About American Public University

American Public University is part of American Public University System

Based in America, Respected Worldwide

Welcome to American Public University. As a leading provider of online education to motivated students around the world, we offer you quality, American-based education at economical rates. As an international student, you have the opportunity to complete your degree from an accredited American university recognized for best practices in online learning without the hardship or costs of relocating to the United States. From the convenience of your home, you'll access graduate and undergraduate curriculum that's relevant to your career goals, and you'll join a global community of 100,000 scholars located in more than 100 countries and growing. Wherever you're living, working, and learning you will always be supported by American Public University's tradition for exceptional student services.

  • American Public University System is ranked in the top 10% of all U.S. online bachelor’s degree programs by U.S. News & World Report1
  • Recognized by the prestigious Online Learning Consortium (OLC) for best practices in online education
  • Tuition and costs are always transparent with no hidden charges
  • 93% of employers would hire one of our graduates again2
  • 95% of seniors say they would choose us again3
  • 85% of graduates report they're currently employed3
  • 94% of seniors would recommend us to a friend or colleague4
    1. Source: U.S. News & World Report, Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, January 2015.
    2. Source: American Public University System, Alumni Employer Survey, January 2006 – December 2012.
    3. Source: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), 2012.
    4. Source: American Public University System, Alumni Survey, January 2012 – December 2012.

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Recognized for Academic Quality

American Public University is a worldwide leader in providing affordable, quality online education offering more than 190 degree programs. We've earned our reputation by never forgetting that students are always priority one. And people are taking notice. Acknowledged by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) for best practices in online education, we're also the unprecedented four-time recipient of the OLC Effective Practice Award, and U.S. News & World Report named us among the top online degree programs for the third consecutive year.

Leader in Affordability

At the core of our mission is making access to quality education more affordable to all students no matter where they live. While tuition around the world continues to rise sharply, we have kept undergraduate and graduate tuition low. And as a degree-seeking undergraduate student, you'll receive textbooks at no cost through our book grant.

Our total costs of combined tuition, books, and required fees are approximately 17% less for undergraduate and 37% less for graduate students than the average published in-state total costs at U.S. public 4-year institutions.


American Public University is part of American Public University System, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org, 1-312-263-0456). HLC accredits over 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States including the U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Notre Dame, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Wyoming, and Arizona State University to name a few.

Experienced Faculty

The strength of our university is reflected in both the caliber of our respected faculty members and their noteworthy accomplishments. As a student, you'll interact and learn from practitioner instructors. Many are experts in their industry and are passionate about helping you excel. Our faculty is diverse, experienced, and dedicated to providing education that's relevant to your career goals.

  • 500+ faculty members with doctoral degrees from leading universities
  • Many are widely recognized for research and contributions in their respective fields
    • Dr. Alan Hale (co-discoverer of the Hale-Bopp Comet)
    • Former astronauts
    • Many senior leaders at Fortune® 500 companies
    • Many senior U.S. government agency officials and officers

Premier Student Services

Our partnership with you begins at day one. In addition to personal support from your professors and classmates, you can engage anytime with our academic advisors, librarians, mentors, career service professionals, and tutors. We're here at every step in your journey to help you stay on track, build upon your learning experience, and achieve your goals. And our partnership extends well beyond graduation as you're invited to join our global network of alumni.

Worldwide Community of Scholars

When you choose American Public University, you join a global network comprised of students, alumni, and faculty who are dedicated to their professions and to lifelong learning. The majority of students are working full time while earning their degree. As a result, students bring diverse experiences to the classroom discussion. And many are actively involved with affiliated organizations like Golden Key International Honour Society, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and our Global Mentor Network and Career Services.

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