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I attended this university from 2011 - 2013 to get my bachelor's degree. I attended a local community college prior to enrollment for my associates degree. The school was extremely expensive costing me around $32,000 which should have been closer to $24,000 they told me. It was writing intensive a discussion board assignment due every Wed, responses to two classmates and a weekly paper usually 2-5 pages in length, and some classes seemed repetitive. There were literally times when I had an assignment due in one class that almost mirrored an assignment due for another class. It wasn't easy but it wasn't hard either. I did learn quite a lot about business, the economy and my field of human resources that I hadn't previously known. It required a lot of research to complete the assignments and I had to acclimate myself to a school work schedule. The biggest cons for me were the costs, ignorance of classmates and lack of responsiveness from teachers. There were students who would post incoherent and grammatically incorrect discussion board assignments and receive an A. In fear of receiving bad grades on group assignments I would often volunteer to do the editing because most of my classmates should have never earned a high school diploma based on their (there, they're) writing skills! When I finished AIU I was making less than $40k a year working in the HR field. Within 9 months I accepted a position earning $14K more a year which was made possible due to my recent degree and 9 years experience in my field. I decided to earn my masters degree at a traditional college in my home state and attend an online degree program. It was a much cheaper option for me. I was accepted into the program without any problems so my degree wasn't worthless as previous people indicated. My overall experience was positive but it was the hard work I put in as well. My best advice is to weigh all costs and decide what is best for you. Make good decisions about your career path and you can make the most of your degree.
20 Reasons NOT to attend AIU (attended school 2012 to 2016) Lets say the issues are after Attending AIU for 4 years..... (typing fast here sorry for the mistakes)... this is my opinion and the truth And I gave AIU the benefit till I could not take it any more. Now I understand why they have such a LOW graduation rate according to FICA 1 - change online degrees a lot - means classes/schedule changes = More $$ for you and it is not your fault 2. They change their web site every 6-8 months... this means working out the bugs and so on, deleting things u like then once you get it down on how to do/locate things, it changes again... 4 years 8 MAJOR (100% changed) website changes 3. kept changing the Online company they uses for the library / digital books - so hard to use it - Google Schr was used 99% of the time 4. Instructors - most are nice but really they are just bad or just lazy instructors. 48 teachers in 4 years, and only 2 stood out in a good way. Not one follows the school requirements 100% so you need to adapt to every teacher as to what is good and bad EVEN if it is against policy- so tiring 5. Online school that has OUTSOURCE TO INDIA for their Tec support - they SUCK - they speak English but do not understand it - They read off a script and have now idea what you are talking about. Every time I got off the phone.... I always left frustrated because only 9 out of 10 issues were resolved on a good call. Most of the time I just hung up after explaining the same issue 10 times and got the same wrong answer 10 times. Go America! Hope you do not have a degree plan in IT, you lost your job before you got hired or even graduated to someone that makes $0.10 an hour....Change now while u can. 6. Class learn overlaps and teaches you the same thing, over and over and over.... I felt like I have only taken 6 classes for 4 years 7. School - Most all classes are 30% research, 30% theory and 40% B.S to fill in the paper. Was there Anything I learned.... not really, I can say, researching it is more like finding an article that relates to the subject and write a line and then make up another line to fill in the paragraph. I HONESTLY can say, after 4 years of school and 1000's of HOURS of work. I bet I could fit what I learned (NEW stuff) into a 15 minutes speech. you do the math on the time wasted! 8. Feedback on homework - questions, u get answers when it is too late to fix it, they will note that you did SOMETHING wrong but NOT tell you how to fix it, and they just give you a % in the Rubic grading. So you next to never know what you did wrong nor how to fix it so u keep doing the wrong thing for all 5 weeks in the class and loos out on the point. 9. Toooooooooo easy to pass these classes - Avg assignment - 3-5 pages, APA format, due on Sunday...just doing that and making 1/2 scene of the paper over the objectives listed will get u a 70% - yes you passed with out breaking a sweat! You could be 100% wrong and still pass the class as long as u did part 1 , 2, and 3. No joke! Many of the teacher will even tell u that! 10. Emailing instructors that only work 2 days a week - yeah u get answers days later and by then it is usually to late. Just wait till they give an general answer or understand your question wrong... 3 weeks of emails and you still don't have an answer to a question from week 1 and it is now week 4. I just quit asking. 