American Public University System Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (93)
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 The classes were outdated, teaching markup language that was now obsolete from a book that was 5 years old.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.
American Public University System (APUS) is an accredited online university. APUS has two branches--American Public University (APU) and American Military University (AMU). However, you don't have to be affiliated with the military in order to pursue your degree at AMU, and vice versa. I am completing an MS in Accounting at APU. I learned more in an online environment than I ever did at any brick and mortar universities--which was where I received my Bachelor's degree over 15 years ago. The online format forces students to submit assignments and discussions on a weekly basis. All the courses I have taken so far at the graduate level are 8-week courses; I know they also offer a few 16-week courses. I did a lot of research prior to enrolling at APUS; the University has over 100K students enrolled; and the 8-week course format that APUS offers suits me; whereas other online colleges out there have 5-week and 6-week courses. Also, we are not required to complete team-based projects; which is great for me because it gives me control over my own grades. All the graduate courses I have taken so far require at least two research papers, following APA format. Last but not least, the tuition is very affordable; APUS does not spend money unnecessarily on expensive massive marketing, large physical campuses, or football and basketball coaches--since there aren't any. If you are considering attending college online, APUS is the way to go!
I had professors who had earned their PhDs at places like Berkeley. A couple of them affected my life in wonderful ways. The librarians are wholly devoted to the students. The quality of education was better than I thought it would be. I attended because it was more affordable, but the knowledge I acquired was worth more than the cost of education.
I first attended this school (AMU) in late-2006. I had originally planned to major in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurial concentration, but changed my major to Criminal Justice. I have been pleased with this school since my first course. The instructors are all very knowledgeable in their field and many come from outstanding backgrounds and have held important positions prior to teaching at American Military University. Being that it is an online university, the student is responsible for managing their time and staying on top of their assignments and reaching out to an advisor or their instructor for help when needed. Courses are generally 8 weeks long, except for some courses (mathematics and science courses) which may give you an option to take a 16-week course instead. At the start of your course you are given a Syllabus outlining expectations and assignments, and assigned readings over the course of the class and are expected to complete them on time. There is usually a weekly discussion due, including mid-term and final exams; Some courses may also require a research paper and quizzes. I have attended other online universities but I have found American Military University to be the best and most organized so far. From looking at other websites and their reviews, I am not quite sure why AMU has gotten bad reviews from students. The only minor issue I have had was with the financial aid department. I have found the student needs to stay on top of the process to make sure it is processed accurately and well before the start of your course. It helps to check the status on a daily basis for updates even if they tell you to give it a week or to, and also remember the names of each representative you speak to. I graduated in February 2014 with a BA in Criminal Justice and I am in the process of starting my MBA this fall. Good luck to all of you.
I am overall happy with my experience with APUS. I enjoyed that I was able to do everything online and not have to walk into a classroom. It was much easier on my family this way.
Is AMU worth it? I hear this question more than I’d like to admit. Being active duty Air Force, I constantly get questions from coworkers asking me “Which school is good?” Truthfully, it depends on what that person is aspiring to do/wants from an education. Personally, I find the English program at AMU to be respectable, but could be better. All the classes I’ve taken from the school have challenged me in some way or another. Depending on the courses (obviously the higher 300-400 level courses give more work) you will find yourself logging in about three to four times a week with an average of two hours of work (if you strive to have a 4.0). Coming from a 3.8 GPA student, I’ve always strived to have the best grades possible; sometimes though, teachers make it impossible. A majority of the teachers I have had class with have been phenomenal, respectful and accommodating in every way. There have been a few classes where the teachers had little to no interaction with the class whatsoever. Literally, they would post a generic “about me” week one forum post and that would be it. The rest of the weekly posts were nonspecific and standard at best, they had obviously been copied and were given little to no insight into what they were posting. To me, this was one of the more frustrating incidences I have seen at this school. As far as financial services, I have nothing but great things to say about AMU. Being military, all I had to do was submit my TA forms for approval. Once approved, it took about 48 hours (if not less) for AMU to approve them and my class to be fully paid and books shipped. In my honest opinion, the school is definitely one of the better schools online schools to attend, especially since they are regionally accredited and military friendly. I constantly hear horror stories from other coworkers describing Grand Canyon University or Ashford University and their programs or classes not shipping books, or accepting TA payments in time, etc. Again, I have never had this problem with AMU. In summary, if you’re looking for a great online accredited school with vast majors to choose from; AMU works. Some of your courses may not have the best instructors that truly care for your education or workloads that rightly make you feel compelled to learn, but the teachers and courses that you do have that do teach wonderfully, is a phenomenal experience.
I am currently attending AMU (a sub-school of APUS for the Military). I have had both good and bad experiences with the instructors. Like any college, you will have the good ones, the bad ones, and the great ones. I haven't really had any great instructors but I would say that through 80+ credit hours at this school I have only had two bad instructors. The content is very relevant and has helped me progress in my understanding of psychology. I am not the best applicant for a masters program but I am competitive and feel as though I will be successful with the education I have received. Price, it's a little on the steep side at $250 an hour plus a technology fee, if you have financial aid, it's workable. If you are a self starter and like fast paced classes, this school is a great choice. If you need constant teacher-student interaction, avoid this school, you will not be successful. This school follows a week by week curriculum so it's not really a self paced school because of deadlines. However, if you can spare 2-3 nights a week, you can be a full time student at APUS. I recommend them to self-motivated people who want to complete their degree. If you are not passionate, like any school, you won't make it.