American Public University System Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (118)
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.
American Public University System is an affordable and convenient option for students who would like to pursue a degree through distance learning. The courses are thorough and demanding, but their nature as online courses make it possible for students to fit their academic work into any schedule. If you are serious about learning, but do not want to have to mold your schedule around class times, then you should add APUS to your list of schools to consider.