American InterContinental University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (146)
I attended American InterContinental University in Weston, FL in 2007. The school is terrible! Does anyone else get the impression that the "good" reviews are from those who work for the company?
AIU is like Middle School, the course work is simple and many of the classes do not require text books. Unlike most colleges, you are not allowed to choose your courses but assigned them each semester.
I came from MMCC; a community college after completing a year in English (a course which requires a lengthy thesis paper which must be read by the school's english board in order to pass the course) AIU placed me in an english course where little students understood the recipe of writing a paper.
I still remember my instructor who asked students if they knew the three basic parts of a paper.... The building in Florida is rented - the school was undergoing an accreditation (if they passed, God help us)...
My art history teacher started the class explaining how she works in a Miami High School and that she is not afraid of "ghetto black kids"... The instructors are a joke - everything about this school is terrible. If you honestly believe you must put effort forth in AIU then I recommend you visiting a psychologist for an evaluation of your brain...
You can sneeze on your paper and receive an A... I have honors in the school I attend now - ALWAYS check accreditation... after all, AIU is an expensive degree which will qualify you to flip burgers at $8 an hour.
I've read several of the reviews and it kind of seems like normal life. I've gone to 4 different "brick and mortar" schools and I can tell you that some of the teachers really sucked and some were excellent teachers. I found the same at AIU. My entire Bachelor's degree was online as I'm not near a campus. My AA credits transferred in and kept me from having to redo 60 or so hours. I didn't find any of the classes to be "too easy".
It's completely up to the student. If you want to skip by and just do enough to pass the class you end up retaining almost nothing. If you dig into it and learn what you are supposed to learn the class is very worthwhile. Hey, that is exactly the same as going to class on campus.
I have a feeling some of the negative reviews are from people that were in some of my group lessons that never contibuted their part and if they did they were always late, "last minute", and did subpar work. If you do some research before enrolling in an oline school the research tells you straight up that if you are the kind of student that always has to ask a teacher a million questions and can't function independantly, are not a self-starter then you might as well not even try online classes because everything is pretty much up to you.
Some of my teachers at AIU I found were actually authors of the textbooks we used and other colleges around the US used as well. To me that is a pretty high calibur of teachers.
When I "CHOSE" AIU, no one forced me, I looked at them all. At the time University of Phoenix was years behind AIU as an online school. U of P online students were having to use FTP to get lessons and send back homework. I looked at some of the lessons and plans of U of Phoenix that friends were taking and I can tell you that it just isn't that much different than AIU except when I was taking classes we had online classes with whiteboards, discussions, etc. and the online experience was just much more professional than U of Phoenix. Maybe U of P has advanced since then but I don't really know and that has been 4 years or so.
When I was going to classes on campus I had fellow students complain about how a certain teacher sucked and "didn't care", etc. If your poor little feelings are hurt because a teacher "didn't care" then I suggest you run back to mommy and just wait for the government to do everything for you.
School is what you want to make out of it. If you have good text books and don't count on a teacher holding your hand and helping you every step of the way then you should be able to get a good education online. If you are counting on the teacher for everything then I suggest you grow up and get a life, you're going to have to sometime....maybe! Sothe bottom line is, be aggressive, and get all you can out of it.
Professors are terrible. I attended the Weston campus in Florida. All or most of their professors come from Nova SoutheasterN University which it is not accredited either by AACSB.
The amount of work its like being in high school. The school is useless and all financial aid wants it is your loans. They will continue calling you until you have everything ready.
Please use your knowlege and know that the school is useless and your degree will not be worth it. Use you head if you were a manager at a reputable company would you hire someone that went to AIU or for example, University of North Carolina? Think please.
Also, you do not see any good schools advertising on the internet or tv. If you already have the job you desire then by all means attend this school otherwise, go to a state school and succeed in your career. Please reconsider all they want is your money and business majors please attend a AACSB school you will thank me later.
Attended AIU in 2007. I recieved my masters in Leading Educational Organizations. This degree has helped me in my career greatly! The program was no cake walk by any means. You had to work and I mean work!
