American Public University System Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (79)
I attended 2 courses before AMU showed me its true colors. I was enrolled in a BS for Homeland Security and taking a Physical Security course which I do for a living BTW and was instructed by the online Professor to post all assignments to the discussion board prior to class beginning. I conducted the full course all 8 weeks with weekly grades of 85-100% on my assignments. However, when it came time for my final grade I received and "INCOMPLETE." I made inquiry and was told that I missed a mid term assignment that was sent by email and not posted to the discussion board as previously directed by the Professor. When I , and 6 other course participants in the same situation appealed, the Dean of Students agreed it was a eggregious error on the professor and stated we could take the course over at cost. I promptly told them both to shove it.
APUS was a good experience and right for my educational needs. I am a full time mother, employee and wife. It was not possible for me to attend classes on campus with the schedule I have to balance. I found the material to be very interesting and comprehensive. I even kept a few textbooks for my personal library. I am graduating at the end of February and look forward to the graduation ceremony in Maryland/ DC area. I began my stint at APU as a 3rd year student because APU accepted my credits from El Camino Junior College. The majority of my instructors were very helpful and did what they could to assist me. They were understanding of illnesses and even my children's unexpected illnesses. I was able to turn assignments in late as long as I notified my instructor in a reasonable amount of time and had a legitimate reason. I will definitely consider APU should I go on to pursue my Masters degree.
First let me disclose that I am a card carrying member of MENSA, yet despite that, I did not receive an A in every class. I did however graduate with a GPA high enough to be inducted into three (3) different international honor societies. The studies for my Master's Degree were academically challenging yet very achievable. I finished my degree program in December of 2014 and will be receiving my degree in February of 2015. The quality of the professors has been wonderful. I have had a few good professors, many great professors, and several exceptional professors. The cost of the classes compared to other graduate schools is unbeatable. My professors worked with me when life threw me serious curveballs. The on-line format was great considering my frequent traveling for work as well as my relocating to Hawaii after retiring. I could not have completed my Master's Degree in a traditional brick and mortar school under those circumstances. Make no mistake about it, the on-line format demands devotion and concentration, as well as dedication in order to make it work. Professors will not accept excuses for preventable or ordinary circumstances, or for lack of dedication to studies, but for real and serious life curveballs (my wife's unexpected and untimely death) they worked with me and permitted me to take extensions of up to six (6) months to complete my classes.
I started at APU in July 2014. I am in the middle of my second semester and I am loving it thus far. I chose APU following much research. I found that the number one and two complaints regarding online universities are 1) being dropped from classes due to administrative incompetence. 2) problems with the financial aid departments. I have had no issues in either of these areas. I have found that it is best to get the jump on securing one's classes and renewing financial aid. Although there are protocols in place to advise students of deadlines; I would never advise depending on others to hold your hand. The key to one's success at APU is getting organized and taking responsibilities for ones actions. The surprising thing is the fact that APU fails to hype its flexibility. For example; I almost chose another university because I did not know it was possible to accelerate ones degree program at APU. Western Governor's, Baker, and a few other universities allow for a quicker graduation time while APU refrains from making such a claim. If I had not added 12 credits to my program, due to adding a minor in religion, I would be set to graduate in one year with a two-year degree...half the time! They don't advise it because it is a heavy workload, but it is a great option. Technically one could take up to 10 classes in a semester. This would mean 5 classes a week for 8 weeks, then 5 more classes for an additional 8 weeks. This would deliver 30 credits in just 4 months. Think about it; this would mean potential graduation in around 8 months. Even I could not handle this load. However, I am taking 4 classes a week which I am barely able to accomplish with A's and B's. I absolutely love this option. And if one desires fewer classes, one could take just 2 classes per 16 week semester (that is 1 class a week for 8 weeks, then 1 class per week for another 8 weeks) and still qualify for Federal student Loans. So, the flexibility is awesome! Currently, tuition is $250 per credit hour plus $50 dollar tech fee per class (250X3+50= $800 per class). This is one of the most affordable tuition in the game. My experience thus far has been outstanding. I am so glad I chose to go with this school. I plan to stay here and pursue my MBA starting this summer. I would really stress the need to take responsibility for ones schedule and to read, read, read...the textbooks; as well as, the syllabus and APUS guidelines. As long as one takes the initiative to master the rules of this university, I don't see how they could have a bad experience. That's all I have for now...good luck.
With my last class, students were polled and here were their responses: "I did feel like things were a little rough for a 100 level class, and the whole Chicago format was part of the problem. I tried to work with the instructor to allow for my grades to be passable, but I literally gave up for the last week of the course."; "Yes. I have done all the work and I have a low grade. I can only hope after the final I pass with a C"; "I completely agree, I hate I ever took this class."; "Not my type of class in the end, but I am sure it will not be the last time I feel like that. I paid attention to your posts, and you seem to have a good writing style so if you did not get an A I would be surprised." NEEDLESS TO SAY, I GOT AN "F" along with many other students in this class. The instructor got in a little bit of trouble because of her own actions, then treated us like crap in retribution. When we complained to APUS, they covered up for the instructor as usual. Several of my classmates and I have the same common feelings from present and past dealings with the APUS STAFF. I even have other students who are stationed with me, saying the same thing. WE ARE ALL SWITCHING TO A BETTER COLLEGE. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON SUCH POOR QUALITY, PAY A SCHOOL WHO MAKES IT COUNT. The staff is very uncooperative, lack ethics, and are very UNPROFESSIONAL. AVOID THIS SCHOOL AT ALL COSTS.
