors. Everyone has been very helpful and had my best interest at heart. The professors are very accessible with office hours, by e-mail and by phone and respond a very timely manner.
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Wdthompson1 (In Progress) on June 1, 2013 (email verified)

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An online school with a personal touch. I am a disabled veteran. I found out about American Military University when my health started declining and I was not able to physically attend class at my state university. I am elated that I found this school. While I did have issues when I first started the courses as I began the transition to online learning, they were all mine. Any problems that I had with the school were because I was not taking the time to properly complete any forms and do my due diligence. The faculty and instructors are all accommodating, courteous, and well trained for their respective roles. I would recommend anyone looking into starting an online education to try AMU through APUS.
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Triune.protected (In Progress) on May 31, 2013 (email verified)

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Nearing graduation---Great choice! I am 36 yrs old and had studied the world's religions since 1993. I was not sure APUS could offer me further insight past what I already knew. I was wrong. Every single course in the Religious Studies program has flat out astounded me with the depth, knowledge-base, and high standards of textbooks. The Professors have each been unique and have left lasting positive impressions on me that I will forever be grateful for. The best part is I have learned about the sociological, cultural, and ideological reasons behind each religion or philosophy and brought an understanding of others' beliefs that have built bridges in my life from fear to compassion. I have never had any issues with financial aid. The support staff have always been more than polite and helpful even going out of their way to help me cover expenses. I am proud of my time at APUS. I will definitely recommend this University to everyone. The only thing I wish is I had started with APUS first!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 29, 2013

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Wished I would have started with AMU/APUS in the 1st place! I have attended 4 traditional universities and community colleges in the past and I feel that I was able to skate by in those schools. After becoming a student at AMU/APUS, I realized how much money I had wasted just to earn college credits...and not necessarily the education. The instructors are better qualified than most teachers I have had at my former schools as well. Be sure to read their biographies! Most of them work in the field that they teach and bring actual experience into the online classroom, and many also teach at other amazing schools! Over about the past 2 years in this program I have gained a lot of experience in research as well as prioritizing. This school has also provided me the skills to obtain a great internship with a large political institute, as well as given me the confidence and abilities to apply for law school. I have 2 classes left with this university so I feel confident in saying IT IS WORTH IT!
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A_Scott0376 (In Progress) on May 29, 2013 (email verified)

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The Beginning Although I am a new student, my overall experience with APU is outstanding. I have only taken two classes so far and find the instructors to be very helpful. The feedback I receive from them, gives me the confidence I need to do the best work possible. The staff at APU has been very helpful, thus far. They answer all of my questions, and help me through the processes I don't quite understand. APU has provided me with a comfortable learning experience. I would recommend this school to everyone looking to pursue one of the degrees they offer. APU is the only online university I could find, that offers the Environmental Science degree completely online.
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Wildwolfgifts (In Progress) on May 9, 2013 (email verified)

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My One Line Experience As an English major I've had an excellent experience with American Public University. I didn't think I would enjoy taking on-line classes, let alone work toward a degree, but has - overall - been a great experience. The teachers are some of the best and are very encouraging. My only complaint for the school - and maybe on-line classes in general - would have to be the eight week courses. Working full-time and everything that comes with running a home plus taking classes can sometimes be a challenge in time management, not to mention returning to school at age 55. But, I'm having a blast and discovering life is just beginning.
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Parrishtimothy37 (Graduate) on May 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Masters of Arts in Military History The Professors all held PhDs and instructed at Brick and Mortar universities also. The courses were well designed with good interaction and through the writing of numerous papers and the sharing of ideas with students gained new insights.
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Epgsolutions2 (In Progress) on May 7, 2013 (email verified)

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Overall, Great School APUS was one of the best universities that I have attended. Most people/students must remember that when you are corresponding in an online environment, you HAVE to be responsible for your education. Online learning is VERY different, it’s challenging, and if you are not 120% dedicated to taking advantage of the electronic learning environment, then you will not be a successful online learner. With that said, I have attended several online schools and APUS is by far the best in terms of courses, study apparatuses, the professionalism and knowledge of the professors, and the overall learning experience. I will say that the administrative aspect of the operations does need some deep improvements but the actually learning experience is great! I have about 16 more credits to go to obtain my Bachelor’s degree and my experience with each professor has been remarkable. Moreover, a student must remember (especially an online learner), that it is not the professor’s responsibility to take your education to another level, the responsibility lies within. A professor is there to guide your learning and provide the necessary knowledge, tools, and challenges you (as a student) will need to succeed. Consequently, if you feel that your professor is lacking or not as challenging as you had anticipated – challenge them and bring it to the forefront. Challenge yourself to venture off and find resources that concur with your argument or opinion. Any true, dedicated professor, which the professors at APUS have proved to be dedicated, will love a student’s enthusiasm and intensity. At least, that is what I did and I was profoundly amazed at my reception and the information that I obtained from my professors at APUS. Your education is in your hands! Take advantage of all the resources and opportunities that stand before you and I promise you will see things in a different light! :-) Angel
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Ryan.mcclary (In Progress) on May 4, 2013 (email verified)

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Outstanding Professors, Self-Motivated Learners, & Diverse Classmates AMU is my first online college, and after completing 30SH under nine separate professors, I have only studied under one "sticker" who seemed to only promote his personal opinion. That ONE individual is the ONLY bad experience I have had at AMU. Now, also understand that I am highly motivated individual with no problems self-studying. If you fit this bill, you will excel at this school. Finally, I truly enjoy "brick-and-mortar" learning, but my career does not currently provide me the time necessary for attendance. AMU has provided me an EXTREMELY diverse set of classmates to make up for this "loss." I can benefit from classmate life experiences living in Japan, Germany, East Coast, Middle East, and South America in the class! Talk about a broad perspective!!
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Lordbartrom (In Progress) on May 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Dedication Where to start, AMU has been a really school to attend. The naysayers try and say its a mill.... then why isnit that the federal government touts them! I have atteneded Purdue, IU and sdsu... this schools level 300 and up work requires dedication.... seriously your not just gonna get an A without working yourtailoff .... the lower level classes are simply refreshers from ur glory days..l gain skills and knowledgel I'm about to grad from here and I am very happy, plus my buddy just graduated witha criminal justice degree from here and was accepted into LSU law school..ll so a little prrof that its legit and the accredidation is good! If u live in cali transfercourses are reallygood at ASU or CSU, SDSU.
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Cotto_dmks (Graduate) on May 1, 2013

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An excellent institution for higher education. In my opinion, this school was an incredible experience for me. I have seen how other colleges conduct business and I was not nearly as impressed with them, as I was with AMU. Those students who feel that they did not gain anything from their studies suggests to me that they did not truly apply themselves. I would highly recommend this college to others and I am more than pleased with the attention I have received from potential employers by having an intelligence degree from AMU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 1, 2013

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APU - Master's Legal Studies Quality education, challenging, above my expectations in several areas and I am very picky and articulate, and affordable at the Master's level.
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Prithy3 (In Progress) on May 1, 2013

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Love the experience! If you have the ability to manage your time and are able to dedicate yourself to your studies in an independent manner, APU is the way to go. I love e online learning format and I have been very successful so far. There is always someone available to provide assistance when needed. I highly recommend APU/AMU to anyone interested in an online education.
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Omar.marrero (In Progress) on May 1, 2013 (email verified)

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American Military University - Did I mention I love it? I have been attending AMU since 2008 and have found it both valuable in terms of programs offered but also in it's use of technology to deliver its academia. I love this school and pitch it to anyone who will listen to me. I am an Air Force Avionics Instructor and harp to my Airmen and peers who are not taking advantage of Tuition Assistance (Paid Schooling offered as an incentive to the military) to take a look at AMU and all it has to offered. I have attended through 5 deployments and have had a pleasent and very gracious experience from faculty and staff. Did I mention I love attending this school?
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 1, 2013 (email verified)

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So Far So Great I am preparing to take my final comprehensive exam. I must say that so far APU has proven to be an awesome school. The financial aid process was a breeze as well as the application process and registration. Staff and professors were very helpful, with the exception of a few. My biggest complaint is that Graduate students have to pay out of pocket for books. At the other grad schools I attended I received a book voucher that was deducted from my financial aid award (student loans),which by far makes more sense. Also, if you are looking for an easy degree that does not require a lot of research and writing,then this is not the program for you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 1, 2013 (email verified)

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working for me As a self-directed learner I find the APU model fits my needs. I work at a brick and mortar university that was unable to assist me in the pursuit of an MA, For geographic reasons needed to go online. B/f applying to APU I checked to see if they were legit (i.e. would my university accept transfer credit from them - they do) and have not looked back. Because it is distance/independent study, you must be highly motivated and willing to search out answers yourself. If you need to be spoon fed, and some people do, you are better off sitting in a class.
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Cmung2121 (Graduate) on May 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Convenient for Active Duty Military AMU is very convenient for active duty military personnel. Courses start monthly. All of the courses for general studies are 8 weeks long except for the science and math courses. This accelerated time courses apply to either overseas or stateside students. Instructors are very lenient when it comes to being TAD/TDY during the course because they will work with you as long as you provide them official orders. While being on active duty, it is best to use tuition assistance to complete an associate’s degree during the four years military contract. Of course, an associate’s degree in general studies is the easiest to complete. You can then transfer to a university with an associate’s degree as a junior using your Post 9/11 GI Bill when you get out. Also, keep in mind that some colleges or universities do not accept online courses or degrees.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Education Program, but nightmares with admininstration The education received is outstanding overall. 95% of the professors I had throughout a 4 year program were responsive, provided clear guidance to help me achieve goals. One professor in particular had phone conferences to help develop professional writing topics for trade journals, magazines, and blogs in my field. Most of the e-books are in a PDF format which you can download to a handheld reader but the format does not allow for notes, comments, or highlighting which is challenging when trying to organize in an electronic format. The school library surpasses that of brick and mortar universities providing free on-line access to most of the academic and trade journals instantly. If for some reason you want material that is not available instantly on-line, library services will retrieve it for you. Library services is a crap shoot. Sometimes you receive the requested materials same day, and other times there is no response. Administratively, the school has been a nightmare to deal with. Once you are on financial aid, it is impossible to remove yourself from financial aid. My first semester I took with financial aid and did not need assistance the second semester. It was much less problematic to just get the financial aid and send a personal check to Sallie Mae than try to change the paperwork. I worked for several months with student advising to schedule my last few classes because they were "not available". For 5 months, I had the same conversations with advising and no results. Student advising arranged a substitute class outside my field and this was a very different experience and not the best solution because it detracted from all career goals. I had to escalate the issue of class availability to Dean Boston's office. Once the head office became involved, I withdrew from the substitute class, was promised a full credit, and the classes I needed were suddenly available. In the meantime, with all the confusion with my class schedule, financial aid cut me off because I did have enough credits to be approved. Departments within the school have poor communication and their student data systems must not be integrated to see that there was a scheduling issue that was the fault of APUS and being resolved. This presented a new administrative nightmare that took escalation to resolve. I paid for graduation application six months prior to completion of the program as requested when dealing with student advising. Because of the scheduling delays, my anticipated graduation date got bumped out to the next conferral. I was promised I would not have to pay a second time if this happened and this was not true. Make sure your final classes are scheduled and you have confirmation before paying this fee or you will pay it twice if the conferral date changes. Gmail is not liked. Whenever I sent emails from my primary email account (which is gmail), the messages bounce and the school refuses to accept them. No one can answer why my emails for services are bounced. I had to open a separate email account under a different service provider just to communicate with the school. I had completed an AA and a certification program with the school several years ago and the administrative problems were not as poor. I would ask for financial records for employer reimbursement and had them same day. My voice mails were rarely disregarded. As the institution has grown, the administrative problems have grown to a "barely passing" level. Student advising and Career counseling both promised a letter of intent to reflect my graduation so I would not be rejected for employment based on the fact I had not completed my degree. When I called the department that issues these letters, they refused to produce the document outright with no explanation and I ultimately was rejected for the job because of it. I did however, receive a personal letters of recommendation from multiple professors which will ultimately hold more weight than a form letter. I asked for a student account record by phone with student advising. I waited two weeks and without response, I emailed student accounts to request they expedite. I waiting another week, placed a call to student accounts and was only given the option to leave a voice mail for a return call. I waited a few days, sent a second email and a second voice mail. About 5 weeks from the initial request, I try to use the chat feature, ask for them to expedite release of my student account and they disconnect me. It is currently 6 weeks after the fact and I am still unable to obtain the document, therefore, I have it on my calendar to escalate to the President's office today for resolution. It should not be this difficult or time consuming to get a record of student accounts. WHen someone in administration makes a promise, follow up like a pit bull and do not let go. Keep the pressure on until that promise is fulfilled. The education and the quality professors is phenomenal, but the back end offices are horrendous. Everyone is nice, polite, and pleasurable to speak to as individuals but there is no communication between departments making it a nightmare to navigate. If I decide to pursue an MBA, it will probably be at a brick and mortar school where I can stand in front of someone face to face when I need administrative issues resolved. A difficult and time consuming process to get results.
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Debbieandlarry (Graduate) on May 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Quite Satisfied My husband (Captain) and I have been using this University since 2000. Our kids also use this University. For online learning, you cannot beat the value of this campus. Financial Aid has only been available for the last several years, so it is just now being perfected. Actual books were sent free (we received them), the it is the "students" who wanted to go ebook. Most people have tablets and therefore can download the ebook. If not, I have found that most books can be found used on Amazon.com for $20 or less for those who prefer hard copies (like me). Most classes are using the most current edition of text books, but some classes teach positions that still use old technology which requires old text books. If not, then the student can always research what is new and submit it to the school to look into. The teachers do teach in the form of posting lecture notes and classroom "lessons" available in the classroom. They cannot help it if the students do not learn the Sakai classroom as they are given the lecture appointment to do so before starting classes. Not all teachers are the greatest, but I think you will find that is the case with any school. They ARE almost all current or prior service military members and I appreciate that they can relate to the demands of the military (or family member) student.
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Brent_ferdig2 (In Progress) on May 1, 2013 (email verified)

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APU/AMU wise choices I am finishing my first year at APU and I am loving it. I am a parent of 4 kids working 50-60 hours a week. APU is great at fitting my schedule. The course work and reading materials are very helpful a teaching and helping me retain the information. APU fits my budget and not many universities allow my work to transfer as credits. APU was a no brainer decision and is accredited as most other campuses.
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B_stressless (In Progress) on April 30, 2013 (email verified)

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I wonder is this the right place. I was reading the other reviews and started to wonder if this is the right place for me. So far I have had good time studying online. Studying online is the only way I could pursue bachelor's degree since I am a single mom and have to work too. I have not had any problems that were presented in some of the reviews. My admission was easy and for the second year in a row I got my financial aid and I have not had any difficulties with that. I just follow the instruction that seems to be quite clear for me. The courses are affordable enough. I like the online books. They are most of the part easy to study but little boring of course. Lectures are super easy to access. I have had decent instructors. Some respond faster than others but all of them give feedback when I request it. I am planing to study Information Technology. I am new in the field. I, of course, hope that I would learn what I need to get started. My plan is to seek some kind of position as apprentice as soon as I have enough knowledge. I believe I have a long road ahead of me but I feel positive at this point. As I said studying online is my only choice since I could not afford to pay babysitter, in order to go and attend a class somewhere. And I have enjoyed the freedom to do my classes when I have time. I have taken 8 courses and received generally A or A- for each one of them so far. It did not seem to be too difficult. I just would like to know if getting good grades so easy is sign of too easy classes. But these are my core classes, so I will attend one more year before I will start speculating about that point. It might get harder. I enjoy the school I just wonder if it is good enough education to get into IT field later.
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Gparrish327 (In Progress) on April 12, 2013 (email verified)

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Extremely satisfied! I am 91 credits into my needed 121 for graduation and have yet to encounter a negative instructor. All have been very encouraging, helpful and supportive.
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Timbaptist (Graduate) on April 12, 2013 (email verified)

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If you're an AF space Airman, you must take this course! OVERALL The interface is updated and is very user-friendly. In hind-sight, I was unreasonably intimidated with the online format. AMU specializes in DL/online degree and it shows. TUITION ASSISTANCE Again, the process is revised, it is much cleaner. An example is I just registered for another class today, and within 30 minutes the AF TA was approved. I anticipate AMU will be updated by COB tomorrow. CLASSES The overwhelming strength of AMU is that the DL/online format allows shift-workers like myself an opportunity for education. When I was attempting to attend classes in person, it was a nightmare. Now I log-in whenever it's convenient, and handle homework at a comfortable pace. VALUE There are always conflicting reports on the value of a degree. Simply put, it's worth it, on many levels (one of which many are interested in--monetary!) I'm an officer now in the Air Force, and I can honestly say I couldn't have done it without AMU.
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Jerry.petty (In Progress) on April 11, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU has been a great learning experience AMU has been a great learning experience. I attended Central Texas College before AMU and would by far chose AMU. It is a great school from the classroom to the advisors. They are always willing to work with you and answer any questions you have in a timely manner. Professors that I have had in most classes will go to great length to help you understand something if you are having trouble.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 8, 2013

