American InterContinental University Reviews
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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.
I started at American Intercontinental University in August of 2007. This is a great online school. I'm a little disappointed that I could not find a job in my field. Otherwise, the professors were very skilled at teaching their disciplines online. It is very important to note that the courses require intensive reading, research, and writing. When I attended, there were no exams, quizzes or tests, but maybe American Intercontinental University changed over the past 9 years since I graduated. I really enjoyed the courses; I found that I am more of an active learner; therefore, online education was the perfect fit for me. Just remember that online education requires self-discipline, and more interaction with your classmates and professors in the chat room. I like the flexibility American Intercontinental University offers; that is, you get to do your assignments at a time convenient for you. Just remember to stay focused and on track when completing your assignments; otherwise, you will fall behind. I never procrastinated. I always turned in my Discussion Boards and Individual Project assignments on time. My professors graded fairly and I had no problems with the ones who gave me feedback on my assignments. The professors do care about the students, but you have to do the work and submit your assignments on time. I gave three stars regarding being satisfied with the degree program and I was not happy because even after graduating with honors, I still could not land a decent paying job in my field. My admissions adviser was very supportive of my educational pursuits and even encouraged me to press on no matter how challenging it became. To those of you who are considering attending American Intercontinental University Online, remember you will have to make sacrifices, but remember to ask questions when you do not understand and get help immediately from your professor. Thank you for reading my review!
Their online program was great. Having the ability to pause, rewind, and review the lectures was extremely valuable. I earned my bachelors degree and got a job as a software engineer, now making twice as much as I was before starting college. The best part was that the material didn't focus on memorizing useless facts and obsolete techniques, but rather focused on the underlying fundamentals that technology is built on. All of the classes were challenging, and I had to retake Biology because the material was fairly difficult. At the end of the day, if your going into the Technology Sector, its critical to find the school that is the most up-to-date from a technology standpoint or you will end up learning about the algorithms that were used in the 1980s and 1990s being taught from some guy who learned everything he knows about computers from a book. 4 stars.
I loved AIU and enjoyed going to the campus and school online. I enjoyed the professors and the campus environment. Online was easy to interact with professors, staff, and other students around the world. I am proud to be an AIU alumni.
Overall I have mixed feelings. My goal is to obtain a law degree and become an attorney. I started my associates in 2012, classes were ok but they didn't cover anything that I can say stuck with me. I started me bachelors degree in 2015 but now I am troubled because I don't know that I will be able to use it to take the LSAT or a prep class. If I could have done this all over again I would have done HCC. Teachers, I can't complain there are a couple that I can truly say have a passion for teaching. The debt accumulated is going to suck and I am regretting it now. I have not had career services reach out to me at all. Career advisors seem to change too often and there is never one person you can rely on to speak to through your degree. I truly hope I am able to use this bachelors degree to get my law degree. I am freaking out since I was not able to sign in to the Lsac website to build my profile because this school is not there!!!!!
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 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.
I loved the online college. It was self paced and easy to understand. Not good unless self motivated
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.