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

  • Reviewed: 1/4/2019
  • Degree: Military Science
"Bottom Line Up Front: I finished my MA with AMU in 2015 and had no problem getting into a doctoral program. Yes, I had to take a GRE before being accepted into the doctoral program, but the degree itself counted saving me the pain of an additional 36 hours of course work. While I will not name drop, the school I am currently attending is a Public, Non-Profit University. I know while attending AMU I had concerns about how the degree would be viewed by other universities, to my relief, everything turned out just fine."
Kaela Brennan
  • Reviewed: 12/3/2018
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"Hello, I havnt actually graduated from this school but Id like to write a review on my experience trying to attend this school online in 2017. I applied to this school because my other online school didnt offer my major. I went through the most rigorous and frustrating application process ever. The communication was so poorly executed that I spent two months constantly talking to the financial team and getting my questions answered only to find out that I missed the deadline on one single document that I sent in but it wasnt reviewed because it got lost in the system. Then my mother was told on the phone we needed an additional document that wasnt mentioned beforehand but then when we called back again we didnt need that mysterious document anymore? I explained my frustration and how I worked very hard to get this done because I take my education seriously and I was met with a grouchy women on the phone who basically told me tough luck. Now Im stuck paying this school a grand for a class I couldnt even take?!?!? For a young student who works full time, pays all of my bills and pays for school myself I found this so wrong! The education system needs to be made more accessible to young students trying to access their career paths! If you want to go to school online check out University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Super easy application process no complications, really awesome and intelligent teachers, and really great list of majors and classes to choose from!"
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2018
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"I have attended other online universities, and AMU is by far the most user friendly. Professors were available and answered concerns in a timely manner. Student support personnel were wonderful to work with. I honestly cannot complain. I would attend again."
  • Reviewed: 11/26/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"School had great reviews so i wanted in. My experience with the instructors thus far has been great but the financial aid department needs new staff or a good tuning up because they are by far the worst i've ever dealt with. Their miscommunication and missed correspondences could ruin a person. I received an email that was referencing a previous email that they never sent! I checked my spam, deleted, inbox and there wasnt an email sent from financial aid so when i asked them, to resend the original email (forward it showing it had been sent) they couldn't produce it. As i told the representative in their department, if i were a beginner student, that alone would have discouraged me from pursuing my degree because most students rely on financial aid. Check other schools before signing on to APUS especially if your relying on financial aid to pay for school."
A. Gilbert
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2018
  • Degree: Public Administration
"Unlike a traditional university, an online university is very much a double-edged sword. APUS fits well into this mold. The issue that most people have with online education is that they often feel that they don't get as much out of their education as they would with a traditional school, and for a lot of people, that is very much the case. However, for APUS, you get what you put into it. Nobody is going to goad you into doing your work. It is all up to you to learn. Of course, typical listening lectures are missing, however, having lectures being given in either a video format or reading a lecture makes it much easier for people who are already in a career to balance work, home, and school. In my opinion, APUS does a fairly good job at what it is supposed to do for a reasonable price. For the self motivated, especially those who are seeking a degree to further their career, as opposed to those obtaining their first degree, APUS can be an excellent option and I am glad I attended and graduated."
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2018
  • Degree: Public Health
"Great school. They are military friendly and they do not have hidden fees. They will allow you go to training and to pick up right where you left off if you contact your instructor prior to training. Teachers are great and listen to their students and help them achieve success. Great school."
  • Reviewed: 11/6/2018
  • Degree: Military Science
"This school is frustrating! Yes, you get what you put into it but I could learn just as much teaching myself through open resources on the web. I've attempted several courses but the lack of help from every department is outstanding. They didn't accept but three of my transfer credits. I had 50 credits! This school seems focused only on the money. When I deployed, I couldnt extend the course and was too late to withdraw so now I owe money to my ed center. Way to go AMU! I would NOT recommend this school even to my worst enemy."
  • Reviewed: 10/18/2018
  • Degree: Environmental Engineering
"One warning- the school is regionally but not ABET accredited. Second issue- when requesting document such as diplomas expect 8 weeks for them to just get it out of their office. Expect another 2 months to receive it by mail if you live out of country. All of my other universities can get documents to me in 2 weeks and not 4 months. Severe lack of professionalism."
Ryan L
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I wasn't sure how much this degree would be worth coming from an online-only school. Well, thankfully almost every school, even Ivy League, has online programs these days, so credibility didn't end up being an issue. My BBA got me hired by a Fortune 100 financial services corporation and admittance to LSU's AACSB accredited MBA program. If you are disciplined and focused, you will enjoy great utility from this degree. NOTE: their financial aid department is TERRIBLE and got my financing wrong seven of my semesters."