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Not Military Friendly... Not military friendly as they claim. Not willing to make exceptions for extenuating circumstances such as redeployments. Worst experience I've had in obtaining three degrees (two Master's and one Bachelor's). Not worth the money or time; invest in a school that will provide actual instruction and feedback.
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Fisherdr80 (In Progress) on April 6, 2013 (email verified)

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What you make of it... Like most things in life, it's what you make of it. There's been classes where I've simply "gone through the motions" and came out with an "A" then there's other classes I learned a great deal taking by doing all of the assignments. Don't expect very much interaction with your instructors, recently finished a class where the professor never once sent a message to me personally and everything else was cut & pasted.
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Travis.ritchie (In Progress) on April 6, 2013 (email verified)

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A brilliant way to join in on the beginnings of a new industry AMU/APUS is my first online school I've attended, but I have grown to really like the specific challenges online learning presents on its own. Sometimes I think it's a little lonely and at first I didn't really feel like a part of a real 'school'. However, it's amazing to think about how much time I've saved and how many resources I've saved now that I don't have to walk from the dorms to individual buildings, or traverse through one large one. There are no vending machines to tempt me on the way, and getting from one class to another is as fast as clicking a link. All that time spent in the hallways of a brick-and-mortar school build allegiance, but in reality is wasted energy. I worked full time and attended brick-and-mortar schools and now AMU/APUS and I have to say, that time spent running from one class to the next is time that can be spent on actual studies. After a couple of semesters of acclimation I realize that this really lets me get a great education and allows me to pay my bills. As for the degree, right now in this time of history there is an incredibly small space industry. This is going to be changing in the next decade as we enter the next generation of technology being developed today. This means that there is currently no promise of a job after obtaining a bachelors degree in Space Studies. Why? Because the space industry is frigging awesome and there are a lot of people competing for a very small job market. "What type of job will this degree prep me for?" The honest answer is no one knows. This industry is so young that there are most likely new jobs yet to be discovered. If space tourism really takes off, perhaps you could help design the interior of space craft, run the extensive training necessary for the tourists. Perhaps you could become a space operator, in other words controlling satellites in orbit, or even drone spacecraft performing work. A degree in aeronautical engineering is a great choice for getting into the space field as well, but sometimes an engineering job isn't for you (and it's not for me). Simply put, we are at the very infancy of the new space race, the possibilities are currently limited, but with foresight the possibilities are limitless. Pioneers do not have an easy walk in front of them, they are the ones who forge the path ahead. But if you have any passion at all for the space industry than you by default have an appreciation for challenging tasks and acceptance of risk. If our astronauts didn't accept a risk of unknown challenges, they would never leave the ground. If you are looking for a guaranteed way to make large amounts of money, stick to the lawyer/doctor thing. If you want to learn about spacecraft, the objects that really exist in the cosmos and take a step towards a career in any part of the space industry, I highly recommend this degree.
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Rphillip (In Progress) on April 4, 2013 (email verified)

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Program has enlightened me When looking for a college online I was not sure how to find the best program. I took a chance with American Public University and have been happy with my choices. The instructors have been helpful, well-educated and friendly. The classes have challenged me in a positive manner and caused me reevaluate some previously held ideas and theologies. The financial aid department is easy to use and helpful in assisting with issues that arise. If I had it to do again, I would make no changes. I highly recommend this University.
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Perkins1193 (In Progress) on April 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Making studying easier I am only on my second semester at APUS, but I am very well satisfied with my classes and my instructors so far. I have not returned to school since 1990 and was very nervous and very fearful of the work that was going to be involved, but my fears were quickly put to rest. All instructors thus far have been absolutely wonderful with their feedback, encouragement and distance teaching skills. I would highly recommend APUS to ANYONE looking to further their education and they do not have time to attend classes at a campus. As a matter of fact, I have recommended APUS to several people looking for a degree. Good Job APUS!!!! I am highly impressed!!!!! and thanks for everything. :)
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Jc0422 (In Progress) on April 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent School I have completed nine classes and have found this school to be just what I was looking for in an online school. You must apply yourself and do your research. If you do that you will get good grades and learn. Most of the instructors go out of their way to assist if you ask for help. You cannot post on forums without supported opinions or post less than required word count and expect good grades. Being able to follow instructions is a must.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 27, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Value Overall I am in my second year at APU. There are many reasons I believe APU is an excellent choice for someone beginning their educational experience. First of all, the financial value is difficult to beat. The quality of the technology, academic materials, and administrative support are all top-notch. Also, the Financial Aid Department is phenomenal. If you have found this to be a confusing process, go to APU - you'll be signed up and straightened out in a couple of hours. That said, the one area where I've had an issue is with the consistency in the quality of instructors. Most of them are fabulous. I've had two who I would classify as "questionable." The instructors all have excellent credentials, and I suppose that you would encounter this issue at any institution; however, be aware that there are at least a couple of them here. The two I had both taught courses that began in December. This may be a coincidence, but be aware of that as maybe the "better" instructors prefer not to teach around the holidays? The best courses I've had at APU have been Spanish I with Marco Bravo (which began in Dec. so there goes my theory), English 101 (required) with Jennifer Carmen, and Art History with Irene Nero (she is a lot of fun if you have an interest in this subject). Overall, it's an excellent university and a great value. You will get your money's worth, just look at your instructor's bio if you can before you select your courses and choose wisely!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 27, 2013 (email verified)

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A worthwhile journey There are very few programs that met my criteria for getting a MA in Intelligence Studies. I needed geographic flexibility, a reputable program, experts in the field, and a bit of a challenge. While I am not going to miss spending every weekend crafting responses to forum questions and most of my free time during the weekdays pouring over the books, here at the end of the program, it seems to have been a worthwhile endeavor. There are a lot of reviews here that comment on the financial aid portion of the school. I never experienced that personally, and it seemed pretty straight forward. Perhaps it has improved over time. Would I recommend this school as an option for future students? As it currently stands, yes, I would, unequivocally.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 25, 2013 (email verified)

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Overall good program. No real challenging problems. There are many thing I think APUS/AMU could do better. Overall I am happy with the courses. I would perfer the options to chose textbook or ebook for a saving.
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Sandra.d.lucas6.mil (In Progress) on March 19, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU/APU BA in English Soon I will complete my BA in English. This is an important goal for me and I am proud to say AMU partnered with me to accomplish it. Professors are top notch; many are leaders in their field. Reading their bios it is clear to see why they are able to contribute so much to the classroom. I am taking an Army course using very popular online software. No comparison, the AMU platform exceeds all other training platforms. Perhaps the best thing about AMU is the lack of spoon feeding. Courses are designed for those who want to learn. This is an environment where critical thinking is encouraged. Each class increases my interest, challenges my outlook and motivates me to dig deeper. I strongly recommend AMU to students who are serious about their studies. Your dedication and discipline will pay off.
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Wayne.winn (In Progress) on March 19, 2013 (email verified)

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General Studies - Military Leadership; Do unto others... So this is actually for all of you students that have ever had a bad experience with the school: My name is Mr. Winn and have been attending AMU for the past 6 years off and on. I attended Texas A&M Univ prior to my military career and have been taking courses with AMU for personal development and fun (and also using TA - tuition assistance, well I was at least). Some things to note in any aspect of school/careers: there will always be people in society that don't do their jobs well, that doesn't mean they are not trying. There will always be someone, if not many, that disagree with something you stand for or are trying to make a point with. That's the beauty of free speech and having a brain. This being said it is an individual duty to reach self goals. There may be people that try to slow you down, don't let it discourage you. There is always a solution to general questions and situations, and it is our responsibility as moral people to develop it. With many of you reading this at an early stage in your student life, do yourself a favor and set some long term goals. This is complicated sometimes, but doesn't have to be: 5 year, 10 year, and 20 year. Short and sweet. If there is ever anything I can do for my fellow students, or brothers in arms, please feel free to email me and let me help you. I have contacts at the school, in most of the 3 letter agencies, and around the globe. I will give you 100% of my resources to adapt and overcome any situation you are facing. allstarwinn at yahoo dot com Best of luck to all in all that you do. Also let me know if you ever need any air support! TAMU '04 Aggies AMU '?? Eagles
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Horiehnicole (Graduate) on March 18, 2013 (email verified)

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Great school Great school and wonderful teachers. The financial aid process is very easy, the registration process is easy, and the classrooms are fun!
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Jeffbrownridge (In Progress) on March 17, 2013 (email verified)

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Fairly good so far I am currently 3/4 of the way through this program. I did my undergrad at one of the best schools in North America and have attended 2 other brick and mortar schools completing various other post-secondary programs. I have learned a lot from this course although I do have one caveat. This program will only give you what you put into it. As a post-grad program, much of the learning is instructor mediated, student driven. If you put in the work and have good classmates, you will get a lot out of this program. If you just want to do the bare minimum and pass, you can do that too. All in all, this is a great program for any military members who are looking at gaining a wider perspective while gaining a valuable accreditation.
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Dfidonik (In Progress) on March 17, 2013 (email verified)

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Overall a great school I started my degree program at the ripe old age of 43 and so far I can say I am extremely satisfied with this school. I had no problems with the transfer of credit from my junior college and the school even accepted some of my professional certificates for credit. As in any other school there are some instructors that are fantastic and some not so much. However, you must remember that this is self directed learning so you get out of it what you put into it. I have had to get used to using e-books but it wasn't that great of a jump for me. The library is incredibly extensive and a great resource. If I have any complaints it would be with the counseling department. I have recieved some contradictory advice from them and decided to go on my own direction. It would be nice if the counselors could all speak from the same playbook. All in all I am extrememly happy with this school, and plan on pursuing my graduate degree from here once I finish my bachelors.
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Lincas210 (In Progress) on March 17, 2013 (email verified)

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Computer Systems and Networks I am very disappointed with the fact that if you are not in the military they treat you very differently. I enrolled in APU last semester and I am very surprised at the fact that the professors do not communicate at all. It feels as if you are there just so they can collect your money. I decided to switch majors thinking maybe it would be better but it was the same in the other class. When you try to call and speak to someone about any problems you are having it is almost impossible to reach someone. Next semester I am going to switch to a physical college where I can actually interact with the professors and students in person. This college is a big joke.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 14, 2013 (email verified)

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Objective APU review I just finished writing a review for my last two classes here at APU. The biggest concern/problem I have encountered since attending APU is their financial aid department. I am a 52 years old student who does not need his hand held. I have operated in the work environment successfully for many years without handholding. The problem seems to be APU's need for a continual flow of money to keep their university operating. They need to identify the glaring lack of concern for their students financial aid concerns. I have gone around and around with them on what the Department of Education's policy is on how all universities handle student financial aid disbursements. Obviously they do not agree with me or it would not be one of my concerns. Other issues I believe are situational that can be resolved between the student and the institution. Overall I really enjoy the classes I take and am not one of those who feels that the school or its teachers should spoon feed me a degree. If you are looking for a school that is easy and you won't have to work toward your academic goals than APU is not for you.
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Wjblackman (In Progress) on March 14, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU - Very Good "virtual" educational experience Hi, I've been studying at the American Military University arm of APU for three years. The programs and required courses are well laid out, so you know what course to take and when to take it. Cost is low, which some believe means a lower level of education being provided, but I have found the level of instruction to be very good. Objectives and requirements for each course are well defined, so you know from the start what the class expectations are. Since you are not physically at a campus, the students experience and what they get out of it depends on the ability to participate and interact with the instructor and classmates. Over-all I rate the school, courses, and instructors as "very high quality."
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Goaway789 (Graduate) on March 12, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent opportunity for military students Overall, my experience at AMU was very positive. Even though I had a fair amount of exposure to Middle Eastern Studies previous to pursuing my degree, I learned something new in every one of the classes I took. The instructors were all highly qualified, and I only had one (out of 14) instructor whom I felt graded me based on my positions on issues rather than my ability to defend those positions. My experience at brick-and-mortar universities has been far worse in that regard. My two biggest complaints about my coursework were that: 1) discussion boards could be handled much better. The discussion boards are supposed to replace the in-class discussions that students would have at a brick-and-mortar school, but often, rather than provoke actual debate about issues, they just became a check on whether the students had done that week's reading. And, 2) lack of lectures. Lectures are an integral part of any college class at a physical institution, and it does not seem like it is a major leap in technology to post online lectures, so I do not understand why they are not a standard part of every course. As originally stated, however, on the whole my experience was very good. For military personnel stationed somewhere that precludes attending a physical university, it is hard to come up with a better alternative.
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Kastriotkastrati (Graduate) on March 10, 2013 (email verified)

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Challenging Great program. Some instructors were far more challenging than others. Overall I learned a great deal and feel enriched with the new knowledge and skills I have attained.
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Perry.hammett (In Progress) on March 10, 2013 (email verified)

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[name omitted] doesn't cut it as a Professor In SOCI 429 [the professor] went out of her way to cause much trouble in this class to the point that I bearly passed the class. Also I understand that a Professor has the right to cjange the syllabus, but the class needs to be told, not almost four weeks after the fact. We were to write about a cult and I wrote about the Jehovah Witnesses and She became angry on line about it. She sent me a link from watchtower.org to prove that the Jehovah Witnesses were not a cult and I sent her about 8 or nine links that stated that they were a cult. After that I was lucky to get a grade above 66%. My final grade was around 64%. I reported it and someone from APUS called me and ask if I wanted to protest the grade. I said that I did. No one has ever called back or cared about this problem. I have maintained an A or B avaerage on all of my classes, but this one. Would I refer APUS to someone else, No I would not, If you have Professors that are so rstrictive on the forum, then nothing new can be learned. I would have dropped APUS and changed schools, if I had not been so close to finishing my degree program.A lot of students dropped out of this class because of the professor. I was going to take your Masters in History, but I believe that I would be better served going to a different school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 10, 2013 (email verified)

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Information Technology I agree with the previous post, APUS doesn't actually teach you anything. Much of what you need to learn must self taught. As the poster stated, it is a great place for getting a degree if you're not really interested in learning anything useful. 90% of the courses rely on submitting papers regardless of the course. For example taking a math course or computer programming course may require week after week of posting forums or submitting assignments in the MLA or APA format. For Math?!!! Get real. 70% of most courses rely heavily on weekly posting some dribble on forums just to get a decent grade which will account for 30-60% of your final grade.
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Langner.matt (In Progress) on March 10, 2013 (email verified)

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BA Security Management APUS / AMU is without a doubt one of the better distance learning institutions. Do not be discouraged by the negative reviews. Online learning is not for everyone. It requires a self-starter that is willing to put forth the effort. If you are competent enough to figure out your own finances and make adjustments when necessary (i.e. purchase the text book on your own if you do not like the provided e-book), then you will do well in this school. I have attended 4 other institutions and have 7 weeks left until I complete my bachelors. I can honestly say this is a great institution – but ultimately it is no different than anything else in life – it will return only what you put in to it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 9, 2013 (email verified)

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So Glad I Did This This is a great school; I've really enjoyed my experience here so far. The instructors are terrific, most of them have worked or have experience in the field they are teaching and all the instructors I've had so far have been very willing to answer questions about course content and give helpful feedback on my work. Keep in mind, the professors are human: yes, they can make mistakes sometimes, and may take a while to get around to grading your work; they have lives too. I didn't have any problems with the financial aid process; it was pretty clear to me. My only real criticism would be the eBooks and additional material the school uses. The content itself is fine, but the quality of some of the eBooks looks like a poor xerox and sometimes the additional content will have broken links or link to content that you need to register to see. Most of the time it's fine though. If anyone is considering an online college, you should know that you have to have the discipline to do the work without someone leading you along by the hand every step of the way. If you're the type of person who is okay with finding out information on your own instead of waiting for someone to tell you, then you'll do great!
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Lorenmill (In Progress) on March 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Great School I am in my senior year and I love the courses at AMU. I'm getting my BS in environmental science fish and wildlife management. The teachers know the subjects they teach. All the teachers I have had have all had careers in fish and wildlife and environmental science areas. I would recommend AMU to anyone interested in pursuing their education.
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Jamiedehaven (In Progress) on March 9, 2013 (email verified)

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So far...so good. I have been an APU student for two years now, working toward a B.S. in information systems security. Customer service needs some improvement / attention to detail. The courses offer online labs now, which I have found to be better than expected. I have been to brick and mortar institutions and there is no difference in the curriculum in my field of study. The only drawback is for people who thrive in social interaction environments (human contact). Otherwise, there is no difference. The school has regional accreditation, so their degrees are just as legit as any brick and mortar. For degrees in information technology, you will need to obtain industry certification as well. Not having certifications will cause problems in getting a job in the IT industry.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Very pleased I have just begun working on my MA degree at APUS. The rigor is great and the professors are extremely good. This program is must better that the first MA degree that I earned in History at a traditional sticks and bricks state university. I am very impressed.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 9, 2013 (email verified)

