American Public University System Reviews
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I enjoyed taking legal courses through American Military University (part of American Public University). Between balancing full-time shift work with family responsibilities (as well as managing some real estate on the side), I was able to take on 2-courses a quarter to complete my Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies degree with AMU. I won't say it was easy, because it certainly wasn't. The most difficult aspect was being self-driven to complete the forums, quizzes and papers. I'd say approximately 70-80% of the professors (who are seasoned attorneys) provide critical feedback on your forum posts and papers. Yes, there are 1-2 teachers that I had who seemed to care less about questions on the assignment and you'd receive your final grade at the last possible minute. Your typical school week in the Legal Studies program is this: Post an initial forum response for the assigned topic/reading/case (500 word minimum) by Wednesday or Thursday, respond to two other classmates by Sunday (250 word minimum), multiple-choice quiz due on Sunday, a short paper/assignment due every other week, a mid-term (partway through the course) which often consists of a couple dozen multiple choice questions with 2-3 short essay questions), and finally a comprehensive exam (more multiple choice with 2-3 longer essay questions). You typically have an option of taking on an 8-week or 16-week course. I know many of the course descriptions and other students will say to anticipate 15+ hours a week for these classes, but I would disagree. Again, I worked 40-50hr fluctuating work weeks, have family, traveled frequently, and helped manage some real estate on the side. Taking on a full-time class load for two (2) straight-years, I was able to complete my degree. On average I would say I dedicated anywhere from 3-5hrs a week (normal forum weeks with a quiz) to as much as 7-8ish hours (mid-terms with all the normal homework on top of it or a week involving a more extensive paper). This is completely dedicated time... and assuming you have some prior working knowledge in the field you're studying (which I did), have a ton of self-discipline to exclude yourself from the world during that time, and schedule/dedicate that time over the week to complete the assignments. I finished my degree with a GPA of 3.82-ish. In conclusion, I WOULD recommend this school to the busy working adult or busy mother/father who wishes to pursue higher education. The school is regionally accredited, tuition is VERY reasonable, the courses are taught by experienced and seasoned career veterans in their fields, and it is a very Military-friendly school (tuition discounts and fee waivers). It is also easy to get initially set up with the online program and other essentials needed to start the school. I did not like the slower response times w/the support staff (typically 1-2 day turn around) and if you forgot to verify your identity (student ID plus last four of your SSN), you're looking at another 1-2 days before getting a response to your question. However, when all is said and done, AMU/APUS earned five (5) stars with me.
When I first started in 2014, I loved attending the school. My professors were always helpful and attentive. As time went on, things started to slip. It almost felt like robots took over as teachers. When I brought this observation up to one of my first intructors on email, he offered to talk on the phone privately. It was then (to my horror) I learned that faculty are required to teach 450 students a year. He also filled me in on all of the requirements forced on faculty. I felt so bad for him and the other teachers I had in the past because it was o obvious they are being treated. This phone call helped to explain why I had seen the massive decline in quality. My dad used to be a full-time professor at a local community college before he passed. He never taught anything close to those kinds of numbers. It's almost not human when you think about it. The good news is I graduated in May of this year. But it didn't take long for me to realize my degree was substandard. My instructors towards the end gave me obviously canned feedback. I felt like a checkbox being checked. But I don't blame my intructors. Instead, I lay the blame on the provost, president and the dean's. I'm enrolling next year into a MBA program at a different school (not for profit). I just don't feel good knowing my tuition money went into the pockets of greedy executives. Don't go here for your degree. You are literally supporting human exploration. You'll also be cheating yourself out of an education that you could be getting elsewhere at a similar price point. I'm ashamed to be a graduate.
I wanted to try out AMU for myself because it seemed like a great school for working adults & military. However it's too much that is expected from you. I have to read 3 plus chapters per week and on top of that I have forum postings that I have to constantly do all through out the week. This f****** school isn't satisfied with a student making the required posting but they want them to post four times a f****** week and respond to every d*** response you receive to your posting. 4 -6 page papers, readings and a s*** load of forum postings.I will not be recommending this university to anyone. On top of that they took away everyone's Ebook without saying so. Also post outlines of assignment at the last minute.
I love this school. I have been taking classes here for 10 years! I have completed my AA, BA, Undergrad Cert, and now almost done with my MS. This college has taught me a lot during my time at the university. But, you have to be disciplined and self motivated to get it done. It takes many papers and long hours to get some of the home work completed. But, I wouldn't expect anything less from a great school. If you have a busy schedule being in the military this should be your number one choice for universities. Good luck!
