American Public University System Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (107)
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.
Dear Future Students, DO NOT GO HERE PLEASE! I'm warning you. I was fine with the school up until I noticed something disturbing! About three classes from graduating I received an F, out of nowhere. Now to be honest, I do extraordinary in my career, but no one knows I have the Degree unless they ask. Why? Because there is a possibility that you will NEVER get hired and if you do its for a lesser position. Explore all other possibilities, like Arizona State, yes they are pricey but no one will ever argue with you about your degree and no I don't go there I just wish I did. Second, the Academic appeals people are cold, at least the ones I dealt with, rude and uncompromising! They don't even look at you're appeal other and see the over all picture of you as a valued student who is paying their bills "technically" they always side with the teachers who some students can do a better job of explain to me in like five than these instructors can explain a class and its goals. They don'e realize that the teachers who routinely give out Fs need to check their curriculum to see how did the student fail and is their something they can do better as well, like maybe explain your blackboard a little better, send out warning notes to students who might be slipping, I mean where is the real teaching at at this school? They hide behind a computer and their phones and may even be recycling teachers and using different names, I swear I took an instructor and the name sounded wierd,then the structure and wording of the class was the same as an instructor I took before, of course I can't prove it, just my suspicions. If you go here, take a woman's class. They are more sympathetic to you unless you are a total rude person yourself. Other than that, short answer, your money can be spent better somewhere else even if its for the connections and less rude staff who hope you fail probably so they can keep you in there longer and take your money. I'm serious they have no remorse. Just go somewhere else if you can. Cheaper does not always mean better. Their financial aide department to their credit is okay. So in my review I'll give them a 4 stars for sending back your balance to you but trust me when it comes to Fs it seems as if they have a treshhold where they stop students progress by giving them Fs right around close to graduation so they can pay to re-take the class and then pay more money, to me its not worth having a okay financial aid if you are going to be suspected of scamming, Their retention rate is off the charts. Yeah they are Regionally accredited but so are other online colleges that have more prominence and can do a resume just for the awesome person who is actually wanting and needing a job, who came very far in their educational goals. And remember last but not least, No matter what a teacher says to you, no matter how they try to take away your self esteem by failing you just because they see themselves (some not all) as the person to judge you as a person deserving an F, its not true. You did not FAIL, you are not an F, and F doesn't define you! and Kudos to you for having the balls to further your education and keep them in a job. So take that and brush it off your shoulder because deep down you know the Instructor who failed you they are Failures themselves and not likeable. If you stood in a room with them you will know that they are just miserable people themselves and see failures and flaws in everyone else. So lift your head up, fellow Adult Students with busy lives :)
Superb program. Professors were top notch. Work was challenging in most areas (orbital mechanics and rocket propulsion courses come to mind)...and as with everything in life, you get out of it what you put in to it. A perfect program for those needing a space-related degree that is broader in scope yet still providing sufficient, specialized training to be relevant. The space studies degree covered subject matter such as astronomy, engineering and technology, spacecraft, economics, law, space operations, astrobiology, space warfare, astronautics, and more. The degree itself has greatly benefitted my career. If only AMU offered a Ph.D. program!
Great school. You cannot go wrong. Classes are fairly easy. Just have to stay organized. I am taking 4 classes right now and working full time and I am still able to keep up with everything. The eight weeks really do go by fast. The work load is not heavy at all.
This school is very affordable compared to other universities. They also allow you to break up payments. I did not use financial aid because I didn't want to apply for loans. I found that student services was helpful with any questions or concerns I had along the way. Just call anytime and they will help. The professors were also helpful. Many professors worked in the field I was going into. I really valued their advice. The professors had their credentials were posted in the beginning of each class. I became close to some of the professors. I would say that the studying material would rate medium at difficulty level. However, I am also a good student that has always received honors in all colleges I attended. I was given plenty of field work experience and hands on assignments. We had weekly group conferences which I came to value a lot. I chose this school because it is regionally and nationally accredited and is CACREP approved (guidelines of the American School Counselor Association). I could think of a view negative experiences with the college, like processing my payments too close together or feeling disconnecting to my team of advisors because they were changed midway (due to someone getting fired). Overall, the positive outweighs the negative. I graduated 2015. The commencement hotel is very expensive, but looks so cool. I will be attending regardless of price.
I attended 2 courses before AMU showed me its true colors. I was enrolled in a BS for Homeland Security and taking a Physical Security course which I do for a living BTW and was instructed by the online Professor to post all assignments to the discussion board prior to class beginning. I conducted the full course all 8 weeks with weekly grades of 85-100% on my assignments. However, when it came time for my final grade I received and "INCOMPLETE." I made inquiry and was told that I missed a mid term assignment that was sent by email and not posted to the discussion board as previously directed by the Professor. When I , and 6 other course participants in the same situation appealed, the Dean of Students agreed it was a eggregious error on the professor and stated we could take the course over at cost. I promptly told them both to shove it.
APUS was a good experience and right for my educational needs. I am a full time mother, employee and wife. It was not possible for me to attend classes on campus with the schedule I have to balance. I found the material to be very interesting and comprehensive. I even kept a few textbooks for my personal library. I am graduating at the end of February and look forward to the graduation ceremony in Maryland/ DC area. I began my stint at APU as a 3rd year student because APU accepted my credits from El Camino Junior College. The majority of my instructors were very helpful and did what they could to assist me. They were understanding of illnesses and even my children's unexpected illnesses. I was able to turn assignments in late as long as I notified my instructor in a reasonable amount of time and had a legitimate reason. I will definitely consider APU should I go on to pursue my Masters degree.