American InterContinental University Reviews

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64% of 207 students said this degree improved their career prospects
66% of 207 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 7/26/2019
  • Degree: MBA in Marketing
"I do really recommend this school, its one of the best online school in the United States. Excellent professors, the education system is very effective and the administrative staff are very professional. My experience is this school was great. I tried other online schools and the American InterContinental University is the best."
AIU is the worst
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
"This school is horrible! Avoid it at all costs. They harass you endlessly if you don't do things on their timeline. I'm the one paying for it, I don't work for you! as long as i stay within the guidelines set forth before enrollment, I shouldn't be harassed. The second part is their Intellipath system is the worst "Educational Tool" to ever exist. The teachers don't even have access, to correct errors in the lessons (there are multiple errors)"
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2019
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"Before I share my own experience with AIU, I would like to address a couple of the complaints I have read: 1. Too expensive. For a private university, I would say AIU cost is low to average. Tuition at State universities are deeply subsidized by tax money, so that would not be a fair comparison. 2. Grades are too easy. Maybe at the undergrad level?? My degree was a masters and I worked hard for my grades. I put all my effort into it, so I learned a lot. When it comes to education, nowhere is the saying more true that you get out of it what you put into it. It is the school's responsibility to provided the resources and tools for you to learn from, and yours to make the effort to use them. AIU did this very well for me. As for the quality of education, AIU gave me the tools that allowed me to change my career field within the college where I worked. At AIU, I earned an online Masters of Education in Instructional Design and Technology (i.e., curriculum development). I was a Director of Career Services at a satelite campus at a time when our county had three factory closings that devestated the economics of our region (prior to the recession that affected the whole country). Because of my training from AIU, I was able to outline a proposal for the State's Workforce Development Department for a short term retraining program. The state loved the idea of having an option for the displaced workers where they would not have to go to college for two years (many were close to retirement age). I negotiated a contract with the state and wrote a curriculum based on the specifications Workforce Development wanted. I was told later by the head of WD at the state level that she had passed my curriculum and teaching manual around and that everyone had agreed it was the best they had seen. I had no previous experience in curriculum development. Without my training from AIU, I would never have been able to accomplish this. I directed the program for my campus, which was a great success. Later, I developed various types of training and certification programs and was promoted to the statewide Director of those progams for all of our campuses. I am grateful to AIU for giving me such an excellent education. I would have rated AIU 5 star but I docked one star for one thing that left a bad taste in my mouth. At the time I enrolled, the website said there would be an online graduation where our names would be read, or we could choose to participate in a graduation at one of their brick and mortar campuses. In the online program, my classmates and myself went through the whole program together. Every course, we collaborated on group projects, so we became very close through online chats and phone calls. A number of classmates planned on participating in an actual graduation, rather than a virtual one, and hoped they could meet some of their classmates in person. However, AIU said we could not do that, and claimed they had never promised us that option. Of course, they had changed the website by then, so we couldn't even take a screenshot of what it had said previously. If they had just said they had changed the policy because the campuses were unable to accomodate us, we might have been disappointed, but accepting. However, to outright lie to all of us, and claim their website had never said that, was dishonest and inexcusable."
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2019
  • Degree: Forensic Science
"Pretty much the ONLY good thing about this college is that they give you lots of financial aid. It is a very expensive college and in order to succeed there you have to be SELF MOTIVATED. There are no live lectures, and 99% of the work you do is Intellipath. Intellipath is something that takes pretty much a week to complete so you have to do it like every day. Discussion posts are due by Fridays. At one point in time I did my discussion posts early because Fridays were bad for me and I had some idiot "instructor" dock my grade for doing it early. I called my advisor but NOTHING was EVER done to rectify the situation. Also, be prepared to be harassed by a bunch of phone calls. I was studying Forensic Science but my degree program had nothing to do with Forensic Science. Stay FAR away from this college."