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APU-School for Success APU means: Education,Closeness,Credibility,Loyalty,Pride, Encouragement. APU has good professors,resources and student services that work hard to help you every day.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent Choice. From the beginning I was able to follow clear steps to signing up and filing for Federal Aid. I have attended for nearly 2 years and am on my last class before completing my degree and have only had 1 or 2 issues with the entire process. Know your limits on your Federal Aid and you will do fine. You will not be eligible for the entire year and must take 8 weeks off at one point. Also know that you will not see your refund until 4 weeks AFTER classes start. Support was always helpful, extensions are easy to obtain if you need one (30 days at a time - twice per class). The main drawback for me, is E-books. I like to physically have a book when learning. On another hand most classes you do not even use your book but use lectures. This is by far SO MUCH EASIER than GOING to school. You have time to do what you need over the space of 7 days and each class is set up in an easy to follow forum.
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Ronkapperman (Graduate) on March 9, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU Degree programs are a great fit for anyone This school was an excellent choice for me 4 years ago when I started working towards my B.A. in Management. The flexibility of the schedule made it so easy to stay on track and tae the classes I wanted to at certain times. I retired from the Air Force and the education I received while active duty carried over to my AMU experience. I never would have imagined at this point in my life I would have a CCAF degree and Associates and Bachelor’s degree, but AMU made it possible.
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Smokertom1 (Graduate) on March 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Recommended I have just completed my degree program in Environmental Science and remain convinced that I could not have received a finer education at another school. I am confident that I have been well prepared to meet entry level and beyond qualifications for a future in my chosen career. I highly recommend this school for its content, assistance and most importantly the quality of its professors.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Worthless School As an individual who has been in the IT industry for over 20 years, I was required to submit a waiver to opt out of the initial COLL100 course. A course designed to teach new students how to take classes online which costs $800. I had submitted over 10 artifacts along with my resume and essay showing that I am competant to take an online course. Rest assured, the "waiver" office denied it for the following reason: "After careful review of the documentation and the explanation you sent for your COLL100 waiver request it was not evident that you have met the minimum requirements necessary to waive taking the class: specifically your online learning experience is too old. Too much has changed for it to still be applicable in today's online learning environment." These idiots are all about taking your money...be for warned!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 6, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU IT Program Before starting the IT program do a little research on what you want your goal in the IT field to be, that way if you are interested in Network, you don't fill up your electives full of Web Design. AMU is a very good online school especially for very busy people. Doing school online means that the student needs to be self motivated and ready to push themselves to learn. Like any school you have your good and bad instructors. It's good to get into the school forums and ask other students what they thing and try to stick with the ones you like. The school uses ebooks which some people have a very difficult time using. For an online school the use of technology is surprisingly limited, but improving.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 2, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent School I have had no problems with APUS. The financial aid department has worked like a dream, the professors are highly qualified and very good, the coursework is appropriate for the degree. I already have a MBA and a doctorate and I rate this school as good as any I have attended. The problems that other have seem to be of their making. Online is not for those who need a lot of hand-holding.
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Cessna7035q (Graduate) on February 28, 2013 (email verified)

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Your Path to Excellence The American Military University provided the tools necessary to complete a degree through years of being unable to attend classroom courses. I completed my degree plan while on two assignments on two continents and after being sent on temporary duty to several locations. Most of my fellow students were also travelers in AMU/APUS who shared the limited connectivity of an arduous schedule. We were able to assist one another and the university's staff was considerate of duty responsibilities. Most of the instructors were professional, well qualified, and provided effecient feedback. There were a few instructors who were unresponsive and unhelpful which was the only negative issue which plagued my BS and MA journey with AMU. Overall, however, AMU served as the right medium for accomplishing a major goal which would have otherwise been unachievable.
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Nikki.leach.holland (In Progress) on February 28, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent Online Choice I must admit, I was a bit skeptical about attending an online Masters program, but APU has vanquished those fears. The independent learning module so prevalent in the MA History courses allows me to, in a sense, create my own course of study. As a full-time student holding a full-time job while still attempting to have a family life, I was worried I would have to drop to part-time status, but the flexibility of online has allowed me to still "have it all." I have been challenged in my courses, but the support provided by the staff and faculty has been quite encouraging. I am two-thirds through my program, and have enjoyed every moment of it.
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Drwaltenba (In Progress) on February 26, 2013 (email verified)

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MA Criminal Justice I have attended both traditional and online schools for close to 20 years. Based on my experience American Public University System (AMU/APU) has been great. The courses I have attended here have been the most challenging of all of the traditional and online programs I have attended. With that said it is critical that each person must consider their individual situation, personal goals and learning style, before attending any educational facility or program. Don't take anyone else's word, find out yourself. Always consider whether other schools accept their credits/courses. If they don't think about attending carefully. If you attempting to obtain a specific license, find out the academic requirements first. Contrary to the government education is not a one size fits all endeavor. Luck is the meeting of opportunity and skill. Don't let your dreams, disappear. Hard work is what makes it all happen.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 8, 2013

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So far so good I am surprised at the negative reviews. At first I had some issues with my Financial Aid, but after a few emails it got straightened out. But I have issues like that with all schools, that process just sucks all the way around. Aside from that, I have really like it. I get to interact with students from around the country and the world when my classes get mixed with the military folks. I have had great teachers and I love that we are not just using texts but other resources as well.
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Kncoston (In Progress) on February 4, 2013 (email verified)

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A.P.U is for You! I highly recommend APU. I am working on my MA in History, however with one full-time and one part-time job regular graduate school was not an option for me. Through APU, I am receiving a quality education that fits in my hectic schedule. Time management is the key to APU, though the deadlines are spaced out and you are given time to complete the course work students must take inititative. The APU community is also very helpful through the campus lounge and forum. The classes are as rigorous as graduate level classes should be, and the instructors are very helpful.
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Giovicasad (In Progress) on February 4, 2013 (email verified)

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Positive Experience I am presently attending APU taking my last class in order to complete a Master of International Relations and Conflict Resolution and all I have to say is that my experience has been positive, worthwhile and fulfilling. I have never had an issue with their Financial Office, I myself have applied and gotten my financial aid on time, easy process to apply and reapply, really not a big deal. They are also very good in sending you reminders of all sorts via email, for the financial aid, for the start of the semester, etc, etc. The times that I have needed assistance, again I have had an answer from Office staff, Counselors and Professors within a 24 hr period, and I have used both email and phone to contact them, with no issues at all. Classes and Professors again are excellent, some Professors tend to be tougher than others but that is normal in every institution, so every class experience depends on the professor at hand. Overall, you do have to be disciplined in the sense that you need to take aside time to study (as in any other college or university), read the materials, work on research projects, lots and lots of reading….discussion is a must every week, since it is an online degree, so you have to access the class and discuss learned material with the Professor and students…other than that it has been a smooth process at least on my own personal case and I will definitely recommend this institution to others planning to achieve higher educational goals.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 1, 2013

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Good for my situation I chose to attend an online university, because my location, odd work hours and frequent work related travel made attending a traditional school nearly impossible. I chose AMU, because they had a lot more history programs available and a better reputation than most large online schools. I like the classes that I have taken, but I will say they are what you make of them. If you do all your assigned readings and engage your instructors in discussions, you can become a subject matter expert. Some people do skate by doing the bare minimum and learn very little. Sadly those who do the bare minimum seem to be giving the rest of us a bad reputation. I hope my Graduate Degree from AMU will be taken seriously, but I won't know until I enter the job market with it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Great School After completing my first year with this school, I find it interesting to read other student's comments. This school has been nothing but positively worth the time I have spent attending. There was a comment earlier about "actually learning" well, no matter where you attend school, you must actually participate in order to actually learn. The professor's can only guide you but as the student, you must do the work it takes so that you can in fact apply the knowledge that is gained. Great school!
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K6yes (In Progress) on January 31, 2013 (email verified)

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75% Completed so far - M.A. in Political Science I have completed 75% of the Masters of Arts in Political Science with a Public Policy concentration at APUS. The assignments have been challenging and have required in-depth research and hours of effort per week. On average (higher for weeks with research papers), I spend four to five hours reading/researching and four to five hours writing papers/essays/posts per week. Most of the professors engage in the weekly Forum discussions by asking additional questions from students discussing the topic and the best professors re-direct the discussion and provide additional reading/research material for further discussion. Yes, I had one professor that did not participate in the Forum and that was unfortunate (I notified APUS of the situation), but that has occurred only once in eight classes (I recall similar issues at my brick and mortar undergraduate university). APUS has room for improvement in two particular areas. First, professors must get stricter at enforcing the citation rules, particularly in the Forum discussions. I have seen too many posts not up to APA standards and I wished the Professor would have commented on it for everyone to see and learn from. Second, professors must get stricter at enforcing proper sentence, paragraph and paper writing. I don’t mean spelling errors – I mean writing at a professional level. It appears most professors value content over writing standards, but I personally could have benefited from having a paper sent back to me with markups for bad writing and points taken off for it. APUS’s reputation and students would greatly benefit from these two improvements. Overall, the school provides great value and the degrees are regionally accredited – so this is the real deal. However, there is room for the institution to take it to the next level.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 31, 2013 (email verified)

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You get what you pay for With this online school, you can expect flexible scheduling for working professionals as well as a very affordable tuition and course materials. In an online format, you miss out on class lectures and group discussions, but the school attempts to make up for this with forum posts and some Powerpoint presentations. Course websites tend to be very organized allowing you to work ahead and access articles, lectures, etc at any time. My biggest complaint about AMU and the IR program is the lack of instructor participation. While professors may have years of experience and multiple degrees, very few instructors take the time to critique coursework and engage students on discussion boards. Making good grades isn't too difficult, and with little professor oversight, it's difficult to stay 100% focused and motivated about each course. If I had the money and time, I would much prefer a regular university, but for the price and convenience, AMU is a solid choice.
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Acawo001 (In Progress) on January 31, 2013 (email verified)

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Would Recommend I am a senior at UC Riverside and I had to take one class with APU because I found out at the last second that I needed a class that was not being offered with UCR within my graduation time frame. APU was the ONLY school that I could find that taught a course that was considered equivalent to a UCR upper division course that I could finish in the required time. I found when taking the class that the material was presented pretty much exactly the way it is in person at UCR. I felt without a doubt that the way I was educated in this class at APU was just as good as at UCR and, at a fraction of the cost. I didn't receive FAFSA assistance at APU, so I cannot comment on that aspect of the school. What I can say is my teacher was wonderful and extremely competent, the library online (where you can access millions of scholarly articles,) was BETTER than the online library at UCR. I had a field day reading through articles that caught my interest and not having to pay to read the full version. :)My adviser that was assigned to me upon admittance, guided me through many of the processes, and I really felt taken care of. I won't be going to graduate school with APU, because I just learn better face to face and I want to do research for my graduate program, but I still felt despite my learning preferences, I learned just as much as I would have in person.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 31, 2013 (email verified)

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MA in Homeland Security - Outstanding Program I have completed 3/4 of the coursework for a Masters in Homeland Security. I could not be happier with the program, its professors, the curriculum, and the quality of education. The work is challenging yet interesting. Do not take this if you don't plan to conduct research, author research papers, or just in hopes of an easy degree. The education will definately help in my career aspirations and serve to enhance my skills for future opportunities.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 30, 2013 (email verified)

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MA: Transportation and Logistics Management The college is an excellent value with at $300. per credit with regional and national accredidation. The students are from all over the world including military, government, and civilian. You must be self motivated. The materials, textbooks, and website are on target. You have good and bad professors at every school. Do your homework when picking the best instructor you are paying for it get the best ones. Teachers at AMU are professionals that give real world experience with feedback. Be ready to make deadlines, write forums, APA papers, podcasts, research, powerpoints, and an occasional group assignment based on the class. Rememeber APA all the way, Perrla paper formate tool, Perdue Owl,turnitin, son of a citation machine, and yes the online library for reasearch using Proquest and Ebsco.You must put the time in and do the work. Good luck cite, cite, cite
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Rakowski.steve (In Progress) on January 30, 2013

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Great expierence thus far I so far cannot agree with some of the reviews, I have had ZERO problems with the financial aid office or fafsa, I have seen my grades and I follow them closely, all of my work has been viewed and graded with comments to help me improve and with week and strong points, every instructor so far has been great. I work full time and online courses have really helped me gain a positive outlook for the future. I would recommend APU to everyone who does not have time for a traditional university
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JAGONEELY (Graduate) on January 26, 2013 (email verified)

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HAPPY I GRADUATED FROM APUS I GRADUATED FROM APUS LAST YEAR WITH A BS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. OVER MANY YEARS I HAVE WORKED ON MY COLLEGE EDUCATION AND HAVE ATTENDED COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND STATE UNIVERSITIES. WHEN I BEGAN MY ONLINE STUDIES, I STARTED WITH ANOTHER SCHOOL AND SOON BECAME AWARE THEY HAD NO INTEREST IN SUCCESS, ONLY PROFIT. APUS IS A GOOD ONLINE SCHOOL, VERY WELL ORGANIZED, AND DOES THE JOB PRETTY WELL FOR DISTANCE LEARNING. I FIND THE SCIENCES ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO DO ONLINE, BUT IF YOU ARE A HARD WORKER, YOU CAN DO IT. DISTANCE LEARNING IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. IF YOU EXPECT IT TO BE EASY YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE EXPERIENCE.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 25, 2013

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Good online school This is a great school. It is not a diploma mill you have to work hard to earn your degree. The only thing I would change is that the books need to be sent to the student instead of using an online copy.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 24, 2013 (email verified)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly I have completed 22 classes with APU and have three more to go. I hope to receive my BA in English this May. Generally my experience has been positive. Most of the teachers are extremely good. (You can recognize the ones that don't give a hoot pretty fast.) Forum discussions are generally lively. For an English degree the classes are reading-heavy (generally at least 100 pages per week per class) and most are writing-intensive as well. In one class I had four writing assignments each week. There's a good mix of e-book and hardcopy text book, and the book department is easy to work with and very efficient. The finance department is not the greatest, at least not if you're getting student loans. They had a habit of not notifying me of anything they needed and I would find out when I e-mailed the book department saying WHERE ARE MY TEXTS? They would respond that I was on Financial Hold and then I'd be on the phone with Finance trying to find out what was going on when I had filled out my paperwork six weeks ago, had received my letters of credit and so forth, and thought everything was fine. Finance also has a habit of leaving their phone on voicemail and responding when they feel like it. Also, the English program has changed since I first enrolled. Now there are concentrations available. I would be one class shy of a writing concentration but I'm locked into my current (read OLD) program because they don't seem to like to change. So I'll just be getting a general English degree as opposed to a specialty in literature or writing. I don't mind, but I do wish the program had been a little more flexible.
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Traceydecicco (In Progress) on January 24, 2013 (email verified)

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HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! I highly recommend APU. I really wanted to obtain a MA in History, but with a full-time job and four children, attending a brick and mortar school was not an option for me. Through APU, I am receiving a quality education that fits in my hectoc schedule. The classes are as rigorous as graduate level classes should be, and the instructors are very helpful. I have never had a problem with the Financial Aid department. I am two classes away from graduation, and am so glad I chose APU!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 24, 2013 (email verified)

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Think Twice Initially I was torn over writing this review, as my experience with APUS was neither positive nor negative; there were some high points and some low points. As I have been a student at a brick and mortar university, I did not find the low points any lower than I had experienced at a traditional university and the high points, well not that high upon review. Let me begin my saying, the course work with APUS is hit and miss, some courses are difficult and on par with what I had expected, other courses were a joke, the courses were pointless, there was little to no work and what work was required could be completed in a short amount of time. However, take into account that classes at traditional ground schools are also hit and miss, therefore, take this criticism of course work with a grain of salt. The professors, similar to the course work, they are extremely hit and miss, some are engaging in classes and great with questions and comments, others simply grade course work(sometimes weeks after course work is due) with little or no feedback. If you think these are some of the low points, I haven’t even gotten there yet. While the academics at APUS are at best hit and miss (at worse bordering at sub-standard), the business office is a complete and total joke. I utilize financial aid to fun my education, someone has made so many mistakes to my account and I somehow owe APUS money, for what, I have gotten no answer, the fact that I felt that some of the errors may have been my own I agreed to pay back a large sum of money, after authorizing a monthly payment I was charged almost double what I had agreed to pay, only to find out that I still owed more, after repeated attempts to find an answer I have been given the run around. In addition to this, I have recently applied for graduation from this illustrious institution, only to be informed (after I had paid a graduation fee and taken an “exit exam”) that I would be unable to graduate because I am one credit short. When I had applied for the program I was told that the science required for the major would also be used to cover an elective science (turns out this was inaccurate). When I spoke to an “academic advisor” (one of those same advisors that gave me misinformation) I was told “sorry, that was wrong, if you had the person’s name we may have been able to waive that requirement but since you don’t know who you talked it just isn’t possible to help you”. Had I known two years ago I was being lied to I would have written the person’s name down, wait, if I had known two years ago I was being lied to I would have attended another university. Point being, students suffer for APUS mistakes. In addition to all of this, I have maxed out my student loans, meaning there is no money left for this one class, I now have to pay even more money out of pocket. This fee will be in addition to money that I own from a previous, I don’t even know what because I can’t get a straight answer. While I will not say do not attend APUS, I will say, please do your research before deciding on this university, there are other choices. While the academics are not completely bad, the business office is so completely and utterly amateurish it will ruin the entire experience, the “academic advisors” are hardly better as they will say anything the student wants to hear (truth or complete fabrication). Oh, if you are seeking a degree that is worth several thousand dollars that you most likely will never receive, attend APUS without hesitation as this is the university for you.
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Colemanscripts (In Progress) on January 24, 2013 (email verified)

