The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (86)
I attended this school back in the day. They sell you a promise of a well paying career in culinary arts. You'll make more than enough money to pay off that loan from Sallie Mae they love to push. That was a lie. After graduating I would be hired making barely enough to make ends meet. This is common, very very very few of us from our class make a decent living if we stuck with culinary arts. I actually earned less than my neighbor who worked at McDonald's at the time. The degree is incredibly overpriced, go to a community college and learn for a fifth of the price. Seriously, DO NOT waste your money. I struggled for years, I felt like a failure. Also, if you lapse on your loan payment, Sallie Mae calls your about three times a day. I eventually enrolled in a 4 year state college(which was STILL MUCH CHEAPER). I make a great living writing software. Also, those classes you take at AI? Only 30% of them transferred. AIH was a HUGE mistake. I'm still paying the loan($400 a month), I have a degree I don't use professionally and I'm ashamed to admit I have.
120k in debt to SallieMae now Navient. 6 years since I graduated and no job. Before I attended they told me I would get a job with start pay at 30k with an Associates Degree and 35-40k with a Bachelors. So I went for Bachelors program and when I graduated the first and only job I was hired for stared at $15hr which was gona be 30k. A month later I was terminated, no Graphic Design job since then. They are a scam nothing but false advertisement.
They make you feel very welcome. When I first spoke to them at an open house, they seemed really excited at the idea of me applying to them, and I did. I was accepted very quickly, they didn't look at my portfolio or my transcripts, and I hadn't even gotten out of the initial interview with them before the admissions rep told me I was in. Well, fast forward a year. I took a leave of absence after the first semester, because the quarterly fees were bleeding me dry ($600 dollars every two/three months, on top of having to spend about $200 on supplies for several classes,) and I had other health reasons to focus on. It's been six months since then, and when I tried to get a forbearance on my loans to give me more time, they told me they couldn't. One semester, and I have about $16k in student debt. 9/10 times, the instructors don't give a shit about you. I had one instructor fail me because he didn't grade my final. I've dropped classes because the instructor refused to help me. It is a glorified business school with an outrageous price tag that "specializes" in art. Do not go here. Please, do not give these greedy bastards anymore money. If it wasn't so expensive, more specialized, and hired teachers that actually worked in the fields they were teaching, it wouldn't be half bad.
The classes and instructors are excellent and they really care about your success. But the price is ridiculous. Don't spent 90,000 getting a BA unless someone else is paying for it (VA, employer, etc). Art degrees generally don't pay very much so it's a bad investment. The only reason I'm going to this school is because I'm getting VA Voc Rehab and they are paying for 100% of it, including books. But I will admit, I LOVE the classes, they are very good and fun. There aren't any filler classes and the quality of education is far superior to that of other online universities. If you don't have outside funding, find another school or do an apprenticeship program, you'll be a slave to the student loan debt for far too long. College is a scam to create more debt slaves
I thought this school was great when I started but after leaving I realized what a scam they are. I only attended one quarter and had to leave for medical reasons. My first quarter was only $3000 but they tried to charger me another $9000 for a second quarter that I did not attend. After a month of pestering them to drop my second quarter charges I found out two of my grants were not accepted. They didn't inform me of this until after my loans wer ccanceled so I'm not stuck paying out of pocket to them AND my loan company. One grant was not accepted due to the fact that they did not finish filing the paperwork. I enjoyed my professors as people but as teachers they simply used YouTube tutorials for many lessons which I could find without paying $300 per credit hour to watch. Now that I'm not attending AI they call me atleast once a week to try to get me to come back and I have also realized the credits I earned are not transferable to any school. Whenever I first applied I was told that the credits were able to be transferred among other things that were untrue. I enjoyed being able to do what I loved and learn more about it but if I knew it was going to cause me this much trouble after leaving I would have never went.
My experience at this school was not pleasent. I had a lot of conflict with the financial department, limited access to equipment that is required to get class assignments done, not to mention the bad condition to the beat up library books. Instructors who teach there is the only good thing about this school.
My experience at the art institute of Philly was not a please tell one. BEWARE NEW STUDENTS, this school does not supple you with very basic equipment in some classrooms like printable white paper and evan a mouse for the computers. This huge corporate chain school clearly shows no concern with properly suppling their students with. Don't let the admission advisor fool you, they don't care for your secuss or goals you have.
Do not go here!!! It's a scam to get your money!! They pressure you to get loans that you'll never be able to pay off!! The terms change all the time. Please listen to me- go to a REAL school. At least your degree will be worth something. If you don't believe it then research for yourself. Just know that they do fake reviews to make their reviews better. You have to know that NO school would get 5 stars from any student so the fact that they do that should prove to you what a scam it is. I don't want to see any more young people go through what I and all the ones who graduated with me went through. If you need more convincing, call a place you want to work and ask them if they would hire someone with a degree from there. That's the real test.
The school is good but it is expensive. I live in student housing and we have our rooms searched at least once a month. There is no alcohol allowed in the apartments regardless of your age. I only recommend attending this school if you have money and you have a place to live outside of the student housing. My car has been vandalized due to the careless "security". I have no problem with the teachers they have taught me a lot since I first attended the school. DO NOT LIVE IN THE STUDENT HOUSING!!! THIS IS A WARNING!!
I loved going to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Unfortunately I was one of those students who transcended right out of high school and I really didn't take college very seriously. I am going back to school now for my MBA and I'm incredibly nervous. The Instructors at AIP and the Advisors were amazing! Things changed drastically after the de-expansion if you will. It was a little depressing. A lot of the staff was either relocated or let go. Major chunks of the building were empty and it did change the demeanor and atmosphone of the Institute. It is, after all the oldest in the country! EDMC bought the Art Institute and there were so many changes made. So the beginning was great! The last year.. EH. I did take a few online courses and I really enjoyed those.