Midway in the program I wanted to quit, because of the demand required to do the assignments, but my advisor worked with me and pursaded me stick with it , and I'm glad I did!
Overlook the negative you read about this school because it's not true. Your coursework will transfer without any problems. What I gained from attending this university was staying focused on the prize and time management. These two qualities has helped me greatly in my everyday life. Go for it!
After getting my AA at AIU (which to me was a joke and way to easy to get.) I decided to attend another school for my bachelors since AIU did not offer what I needed. Come to find out that because AIU is not fully accredited (don't believe them when they say they are becuase they are liars). I find that almost none of my credits transfer. I find out that I have to do alot of the courses I did at AIU all over again. What a waste of time and money, I tell everyone I know who is either going to AIU or was thinking about it, to STOP don't do it, unless you like wasting your money!!!
I am currently going through the assocaites degree in business with concentration in medical coding and billing. Just recently found out, that in order to get a job as a medical coder or biller you need more education to further youself in that field and Aiu does not offer that. Also you need to get certified in this field and have to go to testing and again Aiu does not offer courses to prepare you for that exam. The education you recieve is very good, depends on how much you apply yourself to it. I met a lot of good people here online and consider them my good friends. Its just that Aiu does not specifically tell you that you need more than they can offer you for any concentration that you are taking. They are an international school so they can't give any certifications that is what another school says. but again don't miscontrue that aiu is bad, they are good, I did learn a lot more than I did when I first began and I am one of those that have been out of school for many years, and I have enjoyed my time at Aiu, and will continue to get bachelors degree. So if you want a certificate in medical coding and billing check the other schools that can give you all the knoweledge in that field and get you ready for the exam. Aiu is a good school to get you in the step in the right direction just not to get you certified in any field.
This online school is completely what the student makes of it. Typically (in almost every class), any student can easily receive an 'A' grade by briefly browsing through the textbook and just following directions. Individual assignments are usually recycled from prior years which is proven by a simple Google search.
Discussion Boards are lacking, due to the extremely poor academic quality and education level of about half the students in the classes. How some of the other students have made it this far or even graduated high school is nothing short of a miracle. Group Projects are useless, apparently typical in the world of online schooling. They hardly foster teamwork since the only collaboration necessary is at the end, when someone volunteers to put all the individual work together and call it a group project.
Online schooling is getting more popular everyday. Do yourself a favor and do your research before deciding on AIU. There are HUNDREDS of other more reputable, less expensive, and challenging schools than AIU out there. AIU is regionally accredited but it is NOT AACSB accredited (http://www.aacsb.edu). That means your degree is legitimate and other schools will recognize it, but it doesn't mean anything if you put AIU on your resume. AIU is expensive! You will walk away with a degree, but you'll be scratching your head wondering if you were just robbed. Bottom line: I am finishing up my business degree with AIU. I will take it as a life lesson learned and will NOT recommend this school to anyone. Do your research first!
I did a few online courses with AIU and they were great.You need to make time for the courses and and coursework. Read the chapters and ask question if neccessary. Most people would actual make AIU seem like its the worse Uni out there because they lost there accreditation. But you know what things have changed. Very much! I am a gradute and was there when they lost it. They have regained there status back, and are working very hard to keep it.
Now that I go to a Real British Uni, I regret it. It doesnt have that friendliness. Trust me. If you want to make AIU your personal hate, so be it, but you know what, in the last 2 years, they have had a high graduate rate, with people gradutating with Honours, and they also have a great academic structure that beats a lot of other universities out there today. Love it, Live it, and would do it all again, even when they were fighting there accreditation!
The reviews am reading don't make sense!!!First of all colleges are businesses and like any other business you have to pay to receive a service. All colleges make tons of money and AIU is no different. Second if you can't navigate on the school website then maybe college is not for you. Third I attended AIU got my degree and worked my butt off for it and thats what you losers are complaning about then you'll never get a degree!!!
I have also read the reviews here and have to say that self motivation is the key. Whether you go to a traditional school or an online university you have to motivate yourself. You get out of it what you give into it. AIU was a great experience. I had no problems with the professors or any of the support staff. I would recommend this school to anyone that wants an education.