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Welcome from the President

American Public University System: A Commitment to Academic Quality and Innovation

We were founded as American Military University (AMU) 25 years ago to educate those who serve by a retired Marine Corps officer who envisioned an innovative way to offer quality and affordable education to our U.S. armed forces. We've since grown to serve a diverse population of military, public service, and corporate professionals through AMU and American Public University (APU).

Today, APUS is one of the leading providers of quality, affordable online education to motivated adult learners, who are often balancing family, school, and career. As such, our programs -- complemented by a tightknit community of faculty, staff, and fellow scholars -- are designed to support the achievement of both your personal and professional goals.

Critical thinking, leadership, and professional relevance in a global society define American Public University System's educational commitment to our students hailing from across the United States, and around the world.


How do we distinguish ourselves from other universities? We provide outstanding programs and student services and have been frequently recognized by the prestigious Online Learning Consortium for best practices in online education and U.S. News and World Report for quality undergraduate programs. What truly sets us apart is our commitment to providing quality, student-focused services, to continuous process improvement, and to dynamic innovation. As learning and support service technology models evolve, we remain at the forefront of leveraging those that best meet the evolving needs of our learners, along with their respective employers and industries.

In fact, we regularly consult with industry leaders to assess and enhance our curriculum based upon marketplace needs. Many of our faculty members are practitioners who bring current best practices from their fields into the classroom. Among our faculty, you’ll find executives in government, business, and nonprofit organizations, including the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, State Department, CIA, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the United Nations, among many others.

My personal commitment to each of you who become part of the APUS extended learning community is to provide an enriching and engaging learning experience. We are continually building on our strong foundation to fulfill our academic mission by addressing the critical needs of a rapidly-changing higher education landscape to prepare both APUS and our graduates for an exciting future.

I invite you to learn more about AMU and APU by contacting us or exploring our websites. Find out how we are helping people like you to grow, stand out and achieve your learning goals.

Dr. Karan Powell, President