American Public University System (APUS), wholly owned by APEI (NASDAQ: APEI), operates through American Military University and American Public University. It serves a community of more than 100,000 adult learners worldwide and offers degree programs in fields ranging from homeland security, military studies, intelligence, and criminal justice to technology, business administration, public health, and liberal arts.
APUS’s mission is to provide quality higher education with an emphasis on educating the nation’s military and public service communities by offering respected, relevant, accessible and affordable, student-focused online programs, which prepare them for service and leadership in a diverse, global society.
Founded in 1991 by a retired Marine Corps officer and instructor, AMU was designed to meet the needs of the military—a very mobile population with extended, irregular schedules and unique educational needs. AMU is the nation’s number one provider of higher education to the U.S. armed forces according to U.S. Department of Defense tuition assistance statistics. In 2002, AMU was reorganized into American Public University System and American Public University was founded to provide access to the same quality, affordable, and relevant education to a broader audience of motivated working adults.
APUS is a three-time recipient of the Sloan Consortium Effective Practice Award and has been recognized for significant contributions to sustainability initiatives. The school is a for-profit institution headquartered in Charles Town, West Virginia with administrative offices in Manassas, Virginia. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).