Alliant International University Reviews

  • 71 Reviews
  • San Diego (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,880
83% of 71 students said this degree improved their career prospects
92% of 71 students said they would recommend this school to others
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David
  • Reviewed: 9/12/2022
  • Degree: Education
"I really regret choosing the school to pursue my alternative pathway to a teaching certificate. The good thing about this school is that you can get financial aid to help you pay for the program. The financial aid department is awesome and quick to respond and solve issues. However, that is about where the good ends for me. There are many other options out there, I highly recommend you look elsewhere. The material was read and analyze alone. The assignments were generic and the professors didn’t create or understand some of them, the grading was easy so you really don’t have to try at all. One of my professors dropped me a letter grade and a half the day after a term ended because I upset her. Nobody at that school did anything about it. I was required to stay an extra six weeks while they tried to figure out how to communicate with the Arizona Department of education. I was eligible to be recommended in week one. I don’t usually write reviews, however, I wish I would’ve seen more of these types of posts before I chose to pursue this program and waste so much money."
Ms. Terry
  • Reviewed: 7/7/2022
  • Degree: Education
"Attending this school was a big headache. The instructors did not do anything but grade the work you turn in. Many of them don't fully the assignment description and requirements because they did not make them. I truly wish I would not have gotten into so much debt for this program. There are way better programs that will have you use the material you are creating for your teaching job as assignments. This program works against you and the clock as every assignment you do in this program will be extra work, on top of your teaching job. Being able to use student loans to pay for the program is so great and might be the only way you can become a teacher. BUT if you can pull off making monthly payments to another program, you will save yourself over $18,000 and a giant nagging headache that will take away from genuine development time in your classroom."
Bella
  • Reviewed: 12/23/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Lack of communication from all departments. I was often the one having to email my advisor, coordinator, etc., to find out information otherwise I would be kept in the dark. Some professors don't seem qualified as they don't respond and are clueless about some assignments. Due dates for assignments on Canvas are inconsistent and some professors don't send any announcements whatsoever, they just grade what you turn in and no relationship is developed with students. My experience in the Masters program for education has been frustrating and expensive. Constantly get email notifications that Alliant staff members have resigned. I once received an email that my academic advisor was no longer working there as of that day. My previous advisor made many mistakes and even ended up enrolling me in a course I didn't need. I caught that mistake because she would have never noticed. To top it off, those extra 3 credits are not even showing up anywhere on my transcript. I have emailed multiple times about this and I just graduated and the problem was not fixed. Very frustrating! If you enroll at Alliant, be prepared to advocate for yourself because no one else will. If you can, go to a CSU or UC instead."
Sasha
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2021
  • Degree: Education
"My experience at Alliant has been horrible. I have dealt with constant poor communication skills and rude/unhelpful/ not supportive/ unresponsive teachers. They have a high standard for the student, but an incredibly low bar for their staff. You feel like an after thought. If you ask a question the professor has no idea and will tell you they don’t make the assignment. Once you are in the program you are stuck as their units are non transferable at most locations. Would not recommend."
Jules
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"Excellent school with working professionals who share real-life knowledge of teaching in field of school psychology. Program is comprehensive and the cohort model is excellent. Prepares you with nasp standards & certified by CTC. Highly recommend for school psych and other psych masters."
Anna
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2019
  • Degree: School Counseling
"Completely unprofessional! Once they have your money, they will treat you like dirt! The instructors and the managers wont give you any contact information, they only will provide a general help email. When I had a question for my instructor, I emailed the general help line and they assured me that she would get back to me quickly. It took her over 2 MONTHS to return my email! When she FINALLY returned my email, it was obvious that she was trying to brush me off. The classes are super easy and very sloppily put together. I have found multiple spelling and content errors. Then, when I finished the course, they made a mistake on my transcript and said the course was worth 2 credits instead of 3, despite the syllabus clearly stating otherwise. When I asked them to fix their mistake, it took them over a MONTH to fix it! Every time I have asked to speak to a manager or someone in charge, I am ignored. I have asked many times to be called instead of having to communicate via email, and they have ignored me. DO NOT ENROLL! It is obvious that all they want is your money!"
Christina
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2017
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"I have positive comments about Alliant. I graduated with a PsyD from this school when it was formerly known as USIU, back in the 1990s. My professors were excellent and I completed my required pre-doctoral practicum/post-doc supervised hours with well-qualified PhDs. I might add: the comprehensive exam at that time was very thorough, detailed and challenging. If you didnt know the material, you did not pass the comp exam. Since passing the EPPP, I have been employed as a practicing clinician with a large hospital for many years, and also supervise PhD and PsyD Clinical Psychology students. Everyone has to pass the EPPP no matter where you go to school. Every psych program has its pros-and-cons. I was very happy with my education and training at USIU."
