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About American Public University System

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American Public University System popularly known as 'APUS', is a private for-profit online institution and the university was established in the year 1991 by retired Marine Corps officer James P. Etter. Initially named American Military University (AMU), which was started with the purpose of providing distance education to the military personnel and it started providing many more degrees and programs. It was later reorganized into the APUS in the year 2002.

The university system fosters an environment that promotes a life of learning for its constituents and uses feedback from its participants and supporters to improve the quality of its teaching, learning, and support. This university has a collaboration with the higher education community to improve the quality of learning and student success.

Presently, the university is offering more than 200 programs at affordable rates. The curriculum is developed with keen analysis and research. The alumni network consists of more than 82,000 individuals and has students from different ethnicities.

  • The university was established to provide flexible education to a large number of motivated working adults. 

  • APUS has an acceptance rate of 100%
  • The student population of the university consists of 48,623 students, out of which 2,829 are full-time and 45,794 are part-time students. 

  • Since the university is providing online education, it is following an open admission policy in regard to accepting the students into the university.

  • The university graduation rate is 36%. The retention rate for full-time students is 76% and 67% for part-time students. 

  • The student-faculty ratio is 19:1.

Online Education at APUS

APU is an online university providing flexible education to the students through its user-friendly online platform. It is currently offering 238 online programs across 30 disciplines.

At University, you'll find professors who are actively working in their fields while also teaching in your classroom. As a student, you get to regularly engage in online forums and communities with these influential experts as well as with other students who share your interests.

The university has a huge campus community available online, social media networks and students can interact with faculty and the staff of the university.

  • The university provides a platform to signup to their profiles for interaction, posting content for students, knowing the curriculum and accessing the other academic-related information.

  • APU e-campus is an online platform which is useful for the students to know the details related to the happenings in the university, check the academic calendar, and events. 

Reviews and Rankings

Some of the rankings are given below.

  • The university has received 'The Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice' award five times.

  • The university is ranked 94th for 'Best Online Bachelor's Degree program' by the US News.

  • It was continuously awarded since 2015 as the 'Best for Vets Colleges'.

Following are some of the student reviews which would help gain an insight into the university.

  • The online platform provided by the university is user-friendly and easy to use.

  • The online platform supports students to submit assignments with ease.

  • Interactions with instructors and classmates are possible through this web-based learning platform.

  • The faculty is extremely helpful and experienced at the university. 

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111 W Congress St


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Forbes and US News provide rankings to the universities, which are trusted everywhere. But this is applicable only if the universities are located in the US. The ranking of a university is an important parameter by which a prospective student can decide whether they wish to take admission or not. Generally, the ranking of a university is considered a great way to gauge its performance on several factors, which include research excellence, the performance of the students after they complete their education, student experience, and most importantly academic success. The rankings by two well-known publications, US News and Forbes, are considered trustworthy by applicants and academic experts. However, it is to be noted that American Public University System does not feature in the list of top colleges, according to the latest ranking by these publications.


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American Public University System admission

The institution offers an online platform for higher education for students from across the world. Learning online gives student more flexibility to study according to their convenience and time. This system gives a higher quality education which a student deserves. Irrespective of their job type and workload or student managing demanding jobs or running a busy household, American Public University System lets their students learn according to their time and in their own space

  • The University has created a platform for interaction between students to share their ideas and interest and enrich the learning process.

  • The University brings in various experts from industries and professors located across the country to bring in more perspectives from their fields.

  • Online learning can be accessed through a mobile application on the go.

  • Online learning makes one’s skilful with technology, a skill highly valued in any career.

Admission Process

  • Students can choose a desired academic program from 200+ degrees and certificate offered by the University. They can use program finder to compare programs on the official University website

  • Students can apply online on the official university website to get registered for a course. There is no fee to apply online. To complete online application it takes 10-15 minutes

  • Students are required to complete admission requirements. Once admission requirements are completed, the admission representative will take students through the further steps to get started

  • Students can start with their classes once the registration process is complete as the university has classes which start every month.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

To have a successful educational experience selecting the right degree is the first step. To find desired programs use program finder on the official University website. Admission representatives also help in deciding on the program according to your needs.

  • Students must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent education according to General Education Development (GED) to apply to the University

  • Students will be required to submit a colour copy of your valid government-issued photo ID while registering for courses of their choices

  • Military undergraduate students are required to submit a government-issued JST or CCAF transcript while registering for the courses

  • Students will be required to go through the College Readiness Assessment. If students have previously earned 9+ hours of college credit they can contact the university about waiving this requirement.

  • If there is a condition of transfer of students, they are required to submit their transcripts from the schools where they earned college-level academic credit

  • If students first course at the university is the Foundation of Online Learning. This course will prepare students to be a successful online learner and will also introduce them to universities resources.

  • If a student is planning to take courses in the University Only for Personal Knowledge or to get a transfer to other universities, they can select “Non Degree Seeking” on the admissions application provided.

Associate Degree Requirements

The associate degree is foundational if students seek to pursue a 2-year program. As this degree can be foundational for further studies in higher education and will also aid students to acquire a final degree.