Cedric D
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2019
  • Degree: Management
"I will start off by saying, you will get out of any educational program what you put in to it. My experience on ground was exceptional, the professors were very knowledgeable about the courses they were instructing and trust me, there were no grades being given away. Classmates who didn't put in the work, received falling grades and some were even put on academic probation, similar to any major university in the U.S. I've heard stories about other universities accepting the credits from AIU for transfer students and they may have some case of this, but I personally graduated and enrolled in a MBA program at RICE University without any issues. I know of other classmates who enrolled in graduate programs from Houston Baptist University and University of Houston without any issues. I feel the issue is a lot of students were looking for a easy ride (get something for doing nothing) and when it didn't pan out, their rebuttal is to trash the university. There are horror stories regarding every college or university on the planet, because all schools are not a good fit for everyone and finding the correct institution of higher learning for YOU is the key to having a successful experience. I have friends who've dropped out of division one schools, because the professors were just issuing busy work and the learning experience was about writing twenty page papers. To be fair, if you're employer doesn't place any value an AIU degree, then maybe the employer may not be a good fit for you. I work for a fortune 500 company and because I was able to implement what I learned at AIU in my job, other associates have been advised to attend AIU to advance their careers."
  • Reviewed: 2/3/2019
  • Degree: Business
"I have read reviews prior to attending AIU, yes many are negative but a few are positive.I will weigh in with the positive reviews. As a transfer student from Strayer University (I have taken 3 classes there), I disagree that AIU is less than desirable or subpar. At Strayer U I had nothing but papers to write, and if it were not for my Strayer experience (3.3 GPA) transferring into AIU it would not have prepared me for coursework here. Presently as a transfer student, I have 3 As and a B under my belt with 3 more classes to go. AIU and Strayer are both good schools and I would recommend both, however, Strayer is more expensive. I am not a stranger to independent study and/or hard coursework, writing papers is my educational background. It only works if you are willing to work towards your future. So far my experience is a good one."
  • Reviewed: 2/3/2019
  • Degree: Business
"I have read reviews prior to attending AIU, yes many are negative but a few are positive.I will weigh in with the positive reviews. As a transfer student from Strayer University (I have taken 3 classes there), I disagree that AIU is less than desirable or subpar. At Strayer U I had nothing but papers to write, and if it were not for my Strayer experience (3.3 GPA) transferring into AIU it would not have prepared me for coursework here. Presently as a transfer student, I have 3 As and a B under my belt with 3 more classes to go. AIU and Strayer are both good schools and I would recommend both, however, Strayer is more expensive. I am not a stranger to independent study and/or hard coursework, writing papers is my educational background. It only works if you are willing to work towards your future. So far my experience is a good one."
Shamika Traynham
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2019
  • Degree: Business
"This college is a scam. l attend the college for about a year. It's coslty, does not require real work to pass the classes. If you want an easy degree this is the college for you. That's the main reason I even attended this college because pretty much the advisior told me I didn't have to do work. It was correct I got A's and B's. I was attending school and then took a break. Upon coming off the break AIU kept calling harrassing me to log in to my classes when I wasn't enrolled in one for September 2018. I told the advisor I would enroll back in October courses and use my TA for those courses, because I was still trying to get TA cleared for the school. Once it was cleared I enroll in the classes that I wanted to take with them. The advisor advised me I couldn't just enroll in the classes I wanted to take because they make my degree plan for me and I had to follow it. Long story short they enrolled me in a class for September 2018 a week after classes started, to supposely avoid being disenrolled in thier college. I didn't open the module until I made sure that it was cover by my finanical aid. Once I called and verified it was cover by my finanical aid I started the class. Anyways I tried accesssing my transcripts, but an warning appeared that could not be generated due to a balance. So I called the finanical advisor and questioned him he told me not to worry. Eventually the warning went away and I was able to access my transcriopts. So upon completion of that class again I tried to access my transcripts it read the same warning. I messenger the financial advisor and now he's talking about it's showing that for the October classes that AIU automatically enrolled me in. My financial aid wouldn't cover the October classes and if I dropped them I would not be charged. I told him then drop me from the classes. I had to call the degree advisor. Ok, to easy right? NO! She was out the office and had a sit in advisor. I requested to be dropped from the class and she said ok. The following week I was dropped from the classes before they started after numerous calls! October goes