Student & Graduate Reviews
Disappointed - 10/1/2019
Graduation Year: 2015
"I am not the person that attended this scam of a school, although I was about to at one point in time. My cousin whom of which has asked me to write this upon her behalf as we both got our share of this financial drain of a school. For what I saw and went through indeed 100% matches up with all the reviews given of the school itself. I initially heard of the school through my cousin, and then a rep that came to do a whole presentation about the school itself in order to try and sell the program to my entire high school class. As I was at the time, I'm furthering my associate’s degree now, I was looking to get into culinary as the naive young me thought that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So, in looking schools, I was looking at Johnson and wales along with the art institute, so I decided to do a tour of the campus itself. Now thankfully I had my mother with me who has some good common sense and a good ability to sniff out bogus or off things about certain things or places. One thing she immediately noted and pointed out to me was the fact that the school was both extremely tiny for a much as they bluffed about current student attendance of the institute. Along with during the tour we were taken to the kitchen as it was part of the tour. One of the professors were there and were going over the curriculum itself and asking various questions that would pertain to the industry itself. Now this is not at all me bragging, but just another thing I've noted form reviews that seems to apply to this. The questions she was asking were simple basic questions that beginners of people interested in the culinary industry would know, yet I was the only one able to provide the correct answers. That was another thing that stuck out to me that made things seem even more off than usual. Finally, as part of the tour the parents were separated from the kids, and this is where things honestly just become questionably ethical. We were shuttled into a classroom where we were essentially handed contracts/applications to both apply to the program and take out loans for it the second we were accepted for it. Now I of course did not sign anything, as I was only intending to tour the school, but they were adamant that you fill it out before you could leave, so I just honestly handed it back to them blank and left. They of course kept pushing and pressuring me to fill it out but thankfully at the time I had enough sense to not sign anything binding. They also at the tail end of me politely declining filling out the application, essentially said that I would wind up with a dead-end degree or job if I went anywhere else but them. Classy. So, in reality I seriously dodged a bullet with them, I later on chose to go to a community college for cost reasons. Had I gone here though I can only imagine how badly I would have been finically ruined. Now as for my cousin she wasn't as lucky, as she actually attended this bogus institution. She attended for a fashion degree, which to their credit they did teach her the basics and so forth. Yet the major flaw in all of this, and yeah, she could have done this outside the school. Were they don't teach you how to sew and assemble the actual clothing you may have designed. Now of course she could have bought a sewing machine, which are very expensive, and taken some sewing classes in order to be able to produce the clothing she would design. Yet the problem with that is that they literally drain you for all of your money, leaving you with absolutely nothing at the end of it all. So she honestly got a worthless degree, that has put her in debt for the rest of her life, without a smidgen of a chance to do anything with it. As she cannot afford the classes or the sewing machine to actually be able to try and produce anything to break into the industry. Oh, and as for aid with finding a job, honestly just any job given she had zero chances of doing anything fashion related thanks to them. They never did or care to keep their promise, and like a lot of people just stopped dealing with her after 6 months. With her credit destroyed and being stuck with a massive amount of debt that almost drove her to declare bankruptcy, I can effectively say the art institute is criminal at best. They will do anything within their power to force you to exhaust any money you may have, to force you to take out massive loans with them. Which I'm guessing the majority defaulted upon which I can only imagine got the aid of the government to pay the school back for. In order to line their pockets at the top of the pyramid, I mean honestly, they’re essentially a pyramid scheme of a school. They only care about the money, and don't give a crap about the people that are at the bottom attending the school itself with zero chances of ever being able to payback their loans within a reasonable amount of time. Not to mention it seems like recently, guess the scheme finally dried up, sold the school itself to another company. So yeah even if their still open, don’t even give them the time of day, no one at this point will ever recognize a degree from them as they have thoroughly dragged their name through the mud and then some. Save yourself the finical burden and take your money and time somewhere else that will actually give you a worthy degree that you can actually put to work."
