American InterContinental University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (143)
Honestly, I love AIU Online and it hurts me to see all of these negative comments about the school. The school is set up for driven and open minded individuals. When it comes to the cost of the programs, some may think that it is a bit high. But, think about it terms of time and in comparison to other schools. I saw one comment about how the student had to pay forty thousand dollars for a bachelors program. Well, a student can get their bachelors in less than three years. How much would you have to pay for a bachelors program at a ground campus? Just think about it.
Ok, with that said, I highly recommend this school to any individual that can be driven and independent. As a college student, you cannot depend on your professors to lay out every bit of your assignment details for you. I have attended other schools that were not online and I must say that AIU Online's professors have them beat. I have had professors at ground campuses come into class, give you your reading assignments, tell you what your paper was on and when it was due, then they were out the door. If you do need help or are unsure of the requirement for assignments at AIU Online, all you have to do is lay out your confusion in detail and ask specific questions. Vague questions and arguments do not get you anywhere, TRUST ME. They are there to help you and are completely willing to do so.
Also, the coursework isn't easy. This school is not a joke. The objectives for the classes are laid out in the same manner as they would be with any other conventional school. The classes prepare you for your career and the resources are very helpful. You have access to multi media materials that are based your individual learning style, you have access to the library, and the librarian can even help you search the web for accredited information to use in your assignments.
True, you may come into contact with students that are not as enthusiastic about the online experience as you are. But you just need to remember that the school itself is meant to help you reach your goals. If other students are not serious about their goals, it doesn't mean that you need to fall into that trend. What they think should not affect your experience and the achievment of your goals.
If you want to receive a degree quickly and you are driven and independent, AIU Online is the school for you.
I am currently enrolled with the online AABA program with AIU and I think it's awesome! The online campus is super easy to navigate and offers extremely helpful tools.
However, if you elect the online version you'll discover it is a bit more difficult than a traditional school setting. You miss out on the benefits of group study halls and actually seeing physical demonstrations. The courses are challenging and engaging which is what you want in a credible school. The tuition costs are about average when I researched other schools like DeVry and University of Pheonix. The instructors of the courses are quick to answer any questions and spend time with the student. There is always someone available when I need a problem solved. A good tip is to never hesitate to ask questions.
The acedemic standards are pretty average and maybe even a little more lenient than a lot of other schools. This is also an accredited school which a definate plus!
The only complaint I have about the courses is that they don't offer the option for physical over virtual textbooks. Some courses use physical but not all of them. I would be willing to purchase physical textbooks if I was given the option.
Also, I personally wouldn't elect pursuing a Bachelors Degree with the online programs. Not with AIU or any online school. The Associate's program is already difficult. I couldn't imagine doubling that time frame.
Just completed my Bachelors program here, only because it was more economical with 4 classes to go than switch. You do learn here within their project based format. Group projects suck to put it mildly. But this school will accuse you of doing something wrong, put you on trial, convict you and you cannot do anything about it! They will also send you a program to use on the pc, no tutorial, or training and expect you to use it proficiently.
Like I said, I did learn from them, but with the unfair treatment I got, I would not go here again ever. In fact for my Master program I am not going to this school, even though they offer it!
I really do not understand what alot of these people are saying, because I am attending AIU right now and it is not an easy task. I have been given the opportunity to work towards the degree of my choice and have not had any issues what so ever!! Alot of these people on here sound just like complainer's that did not get their way!! Obviously something went wrong while starting off. I would recommend this school to anyone that wants a degree in their chosen field. The work is not easy and the instructors are very helpful!! Thx's
U know, I have obtained 2 degrees and pursuing a third with AIU. I have nothing bad to say about this school, the admissions advisors, professors, or student body. These programs are set up for those of us who are motivated, committed, and dedicated. Of course if you are a slacker, it will be tough on you.
Yes it costs money but what private university don't? Education is something that is needed out in the real world and obtaining it online is very convenient. Yea, I agree with some of u that not all the professors have PASSION for their students and are not totally there, but hey, I have been to traditional college and have receivd the same treatment.
