American Public University System Reviews - Psychology

3.72 out of 5 stars
(13 Reviews)
  • Charles Town (WV)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,880
67% of 13 students said this degree improved their career prospects
85% of 13 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Kayla - 3/27/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended APUS full time for four years to receive my bachelor's in psychology. The work was rigorous, and the assignments were time consuming but the objective was to learn and I exited with my degree confident in my knowledge. I met some amazing teachers attending APUS that changed my perspective, and although it gets difficult maintaining self discipline to turn assignments in on time and self-study, I do not regret my decision. It wasn't until I decided to pursue my Masters degree at a different college that I realized how hard APUS actually was, with the multi-assignments weekly per class, minimum word count mandatory discussions, weekly tests, etc which I am grateful for because now I feel like I have the study habits and confidence to get through any school or degree I choose."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Anne - 2/10/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I have have taken courses in both brick and mortar institutions and online. Overall, I actually learned more in the online classes than I did in traditional classes, excluding courses that required hands on labs, such chemistry, etc. At APUS/AMU, with the exception of two classes, (sophomore level), all of my major instructors had doctoral degrees from accredited, well known institutions, were experienced professionals in their fields, and were always available and helpful. Just a word to the wise, any online degree is largely what you put into it. You must be self motivated, unafraid to engage with fellow classmates and professors, and take advantage of the materials that are provided. Sometimes it was very challenging to truly complete all of the readings, write two papers, in addition to quizzes every week and still go to work and run a household. Organization is key. All of my major classes were reading and writing intensive, with some being easier or more difficult than others. However, as you continue onto graduate studies or a doctoral, you will be glad that you are well versed in writing papers and have the ability to use APA citation with your eyes closed. In a sense, you are teaching yourself the material. There was one class where I felt the curriculum did not align well with our quizzes and midterm. It was brought to the attention of the instructor who immediately supplemented our material and addressed the issue right away. If you think you can squeak by with a degree and a high GPA, it is possible, just like any institution. However, I've seen several of my online classmates fail, underestimating the amount of time needed to study and submit work by the due dates. Paying attention to deadlines and the rubric are vital components of online education. Remember, you will most likely have to take a GRE and possibly submit some of your work to get into a good competitive grad program, you want to do your best! Hope this helps and Good luck!"
4.3 out of 5 stars
David - 12/11/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"This was a fantastic program! The online format was very well rehearsed and was implemented flawlessly. The instructors were very knowledgeable and accessible. I was most impressed with how prepared I was once starting graduate school. All the right courses were included leading to a very easy transition. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend, particularly if brick and mortar has not worked in the past or is inaccessible."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Joe Bab - 7/9/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"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!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
So far so great - 6/1/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Michelle - 4/27/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
April M. Durrant - 6/21/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"APUS was flexible, affordable and easy to work with. Directions for registration, class sign-in information and forum discussions were very straightforward and staff were always helpful with any questions. Both my husband and I attended APUS and have referred family, friends and colleagues based on our experiences."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Brandon Coronado - 3/20/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I have recommended American Public University to every Soldier that I have come across. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. The professors are very aware of the military lifestyle and were accommodating with extensions were needed due to military training."
4.9 out of 5 stars
BA in PSYC - 3/19/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"The PROS of this program are identical to the same as every other online BA program...identical. The added bonus is the savings. In my case, it was about a 60% savings over my second choice (Adams Online University, CO). They have a much, much higher graduation rate than PHX or CTU Online. Two coworkers were in the same titled program at the same time. We are all planning to graduate now, or just graduated. The one who went to PHX had instructor issues. The one who went to our local U (classroom setting) had scheduling issues. I had a better experience than both of them. You will study and stretch. You will graduate (they have a very high graduation rate) and you will get the job. If you want to move forward in your career and actually obtain an education than this is a great option. CONS: I had no luck working through an error (my bad) when I requested that my records be transferred until I threatened to leave the school. It was a problem time I tried to register and I was blocked from taking more classes until I got hold of a full-time staff there, rather than a student-staffer. They got it resolved in 1 day. I actually broke down and cried...then canceled my transfer to PHX. ..........So..........The balance of staff have been easy and helpful. I would recommend you Google the names of your professors when you are looking to register; some of them are more rigid than others. Some are more fun! The teachers post their phone numbers. If you google their names you'll find that they typically teach at multiple traditional and online colleges. What made me giggle is that the tests are all the same, for all the online colleges! If you Google a quiz question it will pop up under 5 universities....so save your money and go to APU/AMU. If you want a degree you will get one. No one cares about the name on the sweatshirt, not anymore. Online is the way of the future for working professionals."
2.3 out of 5 stars
HM - 8/21/2015
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
"This college is the same as every other. They're not going to give you credit for classes you've taken. Especially for general education this frustrates me. IT'S GENERAL EDUCATION your classes are not special or superior. But hey I guess colleges all have to stick together on one point, ripping students off."
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