American InterContinental University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (146)
I had physically attended community colleges in younger years and considered myself a good student. After retiring from the military I thought it would be a good idea to get my BSIT. They were extremely helpful in assisting me with my 9/11 GI Bill and Employer reimbursement: Rating Financial Services at (8.9) due to occasional invoice in the wrong format. Course Material: I found most classes to be easy. Google Searches and restating the the M.U.S.E objectives were often enough to get good grades. I don't believe the grades were always a reflection of the effort. I would have preferred the classes to be more challenging. Evaluation: 7.2 Flexibility: As a full time employee and a father of small children I found the online classes to be very accomodating to my schedule. Working Midnight hours on Saturdays became the norm when trying to meet the Sunday deadline. Evaluation: 9 Group Work - This was the most frustrating as ocassionaly some of your group members showed little or no effort in completing their tasking. After the initial bad experience with group work, I volunteered to lead every group project from then on. If your concerned about your grades your going to have to take the initiative. Evaluation: 6 Professors: AIU hires IT professionals from around the world to teach the various courses. There were a number of professors that taught that had English as a second language. Sometimes the Live Chats were difficult to understand especially if your DSL service was poor and you had bandwidth issues. Most are helpful and understand student problems. People that complain about their grading our turning in late projects have to understand that it is AIU Policy, not the professors. Do your work on time and you will be fine, try to turn it in the final week and you will be disappointed. If you observe a professor behaving poorly simply respond to the teacher and CC your advisor. The school is a categorized a education for profit school, students who are unhappy don't return or make referrals. They will make adjustments if your cause is just. EVALUATION: 8 Finally, the school is nationally accredited and should be able to get you into other higher levels of learning. I will be attending Penn State in 2015 after providing my AIU transcripts. It is not nationally known for it's academics but they do provide a quality education for those that show enough comittment to seeing it through. I have recommended AIU to many of my coworkers, two are in programs now (each with their own levels of satisfaction).
This school is not worth the drama. They deny you services when you become a student. I was even denied me and refused to provide verification that I am a full time student at AIU, when I am the one paying for my classes. I never thought this would happen to me but it did. Prior to returning to AIU, I was told various things to of course get me to come back. Now that I am back I am being disrespected and denied rights I should have to my own information as a student.
AIU was solid from the second I spoke with my counselor until the day I graduated. I never had any problems reaching anyone there each and every department was helpful and answered all my questions. Technical Support I love those guys, I developed a unique relationship with them for sure I would call them at 3 or 4 am no problem they were helpful and every time saved the day. From calling my instructors when I was late with an assignment cause of a computer glitch or whatever the case may be they were there for me. The student Advisors are all awesome and never gave up on me when I felt like quitting they said some kind words and I continued with my program,. I have to admit I am not the easiest person to work with and I hadmy share of melt downs. The support at AIU was all that. The teachers let me tell you have the best of the best credentials Every one of my teachers through out my four years was a Phd. in their chosen field of expertise, with the exception of maybe one or two teachers. But let me tell you that was rare. The teachers are awesome and very patient. They are lienient in their expectations of their students. Meaning they go easy on you. I would 100% recommend this school to anybody who is thinking of going here. I had an amazing experience for my four years and in fact I am enrolled in the Master's program currently and enjoying it as well. I have gotten numerous job opportunities and still entertaining more as we speak. The school has a job placement department as well to help students find a good paying job. You are goning to need it cause the cost is well lets just say you cant get a good job without the education that you get from AIU or any other school. The prices at AIU are competitive with other schools. And there are programs when you finish to help pay the outstanding balances. Oh and one more thing. The hours are awesome I study at my own pace and I am able to work around my existing schedule which is a bonus cause I'm a single parent and work with not many hours left over for school. So this school worked for me. Thanks for reading my story.