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No Regrets Whatsoever I was nervous to try APU because I hadn't been in school for fifteen years, but I went from checking out the school to enrolling in less than a week. The system made it incredibly easy to get financial aid, figure out which classes to take, and get started with my first class. So far I've gotten excellent grades, I've learned things that I can apply to my life and career, and I'm working toward a better future. I love that I can do the work whenever I want to, and that my classmates are scattered all over the world. The best part is I'm showing my son and the kids that I work with at my job how to follow through on the goal of becoming a good student.
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Jbrooks (In Progress) on January 24, 2013 (email verified)

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In debt for nothing I don't even know where to begin, and I don't have the energy or will to get into all of it. Leave it be that this school has destroyed any chance I have of attaining an education anytime in the foreseeable future and has has had a significant negative impact on my life. Based on my experience with this school I must, by principal, encourage others to avoid it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 23, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Online Education I love the online format. After getting used to the way classes are run, which takes about a week or two, you get into the groove and everything runs smoothly. You need to have good time management skills to complete and online program. This program came highly recommended to me from a former teacher at John's Hopkins University, which was why I chose it, and I am very happy I did. If you don't like traditional calsses and can handle a good bit of independent learning, APU is definately the way to go!
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Crb.123 (In Progress) on January 23, 2013 (email verified)

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Cody's Review I am pleased with American Public University. Senator Harkin cited APUS as one of the for-profit institutions of higher learning that is succeeding in educating students. I would agree. I have a real sense of connection with my classmates and the faculty. APUS is not perfect and therefore can improve. I would rather have potential for improvement than absolute perfection. If that makes sense. I am still learning. I will keep striving for excellence. I would like to shout out to BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase, T. Rowe Price and Vanguard Group for making it possible. Peace.
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Me (In Progress) on January 23, 2013 (email verified)

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Communication with students (customers) is not the best The financial aid process is slow once they get you in there. You can never get a definite date as to when your financial aid money will be added to your account. Also, it's like pulling teeth to get someone from the financial aid department to speak with you instead you have to demand an agent 20 times via a support services agent who insist they can help you. Very unprofessional. My next degree will definitely be from a brick and mortar institution.
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Mousestealth (In Progress) on January 23, 2013 (email verified)

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As a Veteran, this was excellent Most of the instructors are brilliant; most are very engaged with the courses they teach. Only one course used a text that was, IMHO, inadequate (Kitto's The Greeks is way out of date!), and the course in Rome had a recommended book that turned out to be disappointing -- the required text was so much better! All but one instructor posted grades in a timely manner. All provided detailed feedback.
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Smattingly (Graduate) on January 23, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Value, Excellent Experience! First, here is a little about my background. My bachelors in journalism is from a traditional brick and mortar school and I have attended multiple institutions over the years. In addition, I taught four years of high school and about four years on the collegiate level and am currently an instructor for both online and live classes. Second, let me preface my review by stating that when I went searching for an MBA my emphasis was on quick, inexpensive, convenient, regionally accredited, and well liked by the students. APU fit all of my criteria and exceeded my expectations. When I was getting my bachelors, I would say the breakdown out of about 40 classes was 8 teachers were lousy, some were so so, most were ok, and about 5 were life changing. My online experience with APU was similar. The MBA is only 39 units so the breakdown was that 1 instructor was lousy, 2 were so so, most were average, and 2 were life changing. I was able to complete my MBA in 14 months with 2 8-week classes per session and it was definitely challenging. I would not recommend this route unless you enjoy writing. I wrote about 8 12-15 page term papers and about 80 total 3-5 page papers for the weekly assignments. This was in addition to the online discussion groups. I also completed a mid-term and final (often timed) for almost every class. Occasionally the term paper would count as the final. I had excellent discussions with my classmates and instructors and I am still in touch with my favorite professors. My MBA helped me to acquire a new teaching job and definitely jump started my salary. I recommend APU without reservation to someone that is seeking to improve their business knowledge and get a leg-up in certain parts of society. However, if you are seeking to move on in traditional brick and mortar academia or ivy league business I suggest you go to an AACSB business school. This school was good for my situation, but you must weigh your situation and needs for the future. Last, I must address the financial aid situation. I did everything I was asked (on time) and filled out my paperwork properly. I never had a problem and they were quite polite.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 23, 2013

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Very satisfied A little over halfway through my first year at APU and I am completely happy with everything so far. I had no issues with financial aid/loans at all and actually received prompt and courteous help when I had questions for financial aid or professors.
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Betsy0040 (In Progress) on January 22, 2013 (email verified)

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APU Bachelor's of Psychology I just completed my 5th course with APU in order to get my BA in Psychology. So far I have been fairly pleased. Some instructors are good others are not. Use RateMyProfessors.com to research instructors before registering for classes. There have been 2 I have not liked but the other 3 have been good. I have had no issues with financial aid. I have someone I contact at financial aid anytime I have a question. You can't beat the price and I have taken classes at other online institutions with higher prices that were no more involved than APU. I have also taken classes at a brick & mortar institution (3 years worth) and have found APU to be tougher. If you have questions ask and if you feel you received a grade lower than you deserved appeal it, I did and my grade was raised! I was able to transfer almost all of my credits and now I am halfway done with my courses at APU.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 22, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Experience I completed my MA in History in Spring 2012. Throughout the entire process I encountered very few problems. Sometimes the school website would crash, and it usually happened on the weekend because that is when assignments are due. If you do your work ahead of time, there should be no problems. The school accepted several of my credits from law school and saved me a bunch of money. I encountered a few times where I could not reach my professors through email in a timely manner. I had other professors who provided several methods of contact and were easily reachable. I had a medical issue during one semester and all of my professors were understanding and helpful. I found the content of the courses to be challenging and imformative. I'm considering pursuing an MBA with APU very soon.
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Marks39us (Graduate) on January 22, 2013 (email verified)

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Beat out two schools here in Massachusetts When searching for an institution to obtain a Masters, I looked at two schools here in Massachusetts and several online universities before deciding on APU. Yes, the other schools were well known and expensive, but APU taught the same courses, and used the same text books, so why pay more for the same classes as the others? I am very pleased with my degree program and the people I work for were very impressed with how the online courses were layed out and taught, along with the knowledge I have acquired.
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Garrett (In Progress) on January 22, 2013 (email verified)

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APU is a great online college I am attending American public university for a degree in management with a concentration in retail and I am senior with less than half a year left to go, right now I am 21 and I started when I was 18. I first decided to go to an online school because I was going to be working in retail during my entire academic journey, so I had to be able to study and complete work around my job. APU is a great college for this because they allow you to finish work any time before the common Thu or Sun due dates which allow me to study and complete work on my off days which are highly random because of a retail environment. APU is a college with a good education at a good price. All textbook fees are included in the tuition which is a flat 250$ per credit and $50 technology fee for each course. APU is able to absorb the textbook costs into tuition, because a large majority of their textbooks have been put onto their online library database. The majority of my online textbooks have been easy to access and navigate, I have only had trouble viewing a couple textbooks, but once I contacted the instructors they help me resolve this issue quickly. If you work at Wal-Mart you get an additional %15 off all tuition fees through their scholarship partnership and as a result a large majority of my classmates are Wal-Mart employees. I have paid for all of my tuition with cash straight from my bank account, so I have no idea how good the financial department is at managing student loans, government aid, or anything like that. If you want a school that offers a good education with flexible studying hours and straightforward tuition costs ($800 per 3 credit course) you should consider APU.
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Rbccbasler (In Progress) on January 21, 2013 (email verified)

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Glad I transfered It took me over a year to find a school to transfer to when I decided to leave the university I was attending. I always enjoyed online classes because it allowed me to actually assert myself. The professors are great, I am able to use them as references and most if not all of my legal studies professors have gone to law school so they constantly give tips on how to get into law school. I have learned so much more than I have every thought I could. I am able to work and go to school at the same time and not get super stressed. I love that the majority of my text books are online and if I need an actual text book they send it to me. I used to pay close to $1000 bucks a semester on textbooks so this is really helping me out. I have had a small issue with the financial aid office though. To be honest, I don't think it is as bad as some people have said. I have a tuition fund so dealing with the financial aid office at any school has been a challenge. I just pay out of pocket, then I get a refund check 3 weeks later when my tuition fund has been deducted. Works fine for me. I will be graduating within 6 months and I plan on getting my Masters here as well.
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Shannonbwalls (In Progress) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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High Quality Institution and Staff I am currently in my fourteenth course with APUS and continue to be impressed with the quality of education I am receiving. Before choosing a school, I researched like anyone else and found APUS to be the only online school that was interested in my education rather than merely the tuition I would provide for them. We all know the online schools I am referring to, when after you request info, you receive a phone call from a recruiter within five minutes (no joking) pressuring you to enroll the following week. APUS does no pressuring, which is a huge reason why I chose them, along with their affordability. Throughout the past year and a half in attendance, the professors have challenged me to grow in knowledge and understand through their interaction and expertise. Any time I have needed to utilize staff from individual departments, like the library, admissions, or financial aid, I have always received responses in a timely manner. APUS continues to exceed my expectations, and I recommend this school to anyone seeking a degree with quality.
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Fancifulflight (Graduate) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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If you've already got a good science background and want to take your career to the next level, then this is the program for you! Since completing my studies at APUS, I've made two major advancements to my career. The courses are challenging but well worth the effort. The knowledge I've gained has helped me tremendously. You pay more in tuition than you would if you attended a public university; but the same could be said about most online degree programs. Some professors make good use of the technology and post videos of their lectures and other more interactive elements; but most do not. This degree does not give you many of the hard science skills needed to do environmental field work (aside from one toxicology class); but it does a great job of preparing you for a job in the public sector. Some skills you will learn are conflict resolution, collaborative management approaches, ethics, environmental regulations and law, and other such soft skills needed by policy makers and/or project managers.
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Ashleyjennings32 (In Progress) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Choice This university not only challanges you in the classroom it will also help move your career forward. I got my first law enforcement job before finishing my program. I am in my last week of classes before finishing my degree and I do not have any regrets about my college degree choice. Take the time to look at apus.edu and take that next step to apply. Good luck on your future!
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Bookluvin (In Progress) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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AA in History I have had all good experiences in this school. I have completed nine classes so far. A couple of my teachers weren't as good as the others, but they have all been at least decent. I find the forums bolster good feelings between students,and I have always felt part of a class, and supported by my fellow students. This school is NOT a degree mill, to the foolish person who stated that. It is totally legitimate, and properly regionally credited. It is the American Military, for crying out loud.Hello. Some people will always be complainers, the rest of us like this school a lot. No complaints here. Why is it all the naysayers post anonymously??
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Beckadawn (In Progress) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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The Best College Experience Let me start by saying that I have attended a few community colleges, both in person and online. None of the classes I attended were all that satisfactory. The teachers were either too vague and you got bad grades because there weren't enough details or they explained things in only one way. For example, I took a world history class that was shared with a distance learning class, over a TV at their location. The entire class failed the first test. Our teacher said he felt like he was failing us and asked us what he could do to help. The main request was that he give us visual aids. He refused on the premise that it wasn't fair for the distance learning class to look at pictures while listening him talk. Consequently, most of the class failed the second test also. I dropped the course before things got worse. When I first signed up for APU, they accepted almost every college course I earned from local community colleges. I have taken over 60 credits through APU and am only two classes away from graduating with a Bachelor's in Environmental Science. I know that a lot of people have complaints about the financial aid department. Last month, I experienced the only issue I have had, so far, where they misplaced paperwork, didn't tell me until right before my semester began and nearly dropped me (if I had been dropped I would have had to begin paying back my federal loans early). I am not sure why everyone is saying that other colleges are cheaper. APU is actually very reasonably priced, considering and a HUGE plus: all textbooks are free, through a federal grant to the school. When I started my program in 2010, if I hadn't had any transferred credits, my Bachelor's would have cost me around $28,000. Now it is around $30,000. All in all, this is not a huge increase in a little over two years time. The fees have gone up a bit, but the semester hour cost has remained the same, at $250 per credit hour. Not really all that expensive, in comparison to most colleges. As far as the classes go, you are not guaranteed A's. Teachers are responsible for the easy A issue and you will find this in any college you attend. One thing you absolutely should do before registering for any class is check the college professor reviews online. The lists do not include every teacher at APU but it includes several. I used these reviews to help me determine what teachers would require me to actually do a good job. For the most-part, the reviews I found were accurate. Some teachers are too hard on students, while others are too lenient. I prefer the happy medium and only had two teachers that were extremely difficult to please and not willing to explain what would make them happy (I was still able to get B's in these classes by working extremely hard and devoting a lot of extra time). Through my research I have been able to avoid all the easy A teachers. I am cruising along with a 3.8+ GPA right now and anticipate to graduate with the same or a little higher. I love being able to work my studying around my job and life, in general. Overall, I am impressed at how most of the teachers really want to see you succeed. They will do just about anything they can to help you understand assignments and will go out of their way doing so. It helps that APU/AMU professors are all working in their field and are not simply professors. If you do not understand a concept the way it is explained in textbooks they are more than willing to explain it to you in a completely different way. From me, APU/AMU comes highly recommended
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Richardson.sherman0 (In Progress) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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A fantastic university I have completed two semesters with APU, I will be graduating summer 2014 with a bachelors of science in information systems security. The materials that we study are always current and industry relavent. I just love my APU (go vulonteers), I have attended other online universities and I found myself under motivated. At APU, my motivation is always stable, I am enjoying the academic atmosphere APU has offered me. In my opinion and based on my experience APU is a great institution with an affordable tuition (an excellent bargain).
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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BEST Online School I have absolutely loved my time at APU. I bounced around several big name traditional universities and could not find a fit before hearing about APU. I completed my degree in three years and will probably be back for graduate work. The teachers were accessible and helpful. The online campus and classroom were well organized and easy to use. My books were free. What's not to love?!
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Cctcgo (In Progress) on January 19, 2013

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A challenge to yourself Returning to college after many years out of school has proven to be quite challenging and the use of computers and the ebooks even harder than anticipated. I knew that it was not going to be easy returning to college after so much time off. The faculty has pushed me to challenge myself and to go the distance, to excel above those who desire the easy road to a college degree. APUS is a great University with an exceptional faculty and a top notch administrative staff. I am sure, you can find what you are looking for in any college you attend. I was looking for the best when I decided to attend the American Public University System, and that is what I have found. Sincerely, Carl Cruse
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Karl0528 (In Progress) on January 19, 2013

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So far so good! I am in the process of finishing my degree at APU and as the title says, "So far so good" and I really do mean that. Since I am a full time professional I needed to find a school that was not an expensive degree mill such as Devry or University of Phoenix and one that was accredited and respected. APU fit my criteria to a 'T'. I knew I was making a good decision when I first started to interact with the enrollment staff. This school does not attempt to sell you an education like the other online schools do. I work in sales and I could tell that Devry was trying to work through a sales process to get me to enroll there, APU did not do that. I have had some great instructors and some middle of the road, but at the end of the day all of them were accessible to me and my fellow students and also committed to their discipline in the 'real world' which is an added bonus. I have seen a lot of negative reviews on here regarding outdated text and materials and so far for me that has not been the case. All of the my study materials have been relevant to current times. One area where I feel this school can get better at is their usage of technology. They should look to integrate tablets (iPad/Kindle/etc.) into the system so a student can use those mediums to do their course work or read their class texts. It would also be cool if they integrated Skype for lectures or class interactions. At the end of the day I have had a great experience with APU and I would recommend this institution to anyone who is looking for a reputable value driven online education.
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Kopry63 (In Progress) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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Very pleased!!! I have no regrets in choosing APUS for my BA in History.I am 21 hours away from graduation and to date have had no majors problems with Financial Aid. Yes, there was a minor issue but it did not hold up my aid package as the Fa department was right on top of the issue and all it took on my part was faxing my tax return into the school. I have actually has less trouble with Financial Aid here at APU than I did with my daughter's at a PA brick and mortar school. Being prepared and paying attention to the forms that you are filling out is key to avoiding most of the problems. Also not waiting until the last minute to take care of your registration and financial aid is crucial. My classes have been mainly fantastic, very challenging. APU/AMU is not for a student that needs the motivation of sitting in a physical classroom. You have to be able to manage your time and commit to the reading and writing that is required to get the work done weekly. If you have a physical issue that keeps you from attending a traditionsal school this is a wonderful option. I had surgery one semester and was able to stay on top of things while recovering; something that is difficult at a B&M school. Deadlines are not hard to meet with planning. The instructors that I have been involved with have been on top of things and returned emails, phone calls, and grades quickly and fairly. Have there been classes that I hated, certainly, but it was not the fault of the school or the instructors. Everyone has a least favorite subject. The fact that the texts are provided to an undergraduate student has saved me thousands of dollars. Many of them are ebooks or pdf's a remarkable use of the tech advances, and lighten the load in any students backpack. Tuition is extremely reasonable and affords almost everyone a chance for higher education. I have had no issue with the acceptance of my credits and future degree at the 4 universities that I have applied to attend. Now I have to decide which program that I am going to attend. The only reason that I am leaving APUS is the fact that they do not offer enough courses in the my historical field of interest. However I will be returning to APUS for an additional masters in English.
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Firechild39 (In Progress) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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APU is a good Online chose to further Ones Education. I have not had any problems with this school. Emails to questions was sent back to me within 24-48 hours after they where received. The staff and financial department do an excellent job in helping with any question asked. For example, I signed up to be a full time student and had everything ready but something came up; I had to switch to half time student and I had everything change and ready to go in 2 days. That included the first day for my email and by the following day it was fixed, no problem. The class are well organized and set up. You will learn a quality education while attending APU. The work is for real and so are the teachers, if you have a question and they will get back to you very quickly. So if you are thinking of furthering your education look no further, this is the school to attend.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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Transfer students For the money, APU does offer a good education. I have had some instructors that are engaging and interesting, and others that just seem to go through the motions. I received my AA in Psychology at another school and transferred in for my BA in Sociology. The transfer credit process can be a bit sticky if one of your prior schools is not on their drop down list. Plus, I get confused over which department I should be dealing with. The books being all online is a bit frustrating. I prefer to hold a book in my hand and highlight passages. However, I do like that I can print out pages from the online books as needed, and they don't take up room on my bookshelf!
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Paula.clark (In Progress) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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Helping me to reach my goals I am attending my second year at APUS and think they offer a wonderful online class experience. It was hard for me to decide if I wanted to go back to school because I am 44 years old, but APUS has assisted me every step of the way. The courses are outstanding and if you apply yourself you can reach yur goals.
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Alf8kitty (In Progress) on January 18, 2013 (email verified)

