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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.
The greatest issue I had with APUS is that (as another has mentioned in a review) course material is recycled, so in the courses that administer regular tests as assignments, answer keys are practically a click away. That is mostly true for general education courses; at least in the English program, classes focus heavily on student writing. What students produce is submitted through a plagiarism checker that is incredibly thorough. It is, thus, not "easy," in the sense that you cannot cheat your way through. The exam for testing out of the program is also proctored. That said, after graduation, I enrolled in a M.Ed. program (with 6-12 teaching certification) at a state college and the credit evaluation concluded in a near-perfect equivalency to their undergraduate program. That is, the majority of my credits were accepted, and I was only lacking six hours (two classes) of undergraduate study in satisfying graduate school admissions. The curricula at APUS is, in that regard, not sub-par. The online format is a different beast, though. The classes are reliant on a lot of writing and workshops in some courses. It is almost entirely self-guided instruction with, often, minimal instructor intervention, but different instructors give different levels of attention to the virtual classrooms. During the course of the English program, I encountered several who were very involved, some who contributed very little but were easy to contact for help, a few who were available only long enough to post grades, one who completely overlooked the class until the last week, and one instructor who became absent after the first week. Otherwise, I have found the levels of difficulty and support to be very similar to those in a traditional campus environment. Advising is a little "hit and miss." I was assigned two advisers during the program. The first was very helpful and constantly checking up, while the second took days to respond and forwarded questions to other departments. Again, the experience was not very different from that of the state college.
The college was great at the beginning but over three quarters the way through and on three Honors Societies due to hard work, I came down with medical issues. Tried to contact my student advisor with no success. Tried to contact the college about my issue but the responded in a way that did not make any sense. I'm getting no support and my hopes and hard work is going down the drain. I can not recommend AMU to anyone.
Do not attend this school for the Electrical Engineering program. The school kept going on about how they are applying for ABET accreditation but leaves students completely in the dark with matters regarding it. They will most likely never get it. Majority of the EE courses will NOT transfer to other ABET institution. Some used to be accepted, and many have begun to change their stance lately. All STEM related class exams are cut and paste questions that are re-used. No test is proctored. If you are a student with integrity and put effort into the class, I am sorry to say most of your peers probably searched for exam answers off google and passed. The only reason you would want to attend this school is if you want to obtain a commission for the military, which scares the hell out of me.