American Public University System Reviews

3.54 out of 5 stars
(169 Reviews)
  • Charles Town (WV)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,880
76% of 169 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 169 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
John K - 8/21/2014
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
"American Public University System (APUS) is an accredited online university. APUS has two branches--American Public University (APU) and American Military University (AMU). However, you don't have to be affiliated with the military in order to pursue your degree at AMU, and vice versa. I am completing an MS in Accounting at APU. I learned more in an online environment than I ever did at any brick and mortar universities--which was where I received my Bachelor's degree over 15 years ago. The online format forces students to submit assignments and discussions on a weekly basis. All the courses I have taken so far at the graduate level are 8-week courses; I know they also offer a few 16-week courses. I did a lot of research prior to enrolling at APUS; the University has over 100K students enrolled; and the 8-week course format that APUS offers suits me; whereas other online colleges out there have 5-week and 6-week courses. Also, we are not required to complete team-based projects; which is great for me because it gives me control over my own grades. All the graduate courses I have taken so far require at least two research papers, following APA format. Last but not least, the tuition is very affordable; APUS does not spend money unnecessarily on expensive massive marketing, large physical campuses, or football and basketball coaches--since there aren't any. If you are considering attending college online, APUS is the way to go!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Di Kavadas - 8/13/2014
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014
"I had professors who had earned their PhDs at places like Berkeley. A couple of them affected my life in wonderful ways. The librarians are wholly devoted to the students. The quality of education was better than I thought it would be. I attended because it was more affordable, but the knowledge I acquired was worth more than the cost of education."
4.3 out of 5 stars
DL - 8/6/2014
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Natalie - 7/30/2014
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Derek - 6/27/2014
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Brian Tiefenbrun - 5/2/2014
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stephanie - 1/9/2014
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year:
"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."
2.5 out of 5 stars
meanie1012 - 12/29/2013
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/22/2013
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2013
"Tell us about your college experience.Yes, because it allowed me to do it online while working full time.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?No, because I am still passionate about the field my degree is in.What advice can you offer other students?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."
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