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5 Easy Steps to Apply


Step 1: Choose Your Academic Program

Choose the program of study that's right for you and review the admissions criteria.

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 a representative call 877-777-9081 or email

Tips for Successful Program Selection

As you're browsing the academic 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 program, check out our career planning tool, FOCUS-2 (use apus123 as the access code when creating an account). This tool can help you discover which 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, speak with an Admissions Representative; he or she can assist you in getting a preliminary evaluation of your previous transcripts (if applicable) so you can make a more informed choice.

Step 2: Complete the Application for Admission, Acknowledgment of Student Rights and Responsibilities , and any Assessments

Complete and submit the online application for admission. There is no application fee and the form takes about 15 to 25 minutes to complete. During the application session you will be: 

  • Asked about your previous educational experiences, so you'll need the names and dates of other colleges you may have attended
  • Required to declare your academic program (major), which is why step one above is so important
  • Issued a student ID, which you will use each time you log into the student ecampus/classroom; please make note of the ID

Immediately after submitting the application, the Acknowledgment of Student Rights and Responsibilities window opens. It is recommended that you complete this right away, as it is the best way to become familiar with your new school, learn about our academic and financial policies, and understand your rights as a student.

Note: If you are a first-time undergraduate, you may be required to take our interactive, self-paced College Readiness Assessment after completion of the Acknowledgment of Student Rights and Responsibilities and prior to being admitted to the university.

Step 3:  Create Your Student Profile in ClearPath

ClearPath is our personalized, easy-to-use communication and networking site that allows you to interact with our admissions and student services teams without being tied to your email account.

All students should create their ClearPath profile after admission by logging into the ecampus and click the ClearPath tab for access. You can also start enjoying ClearPath even while working to complete any required assessments.

Step 4: Submit Documentation

All documents are due within 15 weeks from the start date of your first course. You can log into the student ecampus for your complete list of documents due.

  • If you are a first-time undergraduate 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, you'll want to submit the transfer credit evaluation (TCE) application. Visit our Transfer Credit Evaluation Center for more information about the TCE process and acceptable sources of transfer credit.

All graduate students must have their official bachelor's degree transcripts sent to the following address:

American Public University System
Attn: Document Services
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109

Step 5: Register For Your Courses

Log into the student ecampus and click on My Academic Plan or Register Now. Click on the course(s) you'd like to take and follow the prompts to register.

  • If you are an undergraduate student, you are required to take COLL100 – Foundations of Online Learning as one of your first courses.
  • If you are using Federal Student Aid (FSA), make sure you register for all the courses you intend to take for the entire academic semester to comply with FSA regulations.
  • FSA will not cover funding for the A.A. or B.A. in General Studies degrees.

Have Questions?
Our admissions staff is available Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 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, or Live Chat.


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