Online Student Experience
Who is the typical student?
APU students are active, working adults. Many have worked in their professional fields for more than 15 years, holding positions at organizations that include the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), the New York Police Department (NYPD), and the State Department just to name a few.
What’s inside the electronic campus?
Once you become a student and log into the secure campus, you will be welcomed into a typical academic community of fellow students, professors, staff, and administrators. On the campus homepage, you will be alerted to important University news from the registrar, administration, and more. Registration dates and other important calendar events will be displayed, and you can download and submit University forms here. With a click of a mouse, you can view and print your personalized degree path and profile. Here, you will track your academic progress, update personal information, order transcripts, and more.
What is the classroom like?
As a student, you will enter your individual classrooms from the campus homepage. Inside the classroom, you obtain assignments, write papers, conduct research, take tests and exchange information just like in a traditional class – except it’s done online. Professors use a variety of teaching methods, including: posting weekly lecture notes, linking to videos and Web sites, providing access to research information, and initiating asynchronous class discussions and group projects.
What are the University’s technology requirements?
Essentially, you need access to a computer and an Internet connection. It’s that simple. To ensure your virtual experience is optimal, check out our technology requirements chart.
How do I take exams?
If the course requires you to take an exam, the professor will determine whether or not the exam requires a proctor. Often, you will choose a proctor who monitors and validates the exam. You will never have to physically travel to a campus or other location to take your exams.
Do I ever have to physically go to a campus?
How do I contact professors and fellow students?
Students contact fellow classmates and professors via e-mail, through posting opportunities inside their classrooms, or via telephone. Professors encourage contact through e-mail any day, any time and telephone calls for additional feedback.
What if I travel frequently, or I work changing shifts?
APU goes with you wherever you go. All of the courses are delivered over the Internet. Our students are located in 130 countries. The asynchronous course delivery means no specific login times are required. Simply log on and download your assignments when it’s convenient for you during the week.
What resources are available to students to help them succeed?
Students have a multitude of resources at their fingertips. In our online library, you will find a searchable catalog comprising more than 2,000 print books and 17,000 electronic books, 9 electronic full-text databases, thousands of Web site links organized by subject, and an online tutoring center. Our electronic databases include Columbia International Affairs Online, EBSCO Academic Search Elite, EBSCO Military and Government Collection, Emerald Management Full-text, LexisNexis Academic, ProQuest Criminal Justice Periodicals, Proquest Research Library, PsycARTICLES, and Brown’s Women Writers Online.
What are alumni doing professionally with their APU degrees?
APU alumni are working all over the globe in a variety of leadership positions. You will find them in a variety of fields, including intelligence, security management, military management, government agencies, and contractors, and more. Read some career stories from a few of our students.