- General Information
- Application Process
- Program Requirements
Yes! The Focus-2 career assessment tool is designed to evaluate your strengths, interests, values, skills, and personality traits in order to provide you with a listing of careers relevant to your unique characteristics and a degree pathway.
Visit the Program Specific Career Resources page by selecting your field of study below:
Our APUS Career Services team is here to help you. Please explore the Career Services Center where you can find out about our Virtual Job Fairs, the Job Board, Internships, Fellowships, and learn the basics of job searching, resumes, interviewing and the tools and resources we offer.
You may apply for admission to the university any time by clicking on the "Apply Today" link form located at the top of each page on the website, or you can Apply Now.
There is no fee for completing the admission application.
Students enrolling at our university are accepted into most academic programs at the time of application. Some programs have special admission requirements not listed below; to check on your program, please click on the following links:
Students will be prompted to review a 5-10 minute Orientation to the university upon completion of the admission application and accept the Enrollment Agreement. The Orientation reviews important enrollment and policy information for new students. The Enrollment Agreement is verification that students understand the enrollment policies and accept the arbitration agreement set forth for students enrolling at our university. Please note: it is essential that you read both completely and thoroughly, the Enrollment Agreement is a legally binding document.
You will be able to access the e-campus immediately upon completing the admission application, reading through the Orientation, and accepting the Enrollment Agreement. The ecampus Open House is a recorded tour of the ecampus and its features.
Students register for courses by clicking on the “Register Now” tab at the top left of the eCampus or by clicking on the “My Academic Plan” option under the Records Menu. Then students select the course, professor and session, and payment type they will use for each course. Students will receive a “Registration Confirmation” upon successfully enrolling in a course, which they may wish to print and retain for future reference. Download How to Register for a Class for a step-by-step walkthrough of the registration process.
Undergraduate students taking courses for academic credit will have their course materials provided at no charge via the APUS Book Grant once their tuition is paid. Graduate students may order their books via our preferred distributor, which is linked under Student Services on the right of the e-campus, or by purchasing the materials elsewhere online.
Undergraduate students may register for courses as soon as they have applied for admission and completed the orientation with the exception of the undergraduate nursing program and the Associate of Applied Science in Health Science. Graduate students may register for their first course after proof of a conferred bachelor’s or higher degree is received. Selective programs may require additional documentation before registration is permitted.
Students whose Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) is not completed can contact the TCE team to have unofficial records checked towards the prerequisites for a course; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Non Degree-seeking students must contact the Registrar's Department regarding the steps to waive a prerequisite. The Registrar's Department can be e-mailed at email@example.com.
Any undergraduate student who has significant prior learning and experience in an online college environment may request a waiver of COLL100 Foundations of Online Learning. If the waiver is denied, the student must take the course. If the waiver is granted, the student is required to take an additional 3 credit course in place of the COLL100 credit hours. To request a waiver you need to click on OTHER FORMS from the left menu inside the ecampus, then click on COLL100 Waiver Form and follow the instructions listed.
Students wishing to transfer academic credits into their programs must initiate the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) from the eCampus. They may begin the TCE by clicking on the “TCE Application” from the left of the eCampus, under the Forms Menu. All Undergraduate Transfer students with previously-earned academic credits must provide their previous college transcripts and submit the TCE application as part of our Undergraduate admission policies. The TCE will take 4-6 weeks to complete once all documents listed are received.
*TCE fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
Students who have not previously attended colleges/universities for academic credit are not required to submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE). Graduate students are not required to transfer in their previous Graduate-level credits, but are urged to do so if credits may apply to their program.
There are maximum transfer limits for our university degree programs. Students entering an Associate’s can receive a maximum of 46 credits towards their program, those entering a Bachelor’s can receive a maximum of 91 credits, and students entering a Master’s can receive a maximum of 15 transferred credits. Award of credit is based on course-by-course equivalency and several other factors, details for which can be found at the Transfer Credit Evaluation Center.
Graduate students who are not transferring in credits must have an official transcript of their bachelor’s or master’s degree, with conferral date posted, sent to our Student Records Department. They must contact their previous university and have the transcript mailed to the following address:
American Public University System
Attn: Student Records
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109
Electronic transcripts are considered official if they are delivered by the original granting institution through a secured website, such as Scrip-Safe, Docufide, or Avow, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Students with fraduate credits who have not completed a full master’s degree must have an official bachelor’s transcript mailed to the university.
