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I needed a school where I could attend online & get a degree. I went to a brick & mortar school, but had to change school due to life obligation. I discovered APUS & was able to finish my degree in a timely manner. This school is great if you just want a degree & that's it! You won't learn anything. It really depends on the student & how much time you are willing to put in. Personally, this school provided me the tools to get my degree with good grades. It allowed me to restart me GPA for grad school & apply for jobs. However, the structure of the school if very minimal, You definetely get what you pay for! Most courses are structured through weekly forums, couple midterms & exams, papers, & HW. There are no video lectures. You might get lucky & have a professor make you watch a video from Youtube, which you can do for free! There is a lot of reading in most courses. Some professors provide you with slides to view the lecture. There is also weekly lectures written by the professors. The professors respond to messages very minimally. Almost like they don't take the time to help out students personally. Throughout, my experience I would ask professors for specific questions, error, or assistance on HW or the exams. Neither of them responded back! Majority would say that they will look into it but after that, nothing! So I just let it go since I would get good grades anyway. I personally never had any issues with financial aid or any representatives I spoke to on the phone. Most were actually very nice & helpful! The school has good customer service in my opinion. So they get a big plus for that! I have been to many schools & this was hands down the best customer service I have received. I have spoken so many on the phone & sometimes hours. It's like they are my friends. Overall, if you want to actually learn, go to a different school. There are much better options out there! If you just want a piece of paper, this school is your best bet. I thought about coming back for graduate school, but I decided to look elsewhere. The platform is clean & organized. But I have been to much better online school than this that made learning more better & funner.
I started this school and degree program two years ago, right as I transitioned out of the military. At first, the program and instructors seemed great, but things are starting to go downhill. It looks like they've changed the way they are structuring classes, but it is NOT in favor of military students. For example, all of my classes are 8 weeks long, and within those 8 weeks, we are required to write 8 forum posts, respond to 2 or more students on 3 or 4 separate days, write 2+ papers, do 8 homework assignments, do 8 quizzes, and take a mid-term and final exam. This is an insane amount of work for someone in the military that also has a family and other responsibilities to take care of. Furthermore, if you do not post your forum responses on 3 different days, due to the lack of accessibility to a computer in the field or on a ship, the instructors take points off of your posts. This hurts the military folk or people who try to complete most of their schoolwork in a couple days, for no reason. The school claims it shows 'participation', but how is it considered less participation to do all of your required work in 2 days, as allotted by my military schedule, than doing it on 3 or 4 days?! That is NOT military friendly. Additionally, I've come to realize that this school is NOT setting us accounting students up for success in the job market. The current job market wants entry-level accounting graduates with 3-5 years of experience in various accounting software applications. The Accounting program at AMU/APUS has us needlessly writing loads of papers on accounting subjects instead of training us in what employers want. The 35+ different papers that I have written for my degree program (4-year Accounting degree) does not mean anything to an employer. It also does not effectively teach me the material that I need to know. All of this writing on top of the forum posts and responses is useless and overkill on the accounting students. One paper per class, I understand. But 3-7 in an 8-week course is overzealous. Again, this is not setting us up for success in the accounting field. I am only finishing up degree program here because I only have four classes left and cannot transfer. But I warn other students out there that are looking at AMU/APUS to complete their degree to seriously consider looking at schools that are more considerate to working adults/families/military schedules. I regret that I have gone here now.
I had a great experience at AMU/APUS. I had more good instructors than bad. Most instructors were very responsive to questions and were active in the discussion boards. I had no problems with instructors when I had military obligations. Overall I am very happy with the education that I received from APUS.
I have attended this school since 2015 and I have decided to change schools for many reasons. My main reason is I always end up with professors who don't understand military commitments. Don't get me wrong I have had some professors that were more than willing to work with me with due dates and extensions but too many other professors, I had to get the president of the nature United States to write me a letter and even that wasn't good enough. I have some minor problems with administration department like not receiving accuarate information and othe small things like that but it is what it is. This school would be my perfect school if I could know what kind of professor that I was getting before I enrolled in class. There are some military members who have easy schedules and then there are military members who works crazy schedule like 2 out of three shifts a day. If you work crazy hours and are trying to go to school then I highly recommend going to a bettter school that has a better understanding of military friendly. Just FYI military friendly means they understand military commitments and are willing to work around those.
Exceptional learning institution, those complaining are lazy and don't want to put forth the effort to earn a degree. This institution have some of the best instructor's. They are very knowledgeable about their subject areas. The best online institution.
I just completed my Bachelor of Arts in Marketing degree from American Military University. I had transferred credits from another school and many (but not all) were accepted. I have previously earned an Associates of Applied Science in Music Technology from a brick and mortar school and was nearly finished with a degree in Criminal Justice from a different online school before I made the switch to AMU. Of the three colleges I've attended, AMU was the most challenging. The workload is appropriate for the education level: you will become a master of research, reading comprehension, and written communication. This is definitely not a diploma mill. I say again: if you're thinking online schools are supposed to be a cakewalk, do not apply to AMU. You have to work hard to earn a good grade here. I leave this school knowing I'm prepared to either be an entrepreneur or work as a marketer for an established company. I would recommend the marketing program at AMU/APU for aspiring professionals. Even though I'm going to be attending a different school for my Master's, I have no regrets choosing APUS for my Bachelor's degree.
