The Student Right to Know Act requires American Public University System to report a graduation rate calculation that includes only the following population: full-time, first-time, undergraduate, degree/certificate seeking students who enroll at American Public University System. It tracks the progress of those students who complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled. Because the majority of American Public University System’s students are part-time students or transfer students who have previously attended an institution of higher education, this rate only represents approximately one percent of the University’s student body in the 2016-17 year.

For the cohort of students who began their studies September 2016- August 2017, the Student Right to Know Act graduation rate was 55 percent.