Students submitting non-collegiate military/professional training records for consideration for the TCE must fax or e-mail the records to our Student Records Department. These documents can be faxed to 304-724-3788 or e-mailed to email@example.com. It is suggested that students include their ID number on fax cover sheets and in email subject lines.
Students can check to see which documents are still waiting to be received for the TCE by clicking on the “My Academic Records” option on the left of myCampus, under the Records Menu.
Students may contact the Admissions Department to request a Preliminary Transfer Credit Review (PTCR), at no charge, before enrolling or beginning the official TCE for an estimate of how many credits will be transferred into their degree program. The Admissions Department will send the student a PTCR Disclaimer, which must be completed, signed, and returned for the review to begin. Unofficial records may be submitted by fax or email for the PTCR. The PTCR is a one-time service which may be conducted towards two degree programs at our university. Prospects and students wishing to officially transfer in credits must complete the TCE upon admission.
Every college and university determines its own policies regarding transfer credit, so we recommend you contact the school you would like to attend to inquire about their transfer credit policy and what is accepted. Our transfer credit depends on the student's declared program of study and whether the type of credit earned at another university meets the learning outcomes and objectives for his/her program with us.
The total cost per program is shown on each of the program description pages and is based on completing all the credits required for the program. It’s hard to answer exactly how much a program will be for you because we don’t know how many credits you intend to transfer to the program until you apply.
In general, our tuition, combined with all fees and books, is about 33% less for graduates and about 20% less for undergraduates than the average in-state rates for public university students across the United States. Please visit our Tuition and Financing homepage for detailed information and to see how we compare.
We take our mission to limit student costs seriously, absorbing inflationary costs whenever possible, which is one reason there is no fee to apply for admission to our university. There is a per-course technology fee and a fee for evaluating your transfer credits, etc., but in general, you will find our fees to be much less extensive than most public or private universities. Visit our Tuition and Financing homepage for more details.
Tuition payment is due no later than Thursday at 2:00 p.m. ET during the first week of courses. All students registering for courses will need to provide financing information or payment upon registration. Book orders and shipments for undergraduate students will not be processed via our Book Grant until tuition payment is received or financing is confirmed. Students paying out of pocket will either pay the full sum upon registration via a credit/debit card or an e-check, or may use our Automatic Debit Plan (ADP).
As an accredited university, we are able to accept many forms of financing from public and private sources, including Federal Student Aid (FSA) and Military Tuition Assistance. Please visit our Paying for School page for complete details.
Students who are eligible for financing must submit documentation to our university when they enroll. We recommend you start the financial aid process at least one month prior to your course start date. During this time, check your email frequently and please respond promptly to requests from our financial aid team asking for documentation such as tax information or transcripts. Please visit our Paying for School page for complete details.
We are here to support you, and we accept many different options to help you pay for your continued education. This includes VA benefits, Federal Student Aid (FSA), employer reimbursement, payment plans and more. Please visit our Paying for School page for complete details.
Courses open at 6:00am ET on the first Monday of the month. Students should log into their courses via the “Enter Classes” feature at the top left of myCampus. Each course has a syllabus available which students will need to open, read, and save for future reference. Students are suggested to take note of the assignments due during the first week and begin working on the assignments. It is required that students log into each course at least once during the first week or they will be dropped from the course. There is no academic penalty for dropping a course, student’s will see a grade of “DP” noted in their record if they drop a course, but the drop will not be included on official transcripts. Please refer to the Student Handbook for more information about the financial consequences of a Drop.
Students primarily use the email feature used inside the online classroom to contact their professors. The email feature can be found on the left of the online classroom. Some professors also have office hours and a contact phone number posted on the course syllabus.
Students can check to see the background of their professors (i.e. their credentials and teaching/professional experience) by checking our Faculty Directory web page.
During an average week, an undergraduate student should expect:
9 - 10 hours completing coursework for a 16-week course
15 - 18 hours completing coursework for an 8-week course
A graduate student should expect:
10 - 15 hours completing coursework for a 16-week course
18 - 22 hours completing coursework for an 8-week course
If a course requires a proctor, students will be notified as such by the professor at the outset of the course. Proctors must be approved and directly in contact with professors before an examination.
