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It is with regret and frustration that I write the following review. I am at present, a senior level student majoring in Accounting at American Military University. My current GPA is 3.9587 with two and a half classes left until I'm finished. I have had only a couple good experiences with APU/AMU Accounting courses and a mountain of bad experiences. The publisher, the school, relies on heavily for their course materials in the accounting classes, is Pearson Publishers. I have found the publishers quiz and test materials to contain errors yet each time I presented these errors to AMU, the attitude was like, so what, no publisher is perfect. The sad part is that students pay the price for these errors by way of grade point deductions. I also during one course complained when the Professor kept ignoring my requests to credit my grade, for an error on the course materials. I had sent the Professor five messages over a week long period, asking for credit. Getting no reply to my messages, I contacted the head of the schools accounting program. The latter action led to the Professor getting miffed, after which he entered my grade book and began lowering grades that had been given weeks earlier. In the end, I complained to the school's academics office, about the improper grade changes and as expected, I received no response. So basically the grades I busted my a** to get are simply worthless trash in the minds of this for profit university's staff. All along the way, I have found most of this schools accounting courses to be thrown together haphazardly. All that truly matters is that the school makes a buck. Some of the Professors truly care and work with you to make sense out of the poorly designed courses while many more of the Professors are also along for the money only. Once I am finished, I will likely not walk for the diploma as the school itself has turned what should have been a great experience, into years of nothing short of worthless s*** and horrible experiences. If you happen to be a great student looking for a great school experience and perhaps Latin Honors to boot, pick another school. This school has continually cheated me out of deserved GPA points and are well aware they did. With only two and a half courses left, there is simply no way I can earn the points back they stole from me. In the latter, my GPA was a 3.9560 before my finishing ACCT400 with a blistering 99.8% yet all that grade did was move me from a 3.9560 to a 3.9587. Do the math; there is no way I could ever begin to get the points back the school robbed me of. As I write this review, I have just begun ACCT420 and already the quizzes that are supposed to follow the textbook chapters yet stray about as far from the chapters as possible. Complaints relative to the latter will result in zero changes, and the end outcome will be another APU/AMU substandard designed course that prevents students from attaining the grade they would normally attain. In conclusion, if you're serious about your education and wish to do as well as you truly can, avoid APU/AMU. If you choose this school, you'll find yourself cheated just like me. This school is in the game of education, for a profit and nothing more. My review here has been accurate and 100% honest. It is to late for any chance at Latin Honors for myself, and I'm hoping by posting this review AMU/APU will not make it that same way for you. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent thousands of tax dollars on my AMU education and in return I received AMU's lousy experience, poorly designed programs and their we could give a s*** less about your efforts, attitude. To AMU I say you can shove my 3.9587 up your worthless a**** and wipe with my degree, it would be little more than a bad memory hanging on my wall. To my fellow Veterans, keep your a**** out of this school.
Brick-and-mortar universities are realizing the potential of online learning as they are administering more than half of learning lessons/assignments and tests virtually. It's the future. APUS/AMU is a great university, regionally accredited by Higher Learning Commission Department of Education. If you are military, TA covers 5 classes per year. I utilized my Post 9/11 GI bill to cover my full-time ambitions. Received my B.A. in 2.5 years (6 classes/4 months semester). Although flexible, virtual learning requires keen time management and self-discipline. If you have mediocre researching skills, you will develop advanced abilities rather quickly. You are simply on your own and your self-reliance skills will become unbreakable and your academic confidence will become ferocious. There is a 45 percent graduation rate among 98 thousand students. More than half of students never graduate due to lack of discipline (my opinion), but not surprisingly. It will take serious ambition on your part if you desire to graduate from an online university held to the same academic standards as most accredited brick-and-mortar universities. Same books, same length of papers, some tests and quizzes, but more writing than anything. Technical proficiently will be very strong at the end. Professors are accommodating to both military and non-military students. I plan on enrolling into the Masters Program soon. If you are military, work full-time, or you just like living in your mother's basement but want a strong degree, this university should be your first choice.
The classes were very insightful and the staff was always ready to help answer any question. I like the 8 week classes and the ability to study in my own time due to my career. It was also a plus to interact with other students. Researching subjects always seems more educational than just taking tests as well. It allows the individual to really dig in themselves and understand what they are learning versus memorizing someone else's studies and taking tests.
APUS was flexible, affordable and easy to work with. Directions for registration, class sign-in information and forum discussions were very straightforward and staff were always helpful with any questions. Both my husband and I attended APUS and have referred family, friends and colleagues based on our experiences.
Love this school & the amazing teachers! I learned so much and everything was very flexible! I loved how much we had to interact and how many papers we had to write. The school was an amazing experiencing and I am very excited to attend graduation in 2 weeks!!
I finished up a bachelors degree at APUS and was, for the most part, very impressed with the quality of the instructors. All that changed when I entered into the Master's in Education program. The instructors are (while possibly holding a advanced degree) not prepared for the classes. Some don't even know how to check if the syllabus is up to date. Many rarely involve themselves in the forums. Assignment grading is slow and (if I could guess) just run through a program to check for plagiarism. In the beginning, I thought I had just got a bad instructor, but now I realize that it is common. The one instructor that really tried to interact with the class quit working for APUS (we have become acquainted outside of the school). If you want to pay $1000.00 for each class and basically do prepared assignments using outdated material with practically nonexistent instructors, i suggest this is the school to attend.
I was initially concerned about the quality of education from an online for profit university. However, I found the majority of APUS classes to be the equivalent of graduate degree instruction from traditional on-campus universities. I found their instruction regarding research methodology to be superior to equivalent courses I received during an on-campus masters program. I found some of the material dated within the program which could be frustrating at times, but this was to be expected as APUS is a regionally-accredited civilian university which must use unclassified information and information which is in the public domain. I highly recommend APUS to anyone serving on active duty in the Armed Forces. The classes are easy to fit within a busy schedule, and the instructors are usually more than glad to work with you.
Graduated in 2013 with Master or Arts in Criminal Justice. The jobs that you would think you are qualified for when having an advanced degree wont even call back. The classes were too easy and getting into the school was easy. I do regret going here and spending so much money on that degree and should have went somewhere else
APUS, great online school! It offers great range of majors and their schedules are very flexible, especially for people who has full time job. Academically, I am impressed by the interaction between Professor and students. Most professors of my classes are professional and knowledgeable. Also, you got your course material FREE.
I have recommended American Public University to every Soldier that I have come across. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. The professors are very aware of the military lifestyle and were accommodating with extensions were needed due to military training.