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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.
I am overall happy with my experience with APUS. I enjoyed that I was able to do everything online and not have to walk into a classroom. It was much easier on my family this way.
Is AMU worth it? I hear this question more than I’d like to admit. Being active duty Air Force, I constantly get questions from coworkers asking me “Which school is good?” Truthfully, it depends on what that person is aspiring to do/wants from an education. Personally, I find the English program at AMU to be respectable, but could be better. All the classes I’ve taken from the school have challenged me in some way or another. Depending on the courses (obviously the higher 300-400 level courses give more work) you will find yourself logging in about three to four times a week with an average of two hours of work (if you strive to have a 4.0). Coming from a 3.8 GPA student, I’ve always strived to have the best grades possible; sometimes though, teachers make it impossible. A majority of the teachers I have had class with have been phenomenal, respectful and accommodating in every way. There have been a few classes where the teachers had little to no interaction with the class whatsoever. Literally, they would post a generic “about me” week one forum post and that would be it. The rest of the weekly posts were nonspecific and standard at best, they had obviously been copied and were given little to no insight into what they were posting. To me, this was one of the more frustrating incidences I have seen at this school. As far as financial services, I have nothing but great things to say about AMU. Being military, all I had to do was submit my TA forms for approval. Once approved, it took about 48 hours (if not less) for AMU to approve them and my class to be fully paid and books shipped. In my honest opinion, the school is definitely one of the better schools online schools to attend, especially since they are regionally accredited and military friendly. I constantly hear horror stories from other coworkers describing Grand Canyon University or Ashford University and their programs or classes not shipping books, or accepting TA payments in time, etc. Again, I have never had this problem with AMU. In summary, if you’re looking for a great online accredited school with vast majors to choose from; AMU works. Some of your courses may not have the best instructors that truly care for your education or workloads that rightly make you feel compelled to learn, but the teachers and courses that you do have that do teach wonderfully, is a phenomenal experience.
I am currently attending AMU (a sub-school of APUS for the Military). I have had both good and bad experiences with the instructors. Like any college, you will have the good ones, the bad ones, and the great ones. I haven't really had any great instructors but I would say that through 80+ credit hours at this school I have only had two bad instructors. The content is very relevant and has helped me progress in my understanding of psychology. I am not the best applicant for a masters program but I am competitive and feel as though I will be successful with the education I have received. Price, it's a little on the steep side at $250 an hour plus a technology fee, if you have financial aid, it's workable. If you are a self starter and like fast paced classes, this school is a great choice. If you need constant teacher-student interaction, avoid this school, you will not be successful. This school follows a week by week curriculum so it's not really a self paced school because of deadlines. However, if you can spare 2-3 nights a week, you can be a full time student at APUS. I recommend them to self-motivated people who want to complete their degree. If you are not passionate, like any school, you won't make it.
This has been an outstanding school to attend. The professors are wonderful and will work with to get your goals accomplished. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for an online college.
I have had financial issues non stop since starting. Now they are telling me that I have to owe money to them that they sent back to dept of education from prior semester because they made a mistake and accepted to much money. Now since my financial aid was already 3 months late and I had late payments to pay, they are telling me to use the money I paid off my bills from to pay them back. This school is ridiculous.
Yes, because it allowed me to do it online while working full time.
No, because I am still passionate about the field my degree is in.
If you want to go into a computer related field, make sure it has a lot of programming in it. Computer programming and understanding programming is very important.