For the most part, the classes are a little too easy. Most of the professors I have had are doing this as their second job for whatever reason and though they try, their time with the class is actually very limited. The financial Aid department has a few great people, the rest are more then happy to just have you fill out the FASFA and not mention or offer any further help. In their sales pitch they promised me the school had connections in Alaska and would be able to help place me in a Job after graduation however when the time came they had no connections or ways to aid me in finding a position. At this point I am working full time, paying off my degree that I am not even able find a job to use,
Instruction is slim to none, you can easily learn more by doing a simple google search rather than paying someone to use google to write pointless essays that dont teach you anything. The staff is rarely friendly except once in a blue moon you may catch someone on a good day. The communication between anyone who works there and the student is so painfully lacking that multiple students I have spoken to personally that have attended were thrown out due to the STAFF'S miss-communication, thus looking badly on the student. The staff actually caring about the education of the students is non existent, and for this school to be listed as "military friendly" is laughable.
I recently completed my MBA at AIU (June 2014) and must say how pleased I am with my experience. I attended the traditional "brick and mortar" universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and found AIU to be as challenging...if not more. Part of the reason is that there is no one to hold your hand; you have to be motivated, exercise good time management skills and have great work ethics. Additionally, you have to be really ready to learn and not simply go through a process. As with ANY college or university, there are pros and cons. First, some of the professors were extremely tough while others were somewhat lenient. I guess the reason for that is that each has his/her view on teaching and learning, coupled with their personal priorities. To some, it may be just a job to meet financial obligations while for others, it may be their life. Second, some students simply don't care; It's all about "the degree"...this is evident on discussion boards where it is obvious that no thought goes into their contribution. it is not AIU's fault if the overall level of education in the US has fallen. For instance, some prominent and learned personalities do not even know the difference between than and then, affect and effect as well as ending a sentence with "at". The grammatical problem is widespread. Third, some of the issues that are raised when discussing the quality of the university does not belong on this forum. Case in point; during the first two weeks of my enrollment, a disastrous event occurred that I had no control over. I ended up being late with my assignments beyond the allowable limits set forth by the school. Consequently, I ended up with a grade that did not accurately reflect my academic ability. I simply cannot blame AIU for that, especially, given the fact that it is online, fast paced and for profit. Online learning is not ideal for everyone and every circumstance. If there is an issue with financial aid, look at the related policy; If there is a rude instructor or support staff...report them; if there are errors in Intellipath, provide feedback to the developers and the school. Don't just paint the institution with a broad brush because something annoyed you. And for those that found their program less challenging, I say congratulation. I exerted much effort and learned a great deal that I hope will serve me well.
Every opportunity is what you make it. The school has amazing facilities and extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and experienced staff/instructors. Hours of operation for the facilities are very inconvenient to students. We should have at least 1 main building open 24 hours or at the least available until 2am. We invest a lot of money and time in our education, we should at least have a facility available when needed like most universities. Transportation has major opportunities. We have some dedicated drivers, but the shuttle systems is unreliable.Overall it's a great school, but there are many areas of opportunity, I have made the best of my experience this far.
AIU Online has been a very good experience for me personally. The instructors/professors have been wonderful within the art program and I am sad to see it go. I have seen mixed reviews of this school, just as you can see with any other facility. Some students will be happy with their experience while others will be less than happy. I feel that the success of an online degree program really depends on the individual. Of course it helps to have a wonderful faculty, and I have, but it takes a lot of personal motivation and responsibility. Online learning is not for everyone, but for a self motivated individual who is comfortable with online interaction and who is looking for academic achievement that is flexible it can be a fantastic option. You will truly get out of it what you put into it. If you are not really interested in learning and putting forth an effort this may not be for you, but if you are and they have a degree program that fits your needs this may be exactly what you are looking for.
I loved every minute of the instruction and all the new and exciting skills I learned at AIU. The instructors were all extremely knowledgable, the requirements for assignments and discussion with classmates was all a good experience. I would recommend this online school and degree to anyone. I am currently working in Freelance art and illustration for children's books and magazines, as well as online stock companies.
I got my Bachelors in Business Administration Specializing in Health Care Management and it has put me in the hole. I have applied for months to various places trying to get a job even at places i was over qualified in and have nothing. Now i am stuck scrapping to make 500 dollar payments with no job. I made good grades, i learned a little the work was more time consuming than anything. This school is VERY expensive be sure to compare finances to other schools and the way there academic year is, is year round so you don't get as much financial aid as you would at a campus school.