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AA Retail Management I am an older student that needed a way to move ahead in a fast changing world. APUS has allowed me a way to continue working and get an education. The students and staff are supportive and come from widely deverse backgrounds. This adds to your overall experience because you get generational, cultural, and educational insights from your teachers and classmates. The e-books are a plus because of the ease of access and technology has advanced to the point where you can access your information virtually anywhere without having to carry cumbersome, heavy books with you. The professionalism and care given to having the best educational experience is outstanding. The professionalism is what helped me to relax and embrace the entire experience. It has helped me to be more successful and focused on my ultimate goal. I will never regret choosing to return to school or choosing American Public University Systems over the many online schools out there. They are fully accredited and have teachers that are well experienced and come from many different backgrounds that lead you to success. Janet Setters
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Floridaburrack (Graduate) on January 18, 2013 (email verified)

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excellent school as good as USF This school is excellent for providing an equivalent, if not identical, learning experience utilizing the same educational course material as USF and North Carolina State (which I have attended). The only drawback to this school is communicating accurately with the somewhat inefficient financial aid department. However, they have gotten appreciably better at answering inquiries accurately and within 24 hours. Any individual considering a college degree would do well to ask themselves what is the real difference between an identical degree required class at one university or another. Generally, because of accreditation rules and the need for national level cookie-cutter educational classes to create specific and degrees like an MBA, BFA, nursing degree or what have you, there is no real difference. As someone with three major college degrees under their belt,(and a background in operating businesses for over 45 years),I heartily recommend American Public University for anyone that is pursuing a college degree online, and additionally wishes to save a great deal of tuition monies and put that money in their own pocket. Keep in mind that the biggest reason to utilize the online delivery system for educational classes is because it provides a major convenience for the student to sit at home (or anywhere else)and still gain a quality education. The teachers at American Public University are generally top-notch. Each student provides a review of their class and teacher at the end of that class. This provides a timely feedback to the school (and incidentally it would appear that the few bad teachers disappear rather quickly, from their educational system). Take it from someone that has paid a fortune on tuition and sat through many physical classes on a number of campuses that the way to go in acquiring a modern, quality education is American Public University and their online classes. ***This is my own opinion. I have not been coerced nor offered any remuneration.***
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Druryfulcher (In Progress) on January 18, 2013 (email verified)

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All positive! Great educational experience at a competitive price. My classes have been exceptional and all the professors have been very professional. There is no perfect program, but this one is as good as an educational program can get. All my instructors have been easy to communicate with, give clear instructions, and provide timely feedback. Registration is simple and easy to complete. Books are easy to acquire (I find out what I need and order them from Amazon). Financial aid is generally on time according to regulations. I have followed up on occasion with different departments for forms or completion of materials, and the service I've received has always been thorough and friendly. I am very happy I made the decision to attend American Public University for my master's degree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Good School I took one course from APU to supplement my degrees from elsewhere. I enjoyed the course. I didn't enjoy all the online posting but I found the coursework to be as good as any from the public and private universities I previously attended. I think American Public University really tries to act like a public university with low cost and decent quality. Recommended.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 22, 2012

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High Quality Education, Low Quality Financial Aid Dept. The American Public University System has its strength in its diversity of students and professors. Students are located all over the United States and many other nations and the instructors hold very impressive credentials. I was very pleased with the quality of the education. On the down side their Financial Aid Dept. was unbelievably disorganized and difficult to work with. However, they did seem to improve over the course of my education there, but there were times when I came very close to quitting because aid was often extremely late - sometimes 7 to 10 weeks into a 16 week semester. No doubt that this affected my final grade as much less time was devoted to study, having to earn extra money to keep things together.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 22, 2012 (email verified)

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Guided Self-study; requires strong self discipline I didn't use financial aid nor student advising. I completed my MBA with a concentration in Information Technology Management in 3.5 years. I took 1 8-week course at a time. The courses were challenging. I feel that I earned my degree. Overall I am pleased with the university, its staff, its programs, and my fellow students. However, I found that a couple of the professors to be either overloaded or underqualified. Most of the professors, that I had, were good to exceptional. The business school definitely increased its quality and value around the time when it became accredited.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 13, 2012 (email verified)

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Overall positive experience I have been attending APU for about a year now and it has been an overall positive experience. The price of the courses is about on par (and in a few cases cheaper) than the public universities in my state (Alabama). I chose to attend because they offer a BA in English unlike most other online schools. Perhaps I have been lucky, but I found that once I filled out all required paperwork, there was no issue at all in getting financial aid. I have also apparently been very lucky to have no problem with getting a person on the phone and having all questions answered. Yes, it will take about a month to get your refund. I'm not sure why they do it this way, but it's something I have gotten used to and accepted. Where teachers are concerned, the ones I've had have been great, speak English as their native language, and in many cases also teach at brick and mortar institutions. Ratemyprofessor.com is a beautiful thing and I highly suggest anyone attending any school use it. Bottom line is that I feel that for the price, quality, and fact that it is regionally accredited you can't go wrong with choosing APU. Every school has its pros and cons and in a sea of crappy online institutions, APU is one of the best.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 26, 2012 (email verified)

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APU not for those needing to learn vs those in the field just needing a degree It boils down to this - especially in IT - if you are already IN the field, already IN the workforce, especially as a network administrator or along those lines - fine, this school can give you the paper that says you have a degree. But if you are wanting to actually LEARN, go elsewhere. Spend a little more, and go somewhere that the teachers TEACH and dont just babysit the classroom (hint, they do NOT make up their own lesson plans and 90% do not engage and of the bazillion papers you have to write here, be prepared to get NO feedback) while working their "real" jobs. You cannot learn what you need to know about networking, security, IT support in an all theoretical manner. You may have the degree, but you still wont be worth much in the workforce. - I had a 3.94 GPA, so its not that I "failed" the class - what I failed was learning actual SKILLS you can use to get and keep a job, what I got was alot of theory and teaching myself.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 16, 2012 (email verified)

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Ernest Upshaw I agree as so many others, the records and admission dept is not up to par. I had every piece of information turned in except my official high school transcript. They received the transcript one day after they dismissed me from the university. As of today 10/16/12, they are demanding $750.00 for an open balance. I did not complete a semester due to APUS dismissing me as a student. I did what I needed to do on my part to apply, get funding and maintain a passing grade, but I was still kicked out.
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1stsgtMancha (Graduate) on October 14, 2012 (email verified)

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Great School I completed my degree through APUS because after extensive research to select the right university, APUS was the logical choice. I enrolled in my first course while deployed and the university staff provided excellent support. The school processed military tuition assistance paperwork with proficiency and I never encountered any issues. My grades were provided to the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center as required without fail. The professors were extremely professional and made themselves available to answer any questions and provide assistance. The schedule of courses provided the flexibility I needed to complete my degree. I took 18 courses through APUS and the university receives my highest recommendations.
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Buffamonte (In Progress) on October 5, 2012 (email verified)

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MS Sports Management APU has offered me the opportunity to attend school and earn a Master's degree in Sports Management. I intentionally have picked a different professor for every class so that I would gain knowledge from a diverse and broad group of people. The educators expose a variety of situations which plague the sporting industry and creatively guide you toward resolution processes with the text. I would highly recommend this program for individuals who desire a little more flexibility over a traditional institution. The program will keep you busy throughout each class that is taken providing great insight to each aspect of the class. Discussion boards allow you to speak with others so that you can gain knowledge from their experiences and insight. Overall this has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. If you desire higher education, this is a perfect solution for our demanding lifestyles.
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Colleen.j.price (In Progress) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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My experiece I am almost half-way done with my Sophmore year and am extremely happy with my experience. Although I have had a couple of minor disagreements with instructors, the overall experience has been positive. When I've had questions, the instructors have been quick to respond, normally between 24-36 hours. I've never had a problem with my refund and the financial office has always answered my questions the following business day. I will not say the classes are easy, because they are not. But who wants to learn from a place who just gives the degrees away? If you really want to experience college without having to walk all over campus, I would recommend APUS.
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Kellyjo71 (In Progress) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Very satisfied I am very satisfied so far. I'm a junior in undergraduate studies of American history and have no general complaints. The school provides an expansive online library, the professors are knowledgable and accessible, and the textbooks used are all very current. I love the flexible schedule as I am a migraine-sufferer who cannot commit to a set schedule of class times. As I progress through the classes, I am definitely being more and more challenged, which is great! Most of the courses are only 8 weeks long, so they are very compact -- this causes the student to have to do a lot of research and self-teaching on his own, so if that's an issue for you, you may not like this school, but that may be the case with many online schools. Thus far, I am very happy at APUS/AMU and would recommend it to anyone considering an online school.
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Jonya.royster (In Progress) on October 1, 2012 (email verified)

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lack of communication I recently enrolled in this school and did all that was required for admission. The only problem that i had was with the student verification dept. I sent i dont know how many forms via fax and each time it was told to me they couldnt read them even though i used different fax machines. I emailed the info and they still couldnt read it (so they say). So i mailed the info and emailed them that this was what i had done well now they have dismissed me cause they say i didnt send in my info in time. It was and is very hard to speak with anyone concerning any questions you may have i have left multiple messages and emails and i am pissed to say tha least. Also this was my first time trying to attend a school on line, i sure hope that all schools arent like this!
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Julia.wigent (In Progress) on September 27, 2012 (email verified)

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Masters in Humanities I am thrilled with the course work, the method of presentation, the feedback and timing. I love being able to work on this whereever I am at & instructors have been very timely in responses and help. I would recommend this to anyone who loves being independent.
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Stan (In Progress) on September 25, 2012 (email verified)

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Great Experience Thus Far Overall, I have had a experience pursuing my grad degree with APUS. Experiences vary by class and professor, just like any other university, but I feel a very strong sense of loyalty to the school and the program based on my overall participation and I am about halfway through to my Master's in History.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 18, 2012 (email verified)

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Information Systems Security Great school especially for the money. Most of the classes are 8 weeks long so it is important to not let yourself get behind. Most of the professors are nice and will get back to you should you have a question or a problem. If you are thinking about APUS I would rcommend it to anyone that wanted an education but wasnt looking for a mountain of student loan debt.
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Mayalejo (Graduate) on September 18, 2012 (email verified)

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AS in Paralegal Studies & BS in Legal Studies I have had the privilege of completing my AS in Paralegal Studies just last year, graduated with honors and achieved a 3.9 GPA. In addition, I am precisely at the end of completing my BS in Legal Studies, which should be transpiring at the end of October 2012, and it looks like I'll once again be graduating with honors and either a 4.0 or a 3.975 GPA. My entire experience at APU/AMU has been nothing short of amazing! The Professors are eager to help and are available day and night via email, message board, or even telephone contact. Notwithstanding, the student body is extremely diverse, which includes military personnel currently deployed or stationed abroad. In short, I was pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful institution APU is and I look forward to starting my MA in Legal Studies at the end of this year. I would recommend this institution to anyone who is contemplating going back to school, regardless of age and location. However, one determining factor to a successful academic career is determination and drive! If you have both; this school is definitely for you. BTW, anyone that disparages discussion board assignments has probably not applied themselves sufficiently. I can tell you from personal experience that discussion board assignments are no joke in my field of study because you are required to write a 500 (1.5 pages typed) word minimum posting each week, usually due by Wed. In addition, you are also required to post 250 word minimum postings for 2 student responses for each class! I normally take 3 courses every 8 weeks, which is how I have been able to attain my degree in so little time. A sincere and thunderous thank you to AMU/APU and to all my Professors and Classmates whom have made this an exceptional experience in my life!!!!! THANK YOU!!!
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Jsnvdw (Graduate) on September 11, 2012 (email verified)

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Decent Experience and a valuable option! I completed my General Studies AA at American Public University back in November of 2011 and I'm really glad that I choose this school. Ultimately my main reason for attending was to acquire and use my AA as a transfer vessel to a traditional 4 year college. Once it came time to move on, I was very pleased that all my credits that applied to my new program transferred. Both schools I applied to (FSU & Flagler College) actually accepted all classes from APU that could be applied to my new program. I had quite a few credit hours from 4 different colleges when I submitted my application to APU and about 90 percent of them transferred. This was way above my expectation. Overall the application and credit transfer process was very smooth. As a veteran, it really felt like APU expedited my G.I. Bill paperwork so that I always received my benefits on time. The classes were challenging enough and I felt that I was taking great information and experiences away from each. The instructors really seemed to care about educating their students and I didn't feel like they any of them were trying to funnel students to the next class. One other good point is that APU has a pretty nice electronic library. I am very satisfied with my decision to complete my General Studies AA at APU as it helped me take away everything I wanted from it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 8, 2012

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Very Disorganized Teachers and Program The classes are so unorganized and you get very little input from the instructors. So many typos and incorrect information in the syllabus and class instruction, the class assignments are horribly described. The online interface is seriously lacking, or they just haven't figured out the best way to present the information. Almost every week I have to ask questions to figure out what the assignments really are. The forums they make you do are way too time-consuming and don't add that much to the learning experience. They have a long way to go to be a top-notch online learning experience. I wouldn't recommend it unless you just can't afford a better online school.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 4, 2012 (email verified)

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Good School I was skeptical of this school when I began taking classes as well. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and am now at a Tier 1 university for graduate school. I will say that my education is just as good, if not better than the majority of my classmates. The skills I am grateful to APUS for helping me develop are the research and writing skills necessary for success in graduate school. Each teacher seemed to have insights and challenged me in a different way. As far as the professors, I had an issue with only one the entire time I was with APUS. Most of them were great and extremely helpful. You have to put the work into the program to get anything out of it. I read, did the assignments and put forth the work for my education. I never really had problems with financial aid. Overall, I would recommend this school. Expect to be challenged and expect to work. Just know that if you put in the work, your education with APUS will stand up against people from traditional schools.
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Jwood83 (In Progress) on August 17, 2012 (email verified)

