Timeline

1991

Photo of James P. Etter, Founder

Mr. James P. Etter, Founder

American Military University (AMU) was founded and incorporated in Virginia as a private company by retired Marine Corps officer James P. Etter. As Chief Executive Officer, Etter led the organization through its early milestones of academic development, licensing, accreditation, and growth. Before founding APUS, Mr. Etter was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a Naval Flight Officer and an instructor at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Amphibious Warfare School.

1992

AMU became licensed and authorized to enroll students.

1993

AMU began operations at offices in Manassas, Virginia. AMU’s first master’s program was introduced and all programs were delivered through distance learning.

1995

AMU received national accreditation with the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), maintained through 2012.

1996

Undergraduate bachelor’s program introduced.

1998

Transitioned to online, Web-based course delivery.

1999

Undergraduate associate program introduced.

2002

American Public University System Logo

AMU reorganized into American Public University System (APUS) and American Public University (APU) was established to extend its outreach to the greater public service community, primarily police, fire, emergency management personnel and national security professionals. APEI was formed and incorporated in Delaware in May 2002 in anticipation of the reorganization of American Military University.

APU receives approval from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

2003

APUS moved its academic headquarters from Manassas, Virginia, to Charles Town, West Virginia. While APUS still retains certain administrative operations in Manassas, a majority of the operations are based in Charles Town, including academics, information technology, financial aid and other key functions.

2006

APUS achieved regional accreditation in May 2006 with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and became eligible for federal student aid programs under Title IV for classes beginning in November 2006.

2007

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APUS’s parent company, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI), became a publicly-traded company on the NASDAQ Stock Market on November 11, 2007. The company’s ticker symbol is APEI and the IPO price was $20.00 per share.

2009

APUS earned the prestigious Online Learning Consortium Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and an Effective Practice Award.

2010

APUS recognized with a second Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice Award, marking the first time representatives from a single institution received the award in consecutive years.

APU was selected by Walmart U.S. as Exclusive Life-long Learning Partner.

2011

The Higher Learning Commission reaffirmed APUS´ accreditation without any stipulations on our affiliation status. APUS´ next comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for the 2020 to 2021 academic year and it has an interim progress report regarding development of university-wide coordination and a review of graduate studies due in July 2015.

2012

APEI made a $6.75 million, or 19.9% minority investment, in NWHW Holdings, Inc., which was formed to acquire New Horizons Worldwide, Inc., a global, independent global IT-training company.

2013

American Public University System undergraduate programs recognized for overall quality in US News & World Report 2013 Online College Rankings.

APEI acquired National Education Seminars, Inc., which is referred to as Hondros College of Nursing. The institution offers a diploma in practical nursing (PN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN), and a registered nurse to bachelor of sciences in nursing (RN to BSN) completion program to more than 1,300 students at four Ohio campuses and online.

  • APUS became the first three-time recipient of an Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice Award.

2014

American Public University System undergraduate programs recognized for overall quality in US News & World Report 2014 Online College Rankings.

  • Received an Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice Award for an unprecedented fourth time.
  • Military Times Magazine again ranked AMU as the #1 school serving active duty service members.

2015

Received “Best for Vets Colleges 2015” distinction from Military Times.

  • APUS ranks #27 on the U.S. News list of Best Online Programs — marking 3 straight years in the top 12%.