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American Public University System
Established 1991
Type Private, For profit
President Wallace E. Boston, Jr.
Faculty 750+ [1]
Students 50,000+ [2]
Undergraduates 74%[3]
Postgraduates 26%[4]
Location Charles Town, West Virginia, United States of America
Campus Online

The American Public University System (APUS) is a private, for-profit, online learning institution of higher education that is composed of the American Military University and the American Public University. APUS maintains corporate and academic offices in Charles Town, West Virginia, administrative offices in Manassas, Virginia, and offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees through its two constituent universities. APUS is wholly owned by American Public Education, Inc., a publicly traded corporation NYSEAPEI. This is a tier III school.



June 11, 1991 Major James P. Etter (US Marines, Ret.) forms the university.

January 1993, Operation of the school begins with the enrollment of 18 students in graduate-level studies.

June 1995, AMU becomes nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).

January 1996, AMU introduces its first undergraduate programs.

1998, AMU transitions from correspondence to online format.

2002, AMU expands into the American Public University System and establishes American Public University.

2006, APUS was granted regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


American Public University System (APUS) is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[5] and nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.[6][7]

The university's School of Business is a candidate for accreditation by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs(ACBSP).[8] While the ACBSP is recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) some companies (including the Intel Corporation) have ceased reimbursing employees who attend non-Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) colleges and university's.[9]

Academic Schools and Faculty

The universities of APUS offer 76 degree programs and 51 certificates across seven academic schools[10]:

  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Management
  • School of Public Safety and Health
  • School of Security and Global Studies
  • School of Science and Technology.

In January 2010, former astronaut James F. Reilly Ph.D. joined APUS as Dean of the School of Science and Technology.


Enrollment is about 74% undergraduate and 26% graduate students.[11] Many AMU students are active, working adults in the military, public safety and national security sectors. However civilians are encouraged to attend as well. AMU today serves a variety of students seeking liberal arts and professional studies degrees, and places special program emphasis on programs in homeland security, national security, intelligence, and emergency and disaster management.


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