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Great School, Affordable Tuition, Wonderful Staff. Honestly, I am really surprised at some of the bitter reviews on here. I have been with the school for over 3 years now, about to complete my Bachelors, and my experience has been very positive. Here's a little insight ... 1) Transferring credits: I had no problem transferring my community college credits to APU. After I completed my Associates at APU, I transferred to Arizona State. I was accepted into the program with my APU degree, many of my credits transferred, but I didn't go through because tuition was much higher (had an issue with my state residency). I went back to APU, and will be completing my Bachelors there. This says a lot about their accreditation, but always check with any school FIRST before you consider transferring to make sure they will accept the credits. 2) Easy A's myth: It really depends on the course. I'm not going to lie and say every course is challenging, rigorous, and mentally stimulating. Most are, some are not. I have had courses where I would have to invest a minimum of 12 hours a week working on assignments and hoping to pull a 'B', and I have also had a course where I turned in crap, and got an 'A'. Here's the thing. This is the same at most brick & mortar campuses. At Jeff State CC in Birmingham AL, and another class I took at Arizona State, both instructors had us watch videos, write some crap, and submit it ... for easy A's. Then there are harder professors who you despise because their classes are so tough. No different at APU. 3) Staff issues. This one is unbelievable to me. I have had to speak with financial aid before as well as other departments and have never had any problems whatsoever. One tip about calling most financial aid departments: most of their financial aid staff is off site and ran by a 3rd party (big schools like Ole Miss and Jackson State do this, too) so if your representative isn't helpful, either call back, request a supervisor, or email the school directly. Again, this is the same experience you will most likely encounter at a major university, if not worse. 4) Is the degree as good as any other school? In my experience, absolutely. After completing an AA with APU, I finally qualified for better paying jobs, and got many more interviews and offers than ever before simple because I had a degree. Whenever I have had to submit transcripts, there have never been any issues. I went from $11/hourly to 42K annually. Hoping finishing my Bachelors will help even more. I really enjoy the school, and there are very few negatives in my opinion. I am in my late 20's, married, and a father-to-be, so it works with my schedule very well. If you're a younger person, single, and living with parents/roommates, I would try a traditional campus first just to get the experience. However, for those who work full time and/or are seeking a cost effective way to get a degree that's accredited, check out APU. Do your own research with the school, email an adviser, and really understand what it's all about. I think most people will be more than satisfied.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Don't Expect any help for obtaining any Intelligence jobs I have a military background that was from back in the 80's. I then have a police law enforcement background and with a high rank and lots of experience. I wanted to get into the intelligence field and was told that AMU would help out and that having a degree in intelligence studies would be good for me. This could not farther from the truth. First, I had to take some courses in the General Ed and one of my instructors basically treated me like crap and would not accept my thoughts and words which were from experience and even those online would inform me that they felt I was genuine. I'm not a youngster, I have over 25 years of work experience under my belt and this instructor treated me like an 18 year old out of high school. He even took a five page paper of mine and turned it into a 55 page document with so much red ink it was obvious he was attempting to wreck my grade. Well, he did and I complained so hard that I would take this monkey to court and that would be an absolute. They quickly turned my grade into what I expected. I wrote to the President about this persons personal attack on me and never heard anything from him. This, after several unaccepted calls and emails to him. So much for having an open door policy. Many of the courses were good, but there are some that are so old and syllabuses are not kept up, different instructors are on them and even the dates on the online Sakai system are different and that new system is not yet worked out with the bugs and I got bad grades due to it when they would provide some "quizzes" I had to take. I had some instructors that were totally absent (AWOL) or (MIA) and did not even respond. I had one course that was supposed to be in counterintelligence and the instruction given was totally the opposite. I had another course that was supposed to be about the history of counterespionage but yet it was a program on how to be a homeland security analyst. WTF? This same instructor happened to give me a question on a mid-term that I was supposed to write a paper and in another class I got the same exact question. So, two different papers on the same title? I got clearance to submit the same paper...OK, great, I did, but this clown gave me an 80% and said, "you need to work on this, this is not a good paper, too many mistakes." That's it! Nothing else. Did not tell me what about it. On the other class, the same paper got me a perfect score of 100%. The professor, which this person was actually a Ph.D. gave me some strong support. I got all "A's" in my classes, yet my score should have been higher, but it was because you will get many who are not what they are and should not be instructing. In fact, you don't learn too much, you have to research and figure it all out yourself. That's fine, that's what I do and expected in college level courses, but interaction is not that much. The final courses I got most of my grades in on time from the instructors because often times you will get through week one or two and then it just stops. They are MIA and no grades until week seven or even eight at the end. You cannot gauge your progress which is very essential to your work. How else can you know if you are doing well or not? OK, so now I have a degree in Intelligence Studies and came out very OK. Now what? Are the recruiters knocking at my door? No, they are not. But when they do come it's mostly them asking you if you know of anyone to fill a job for their client (government) and so they want me to help them? What about me? "Oh, you don't qualify, you don't have a TCI/Poly clearance. Really? That's it? Yes, that's it! And, they also want at least 4 years or more of that experience and without it, it's no go, they won't even pass you forward. I can pass a poly and background, hell, I conduct the same backgrounds on all my officers and agents. The bottom line is this folks, if you think you will get a job in intelligence just because of this degree, BA/MA, you are dead wrong. It will take YOU having to apply or utilize your own network to get in or unless you have that military intelligence background that you brought back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Otherwise, get used to seeing that certificate on your wall that looks nice. You won't get the job and their university recruiting system and such is only a website that is a database, it looks like it does something, but it does not. Get real, you'd be better off posting on Career Builder or Monster. This is a good starter degree, but it won't get you in the front door unless you bring along with it tons of experience already in intelligence. Good luck.
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Organicangie (In Progress) on August 2, 2012

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Unfortunate Very ridiculous process, very unorganized. Not the worst school but not worth the hassel. If you're looking for a cheaper school and a quick degree this might work otherwise I wouldn't recommend them. They are very nice and do try to help but since you're not assigned an admissions rep you're left to figure out their convoluted system on your own. Each time they tell you everything is set, you'll discover more surprises which means you have to redo the process again and again. If you discover another mistake, you have to redo the entire financial aid and admissions process. You don't just change the start date or fix the small oversight. YOu have to spend another month or two completely redoing everything. Simply put, nice people but very unconventional and disorganized. I'd recommend paying more for a more advanced school if you truly want to get a degree, the delays are very costly.
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Karl0528 (In Progress) on July 27, 2012 (email verified)

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APU BA in Business Administration I have just started my first two courses at APU and I am pleasantly surprised. All of my books are electronic PDF files which makes it very easy and convenient to read my assignments on the go with my laptop. The faculty so far has been great, many of the professors are top tier teaching full time at good brick and mortar schools. One think I am not a fan of is that the business program is not AACSB accredited. This is not a huge issue but it would be nice if it was. It looks like I will be able to use my BA to obtain an MBA from great business schools such as Northeastern (Boston), and UMass. I am very pleased with the quality and value of this school. Also, I have had no issues at all with my financial aide process and transfer credit evaluation. Those steps are very easy if you know how to read and follow directions.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 13, 2012 (email verified)

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You must become your own financial aid specialist, because the staff is incompetent First, I was initially very happy with my experience with APU, until my sophomore year. They completely dropped the ball with my financial aid. I was awarded 12,000 for the year, 6,000 for tuition, 6,000 for living expenses. Well, the school made a BIG change in the financial aid process, and to apply for financial aid you must request a transcript from the IRS. I missed this step (due to the fact that they did not inform the students of the change), and instead of contacting me directly to make me aware, they choose not to apply for my pell grant. So of course, the school got their money, but I didn't receive mine. So if you have an apartment to pay for, have a plan B so you don't get evicted. I would also watch the financial aid department like a hawk, and e-mail them constantly to confirm your financial aid. I received a confirmation e-mail from them for financial aid. It didn't mean shit. Also- their computer program sucks. I've lost a lot of work on their new program, Sakai. I would suggest that you save EVERYTHING on Microsoft word, because they are idiots, and will not go back to the previous program they used, which was flawless. I am now receiving financial aid penalties because I was dropped from a class; because my initial post of the class was deleted from the Sakai program. I am now below half time status, and they frankly don't give a shit that I have penalties, they already got paid! So, If you're ready to do the financial aid process on your own, I would STRONGLY suggest that you have a friend help you. The only plus side is that they are dirt cheap, and after a couple of years you can transfer to a better college. These days, even ivy league and big 10 schools have online programs. So keep your grades up and be ready to bite the bullet if you choose to attend APU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 26, 2012 (email verified)

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M.A. Psychology I began this program last year but left for personal reasons. I will be returning to the program within the next six weeks. I found the coursework to be rigorous. I enjoyed the flexibility that the courses allowed as the delivery format was asynchronous. I found the faculty to be accessible and helpful. I appreciate that APUS offers an affordable and accredited M.A. in Psychology that can be completed from anywhere on the globe. The program is ideal for the self-motivated student who is conscious of deadlines and enjoys writing(APA format)and online research. As one would expect, students access scholarly journals from the APUS Library in addition to required textbooks as starting points for the scholarly discussions, papers and assignments due weekly in the classroom.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 23, 2012

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Classes are okay BUT! If you have other means besides financial aid to pay for tuition, by all means attend this school. If not please research and look for somewhere else to go. Everytime I have filed for financial aid and federal loans, I always have to fly through so many hoops and hurdles. I am receiving loan money for school but never receive my check until my classes are well over with. I needed a laptop one semester and had to go the library to complete work just because the money that I took out to help me with these things was held on to until I got done with the courses.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 16, 2012

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A good school This is a good school. Studying for Masters degree Have never experienced any major problems. The only complaint is that with financial aid, it takes longer than it used to to get in touch with someone.
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Shawnahosein (In Progress) on March 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Gotten too big to care The 300 and 400 level classes are still very challenging. I've not had a single professor on "auto-pilot" for any of these courses and in fact spend 15 hours or more a week on homework just to keep up with two 8 week classes. The 100 and 200 level classes, in 2004-2005, were very challenging as well. Now...not so much. I am currently taking 2 classes I don't need in order to refresh my memory so I can better help my son in school (French and an Algebra class) and I am sad to report that the academic challenges offered several years ago when I was a Freshman seem to have gone by the wayside. I've noticed the "announcements" posted by the professors in both classes are totally canned. Often they have the wrong date and even make reference to previous classes (Merry Christmas in a post for a class that is in the month of March). It's not just the professors that seem to be skating by. In my math class a guy constantly gives completely wrong answers, either can't draft a coherent sentence or is just too lazy to try (no kidding... he wrote: "yes, there are 4 more steps to solve this" and then skipped them all and put down what seemed a random number.)He never follows directions for format or content yet he is proceeding through the course along with the rest of the class as if nothing is wrong. So disappointing :( AMU was really a place I use to feel proud to attend because I thought we all worked very hard and EARNED our degrees there. What happened APUS/AMU?????
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 29, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent Experience I am in my 3rd semester at APU working towards a M.A in National Security Studies. I have been completely satisfied with the program and the instructors. I was suprised to read negative reviews regarding the support of APU staff and the financial aid office. Whenever I've called or emailed the school, they have been extremely helpful. The financial aid process is completely online so if you need someone to hold your hand, this may not be for you.
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Bjtubbs352 (In Progress) on February 1, 2012 (email verified)

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WORSE COLLEGE The college is a JOKE!. they want you to spend 100+ hours on filing paper work for " SAP" appeals then tell you its not enough paper work. they gave me the run around for weeks and i was very nice and calm with them. i had an issue with a teacher and they didnt follow through. the teacher got away with giving me a bad grade and they did NOTHING about it. they want to promise you a good education but they will [mess] up your financial aid. they are a FRAUD and i have reported them to various media outlets. I SUGGEST EVERYONE ELSE DO THE SAME WHO HAS BEEN DONE WRONG BY THEM. do not let them tell you your wrong if you have PROOF they are lying to you. I have over 10 emails that says i am a student at APUS but i have my student file saying my SAP was denied. i was denied the SAP but i was allowed to sign up for classes and send money to them and WAIT for my financial aid?
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Jsaadein (In Progress) on January 28, 2012 (email verified)

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Take Responsibility for your Education (AMU) I find it interesting in the reviews here, as they are quite the opposite from every experience I have had with this university. At this time, I have completed 18 undergraduate courses with them and can comment intelligently about various encounters. For those using federal financial aid, the process is all fairly automated – get it right the first time when apply and stop blaming AMU for your lack of oversight and ill preparedness. Additionally, the comment which said the university is making their family pay prior to receiving financial aid is completely false – once your package is in, AMU actually fronts the registration in anticipation of receiving federal funding. Tuition assistance is the same, there is about a two-day turn around for class-registration. As far as the instructors…there are some extremely qualified and who are attentive, and there are others that are not – this is typical with every university, even traditional ones. This university is not for those who need their hand held – attending AMU requires a great amount of initiative and time management. Furthermore, this university requires a significant amount of writing. I have taken courses at UMUC and Embry Riddle and they by far have nowhere near the amount of workload that AMU requires. I hope this provides a little insight into my degree program. Lastly, I have put in for three of the top 12 MBA programs (traditional) and none of them have questioned my degree from AMU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 18, 2012

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Horrible Financial Department/Classes As a person who has personally taken many courses online I am writing this review on behalf of my husband who attended AMU last year. The classes were ok, some were just a joke in that the material was outdated or the work completed was not read however had a grade. The most frustrating thing about AMU/APUS is the Financial Aide Department and getting in touch with someone who knows what they are doing. Turns out they did not input my husbands information for his financial aide, awarded him too much (which we did call and confirm multiple times) and did not tell him anything until we requested his transcripts. When we requested his transcripts they said they would not release them until he paid them $4,230. Went through the whole thing that happened with multiple people, even was willing to set up a payment plan to pay out of pocket knowing it was their mistake. The first person we spoke to said that once a payment plan was in place they would release his transcripts. Come to find out that was not correct and they would not release transcripts until the full balance was paid. The reason a person takes financial aide is because they don't have $$ just laying around especially a veteran who just separated from active duty to finish his degree. It just is upsured to me that this school functions this way and no one is willing to help anyone. My husband is unemployed and I am supporting our family however he is unable to pursue his education until we can come up with $4,200... Sorry for the vent but I do have to say that there are many other options out there for online programs. Look into UMUC or community colleges to complete your schooling for a much more affordable price and in reality the UMUC courses are much more challenging, proving to be a better resource for ones career/educational goals. Good luck!
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T.bryant8820 (In Progress) on January 1, 2012 (email verified)

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fsa process Attending this school has become a nightmare for me. I began class on Nov.7 2011. My tuition was covered loans were requested on Dec. 7. The day APUS refunded my loans on Dec.16 i was told i had to Dec. 20 to have some documents in or my loans would be return.So i immedately sent them in only o be told my loans were return on Dec.16 the exact same date the documents were requested for the first time. Now they wont return my emails or my phone calls in there is nothing i can do.M y xmas holiday has been ruin worring and stressing over their unprofessionalism.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 15, 2011

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Here's a hint: Here's a hint: Look for distance education programs from colleges with a higher percentage of full-time instructors (50% or more). Those teachers tend to actually have some skin in the game and most likely care more about the learning process and specific course modules; they have less likelihood of being stuck on autopilot - actively being involved in the curriculum); and are not just looking to add something to their credentials that looks good on a resume. Combining higher FT / permanent staff / teacher percentages with a decent percentage of older (25+) adult and/or distance student learners seems to be a decent two-pronged indicator and litmus test for any online university's credibility and quality. You'll find many, if not most, universities are lacking to a great degree when applying this combined criteria.
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Lcculpep (In Progress) on November 14, 2011 (email verified)

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Great Experience So Far This is my third semester at APU, and I have been very pleased with everything so far. I'm in the BA Psychology program and hoping to get my MFA in Screenwriting once I finish. I did a lot of research and looked at just about every online school before choosing to attend APU, and I'm glad I did. Yes, the financial aid department can be hard to get a hold of and they do make mistakes sometimes, but it is not impossible to get things taken care of. Everyone in the department that I have spoken to on the phone or e-mailed has been helpful and nice. The tuition is very reasonable, and actually less expensive than the brick and mortar universities in my area. The tuition also includes your textbooks(some are e-books), which is pretty awesome considering how insanely expensive college textbooks are these days. As far as academics go, it has been wonderful. Most are easy to get a hold of and grade pretty quickly. I will say, however, that you really have to be motivated and disciplined to get things done. All courses have weekly deadlines, but beyond that it is your responsibility to keep up and make sure you get everything turned in on time. You also really need to be a self-learner or become one. There is a lot of reading involved and I have found that most of the professors are just there to provide you with the learning materials, grade your assignments, and answer any questions. For me, this is not a problem and I actually enjoy having control of my own learning. I've never enjoyed lectures. The psychology classes have been great, and I have really learned a lot. That said, it is definitely not easy. Be cautious in taking higher level courses too early on. Although most don't require any pre-reqs, it can be overwhelming if you haven't taken some lower level courses first. One thing I absolutely despise are the Discussion Boards. In just about every class you are required to post a thread discussion and also reply to two fellow students EVERY WEEK. It can really become tedious and generic when you have nothing really to say and just want to do the work and then move along. All in all, I have found it be a challenging but very doable program and I am glad I decided to come here rather than anywhere else.
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Michellee (In Progress) on November 12, 2011 (email verified)

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Master Public Administration In the APU MPA program you will be studying outdated information: The assigned reading on technology was published in 1980. One of the assignments said we could submit it on bond paper. That sounds like something written in 1980 too. Instead of learning about SAAS, cloud computing and oissues relevant TODAY, you will learn about not enough memory or hard disk space and floppy disks. You will be thrown questions in a midterm exam that were not a part of the information studied; be presented with questions that do not correspond to the assigned readings; get Yes/No questions on Essay exams, and you will be asked to answer vaguely worded questions asking for absolutes. If you are a working student, you will find no compassion or flexibility at APU. APU made major changes to the MPA program recently without directly notifying grad students. No matter where you are at in the course of the program you cannot even change your concentration (2 classes) without meeting the new requirements. The new program no longer includes any electives so there is no flexibility. They put the burden on you to find these things even though they can easily push this information out. I had a job opportunity that was dependent on switching my concentration and the response from APU complete refusal. I’m stuck getting a degree in an area that is experiencing massive layoffs. With APU you can expect mediocrity and indifference. No matter what they say, there is no partnership. They are not there to help you. They will take your money, erect obstacles, move the goal posts, strictly apply self-serving policies, and provide a bare minimum effort towards your education. Good luck.
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Jk2710 (In Progress) on November 4, 2011 (email verified)

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Has exceeded my expectations and more I must admit that I was reluctant to consider a fully online Masters program for quite sometime. However, due to my location and frequent transfers, I really couldn't find another program that met my needs. Now, I'm so glad I didn't end up stuck at some local ground university. First off, be prepared for the fact that it is truly an online university-- you will not get the face to face, or on the phone, support you will get at ground universities. If you are the type of person who needs a lot of help and attention by nature, then you may want to look elsewhere. The financial aid department in particular can be be rather difficult to deal with, but they do eventually get things sorted out. As for the quality of the education and instructors, I have been much more than pleasantly surprised. Not only do all of my professors have PhD's from reputable universities, but most have extensive high level experience in their fields of expertise, unlike most career professors at other universities. The coursework is demanding! Do not expect any less. Since you are not spending 3 or more hours per week being spoonfed by in person lectures, they make very sure you are capable of doing research and thinking for yourself. Having taken graduate level courses at 2 other schools, the amount of time and independent thought required at APUS is much more demanding. And I'm glad it is this way. The few people who show up expecting an online Masters to be handed to them get weeded out very quickly. Most of the students have been very impressive and serious about their studies. Unless I were able to get some sort of scholarship to a very highly respected university, I wouldn't consider going anywhere other than APUS.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 3, 2011 (email verified)

