American Public University System Reviews

3.54 out of 5 stars
(170 Reviews)
  • Charles Town (WV)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,880
76% of 170 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 170 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Amanda - 11/26/2018
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2021
"School had great reviews so i wanted in. My experience with the instructors thus far has been great but the financial aid department needs new staff or a good tuning up because they are by far the worst i've ever dealt with. Their miscommunication and missed correspondences could ruin a person. I received an email that was referencing a previous email that they never sent! I checked my spam, deleted, inbox and there wasnt an email sent from financial aid so when i asked them, to resend the original email (forward it showing it had been sent) they couldn't produce it. As i told the representative in their department, if i were a beginner student, that alone would have discouraged me from pursuing my degree because most students rely on financial aid. Check other schools before signing on to APUS especially if your relying on financial aid to pay for school."
4.0 out of 5 stars
A. Gilbert - 11/20/2018
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
"Unlike a traditional university, an online university is very much a double-edged sword. APUS fits well into this mold. The issue that most people have with online education is that they often feel that they don't get as much out of their education as they would with a traditional school, and for a lot of people, that is very much the case. However, for APUS, you get what you put into it. Nobody is going to goad you into doing your work. It is all up to you to learn. Of course, typical listening lectures are missing, however, having lectures being given in either a video format or reading a lecture makes it much easier for people who are already in a career to balance work, home, and school. In my opinion, APUS does a fairly good job at what it is supposed to do for a reasonable price. For the self motivated, especially those who are seeking a degree to further their career, as opposed to those obtaining their first degree, APUS can be an excellent option and I am glad I attended and graduated."
5.0 out of 5 stars
latrice - 11/10/2018
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2020
"Great school. They are military friendly and they do not have hidden fees. They will allow you go to training and to pick up right where you left off if you contact your instructor prior to training. Teachers are great and listen to their students and help them achieve success. Great school."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Frustrated - 11/6/2018
Degree: Military Science
Graduation Year: 2020
"This school is frustrating! Yes, you get what you put into it but I could learn just as much teaching myself through open resources on the web. I've attempted several courses but the lack of help from every department is outstanding. They didn't accept but three of my transfer credits. I had 50 credits! This school seems focused only on the money. When I deployed, I couldnt extend the course and was too late to withdraw so now I owe money to my ed center. Way to go AMU! I would NOT recommend this school even to my worst enemy."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Adam - 10/18/2018
Degree: Environmental Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015
"One warning- the school is regionally but not ABET accredited. Second issue- when requesting document such as diplomas expect 8 weeks for them to just get it out of their office. Expect another 2 months to receive it by mail if you live out of country. All of my other universities can get documents to me in 2 weeks and not 4 months. Severe lack of professionalism."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Ryan L - 10/7/2018
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2017
"I wasn't sure how much this degree would be worth coming from an online-only school. Well, thankfully almost every school, even Ivy League, has online programs these days, so credibility didn't end up being an issue. My BBA got me hired by a Fortune 100 financial services corporation and admittance to LSU's AACSB accredited MBA program. If you are disciplined and focused, you will enjoy great utility from this degree. NOTE: their financial aid department is TERRIBLE and got my financing wrong seven of my semesters."
3.5 out of 5 stars
J.R. - 9/3/2018
Degree: Military Science
Graduation Year: 2021
"I only took three general education classes while here, I never got around to taking core classes. The classes weren't bad, but as with ALL online college classes, YOU have to teach yourself, as sometimes you aren't even in the same timezones or region of the world as your professor. Again, don't expect to be taught by the professors, except on forums and paper feedback; expect to self-educate, as with all online schools. If you can't self-teach and regulate your own study schedule, online college will be too difficult for you, and you should seek the easier route of traditional brick and mortar courses. APUS is EXTREMELY conservative with their transfer credit evaluation! I left APUS after completing three courses, because a different college offered me significantly more transfer credits than APUS gave me. My new school put me 2-years closer to graduation than I was at APUS, in a comparable degree program. If it had not been for finding a better transfer offer at the other college, I would have stayed with APUS. My point here is to apply your prior learning and transfer credits at multiple schools before settling; it could make a drastic difference in your graduation timeline. For the sake of example, you could apply at APUS, Excelsior College, and Thomas Edison State University, to see which will award you the most credit toward your preferred degree program. After transferring to my new school I realized how good of a website APUS really had. My new school's website is atrociously confusing and disorganized. I really miss that with APUS' design. Don't underestimate the website, because in those times when you are running low on patience, you don't want the additional frustration of a poorly navigable website. APUS has a large number of student organizations and honor societies. It feels good to strive for academic excellence and get an invite to join one of their high-GPA/degree specific honor societies. APUS also had a Dean's/President's List they update periodically. I am a big fan of the APUS diploma design. My new school's diploma looks like garbage, but at the end of the day it doesn't matter what it looks like, I'll still be graduating 2-years sooner. I tried to cover different topics with my review, aside from the typical categories. Hopefully, you find this a bit more useful. Great school, poor transfer credit evaluation."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Terrible - 9/1/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"It is a school no one register for classses.The school love to make you suffer.The school is unprofessional and rude to loyal students.It would not allow students support or help. No one teaches you anything. I was disappointed and disgusted with one teacher."
4.3 out of 5 stars
N. Charity - 8/29/2018
Degree: MBA in Finance
Graduation Year: 2019
"I had a pretty good experience at APU. While other students are correct the answers to the tests are a click away that is not true when it comes to Finance course quizzes and homework. It was very challenging and no two students are given the same set of problems and the quizzes are timed. The papers you turn in are required to go through turnitin and are checked for plagiarism so you can not just copy someone's paper. As a working mom this program was perfect for me. I went a division 1 school for my undergrad and I can tell you almost all schools are in place to make a profit whether they are for profit or not. I paid for my degree out of pocket so cannot comment on the financial aid. All and all this was a good experience and I felt on a master's level the school was very accommodating."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Jeremy H - 7/24/2018
Degree: Cybersecurity
Graduation Year: 2018
"I'll get the bad out of the way first. The financial aid department is an absolute dumpster fire. Out of all the professors I had, three of them were not up to my standards. All three of them were terrible communicators, did not appear to have much knowledge in their respective fields and didn't seem personable. Now the good. Most of my professors were awesome. After finishing the general education requirements I was pleased to see they EVERY one of my professors in my degree related courses had Comp TIA certs. This was a big deal to me, because it allowed for me to pick their brains and gave the courses credibility. I had professors that could actually explain to me routing tables, subnetting, and how to mitigate brute Force attacks, DDOS attacks etc. I would recommend this school if you want to work on technology fields. My degree has landed me a promotion at work, and recruiters blowing up my phone and LinkedIn."