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My story: This is the second program I'm enrolled in. Received a BA in different field & didn't learn much. But I needed to continue school from a brick & mortar. Only way to do that was online. After finally graduating, I decided to go back & pursue a better degree while taking it more seriously. I was able to complete all the courses I needed with a 4.0 GPA. Never been so proud. Felt like I got a second chance. I can confidently apply for jobs & grad school with my new boosted GPA. Regardless of my grades, it helped me get a job! That is most important. Although I am aware of the not so great education as you would receive from a brick & mortar or nonprofit, I still am planning on continue due to versatility. Hopefully this new program will be different & challenging. It suits me based from my experience, living situation, & goals. Evaluate your options. Pros: - I was able to complete the required courses with a 4.0 GPA - Boosted my overall grades & performance - Easy enrollment, you're in control of your grades, 8 week courses (no waiting for fall or spring terms like most brick & mortar). Who has time for that? Cons: - Didn't have any hands-on training or learning except from some lab homeworks & certain courses - Class is mostly on autopilot - Professors don't really help much & no great at responding to emails or messages - Discussion forums are a waste of time - Class is soley based on literature learning mostly from learning - No live interaction (like other online schools) or even recorded videos
Professor grades differently which can confuse you while you are taking different classes. I was receiving scores in the high 90's and even 100's for two different Professors. Then a different course arrives and a new Professor. My grades are 81, 85, and 48 out of 100 points. Wow! Look at other online universities before committing to a university.
This was a horrible experience, the course deviated from the stated major objectives. I was the only person in the class, submitted my research paper and final exam 3 weeks early. it is now a week past the due date and neither has been graded. The course relied almost entirely on a one dimensional format, read journal articles, respond to journal articles.
I enjoyed my time studying at APUS. I learned a lot from the coursework, and it has impacted my career in a very positive way. I was granted a 25% pay raise upon completing my degree. I am the first in my family to finish college, and hope that my work and dedication sets the example for my children. If I had to state any negatives about the university, I would say that APUS needs to keep an eye on their instructors/professors. I have had a few courses where there was literally no interaction from the professors during the course. In one class we did not receive any grades on class work until week 6! This makes it very hard to know how you are doing in the course. I would like to see video lectures from the professors instead of the YouTube videos as stated by others. The financial services department is a pain to deal with. Thanks to them my wife lost her financial aid, but that will go in her review. Overall, my time spent here has been well worth it, and I look forward to starting the Graduate in Cyber Security later this year!
In the beginning I was pleased with the response time but as we moved forward the response time with the team got even more difficult. They were not helpful at all when I tried to choose the Change Degree portion. I didn't graduate from there but I wanted to share the horrible experience I had even before I started. My husband who is a veteran recommended the school and spoke highly of it, but after my experience I am telling everyone to STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL!
I feel sorry for those whom have had a poor experience at APU/AMU. The class structure has been perfect for me - it's just self-paced enough to be flexible, but not so lackadaisical it's easy to fall behind. I never had any issues with non-responsive instructors. And as far as 'buying' a degree? Try taking some of my program's core courses - statistics, chemistry, biology, environmental law and policy, water science - they are no joke. It's challenging, and at times, the workload is miserable - but that proves you are earning your degree and truly gaining knowledge. Ive worked my butt off amd made the Dean's list ever single semester. This has been a great choice of college for me. I only have a few more weeks to go and I'm done! Thanks, APU!
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.