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I went to college in 2005 and graduated in 2006. AIU was more concerned with having me as a student and the fact that my then husband was active duty Army. It was wonderful as far as being able to attend classes online while still being able to be a stay home mom for my kids, whom were 6 and 2 at the time. As far as after graduation.... that was a different story. I moved back home with my kids in 2007 and our divorce was final in 2008, but I ended up stuck back in the fast food industry. My degree seemed to hold no value, and with very little actual job experience, I just felt screwed. I have $15,000 in student loan debt and no job to show for my 3.79 GPA.
Let me start by saying that I am not an enrolled student but a perspective student for the AIU Houston campus. The MBA program at AIU seems to be an overall good value for the money compared to many other similar programs which start at closer to $40k per year versus AIUs $25k. I would not recommend this school to someone who is a recent college grad with no work experience in the field you are looking to go in because this school holds little to no weight to a perspective employer. I personally am looking into the program because Im already at a management level in my career and need a masters degree to tick the box and stay relevant in the job market and also need the flexibility to go online if needed. My main criticism is with the admissions office at this school, who do a terrible job at helping facilitate a prospective student into wanting to be an enrolled student. Ask an admissions advisor any sort of detailed question, and they will just refer you to someone else. My admissions advisor in particular, someone named C. at the Houston Campus, though pleasant enough, came across as completely ignorant and unable to answer the basic of questions besides cost of tuition and when classes start. Other than that, good luck getting an answer. When she gave me phone numbers of people I could call to do my own research to help me make an informed decision, the numbers were out of service. She was also very un-responsive to emails and lazy in her job. I guess this school thinks they will sell themselves with people like her working there. I will add that a young lady in the financial aide office named Deanne was very helpful and knowledgeable when I called her for some research. Many aspects of the school are attractive to me for my own personal reasons but I will spend my money elsewhere. If interested in a hybrid MBA program in Houston, look into Texas Women's University. They are along the same price point but much better customer service and more professional. Im terrified to think how I will be handled once this place has my money secured in their bank account.
I have been enrolled since March 2015, halfway through and can tell you I have found almost every experience fascinating. Most teachers are receptive and if I have questions on my financial aid or costs, I always am able to get good information. It is surprising to see so many negative reviews especially ones such as courses not being available. My whole academic schedule was set up before I even started and hasn't changed yet, which makes it very easy to schedule my other affairs around. Years ago I attending Phoenix Online and was so disappointed. I am grateful everyday that I decided to try again and am looking forward to finishing - halfway there :D
This school was horrendous. Both me and my wife attended. They told me that it was a degree for 3D design and my wife for photography. We both ended up in the same degree program. I was told it was an intensive program but the classes were small so they could have more focus on the students. I was excited about this. I didn't want to get lost in a class room and I didn't want the material to be boring cause I would lose interest. My first quarter here I had a teacher from the Caribbean who taught an introductory computer class. No one could understand her. She would say tuba instead of toolbar. When people would be confused and ask her where the tuba was she would get frustrated very quickly replying you don't know where the tuba is its one the bottom. The other students could never find a tuba and then when they asked if she meant toolbar she would flip and raise her voice saying that she spoke the queens English and she was saying it the right way. After 2 classes here i went down to administration and asked them if they were serious about putting me in a class on how to open up programs in windows when they were going to have me work on a apple, i started learning on a commodore 64 and could use DOS and the teacher couldn't even convey her message properly. After showing them what i knew they ended up giving me credit for the class. Unfortunately this wasn't my last bad experience with teachers. Any good teacher i had ended up leaving for "better" schools saying that this one is a joke. Leaving all the mediocre and poor teachers repeated in classes. I often times ended up learning the same material and doing the same projects in multiple art classes and was extremely bored with the curriculum. I asked them when i was going to be working on 3D programs and they said those classes would be taken in what would be equivalent to my senior year. When I got there they said they weren't offering those classes. After hearing this I was absolutely livid and dropped out. Later I went to an orientation for full sail university, loved it, sat down with some people there, found out that out of all the time money and energy I had spent at the previous school only 2 of my classes would transfer and since i was already over 3/4 through the last degree that I wouldn't be able to go due to too much overall debt. I then got a job at Walmart worked my butt off to get caught up on the loans and when i finally did figured that at least getting a degree would open up a lot of doors so i should go back and at least finish. After two more quarters there i ended up taking a class in business management and the teacher explained to me that I wouldn't be able to do anything with the degree other than open my own business and that's why her class was so important. I never wanted to open my own business or do any of the work the material covered much less the degree wouldn't even open doors?
Horrible explanation of the student loans. They give you way more than what you need. Also, I was guided to this degree which is useless to me. It didn't help me towards law. They don't help you find a job. The ones they offer are at poverty level. Crazy.
