American Public University System Reviews

  • 177 Reviews
  • Charles Town (WV)
  • Annual Tuition: $7,324
76% of 177 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 177 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 8/7/2022
  • Degree: Supply Chain Management
"This school is not for everyone. You will have to research and write a lot of papers on various subjects while attending. The papers are going to be lengthy. You as a student have to be self motivated to accomplish your tasks in order to reach your goal. No one is going to hold your hand while you are in attendance of this learning institution. The classes are condensed down to 8 week classes, and not the standard 12 or 16 weeks that many brick and mortar schools offer. You have to absorb a lot of information in a short amount of time. I just graduated with a BA in Transportation and Logistics Management. I feel that my time at APU has prepared me for the real world. What it didn't prepare me for I can learn on the job. I can walk away knowing that I now know more than I did before I attended and earned my degree. I have spoken to multiple colleges since graduating looking to transfer. All but one would accept my credentials. So the credits are transferable to other universities, like Arizona State University and Liberty University. They did have their own prerequisites for admission, and you must meet them. Now for the flip side of the coin. Outside of the classroom the customer service that I received and still receive is quality. Many of the instructors take almost a week to answer a question, if they respond at all. This is not APUS specific. My wife attends a well known brick and mortar and gets the same treatment from some of her professors as well. I didn't use financial aid so I cannot comment on how they operate. Some of the material that I read from was outdated. They could use some of their profits to update the material. There are some professors that are bias, and they don't hide it. Their library is vast, but some of the material used for references they ask you to pay for. With everything said, I am staying with this school for my Master's degree in Supply Chain Management. Yes their business degrees are accredited as well."
Nathanael Young
  • Reviewed: 6/12/2022
  • Degree: Management
"I absolutely love this University and highly recommend them to any and everyone. I recently finished up my BA in Management from them and I can honestly say it has had a profound impact on my earning ability. Especially now that I'm transitioning out of the military in to a 80k position because of it. I've been to a number of colleges (4) and I can say beyond a doubt this is the best one. There is no gimmicks or money grabs, just the meat and potatoes of going to school. No drama, all you do is go to class on YOUR TIME, do your assignments on deadline and live your best life. As an active duty sailor it completely meet my needs and enabled to complete my degree quickly with no BS."
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2022
  • Degree: Management
"APUS is a great institution for individuals who either prefer online learning or are unable to attend in-person classes. The undergrad programs are regionally accredited and the college course credits should be accepted at any likewise accredited university, whether transferring schools or applying for grad school. This is particularly a good option for individuals interested in pursuing post-graduate education. As with many online learning environments, the level and quality of education you receive at APUS is positively correlated to the effort you put forth. I can personally attest to the fact that my undergraduate degree from APUS contributed my later acceptance at an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school."
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2022
  • Degree: Business
"I attended a well-respected college in Texas prior to joining the military. After about two years in the military, I decided to enroll in AMU and finish my Bachelor's degree. The online instruction was literally the same as the hybrid courses I did at a state-funded school, if not better. This school is accredited (regionally) and quite honestly, that's the most important aspect. I would say they are probably the leaders in catering to distance education for the military, first responders, government employees, etc. Honestly can't complain."
Jenny Ellen
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2022
  • Degree: Business
"Low cost college with accreditation! If you are an adult, returning student this school is a no brainer choice. I looked for years and had trouble finding a program I could afford. They helped me sign up for federal Pell grants and student loans as needed. I am so grateful I will be graduating next year with my Bachelors in Business. You can't even get your job application looked at these days without a degree. Doors are opening thanks to this school! A few tips. For online students make sure you do rate my professor before you take a class. My first semester I had a bad teacher, and almost gave up on this school. Sadly not all the teachers here are good. If you pick a class and go through the sign up steps they list who is teaching. Rate my professor has been a life saver. I have been able to get all the good teachers since then. Also testing here is much better than some colleges. Many classes allow you to use your course materials when testing. I have a friend at a local university who is doing online testing. They do eye tracking. If you look away for too long they review or reject your test! None of that crap happens here. It's a very relaxed environment. My oldest child is about to go to college. After looking at costs for local major universities I am shocked at the cost! If your worried about status then be my guest and dig your financial hole at another university. This school as great ratings on Niche. It's not that bad here. Good luck, checking out reviews is you first step in the decision making process. Your on your way to a better future!"