by and we're well into November. AIU emails me talking about called them concerning a debt. I called, they state I owe $700 for classes. So I'm like what classes because I disenrolled from you college in October. Lady states oh, oh well this is for September. How is it for September when the class I took, I was told it was covered with finanical aid. Then her rude self continued to say no you requested to use TA and it didn't cover. The finanical aid wasn't applied for. How? liar when I called and was informed by the advisor that the financial aid I had did cover the class before I opened it. So not only are you lying about me saying I wanted to use TA but now you're saying you all blatantly lied and said it was covered. Then she preceeds to say I have all the notes. Well you and you collegues are lying. Regardless I have the email saying I wanted to use TA for October classes and not September, that you all lied and said it was covered by financial aid, so try again. My whole objective was to get a degree, but because of my schedule I couldn't attend college. The only pros of this school is that: - The advisor didn't lie about the classes you don't have to put in much work to acheive an A or B. - The modules you continously take to improve your score with little to no understanding of the subject. - Its convenient if your schedule is full The cons: - They will lie and say you owe an balance after lying saying the classes are covered fully by financial aid just to get you to attend - They constantly call your phone while you're enrolled which is annoying becauseĀ  you already know I'm gonna pass the class with an elementary paragraph response so stop it. - They violate the principles of excellence agreement"
Amanda Kunz
Responded: 2/12/2019

Shamika, we're sorry to hear about your experience regarding financial aid. If you still need assistance or would be willing to speak with us regarding your concerns, please contact our Ombudsman's Office at

Nikki B
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2018
  • Degree: Business
"I earned my Associates degree with AIU in 2005, and returned to complete my Bachelor's in Business Administration. I've taken 100% of my classes online. The Admissions & Academic advisors have been awesome. They are attentive, professinal, and actually make you feel that they care about you. The instructors have ALL been great. I have nothing bad at all to say about this university. I've been able to take my time, and earn my degrees at my own pace. January 2019 I will receive my Bachelor's and February 2019 I will begin the Master's program. I'll recommend American InterContinental University to anyone."
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2018
  • Degree: Accounting
"I see a lot of bad reviews, but I was extremely happy with my education at AIU. I attended AIU Houston and I had a wonderful journey the only thing was the cost of education it is expensive, but I have not had any problems finding a job I currently work for a global testing company and my salary is knocking at 6 figures as a Staff Accountant now I do have experience in the career field I chose to go to school for so that makes a difference in employers decision to hire you. From my experience in corporate I have not had anyone look down on my degree they checked my work history and I was knowledgeable enough to pass my interviews. I can remember one employer asked where the school was located to see if I went online or on campus and I still got the job. Some employers do verify if it is an accredited school and since AIU is accredited there shouldn't be a problem. I went to an on-campus school recently for my MBA and didn't like it so I switched back to AIU, but this time online. LOVE AIU I sure hate to see others had a bad experience. As far as career services they do help with your resume because I had a career services aid help me with my resume and they have gotten better, although I found my job on my own through Glassdoor and other sites."
Thea S
  • Reviewed: 10/13/2018
  • Degree: Science & Math
"I completed my associates degree with AIU online in 2012. I just began my bachelors degree, again, 4 weeks ago. They are very flexible with your schedule and very understanding if an issue arises. Ive read some of these reviews Where people believe this is an easy place to get a degree. Do not be fooled! This is a very hard core in depth education and I have learned a lot. I have previous experience in law-enforcement and still learned a great deal. I would assume the people that are posting the negative comments are the very same people that are not doing well in their classes. Intellipath is something new for me as that was not available during my 1st degree. Many of my law-enforcement coworkers are also attending this college. Like I said its very flexible with your schedule but you have to put your nose in the books. The professors are very hands-on and the school genuinely cares about you. If you want a really good education I suggest you give this a try"
Jordan Smith
  • Reviewed: 9/11/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"When you hear degree mill, you think of this school. It is a little costly but does not require hardly any work to pass the classes. Most classes involve modules which can be clicked through and no academic rigor is not needed to get As. It is offers 5 week classes and great deal of flexibility which is ideal for working parents. However, passing classes for this school is incredibly easy and doesnt encourage in-depth learning. It does touch on the basics of the subject. A degree from this school should not carry a lot of weight in my opinion. I have attended 3 other colleges to compare it to."