My overall experience at APUS has been great. The Professors that taught my classes were very professional, demanding, and serious about plagiarism. If you want a piece of paper degree, please by all means do not enroll in American Public University, because you will work and earn your degree. Many of the professors that taught my classes have Doctorate Degrees (one with a double masters), and many of these same professor also teach at many of the other regionally credited universities around the United States. If you want to find out about your professor just use ratemyprofessor dot com and you'll see the history of many of the teachers. I will graduate in May of 2015, and I have really enjoyed my experience thus far. If you want to learn from an online school that does not rob your pocket check out American Public University. One more thing guys, I attended El Camino Junior College in California and Ashworth College in Norcross Georgia, and APUS accepted the majority of my transferred classes (via transcripts). In fact I was elated that APUS took more than 85% of my transfer credits. They did not, however, accept my Physical Ed class (weight lifting) lol. I hope this review helps in your quest to become educated. By the way, I am also a member of the Golden Key Honor Society with a 3.8 GPA. Hard work does pay off just do the work and you too can succeed in life.
I am a current student at American Public University System. I was surprised to read a review where the person stated their experience was completely negative and decided to add my experience. I am currently about two thirds of the way to completing my bachelor degree and have been overall satisfied with the quality of education and level of cooperation I have received from the school. I have had a few minor problems over the years with financial aid and a couple of classes I have taken but nothing you will not experience at any other school. The instructors vary from class to class like any other school. I have been satisfied with the content and quality of instruction for most classes. Online schooling is not for everybody and requires the student to take the lead in setting a proper schedule for getting all reading and assignments accomplished by designated due dates. It works well for me as a working adult. I think like most things in life you will get out of your online college experience what you put into it. The books and materials have been normal college level learning. I have had a few classes where the books were 3-4 years old but not in subjects where I see it making a big difference for the student. If the subject was information technology I would see a problem but if the subject is English why would you need a current year book. I have found in going around and talking to some people that they just genuinely do not like online schooling and look for any excuse to put online schools down. In my opinion they are right for some people and wrong for others depending on how you learn best and where you are in your life.
This has been the worst experience I have ever had with education. Financial Aid is so poorly done. Every semester, they either forgot to pull my financial aid in from Dept of Ed or they pulled it in too early, sent it to me as a refund, and than told me I had to send it back to have my classes open. The classes were outdated, teaching markup language that was now obsolete from a book that was 5 years old. This school is great if you already know the material and just need the piece of paper, but if you want to actually learn something new, look somewhere else.
American Public University is my first attempt at online education. I was kind of taken aback by ALL the different schools. Which one was going to be good, or bad, or suck, or rock, or whatever?!? Reading reviews is one thing but first hand is completely different. After having a pretty horrible experience with Walden University I called APU. I just completed my first year but I remember when I first called and the woman was just so helpful. It was so straightforward.. there were no hoops.. or BS.. or... anything. I remember feeling relief. Fast forward one year and I have now completed my first 12 classes with a 3.7 gpa. I'm not brilliant by any means but I do feel a lot smarter. The classes (the core classes at least) have been pretty interesting. The financial aid process is seamless. You fill out what you're supposed to fill out, bam, bam, few email updates, and bam- financial aid. Every time I have called for anything the staff have always been friendly and helpful. The 8-week classes are perfect. I don't have to leave my house to go to the local university (which would cost slightly more)... even more perfect. Granted, I agree with some of the other reviews about the forums and yeah some people are morons... that goes without saying.. but when you really think about it just parallels life. I am really happy I found APU. I think if you want to pursue a degree then you should most definitely check them out. E.
The good - Affordable. At $250 per credit hour (plus tech fee) APU is on par with a State University near me. Free textbooks, no additional cost. I have had no issued with the Financial Aid Department. It seems that they probably got their act together since a lot of the negative comments about Financial Aid are older . 8- Week courses are great. The professors I have had so far are good, engaging and provide decent feedback on my work. I wished they critiqued students' forum posts more as I think there can be illogical thinking or arguments student post and there is no attempt to correct them or point them in a direction. I have had positive experiences with the professors. I use RateMyProfessor.com to find out who is good and which are bad apples and pick accordingly. Students, mixed bag like in real college. There are intelligent students and not so intelligent ones. I feel like I do half the teaching with my forum posts by going above and beyond the course text and guidelines. I am still attending and have taken four courses so far after transferring 55 credits in, all were accepted by the way. Overall - APU is decent. I miss the live interaction and class dialogue that you get in a in person class. But if you are motivated and can stay on top of your assignments you will be ok.