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American Public University System Overview

American Public University System is a private for-profit institution located in Charles Town, West Virginia. 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?

9,210 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 is ranked #203 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 32 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
#4 Best Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#142 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 Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Cultural Studies & Analysis Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Computer & Information Sciences Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Liberal Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Law Enforcement & Firefighting 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
#1 Best Data Processing Schools College Factual
#2 Best Computer Science Associate Degree Schools Computer Science Degree
#6 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools College Factual
#6 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools College Factual
#10 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#33 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual

Where Is American Public University System?

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Contact details for American Military University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 111 W Congress St, Charles Town, WV 25414
Phone: 877-468-6268
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: https://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?

59% Take Out Loans
15.2% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At American Military University, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $9,701 a year. That adds up to $38,804 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at American Military University is 15.2%. 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

2,522 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 40,362 undergraduate students at American Military University, with 2,522 being full-time and 37,840 being part-time.

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There are also 9,685 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,522 full-time undergraduates at American Military University, 53% are male and 47% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 63
Black or African American 396
Hispanic or Latino 317
White 1,387
International Students 41
Other Races/Ethnicities 318

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

50,047 Took All Classes Online
50,047 Took At Least One Class Online
0.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 49 bachelor’s degree and 35 master’s degree programs available online at American Military University. In 2019-2020, 50,047 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of American Military University Rankings

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at American Public University System was $6,880 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how American Military University is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Public Health #1 #1
International Studies #1 #1
Transportation & Materials Moving #1 #1
Public Policy #1 #1
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #1 #1
Cultural Studies & Analysis #1 #1
Natural Resource Management #1 #1
Natural Resources Conservation #1 #1
Political Science & Government #1 #1
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #1 #1
International Relations & National Security #1 #1
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #1 #1
Applied Mathematics #1 #1
Mathematics & Statistics #1 #1
Air Transportation #1 #1
Mechanical Engineering Technology #1 #1
Electrical Engineering #1 #1
English Language & Literature #1 #1
General English Literature #1 #1
Non-Professional General Legal Studies #1 #1
Other Military Tech & Applied Sciences #1 #1
Legal Professions #1 #1
Other Health Professions #1 #1
Natural Resources & Conservation #1 #1
Natural Sciences #1 #1
General Psychology #4 #1
Engineering Technologies #4 #4
Liberal Arts General Studies #4 #1
Engineering #4 #1
Student Counseling #4 #1
Religious Studies #4 #1
Information Technology #4 #4
Computer & Information Sciences #4 #4
General Sales & Marketing #4 #4
Public Administration #4 #4
Entrepreneurial Studies #4 #4
Philosophy #4 #1
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #4 #1
Accounting #4 #4
Hospitality Management #6 #3
Public Administration & Social Service #7 #4
Psychology #7 #4
General Education #7 #4
Health Professions #10 #7
Sociology #10 #1
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #10 #4
Educational Administration #13 #7
Marketing #16 #10
General Business/Commerce #18 #6
Health & Medical Administrative Services #19 #13
Computer Information Systems #22 #13
Nursing #28 #16

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 0.9%. This is the #839 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
Applied Mathematics 65%
Business Administration & Management 13%
Business, Management & Marketing 11%
Computer & Information Sciences 3%
Computer Information Systems 8%
Computer Programming 67%
Computer Software & Applications 18%
Data Entry 15%
Data Processing 12%
Engineering Technologies 27%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3%
General Business/Commerce 15%
General Psychology 1%
General Sales & Marketing 7%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 50%
Health & Physical Education 1%
Health Professions 12%
Human Development & Family Studies 3%
Instructional Media Design 20%
Legal Professions 10%
Legal Support Services 23%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 6%
Liberal Arts General Studies 6%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 65%
Mathematics & Statistics 65%
Mechanical Engineering Technology 27%
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology 27%
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 88%
Natural Resource Management 99%
Natural Resources & Conservation 9%
Natural Sciences 33%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 3%
Nursing 18%
Other Health Professions 15%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 1%
Psychology 1%
Public Administration 11%
Public Administration & Social Service 14%
Public Policy 31%