For the one's who really want it, AIU is a fine school. The Curriculum far exceeds standards and in no way is it easy. I worked my butt off and graduated Summa Cum Laude. I am proud to be AIU Alumni and will soon me graduating with my MBA.
This school is horrible. You can't understand what the instructors are posting for assignments they are so dry. You just cannot understand them.
The Admissions department is cool because they want you in the school then the financial aid department says you will owe this much more after your student loan after you start class.. WHAT A RIPOFF!!!
This school is a joke!!!
I don't know what people are talking about paying 40,000 for a associates degree. When you're talking to financial aid they ask you if you want to receive checks in the mail and they tell you it will be added on to your tuition. An associates degree is 23400 and if you take an extra 10,000 out a yr of course it's going to add up! Duhhh.
With that being said.. I do however agree that they let almost anyone into this school. I have people in my class right now who can't spell or write a complete sentence. So it really sucks to get these people in your group projects...
Another things...If you're not an independent learner.. do not do online college! People just go to school online because they things its going to be easy. Well I got news for you.. if you're not prepared to write 5 essays a week, don't do online schooling. You get what you put into it. And I love it so far and hope I continue to have a good experience.
I completed my BA in graphic design at AIU. They sent me lots of good books and software included in the tuition, but given how high that was, this was the least I'd expect.
Overall, as others have said, and actually as I see in my work at a for-profit film school, the worst thing is the very low capability of some of the students.
Ditto with a few of the instructors. Some were really excellent, a couple were awful. I ended up having to essentially teach a couple of the classes as I knew much more than the instructor.
But, I learned a ton in a few of the classes, and would say half of my instructors were excellent. I chose this sort of school because it gave me a regionally-accredited degree in the short time I had to complete it (I needed it to advance at my job).
It also offered a subject I was interested in, that would also enhance my skills in my field (I teach production design). I made the choice knowing full well what I was getting into, and feel that to critisize the cost or superficiality would be disingenuous.
I will say the technology and support were pretty strong, but that I agree that the recruiting is too aggressive and indiscriminate.
This school is a JOKE!The advisors there are basically sales associates. They could care less about an education, and the speedy process is dead give away I mean come on one day you're accepted the next day you're approved for financial aid and before even knowing what classes you're taking you have your e books already in your mail box, WHAT!! After the speedy process you speak with financial aid and to my suprise I was told that I will be paying about 40,000 for tuition.For an AS you got to be kidding me! and that was after a discount that I rec'd because of my employer so actually it's more that 40 grand.
I spoke with my advisor to let her know that I will not be attending and can you believe she still calls everyday trying to persuade me to change my mind.Dude! i'm over it students please look at the long run it's definately not worth spending that much on an AS degree this school is a COMPLETE RIP OFF! Don't let the sales associate get you, remember you have to pay that money back! IT's so obvious the advisors get paid on commission i'm just glad I din't stuck attending a school like that.
I am in medical coding and started last fall. I will graduate this fall with my associates. I have been very impressed with the classwork, it is indepth and makes research necessary. I have had no trouble receiving answers back from my teachers on homework questions or concern.
There have been one or two that I have not cared for but that is the same in any education. Dealing with that just shows how you will handle the real world, you will always find a boss you don't like somewhere.
I have had a wide range of interesting classes that were required of my field of study and being what most would call a freshman. My continuing education with my Bachelors will give me more freedom to pick and choose, again - like most "brick and mortar" schools.
As far as making friends and study groups the experience is wonderful if you take advantage of it. I have a long list of clubs I have joined. I have many friends and study groups that I work with on a regular basis; most of us have the same types of classes so it makes working together fun.
I have to defend AIU from some comments I have read. Every school will have some bad moments and there will be some students that have bad experiences. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every moment with AIU and will continue on with my education because of them. My teachers have all demanded excellence so far and you have to give it to them, I am better for it and a 4.0 average.