President and CEO


At American Public Education, Inc. (APEI), we believe that everyone deserves to realize their purpose—and that no one should be written out of an education due to limitations of time, money or location. We are driven by the belief that education should be accessible to all, not reserved for the few. Since its inception, APEI has helped more than 100,000 alumni on the path toward achieving their dreams by helping them to maximize the return on their higher educational investment. We call that Purpose Made Possible.

Our institutions were built on the principles of affordability, quality, inclusiveness, accessibility and relevance—and those are the core strengths that will take us into the future. At a time when the cost of education is out of reach for many, our unique value proposition enables APEI to make education more widely available to adult learners who seek education and training to achieve their purpose.

American Public University System (APUS), which represents 90% of APEI’s revenue, is a leader in delivering value. APUS offers an education with:

The Potential for Low or No Student Debt

72% of APUS alumni have graduated with no APUS-incurred student loan debt1

A High Return on Investment for Learners

APUS ranks among the top 2% of U.S. colleges in delivering economic value to graduates2

Strong Student Outcomes

95% of APUS alumni would recommend APUS to a friend or colleague3

A Bold New Strategy

APEI’s unique value proposition is not widely known, making it one of higher education’s best kept secrets. But we propose to change that.

In 2020, we are launching a bold new strategy built on amplifying our unique value proposition. Our priority is to grow APEI’s core businesses with an emphasis on improving experiences for our students and faculty to ultimately drive enrollment growth and accelerate brand recognition. Key components of the plan include elevating affordability as a core message, embracing technology innovation and expanding our workforce offerings. That means efforts to increase enrollment through:

A new marketing strategy

A technology modernization program

New skills offerings

Building on our brand-recognition in the military

Our goal is to address the national need for an adult learning platform where learners of all backgrounds can obtain the skills they need to maximize the return on each learner’s educational investment.

Angela Selden

President and CEO


1. Includes alumni who graduated with an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree from APUS as of December 31, 2019. Student loan debt is defined as student loans and private education loans and considers tuition, fees, living expenses and book costs associated with courses taken at APUS.

2. In a November 2019 Study of 4,500 institutions by Georgetown University’s Center of Education and the Workforce, APUS programs rank #93 overall for 40-year net present value and 95th overall, or in the top 2% nationally. The Study analyzed institutions’ return on investment using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard about the average net price of institutions and salary/earnings.

3. 2019 1-year Alumni Survey. All 2019 responses included.


American Public Education, Inc. (APEI), provides higher education to learners through two wholly owned institutions—online learning provider American Public University System (APUS) and campus-based Hondros College of Nursing (HCN).

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