5 Easy Steps to Apply
Choose the program of study that's right for you and review the admissions criteria.
Choosing Your Academic Program
Selecting the right degree plan is a key step in ensuring a smooth admissions process and a successful educational experience. Many students come to us unsure of which program to choose and where to begin. Our Admissions Representatives can help you make this important decision. To speak with an Admissions Representative, call 877-777-9081 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for Successful Degree Selection
As you're browsing the degree program pages, keep these tips in mind:
- Associate and bachelor's level programs are both undergraduate degrees
- Though it seems logical to earn an associate degree first and then go on to the bachelor's degree, that may not always be the best choice
- Keep your end goal in mind and choose the degree that best matches your career goals; this may not be the one that nets you the most in transfer credit
- If you need help deciding on a major that could assist you in achieving your career goals, check out our career assessment tool, FOCUS-2 (use apus123 as the access code when creating an account). This assessment tool can help you discover what career fields match your interests, skills, and abilities, and suggests possible degrees that can prepare you for jobs in these areas.
- Once you've narrowed your options, talk with an Admissions Representative; he or she can assist you in getting a preliminary evaluation of your previous transcripts so you can make a more informed choice
Complete and submit the online application for admission. There is no application fee. You will be asked to give us information about your previous educational experiences, so make sure you have the names of your previous colleges and the dates of attendance close at hand before you begin. You will also declare your academic program. During the application process, you'll receive your student ID number and password; make note of them. You'll need them each time you log into the electronic campus.
Complete orientation. During orientation, you'll learn about our academic and financial policies and your rights as a student. By the time you've completed the orientation you'll be admitted to our university!
Welcome aboard! Your next step is to submit all necessary documentation. All documents are due within 15 weeks from the date of your first registration.
- If you are a “first-time student” with no prior college credits, you are not required to submit any admission documentation.
- If you are a transfer student or have military or civilian training certificates for evaluation, submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) application along with a one time fee of $50*. We will gladly request all official U.S. college transcripts on your behalf when we receive your signed Transcript Release Authorization form (TRA). To access the TRA, print your TCE application. Make sure it's complete, sign it, and fax or email the last page to us at 304-724-3811 or email@example.com. You'll be responsible for faxing in military transcripts and/or all certificates to 304-724-3788. Click here for more information about the TCE process and acceptable sources of transfer credit.
*TCE fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
All graduate students must have their official bachelor's degree transcripts sent to the following address:
American Public University System
Attn: Student Records
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109
Transfer Credit Fax: 304-724-3788
If you're planning to use Federal Student Aid (FSA) to finance your education, fill out the FSA Statement of Intent form and choose your start date and enrollment status.
Register for courses. Log into the Electronic Campus and click on My Academic Plan or Register Now. Click on the course(s) you'd like to take first and follow the prompts to register. Undergraduates are required to take COLL100 "Foundations of Online Learning" as one of their first courses. If you are using Federal Student Aid (FSA), make sure you register for the same number of credit hours that you declared on your FSA Statement of Intent form.
Effective September 1, 2012, a $50 per course Technology Fee will be charged for all future course registrations, including audited courses. The fee will not be applied to Comprehensive Exam courses.
APUS is providing a grant to cover the Technology Fee for Active Duty Military, Guard and Reserve personnel, or for anyone using Military Tuition Assistance or VA education benefits.
All Active Duty Army students using Tuition Assistance must first register with our university and then confirm registrations through GoArmyEd.com.
All students receiving Federal Student Aid must register for the entire Academic Semester to comply with FSA regulations. Students pursuing the Associate of Arts or the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies may not use FSA to finance these programs of study.
Our admissions staff is available Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET to answer your questions and provide assistance with the admissions process. You can reach us by phone at 877-777-9081, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with us via Live Chat.