American Public University System

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School Overview

American Public University offers more than 200 online academic programs to students worldwide. The school was originally founded as American Military University in 1991 to provide career-focused, distance education to military personnel. In 2002, the university was reorganized as American Public University to provide the same quality, affordable, and flexible education to a much broader and diverse group of students throughout the world.

American Public University System Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (877) 468-6268
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
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Address: 111 W Congress St, Charles Town, WV 25414
Setting: Town: Fringe
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 46,088
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 29%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 0 (0% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $6,880
Out-of-state Tuition: $6,880
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,786

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

American Public University System Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at American Public University System.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11785
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11331
Education 53
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 311
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 312
Health Professions and Related Programs 232
History 3223
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 12474
Legal Professions and Studies 1111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 111
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences 321
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3311
Natural Resources and Conservation 211
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 122
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 2
Social Sciences 321
Transportation and Materials Moving 11
Grand total 582445312

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at American Public University System and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $6,880
Out-of-state $6,880
Books and supplies $0

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $6,600
Out-of-state $6,600

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 68 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 66 94% $5,786
Student loan aid 48 69% $10,399

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 32,080 89% $1,705
Federal student loans 8,449 23% $8,635

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for American Public University System. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled American Public University System students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

American Public University System Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 46,088
Undergraduate enrollment 37,746
Graduate enrollment 8,342

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

American Public University System Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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