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So far so good... I'm only in my second semester at APU, but everything has gone very well. The classes I have taken are compressed into 8 weeks, so it has been a challenge to effectively manage my time between my career, children, and school; however, I feel it has positively impacted me. The classes aren't as easy as I thought they would be, which is a good thing. Although the school provides the convenience of online learning, the classes are still college level. The Financial Aid Department has been wonderful. I have encountered no issues with them. If you are looking for an online business degree that is challenging yet doable, APU may be the place for you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 16, 2011 (email verified)

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MBA review The MBA course at APU is above average (and well above average in some respects) compared with other MBA classes I have attended (both by correspondence and in a traditional classroom). I cannot comment on the financial aid department as I have had no interaction with this department. Textbooks are for the most part the same textbooks which are recommended at other universities. Given, some texts can be quite pricey, but no more so than the medical textbooks I've used previously nor other graduate level texts. The quality of the professors (or instructors) is variable. I have had some who interact very well (and frequently) with students; and others whose only interaction is the grading of assessments. This again is really no different to any other unversity I have had experience with. The interactions I have had with the school's technical and student support have far exceeded my expectations with responses and resolutions to my queries in a very timely manner. The only difficulties I have had are the rather compressed term lengths for courses and discrepancy in student knowledge. What is normally a sixteen week course is compressed into an eight week timeframe, meaning with time management is critical. This of course can be very challenging for working professionals with children. Because there is no graduate exam requirement for entry (which I feel by and large is a good policy), I found a large disparity in the knowledge between course participants. On one hand, some students are senior managers with years of experience, and on the other are those who have recently received a bachelors degree and have nil experience. This makes the sharing of knowledge and leveraging of experiences a very one sided affair. As with any graduate program, it has been my experience that one only gets out as much as one puts in. For some students this may mean doing the minimum to get the testamur for the wall, whereas others will choose to go the extra mile: extra reading, establish study groups, perhaps even organize internships with local companies to boost their experience - it is these students who benefit most from the flexible self-directed learning format of this program. On balance, I would recommend this program to others, especially given the school's regional accreditation and the program's ACBSP accreditation.
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Vesmir92505 (In Progress) on September 15, 2011 (email verified)

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General Ed and Humanities seem fine, beware otherwise General ed and humanities courses have gone fairly well. I have enjoyed a number of those course. I would STRONGLY recommend avoiding the web design and psych courses. Web design learning materials were incomplete (school waters down the contents and eliminates accompanying learning tools - verified by the materials vendor). I actually learned more about web design by picking up a much more coherent and cohesive text at the local Barnes and Noble than I had in 8 weeks of class dealing with the god-awful instruction eBook. Psych classes provide decent to excellent eBook instruction (but again, additional materials and learning tools normally attached to the text have been eliminated - APUS most likely cutting costs). Teachers tend to be on autopilot, have been disingenuous in some cases. Plus, the psych dept. has yet to form a psi-chi chapter. Perhaps for good and telling reasons. Am Psych Assoc. also doesn't not recognize AMU/APUS as an acknowledged psych school according to the APA's educational guidelines provided on their website. Also, beware of 8 week courses than use material never intended to be shrunk below twelve weeks. Of course, you most likely can't know this for any given class until you are actively in the course and do some investigative work from the info provided in the syllabus. Long story short...I'm aggressively seeking a better option for a psychology and social sciences program.
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Sroberts.hd95 (In Progress) on August 31, 2011 (email verified)

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APUS Works For Me! This school is solid all the way around. I'm a working adult professional in Law Enforcement and this school allows me the flexibility and opportunity to achieve my educational goals. I have been with APU for almost 4 months now and honestly I have no complaints. Unlike "some" others I have not had any issues with Financial Aid or Student Affairs. I have had quick responses to any "normal" issues I may have had thus far. The material is relevant and challenging and attending here is no walk in the park. You will earn your degree. Pound for pound APUS is a smart choice and you will get a lot of bang for your buck. No school is perfect, but so far I am more than pleased and hopefully in 2013 I will be "earning" my BA in Criminal Justice. APUS works for me.
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Bettgrah (In Progress) on August 31, 2011 (email verified)

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Best School Choice I Ever Made! I love, love, love this school! I have had many stops along the academic journey, and I finally feel like I am learning. The school is organized and the professors are fabulous! They actually expect me to earn this degree?! What?! And to that I say, thank you :) I sing the school's praises all the time. Although I am not a fan of ebooks and am still trying to find my groove for using them without having to have a hard copy, the undegrad grant they have for textbooks saves me from wondering if I will ever finish. No more excuses thanks to them!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 31, 2011 (email verified)

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Challenging, Rigourous Courses The high expectations and challenge in my courses have been much higher than when I attended a well known, well regarded state school. Professors engage students in different ways, via email, discussion boards and many, by phone. Coursework is preparing me for future career prospects. AMU/APU is NOT for you if you are looking for an easy program in your path to a degree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 31, 2011 (email verified)

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Horrible school! This school has way more problems than the few things it does have going for it. The tuition is fairly low, and they say it is a great value because you do not have to pay for books. But you rarely, if ever, get an actual textbook; they are all e-books and very convenient to some. So you still have to pay for books out of pocket. The financial aid department is a joke, and they do not abide by the federal aid guidelines at all. In fact, I am honestly surprised that they have not had any type of consequences relating to their ability to accept federal aid. They do not know how to process the aid packages, make mistakes regularly, do not send out tuition refund checks on time or anywhere near it, and they do not respond to phone calls or emails. The professors do pretty much nothing but grade assignments; they do not teach. Most of them do not even correct their "standard" syllabi that is provided to all instructors to reflect their own names, much less any changes to assignments. So the classes and assignments are very confusing; there is always conflicting information between the syllabus and the online classroom. The professors do not grade on a timely basis. Basically, at this school, you are told what to read and what to learn and you do it on your own. Hopefully, you learn it and get a good grade, but if you don't, you're out of luck.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 23, 2011

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Online Learning I am in the process of enrolling into the Master's In History Program and I have read many reviews of this and other online universities. The top 25 Online Schools of 2011 are listed and AMU is listed as number 6. If you were to look at the first 5, the tuition is a few hundred dollars higher per graduate course and thousands for undergraduate. The so called lower tuition for in state schools, especially for undergraduate and graduate courses are much higher than the online courses. As I look for accreditation on both online and in class universities, they are the same and each accepts transfer credits for the most part from each other, unless some universities are hard about transfer of credits. What I am seeing is that too much emphasis is being placed on education and while it is important, this is to be used along with experience, training and other areas to assist in the major in which you had received your degree. I do not have the money, time or grades to attend Harvard, Yale, Princeton or any other nice and expensive school because I along with most online students have to work. This degree is only a slice of the pie of life and the rest of the slices are a combination of life experience, networking, a little luck and opportunity. The main thing is to do something and move on to the next level and accept that no university is perfect but make the best out of the situation.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 4, 2011 (email verified)

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APU Became a Naval Officer with the degree. NFO contract. Respected throughout the military, civilian world and government. Accredited like everyone else. Qualifies for financial aid. Wife uses it for her graduate program.
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Cerrunos1 (In Progress) on July 28, 2011 (email verified)

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MA in Ancient History This university has top-notch experts in the field, and they require lots of reading and writing. A history student at the MA level should be required to take all subsequent oaths in life on the Turabian manual, as that becomes the student's best friend. Financial aid has been ok, but they do need to have a bit better support when problems arise. Also, a student is on his own... he better find his OWN impetus for the classes, because there is little contact with the school from the administration. The professors make it one of the best values for the money, but the credit hour is expensive. The student body is diverse and also very professional, making the MA degree that much harder and better. If one shoots for the honors societies, it makes the experience that much more rewarding as well...
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 7, 2011 (email verified)

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AMU may be for you I recently completed my management BA with AMU. It has been a positive experience overall. I already had my CCAF degree as well as completed the NCO Academy and the SNCO Academy distance course. AMU gave credit for the vast majority of my previous classes and military training, as well as allowed me to CLEP several general courses. The book scholarship program is awesome, making AMU more competitive than other online schools. I found the degree program and electronic campus easy to navigate and use. There are no automatic enrolments, making it possible to plan your education around family and work commitments. I think AMU is best at enabling non-traditional students to convert their real world experience into college credit. What this means is if you are someone who has worked as a manager, squad leader, crew chief or superintendant and received corporate, military or civil service training and haven’t received college credit, you can take the comparable AMU/APUS course and receive credit. What AMU is not best at, IMO, is teaching directly. This is a failing of most online schools. Several instructors tried to create interaction and teach through lectures, but given the limitations of the medium, we were more or less learning by reading and answering posts. One instructor did create YouTube lectures, (IT naturally) which I thought was a nice touch for those students who learn best by lecture. I would not recommend AMU/APUS for someone who requires a lot of hand holding and/or does not learn well by reading on their own. I would also not recommend AMU to someone who has not attended a brick and mortar school or at least taken some regular classes. But if you are someone trying to convert your work/military experience into college credit, AMU may be the school for you.
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Annziluck (Graduate) on June 14, 2011

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APU IT BS - I would do it AGAIN! Now in MS program! APU's IT BS program was challenging and I learned much more than expected. I was in a unique position as a student viewing this education, having been an IT Manager and Software Development Mgr for many years. The programming professors are HIGHLY technical and leaders in the field, creating a real challenge for students. Motivated learners who do not require a step-by-step hand-held approach to education will soar. All of the admin depts of APUS are outstanding making registration and financial aid painless. The online environment is terrific. No group projects requiring dependence on others for your grades and weekly discussions are interesting and lively. Plan your course progression wisely, so not too many programming courses at once. Books for undergrads are FREE! APU is a great value and students can complete a degree quickly if time permits to overload. Completed a full BS in 18 mths with heavy overloading and an almost perfect GPA. Liked it so much I am now half way through my MS in IT! Highly recommend!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 9, 2011 (email verified)

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starting to doubt it I found APUS in Jan of this year and figured why not. So I filed the forms and renewed my fafsa and federal loans. But it is now June and I have yet to clear up whatever issues financial aid has. To be honest I am completely lost as to what has it held up to begin with. No one in the financial aid office has been much help either. I have been reading within the past week reviews for APU and it seem the majority of the bad ones are pertaining to the financial aid office. These reviews have just made me rethink the entire idea. If you are looking for an online degree.....I would suggest looking for a distant learning program offered through state and community colleges. They tend to be cheaper anyways I have left neutral scores for everything else because I have yet to try them. The only support that I have received has been from my adviser who has contacted me one time.
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Tannerd (Graduate) on April 22, 2011 (email verified)

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Much better value than UofP I just love how "for profit" universities are taking a beating these days thanks to the so-called "public" universities, who are losing a ton of money in government handouts (aka: grants and student loans), successful marketing campaigns. I received my BS in IT Management from AMU 2 years ago. I found the classes to be very challenging (esp. compared to my "public" university experience) and the education I received was a much better value than anything I had received to that point. The staff was very professional and the entire experience was positive for both myself and my wife.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 1, 2011 (email verified)

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Good on-line college American Public University is a good on-line school. I was a private pay student (no financial aid) and found the school was as good as the public community college institution for administrative matters. One mistake was made on my billing which was handled in a timely manner. I did not require assistance from the counselors to plan my schedule as I found the information in the catalogues sufficient to determine graduation requirements for my business management degree. On-line status reports were updated accurately and easily accessed so that I could track my progress without a problem. The quality of instructions was overall very good. Naturally, I enjoyed some instructors more than others. The required interactions with other students were helpful and informative. One of the areas at which I think the school excels is the requirement for well written papers and reports. Students learn to research, to think and to organize their thoughts so as to communicate effectively in writing. Mastering the ability to effectively communicate in writing will help any student excel in any career. APU assisted me in obtaining a quality education. My business management degree has served me well within my career and helped me in my current pursuit of a CFP designation.
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Jec31980 (In Progress) on March 29, 2011

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Nothing but good things to say I've never had a problem at APU. Financial Aid went great, teachers were good, and administration was always timely with responses. The teachers are very understanding and flexible and I highly recommend this school for people with families, demanding jobs, etc. Great experience. I don't understand all the complaints. You want to complain about bad administration, go to UIC in chicago. THAT's bad administration.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 22, 2011 (email verified)

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Financial Aid Dept. is a JOKE I have been going to American Public University for 3 semesters now, and every semester they have messed up student aid. To be specific, last semester the award was somehow lost in the system and delayed for almost 3 months. This semester it's pretty much the same story. The award for this semester was lost and later changed - all without my knowledge. When I called about it being late, I was told that it was cancelled - I was given no reason why. Will need to be re-awarded. All of this while I am in the seventh week of the program. Extremely unprofessional and I suspect this is the norm. Am now waiting for an explanation.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 9, 2011

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APU Review I had no problems with anything at APU. The staff kept calling me. I am learning things. I don't understand why these people have written bad reviews. Everything they had problems with I did not. I will admit though that getting used to the online classroom was difficult at first but after some time I got the hang of it. Maybe some people are not geared to online learning, which is understandable. There are people who can teach themselves and there are people who would prefer someone to hold their hand.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 8, 2011 (email verified)

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BIG JOKE! This place is really bad. The admissions process is confusing and a big pain b/c no one ever calls you to try and help you along the way. I never received a single phone call from any of them after leaving numerous voicemails. I have to agree with ppl about the financial aid experience. They didn't do a very good job explaining what needed to be done. They pushed my credit card authorization form back and I was 3 days late starting my classes because my tuition payment was never processed. The phone ALWAYS rings busy and it is very hard to get through. When someone finally answers the phone you get bounced around by anyone who answers your phone call. I strongly suggest considering other online schools. APU is just one big mistake I've made.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 27, 2011 (email verified)

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Awful School This "university" is truly awful. I've attended APUS for the past 1-1/2 years, and can say the only thing it has going for it is cost. APUS is $250 a credit hour, which I am paying for using financial aid. I agree with everyone's comments about their financial aid department - they haven't a clue what they're doing. I've had only one GOOD instructor, the rest were all over the map, but all bad in some way. Some instructors barely respond and don't grade your assignments for weeks, while others assign 10x more homework than others and are not at all helpful when you try getting feedback from them. This week I'm wrapping up my last two classes at APUS and transferring to Western Governor's. Not sure if it will be great, but I KNOW it will be better!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 24, 2010 (email verified)

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APUS/Financial Aid American Public University is not a Public University at all, APU is a FOR-PROFIT "University". APU is an online only school and part of American Educational Systems - which also includes American Military University ( APU + AMU both offer the same courses / Degree programs and classes contain students from both APU + AMU. Together they form The American Public University System, or APUS, as the school refers to itself now on its website. The APUS Financial Aid Department is staffed by a bunch of morons who seemingly cannot get ANYTHING right and I'd be willing to bet that no matter what your situation is that if you have the misfortune of having these incompetant jerks to go through - THEY WILL SCREW UP everything and anything that is under their authority .
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 23, 2010 (email verified)

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Master's in Public Administration I had taken several undergraduate courses through APU, which I transferred to the state university to expedite the completion BA degree. Once I completed my BA, I decided to continue with my education with APU because of my previous experience. My initial experience with financial aid was not the best. Since I was not able to register for the program until I completed my BA, I had to get an exception for my financial aid intent letter which is usually required 6 weeks prior to the start of the course. Since I needed an exception for this, on the first day of class I was not allowed access. After speaking with the financial aid representative for approximately fifteen minutes, my courses were unlocked and the funds were disbursed three weeks after the start of the course. The public administration courses consist of a lot of reading and writing, which is to be expected from a graduate level course. While I do not think that the courses that I have taken so far have been challenging, they have been very insightful and I have learned a lot. I like that I have the option to work at my own pace and still be held accountable to submit assignments by the posted due date. I do realize that online learning is not for everyone and it takes a lot of time and dedication. With online learning the instructor establishes the criteria for the course, but it is often up to the student to challenge him/herself to gain the most out of his/her education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 21, 2010 (email verified)

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Financial Aid Dept is HORRIBLE!!! The APU Financial Aid Dept is a joke. I had a refund check that they say they sent to me and it had been cashed. I never received any refund check and I've been fighting with them for three weeks trying to get a copy of the check and so has the Sheriff's Dept so they can conduct an investigation into who cashed this check. Everytime I call or email them, I get the same old answer "we emailed the copy to you with the check copy attached." What a JOKE!! I can't seem to get any answers no matter who I contact. I wouldn't recommend anyone to enroll in this college. This has been the worst experience in my life with dealing with the financial aid dept.
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Marinaks2007 (In Progress) on November 8, 2010 (email verified)

