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

3.4 out of 5 stars
Bill - 6/21/2019
Degree: Military Science
Graduation Year: 2008
"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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Bob - 6/19/2019
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Courtney Johnson - 6/18/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
So far so great - 6/1/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Alex S - 5/19/2019
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Justin - 5/1/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Michelle - 4/27/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
P.Lathrop - 4/1/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
4.9 out of 5 stars
W.T. - 3/23/2019
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Rev. Troy Denson - 2/25/2019
Degree: Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
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