  • Reviewed: 12/2/2021
  • Degree: Homeland Security
"+Overall very satisfied with instructors and flexibility - Very DISSATISFIED with Diploma which indicates a single degree, and DOES NOT indicate TWO degrees or even a DUAL degree. - Tried to remedy the situation through phone calls and emails to APUS...after 6 months, still no response. - I continue to receive high volume of sales spam from APUS and affiliated businesses. RECOMMENDATION: Find an honest program. I cannot recommend a school that markets DUAL degrees, charges for two degrees, and only awards ONE."
Ex student
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"I do NOT recommend this University. There is no Dean really, so teachers do what they want. If you need to change the class for a mediocre teacher as Prof Curtin, you have to pay the full $$ again or withdraw, no help. If you are not in the military or spouse, they will not take you seriously. Look for more quality, this place is a jocke."
  • Reviewed: 10/3/2021
  • Degree: Astronomy
"Hello everyone I just started APU (online) august 2, 2021 so I’m very new to this college. I’m getting my bachelors degree in astronomy so far everything been good so I can’t really give a full opinion. The only thing I did notice is that professors does take weeks to respond to students but when we submit our work they give us a failing grade I will say I understand professors are busy but us students do need help understanding the instructions because most assignments it’s almost paragraphs full of instructions and it’s easy to get lost. If you have any questions comment below and I will gladly respond."
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2021
  • Degree: Homeland Security
"Reading other reviews and I never realized how hard I really did work at my degree. I always thought that maybe it was too easy but everyone talks how rigorous it was at APUS. Maybe I am just giving myself the short end of the stick and I deserve the degree I did work hard to get. I enjoyed the online platform. I never had trouble in my classes and when I discovered a student was copying my work along with others’ the professor addressed it immediately to try and get it to stop. I was able to attend APUS through a marriage, divorce, and two pregnancies and newborns, and also working. I even moved twice during attendance. Life gets busy and may upset plans, but it doesn’t have to get in the way of getting a degree. When I graduated I told myself I wouldn’t do any more. Well, here I am enrolling in APUS again for a graduate degree six years later."
Chris M
  • Reviewed: 7/28/2021
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"I have read quite a few of negative reviews regarding AMU. Unless things have changed since 2013, AMU was a pretty great school for military and was very accepting to active duty military life. My BS degree got me into a MS program at UF which was very rigorous to say the least. I am currently in a PhD program at UF, landed a GS-12 position as my first job outside of the military, and tutor undergraduates. It all started with AMU."
Ryan Tanner
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2021
  • Degree: Entrepreneurship
"Attended while on AD years ago and it was great. Now in retirement using my MGI Bill Benefits, have found it to be a Cesspool of Contracted Instructors who teach by canned responses collecting a paycheck. I will be dropping and going elsewhere... Now"
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2021
  • Degree: English
"An undergraduate degree is the bare minimum in today's marketplace. Even store managers in retail and restaurants have four year degrees these days. I came to APUS for an MA but discovered that my undergraduate was from a now-defunct college which was not nationally or regionally accredited. That meant that I had to transfer my accredited AA credits over and redo my junior and senior years. I managed a full-time course load with a full-time job. I periodically thought about quitting or slowing down but I stayed motivated and it paid off. I now have a regionally accredited undergraduate degree and have enrolled in a graduate program at APUS. I had a good classroom experience. Most students were there to do the bare minimum to pass. But I was able to connect with others like me who wanted to do a good job and get an A. That requires work but it can be done. Many of my instructors had a PhD and almost all had been teaching in online and traditional universities for many years. You have to teach yourself but all the resources are provided to you in the classroom. All books are included so you can save quite a bit at APUS. The tuition is more affordable than other popular online universities. The school is regionally accredited by HLC so you can use your degree to get a job that requires one (corporate, commissioned officer, federal agent, state game warden, etc.). I had a very positive experience and I hope that others can enroll, do the work, get their degree, and move on with the rest of their lives. Good luck!"
