American InterContinental University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (160)
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.
I am in the military and had attended another online school prior to AIU. In my opinion, this school is much better. The other school ( Troy State) was not as user friendly, and I love the fast paced school. Obviously if you are going to choose this school, you must be prepared to sit down almost on a daily basis and complete some type of wrok.
I feel I am learning a lot more with this school then I did with the other. Seeing how I never even opened or unwrapped the book with the other school. The only thing I would like this school to fix is the recognition of their name. I do feel that they slack in that part, and it may back fire when trying to get a job. I plan on finishing my bachelors degree and the going for the Masters in Accounting.
Overall I am very pleased with this school. I have only taken 7 classes, but I still hold a 4.0. If you plan on attending this school, do not come into it halfway, make sure you have the time to learn and do the assignments, so you don't sound like all the others complaining because they couldn't get extensions. This is college, not high school!
The curriculum is very easy to understand and it can be very interesting.
The counselors are okay, but not great.
The professors are my issue. I was pregnant while finishing my degree. I asked my professors if I could turn my assignments in early so if i went into labor, I would have my work already in. I understood that I could lose participation points, but i still wanted to get my assignments in early.
One professor is completely okay with it and the other was not. He felt that by me turning in my assignments early that I would throw the other students off track. This was upsetting to me because I was not asking for an extension. I wanted to turn my assignments in early. This was also important to me because those were the two classes I needed to graduate.
To make it worse, the student advisors are useless. If you have an issue with another student or a professor they will not help you so do not bother asking.
If you want a school that has good curriculum, but has people that do not give two cents about what happens to you (and love to take your money) this is the school for you!
I love the school. I attended for a BA degree and now for an MBA. I have a really good job and pay. They really help me to build my skills. As others say it is what you make of it. I utilized my skills that I learned and I was able to advance. I have no complaint. I am 3 classes away from my MBA.
Of course most people are going to be skeptical about this university; it's new, it's quicker than traditional universities, and it's online. I have taken 5 courses already and to be perfectly honest, I have learned more in 5 months than what I would have learned in a regular university's time frame. I honestly believe it is because it's so intense that you better learn the material or you'll end up without the time to mend your grade. AIU is definitely for people who are driven. The professors are NOT going to baby sit you to do anything. You need to constantly be your own leader. I believe this university encourages leaders to arise.
To be completely honest, AIU is what you make of it. If you want to learn a lot you gotta put work into it (a lot). How valuable is this University compared to other Universities (say brick-and-mortar)? I think it depends what you make of it. Of course if you slack you won't learn much-AND won't pass. But if you dedicate yourself to it you'll get a lot out of it. In my humble opinion, I believe online schools are made to suffice the needs of those of us who cannot attend a brick and mortar school; whether because of time restraints, babysitting costs, or transport costs. So, we have in our hands a wonderful university that gives you the essentials to be a profesional in your preferred area, with all the benefits of doing it at the comfort of your home.
To those who say that online schools, at least AIU, don't require the same commitment than a regular university I say to them: NO WAY!- I currently hold a 4.0 and to do it I have had to put A LOT of dedication and time into it. There are deadlines everyone must follow...is that not commitment?
If I had the choice I would attend a regular university, but since my circumstances don't allow it, I am seeking the second best choice I can lay my hands on. I believe if someone is to become successful, YOU are the one who holds the key. AIU is the path or the tool that will take you there.
One last thing, they are extremely professional. The advisors are in constant communication with you especially in the beginning when you don't know what you are doing. I have had lame teachers as well as excellent teachers, which is the same at any other university. This university is open enrollment, and to me it means that everyone has the opportunity to get an education and for that I am really grateful for. Many may criticize this, however I see it as entering a community college. You are here to learn right? Welcome.
I am attending the online courses, and so far AIU has exceeded my expectations. I had doubts, because there are many online schools that are scams and do not have good reputations. When I requested information, I got a phone call less than 10 minutes later. Of course they are aggressive! What do you expect? If you don't really want the information, don't request it! I was explained the steps I would take to enroll. Application, financial aid forms, loan options, degrees offered, etc. I also got to talk to a VA representative to help, because I am using the GI Bill.
I talked to the advisor for at least 30 minutes! Yes the questions seemed scripted, but they don't know me from Adam and that's really the best they can do. It's general questions for general answers to help guide you in the right direction.
My first class was very good for showing me the ropes, and the professor was genuinely caring and helpful. The coursework requires you to think. If you do not want this, please do not attend this school. Just because you are unmotivated, does not mean the professors do not care about you. They cannot do anything other than teach you, they cannot do the coursework for you. You will be required to submit papers on time, and you will be required to attend online lectures in a few classes, as well.
Once I have completed my degree I plan on staying to continue to a Masters, and I will be proud to say I graduated from AIU.
AIU is an excellent choice of school to further your studies and career. If there are any general complaints, such complaints are no different than complaints any student might have at any other university. As with any school, your college experience is going to amount to whatever you make of it. At AIU, I am continuously impressed with the empathetic, professional, educated and giving staff that show a real interest in the education students receive. Most of the professors that I have encountered are a treasure because they not only hold degrees from accredited, prestigous colleges, but more than often, they actually work full time in the field of study that they teach.
I will personally say that I attended AIU originally in 2004, but had to discontinue my studies due to personal reasons. I enrolled again earlier this year (2011) and I can see a major difference in the way that the school operates. I thought AIU was awesome in 2004, but now they have really cracked down on the staff and made students and student education their number one priority!
I have found that other universities, such as Kaplan, treat students like just someone to pitch a sale to. They are not there to listen when you have a problem and they do not cater to students to ensure that they are receiving as much of a quality education as they possibly can. I almost made the mistake of enrolling in Kaplan University, but I am very relieved that I did not make such a costly mistake.
I am very pleased with AIU and highly recommend them to anyone who is considering online school.