American InterContinental University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (142)
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.
I finished a AA degree and a BIT degree from AIU online. It was not the best school, but I was able to accomplish my goals to get in to grad school somewhere else. It was convenient, the virtual campus was pretty easy to navigate, I had more good professors than bad ones with real world experience, and the assignments are pretty flexible.
They recently changed their curriculum to include more liberal arts courses for new incoming students, so now you will be able to transfer more credits to a different school if you choose to. Also it is accelerated, I mean you cant beat that, and the financial aid was easy. I paid about the same that it would have cost at a brick and motar school, which was about 40,000. I figured at least I got 2 degree's out of that.
So do your homework, and way out the options. I figure if you are going to do classes online, it may as well be simple rather than complicated. AIU is probably the least expensive school online compared to Kaplan, and University of Phoenix. Just make sure your AA major is what you would like your BA/BS in as well.