American Public University System Reviews

  • 175 Reviews
  • Charles Town (WV)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,880
76% of 175 students said this degree improved their career prospects
70% of 175 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Graduate Student
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2019
  • Degree: Management
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"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."
Joe Bab
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"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!"
john smith
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2019
  • Degree: Business
"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."
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2019
  • Degree: Military Science
"My first two years of college were are a local junior college and my last two years were at American Military University which is the same school as APUS but geared toward a different crowd. I received a BA and a certificate from AMU and continued my studies elsewhere. One thing I noticed is that AMU instructors are like they are everywhere else; great, good, and bad. The students all fall in the same categories as well. I had no problem finding a new career after I graduated and the legitimacy of the institution was never questioned. Everyone wants to know if it is accredited and yes it is. If I needed to I would take additional classes at AMU. Would I recommend it to others? It depends on the person. Taking online classes is different than sitting in a class room. You have to have the drive and dedication to get out of the class what you need to get out of it. For me, I would never take a math or a foreign language class online; I need the classroom presence. Hopefully my thoughts will help someone."
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2019
  • Degree: History
"I pay directly so I dont have financial side department nightmares. But note that ALL schools have those, trust me. Ive found the curriculum and instruction to be great. My only beef is with the technical infrastructure. Since the programs are geared for active military the school websites and interface are limited due to the security policies the government puts on its own service members while using them. As a software guy, I can subjectively say the interface and design of the school applications are horrid. Its taken me moths to figure out how to get from A to B, sometimes multiple logins are required due to their inefficient design(s). It can be incredibly frustrating. I use Word and other 3rd party apps to write papers, etc and then cut and paste. I cant risk losing work which has happened. As a few others have stated, be cautious of transfer credits as well. Ironically they gave me so many military experience units that I reached my 45 transferable limit; thus some relevant courses could not fulfill important requirements because I had too many units for physical education and hygiene from the military (literally). Id recommend the school for the education but if you want quality in ADDITION to ease of use Id look elsewhere."
Courtney Johnson
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
"The university was extremely accommodating to my busy military schedule. Through constant mentoring and communication, this university ensures that their students are receiving what they need to graduate. Distance education does present many obstacles. Specifically, for people that have been out of school for a relatively long time, online education requires a great deal of prioritizing. As a single parent and an active duty member, I found this particularly challenging. On a more positive note, my instructors were very understanding of my circumstances. Completing my bachelors degree with American Public University began my pursuit of higher education. This university was the second online program that I tried. By far, American Public University was extremely motivated to ensure that I graduated. My counselor called at the start of my class sessions just to check in. The instructors also provided great feedback and were available as needed. In addition to returning emails promptly, the instructors were also amenable to phone calls. In fact, during one class I was having a difficult time. My instructor spoke with me on the phone for nearly an hour. He worked tirelessly to assist me in understanding statistics concepts. That conversation assisted me in developing a better understanding the concepts that we discussed in the class. The online classroom was one of the few challenges. The organization of the online classroom often appeared to be jumbled and difficult to navigate. It was not impossible to navigate, it was just somewhat difficult at times. I would recommend this program to anyone that is eager and motivated about completing their degree."
So far so great
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"Overall this school is great! I have nothing but great things to say about this school so far. Instructors grade assignments pretty quick and they give feedback that is thorough. I can honestly say that I made a great choice by enrolling at this school."
Alex S
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2019
  • Degree: Management
"I cannot in good conscious recommend this school. The MBA program simply is sub-par. Worse, I recently found out at graduation that all of my professors taught 6 classes at one time. My favorite professor told me that FT faculty on average teach 450 students a year. This is WHY their MBA program is so crappy. The instructors don't have time to interact because the school works them to death! I should have enrolled at a non-profit like NYIT or Empire State. Both have online programs where you actually learn something. My problem was I was too far in to withdraw. You can get a similar tuition at many nonprofit schools where faculty are given the ability to actually teach you something. I'm ashamed I helped to support an institution that has so little disregard for its teachers. If you want a piece of paper that says you graduated I guess you can consider this place. But if you care about your education and the teachers who offer it, look elsewhere. Be sure to check out the reviews on Glassdoor too - shameful."
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"This is a amazing University, I don't know how I would have made it this far without AMU. I have had a great time throughout my studies at this University. I have truly learned a lot throughout my course work and studies. I had no issues with the financial aid office. I have had one class that I felt the instructor was not reasonable, however, I made it through the course and I also had one science course which I found to be a bit too much for a introduction course. Before the end of this year I will be down to my ten last courses. I also use army TA and I haven't had any issues with them processing my TA payments. I highly recommend AMU/APUS to anyone seeking to complete their degree, it's definitely a university for working adults. It is not a degree mil and you will be required to earn your degree."
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"If you're looking to earn a piece of paper without any real education this is the place for you! I honestly didn't learn anything from this university as every assignment consists of writing assignments that are often not aligned with the text provided. Most professors don't even read the papers but instead rely on turnitin reports that check for similarity/plagiarism in order to do grading. Other professors simply throw a grade out there whether your work is good or bad. Many of the professors do not seem like educators at all and rely on a copy and paste method for instruction. Overall, you go through the motions and wait until your graduation date to receive your piece of paper. It's comparable to a diploma mill with the exception of writing your own papers, unless you copy from others which happens because there are open forums for everyone to view prior to submitting their work."
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
"I had no problems with financial aid. I found them all very helpful and knowledgeable. I love the user friendly classroom page. The professors are excellent and very accomplished. Their tuition rate is lower than average. I would highly recommend this college. They have many areas of study and the IT department is great. Very happy with APUS and a. Looking forward to getting my BS in Public Health."
