Welcome to APUS: Who We Are
Critical thinking, leadership, and professional -relevance in a global society define American Public University System's educational commitment to our students from all 50 states and around the world. Founded in 1991 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 grown to serve a diverse population of military, public service, and corporate professionals through American Military University and American Public University. Today, we are one of the leading providers of online education, frequently recognized by the prestigious Online Learning Consortium (OLC) for best practices in online education. Our program and service standards are designed for the working adult student. We consistently strive to keep our tuition and fees affordable so that a quality education is always within your reach.
How do we distinguish ourselves from other universities? Above all, we provide outstanding programs and student services designed with your career outcomes in mind. We consult with industry leaders to continually assess our curriculum based upon marketplace needs and enhance it in line with their recommendations. 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.
Our learners are motivated, working adults often balancing family, school, and career. As a student, you'll quickly discover a supportive and tightknit community of faculty, staff, and fellow scholars who help drive an enriching and engaging classroom experience.
I invite you to learn more by talking with us or exploring our website. Find out how American Public University System is helping others achieve their goals —and how we can help you grow, stand out, and succeed.
Dr. Karan Powell, President