The online library is searchable for various source materials such as e-books, and journals. Students can visit the online library via their online classrooms or myCampus. Once inside the online library, a welcome and introductory walkthrough video is on the left of the online library home page.
Our Student Advising Department is available to help students with their studying and time management habits, academic scheduling, and with using the academic resources offered by the university. Students may visit the “My Academic Plan” section of their e-campus, under the Records Menu, and then use the “Stay Connected” feature at the top to contact their advisor by email or schedule an advising appointment with them. Students may also visit the Student Advising and Resource (STAR) Center for help with academic success and to learn about Student Advising.
Contact the Classroom Support Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 877-755-2787 x3640
We offer special circumstance extensions or withdrawals for students who find themselves deployed without computer access or experience other circumstances that will make it impossible to complete coursework within the prescribed time frame. Any student who is eligible for a special extension or withdrawal is required to contact the Registrar's Office, the ESO (if applicable), the course instructor(s), and any other relevant parties when deployment or other circumstances will make it impossible to complete coursework within the prescribed time frame.
The graduate bookstore is located at www.apusgradbooks.com. The course materials for each term are available about 30 days before the course start date.
Once your tuition payment method has been approved, ED MAP will pre-fill your shopping cart with the right course materials and send an email when your course materials are ready to be validated. When electronic materials are available, APUS will provide e-books as part of the book grant, and students will also have the option to purchase a print textbook at a minimal cost. Otherwise, the student will be provided the print textbook through ED MAP as part of the grant.
Please note that in order to receive any VitalSource e-book or textbooks delivered via ED MAP for any upcoming term you must complete the entire validation process in the Undergraduate Bookstore. The link to the undergraduate bookstore is located on the right side of student campus under the Student Services section.
E-books that are found in the classroom, online library or on the open Web do not need to be validated. However, if you wish to purchase the hard copy version of these materials, you may do so through ED MAP if that format is available. APUS will be adding more e-books that utilize ED MAP and VitalSource e-books later this year.
For further information on ordering books, please visit the online library.
VitalSource® Bookshelf® is the preferred and most used e-book delivery platform in the world of higher education. Bookshelf® users can access content from over 200 of the world's top academic publishers whenever and wherever they choose--laptop, desktop or mobile device--and can download texts directly or access them via browser. Over 2.2 million users on 6,000 campuses worldwide have used Bookshelf®. You can read more about VitalSource and download the bookshelf.
We encourage our students to familiarize themselves with this technology by downloading the application ahead of time. There are free samples of texts, such as Charles Dickens' Great Expectations as well as other free trials for texts.
Latest Mac Version: 6.1.2
Mac Post Date: 12/12/2012
File Size (Mac): 18.3 MB
Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Internet Connection for registration and downloading of e-book.
Latest Windows Version: 6.1.2
Windows Post Date: 12/12/2012
File Size (Windows): 90.1 MB
Microsoft Windows XP SP 2 (32-bit)
Windows Vista/7/8 (32/64 bit)
Microsoft .Net 4.0
Internet Connection for registration and downloading of e-book.
American Public University System is regionally accredited by a federally recognized accrediting agency.
Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association
230 North LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Further information on recognition policies and standards may be found on the following Web sites:
They are two separate institutions that are both part of American Public University System and share many resources. Both schools are open to military and civilian students.
We are located everywhere there is Internet access – your home, your office, the local coffee shop, libraries and even in remote military posts.
Our professors work from around the world – California, Canada, Austria – where many hold teaching positions at other universities or are active professionals at the National Security Agency, United Nations, the U.S. military among others.
We have two administrative offices – our headquarters are in Charles Town, WV and supporting administrative offices are in Manassas, VA.
111 West Congress Street
Charles Town, WV 25414
Toll Free: 877-468-6268
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109
Yes. We conduct a graduation ceremony once a year, in May or June, in the Washington D.C. area. Students who graduate between June 30 of the previous year and March 31 of the current year are invited to attend the commencement ceremony along with family members. Students who do not wish to participate in the ceremony will have their diploma and transcripts mailed to them.
Our university complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. In compliance with federal and state regulations. For more information, email us at email@example.com.
No, you will never have to travel to a physical campus. All coursework and administrative tasks can be completed online.
For your convenience, APUS has posted our various school codes below:
|Excelsior College (AMU)||03021|
|Excelsior College (APU)||03102|
|Military TA (ALL)||3389 A|