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2019
  • Degree: Human Services
"I found this school because of my husband. I had heard they take a lot of transfer credits...I had a ton. They took quite a few. Classes are only around $800 each and so worth it. I highly recommend this school. Courses were only 8 weeks. That was a bog plus. Instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly. Lots of interaction and quick responses when you need help."
Rev. Troy Denson
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2019
  • Degree: Education Administration
"The M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision at APUS was very detailed and specific to my needs. The instructors were all experienced administrators and former teachers. Also, the instructors were ethnically and culturally diverse from diverse settings. I appreciated the easy accessibility of all of my instructors, and the willingness of my instructors to accommodate my working needs and offered flexibility in my submissions of assignments in accordance to my work and school schedules. Although the courses were rigorous, they provided multiple opportunities and facets for learning leadership concepts necessary for my fluency in mybstates educational and leadership standards in education."
current student
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I first started with AMU back in 2009 while in Iraq. AMU was recommended to my by a counselor. This college has been great. I never had any problems with financial aid or the teachers. Sometimes the teacher do not get the grading accomplished on time but that really isn't an issue. I am currently working on my Masters. My significant other has received her Masters and Bachelors from APU. She has nothing but good things to say about the school as well. The only areas that I would give APU/AMU 3 stars or less on is the career services and major/minor prepared me for my career. The little that I have used career services was not the great experience. I submitted my resume for review. Got resume back stating that this needed to be reviewed but no further guidance was given. The other is major/minor preparing me for career. I am not working in the criminal justice field so my degree was pointless."
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2019
  • Degree: Human Services
"Overall I had a great experience at AMU! The courses are great for someone that has a busy lifestyle. Also, this school is accredited which was one of the major reasons why I chose it in the first place. I have no regrets and would do it all over again if I had to."
American Public U Dishonesty
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2019
  • Degree: Management
"Like many people I read the reviews here, and thought "That won't happen to me." But I was wrong. The school misled me about the financial aid amount I would recieve, I frequently had issues loggin in. One time my work "dissappeared". Then the monies I was expecting as a refund did not arrive the day I was promised, instead it happened another day. I felt that there was dishonesty from the very beginning. The academic programs are excellent, but their financial aid, and other departments stink!"
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2019
  • Degree: Military Science
"Having done an undergraduate degree with AMU, I was excited to see they had created a PhD program in Strategic Intelligence and I applied in mid-2018. I paid the application fee, submitted everything required, and sent my requests for three recommendation letters and that's where I ran into issues. I sent the requests and they were all completed within one week and submitted. The program was supposed to begin in October 2018 so I have plenty of time and waited for the program to open so I could begin (having already arranged VA funding and prepared to pay the rest of the tens-of-thousands of dollars of tuition. After a month or so of not hearing back, I wrote and asked what was happening and learned that AMU had not received the letters. Surprised as I was told they had all been submitted, I reached back out to my recommenders and was informed they had all indeed been submitted. I wrote back to AMU and asked and finally got told they would have to be submitted again. Somewhat embarrassed and already questioning the amount of money I would spend on this place, I nonetheless asked for them to be done again and asked for three more letters to be submitted. Two of these new letters I actually watched be submitted as they were from PhD-holding coworkers who discussed the process with me. After another month, having now missed the program start and being told to wait until the next course in January 2019, I asked again the status of the letters. No response. Some time later, having presumed the course was not going to work and now confident the program was a sham, I got an email telling me the March 2019 course would be closed if the letters weren't submitted soon. I wrote back and told them with gusto that these had been submitted multiple times and there must be an issue with the system. I also explained I was becoming suspicious of the university for not having an ability to fix their portal and openly wondered about the process of doing a multiple-year program with them if such a simple task was so difficult. And they immediately helped me out and it was fixed! (just kidding). I got told in essentially a form letter that all my emails came in, that I could archive my application and just lose the application money or ask for the letters again. There was no way that I would ask again as the recommenders are pretty important people with busy schedules and they don't have time to continually submit letters for me, so I explained that in a nice way, noted I was going to end up withdrawing my application (losing $150 or so) and complete some reviews of the school to protect others from this and, I guess not surprisingly, they didn't care at all. They just replied and said "okay, we've archived your application." So, if you're still interested in their graduate programs, I'd highly recommend you look at schools like UMUC as I've already wasted six months and lost enough money to realize AMU is making more than enough from other Soldiers and civilians to really care too much about you."
Jessica bentz
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"This college was very disappointing. I took online schooling, the teachers were fine but financial aid messed up. I had an outside scholarship applied and some how financial aid managed to make it so my payment showed up that I didn't pay anything. I am now waiting to see if I have to drop my classes and be charged because it is happening so late in the semester all because they messed up."
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2019
  • Degree: Legal Studies
"I have read a lot of bad reviews and and think that they are just complaining because students now expect their hands to be held. If you cannot manage your time and do ALL the required reading materials on your own, then go to a community college or an actual classroom. The professors are there to guide you through the course not to give you the answers. What purpose would an education be if not taught how to do one's own research. Honestly, everything you need to learn is in the text book and the course resources and lessons. APUS library also has a vast amount of research articles and options. They even provide Lexus Nexus for free which I used while I worked for the City Attorney's Office. APUS and online school teaches you to be independent and to do your own research rather than relying on a professional's word of mouth. I am now working for the State in the financial field working on my second master's degree from APUS: my MBA in Accounting."