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Stay Far Away!!!! Stay far away from this "university." Financial aid department lacks caring, talent, and the ability to figure out small problems without sending you to several different people (who also know nothing). I was to obtain a second graduate degree, and they abruptly stopped me after my first semester. No, I am not a bad student: 3.85 undergrad; 3.79 post-grad work; 3.95 in APU. Why did they take me out? I dropped several classes four years ago, in lieu of a better program that I thought would bring me gainful employment faster than the APU program (it didn't...thanks to the economy). I used no financial aid at the time to take classes at APU (four years ago, now I need it). Guess what? Academic warning, and they allowed me to begin my program with the assurances that my loans were all safe and done for the entire year. Sallie Mae told me my loans were sent to the school already for the entire year.... Where is the money? Obviously not in my pocket. I am out 100 dollars for books since I was notifed of this three days before my second semester was to begin on 1 November 2010. Stay away from the for-profit universities. No, it wasn't the professors, in my case they were great....it's the adminstration and the fact that APU is now being investigated for financial aid fraud. Look for an article in PR Insider called "American Public Education, Inc. Former Employee Investigation" dated October 27, 2010. Investigation on behalf of former employees of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI), American Military University or American Public University concerning potential ERISA breach of fiduciary duty –
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 4, 2010 (email verified)

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Financial Aid Department is horrible! Financial Aid Department is pathetic and do not know what they are doing. The answers to questions are numerous, different, and ridiculous (Sallie Mae is quite upset with them, as I heard on the phone from a few higher-up agents). Advising is completely clueless and unhelpful. Apparently, "violations of Title IV" allow the university to take the student aid money (for the interest I'm sure) while they make the decision to allow you to stay in the university. No, I'm not talking about failing; how about simple withdrawals and drops when one wasn't using financial aid at the time? Yes, what you do years ago will affect you with this "university." Luckily, I already obtained my Master's somewhere else and I just wanted to add to my employment opportunities. I'm about to sue this school for their illegal financial aid practices and false statements. Run far away.....all the for-profit schools are expensive, but at least they have knowledgeable agents for financial aid. Save yourself the stress....look past this school...
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 24, 2010 (email verified)

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Ugh This is not my first university, so I pretty much know how the game goes. The financial aid for this department is horrible. They screwed up my financial aid packet twice and failed to inform me. Come to find out it was an error on their part. I am surprised they didn't say ooops my bad. I feel as far as financial aid goes I am being taken for. I have attended other colleges such as the University of Phoenix that actually helps and assists and makes sure that my needs are met. The teachers are not very helpful more of just there to be grading things with a few posts every now and then. I contacted the teacher about numerous discrepancies between the grade book, the syllabus, and the assignments tab. She didn't even know if some assignments were due. The books are overpriced. I hate how grad students can't use financial aid for purchasing books. Think about it each book can run two hundred to three hundred per class. I chose this school because it was the least expensive of all the schools I reviewed, but now I can definitely see why. I feel stuck at this school at least until the program is over with. I will not recommend this school to anyone else. In addition, don't ever email any department they won't respond back and the jacka**es they have working the phone lines don't know what they are talking about, but want to hurry up and get you off the phone. Two thumbs down and one middle finger up.
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Littleredsmama (In Progress) on August 10, 2010 (email verified)

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Horrible horrible horrible!!! This is THE WORST UNIVERSITY EVER!! Their financial aid department is the biggest joke. No one there has ANY clue what they are doing!!!!!! They screwed up my financial aid every single semester so far and they offer very little help in correcting anything in a timely manner. The classes are good and the teachers are pretty on top of things, but Lord help you if you need to go through the financial aid process with them. I had to get in touch with the presidents office just to get things resolved. If you want hassle and headache and nothing but problems, then by all means, please go to APU, but if you want a good experience, go somewhere else!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 5, 2010

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Humanities Program Do not attend - useless program, outdated books, students are not up to par and discussion are high school level. A waste of time and money.
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Ashw33 (In Progress) on August 3, 2010 (email verified)

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APU is a great school! APU has been a fantastic experience for me. In any situation you may have professors you do not like and some you will love. I have had a couple who were VERY challenging and I almost despised them by the end of the class. In retrospect, I learned so much from them. Not just about the subject of the class, but of responsibility and to expect nothing less than the best out of myself. My husband received his Master's from a "brick and mortar" very reputable university and he has had so many problems with getting the wrong information from the staff, who act as if they don't have a clue what is going on. His recent graduation was less than acceptable and not up to what should be expected of a University of this size and reputation. Just because a college has a building does not mean they are going to have better instructors and staff than you will find at APU or other online schools. I have had nothing but positive interaction with the staff and professors at APU and they are very helpful. The book grant is great too. At first I was worried about not having a book in front of me, as some of the classes have e-books. However, I now have an e-reader and I can download my books to it. (Many classes do have regular books) It works out perfectly. I am a late in life student who went back after 15 years (and 2 kids). I started in the Associate's program for Web Publishing, because I wasn't sure about learning online. After meeting the requirements to do so, I transferred to the Bachelor's of Information Technology program. I was very proud to make the Dean's List last semester. My grades are not "given" to me. I work hard to make those grades and really have had some professors grade me harder than I was expecting. It makes me work harder and I am so proud every time I make a good grade. Do not start any online program thinking it will be easy. Online learning takes much more dedication on the student’s part and is not for people who need “hand holding”. Just remember when you read a review, that people have varying expectations out of similar situations. If you see someone vehemently bashing an institution, they are disgruntled. Now ask yourself how many businesses, schools, etc. that you or someone you know have been disgruntled with at one time or another. You just cannot make everyone happy all the time. The staff and professors of APU are human just like the rest of us.
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Robby.litherland68 (In Progress) on June 12, 2010 (email verified)

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A Pretty Decent School When I transferred to American Public University, nearly all of the credits I have obtained from brick and mortar universities were accepted. I have read many reviews about this school and I have heard many people complain about swtudents that can not seem to even write a sentence with proper structure and I do a agree with them wholeheartedly. I would venture to say that these same students will not get away with this, and may not be able to pass the advanced literature courses because both of the professors I have had grade very tough on proper grammatical syntax and sentence structure. I seen a post from someone on this site who did not spell regret properly, which is probably one of the students I have heard others talk about. I do not agree that everyone at this school gets an automatic "A" in each and every class. Before starting school at APUS, I had a 4.0 GPA (out of 69 credits, or 23 classes and made straight A's in High School) and received my first "B" this past semester. After I had taken my first 4 classes, I looked at the Deans / President list of students (which consists of students with 3.75 to 4.0 GPA's, and can honestly say that in all of my classes (which consisted of approximately 70 students) my name was on the list, along with 3 other students who had taken courses with me, thus debunking the "Automatic A" assertions. Had each and every student I had taken these classes with been on the list, I was going to drop out of the school and attent the University of Oregon because they offer the same program online. I like the fact that the studies that one partakes in at this school are all based on individual effort. I am 42 years old and do not buy off on the fact that brick and mortar schools will try and tell you that group study is to prepare you for real life working experiences. As any of you know if you have worked in "groups" at brick and mortar schools, half of those people do next to nothing to contribute to the assignment at hand. It has been my experience that those types of people in real life working scenarios are let go to seek employment elsewhere. Some of the courses are easy, but many classes at brick and mortar institutions are as well. For the working adult like myself, that works 60+ hours a week, has twin 1 year old daughters and a million other responsibilities, this school is custom tailored to help me to get the degree I must have to advance in my career. There are undoubtedly students attending American Public University that are sub standard. There are also many students attending brick and mortar institutions that are the same. Do you know what they call a student who graduates at the very bottom of their class in med school?....Doctor.....do you get my point?
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 4, 2010 (email verified)

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Loved APU I am very fond of APU. Throughout my courses, I had some classes that were challenging and some that were not. Just like any other university. I am very happy with the education I received at APU. Most of the professors were very pleasant and answered my questions quickly. It was obvious that the books selected for the courses were chosen not only because they were the best for that course of study, but also to keep the costs down for the students.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 24, 2010 (email verified)

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So far, so good APU has been pretty good to me thus far. To be quite honest, I jumped into APU without really doing any research about it. One of my friends at work told me about the undergrad book grant and that was what sold me. The fact that APU is a for-profit school worried me a bit. Not that I have anything against profit, I was just worried I would be turned down for a graduate program at a brick and mortar school because of it. Turns out that is not the case. I plan on going to Arizona State, which is a tier 1 school, and I asked the admissions counselor if a degree from APU would be an issue and she said it wouldn't. She said as long as the school is accredited there is no problem. All the materials for my program have been really good. My only issue is that I like to have a physical book in my hands instead of online books. But this is a minor issue. I haven't had a terrible time with the support staff like some other students. It's not perfect, but not horrible either. There is definitely room for improvement. My greatest concern will be how this degree will be received outside of the government. We shall see.
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Mala_chaval (In Progress) on April 11, 2010 (email verified)

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EXCELLENT PROGRAM & GREAT UNIVERSITY So far, the courses in the IR program at APUS are interesting and challenging. Lecture notes, assigned readings (of which there are plenty), and the online discussions in the several courses provide different viewpoints and theories about a myriad of subjects and topics related to the field of IR. Until now, my professors designed the courses in such manner that student participation is mandatory and therefore the exchanges of ideas among students are great! Until now, professors have been very professional by stating their expectations in a clear and concise manner, grading on time and provided constructive feedback, most of them have been easily available through e-mail to ask for clarifications or explanations in order to complete assignments. Based on the professor’s comments and lecture notes, one can see that their knowledge and expertise in the field of IR is unquestionable. The APUS interface is also very user-friendly and I never have experienced the website not functioning (except for maintenance during a couple of hours and that was usually communicated by the university administration to the student body well in advance) and the online library has an extraordinary collection of databases, journals, and e-books. In the GRADUATE International Relations program, the students come from diverse backgrounds (military, non-military, other countries [such as myself], ethnic…) I am sorry for students who have had unfortunate experiences at APUS, but the graduate IR program is really a good program that is challenging, very global, and interesting. I LOVE THE PROGRAM AND LOVE THE SCHOOL!!
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Cassandra_strand (In Progress) on April 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Don't make it your first choice I chose APU because choices for on-line Middle Eastern Studies programs are limited (or at least they were when I was looking). The courses I've taken are too easy and didn't challenge me at all. The teachers seem qualified based on their education and backgrounds but that does not come through in the courses. Private conversations via e-mail about course material told me the instructors were knowledgeable. The courses however did not utilize methods and concepts for critical thinking and analysis. My second main issue is the extreme overemphasis in the courses and program on political and military aspects of the Middle East and intercultural relations between east and west. I figured there might be some emphasis considering it's military affiliations but, this was extreme overemphasis. The program offers little historical coursework for the region and little cross cultural understanding. The one course that teaches "Middle Eastern Culture" is more or less an analysis of Middle Eastern terrorists and cultural aspects promoting instability, oppression, and violation of human rights. While those are important factors to be aware of the students in this course seemed to come away with little challenge to their often negative preconceptions of the region and little understanding of the actual culture of the middle east which is quite rich and diverse. Teachers have 8 week sessions but the move to slowly. The instructors don't seem to utilize all the necessary aspects of on-line learning either. There is little to no on-line group work and collaboration and mostly they use a discussion board but questions often do not produce intelligent debate or useful learning but rather a dozen people all writting a few paragraphs aboutr something and then a few responses that often just say "I agree!" Beyond issues with the courses content and quality the school itself does not get very high marks from me. Financial aid and payments are a big issue for me. It was a more difficult process to apply for aid at APU than it was at my community college but it wasn't so complicated that most people wouldn't be able to do it. However, when you register for your classes your given a grand total before aid. You cannot view an account page to see your remaining balance and are not even notified until last minute that you have a remaining outstanding balance. I had to keep contacting the FinAid office in order to find out how much to pay. There should be an easy to access account page with balance information. Additionally for an online college it's odd that they don't have an integrated on-line payment program. Instead I have to fax a form with credit card authorization or mail a check. The second option only works if you classes are several weeks away since you cannot enter or stay enrolled in classes for more than a week if your not paid up at the start and their last minute notifications certainly don't give you that much leeway.
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Goodblue01 (Graduate) on March 2, 2010 (email verified)

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Excellent MA in CJ Program I just completed the entire Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with APU. It was an excellent program. All the professors had attained their Ph.D. The classes were challenging. Some of the fellow students were lacking for the graduate level, but I would expect to find that at any graduate school. I had no problems with the staff such as advisors, etc. The school is properly accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. I would recommend the program for those seeking a MA degree and opt for the thesis option. I would do it all over again! I wish they had a Ph.D. program.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 29, 2009

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Humanities Students do NOT have admissions requirements: no SATS, writing samples as are required by a traditional brick and mortar university. Just another degree mill, unfortunately. We sit in classrooms filled with morons who can't even write a decent sentence or read. A BIG waste of time, unless you want to work in a govt job. I now understand the irony of "military intelligence."
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Mike.azzarello (In Progress) on November 4, 2009 (email verified)

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No regrets here. I am just a few classes from completing my Master's in Transportation & Logistics Management. I have absolutely no regrets in choosing this school. A little bit of background. I received my BA from a "brick & mortar" school. APU was the first time I ever tried online classes. Before choosing them I seriously considered going to the University of Phoenix to receive my Masters in Business. However,after a lot of thought I decided to narrow down my degree and save some money. APU just seemed to fit me better as I pursued a new career. To be honest, at first I wasn't sure I was going to make it. Online classes requires a lot of discipline. I realized without this there was no way I would ever complete it. I also realized that a lot of negative complaints, with most online schools, is due to this. Student who do not have this discipline will fail, and probably blame the school for it. Online classes are not for everyone. They require a lot of reading and writing. I seriously didn't read and write this much when I was attending an actual school. Their are required assignments due each week, and if you fall behind you'll pay for it. As far as accreditation goes and how this looks to employers, I can tell you this. I have already been on two interviews with a major transportation company on the East Coast. The only way I was able to be considered for this job is because of this school. Believe me, my previous experience and degree have nothing to do with my new major. Hope this helps anyone who is deciding on this school. If you have any questions, just ask me.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 22, 2009 (email verified)

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MBA... NO WAY! The MBA program at AMU/APU with an emphasis on homeland security resource allocation is a JOKE. If you are forced to get a degree by your employer and want to spend the least amount of time and money to get a degree - this is the school for you. If you want to actually be challenged and learn something... move on! I don't know how this school maintains it's accreditation??? I don't know anyone enrolled in the courses here that doesn't get an "A" in EVERYTHING. The good news is that this school somehow does maintain its accreditation and therefore you won't get labeled as a "diploma mill" recipient and will be eligible for government jobs.
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Mepnhva (In Progress) on February 24, 2009 (email verified)

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No regreats! This school has been fabulous and it works for me. I have been attending APU for a year and I have no regrets what so ever. The course are fast paced and I have learned so much. More than I ever thought I would. For those of you who think these classes are easy, they are not and you get what you pay for. When I have to get a hold of my advisor, they are always prompt in returning my call. Out of all the instructors I have had there is only one that I would say I wasn't thrilled with but we don't always see eye to eye with everyone we meet. I even signed up for another class with her. So she couldn't have been that bad. With regards to financial aid, each student's experience is different. Some have no problems and there are some that experience lots of problems. If they are diligent and proactive in resolving the issues when they are contacted there should be no reason why a student should not get into classes on time.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 30, 2008 (email verified)

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Bad Experience with University Transferring to APU was the biggest mistake I made. With less than 30 credits to graduation this institution has managed to mess up my graduation timeframe. The staff, or lack of, are unprofessional, arrogant, rude and of no help at all. I have yet to have anyone return a phone call, they prefer to email you back at their convenience, Whenever!!! I have attended other online schools that were just the opposite. I would highly recommend anyone interested in online learning to look elsewhere. There are quality institutions out there; APU is just not one of them.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 27, 2008 (email verified)

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Nothing but problems I am had nothing but problems with their financial aid department. They turned down my federal aid because I would not sign a promissary note with Sallie Mae. Yet I got federal aid thru the State of Alaska and they turned that down. It is Sallie Mae or nothing I was told. I will not ever go with Salli Mae. My advisor was useless and would not even answer my questions. I will finish the school year then I am out of there.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 29, 2007 (email verified)

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Great degree! I was able to complete my political science degree in just over a year. The professors were very professional and helpful; most had had real-world experience as well as concern and care for the students. I can truthfully say that a few became friends of mine, with whom I remain in contact. The degree included some interesting sidelines like UN certification in peacekeeping operations, and I was able to take a good slate of classes in the field of economics in addition to the political science/international relations courses required for the degree. Doing online education of this sort requires a person to be a self-starter, but for those who have the drive, this is a great place.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 3, 2006 (email verified)

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AMU: MA Land Warfare, International Perspective The program was a good balance between structure and flexibilty, in that it was focused, but allowed me to study what I wanted within the area. I had easy contact with my profesors, who gave me constructive, useful feedback on my papers, and all but two of them responded to questions very quickly. The books I had to buy were almost all very good; in fact, I kept most of them. I wrote a lot, and believe that I developed as a writer because of it, even to the extent of having two papers published on a military history website. As for technology, I experienced no real problems -- the online classroom environment was intuitive and never unavailable; registration was easy; and the school's support staff was easy to contact and gave prompt, useful answers.
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