11. Everything they do is a BRIEF .... how to use the school site, the library, do a APA paper, use XYZ, the LEARNING and the research. Prime example---- - Health care you MUST know one of 3 Software (according to them). we do a paper OUTLINING the BASIC functionally of 1 software BUT it is just that... a BRIEF over view. WE never see it, never use it, never demo it, Never see a video, or we never check out that companies web site. So when I get hired, I can say yes I know OF it but using it... nope. So How do I get a job after 4 years of college when they don't TRAIN you on something that they tell you it is MANDATORY to know. You'd think that would be on the degree plan other than LET TALK ABOUT IT. Waste of Money and time. Now after I graduated I have had to spend MORE of my Cash to learn something they should of taught me to in the first place. 12. The how to vids they have in my 4 years are still from 8 years ago.... they are so outdated that they make no scene to a student. They tell you to use these helper files but they are 100% outdated. They do not keep up the helper files up to date with the new Web layout. Then they have many u-tube.com learning vids too,,. problem is, they dont check to see if they are still Active on the u-tube website - 1 out of five seem to be removed from u-tube in every class. 13. a 24/7 school that has banker hours in helping students for anything other than tec support and we already talked about that. 14. They have these weekly posting boards in every class - IT IS THE SAME 5 QUESTIONS IN EVERY CLASS!!!! 4 years of coming up with the same thing to the same answer.....yeah u learned something here....> 1 in week 1 - how are these OBJECTIVES in this class going to help you in your career? Then, It is currently week 4, and the ? is - What did you learn in week 5 - I dont know I do not have a time machine. Why do you keep asking this? yep each one of those questions cost me $150 each - money well spent. 15 They partially have switched some papers (i'd say 30-40%) over to this Intellpath website program.... this is a Multi-choice test, - they give you a 3 or 4 paragraphs to read and it is a 20 page Chapter condensed to that - usually make NO since at all, then they ask you 8-10 questions... you can take the test over and over and over till you get a 100% with out any issue... BUT even if you get a 100% on ALL the "Nodes" (assignments) the best score is a 99% So the reading make no since, questions are too easy to cheat and they allow it !!! and you learn = Nothing. Then it is impossible to get a 100% 16 - dont even voice your opinion about the school - even raising your voice or TYPING IN CAPS to the teacher or counselor - they will jump all over you as if you murdered someone. 17. There is a lot of moody people - expecually in groups papers, there is always 1 person that has an excuse as to why they did not attend the group sessions till the last day (too late.) when they get out of hand and they have in EVERY class - the school does not support you ZERO! Nada - even if they used ever 4 letter word in the book and via email. Makes a lot of since after reading reason/line 16. Well you did not talk bad about the school just about another student and that is ok. 18. Major storms.... Unless there is a MAJOR storm (effecting 3 or more states at once) do expect any leeway from the teacher on turning in assignments late. I live in NM but in the Rockies - so 1-3 ft of snow happens a lot in every storm for me - NEVER EVER with even emailing Pics of the storm downfall did I get a waver... but NY/NH/VT gets 1 foot of snow and there is No late fees to the papers for those people ONLY in those states. Little unfair. because I live in NM and not NY or where ever - Happened EVERY YEAR in the winter month. 19. They can spell you name right on any of the degrees you earned....and then want to charge you $$$ for THEIR MISTAKE. REALLY? But what do you expect, they don't care if you learned or not, can spell or not, because they cannot! 20. Finical aid is easy... after all they are good at taking YOUR MONEY FAST - even if you say no only take what is needed and they MAX out your loan - they can not help you on THEIR mistake. U get hit with the Fine and extra interest, not them. They don't care. I hope this will shed some light on AIU.... If you want a cheep college AIU is the school for you - I went with them because of my remote location (Online was my only option), the degree plan choices, their lack of test taking at a different college like many and that they we also the cheapest college I could fine. My BS will cost me 35K - if I went with Kapa or another - 45K, Phoenix Univ was 70K I did not want to be broke for 10 or 15 years only 5. I did not switch due to the hassle of it and the additional cost and time needed to do it. So I stayed but it took a lot for me to say - I got what I paid for - $35K for 2 sheets of paper and l Learned nothing and was frustrated all the time! Would I recommend AIU - NO, NO , NO unless u want cheep and have LOTS of patients, then yes
I hate them so much. I know that is not nice to say but for a college program to steal from a working mother and ruin her credit for years and years to come is just too much. I did myself a huge disservice by going to this online school. Stafford loans just kept getting added onto my account somehow. I was only their one year from 2004 to 2005 and due to all of the loans that were put on by the Va, and or Stafford my credit has been ruined. and to this day I still don't have the transcripts to prove the work I did do. 17 credits worth. I was on the accelerated program. It sounded good to do at the time, and for a little while it was great, my teachers were nice and I was pretty much able to follow along, but then came the art class and that just was not something that you should do online, I know now that I need to be in front of a teacher with a dry erase board. Online was not the way for me nor was the amount of money this cost me. I tried several times to tell them to cancel the class and to drop out due to unforseen circumstances and I don't think they ever did so I got charged for classes i never took. I'm very disappointed and still trying to work my way out of the mess this caused me.