I went to the AIU in Houston, TX for two quarters. Here are the pros and cons of this institution that I encountered: Cons - One of the IT professors appears as if she doesn't care about teaching. She introduced herself as a Doctorate in Information Technology, but from the measly lectures that she prepared and her timid tone of her voice (I had to literally move within 5 or 10 feet of her, just so I could hear what she was saying), I'm convinced that she knows absolutely nothing about teaching. She appears as if she is more interested in just doing the minimum and getting out of there early. Yes, I know it was an evening class and she may not be an "evening person", but she has a job to do, which is to teach the students. She failed miserably. I had to look at the syllabus and get all of my information from the Internet, just so I could learn as much as I could about the subject. There is also one English professor, who is from one of the Caribbean islands and has a thick enough accent that I had to listen extra carefully to understand what he was saying, even when I was only 5 feet away from him. I am surprised that the university would hire an English professor that has difficulty speaking English (I think that being able to actually speak the language would be a requirement of the job). He actually complained to the entire class during a lecture that he was "overwhelmed" by teaching classes at AIU because he "had his plate full" with a teaching job at Community College of Houston. Due to this, he was constantly behind on grading assignments and getting my final grade was like revealing a prize at a game show. Also, the tuition, books, lab fees, etc. for this university are outrageous! They would charge $100 for a book one could go onto Amazon or another website that sells textbooks and get them new for 1/4 - 1/2 the price or used for almost nothing for a used book. For what they were charging $80 for a new book at the book store, I was able to buy used for $1 ($4.50 with S/H) and another book that they wanted over $100, I rented for $25 from Valore Books. For $25,000 a year, one could get an education at a reputable state-funded university. Yes, I know that AIU does help with their graduates getting jobs after graduation, but based upon what I heard from the few graduating seniors, they may as well be on their own. Pros - There are two professors there that are very good. One is an IT professor that teaches the basics of MS Office and an IT Ethics class who is very good and actually is concerned about the education of her students. She goes out of her way to organize student activities to get them more active and have them interact with one another to improve their learning experiences. The other professor is a Math professor who also teaches the University Basics class that every student must take in their first or second quarter. I have had prior experience with going to a university, and I thought I knew everything about the "university experience". He taught us a lot about finance, time management, and the whole process of searching for and getting a job. He also goes out of his way to make sure that we understood the importance of what he is teaching. Also, the online classes were very good. They assessed what you already know and adjust the curriculum to what you need to learn to get the most of the classes without too much repetition of what you already know (they do review all the material in the video lectures and assessment procedure just to be sure that you didn't just guess and "got lucky and clicked the correct answer"). The financial aid staff is professional and did everything to make sure that I had as much financial aid as I was able to attain. My academic advisor (who is also the head of the IT and General Education departments) is very good at handling the troubles I had with the professors who weren't doing their jobs properly and making sure that I was enrolled in the classes that would best help me attain my academic and professional goals. I am currently not enrolled because I didn't get enough financial aid to continue my education. If I did have enough money to pay for the tuition, I am not sure that I would go back just because I am genuinely concerned about the quality of education I would get here because the lack of professionalism and caring of some members of the teaching staff they currently have doesn't justify paying that outrageous amount of money. If they were to lower the tuition and other fees to $15,000 a year or lower or use that extra money to hire better professors that actually are qualified to teach a class at the university level and actually care about whether or not the students are learning, then I would be more comfortable with the decision to return.
I was very disappointed in AIU's organization as a whole. When enrolled I still constantly received emails from the admissions department asking to enroll and contact an advisor (even after emailing back letting them know I was currently enrolled.) When I had problems arise the only person that I felt cared or bothered listening was my advisor. I was subjected to a zero on an assignment due to a group member not submitting the assignment like they claimed. This one zero lowered my grade a full letter, I submitted for grade review and I was blamed for not staying up until midnight to make sure the assignment was submitted by my fellow group member who stated they would. Overall I think the organization has a structure issue starting from the top. If you are someone who really cares about getting good grades, I would consider looking at another university.
Good afternoon, I went to AIU in 2012 and was supposed to Graduate in 2015 in a degree in Business management but do to the high cost and all the loads I had to take I was not able to finish. I have called the school leaving messages trying to see the cost so that I can get my Transcript but have not got a call back. I don't know it this was all worth it because I get paper in the mail saying a I all this money to pay back.
If you like easy and don't care much for learning this is the place. Books are not covered by tuition for all of the money you spend unless you like e-books which are horrible for learning. AIU expects people to sit in front of the computer all day long to learn from e-books and Google because instructors only give you one hour a week and mostly cover irrelevant topics in my opinion. Customer service is non existent you can never reach your student advisor and you go through an annoying automated system to reach someone who hopefully understands why you are calling. Online courses sound like a great idea and they really are not half bad but AIU does not seem to handle their program properly like they just want to make money and herd people through.
I made the decision to attend American InterContinental University Online, as I have been out of school for a while at the time, and needed a better job opportunity. Even though all the classes were taken online, my schedule became more flexible, the advisors and instructors were attentive to my needs and goals, and my motivation to complete college increased. This institution is a wonderful opportunity for potential students who are currently preoccupied with their jobs and or families. There is also career advising available and the option to attend a virtual or ground graduation.