Richard Clark Jr
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2018
  • Degree: Marketing - MBA
"I had a great experience. Working full time and attending classes was one of the most challenging things I've ever done. But, it helped get me into and prepare me for my career in digital marketing. My courses really helped shape how I approach business challenges and problem solve, which is one of the reasons why I have climbed the ranks as quickly as I have at my company."
  • Reviewed: 7/30/2018
  • Degree: Business
"I have had a good INDEPENDENT experience. What I mean by that is. Student advisers aren't genuine, so understand you are on your own. The material is good I have learned a lot and although I have not finished yet, I do have employers willing to work with me until I graduate. The courses are useful and gratefully there are many resources to help you succeed. It is true they are only helpful in the beginning. Some of the professors don't answer emails and will not give you feedback so you are pretty much self-teaching. But that has nothing to do with the school itself. The program is for self-starters and people who are self-driven. Just don't take anything personal, don't expect much from an "adviser" and some of the professors. Some of the teachers are very attentive and care about your development. Just stick to it."
Kenneth Love
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2018
  • Degree: Business
"I love American InterContinental University. This is an awesome school and I had very knowledgeable Professors. I would recommend this school only to those who are serious about their education. AIU will not just pass you, you will have to work hard and earn your grade."
Brian B.
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I have been in school since 2004 on and off. I have experienced a lot of classroom environments and different schools both brick and mortar and online. AIU is probably my favorite given how many tools they give you to learn and collaborate. The professors actually care. An here's a headline many under advertise: NO TESTS/MIDTERMS/FINALS! You heard that right. No filling in bubbles or googling test answers. They have what's called Intellipath which is like a lab. You are given access day one of class. Nothing is due until the last day of class, however, it helps to keep up with the materials. Intellipath can be done multiple ways, but they allow you to improve your score to 100%. You can suck at certain sections, but work through them to improve your score. Even better, if you know the knowledge area, you get credit for knowing it so it eliminates old lessons you already know. The grading system is geared towards participation and discussion. LOTS of group projects will be assigned and you will pull your hair out because despite being IT students, many don't even bother to check their student email or care to participate until week 4 (the week it's due). However, unlike most schools, AIU does offer plenty of tools for collaborative work to occur. I can say their portal is actually designed by user interface experts that got real input from users, and they are constantly improving. My only gripe with the school is financial aid. They are horrible at explaining things. Be persistent and you will find the answers you need. Most complaints I read on here are from people who might not have opened their eyes and explored outside of their comfort zone (or haven't scrolled down?). Live chats often provide assignment clarification. Also, a teacher is more willing to work with you if you keep an open line of communication. Attending an online program is a lot of work. It requires effective time management skills and work ethic. If you aced other schools by filling in bubbles, I'll recommend you search elsewhere. If you were like me and are intimidated by brick and mortar cs classes I highly recommend you give this schools a shot."
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2018
  • Degree: Business
"I would like to start out by saying that this school start out like they care. My students Advisor was the rudest most arrogant person Ive ever dealt with concerning school. I asked for someone to call me back because I would to talk to someone in regards to him being rude to me. I have still not received a call back. Mind you they called a million times when it was time to start."
  • Reviewed: 6/5/2018
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Worst school (online)I've ever attended they do not work with their students if you have a family emergency or family death might as well say goodbye they will NOT work with you at all they will tell you to apply fit an appeal but after talking to several other students that attended they always deny the appeal letter. Oh and once they deny you that is permanent there is no getting back in don't waste your time on this school I've also heard from former students that they have not been able to find jobs."
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2018
  • Degree: Business
"I have received my Associate Degree in 2015 and will be finishing my Bachelor 10/2018. For me this school was the best choice. I tried the brick and mortar school they did not work well for me. I have been pleased with my program, I have received the assistance I need and I am able to focus on classwork."
Randy Chupp
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I have been going to AIU since 2015, I came in with a 3.8 GPA and left with a 1.7 GPA. Once the professors found out I was a veteran I felt I was graded differently. My math professor told me that I went into the military because I went to a public school and I lack the education to go to college. Now that I left AIU stuck me with a 2k bill and will not release my transcripts. If you are a veteran stay away from AIU."