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Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Proprietary
Terms Other
Academic calendar (as submitted by school) 8- and 16 week sessions starting the first Monday of each month.
First year of program 1995-1996

Faculty & Classes

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
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 84%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 64%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 45%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 183
Part-time faculty with doctorate 551
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 47
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 15
Average class size 16
Maximum class size 25


Online bachelor's degree programs 38
Online courses 991
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%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Retailing and Retail Operations
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Information Technology
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Information Technology Project Management
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General
Health Professions and Related Programs
Public Health, General
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
History, General
Military History
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology
Securities Services Administration/Management
Fire Services Administration
Homeland Security
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies
Military Science, Leadership and Operational Art
Military Operational Art and Science/Studies
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies
Psychology, General
Social Sciences
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Transportation and Materials Moving
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Cutting edge programs: Accounting, Hospitality, Sports and Health Sciences, Legal Studies, Homeland Security, Intelligence Studies, Information Technology, and Retail Management. Of 39 programs 12 are in the liberal arts. Books provided at no charge to undergraduates. Undergraduate tuition unchanged since 2001, $250 per credit hour. Courses delivered asynchronously, students login and complete coursework when convenient to them.

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students N/A


Archived classes All
Classes can be received live None
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. N/A
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) N/A
Skype or other visual software N/A
New-student orientation Yes
Review and sign ethics statement Yes
Percentage of classes with lectures 76-99
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 4
Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students Minority
Class participation graded Yes
Exams Yes
Same exams are administered only once No
Exams have random question order Yes
Each user has unique exam login Yes
Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered Multiple geographically dispersed settings
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

During the first week of the mandatory first course students complete an assignment where they agree to comply with the APUS Honor Code and Honor Pledge. Students use Turn-It-In on two written paper assignments for the mandatory first course. Faculty members in identified courses ask students to sign the honor code making a statement that the assignment submitted is original work. Turn-It-In is embedded in selected learning management courses where courses are automatically uploaded and assessed by the plagiarism software.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Academic Profile (ETS) Yes
Academic Profile results publicly available No
Community of Inquiry Yes
Community of Inquiry results publicly available No
Major Field Test Yes
Major Field Test results publicly available Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement results publicly available No
Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment ETS Proficiency Profile
Other assessment results publicly available Yes

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 121
Credits that must be earned through school 30
One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates
Limited time to complete degree Yes
Target time to earn final 25% of credits 1 year
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits 10 years
Graduation rates N/A

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