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American Public University System Overview

Located in Charles Town, West Virginia, American Public University System is a private for-profit institution. The location of American Military University is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is American Public University System Known For?

8,854 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at American Military University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 19% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from American Military University with a bachelor's degree make about $62,400 a year. That's 53% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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American Public University System Rankings

American Military University landed the #190 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 24 schools in West Virginia.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

American Military University has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#51 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at American Military University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Cultural Studies & Analysis Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards American Military University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#4 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#8 Best History Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for International Studies College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#18 Best Business Associate’s Degree Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is American Public University System?

Location of American Public University System

Contact details for American Military University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 111 W Congress St, Charles Town, WV 25414
Phone: 877-468-6268
Website: www.apus.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanPublicU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmericanPublicU

How Do I Get Into American Military University?

You can apply to American Military University online at: www.apu.apus.edu/admissions/application-process/

As long as you submit the requested materials to American Public University System when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford American Public University System?

69% Take Out Loans
18.5% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At American Military University, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $10,399 a year. That adds up to $41,596 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at American Military University is 18.5%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

American Public University System Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,425 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 37,335 undergraduate students at American Military University, with 2,425 being full-time and 34,910 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  American Military University

There are also 7,914 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,425 full-time undergraduates at American Military University, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  American Military University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of American Public University System students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of American Military University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 36
Black or African American 395
Hispanic or Latino 260
White 1,399
International Students 33
Other Races/Ethnicities 302

Geographic Diversity

West Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at American Public University System. At this time, all 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

At this time, 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at American Public University System

46,088 Took All Classes Online
46,088 Took At Least One Class Online
-5.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 46 bachelor’s degree and 32 master’s degree programs available online at American Military University. In 2017-2018, 46,088 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at American Military University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in West Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of American Military University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at American Public University System was -5.3%. This is the #194 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at American Military University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of American Military University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communication & Journalism 26%
Communication & Media Studies 26%
Computer & Information Sciences 7%
Computer Information Systems 12%
Computer Software & Applications 44%
Cultural Studies & Analysis 14%
Data Entry 9%
Electrical Engineering 60%
Engineering 60%
Entrepreneurial Studies 20%
Fire Protection 11%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 67%
Health & Physical Education 13%
Health Professions 24%
History 0%
History 0%
Homeland Security 4%
Hospitality Management 16%
Information Technology 6%
Instructional Media Design 12%
International Relations & National Security 4%
Legal Professions 9%
Legal Support Services 15%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 10%
Liberal Arts General Studies 10%
Marketing 7%
Natural Sciences 38%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 6%
Nursing 39%
Other Health Professions 25%
Other Military Tech & Applied Sciences 9%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 13%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 14%
Political Science & Government 19%
Public Administration & Social Service 6%
Public Health 12%
Public Policy 56%
Real Estate 9%
Religious Studies 42%
Social Sciences 3%
Telecommunications Management 19%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at American Military University ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Real Estate #1
Telecommunications Management #1
Other Military Tech & Applied Sciences #1
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology #1
Mechanical Engineering Technology #2
Cultural Studies & Analysis #2
Applied Mathematics #2
Data Entry #2
Environmental Control Technology #2
Other Health Professions #3
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #3
International Studies #3
Natural Sciences #3
Data Processing #3
Electrical Engineering #4
Public Policy #5
Air Transportation #5
International Relations & National Security #5
Transportation & Materials Moving #5
Philosophy #8
Mathematics & Statistics #9
Religious Studies #9
General Sales & Marketing #9
Sociology #11
Engineering #11
General English Literature #11
Student Counseling #12
Political Science & Government #12
Fire Protection #13
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #13
Hospitality Management #14
Engineering Technologies #14
History #14
Philosophy & Religious Studies #14
History #14
English Language & Literature #15
Natural Resources Conservation #16
Computer Programming #16
Non-Professional General Legal Studies #16
Human Development & Family Studies #17
Entrepreneurial Studies #18
Computer Software & Applications #18
Health & Physical Education #18
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #19
Natural Resources & Conservation #20
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #20
General Education #24
Homeland Security #26
Legal Support Services #28
Public Health #30
Instructional Media Design #31
Communication & Media Studies #31
Legal Professions #38
Communication & Journalism #40
Public Administration #46
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #47
Liberal Arts General Studies #49
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #49
General Business/Commerce #49
General Psychology #53
Marketing #57
Nursing #57
Computer Information Systems #59
Social Sciences #60
Educational Administration #62
Psychology #62
Information Technology #66
Public Administration & Social Service #68
Human Resource Management #75
Accounting #81
Computer & Information Sciences #84
Criminal Justice & Corrections #87
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #91
Education #92
Health & Medical Administrative Services #95
Business Administration & Management #122
Health Professions #128
Business, Management & Marketing #132

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

American Public University System Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 112 111 1,388 54 778 2,443
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1,271 92 0 30 1,393
Homeland Security 38 48 534 28 263 911
Criminal Justice & Corrections 30 98 612 20 135 895
International Studies 30 0 359 37 264 690
Information Technology 52 17 422 28 156 675
Health & Physical Education 0 0 421 9 150 580
History 0 27 109 60 217 413
Natural Resources Conservation 21 0 269 13 109 412
Other Health Professions 0 358 1 0 0 359
General Psychology 0 0 269 0 84 353
Human Development & Family Studies 53 87 145 0 0 285
Public Health 0 48 112 0 47 207
International Relations & National Security 0 0 100 0 85 185
Computer Information Systems 0 0 184 0 0 184
Accounting 5 51 62 1 29 148
General Business/Commerce 0 135 0 8 0 143
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 81 0 34 115
Nursing 0 0 84 0 17 101
Political Science & Government 0 0 66 0 31 97
Fire Protection 10 36 46 0 0 92
Mechanical Engineering Technology 2 0 35 6 47 90
Sociology 0 0 88 0 0 88
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 79 79
Hospitality Management 10 10 57 0 0 77
General English Literature 0 0 76 0 0 76
Other Military Tech & Applied Sciences 7 4 53 0 0 64
Data Processing 0 61 0 0 0 61
General Education 0 0 0 0 55 55
Real Estate 27 27 0 0 0 54
Legal Support Services 17 36 0 0 0 53
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 28 0 18 46
Marketing 0 0 41 0 0 41
Religious Studies 0 0 36 0 0 36
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 26 3 0 29
General Sales & Marketing 5 6 16 0 0 27
Telecommunications Management 27 0 0 0 0 27
Communication & Media Studies 0 27 0 0 0 27
Computer Software & Applications 15 12 0 0 0 27
Data Entry 23 0 0 0 0 23
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 20 20
Philosophy 0 0 20 0 0 20
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology 2 14 0 0 0 16
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 2 0 12 14
Applied Mathematics 0 0 14 0 0 14
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 10 10
Electrical Engineering 0 0 10 0 0 10
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 7 0 2 9
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 9 9
Instructional Media Design 8 0 0 0 0 8
Natural Sciences 0 0 8 0 0 8
Human Resource Management 1 0 0 3 0 4
Computer Programming 2 0 0 0 0 2
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 1 0 1
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Air Transportation 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 497 2,484 5,873 271 2,681 11,806

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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