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
Other Military Tech & Applied Sciences #1
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology #4
Wildlife Management #4
Cultural Studies & Analysis #5
Natural Sciences #10
Mechanical Engineering Technology #10
Natural Resource Management #14
Applied Mathematics #15
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #17
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #17
Philosophy #22
Public Policy #22
International Studies #22
Data Processing #24
Other Health Professions #24
International Relations & National Security #25
Real Estate #28
Electrical Engineering #31
Non-Professional General Legal Studies #34
Air Transportation #36
Transportation & Materials Moving #36
Natural Resources Conservation #39
Natural Resources & Conservation #55
Political Science & Government #58
Religious Studies #60
General Sales & Marketing #61
Student Counseling #69
Other Education #71
Hospitality Management #75
Philosophy & Religious Studies #77
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #78
Mathematics & Statistics #80
Fire Protection #81
Sociology #81
History #94
History #94
Engineering #96
General English Literature #102
General Education #105
Health & Physical Education #109
Legal Support Services #113
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #118
Communication & Media Studies #119
Homeland Security #120
Computer Programming #127
Computer Software & Applications #128
Human Development & Family Studies #137
Public Health #155
Instructional Media Design #158
Public Administration #164
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #166
Engineering Technologies #169
English Language & Literature #171
Legal Professions #173
Entrepreneurial Studies #194
Communication & Journalism #198
General Psychology #202
General Business/Commerce #259
Marketing #261
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #267
Psychology #283
Social Sciences #289
Educational Administration #298
Human Resource Management #315
Public Administration & Social Service #316
Nursing #326
Information Technology #338
Computer Information Systems #359

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 169 187 1,547 63 844 2,810
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1,323 118 0 37 1,478
Homeland Security 38 43 510 22 246 859
Criminal Justice & Corrections 14 93 542 22 121 792
Information Technology 44 17 413 32 164 670
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 17 0 313 31 226 587
Health & Physical Education 0 0 433 10 143 586
Other Health Professions 0 399 21 0 0 420
History 0 39 110 53 181 383
General Psychology 0 0 279 0 76 355
Natural Resources Conservation 11 0 311 17 0 339
Human Development & Family Studies 45 92 157 0 0 294
International Studies 10 0 93 13 122 238
Public Health 0 50 101 0 56 207
Computer Information Systems 0 0 200 0 0 200
General Business/Commerce 0 149 8 12 0 169
Accounting 3 47 60 1 29 140
Mechanical Engineering Technology 4 1 53 2 64 124
Nursing 0 0 103 0 20 123
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 78 0 40 118
Political Science & Government 0 0 60 0 31 91
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 89 89
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 0 84 84
Fire Protection 8 36 38 0 0 82
Sociology 0 0 74 0 0 74
Data Processing 0 69 0 0 0 69
Legal Support Services 24 45 0 0 0 69
Hospitality Management 8 8 50 0 0 66
Other Military Tech & Applied Sciences 6 5 44 0 0 55
Real Estate 26 22 0 0 0 48
General English Literature 0 0 46 0 0 46
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 18 0 22 40
Applied Mathematics 0 0 40 0 0 40
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 23 0 16 39
Computer Software & Applications 15 18 0 0 0 33
General Education 0 0 0 1 31 32
Marketing 0 0 31 0 0 31
Wildlife Management 22 0 0 9 0 31
General Sales & Marketing 3 6 20 0 0 29
Communication & Media Studies 0 27 0 0 0 27
Data Entry 27 0 0 0 0 27
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology 8 14 0 0 0 22
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 14 8 0 22
Religious Studies 0 0 22 0 0 22
Telecommunications Management 20 0 0 0 0 20
Philosophy 0 0 19 0 0 19
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 12 0 6 18
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 13 13
Natural Sciences 0 0 12 0 0 12
Instructional Media Design 8 0 0 2 0 10
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 10 10
Sustainability Science 8 0 0 0 0 8
Computer Programming 3 0 0 3 0 6
Educational Administration 0 0 0 1 5 6
Electrical Engineering 0 0 5 0 0 5
Human Resource Management 1 0 0 1 0 2
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 0 0
Air Transportation 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 542 2,690 5,978 303 2,676 12,189

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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