OUR MISSION: The Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) is a group of schools (college preparatory schools; two-year colleges; and colleges and universities) which provide a quality education in a military environment with emphasis on strong values, leadership development, citizenship, and service to others. While the schools are diverse in many ways, they all share a strong tradition of academic excellence and have a culture that fosters close relationships between faculty and students. Students receive individual help from faculty who are encouraged to grow professionally and whose yearly continuance depends not upon tenure, but upon proven performance and a love of teaching. They recognize that each student is unique and emphasize development of the "whole person.
Whether urban or rural, secondary or college, day or boarding, each school is governed by a Board of Trustees, is independent in its governance and finance, and has a stated policy of nondiscrimination in admission. All are accredited by a recognized evaluative process.
While the schools vary in size, philosophy, curriculum and student body, they all:
• Provide a Quality Education
• Challenge Each Student
• Emphasize Strong Values
• Develop Leaders
• Promote Service and Citizenship
• Encourage Spiritual Growth
• Foster Close Relationships With Faculty
• Provide Structure and Promote Self-Discipline
• Develop the "Whole Person"
• Are Fully Accredited
OUR MEMBER SCHOOLS INCLUDE:
--Colleges and Universities which provide a superb education leading to a baccalaureate degree and the opportunity to be part of a military organization that emphasizes leadership development, service, and core values--like honor, integrity, duty, service and self-discipline. All schools offer optional programs that could lead to a commission in the Armed Services of our country.
--Two-Year Colleges which provide highly motivated young people a smooth transition from high school to college with a rigorous academic program in a military setting. The junior colleges have unique programs that offer the opportunity for early commissioning in the Armed Forces.
--College Preparatory Schools and Military Academies (K-12) which provide a quality education that prepares each student for success at college and develops the values and leadership skills necessary for productive citizenship.
We welcome you and invite you to learn more about our individual schools; they are a real treasure!
OUR PURPOSE: The purpose of AMCSUS, as put forth in its Constitution, is to promote the common interest of all members and to advance their welfare; promote and maintain high scholastic, military and ethical standards in member schools; represent the mutual interests of the member schools before the Department of Defense, Department of Education as well as the general public; foster and extend patriotism and respect for duly constituted authority; and cultivate citizens who love peace and who strive to maintain it.
OUR HISTORY: The Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS), formed in 1914, is a nonprofit service organization which serves as the binding force and communication hub for its member schools.
Since its founding, the Association has served as an advocate for military colleges and schools and has acted as a liaison with the Departments of Defense and Education.
Currently there are nine military colleges and universities, five military junior colleges, twenty-five military preparatory (institute) schools, and one associate member school in the Association.
OUR ACTIVITIES: AMCSUS serves as the focal point for sharing information among member schools, between members schools and government agencies (primarily the Defense Department and the Department of Education), and with other professional associations such as NAIS, CAPE, and TABS.
The Association hosts an annual meeting (normally in early March in the Washington, D.C. area) for all member schools. Also participating in the meeting are expert colleagues from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the military services, the Department of Education, and other educational associations and institutions. Key supporters and suppliers are also involved.