American InterContinental University Reviews
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I am a current AIU student. By profession, I am a classroom teacher of special education students. I chose AIU for several reasons: I needed a degree to help me advance in my profession; I needed it fast; I get bored easily, and therefore, traditional environments that stretch their courses over a 16 week period would only make me quit before I completed the program. I can say that I have no regrets so far. I am scheduled to complete the masters program in instructional technology on November 6, 2011. I can't wait!
As far as AIU is concerned as an institution of learning, it is an excellent investment, especially if you are committed to the accelerated pace and minimal breaks between courses (which is the reason you finish so fast, you work through the Fall, Spring, and Summer). I have not had any of the negative experiences I have read on this review board, therefore, I can only speak for myself and make judgments based on person experience.
The education department is very well organized and the coursework is designed to be applicable to the real world (this is what you want because this is the direction education is moving towards even in primary and secondary schools). I have only had one professor that I believe tried to write their own rules and another who proved to be arrogant although this person tried to keep it covert. Regardless of them, I still hold a 4.0 and intend to finish my final two courses with strength so that my GPA can stay that way.
Overall, my experience has been excellent and I am strongly considering enrolling in another masters program once I'm done with this one.
The bottom line? AIU is everything it advertises itself to be. People are responsible for themselves and their circumstances. Conduct your own research, that's what lifetime learning is all about. Only you can dictate and determine what is and isn't good for you. So, if you are considering this school as a means to improve yourself, make sure you know exactly what it is you are getting into and that you are mentally ready and capable to finish what you start. Good Luck!
I will be graduating from AIU’s MBA program in another few weeks. I stated out in their AA program. AIU is a very hard school. The classes have been quite challenging, especially in the MBA program.
At AIU, students have to write as though they are doing several dissertations every single week. If you are not the type of person that does not write well, does not like to read a lot and does not like research do not apply to AIU.
I was a nurse for years before attending this school; I only had a diploma, no degree. I thought I was pretty disciplined and had the ability to learn. Even with my background I had to study in some form every single day.
It is easy to fall behind because each week at AIU new assignments are due; which means more reading, writing and research. If a student isn’t careful you can get very behind to the point that it’s impossible to catch up.
Also, there are very few breaks with the exception of Christmas. Sometime you just feel you cannot make it! You have to work straight through all holidays.
You should consider all of these things before applying. For me it worked, I learned so much; I’m proud to say I am an alumnus. Hope this helps.
AIU is a great school for several reasons, one because the entire faculty from the admissions process to the instuctors are there for you and your success. I was worried that I would not receive the help I needed because I attended MSU for my undergraduate degree and I was use to their routine.
However, after my experience with AIU I would have to say that I found the school to be better in many ways than Michigan State University. I learned alot and when I had trouble the response time of the instructors were extremely fast. I would recommend the shool to anyone, I know going to school online is out of the box thinking especially to the old generation who is still afraid of the internet
Lets face it the internet just has not been around that long, but it is amazing how many things we can do better on the internet and college is one of them.
I started AIU after I decided that a typically campus college jut wasn't for me. Between having to work at least 4-5 days a week, the difficulties of finding all the classes I needed each semester into a 2-3 days schedule was near impossible. Schools try hard to organize classes, but in the end it never worked out in my benefit; especially with the lab science and math courses.
I was also spending nearly $700/month to commute to my college and it just wasn't working out for me between those costs and other monthly costs. I stumbled upon AIU and decided to ask for more information. My advisor B. P. had called me within 20 minutes and has so far been the most helpful advisor I have ever had!
I started AIU and although it is an online course, which most people think "Okay, online is a joke.", I have learned so much more than I ever learned in my other years at a campus university. I have to be in charge of finding information and learning the information on my own, like any other school. But the research papers and discussion boards we do at AIU have such great topics that I can actually use to improve my knowledge and have great conversations about. I am so glad that it is accepted by the Higher Learning Commission and the U.S. Department of Education!
I attended a very popular online university before attending AIU, and it was not user friendly one bit. The time I spent at AIU was truly enjoyable and very educational.
Of course, you will have a few teachers you don’t care for or group projects that you wish you could do alone. But you also have great experiences, awesome teachers that care and students that put 110% into the project.
I personally was grateful for the education and degree that I received at AIU. I had almost given up on the thought of going back to school and pursuing a degree. But a friend of mine suggested AIU and convinced me to try again and I am thankful that I did.
It is advanced and you can’t expect the teacher to hold your hand all the way through. I wanted to continue after receiving my AA but I needed a break. I am attempting to make my decision on returning here shortly.
I would recommend AIU to anyone that is seeking to further their education. I believe that AIU provides great assistant, tutor, and library. I love the fact that the classes given by the teacher is archived. When I started at AIU I was in Iraq and was not able to make it to the classes all the time. So, being able to retrieve the archived session was great for me.
Also, I am not a fan of final exams or test. I would rather write essays all day than to study for a test. I learned that it is important for me to take advantage of all the different avenues of assistance the school provided. Not every student, and actually probably about 75 %, is at the level you would expect a college student to be writing. I consider myself to be at midlevel, but that is why we are attending school. To further our education, increase our knowledge and hope that it will assist in our desire to advance in this tuff economy. You are in school for you and the dream you are chasing.
I believe that AIU is a great stepping stone. YES TO AIU!
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.