  • Associate Degree has an average of 60-64 credit hours.

  • It takes a student about 2 years to complete if opted for full-time.

  • Maximum of 7 years total time allowed to complete an Associate Degree.

  • University accepts a maximum of 46 transfer credits (42 for Virginia state residents).

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

A Bachelor's Degree is a traditional 4-year degree program. It is commonly accepted as the customary credential of higher education in the U.S. education system.

  • Bachelor’s Degree has an average 121-126 credit hour.

  • It takes a student about 4 years to complete if opted full time.

  • Maximum of 10 years total time allowed to complete a bachelor’s degree.

  • University accepts a maximum of 91 transfer credits (84 for Virginia state residents).

Certificate Program Requirements

A certificate program provides a student with a 6-8 set of course focus. Its course focus lies on a particular topic or set of issues according to the course offered by the University.

  • Certificate Program has average 18-27 credit hours.

  • It takes a student about 1 year to complete if opted full time.

  • Maximum of 3 years total time allowed to complete a certificate program.

  • University accepts a maximum of 9 transfer credits.

 Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Students will require a bachelor’s degree or higher education from any institution who has been accredited or recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

  • If a student has a non-U.S. transcript kindly view the international admission page on the official website for more information.

  • Students are required to submit a colour copy of your valid government-issued photo ID.

  • Military students with an exception to Air Force, need to submit a government-issued JST transcript.

Master’s Degree Requirement

Master’s degrees are a better choice if a student wants to have a more in-depth study of their undergraduate degree or to pursue a new academic stream or study.

  • Master’s has an average of 36-47 credit hours.

  • It takes a student about 2 years to complete if opted full time.

  • Maximum of 7 years total time allowed to complete a Master’s Degree.

  • University accepts a maximum of 15 transfer credits.

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Tuition for the American Public University System is $7,324. This is 55% cheaper than the national average private for-profit four-year college tuition of $14,406. The cost is 54% cheaper than the average West Virginia tuition of $14,077 for 4-year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in West Virginia amongst 4-year colleges for affordability and is the 17th most expensive 4-year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fee of $2,352 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,324. American Public University System doesn't offer on-campus housing. If you're not living with a family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Charles Town area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off-campus housing is $7,312.


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Business Administration, Management...

1,323 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

1,187 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

740 Graduates

Homeland Security

634 Graduates

Computer/Information Technology Adm...

474 Graduates

International/Global Studies

399 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

332 Graduates

Psychology, General

308 Graduates

Human Development, Family Studies,...

289 Graduates

Natural Resources Conservation and...

288 Graduates

Health Professions and Related Clin...

203 Graduates

Public Health

176 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

156 Graduates


146 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

139 Graduates

Business/Commerce, General

131 Graduates

International Relations and Nationa...

126 Graduates


96 Graduates

Non-Professional General Legal Stud...

91 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

79 Graduates

Fire Protection

77 Graduates

Political Science and Government

66 Graduates

Data Processing

65 Graduates

Hospitality Administration/Manageme...

61 Graduates

Legal Support Services

54 Graduates

Mechanical Engineering Related Tech...

53 Graduates

Real Estate

49 Graduates

Registered Nursing, Administration,...

46 Graduates


36 Graduates

Computer Software and Media Applica...

33 Graduates

General Sales, Merchandising and Re...

33 Graduates

Military Technologies and Applied S...

32 Graduates


27 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

26 Graduates

Religion/Religious Studies

26 Graduates

Military Systems and Maintenance Te...

19 Graduates

Cultural Studies/Critical Theory an...

18 Graduates

Data Entry/Microcomputer Applicatio...

15 Graduates

Applied Mathematics

14 Graduates

Telecommunications Management

14 Graduates

Educational/Instructional Media Des...

12 Graduates

Entrepreneurial and Small Business...

7 Graduates

Environmental Control Technologies/...

4 Graduates

Computer Programming

3 Graduates

Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

1 Graduates


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US National: 44%



US National: 56%


55% White

7% Unknown

16% Black

13% Hispanic

4% Two or more races

1% Non Resident alien

2% Asian

1% American Indian/Alaska native

1% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

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The university believes in offering quality training to all the students and doesn't appreciate instructive disparities. Students originating from various ethnic foundations like Latin, Caucasian, Black, American Indian, and a lot more are invited to the school. The number of female and male students at the university are 64% and 36%, respectively.

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Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

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American Public University Financial Aid 

Financial Aid and assistance are available for the students in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Students looking for financial aid facilities can fill the FAFSA form. American Public University federal school code is 038193. Some of the financial aids available for the students are given below. 

  • Federal Aid offered are Pell Grants, Iran Afghanistan Service Grant, Direct PLUS Loan, Direct Subsidized, and Unsubsidized Loans.

  • Some scholarships available are Apartment Guide Scholarship and Department of Defense SMART Scholarship for Service.

  • Military Aid includes Military Tuition Assistance, Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), and Survivors and Educational Assistance Program (DEA), Yellow Ribbon Program, National Military Intelligence Foundation Scholarship and Montgomery GI Bill.

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