  • Reviewed: 9/3/2018
  • Degree: Military Science
"I only took three general education classes while here, I never got around to taking core classes. The classes weren't bad, but as with ALL online college classes, YOU have to teach yourself, as sometimes you aren't even in the same timezones or region of the world as your professor. Again, don't expect to be taught by the professors, except on forums and paper feedback; expect to self-educate, as with all online schools. If you can't self-teach and regulate your own study schedule, online college will be too difficult for you, and you should seek the easier route of traditional brick and mortar courses. APUS is EXTREMELY conservative with their transfer credit evaluation! I left APUS after completing three courses, because a different college offered me significantly more transfer credits than APUS gave me. My new school put me 2-years closer to graduation than I was at APUS, in a comparable degree program. If it had not been for finding a better transfer offer at the other college, I would have stayed with APUS. My point here is to apply your prior learning and transfer credits at multiple schools before settling; it could make a drastic difference in your graduation timeline. For the sake of example, you could apply at APUS, Excelsior College, and Thomas Edison State University, to see which will award you the most credit toward your preferred degree program. After transferring to my new school I realized how good of a website APUS really had. My new school's website is atrociously confusing and disorganized. I really miss that with APUS' design. Don't underestimate the website, because in those times when you are running low on patience, you don't want the additional frustration of a poorly navigable website. APUS has a large number of student organizations and honor societies. It feels good to strive for academic excellence and get an invite to join one of their high-GPA/degree specific honor societies. APUS also had a Dean's/President's List they update periodically. I am a big fan of the APUS diploma design. My new school's diploma looks like garbage, but at the end of the day it doesn't matter what it looks like, I'll still be graduating 2-years sooner. I tried to cover different topics with my review, aside from the typical categories. Hopefully, you find this a bit more useful. Great school, poor transfer credit evaluation."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2018
  • Degree: Education
"It is a school no one register for classses.The school love to make you suffer.The school is unprofessional and rude to loyal students.It would not allow students support or help. No one teaches you anything. I was disappointed and disgusted with one teacher."
N. Charity
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2018
  • Degree: MBA in Finance
"I had a pretty good experience at APU. While other students are correct the answers to the tests are a click away that is not true when it comes to Finance course quizzes and homework. It was very challenging and no two students are given the same set of problems and the quizzes are timed. The papers you turn in are required to go through turnitin and are checked for plagiarism so you can not just copy someone's paper. As a working mom this program was perfect for me. I went a division 1 school for my undergrad and I can tell you almost all schools are in place to make a profit whether they are for profit or not. I paid for my degree out of pocket so cannot comment on the financial aid. All and all this was a good experience and I felt on a master's level the school was very accommodating."
Jeremy H
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2018
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"I'll get the bad out of the way first. The financial aid department is an absolute dumpster fire. Out of all the professors I had, three of them were not up to my standards. All three of them were terrible communicators, did not appear to have much knowledge in their respective fields and didn't seem personable. Now the good. Most of my professors were awesome. After finishing the general education requirements I was pleased to see they EVERY one of my professors in my degree related courses had Comp TIA certs. This was a big deal to me, because it allowed for me to pick their brains and gave the courses credibility. I had professors that could actually explain to me routing tables, subnetting, and how to mitigate brute Force attacks, DDOS attacks etc. I would recommend this school if you want to work on technology fields. My degree has landed me a promotion at work, and recruiters blowing up my phone and LinkedIn."
Billy Inforsey
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"This is a diploma mill, and as such, it will always have that stigma with the degree attained. I have taken many courses from here, but I will not graduate with a degree from here. I am transferring the credits from here (mostly general studies) to a non for profit school. The classes were very basic and simple. Most of the answers to any test or quiz are online. The quizzes or tests are not proctored and most are multiple choice. You basically teach yourself. Half of the classes, the "professor's" give basic cookie cutter feedback if anything at all. If you are looking for an easy degree that does not require a lot of effort, that may bump up your chances at getting a raise or better job, I would go here. If you want to earn a degree and not worry about whether future employers and company recruiters will pass on you because of a for profit degree, then I would pass on this. The classes are good to take and transfer them to a real school like a public university."
Jamie Robinson
  • Reviewed: 6/16/2018
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Great online program! Very user friendly, the best program I've used by far! I would highly recommend American Public University System to anyone looking to take online only classes. I've tried other virtual classrooms through different colleges and their format were clunky and difficult to use. Not APUS. Easy to use, easy to submit assignments, easy to interact with instructor and classmates. Classroom interaction was required weekly so I did not feel alone. I felt part of a class where my ideas were encouraged and respected. Highly recommended."
