American Public University System

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#34 Overall Score: 79 Best Online Bachelor's Programs

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American Public University System, a for-profit enterprise comprised of American Military University and American Public University, is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. AMU and APU are open to both military and civilian students, though the former caters to service members and the latter to those interested in public service careers. The schools are two distinct organizations, but share many resources. Neither has a formal relationship with the U.S. military.

Approximately 40 online bachelor's degree programs are offered at APUS, including accounting, homeland security, business administration, sports and health science, and retail management. APUS does not operate any brick-and-mortar educational facilities and all degrees are earned entirely online. Students have access to many academic resources, including a 24/7 online library, writing workshops, live tutoring and mentoring.

Classes at APUS are taught in eight-week and 16-week formats and are available beginning at 6 a.m. on the first Monday of the month. The classes are generally small, too - the maximum is 25 students. Faculty must have a minimum of a master's degree and are required to complete professional development training. Students at APUS can connect with peers through The Quad, where they can join virtual service organizations, among other activities. Once a year, APUS hosts a graduation ceremony in the Washington, D.C., area.

American Public University System, a proprietary institution, has been offering online bachelor's degree programs since 1995-1996. All of the online classes are recorded and archived, so students can access lecture material at their own convenience. When applying for the online programs at American Public University System, it's important to note that the deadline is rolling.

Quick Stats

Academic year founded 1995-1996
Total enrollment 61,776
2013-2014 Tuition $250 per credit
Application deadline Rolling
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U.S. News Rankings

Student Engagement rank 84
Student Engagement score 62
Faculty Credentials and Training rank 92
Faculty Credentials and Training score 64
Student Services and Technology rank 16
Student Services and Technology score 65
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.1


Application deadline (U.S. residents) Rolling
Application deadline (international students) Rolling
Priority application deadline N/A
Admissions website
Director of admissions Terry Grant
Admissions phone (877) 777-9081
Admissions email
Denies admittance to qualified applicants No

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Maximum class size 25
Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 421
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 1,451
Average online teaching experience 3 years
Five most popular majors
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
International/Global Studies 13%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 10%
Homeland Security 6%
Psychology, General 5%
Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely outside U.S. Yes
One-year retention rates
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Graduation rates N/A

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Student Body

Total enrollment 61,776
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
New entrants who are first-time freshmen 3%
Average student age 31

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Technology & Support

Required Internet speed 256k
Instructor response expected within (hours) 48
24-7 live tech support No

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Paying for School

Tuition for U.S. students (per credit) $250
Tuition for international students (per credit) N/A
Financial aid available Only federal aid is available

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