American Public University (Online-Undergraduate)

American Public University (Online-Undergraduate)

Charles Town, WV
student ratio
total students
$6,000 | $6,000
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Distance Learning for Undergraduate Students -- Quality and Affordable Online Education

American Public University (APU) is a leading provider of quality and affordable online education to motivated students worldwide. Nationally recognized by the Sloan Consortium for best practices in online education, APU earned its reputation by ensuring that students are priority one.

APU offers career-relevant education and unrivaled student support services at a low cost. Tuition is affordable and through a book grant, students earning academic credit receive books and learning materials at no cost. There are more than 90 degree programs designed to help working professionals fit education into their busy lives. Interested students can download a university brochure to learn more.

Online Learning

Courses are offered entirely online in 8- and 16-week sessions starting monthly, so students can begin their academic journeys right away. Students can login from anywhere they have Internet connections. The online campus is compatible with mobile and tablet devices, allowing students the convenience to connect when and how they prefer.

Unrivaled Student Support

APU's partnership with students begins the moment they make the commitment to pursue their educations at APU. Beyond personal support from their professors and classmates, students can engage anytime with academic advisers, librarians, mentors, career service professionals, tutors, and more. APU is here at every step of the student's journey to help him or her stay on track and achieve his or her academic and professional goals. Help is never more than a click or phone call away.

At APU, students belong to a global community of students, alumni, and faculty members dedicated to their professions and to lifelong learning. The majority of students are working full-time while earning their degrees. Many actively participate in affiliated organizations such as the Golden Key International Honour Society, International Association of Emergency Managers, Society for Human Resource Management, Delta Epsilon Tau, Pi Gamma Mu, Alpha Phi Sigma, Student Veterans of America and more.

Students have additional support through the school's dynamic social and professional communities including the university's Global Mentor Network, Career Services Office, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube sites, and more than a dozen blogs and portals dedicated to thought leadership across various industries and topics.


American Public University is a member of American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 312-263-0456). The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, including West Virginia. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the US Department of Education and CHEA.

Undergraduate Programs

Interested students can view a complete list of programs, including certificates, here.

Student and Alumni Satisfaction

More than 40% of alumni return to APU to obtain their 2nd degrees. This is a testament to the university's high student satisfaction scores. In the university's 2010 End of Program Survey, 95% of seniors indicated they would choose the school again.

Affordable Tuition and Accessible Financial Aid

APU is committed to keeping tuition rates low without sacrificing quality. APU's combined tuition, fees and books are roughly 15% less for undergraduates than the average in-state cost at a public university. Among the 10 leading U.S. providers of online education, APU is on average 42% lower for undergraduates.

While tuition has risen nationwide, the university has not raised undergraduate tuition in 12 years. The university accepts many forms of financial aid including Federal Financial Aid, Pell Grants, Military Tuition Assistance, GI Bill and Veterans' Benefits. Interested students can compare AMU's tuition with other universities here.

Transfer Credit

Students may be closer than they think to earning their degrees. More than 50% of students received credit for prior learning last year. APU students were able to save time and money by receiving credit due to their previous graduate college experience, military service and other prior learning. Interested students can explore transfer credit and the prior learning program here.

Career Resources

APU's Office of Career Services helps students and alumni with their career and professional development goals. The university's dedicated team of career coaches can assist with resume reviews, mock interviews, and professional networking advice. APU also offers regular virtual career fairs and engaging online events all designed to help students prepare for career advancement.


Students can use the simple 5-step admissions process to apply for admission, complete their new student orientations, request transfer credit evaluations, apply for Federal Student Aid, and register for classes. Students can start and stop at each step at their convenience. There's no fee to start the application process today. If students need assistance, they can contact members of the admissions team using the online live chat, or by phone or email. Interested students can apply now.


The strength of the university is reflected in the caliber of the faculty, which is comprised of respected scholars and practitioners from around the world. APU's faculty boasts over 500 members with doctoral degrees from leading universities. Many are widely recognized for their research and contributions in their respective fields. This includes Dr. Alan Hale (co-discoverer of the Hale-Bopp Comet), 5 former astronauts, senior leaders at Fortune 500 companies, and senior government agency officials and officers.

Location & Contact

Charles Town, WV

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$6,000
    • Out-of-state tuition *$6,000
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported




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