American InterContinental University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (146)
I went here for one semester, the recruiter pushes you to enroll. Makes it sound like this is designed for the working individual and the teachers understand your situation, every time i would say I am not really to enroll yet.
They convinced me to enroll, and after I did, the teachers don't care about you. Then before I enrolled for the second semester, they said they are missing some of my paperwork and I can no longer take classes until I get them that. While I needed to work on getting that, they enrolled me in the second semester, took the financial aid and loan money, gave me an F on those classes, and I didn't even know I was enrolled. Then I had to fight with them because I had to start paying for a loan for a semester I did not attend.
They were aweful, on the phone they would say one thing, then on the emails (in writing they would say another) and any time I would email them because I want an answer in writing, they would reply, I will call you. HORRIBLE, now my transcript from there is soo bad, one semester is good, then the other if F's cuz I didn't know I was enrolled, and they wouldn't remove it.
I attended AIU after LEaving the military. I spent all three yrs earning my degrees and getting a business background.
Some teachers are harder than others, some students were not on the ball or had a hard time with this or that, just like a normal school.
My admission counselor, academic counselor, plus others were there to help. My biggest issue with AIU as an "alumni" is career services.
They do send you job leads; some of which I did not have experience with. The response I received, "you only have to have a couple to few of the requirements". Needless to say, it took a few yrs to get back in the workforce.
I am currently looking at a healthcare degree background since I work in a hospital now.
This school is great. I wasn't blessed as some to go to school and have someone pay for everything. I actually had to work and attend classes to get make my Bachelor's Degree in Science.
The ease of scheduling is awesome. I've had professor's from Xavier, University of Iowa among many others. I've also spoken with tutors that wanted to be a professor at AIU and didn't make the cut. They are very picky. This school is a bright spot with faculty and curriculum where many 4 year university wish they had the customer service skills.
All in all I'm glad I've gotten my degree and look forward to putting it to use. Don't read into negative reviews too much probably someone who failed out.
I took three classes online at AIU. The problem I have is they accept people who, in my opinion, should still be working on their high school curriculum. It was an embarrassment and frustrating to be involved with these individuals in group projects and in online discussions.
This is a complete and total ripoff. I would advise anyone considering this school, to steer clear away. It's a complete joke, and not of master's caliber.
They (Admssions) work diligently to get you in, but don't have any type of issue, or perceived issue, because you will have to fend for self. I am withdrawing after the second week of courses, and out over $1,000. This school is a joke.
Well for those of you who think you will skate by because its online collage.. think again.. I work 40+ hours a week and was up til 2am doing papers.. I think the school was great.. fit right in with my work.. Teachers were there to help.. and did.. I am still friends with other students that I graduated with.. This isn't for young people.. its for mature adults who REALLY want an education and who take education seriously. Its a bit pricey but it is a for profit collage.. so no wonder its pricey.
To tell you this is a perfect school, I won't. My experiences have been pretty good so far. Just finished my AA in Business Administration, and I felt the classes were challenging. If you are not prepared to put in work, you may get overwhelmed.
I had one issue with an instructor I will not name, but she made things hard because she was a published author and she thought she knew everything. But that is in every school you go to. As far as student services, sometimes they take a while to get back to you, but I will say this.
They want you to succeed, whether its because its genuine or just because of dollars, I don't know, but they do help you. I had a rough time with personal issues and was about to leave school before my program finished. I would have wasted all that hard work, but my academic advisor talked to me, and gave me some good advice about it being more a mental hurdle than one of not doing the work. She made some good points and I finished.
Ive been to other online schools before, ( Kaplan, Grantham), I felt with them I was not getting what I was paying for, and that things just didnt make sense. With A.I.U., you have questions, they have answers, you put in the work, which sounds crazy, but you learn some things. I recommend this school due to the schedule they have for everyone.
I have been a student with AIU off and on since 2008. I had to drop in 2008 due to personal reasons, but I am happy to be a student once again. The assignments are not very difficult for me. I am not bragging, but I am just stating facts. I do not receive a quality education because the school is so fast paced you don't have time to really absorb everything.
However, I highly recommend this school for working adults, such as myself, who are married and do not have time to attend brick & mortar. I know there are other non-profit Universities that have online degree programs that I can receive my degree through them, but I do not have time to take tests, midterms & finals. AIU is the perfect school for students such as myself, who are already up there in age (I am 30) and need a degree to advance in their chosen profession, like yours truly, who can only become a Manager with the company he works for if he has a Bachelors degree. So, for that reason I am very happy with AIU. I want to have this part of my life over with so I can focus on other things in life, but I can not erase earning a degree from my mind, so AIU is the best choice for me and "fits" me best. It may not be a top-tier school, but I do not care; I only care that it is Regionally accredited. Super expensive when I graduate (will probably be paying $400 a month) but I am already preparing myself for that. My car will be paid off by then so I have less to worry about.
Up to you how you feel about the school. If you want a quality education and want to go to school online, I suggest schools like Northeastern and Liberty University (schools that have Division I programs are usually highly respected academically) but if you are looking for a degree that is Regionally accredited, and you are up there in age and really have no time for College to begin with, and you are financially prepared for the circumstances that comes with a student loan, AIU is the school to go.
DO NOT send your 18 year old child to AIU. It is not for students who just graduated High School!
AIU is a University where students and faculty can interact in a positive and encouraging atmosphere. Student and financial advisers are available 7 days a week to answer questions or concerns. Professors engage students weekly and bi-weekly depending on the class you are enrolled. The engagement entails a class sessions which are recorded for 1 hour and available online for your review. During the session, students can ask relevant questions related to project or discussion board assignments. The Instructors are knowledgeable and eager to hear your comments. You can call them on office hours and email your questions and concerns. Although AIU is labeled for profit, in no way does this reflect the institutions ability to provide a quality degree in Bachelors or Masters. I will finish a Bachelors in IT degree this August and my experience has been positive most of the way.
I have gone to 2 other colleges, One is well known, Kaplan and then Jones. They was nothing I expected. I went to AIU and there is so much support. They have IM which helps with questions. When your instructor is online you can ask questions as well as asking help from your classmates. The instructors give their emails where they respond within 24-48 hours. Some even give their personal numbers. They have multimedia which is online help where it is like watching a film on your classwork.
AIU is highly recommended by me.I have my Associates with them right now and have already reenrolled for my BAchelors in June of 2012. Please if you need more support for your degree to be successful, give AIU a chance before giving up.