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American Military University (AMU), founded in 1991 by retired Marine Corps officer James P. Etter, broke new ground by offering career-relevant education for a mobile population of military learners with unique needs. Over the next ten years, AMU greatly expanded its offerings to encompass a broader array of online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in response to demand from students seeking education to help prepare them for military leadership roles and to transition to post-military careers.

In 2002, AMU was reorganized into American Public University System (APUS), and American Public University (APU) was founded to provide access to the same quality, affordable, and relevant education to a broader audience of motivated working adults with an emphasis on public service disciplines. Today APUS, through American Military University and American Public University, provides education to military servicemembers and adult learners worldwide, and offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs. APUS is a leading provider of higher education to the U.S. Armed Forces* and has been nationally recognized for excellence in online education by the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan Consortium).

* July 2013 Military Times report based on tuition assistance enrollment data from the Air Force, Army, Army National Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

History of APUS