Honestly, I have no problem with the school. The only problem I have is that it's $$$$. Other than, that it is where I earned both of my degrees. I also would recommend this school to others (if there are willing to pay). However, the style of teaching worked fine for me. And I did learn a lot during both of my degree programs. May I add, the teachers are not all passive as previously stated. Actually, some of the teachers are no joke. They are really passionate about what they are teaching. It's just the cost I disagree with!
Lied to from day 1. I was pressured to attend by someone that kept calling me. She was practically trying to "sell" the school. She lied to me and told me I would be able to get a CPA degree from there which was a total lie in 2007. Was told my cost would be $25k (for just associates) ended up being $32k????? I didn't find out that I couldn't sit for CPA exams after graduating that school (bc they didn't offer bachelor and masters in accounting in 2007) after I received my associates degree. When I told them who had promised me this she no longer worked there...nice!!! So I transferred and most of my credits wouldn't even transfer so I had to start all over again which I refused to do! Thanks for nothing aiu!
AIU is a terrible school. Their material is outdated!! One class said this: Facebook now has 500 million users! They also used outdated software! They also could NEVER tell me how much my reimbursement checks would be so I could never plan paying my bills! One time they said I would receive $500 and they ended giving me just $82! I nearly lost my apartment because of them! I did not end up graduating from this outdated "university" because they kept making my finances impossible and they never updated their learning materials. I transferred to a much better school! I do NOT recommend this school to anyone. They do not work with most major lenders! Stay away from this place! That's my humble opinion!
Too many students past or present are more concerned with receiving their stipend a/k/a refund check and don't concern themselves with getting a valuable education, which is why there are so many complaints made against this university. I have personally seen people quit this university after receiving their stipend then have the gall to come write out a complaint about having to repay their student loans or about the instructors and their teaching methods, or just complain. Ridiculous!!! How idiotic is this? You get out of it what you put into it. Working hard, applying yourself, and using time management wisely will further your success at this university. This is so sad that I cannot go any further but to say that I started AIU in 2015 and have incurred a 3.8 as a result of my dedication and hard work, knowing what the end result will be. To that end, my goal is in attaining my degree and I am on the path of doing it if I stay focused, use time management wisely, and follow instructions.
I am currently taking classes at AIU. I am surprised at all the bad reviews. I am about to finish up two classes. Making a total of three classes I have taken. I love it so far! I am impressed with how much I am learning. Although challenging, it is not too overwhelming for me. My instructors have all been great and helpful! There are so many options I didn't think I would have online. I did have some issues with financial aid but I think that was mostly my confusion. You have to put in to it what you want out of it. If you don't apply yourself or read the material they give you, then you won't take anything from it. I have a hard time learning in a classroom setting. I much rather go the independent route and learn on my own time. It isn't for everyone, but if you work hard and manage your time you will succeed.
This was a horrible college. I did not learn anything . We rarely stayed in class the full time and teachers were always absent. If you want a quality education this is not the school.The staff has a very poor attitude and the instructors are not at all enthused to be there.
I was dismissed from the online MBA program due to a medical incident, which did effect my academic performance. I was on academic probation and received a final grade of a B-.Because it was not a B, I was dismissed. I was placed on academic probation because I was withdrawn from the program 6 years earlier for personal reasons. After my dismissal I appealed the dismissal based on the medical emergency which effected my final grade. My appeal was denied, and was permanently dismissed. For two years, there was a legal dispute between me and AIU. Repeatedly they offered me reinstatement, for which I repeatedly refused. I utilized every legal means, including a federal lawsuit, which was dismissed without prejudice, and ordered to arbitration, which was listed in the enrollment agreement. The dispute went to arbitration and the ruling was in my favor, and AIU lost. The "award" was they ordered AIU to allow me to resubmit the assignment for which I received a failing grade due to the medical emergency. I insisted that I refused to resubmit the assignments and reinstatement. The arbitrator ignored my position and gave me 30 days in case I wanted to change my mind. I did not comply with the 30 day ruling and did not resubmit the assignments. I won the arbitration. I didn't receive any money, but at least I won. To those of you considering to enroll in AIU online, please consider this. In your enrollment agreement, there is an Arbitration Agreement Clause, in which you waive your right to sue. And if you do go to arbitration, you will not receive a monetary award. So think about it before you sign it, so you won't ave to go through what I did.