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American Public University System Celebrates 100,000 Graduates

American Public University System Celebrates 100,000 Graduates

APUS Sees Growth as More Students See Value in Online Education

CHARLES TOWN, WV,  September 3, 2020American Public University System (APUS), proudly announced that it now has surpassed 100,000 alumni, having conferred over 114,800 associate, bachelor’s, master’s degrees and certificates to dynamic, service-minded professionals making a difference in their communities. In the past two years alone, over 20,000 students have received APUS degrees and certificates, and, separately, about 30 percent of APUS alumni who completed an undergraduate degree in 2019 have returned to pursue a second degree.

“Our 100,000-plus alumni have helped us become a premier higher education provider to military and public service communities, and today you’ll find our graduates in fulfilling roles at NASA, the Pentagon, in the U.S. Armed Forces, in public service and in the private sector,” said APUS President Dr. Wade Dyke. “Our core mission has always been to provide a high-quality education that is accessible, relevant, inclusive and affordable. We continuously seek ways to serve our students.”

APUS believes in lifelong learning, community engagement, inclusivity, and celebrating the many achievements of its students and graduates. Alumni have ongoing access to robust career services; networking and mentorship with faculty/industry practitioners; an exclusive community directory to network and engage with students and alumni; over 75 student organizations; and university library resources.

APUS also has an Alumni Advisory Council, a diverse group of alumni representatives from five academic schools that serves as a voice for alumni matters. The Council, which has an active task force focused on alumni issues, is highly receptive to ideas for elevating and contributing to the alumni community (representatives can be reached at [email protected]).   
APUS was founded as American Military University with a mission to educate those who serve. Today, APUS offers over 220 online degree and certificate programs across disciplines including business, IT, data science, cybersecurity, logistics, disaster and emergency management, space studies, sports management, criminal justice and nursing. These programs are instructed by an accomplished faculty of industry scholar-practitioners.

APUS is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please click here to see the many APUS associate, bachelor and master degree programs that have obtained specialized accreditation from external accrediting organizations.

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About American Public University System

American Public University System, recipient of the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and five-time recipient of OLC’s Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Military University, the #1 provider of education to the U.S. military*, and American Public University. Over 100,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS’s relevant, flexible curriculum and value. For more information, visit

*Based on FY 2019 DoD tuition assistance data, as reported by Military Times.