Samantha Rose ONeal
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2021
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"There doesn't seem to be anywhere I can find a place on their website to make a suggestion and there is no contact email available. The thing I struggle most with this school is how they have their due dates set up. Class weeks start on Mondays and end on Sundays at 11:55 pm. Our discussion post over our weekly material is due by Thursday. That means we have only four workdays to read all of our material. It would be much more beneficial to all of us I believe if we were given the opportunity to have the whole week to go to read through our reading material. For example week one we have an introduction discussion and maybe a small read with our reading assignment for the next weeks discussion. Week 2 On Monday we post our discussion over what we were supposed to read. I believe most of us go to online college because we have pre existing obligations, such as work or child care. It is a little ridiculous that week are expected to read eight chapters in four days. As it is when I get home I can not spend any time with my child because I am having to rush read the assignment. I strongly urge this school to re-evaluate the procedure. This school also offers no scholorships or grants or at least that is what the fincail aid office told me."
Not for me
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2020
  • Degree: Mathematics
"Condescending “teachers” that seem to have little to no idea on how to accomplish or explain tasks outside of what is written in the text. Terrible online class set-up and when you have problems or find glaring errors in a quiz or test they complain that they did not author the course so not their fault. One course instructor had to pull two quizzes due to incomplete or incorrect answers to the problems then took three weeks to fix all the problems, quizzes still had errors. Eight week classes do not allow time for huge mistakes like this, was expected to finish 3 quizzes and the final exam in the last week, all assignments still had errors. Complaints were brought to the Academic Appeal office which took 48 days to deal with the problems though it was supposed to be addressed within 30 days. DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR GI BILL, THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT GETTING PAID AND NOT THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION."
Kelly M.
  • Reviewed: 8/14/2020
  • Degree: Biology
"I was meandering away in life, trying to figure out what to do, when one day I dallied around on the computer and entered some information for a degree. This college popped up with some fancy pictures of military people in uniform doing cool stuff like space program. I was like, totally not fascinated, and just sort of forgot about them. Then they emailed me and said, "Congratulations! You've been accepted....and yada yada." I was still not hooked. I filled out a few easy forms, requested my high school transcript and a few college credits, and BOOM, they wanted me to sign up for classes. Being the kind of leaf that will generally fall where the wind lands, I filled out my fafsa as quickly as possible and then tried a class. Then came the work. Let me tell you, they will take any bum off the street and give them a degree. But they have to earn it. And it wasn't easy. I got a Bachelors in Biology, and had to take some of the hardest courses of my life. It all seemed to revolve around math, which I hated, and yet excelled at it anyway. The teachers were very nice, and very good (except for one, my Philosophy of Science teacher who was a real prick and sent me unprofessional nasty emails. I withdrew from his class late and demanded my money back, and I got it.) Now when I say the teacher were good, what I mean is, they are educated, fair graders, will answer your letters, and will give you plenty of freedom to sink or swim. They won't hold your hand, won't lecture, and won't be mean to you. They expect you to follow the rules set, and if you do that, you'll be fine. They will usually give you second chances if you get the assignments wrong. The longer the courses went on, the more work was involved, and you had to cater to the individual opinions of what qualified as "good" for each teacher. Some were easier than others. Now as for the customer service, I expected nothing great, but they surpassed my expectations. Everytime I called, and I did call often, they picked up right away, was thorougly knowledgable (sp?) in their field, and didn't try to tell me something they didn't know. They had patience. They were smart. They didn't want to rush me off the phone because they were too busy. They wanted to make things right. Even during my fits, my complaints, my impatience, my polite days, they treated me the same. They helped me in every possible way they could. I got 3.76 GPA at the end. I was on the Dean's list twice. I somehow aced all my math classes, like calculus 2 and statistics. Believe me, I'm not sure I could really do that twice. I'd rather get hit by a train than go through physics again. Their used of technology is terrible. I had classes that didn't have the proper instructions for the map program GIS I was using in class. The textbook was completely unclear and confusing, so much so that many students complained. My physics box was missing