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I only took three general education classes while here, I never got around to taking core classes. The classes weren't bad, but as with ALL online college classes, YOU have to teach yourself, as sometimes you aren't even in the same timezones or region of the world as your professor. Again, don't expect to be taught by the professors, except on forums and paper feedback; expect to self-educate, as with all online schools. If you can't self-teach and regulate your own study schedule, online college will be too difficult for you, and you should seek the easier route of traditional brick and mortar courses. APUS is EXTREMELY conservative with their transfer credit evaluation! I left APUS after completing three courses, because a different college offered me significantly more transfer credits than APUS gave me. My new school put me 2-years closer to graduation than I was at APUS, in a comparable degree program. If it had not been for finding a better transfer offer at the other college, I would have stayed with APUS. My point here is to apply your prior learning and transfer credits at multiple schools before settling; it could make a drastic difference in your graduation timeline. For the sake of example, you could apply at APUS, Excelsior College, and Thomas Edison State University, to see which will award you the most credit toward your preferred degree program. After transferring to my new school I realized how good of a website APUS really had. My new school's website is atrociously confusing and disorganized. I really miss that with APUS' design. Don't underestimate the website, because in those times when you are running low on patience, you don't want the additional frustration of a poorly navigable website. APUS has a large number of student organizations and honor societies. It feels good to strive for academic excellence and get an invite to join one of their high-GPA/degree specific honor societies. APUS also had a Dean's/President's List they update periodically. I am a big fan of the APUS diploma design. My new school's diploma looks like garbage, but at the end of the day it doesn't matter what it looks like, I'll still be graduating 2-years sooner. I tried to cover different topics with my review, aside from the typical categories. Hopefully, you find this a bit more useful. Great school, poor transfer credit evaluation.
It is a school no one register for classses.The school love to make you suffer.The school is unprofessional and rude to loyal students.It would not allow students support or help. No one teaches you anything. I was disappointed and disgusted with one teacher.
I had a pretty good experience at APU. While other students are correct the answers to the tests are a click away that is not true when it comes to Finance course quizzes and homework. It was very challenging and no two students are given the same set of problems and the quizzes are timed. The papers you turn in are required to go through turnitin and are checked for plagiarism so you can not just copy someone's paper. As a working mom this program was perfect for me. I went a division 1 school for my undergrad and I can tell you almost all schools are in place to make a profit whether they are for profit or not. I paid for my degree out of pocket so cannot comment on the financial aid. All and all this was a good experience and I felt on a master's level the school was very accommodating.
I'll get the bad out of the way first. The financial aid department is an absolute dumpster fire. Out of all the professors I had, three of them were not up to my standards. All three of them were terrible communicators, did not appear to have much knowledge in their respective fields and didn't seem personable. Now the good. Most of my professors were awesome. After finishing the general education requirements I was pleased to see they EVERY one of my professors in my degree related courses had Comp TIA certs. This was a big deal to me, because it allowed for me to pick their brains and gave the courses credibility. I had professors that could actually explain to me routing tables, subnetting, and how to mitigate brute Force attacks, DDOS attacks etc. I would recommend this school if you want to work on technology fields. My degree has landed me a promotion at work, and recruiters blowing up my phone and LinkedIn.
This is a diploma mill, and as such, it will always have that stigma with the degree attained. I have taken many courses from here, but I will not graduate with a degree from here. I am transferring the credits from here (mostly general studies) to a non for profit school. The classes were very basic and simple. Most of the answers to any test or quiz are online. The quizzes or tests are not proctored and most are multiple choice. You basically teach yourself. Half of the classes, the "professor's" give basic cookie cutter feedback if anything at all. If you are looking for an easy degree that does not require a lot of effort, that may bump up your chances at getting a raise or better job, I would go here. If you want to earn a degree and not worry about whether future employers and company recruiters will pass on you because of a for profit degree, then I would pass on this. The classes are good to take and transfer them to a real school like a public university.
Great online program! Very user friendly, the best program I've used by far! I would highly recommend American Public University System to anyone looking to take online only classes. I've tried other virtual classrooms through different colleges and their format were clunky and difficult to use. Not APUS. Easy to use, easy to submit assignments, easy to interact with instructor and classmates. Classroom interaction was required weekly so I did not feel alone. I felt part of a class where my ideas were encouraged and respected. Highly recommended.
This school is great for those who are living busy lives. This school is especially great for those serving or have served in the military as well. If you are deciding to try and "skate" through a college degree then you are truly mistaken and this place is not for you. In fact, you have to put forth even more effort and maintain even more discipline with an online setting than that of a traditional school. This school is accredited and they take that accreditation seriously. Just like any other school, you will have instructors that go above and beyond for their students regarding the teachings at hand and you will have those who appear to be just going through the motions. But for the most part, my experience with the instructors have been excellent. I am only speaking on behalf of my degree plan for criminal justice but I would assume it is like that for the rest of the studies here at AMU. I just recently have heard about the issues with financial aid, but have never experienced issues personally. My only recommendation would be, create more live stream classrooms where it is required for students to attend and interact live with the instructor and other students. This is very beneficial and that is what I missed about attending National Univeristy. Other than that, this s a great online school that is respected and accredited.
Enjoyed my time there mostly, but the thesis was quite difficult. In fact, I was worried when I first started writing it because of the time commitment and the fact that it was it was so slow in coming together. Once I finished; however, I was quite proud of what I had accomplished and I am using that knowledge everyday in my personal life. Other than the thesis portion of the degree, the rest of the classes were both interesting and informative. In addition, the faculty was incredibly diverse and knowledgeable.
This is the WORST, I mean WORST school to deal with. Don't even THINK about getting anything done for your financial aid; no one is in a hurry here. Changing your major? They'll put a hold on your account. Dropping an unneeded class? Hold on your account. Have any questions? Hold on your account. Simply put, if you pay them money, they will give you credits but you'll NEVER see them because you have so many holds on your account. Oh, and did I mention I paid them in full and still have a hold on my account? How? They're literally holding my credits hostage and I can't request an official transcript because they are "seeing if my financial aid is eligible". Helloooo! I paid in full!!! It's been weeks with no help. Don't waste your time or money taking classes from this joke college.
Started out good, but toward the end of my second semester, I was beginning to learn how awful this place is in the finance department. They claimed they "overpaid" me financial aid even though I sent them ALL requested documents proving my taxes and income. They said they never got it even though I called my advisor right after mailing it, and she said that everything would be FINE as long as I called her right after I mailed it. She would make a note claiming that the documents were on the way and all would be good. Well, it wasn't. They claimed a week or two later that they never got anything and that I now owe almost $2,000 on an "overpayed" GRANT. So now I'm paying on it, which now it seems I'm double paying both them and my loan company. I can't get continued funding until it's paid. And every time I call in, I get a different answer about repayment options. I literally got two different payment amounts that they wanted from me from the SAME person on the SAME call. Seems like a scam to me. All I know is that they had better take my payment and actually apply it to my overall balance (which they haven't so far), or I will start pursuing legal action. Only thing good about this place is the other students and the teachers.