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Our mission is to prepare students for service and leadership in a diverse global society. We gauge our performance by the success of our students. We are dedicated to moving them forward so they can make a contribution to their professions and the communities in which they live and work. Many of our graduates pursue careers in service professions—first responders, professional emergency managers, educators and nurses, to name just a few.

Service is inherent to our mission and culture. Our employees engage in a variety of community service activities—from Red Cross blood drives to Habitat for Humanity projects—that benefit the communities in which we live and work. As an institution, we make significant contributions in support of education and technology innovation, national and global charities, and organizations that support soldiers, military families and veterans.

Finally, we have a deep commitment to environmentally sustainable practices and to renewable energy. For example, our newest administrative building is powered, in part, by a solar array believed to be the largest in West Virginia. Installed on a canopy over an adjacent parking lot, the more than 1,600 solar panels are capable of generating enough electricity per year to power 30 homes. In addition, APUS is a charter signatory to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Toward that end, our Sustainability Committee works diligently to explore options for reducing the school’s carbon footprint and to educate the students, staff and community. We have also implemented a wide range of programs—from recycling and paperless practices to telecommuting initiatives and electric vehicles—to advance sustainability.

December 2013, APUS students, alumni, staff and faculty joined thousands of volunteers for Wreaths Across America to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and other U.S. locations to commemorate the sacrifices of U.S. military personnel and veterans.

As part of 2013 Commencement, the Class of 2013, along with APUS students, alumni, faculty and staff, packed meals for Stop Hunger Now, an organization that works to meet the immediate needs of those suffering from hunger. This organization and its volunteers provide meals in response to crisis situations including natural disasters, conflict and famine, as well as to support the needs of early childhood development programs in the U.S. and abroad.