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The format of the program was excellent, and well established especially since I am an adult learner. The cost was among the lowest. In addition the university was very helpfully, and made consolidation of all the college credits I had seem almost effortless. You see I first started college in 1991, and over the years as life happened I started and stopped college several times. As a career firefighter/paramedic I had lots of training that had only been evaluated by ACE for college equivalent credit, and American Military University/American Public University Systems granted some amount of credit(s) for all that training I had taken over the years including for my National Registry Paramedic. Of course now nearly all these types of programs are conduct in conjugation with a college, or university and students receive credit upon completion of these type of field course work when it is done through an accredited public safety training academy for fire, rescue, and police. Although most of the credits I was granted, along with prior college credits I had did not fit into the degree I choose it has proved invaluable and helped me with in my interactions within a diverse community of people.
I completed my Master's degree at APUS and it was very challenging. I enjoyed the instructors and had no problem with financial aid. I would recommend this college to any one who has an extremely busy lifestyle but wants to complete a degree. Since everything is done online it is easy to complete your degree.
American Public University System is an online school with a very diverse group of instructors and students, a lot being associated with the military. Because of this, they are very understanding and work with you to ensure you can meet your goals. I was also challenged to think beyond my norms and work together with classmates to solve problems. I would recommend APUS to anyone who would prefer online schooling over traditional methods. It has allowed me to work full time, be a parent and a husband all while getting closer to my career goals.
I was completely satisfied with my experience with American Military University (part of the APUS), with exception of my final capstone thesis course. To start with, I point out that even brick & mortar schools now rely heavily on online courses, due to budget cuts. I have three college grad kids, all who attended major state universities, and all had to take up to 30% of their courses online. There was no other option, due to budget cuts. So, those shunning an online degree keep an open mind. Second, as with any school, you get out of it what you put in. AMU will not bottle feed you, but if you are a pro-active, engaged, and motivated participant student, you will do very well. All of the professors and instructors I had taught at other schools, many at big name universities (where the tuition was 2-5x as much). So, you are getting the same professors. You will also be doing A LOT of research and writing (especially at a grad level in an 8 week course). I attended undergrad brick and mortar schools, and found the online degree forum discussions were far more extensive and engaging than the physical classroom. There are sufficient tools to combat potential plagiarism, although a few cut and paste forums were obvious (and reported and dealt with). I had absolutely no problems with billing or handling my post-9/11 GI Bill payments. Books were sometimes an issue, but as I had two kids in college, I saw that is universal. Expect to utilize outside sources for grad texts. That said, three courses required no text books all the study material was research based or provided by the instructor. Several classes had lab exercises reinforcing concepts and theories and helping to break up the research paper drill. My ONLY complaint was the final thesis capstone course, due entirely to a bad luck draw of a horrible professor. Almost half the class nearly dropped the course, and all (including myself) started it with 4.0 GPAs. The first class grades were low Cs, ruing any hope of an A or final 4.0 from that point on. The prof was inconsistent, condescending, and retaliated against any student complaining or reporting her. It got so bad that the department chair had to become involved. I was ready to complete a second masters degree with AMU, but that final experience was so bad, I still cant bring myself to return. In fairness, the issue was the professor, although I believe the school could have intervened earlier to save many grades and motivate the students. Time may change my mind. Several cohorts who ended up in other capstone classes had no such problem, so I dont believe it was a school-wide issue. I question how this professor can still be employed (if she is) after so many bad student reviews. Finally, although this is a so-called for profit school (in reality, every school is), the tuition was very, very reasonable. Again, your value will be reflective of your effort.
APUS makes it easy to work towards your degree while working full time. The schedule was flexible and professors were knowleable in their field. I appreciated that the school understood not everyone has the ability to commit to normal school hours due to job / family related responsibilities.
I'm highly dissatisfied with my degree from APUS. My degree is not worth the paper it was printed on! The majority of employers expect 50 years of experience plus a degree. I can't wait until the unicorn phase of hiring starts to die out. I worked really hard to earn a degree that the majority of employers scarf at for no apparent reason.
I am not sure if an undergrad degree would be the same, but I can tell you I had to work my butt off on the MPA program. You get what you give. I worked hard and my instructors made themselves available whenever I needed them. I found the program to be excellent. I attended a bricks and mortar school for undergrad so I can make a comparison. Well worth the money.
American Public University is the best school I've ever attended. From the helpful admissions people to the great teachers and advisors. I have received valuable support and encouragement the whole time. I've been to 2 other universities, prior to APU and had both on campus experiences and hybrid courses. If you're comfortable with computers then 100% online is a great fit with APU. I have been going to this school for a little more than a year and have found no issues with the financial aid, probably because I pass my courses. The tuition is the most affordable that I've found and the grad rates seem high - have you seen the photos from the last graduation ceremony? Wow, there were a ton of people and I can't wait to go! APU even provides books for free for all undergrads. The teachers message me back within a reasonable time frame and 1 teacher even gave me their phone number! The grading scale can be challenging but I am learning so much. With all the schools I've attended you get out what you put in and there's no exception at APU. No school is perfect but in my experience APU is pretty close. For those of you who haven't joined us in the 21st century, almost every single university is online or has online components. There's not really a need for physical locations for some degrees. If you want affordable costs, flexible schedules and great support teams, APU is for you! One more note, my employer reimburses me for the courses because this school is held in such high regard. Go class of 2018!!!!!!
What an absolutely terrible school. The professors are a joke, there is no consistency in their grading, they don't respond to emails quickly and then rip you apart if your paper was incorrect. Half the time the classes start before your books are even available from the library and you have to rent them just to start your class. They fight you tooth and nail when it comes for official transcripts. I don't recommend this school to my worst enemy. I feel like I have learned absolutely nothing from the professors and I'm glad I transferred so I could actually get a real education.
APUS is FOR PROFIT, note that I do not say "college" or "university." They pay professors $7.00 a week per student (think of having a class of 3 in a graduate course), so don't expect stellar effort on their part to help you. Anyone can get into this school, just show up with a pulse and a check. Courses are an easy "A," so when you need to show your "skills" to others who have the degree from traditional schools with good reputations, don't be surprised by the stares and pity from others, as it will become evident that your courses - your lousy 5 papers and discussion threads over a 16 week period amount to a pile of beetle dung. And expect employers, if you are outside the military to say, "an online degree? who is APUS? what are their credentials?" These are not questions they need to ask of an on ground, accredited university or college. Oh yeah, and guess what, they lost a student's master's degree! No record of it, NADA, never registered to the library. So it's like I never wrote a thesis for my MA in Humanities! Shows you how great my profs thought it was - completely useless, and how much APUS did not care to even register my hard work.