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

1.7 out of 5 stars
Nichole - 11/24/2019
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2020
"I wanted to like this university, I really did. But, I felt like I never learned anything. I put in the work, read the assignments and the minuscule lessons supposedly made by the instructors. I wrote and wrote and wrote my heart out. In the end, I learned very little. The instructors are kind, but don't offer much for instruction. Everything is student-led. The forums are a joke. The instructions for assignments are vague and even following the grading rubric does not guarantee a good grade. It's almost like the instructors want you to read their minds, given they aren't offering much in their "classrooms". The worst class I took was an anthropology course where the instructor provided links to information about "Indiana Jones" every week, and the lessons took me less than five minutes to read. What a joke that was. I didn't learn much in that course at all. I am transferring, but not a single course I have taken will transfer. I pretty much have to start over. At this point, I am certain I will learn more in a real university anyway. If all you're after is a piece of paper that says you earned a degree, then I guess it's not so bad. But, for people like me, really interested in learning, please go elsewhere."
2.3 out of 5 stars
APU Grad - 11/12/2019
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2019
"I would say APUS is a mediocre school at best. I had several issues while attending that makes me wish I went somewhere else. I know several people have commented on the financial aid at APUS, but luckily I didn't have the same issues. I do think they nickle and dime their students, especially as you get closer to graduation. It costs $100 to graduate, and $20 for offical paper transcripts to be sent. Of the two years I spent at APUS to complete my degree, I had only two or three classes that I really enjoyed and learned something. Every other class assignments were just things to check off the list. My worst experience was with the advising. During my program, I was notified that the degree requirements had changed, and I would have to take much harder (and more expensive) version. I should have been grandfathered in, but that was not the case. When I only had 5 more classes before graduation, I developed a plan of what classes I would take to graduate. When I made an appointment with the advisor, she couldn't confirm if this plan would work. She said they didn't know what courses were going to be offered more than 3 months in advance. Luckily everything worked out and my plan worked. The last frustrating part was while I was in my capstone class, my "advisor" contacted me to let me know that registration was open soon for the next semester. I am glad that I did not pursue a career in what my degree is in. I would not have felt prepared to do anything in the field in the real world. I would not advise any of my friends or family members to attend this school."
3.2 out of 5 stars
Shakira - 11/1/2019
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2021
"Oh My God!!!!!! The Financial Aid Department is a joke! It's such a hassle to deal with them. So far I've lost 2 semester trying to solve every financial aid inconvenience that it's presented to me every single time I think I'm done. All of these because of miscommunication withing the Financial Aid department staff and perhaps because many of them don't know what they are doing. One person says something and then another person contradicts the other one and it's just a pain in the @$$. I am so ready to just finish but I always get behind because of the financial aid department."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Mindy Luffman - 9/24/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2022
"My review of the financial aid department... Can you tell me what exactly am I missing? How do I fix it? Give me instructions besides just saying items are missing. I am looking elsewhere, I am starting to get an idea of all the bad reviews. I'm going in circles to figure out the financial aid and not getting no real help from this financial aid department. As if going back to school wasn't stressful enough!"
1.9 out of 5 stars
J - 9/6/2019
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2020
"Nothing good had come from this school. I was lied to from the beginning when I started my graduate program. I was originally told that I will be able to overlap my final class (the capstone) with my other classes. I was allowed to do so in my undergraduate degree. When I went to request the lock be lifted, I was then told that it would be too difficult and that I need to finish all other courses before I am allowed access to the capstone. My gpa is at a near perfect score after doing 10 classes in six months. Now that I have started my last two classes they will still not allow me to over lap the final course. In addition, they randomly changed the length of the final capstone course from eight to sixteen weeks without notice. On top of all that, I was not allowed to make the Dean’s list (only wanted it for my resume) because the 10 courses I did complete were in one semester, not two. If you plan on attending this school, DON’T! They do not care about student success or academic achievement. There only concern are asinine policies."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anthony - 7/26/2019
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2020
"I needed to take an individual course at APUS, to expedite my graduation date, as I study my master at another University. Enrolling at APUS is something I regret. It has caused me a significant amount of stress. There is no support from the so called 'professor'. She copies and pastes dozens of questions directly from the book, with huge amount of individual work and crazy deadlines. By about one-quarter of the way through the course, I just wanted the course over with. Terrible experience."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Graduate Student - 7/21/2019
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2020
"Excellent. Since it is online, you should expect interaction throughout the week. I have learned a great deal of practical information that will enhance any workplace. There is a great deal of research, and creating hypotheses but not as much as I was prepared for, or expected. Superb education for the price. Financial aid is great- No issues. And instructors provided prompt feedback."
1.0 out of 5 stars
squimmy - 7/15/2019
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2019
"Honestly this is the biggest joke. Im a recent high school graduate and I just wanted to get some of my general classes out of the way before I transferred to a regular university. I got basically no aid, but I did finish my 2 year program in 10 months. I didnt learn ANYTHING. They assign lessons and text to read, but when you go to do the assignment, its about something else entirely. The assignments are taken from other teachers and all forums, tests, quizzes, and essays can be found with a simple google search. If you enroll at APU, get ready to write essays all day long. They dont care about content as long as you dont have punctuation errors. Really, if you want a useful education, go elsewhere. If youre like me and you just want a piece of paper, Godspeed. I wish you luck."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Joe Bab - 7/9/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Avoid this school! I am enrolled and was told that I could overlap a capstone final course with my other classes if I maintain a certain GPA. When I went to enroll in the final course I was denied simply because of a flawed school code. I have maintained a 3.9 gpa. Now that I am finally able to register for the capstone, they are changing to the length of the course with a months notice. The beauty of the school program was the short 8 week courses. Now because I couldnt overlap my course I have to take one course that will last for 16 weeks. Save yourself some stress and avoid this school!"
1.1 out of 5 stars
john smith - 6/26/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014
"Do not expect to get quality education or professor engagement. Expect to do nothing but write boring forum posts, and papers. The only real requirement for either of these items is that they use academic resource; which in a normal university would be easily available. Not the case with AMU. Their digital library lacks in a lot of ways. Most importantly that you can not find current books on business related topics, such as leadership. As an exercise I tried to find 25 of the top leadership books in AMU library. I had one result the came close, and it was an article of an author of one of the books being interviewed. If you are looking for a piece of paper and some additional letters after your name on the cheap, AMU is for you."
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