American Military University v/s SNHU feedback

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  1. degman

    degman New Member

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    I'm looking at AMU which is part of the American Public University System I read.

    It is regionally accredited per the department of education.

    https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/InstAccrDetails.aspx?756e697469643d3138323936322663616d70757349643d30267264743d332f362f3230313720383a34363a333720414d

    How would you rate AMU? I'm in NH so also looking at a similar course at Southern New Hampshire University.

    SNHU per credit is $50 more and SNHU is also regionally accredited by the same body as UNH, Harvard etc.

    SNHU will be local for me. So not having any experience with either how would you rate them?
     
  2. Tireman 44444

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    I would rate APUS as exceptional. I have taken classes there, so I might be a little biased. I do not know about SNHU in that capacity, so I cannot say how they are.
     
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    I would rate both schools "adequate."

    No one is going to look at those schools and say "Oh, wow, this guy is top shelf all the way."

    The only potential criticism of AMU is that it is for-profit. That matters to some. But recent political events seem to have shifted the rage onto other matters. AMU has, historically, had a pretty decent reputation among military and veteran students. A big reason for this is probably the fact that they actively marketed toward both groups.

    $50 more per credit can either be wasted money or money well spent depending upon your perspective. It's wasted if it buys you no greater utility for your degree. It's money well spent it if puts a better school on your resume. IMHO, SNHU just cannot offer that. Their name is insufficient to justify the extra $50.

    I'm not saying you should go with AMU. But I would question how you narrowed down your options to these two schools.

    Have you looked at Amberton? $250/credit, regionally accredited, non-profit.

    Have you looked at Fort Hays? $207/credit (undergrad), regionally accredited, public.

    If cheap is your goal then there are cheaper options than both. If name recognition is your goal than there are schools with far better reputations than either.
     
  4. Tireman 44444

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    Again, I can only speak for me. Just my opinion. :)
     
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    AMU's lineup of programs associated with military and homeland-security type topics seems to be the school's specialty and its most unique feature. I'm not familiar enough with these programs to know whether they are any good, but a lot of military people have degrees from AMU, so the degrees seem to be recognized in that context.
     
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    In retrospect and as an AMU graduate, it lacks the benefit of hearing in-person instructors describing their workplace experiences, but otherwise, the 100% online courses were informative, challenging and had rigor. It's comprised of book work and head work and you will invariably learn things that you otherwise did not know during your academic studies. Someone else who has attended the other university will have to provide their anecdotal experiences.
     
  7. degman

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    I'm looking at a online Bachelors in International Relations /Homeland Security.

    I narrowed down to these 2 because I read about AMU's offerings in that domain and that it's regionally accredited; same for SNHU (they advertise a lot up here)

    I also looked at SNHU because I live in NH and the SNHU has campuses close to me if I ever need to go on and use their library etc.

    Even though AMU is for profit, per credit hour, it's $274 versus $320 for SNHU.

    Online & Regional Center Tuition & Fees | SNHU

    What makes a for profit University less desirable or less reputable?
     
  8. Gbssurvivor1

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    I agree with Tireman. A good friend recommended AMU to me. She got her MA-EDM there. I wanted to pick up another Masters to have the academic background in CJ. I am in the thesis/capstone class now. I have thoroughly enjoyed the work and the college. I would highly recommend it to anyone! I am thinking about picking up another Masters once I finish this one. They have a boat load of graduate degrees that look AWESOME!!!
    Alex
     
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    +1 for AMU. I attended AMU and am satisfied. It is not a flagship university but it ticked the box and was accepted by the employers in my industry. I have never had anyone question its validity or the fact that it is a for-profit university. Generally speaking most of the instructors were responsive and knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. Another plus was that in the undergraduate program books were included in the tuition rate and they were real hard copy books - not ebooks. I really appreciated that fact.

    I have no experience with SNHU.
     

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