Tianna - 2/27/2019
Graduation Year: 2020
"I attended this school because my friend was there, and made it seem to be pretty decent. The only decent thing about this school is how much money was put into it. The culinary program is what keeps the school running. I wasn't even there 3 months, and Ive decided to call it quits. I am a veteran, so I use my Post 9/11 to go to school. Upon enrolling into this establishment, my information was NEVER submitted to the VA. So guess who didn't get paid the first month and a half? I had to call the VA and see what was going on, then go to the financial aid department myself to be told that for sure it was never submitted. Then after that, the online textbooks that they charge you $200 dollars every semester for DOES NOT WORK! How the heck are we being charged hundreds of dollars for textbooks we can't access, and then being told to go find physical copies until further notice. How about you refund us that money back? Since we pay out of pocket for those electronic textbooks. The payments are automatically taken from your account, and if you don't want them to take it out then you have to submit a request form. Then back to the financial aid department...if you have a refund for financial aid you can forget about receiving it. I have a refund over $2000 just sitting there and its been months, to be told they're on hold. For months? Ive emailed 2 members of financial aid, including the manager to be told they arent sending out stipends just yet. Some of us have families and siblings to take care of. This school is quick to take your money, but slow to refund it back. From what Ive read from other students, the reason this money isnt being refunded is because its being pocketed. To be honest it doesn't seem like the administrative staff care too much. Upon submitting paperwork stating I would no longer be in attendance, I got asked why I was leaving; and if I had tried to find other resources in order to stay with the school. Why would I want to stay at a school with all of these problems? I'm glad Im leaving, instead of wasting my G.I. Bill."
Clorae Baca - 10/4/2015
Graduation Year: 2012
"Let me start by saying this: I LOVED my school. All my instructors (minus the HR instructor) were GREAT, active industry related professionals that knew exactly what they were doing. I learned so much, possibly because I was an older student (26 at the time) ready and determined to get the most of my money. Upon graduation is where the frustration happened. I was sold on the education and committing to the school for the length of the degree because they PROMISE to "help you find a job after graduation". Did I find a job? NOPE. Everything the career advisor was sending me was from the same career search engines I was already using; I'm sure I probably knew about MORE. THE SCHOOL DOES NOT HELP YOU FIND A JOB AS THEY PROMISE!!! I ended up opening my own business because I couldn't find anything. Was it the school that prepared me for the real world? Not really. But they did help me learn time management, but I could have gotten that from any other college for LESS MONEY."
Emily - 9/1/2015
Graduation Year: 2006
"I would not recommend this school. I did not understand what type of school it was when I enrolled. It is a for-profit school that cares little about actual education or preparing you for an actual job after graduation."
Anna - 6/8/2015
Graduation Year: 2010
"Over 100K of debt with a job that pays less than 25K a year is really tough and it's thousands of us in the same situation. Don't waste your time, it's all over that is a scam and sued for 11 billion for FRAUD! google it, I regret this decision forever and it ruins many people lives. Don't do the same."
frankie - 5/25/2015
Graduation Year: 2017
"This place is a joke! Made me feel like I was the stupid one. so glad I have decided to go else where. Don't waste your money, not worth it at all. IT'S JUST A REALLY OVER PRICE TRAINING SCHOOL. Wish I would have never came here. drowned in loans and having to start from zero, Nothing transfers."
WORST DECISION OF MY LIFE - 5/22/2015
Graduation Year: 2015
"This school has so far done nothing but ruin my life! I attended here for only a month before the headache started! When I enrolled I signed a contract saying I would pay $155 out of pocket each month for what my student loans didn't cover with along with rent, food and all my other expenses was very reasonable ... A month into classes I was called to the office and was told I needed to bumb my payments up to $255 a month and they had some bullshit reason as to why, and me being a dumb 19 year old I signed and agreed. Maybe 2 months after that the same thing happens and was assured this would not go past $300. By the time I got a year into school they were trying to charge me $1,500 OUT OF POCKET. When I reached out to try and get help they told me "get a second job" no compassion what so ever. I was a dedicated student with great grades, always attended class, and worked my ass off. I worked just about every minuet I wasn't in class to be able to try and afford school and that still wasn't enough! This school has unreal financial expections of students and doesn't give a shit about helping you find help all you are is a paycheck to them! I have had MANY friends have a very similar situation, and have actually talked to complete strangers who attended and were forced to dropped out because of the same ridiculous sudden price increase. I wouldn't recommend this school to my worst enemy! Now that I am out of school because I couldn't afford $1500 a month they call me daily harassing me telling me they are going to turn me over to collections and destroy my credit and so on. This went from being my biggest dream to my worst nightmare and it isn't even close to over. Unless you have parents that are loaded or can afford that much every single month just for school DO NOT GO HERE! SAVE YOURSELF THE HEART BREAK AND THE HEAD ACHE!"