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2018
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"This school is great for those who are living busy lives. This school is especially great for those serving or have served in the military as well. If you are deciding to try and "skate" through a college degree then you are truly mistaken and this place is not for you. In fact, you have to put forth even more effort and maintain even more discipline with an online setting than that of a traditional school. This school is accredited and they take that accreditation seriously. Just like any other school, you will have instructors that go above and beyond for their students regarding the teachings at hand and you will have those who appear to be just going through the motions. But for the most part, my experience with the instructors have been excellent. I am only speaking on behalf of my degree plan for criminal justice but I would assume it is like that for the rest of the studies here at AMU. I just recently have heard about the issues with financial aid, but have never experienced issues personally. My only recommendation would be, create more live stream classrooms where it is required for students to attend and interact live with the instructor and other students. This is very beneficial and that is what I missed about attending National Univeristy. Other than that, this s a great online school that is respected and accredited."
G. Barr
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2018
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Enjoyed my time there mostly, but the thesis was quite difficult. In fact, I was worried when I first started writing it because of the time commitment and the fact that it was it was so slow in coming together. Once I finished; however, I was quite proud of what I had accomplished and I am using that knowledge everyday in my personal life. Other than the thesis portion of the degree, the rest of the classes were both interesting and informative. In addition, the faculty was incredibly diverse and knowledgeable."
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2018
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"This is the WORST, I mean WORST school to deal with. Don't even THINK about getting anything done for your financial aid; no one is in a hurry here. Changing your major? They'll put a hold on your account. Dropping an unneeded class? Hold on your account. Have any questions? Hold on your account. Simply put, if you pay them money, they will give you credits but you'll NEVER see them because you have so many holds on your account. Oh, and did I mention I paid them in full and still have a hold on my account? How? They're literally holding my credits hostage and I can't request an official transcript because they are "seeing if my financial aid is eligible". Helloooo! I paid in full!!! It's been weeks with no help. Don't waste your time or money taking classes from this joke college."
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2018
  • Degree: Accounting
"Started out good, but toward the end of my second semester, I was beginning to learn how awful this place is in the finance department. They claimed they "overpaid" me financial aid even though I sent them ALL requested documents proving my taxes and income. They said they never got it even though I called my advisor right after mailing it, and she said that everything would be FINE as long as I called her right after I mailed it. She would make a note claiming that the documents were on the way and all would be good. Well, it wasn't. They claimed a week or two later that they never got anything and that I now owe almost $2,000 on an "overpayed" GRANT. So now I'm paying on it, which now it seems I'm double paying both them and my loan company. I can't get continued funding until it's paid. And every time I call in, I get a different answer about repayment options. I literally got two different payment amounts that they wanted from me from the SAME person on the SAME call. Seems like a scam to me. All I know is that they had better take my payment and actually apply it to my overall balance (which they haven't so far), or I will start pursuing legal action. Only thing good about this place is the other students and the teachers."
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2018
  • Degree: English
"The greatest issue I had with APUS is that (as another has mentioned in a review) course material is recycled, so in the courses that administer regular tests as assignments, answer keys are practically a click away. That is mostly true for general education courses; at least in the English program, classes focus heavily on student writing. What students produce is submitted through a plagiarism checker that is incredibly thorough. It is, thus, not "easy," in the sense that you cannot cheat your way through. The exam for testing out of the program is also proctored. That said, after graduation, I enrolled in a M.Ed. program (with 6-12 teaching certification) at a state college and the credit evaluation concluded in a near-perfect equivalency to their undergraduate program. That is, the majority of my credits were accepted, and I was only lacking six hours (two classes) of undergraduate study in satisfying graduate school admissions. The curricula at APUS is, in that regard, not sub-par. The online format is a different beast, though. The classes are reliant on a lot of writing and workshops in some courses. It is almost entirely self-guided instruction with, often, minimal instructor intervention, but different instructors give different levels of attention to the virtual classrooms. During the course of the English program, I encountered several who were very involved, some who contributed very little but were easy to contact for help, a few who were available only long enough to post grades, one who completely overlooked the class until the last week, and one instructor who became absent after the first week. Otherwise, I have found the levels of difficulty and support to be very similar to those in a traditional campus environment. Advising is a little "hit and miss." I was assigned two advisers during the program. The first was very helpful and constantly checking up, while the second took days to respond and forwarded questions to other departments. Again, the experience was not very different from that of the state college."