It is with regret and frustration that I write the following review. I am at present, a senior level student majoring in Accounting at American Military University. My current GPA is 3.9587 with two and a half classes left until I'm finished. I have had only a couple good experiences with APU/AMU Accounting courses and a mountain of bad experiences. The publisher, the school, relies on heavily for their course materials in the accounting classes, is Pearson Publishers. I have found the publishers quiz and test materials to contain errors yet each time I presented these errors to AMU, the attitude was like, so what, no publisher is perfect. The sad part is that students pay the price for these errors by way of grade point deductions. I also during one course complained when the Professor kept ignoring my requests to credit my grade, for an error on the course materials. I had sent the Professor five messages over a week long period, asking for credit. Getting no reply to my messages, I contacted the head of the schools accounting program. The latter action led to the Professor getting miffed, after which he entered my grade book and began lowering grades that had been given weeks earlier. In the end, I complained to the school's academics office, about the improper grade changes and as expected, I received no response. So basically the grades I busted my a** to get are simply worthless trash in the minds of this for profit university's staff. All along the way, I have found most of this schools accounting courses to be thrown together haphazardly. All that truly matters is that the school makes a buck. Some of the Professors truly care and work with you to make sense out of the poorly designed courses while many more of the Professors are also along for the money only. Once I am finished, I will likely not walk for the diploma as the school itself has turned what should have been a great experience, into years of nothing short of worthless s*** and horrible experiences. If you happen to be a great student looking for a great school experience and perhaps Latin Honors to boot, pick another school. This school has continually cheated me out of deserved GPA points and are well aware they did. With only two and a half courses left, there is simply no way I can earn the points back they stole from me. In the latter, my GPA was a 3.9560 before my finishing ACCT400 with a blistering 99.8% yet all that grade did was move me from a 3.9560 to a 3.9587. Do the math; there is no way I could ever begin to get the points back the school robbed me of. As I write this review, I have just begun ACCT420 and already the quizzes that are supposed to follow the textbook chapters yet stray about as far from the chapters as possible. Complaints relative to the latter will result in zero changes, and the end outcome will be another APU/AMU substandard designed course that prevents students from attaining the grade they would normally attain. In conclusion, if you're serious about your education and wish to do as well as you truly can, avoid APU/AMU. If you choose this school, you'll find yourself cheated just like me. This school is in the game of education, for a profit and nothing more. My review here has been accurate and 100% honest. It is to late for any chance at Latin Honors for myself, and I'm hoping by posting this review AMU/APU will not make it that same way for you. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent thousands of tax dollars on my AMU education and in return I received AMU's lousy experience, poorly designed programs and their we could give a s*** less about your efforts, attitude. To AMU I say you can shove my 3.9587 up your worthless a**** and wipe with my degree, it would be little more than a bad memory hanging on my wall. To my fellow Veterans, keep your a**** out of this school.
Brick-and-mortar universities are realizing the potential of online learning as they are administering more than half of learning lessons/assignments and tests virtually. It's the future. APUS/AMU is a great university, regionally accredited by Higher Learning Commission Department of Education. If you are military, TA covers 5 classes per year. I utilized my Post 9/11 GI bill to cover my full-time ambitions. Received my B.A. in 2.5 years (6 classes/4 months semester). Although flexible, virtual learning requires keen time management and self-discipline. If you have mediocre researching skills, you will develop advanced abilities rather quickly. You are simply on your own and your self-reliance skills will become unbreakable and your academic confidence will become ferocious. There is a 45 percent graduation rate among 98 thousand students. More than half of students never graduate due to lack of discipline (my opinion), but not surprisingly. It will take serious ambition on your part if you desire to graduate from an online university held to the same academic standards as most accredited brick-and-mortar universities. Same books, same length of papers, some tests and quizzes, but more writing than anything. Technical proficiently will be very strong at the end. Professors are accommodating to both military and non-military students. I plan on enrolling into the Masters Program soon. If you are military, work full-time, or you just like living in your mother's basement but want a strong degree, this university should be your first choice.
The classes were very insightful and the staff was always ready to help answer any question. I like the 8 week classes and the ability to study in my own time due to my career. It was also a plus to interact with other students. Researching subjects always seems more educational than just taking tests as well. It allows the individual to really dig in themselves and understand what they are learning versus memorizing someone else's studies and taking tests.
APUS was flexible, affordable and easy to work with. Directions for registration, class sign-in information and forum discussions were very straightforward and staff were always helpful with any questions. Both my husband and I attended APUS and have referred family, friends and colleagues based on our experiences.
Love this school & the amazing teachers! I learned so much and everything was very flexible! I loved how much we had to interact and how many papers we had to write. The school was an amazing experiencing and I am very excited to attend graduation in 2 weeks!!
I finished up a bachelors degree at APUS and was, for the most part, very impressed with the quality of the instructors. All that changed when I entered into the Master's in Education program. The instructors are (while possibly holding a advanced degree) not prepared for the classes. Some don't even know how to check if the syllabus is up to date. Many rarely involve themselves in the forums. Assignment grading is slow and (if I could guess) just run through a program to check for plagiarism. In the beginning, I thought I had just got a bad instructor, but now I realize that it is common. The one instructor that really tried to interact with the class quit working for APUS (we have become acquainted outside of the school). If you want to pay $1000.00 for each class and basically do prepared assignments using outdated material with practically nonexistent instructors, i suggest this is the school to attend.