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American Sentinel University Program Review

American Sentinel University values its commitment to providing education to students of all backgrounds and situations, especially those seeking affordable, flexible instruction in leading-edge areas. The school strives to give its students a satisfying educational experience while preparing them for real-world jobs and the ability to work with technology. Through innovative programs offered at several different levels, American Sentinel challenges students' abilities to think critically, evaluate situations and make decisions in their personal and professional lives.

American Sentinel University was founded in 1988 as the American College of Computer and Information Science. In 2000, the American Graduate School of Management was formed, giving students the opportunity to take more advanced classes in business. American Sentinel has two office locations in Denver, CO, and Birmingham, AL, and classes are offered online. The university employs more than 40 faculty members to instruct the approximately 1,200 students enrolled each year from over 120 different countries. More than half of the faculty members hold Ph.D.s, giving students access to quality academic instruction. Students work closely with their professors and academic advisors to plan out their academic studies and set future goals for themselves.

More than 15 online degree programs are offered at American Sentinel University, and the school is accredited by the Distance Education & Training Council. Degrees are offered at the Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's and certificate levels in areas like Technology, Business and Healthcare. Specific degrees include an AS, BS or MS in Computer Science; BS in Web Design and Development, AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Business Administration, MBA, MS in Nursing and more. Certificate programs featured include certification in Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco, and PMP. Classes are offered in either 8- or 12-week terms, and students can enroll at different times during each month.

American Sentinel's online format connects students with each other, with faculty and with administration even though they may live thousands of miles away. Students can chat live with an advisor, participate in interactive real-time lectures, work with their group cohort, and take advantage of student services like the mentoring program, career center and The Sentinel newsletter. Students also have access to the school's online library database, which is full of software downloading sites, reference materials and more.