I cannot believe that students would complain about the school work you have to put in to obtain a degree... That must be joking. I love this school and u have been through 5 universities always dropping out... This is the place I found that feels like home and challenges me... The only place that lined up my classes with certifications with the classes. You get what you put into it and if work and school work is too much for you... Well the world needs more people to feed us our burgers and fries.
As I read some of these comments I cannot believe the negativity of some of them. I have been taking classes for a year and a half and it is no walk in the park. You get what you put into it, if you don't study, expect poor grades. I have had no issues with neither my professors or school staff; they have been understanding when "life" becomes complicated. So far, nothing but positivity and good praise for this institution. Manage your time, study and make school a priority or expect to fail. This degree is assisting me in personal career as I am being offered a better job inside my company due to my degree path. I am 50/50 with my work load, meaning field/office. Writing reports, testing ground water and doing pulollution management. The degree holds weight, I was a doubter initially but it's paying off.
I enjoyed taking legal courses through American Military University (part of American Public University). Between balancing full-time shift work with family responsibilities (as well as managing some real estate on the side), I was able to take on 2-courses a quarter to complete my Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies degree with AMU. I won't say it was easy, because it certainly wasn't. The most difficult aspect was being self-driven to complete the forums, quizzes and papers. I'd say approximately 70-80% of the professors (who are seasoned attorneys) provide critical feedback on your forum posts and papers. Yes, there are 1-2 teachers that I had who seemed to care less about questions on the assignment and you'd receive your final grade at the last possible minute. Your typical school week in the Legal Studies program is this: Post an initial forum response for the assigned topic/reading/case (500 word minimum) by Wednesday or Thursday, respond to two other classmates by Sunday (250 word minimum), multiple-choice quiz due on Sunday, a short paper/assignment due every other week, a mid-term (partway through the course) which often consists of a couple dozen multiple choice questions with 2-3 short essay questions), and finally a comprehensive exam (more multiple choice with 2-3 longer essay questions). You typically have an option of taking on an 8-week or 16-week course. I know many of the course descriptions and other students will say to anticipate 15+ hours a week for these classes, but I would disagree. Again, I worked 40-50hr fluctuating work weeks, have family, traveled frequently, and helped manage some real estate on the side. Taking on a full-time class load for two (2) straight-years, I was able to complete my degree. On average I would say I dedicated anywhere from 3-5hrs a week (normal forum weeks with a quiz) to as much as 7-8ish hours (mid-terms with all the normal homework on top of it or a week involving a more extensive paper). This is completely dedicated time... and assuming you have some prior working knowledge in the field you're studying (which I did), have a ton of self-discipline to exclude yourself from the world during that time, and schedule/dedicate that time over the week to complete the assignments. I finished my degree with a GPA of 3.82-ish. In conclusion, I WOULD recommend this school to the busy working adult or busy mother/father who wishes to pursue higher education. The school is regionally accredited, tuition is VERY reasonable, the courses are taught by experienced and seasoned career veterans in their fields, and it is a very Military-friendly school (tuition discounts and fee waivers). It is also easy to get initially set up with the online program and other essentials needed to start the school. I did not like the slower response times w/the support staff (typically 1-2 day turn around) and if you forgot to verify your identity (student ID plus last four of your SSN), you're looking at another 1-2 days before getting a response to your question. However, when all is said and done, AMU/APUS earned five (5) stars with me.
When I first started in 2014, I loved attending the school. My professors were always helpful and attentive. As time went on, things started to slip. It almost felt like robots took over as teachers. When I brought this observation up to one of my first intructors on email, he offered to talk on the phone privately. It was then (to my horror) I learned that faculty are required to teach 450 students a year. He also filled me in on all of the requirements forced on faculty. I felt so bad for him and the other teachers I had in the past because it was o obvious they are being treated. This phone call helped to explain why I had seen the massive decline in quality. My dad used to be a full-time professor at a local community college before he passed. He never taught anything close to those kinds of numbers. It's almost not human when you think about it. The good news is I graduated in May of this year. But it didn't take long for me to realize my degree was substandard. My instructors towards the end gave me obviously canned feedback. I felt like a checkbox being checked. But I don't blame my intructors. Instead, I lay the blame on the provost, president and the dean's. I'm enrolling next year into a MBA program at a different school (not for profit). I just don't feel good knowing my tuition money went into the pockets of greedy executives. Don't go here for your degree. You are literally supporting human exploration. You'll also be cheating yourself out of an education that you could be getting elsewhere at a similar price point. I'm ashamed to be a graduate.