American Public University System Reviews - Bachelor's in Criminal Justice
I first started with AMU back in 2009 while in Iraq. AMU was recommended to my by a counselor. This college has been great. I never had any problems with financial aid or the teachers. Sometimes the teacher do not get the grading accomplished on time but that really isn't an issue. I am currently working on my Masters. My significant other has received her Masters and Bachelors from APU. She has nothing but good things to say about the school as well. The only areas that I would give APU/AMU 3 stars or less on is the career services and major/minor prepared me for my career. The little that I have used career services was not the great experience. I submitted my resume for review. Got resume back stating that this needed to be reviewed but no further guidance was given. The other is major/minor preparing me for career. I am not working in the criminal justice field so my degree was pointless.
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.
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.
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.
AMU is a great school! I have been attending for four years now. I have an AA History, AA Criminal Justice, and graduate in May with a BA Criminal Justice. The classes are well paced, but do require self motivation and work. All this nonsense about "traditional schools" is a joke. Employers just want to know the answer to the magic question "are they accredited", and AMU is! I will be receiving a 10,000 dollar raise when I am finished with my bachelors. I am a post 9/11 student and have had no problems. I get paid for BAH on time every month from the VA.
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.
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.