Christina
  • Reviewed: 5/25/2017
  • Degree: Child Development
"I have positive comments about Alliant. I graduated with a PsyD from this school when it was formerly known as USIU, back in the 1990s. My professors were excellent and I completed my required pre-doctoral practicum/post-doc supervised hours with well-qualified PhDs. I might add: the comprehensive exam at that time was very thorough, detailed and challenging. If you didnt know the material, you did not pass the comp exam. Since passing the EPPP, I have been employed as a practicing clinician with a large hospital for many years, and also supervise PhD and PsyD Clinical Psychology students. Everyone has to pass the EPPP no matter where you go to school. Every psych program has its pros-and-cons. I was very happy with my education and training at USIU."
J
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"It was a great program. Small and thoughtful classes"
Rebecca Young
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2017
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"The Psy.D program at Alliant International University has an integrated health psychology track. Integrated Health Psychology is focused on the psychological and behavioral aspects of physical and mental health, specifically how biological, environmental, cultural, social, cognitive, emotional and behavioral faculty impact health and illness. Additional factors related to health, illness, and/or disability include the health care system, health care policy, and health care providers."
Paige Sparks
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2017
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"Alliant International University and the CSPP (California School of Professional Psychology) together are quite wonderful. The application process is very straight forward, the interview process is formal and far more easy going than one would initially believe, and the faculty and staff on campus are wonderful. There is a real atmosphere of compassion, growth, and understanding on campus from the faculty, staff, and students in the cohort. Everyone is incredibly driven in a variety of regards and it is really refreshing to see how much effort everyone puts into everything they do. Being that this is both a graduate and undergraduate campus, I think it's important to recognize that there is a real environment for growth both personally and professionally since there are quite a few graduate students involved in the different aspects of campus life. I definitely recommend this school for anyone who is driven to learn more about Psychology and to progress in their education, as well as wanting to experience a different atmosphere than most larger institutions offer."
Claudia Gonzalez
  • Reviewed: 2/3/2016
  • Degree: School Psychology
"The pros of the program are the small class sizes that allow for more one on one instruction, the availability of most professors, and the monthly check ins on our practicum hours and experiences. The cons would be the living expense, specifically for the campus in Irvine, it's costly, so I commute. In addition, the seven to eight week courses make it difficult for instructors sometimes to cover all desired areas and the lack of more food options at the school site, however, there are nearby restaurants."
Francesca Luizza
  • Reviewed: 1/20/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"Pros: Talented and reputable well-known professors, networking advantages, small cohort, intimate class sizes, great clinical experience, research opportunities Cons: Administration, shortened program, communication"
Anne-Marie Larsen
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"The program costs a lot, but you receive a stellar education. The faculty are very knowledgeable and have vast experience working in the field. The library services are the best I have experienced, and I came from a top tier undergraduate institution."
Sabrina C
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"I had a wonderful, comprehensive learning experience while at Alliant International University. The professors are working professionals in the field of school psychology and therefore teach through not just text but experience as well. I was afforded additional opportunity through professional association memberships to attend conferences and work shops, along with other fruitful endeavors that have highlighted my resume. I would recommend this program to all of those who seek education in the field of school psychology."
Monica Muñoz
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"Pros: Faculty and staff care a lot about the students and support their project idea. Staff and faculty is usually available and flexible in accommodating students. They are respectful and welcome new ideas. They are willing to work with students. Cheap city to live in Cons: Small school Fresno area is not as nice area"
Rebekah Gueco
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"There are many positive aspects to the PhD in Clinical Psychology program at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. The pros of attending this program are that you receive great support, mentorship, and guidance from faculty and staff, the student population is very diverse, the program is challenging, the LA campus is beautiful, and there is a good balance between clinical and research focus. On the other hand, the cons of CSPP is that the cost of attendance is pretty high, the school just became a for-profit university, and, as a result, many of the faculty have resigned. Overall, I would highly recommend the PhD in Clinical Psychology program at CSPP to any student pursuing a higher education."
Jacqueline Fahey
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"The biggest pros of this program is that everyone is very supportive (faculty and students) and that the program has a great reputation. The biggest con is the cost - it is extremely expensive and there are no stipends of financial aid."
Reuben Okogun
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2015
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"Alliant is a great school to attend the staff are very approachable and humble to earth"
Katalin Reszegi
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"The pros of attending Alliant International University are the small class sizes and accessibility of the faculty members to students. There is a very diverse student population and a collaborative atmosphere. The cons would have to include the high cost of living and the lack of public transportation in the San Diego area."