Online Student Experience
Community of Learners
At APUS, we don’t view online learning as isolated to you and your computer. Learning must occur in a community. The student body is broad and diverse, and your entire educational experience is designed to be flexible and engaging. Many of our students tell us that their learning inside the classroom is greatly enriched by discussions with other students. This can be attributed to the high caliber of students at APUS. Your classmates are engaged learners who are often working in their field of study and enhancing their experience through their education. You can chat with fellow students in the student lounge, share photos, or simply read about the latest events in their lives. There’s also an online discussion board in each class, where your professor and classmates gather. You might even be invited to live webcasts with your fellow students, instructors, and industry leaders. Additionally, you can network with professors and students through social communities, student chapters of industry associations, and professional forums—as well as a very active alumni group upon graduation.
Who is the typical student?
Our students are active, working adults, often balancing family, school, and career. They range from a former state highway patrol officer now completing his degree to become a criminal investigator to a soccer mom studying alongside her husband—to show her kids the importance of education and make learning a “family affair.” We are proud to have a diverse community of learners ranging from those early in their careers to those who are mid-career professionals and are looking to build upon their current skills. Many hold key positions at organizations that include Fortune 500 companies, public and private associations, and numerous state and federal agencies.
What financing options are available to me; will I be able to afford this?
APUS was founded with the mission of providing access to affordable, quality education. Our tuition is among the most competitive in the industry so that you can reach your education goals and balance your budget. Our Financial Aid Office can help with Federal Student Aid, as well as G.I. Bill and other veteran’s benefits. Additionally, we value the importance of a strong transfer credit program—allowing students to maximize their previous learning and minimize their required time and financial investment. We accept up to 45 hours of transfer credit towards your associate degree, 90 hours of transfer credit toward your bachelor’s degree, and up to 15 hours of transfer credit toward your master’s degree.
Is APUS accredited? Can I get a quality education here?
Absolutely. American Public University System is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association. Professors are experts in the subjects they teach and bring cutting edge applications into the classroom. Our professors are industry insiders that combine relevant theory with real-world experience.
For example, our program director for emergency and disaster management, Dr. Christopher Reynolds, is a state certified paramedic, fire officer, fire officer instructor, fire inspector, and fire inspector instructor. Dr. Reynolds is also a board certified emergency manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program and numerous command courses. Dr. Reynolds is but one of 700 experienced faculty that bring their expertise and experience into the classroom.
What's inside the electronic campus?
Once you become a student and log into the secure campus, you will be welcomed into a typical academic community of fellow students, professors, staff, and administrators. On the campus homepage, you will be alerted to important University news from the registrar and administration. Registration dates and other important calendar events will be displayed, and you can download and submit University forms here. With a click of a mouse, you can view and print your personalized degree path and profile. Here, you will track your academic progress, update personal information, order transcripts, and more.
What is the classroom like?
As a student, you will enter your individual classrooms from the campus homepage. Simply log on and download your assignments when it is convenient for you. The asynchronous course delivery means no specific login times are required; it also allows for well thought out responses in the classroom and discussion board threads. This benefits all students. Additionally, the professors take special efforts to engage their students. Find out firsthand what the experience is like by visiting our Web site for a classroom demo or attending one of our admissions open house webinars offered on a regular basis.
What are the University's technology requirements?
All you need is a computer, access to the Internet, and a desire to learn. Students are required to have access to Microsoft Office, Open Office, or comparable “Office” software. Microsoft Works is not supported.
How do I take exams?
If the course requires you to take an exam, the professor will determine whether or not the exam requires a proctor. If so, you will choose a proctor who monitors and validates the exam. Otherwise, no supervision is required. You will never have to physically travel to a campus or other location to take your exams.
How do I contact professors and fellow students?
Students contact fellow classmates and professors via e-mail, through posting opportunities inside their classrooms, or via telephone. Professors encourage contact through e-mail any day, any time and telephone calls for additional feedback.
What resources are available to students to help them succeed?
Students have a multitude of resources at their fingertips. Open 24/7, the online library is a cutting-edge center containing millions of pages of books and scholarly articles licensed from the Deep Web and tailored to the University’s programs. It features the finest staff of subject- and Web-specialist librarians in online education, including the former heads of libraries ranging from NSA to Tulane’s Amistad Research Center. APUS students and alumni have access to an array of career resources such as:
- Vault Career Library
- Focus-2 Online Career Assessment Program
- Resume Review
- Interviewing Strategies
- Mentoring Opportunities
In addition, student advisors and support staff are available and committed to your success. Our online Center for Teaching and Learning provides students with resources that set them up for success. This includes ways to improve study skills, research strategies, time management tips, available online tutoring, and tactics to improve your writing.
What are alumni doing professionally with their APUS degrees?
APUS alumni are working all over the globe in a variety of leadership positions. You will find them in a variety of fields, including intelligence, security management, military management, government agencies and contractors, and more.
Our graduates and students include:
- an investment analyst for a leading pension fund
- a working mom who is a customer service specialist in the healthcare industry
- a history teacher in Iowa
- a former NFL star
- a single parent - father of three - starting college to set an example for his children
- and many other working adults across the globe