items that was needed for the required experiments. Some experiments made absolutely no sense, and many students complained about this. Some tests that required a multiple choice answer had no multiple choice listed, and I had to be credited for my answers. The books are outdated at least 5 years. The library isn't as sophisticated as wikipedia or google, yet they won't let you reference wikipedia at all. Their plagarism makes no sense at times. They use turnitin, which isn't always very accurate, and if you manage to repeat like one sentence that was repeated somewhere else, that you never heard of, even a common one, they will write you up for plagarism (or the first time is a warning). The value was the best ever. They make the tuition fair and affordable to match reasonable living expenses while you are in school, so you don't have to work while getting a full time degree. The financial aid people are very good, and can tell you precisely when you will be credited, how much, and you will not have any hiccups. I have been to other schools. I know what they are like. Many schools hire students who have no real experience doing this. This school, AMU, only hires professionals. The teacher was a prick to me? I never saw his name listed again in any classes afterwards. The beauty of this school is that they lure you in with an easy cheap degree that you think anyone with a brain can get through. But it's just a way to give you a chance to fail at your own leisure. I chose at some point during my classes that I wanted to do well. I wouldn't settle for a B, much less a C. I ended up with almost all A's. Yes, this school is super easy to get in. It's actually not hard to get an A. At first the classes seemed ridiculously easy to pass, with easy assignments, forums, and some reading, and an exciting idea that you can get a degree. But try that for four years. It eventually becomes tedious, mind-numbingly boring, frustrating, and believe it or not, things in life can happen to you that you never expected, and yet you are expected to muddle through somehow. It's not that the classes are impossible to pass, but it's not easy to get an A in many of them. And during your four years, you will encounter unexpected stress. This is the true test of your tenacity. The true measure of who you really are. Will you sink or swim?"
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2020
  • Degree: Human Services
"For the most part I enjoyed online learning and this Institution. I have recommended American Public University to others. Most of the teachers/professors were engaging and interactive. They gave valuable feedback on papers and within the forums. Some were willing to go out of their way to help increase understanding. The piece I had a difficult time was when students would not respond to forums until Saturday or Sunday not giving time for others to interact. They missed out on additional learning and interaction. I also felt that many of the core classes had much of the same content. I felt like I was writing the same paper many times over and trying not to plagiarize myself. There are many other critical content areas that should have been covered in these classes. All of this said, I for the most part enjoyed the courses."
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"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!"
Edward Parsons
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2019
  • Degree: Military Science
"AMU is very military friendly. The professors take the time to endure that learning has taken place. It is worth your time to engage with the professors to ensure that syllabus intent is achieved. The intelligence field completely respects a degree in intelligence from AMU, and the completion of any degree will serve you well for an advanced degree from more well-known universities."
Amy Steigerwald
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
"I chose to attend American Public University because I graduated high-school two years early and this was an online program that I did not have to leave home for. Reflecting on my time at APUS after I graduated there were several things that I really liked, and I will list them below in no specific order. 1. The classes were usually only 8 weeks long. Some are 16 weeks, but they are generally more difficult classes as well, so having more time is nice. Having 8-week classes may seem like a lot, but one major bonus to them only being 8 weeks is you can take less classes at a time and still maintain the amount of credits you need for financial aid. 2. Almost all my professors were amazing. They were easy to get in contact with no matter where they were in the world or the time difference. They also understood that sometimes, life happens. This college is used by many working adults as well as military personnel, so the professor know how it is with working or deployments. 3. It is a work at your own pace program with deadlines. Let me explain, you have stuff that might be due Wednesday or Sunday (usually the two days), however you do not have a scheduled amount of time that you need to spend in classroom. So, if you do all of your work offline and then upload it, that is totally okay! It really gives you the freedom to keep your schedule that you are used to and work around it. 4. Overall, I really recommend this school to anyone who is looking for an online program."