A Quality Online Degree That’s Affordable
American Public University is excited to collaborate with HITN in support of its College Admissions 411: Online Degrees television series. We hope that you find this series on online education, STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and related careers helpful guidance as you pursue your college degree.
Please take a moment to learn more about our academic programs, faculty members, and read testimonials from other Latino learners who found online education to be valuable in receiving a quality education. Tú también puedes ... atrévete!
American Public University offers more than 150 online degree and certificate programs that may help get you one step closer to achieving your professional goals, while balancing your family and making a difference in your community. With monthly course starts, flexible schedules, and affordable tuition, you can choose a quality academic program that fits your lifestyle.
We want you to make an informed decision about the university that's right for you. For more about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, visit www.apus.edu/disclosure.
Explore our Schools and Programs
- Information Technology
- Business Administration
- Early Childhood Care and Education
- Hospitality Management
- Criminal Justice
Why Choose APU?
Academic Quality meets Affordable Tuition
American Public University (APU) is a distinguished leader providing quality and affordable online education to motivated students worldwide. APU is a member of the regionally accredited American Public University System. Here’s why more than 100,000 students make us their school of choice today.
- No application fees
- Textbooks are provided at no cost to all undergraduate students earning academic credit
- Affordable tuition that is 20 percent less than the average four-year public university’s in-state rates according to the College Board’s 2010-2011 study
- Save time and money by transferring previous education and training credits
- Financial aid and military benefits accepted
- Nationally recognized for quality online education and effective practices
- Experienced faculty who are respected practitioners in their field of study
- 96% of APU seniors say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their education
- 97% of APU seniors say they would recommend APU to friends and colleagues
To get started, complete our no-fee application now.
APU-HITN Video Spotlight
Just what is online learning all about and what types of careers are available? Click here to get a sneak peak of how APU achieves academic excellence and the various career opportunities available in the fields of space studies, information technology and environmental science.
Nadya Garcia-Batiz, Student & Staff Member
Nadya Garcia-Batiz learned the importance of education at an early age, from the example set by her parents. Both moved to Virginia from Puerto Rico before she was born, arriving with college diplomas in hand and a lifelong passion for learning.
In high school, Nadya also enjoyed learning and working on class projects, particularly in television production and journalism. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from George Mason University, specializing in public relations. She didn’t know her career focus would soon change.
“I had different dreams and goals then,” says Nadya. “I didn’t know I wanted to work in higher education. I did know that I wanted to continue learning and eventually earn my master’s degree. My father had told me that education was something that ‘no one can take away from you.’” Read More...
Sonia Vidal, Environmental Studies Student
After volunteering for a wildlife sanctuary in Texas, Sonia Vidal was inspired to go back to school to study wildlife conservation. She wanted to learn more about the animals, their histories, and how she could help work against their possible extinction.
Sonia chose American Public University for its degree offerings and affordable rates. She also enjoys that the university allows her to balance work, family, and school at the same time. Although it can be a challenge, Sonia believes it is all worth it in order to be able to make an impact.
Dr. Jim Reilly
Dean, School of Science and Technology
Ph.D.: University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Jim Reilly joined APU in December 2009, as the Dean of the School of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. in geosciences in 1995 from UTD with his dissertation titled The Structural and Stratigraphic Controls on the Distribution of Chemosynthetic Communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Field work required a combined 22 days underwater in deep submergence vehicles operated by the U.S. Navy and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. Read more about Dr. Reilly.
Dr. Carol Polio
Program Director of Environmental Science
Ph.D.: George Mason University
Dr. Carol A. Pollio is the Science Advisor for the US Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region Ecological Services Program. For the past 4 years, she has supervised 13 Ecological Services field offices from Maine to Virginia. She also served 5 years in the USFWS Washington Office, gaining experience in fisheries and aquatic resources management, education and outreach, and habitat restoration at the national policy level. She has been with the USFWS for 9 years. Read more about Dr. Polio.
Department Chair, Information Technology
M.S.: Kakatiya University
Mr. Benjamin has a Bachelors degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and a Masters degree from Kakatiya University. He has over fifteen years of experience providing Information Technology and Management education and consulting solutions in the public and private sectors. As the Department Chair of Information Technology at the American Public University System (APUS), he started the Information Technology Department. Read more about Mr. Benjamin.
Dr. Shawn Black
Dean, School of Management
Ph.D.: Capella University
Dr. Shawn Black is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Shawn earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University and his M.A. in Military Studies from American Military University. In addition, he is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and the Air Force’s Mobility Weapons School. He twice earned Top Instructor honors as a teacher at the highly selective U.S. Air Force KC-135 Weapons Instructor Course. Read more about Dr. Black.
Prior Learning Assessment for Academic Credit
We recognize that not all learning necessarily takes place in a classroom. However, earning academic credit for this non-traditional learning can be challenging. We are pleased to announce its Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio program designed to provide students the opportunity to seek credit for non-traditional learning. Examples of prior learning include knowledge acquired on the job, in military or corporate training programs, running a business, working with a volunteer organization, or pursuing a hobby.
Students who believe they have acquired college-level learning that has not been evaluated or recognized by other means may document their experiential learning in a portfolio and submit it for evaluation by our faculty. To do so, participation in our PLA program is required. This program is open to undergraduate students who meet all of the following requirements:
Learn more about prior learning assessment.