American Public University System Reviews
Browse Reviews by Popular Programs:
Honestly this is the biggest joke. Im a recent high school graduate and I just wanted to get some of my general classes out of the way before I transferred to a regular university. I got basically no aid, but I did finish my 2 year program in 10 months. I didnt learn ANYTHING. They assign lessons and text to read, but when you go to do the assignment, its about something else entirely. The assignments are taken from other teachers and all forums, tests, quizzes, and essays can be found with a simple google search. If you enroll at APU, get ready to write essays all day long. They dont care about content as long as you dont have punctuation errors. Really, if you want a useful education, go elsewhere. If youre like me and you just want a piece of paper, Godspeed. I wish you luck.
Avoid this school! I am enrolled and was told that I could overlap a capstone final course with my other classes if I maintain a certain GPA. When I went to enroll in the final course I was denied simply because of a flawed school code. I have maintained a 3.9 gpa. Now that I am finally able to register for the capstone, they are changing to the length of the course with a months notice. The beauty of the school program was the short 8 week courses. Now because I couldnt overlap my course I have to take one course that will last for 16 weeks. Save yourself some stress and avoid this school!
I pay directly so I dont have financial side department nightmares. But note that ALL schools have those, trust me. Ive found the curriculum and instruction to be great. My only beef is with the technical infrastructure. Since the programs are geared for active military the school websites and interface are limited due to the security policies the government puts on its own service members while using them. As a software guy, I can subjectively say the interface and design of the school applications are horrid. Its taken me moths to figure out how to get from A to B, sometimes multiple logins are required due to their inefficient design(s). It can be incredibly frustrating. I use Word and other 3rd party apps to write papers, etc and then cut and paste. I cant risk losing work which has happened. As a few others have stated, be cautious of transfer credits as well. Ironically they gave me so many military experience units that I reached my 45 transferable limit; thus some relevant courses could not fulfill important requirements because I had too many units for physical education and hygiene from the military (literally). Id recommend the school for the education but if you want quality in ADDITION to ease of use Id look elsewhere.
The university was extremely accommodating to my busy military schedule. Through constant mentoring and communication, this university ensures that their students are receiving what they need to graduate. Distance education does present many obstacles. Specifically, for people that have been out of school for a relatively long time, online education requires a great deal of prioritizing. As a single parent and an active duty member, I found this particularly challenging. On a more positive note, my instructors were very understanding of my circumstances. Completing my bachelors degree with American Public University began my pursuit of higher education. This university was the second online program that I tried. By far, American Public University was extremely motivated to ensure that I graduated. My counselor called at the start of my class sessions just to check in. The instructors also provided great feedback and were available as needed. In addition to returning emails promptly, the instructors were also amenable to phone calls. In fact, during one class I was having a difficult time. My instructor spoke with me on the phone for nearly an hour. He worked tirelessly to assist me in understanding statistics concepts. That conversation assisted me in developing a better understanding the concepts that we discussed in the class. The online classroom was one of the few challenges. The organization of the online classroom often appeared to be jumbled and difficult to navigate. It was not impossible to navigate, it was just somewhat difficult at times. I would recommend this program to anyone that is eager and motivated about completing their degree.
Overall this school is great! I have nothing but great things to say about this school so far. Instructors grade assignments pretty quick and they give feedback that is thorough. I can honestly say that I made a great choice by enrolling at this school.
I cannot in good conscious recommend this school. The MBA program simply is sub-par. Worse, I recently found out at graduation that all of my professors taught 6 classes at one time. My favorite professor told me that FT faculty on average teach 450 students a year. This is WHY their MBA program is so crappy. The instructors don't have time to interact because the school works them to death! I should have enrolled at a non-profit like NYIT or Empire State. Both have online programs where you actually learn something. My problem was I was too far in to withdraw. You can get a similar tuition at many nonprofit schools where faculty are given the ability to actually teach you something. I'm ashamed I helped to support an institution that has so little disregard for its teachers. If you want a piece of paper that says you graduated I guess you can consider this place. But if you care about your education and the teachers who offer it, look elsewhere. Be sure to check out the reviews on Glassdoor too - shameful.
This is a amazing University, I don't know how I would have made it this far without AMU. I have had a great time throughout my studies at this University. I have truly learned a lot throughout my course work and studies. I had no issues with the financial aid office. I have had one class that I felt the instructor was not reasonable, however, I made it through the course and I also had one science course which I found to be a bit too much for a introduction course. Before the end of this year I will be down to my ten last courses. I also use army TA and I haven't had any issues with them processing my TA payments. I highly recommend AMU/APUS to anyone seeking to complete their degree, it's definitely a university for working adults. It is not a degree mil and you will be required to earn your degree.
If you're looking to earn a piece of paper without any real education this is the place for you! I honestly didn't learn anything from this university as every assignment consists of writing assignments that are often not aligned with the text provided. Most professors don't even read the papers but instead rely on turnitin reports that check for similarity/plagiarism in order to do grading. Other professors simply throw a grade out there whether your work is good or bad. Many of the professors do not seem like educators at all and rely on a copy and paste method for instruction. Overall, you go through the motions and wait until your graduation date to receive your piece of paper. It's comparable to a diploma mill with the exception of writing your own papers, unless you copy from others which happens because there are open forums for everyone to view prior to submitting their work.
I had no problems with financial aid. I found them all very helpful and knowledgeable. I love the user friendly classroom page. The professors are excellent and very accomplished. Their tuition rate is lower than average. I would highly recommend this college. They have many areas of study and the IT department is great. Very happy with APUS and a. Looking forward to getting my BS in Public Health.
I found this school because of my husband. I had heard they take a lot of transfer credits...I had a ton. They took quite a few. Classes are only around $800 each and so worth it. I highly recommend this school. Courses were only 8 weeks. That was a bog plus. Instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly. Lots of interaction and quick responses when you need help.