American Public University System Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (103)
I received an MA in history and a Graduate Certificate from AMU. I have to admit, I was thoroughly impressed by the attention and quick responses from my professors. AMU actually requires its professors to be very active in their courses. The programs were thorough and well structured. The program director was extremely helpful, as were the live chat options and advisers. For the sake of not sounding like a drone post sent by the university, I would also like to admit that I was very weary of enrolling with APUS because it is strictly online. Even today, despite the fact that most universities have online programs, APUS is criticized. However, in my experience at OSU and other on site universities, APUS was far more hands on. Their workload was difficult and required discipline, which, to an honest student, means they will learn more and work harder. This is what you want from a university. Do not enroll in APUS if you are looking for a cushy diploma mill. APUS may be a for profit university, but I, personally, received a better education from AMU than I ever received as a speck in the crowd at OSU. It is unfortunately true that APUS still receives academic criticisms, but it cannot be justified. APUS is fully accredited. FULLY accredited. A degree from APUS is just as good as a degree from any major university, including OSU. People need to get over themelves and accept the direction that academics is taking. All aspects of APUS far exceeded my expecatations. It was the best decision of my life. Note, I am married, have two young boys, and worked full time while I got my degree. Quite making excuses for your own failures people.
Excellent and updated course materials. Although instructors have an important role in any study program, courses are so well conceived and organized that instructors become almost optional. The online platform is very user friendly and classes' organization fit every potential full-time worker (8-week or 16-week optional duration for any course).
This University has great professors, but the problem is with the financial aid department. As of today, I have had my classes dropped for 2 semesters in a row, and am now behind 16 weeks. I am beyond frustrated and I cannot get an answer or a response from anyone. I could go on and on about how incompetent their department is, but if you choose this University you will find out very shortly exactly what my frustrations are. If I could give this schools financial aid department a negative score I would, but this site requires me to give it one star.
This college is the same as every other. They're not going to give you credit for classes you've taken. Especially for general education this frustrates me. IT'S GENERAL EDUCATION your classes are not special or superior. But hey I guess colleges all have to stick together on one point, ripping students off.
Great college with outstanding professors. This college truly does care for the Student/Service Member. I personally requested extensions and had no problems receiving them. The professors all took their time to help when I had questions and to ensure that I truly understood the course materials.
I will be graduating in June 2017 and I have thoroughly enjoyed attending AMU/APU. Prior to attending AMU, I attended several other schools which did not work out well for me. I am now looking forward to returning in the fall 2015. The positive experience I have gained at AMU/APU has motivated me to pursue my MS degree after I graduate.
I am almost done with my MA in criminal justice. My experience at APU has been excellent. If you are motivated and organized there is no better way for a student to achieve an accredited degree and still be able to work. This is not a school for kids who need a lot of hand holding or who can't self motivate to get their degree. I found the quality of the grad school instructors to be superior. Their academic credentials were frankly amazing with many having a doctorate in one or more fields and many having a JD. All of the instructors had significant life experience as well. If life interferes with your ability to attend for a month or two it is no sweat as the classes each recycle at the beginning of the new month. This degree has been far from easy. It has required two or three times as much writing as a conventional brick and mortar classroom. This is due to all of the class participation being done via a virtual classroom environment. That said, once you get into a rhythm it becomes pretty easy. Keep in mind you are in a graduate level program so there will be a lot of reading and research and a lot of self-learning. I believe that is true of most graduate level work though. This university was recommended to me by one of my undergrad advisors and I have not been disappointed! oh, and I can't speak to how the financial aid works as I was able to pay my tuition as I went.
I loved going here. It was very straight forward. The bureaucracy of the school is made up of individuals who are not self starters. You have to stay on them (calling/emailing over and over). Outside of that aspect, it was a really great school. Cheap classes ($1000 a class for masters whereas my undergraduate was $2000 a class). The grading was fair, etc. I learned a lot. The classes are very cookie cuter. You have to understand that the rules of the assignment dictate at least 30% of your grade. So if you want to make As/b+s you have to read the rules carefully and follow along. Classes changed formats from class to class. One would be APA 6 the next Turbain, the next APA 6. That aspect made no sense at all. I put in the work, made good grades, got the degree. I liked the school. You can comment on here with questions, I'll write you back. JGP
I was at Walden University but the college that I would like to receive my Masters at does not accept all of Walden Universities transfers. I made a BIG MISTAKE in choosing APUS. I have sickle cell and unfortunately this is not a school that is very understanding that. EVERYTHING YOU DO HAS TO BE APPROVED AND WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT WHEN YOU"RE SICK AND ARE NOT ABLE TO GO ON CAMPUS?? I had Doctor excuses but the process was just to much. So I ended up with a bill. Well dealing with their financial aid is tough. The reps are rude. I could post emails. I was very nice to them and just inquiring information about payment plans. Not everyone faces problems or difficulties but if you do I would not choose this college. The instructors are very nice though.
I decided to go back to school for my Masters and reached many schools and programs. I chose APUS as they had great reviews and a very reasonable program cost. The educational program, course delivery, and faculty were excellent. From the moment I started, the advisors, staff, and faculty proved how valuable I was as a person and student. It was obvious the instructors were there and working to help you succeed. The courses were challenging and the material was relevant and current. It was certainly a lot of work and the thesis was excitingly difficult. It was great! I highly recommend this school for their consistent and honest approach to the students.