American Public University System Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (103)
This school is extremely flexible for my Military profession. Stateside or deployed, the administration was always able to help grant me the time to finish my work when called to deploy or when training took priority. I would say academically it was weak. The curriculum was very interesting and I learned a lot. However, you can do the bare minimum and get by quite easily. It does not offer the real interaction between instructors or students. Again, just enough to say it was done. I saw very little effort to peruse and education, but a lot of people pursuing a degree. I am surprised it is accredited.
overall quality is ok however it has a very inefficient Financial Aid department. I spent over a month of back and forth emails with no results. Few people telling me different things. Upset and frustrated. Too bad they do not have live classes like National University where I got my undergrad
Service Disabled Veterans and Law Enforcement Officers injured in the line of duty beware. As soon as APUS/AMU/APU learned that I was an SDV and LEO injured in the line of duty, the discrimination began. Without going into great detail, one would have thought I had the Plague or Leprosy. First, Financial Aid would not accept my phone calls once I disclosed my SDV status and I was denied financial aid. Secondly, when I attempted to dis-enroll from classes two days prior to the start of class they listed me as a "DP" (Drop). In other words I had to take a drop for classes that I never took, paid for, or even started. Thirdly, at the time of this posting, APUS Disabled Services declined to respond to my emails when requesting where I could file a complaint regarding the discrimination by APUS/AMU/APU.
American Military University's Intelligence Studies program put me far ahead of my peers in the intelligence field. The professors are accomplished professionals with relevant lessons to boost students' careers and understand the field. The university us geared towards working professionals so classes are designed to promote learning while giving you the time to have a career and a life. The university library is well stocked with e-books and articles on a variety of subjects to help students complete their assignments.
American Military University was the best option for me. The condensed 8 week online courses allowed me to accomplish more classes throughout the year. Taking classes online gave me the flexibility to get class work done when time allowed. I was able to achieve a positive work/life/college balance thanks to the flexible schedule at AMU. I would recommend this school to all military members wishing to pursue higher education. I had a great experience and I look forward to graduate school.
All professors, curriculum, classes and cost are excellent. Much harder than brick and mortar because they are 8 week classes and very little hand holding which forced me to be disciplined and responsible and savvy when trying to find information. Professors are compassionate and very available and the graduation ceremony was top notch. I am going to enroll in my MS in Space Studies. I haven't looked for work in the field because I already have a job but plan to look when I graduate. Most of alumni are service men/women that love the school as well. Excellent!
I attend APU and graduated with a Master of Arts in 2013. The coursework could have been more difficult but it was decent. The only issue is finding a job with the degree now. No problem with financial aid while I attended the school. Doctorate program should be offered in the future.
I had a good overall experience while attending AMU. The program was good, and I was also inspired to self-study in many cases. I think the self-study portion was largely brought about due to everything being online. I often times found myself looking for more than just the answer. I did have some concerns during the open forums. These concerns were largely due to the obvious cut and paste replies supplied by some of my classmates. In some cases, it was obvious that the students should not have been qualified for the program. I can only hope that their grades reflected the complete lack of effort. However, I can say that the forums did allow for me to view some valuable perspectives from some of my classmates. Once again, it was a good experience overall. The admissions standards might need to be reviewed to ensure that anyone can;t just walk in. The would certainly help protect the reputation of the program.
I am in my senior year of the BBA program at APU. The course materials used are the same you would have in a brick-and-mortar school. I did my research on that to make sure the level of coursework and depth of learning objectives were where they should be. Every class has a weekly discussion forum participation requirement and this consists of an initial posting of 250-300 words due Wednesday or Thursday, along with replies to at least two peers' threads (usually 100 words). You will take tests and quizzes here and those are usually multiple choice, though I did have some short answer style tests. If you are planning on attending APU, be prepared to do a LOT of writing. I was glad to see this because it makes it more difficult for students to cheat their way through.. After you submit a paper, it is sent to both your professor and processed through an anti-plagiarism website; TurnItIn.com. That website contains a huge database of student papers that were submitted at any time across the country, maybe the world,and its automated system checks for similarities against the database. In terms of tuition costs, APUS is very reasonable, but this figure begins to become unreasonable once you realize that the professors do not really do anything.. Instructors were generally nice and I believe they would have been there for me if I needed them., but I never really needed their help. Through the aforementioned essays you will get very proficient at doing research and delivering credible papers. Online learning really requires a great deal of resourcefulness. Grading is usually fair but in many cases not exactly prompt. Most of my professors held a Doctorate in their field(s), others had MBAs or other business master's degrees. I had a few that did not even discuss their education or credentials. I had one that had spelling or grammatical errors in almost every announcement or forum post he made. The financial aid process is HORRIBLE. Throughout my whole time at this school I believe my financial aid went through with no issues on two occasions. The good news is that a phone call to the university is almost always answered immediately and they were always able to fix issues eventually. My conclusion after reaching my senior year is that their programs could be very easy for those who are satisfied with simply going through the motions. I want to be able to master all the learning objectives from the ground up so I require of myself more than the minimum assignment requirements. I make it harder for myself. You kind of self-teach a lot here, but the help is there if you want it. The low/no admissions requirements become apparent as you participate in the weekly discussion forums. I have had some classmates who got me wondering how they even graduated high school. I do not discourage anyone from attempting to step up their education, but it definitely hurts my perception of an APUS degree. To the school's credit, though, they are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and most of their business programs are ACBSP accredited. I plan on attending somewhere else for my MBA, though.
This was easily the best choice I ever made education-wise. Obviously being active duty means I am going to be deployed a lot; so I needed an understanding online university that is flexible to our lifestyle. Over the course of five deployments I was able to successfully complete 21 classes and obtain my BA in General Studies. Because General Studies runs the gamut as far as classes go, I feel I have a pretty good cross-section of the types of classes and teachers APUS provides. Firstly, I had only ONE professor that I was less-than-thrilled with; all others were home runs. Each professor was engaging and responsive and kept the classes flowing logically and fairly. The assignments were varied and the papers required were graded fairly and the comments were constructive and helpful. The online interface was so-so as I was never fully satisfied with the forum posting box that would constantly reformat my comments in different fonts/sizes. But overall, intuitive and easy to use. Financial aid was always a breeze and not an issue. Overall, I'd recommend this school to anyone. They have all the accreditation you would ever need and they made learning fun.