American InterContinental University Reviews
|Accreditation:||American InterContinental University is Regionally accredited by the the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.|
|Tuition:||$13,050 - $16,848|
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Honestly, I love AIU Online and it hurts me to see all of these negative comments about the school. The school is set up for driven and open minded individuals. When it comes to the cost of the programs, some may think that it is a bit high. But, think about it terms of time and in comparison to other schools. I saw one comment about how the student had to pay forty thousand dollars for a bachelors program. Well, a student can get their bachelors in less than three years. How much would you have to pay for a bachelors program at a ground campus? Just think about it.
Ok, with that said, I highly recommend this school to any individual that can be driven and independent. As a college student, you cannot depend on your professors to lay out every bit of your assignment details for you. I have attended other schools that were not online and I must say that AIU Online's professors have them beat. I have had professors at ground campuses come into class, give you your reading assignments, tell you what your paper was on and when it was due, then they were out the door. If you do need help or are unsure of the requirement for assignments at AIU Online, all you have to do is lay out your confusion in detail and ask specific questions. Vague questions and arguments do not get you anywhere, TRUST ME. They are there to help you and are completely willing to do so.
Also, the coursework isn't easy. This school is not a joke. The objectives for the classes are laid out in the same manner as they would be with any other conventional school. The classes prepare you for your career and the resources are very helpful. You have access to multi media materials that are based your individual learning style, you have access to the library, and the librarian can even help you search the web for accredited information to use in your assignments.
True, you may come into contact with students that are not as enthusiastic about the online experience as you are. But you just need to remember that the school itself is meant to help you reach your goals. If other students are not serious about their goals, it doesn't mean that you need to fall into that trend. What they think should not affect your experience and the achievment of your goals.
If you want to receive a degree quickly and you are driven and independent, AIU Online is the school for you.
Look, after reading much of these reviews, I've decided one thing. People are going to say whatever they're feeling at the time of the review. Some feel they've been burned some fell they haven't. I'm going to try my best to offer you an unbiased opinion of the school even though I've received two degrees from them and am currently working on my MBA - Operations.
The online campus is second to none. Navigating and learning how to use it is all at your fingertips. Everything you need is there from Chat to email to library research of scholarly articles. Wikipedia is not a source!
The caliber of the students (once you get past your associates) is great. The reason I say once you get past your associates, is because most people who can't spell, have no cognitive thinking skills, and no original thoughts, are weeded out by then. They can't last in this school. You have to be driven to do your own research, read the textbook, and actually learn the material rather that reciting it in a paper. If you don't learn it, the work will only become more difficult.
AIU recommends you spend at least 1 hour a day on schoolwork. Of course I've crammed all of this in a weekend day and didn't do the recommended reading, but only to my own detriment. If you simply put forth the effort and write a paper in which you follow the appropriate steps outlined by the instructors, you should end up with a decent grade.
I didn't feel pressured at all to join AIU. In fact, I was looking at other online schools, but couldn't find one with as many resources as AIU. Like I said, their online campus is second to none.
The cost of education at AIU is typical to what you would spend at a traditional school for the same education (private schools). That said, they will afford you the opportunity to take out maximum loans and receive "refunds". However, this is not recommended because you obviously have to pay that money back. Nothing of value is ever free!
I received calls from the school almost weekly (whether my student advisor or admissions advisor) just to check in and see how I was going. I've always been able to contact someone when I've needed assistance. The advisors do care, despite what you may think.
The only time the school can be somewhat predatory is when you violate their integrity policy. For example, if you write a paper that matches, word for word, many sources on the web or other student papers (other than your own), you will be put under review. This is a slow and painful process. However, if this happens it is your own fault. They allow you to submit papers to "Turn-it in" for an originality verification and score before you even submit it for grading. This will alert you to the fact that you're paper may be similar to existing sources. Obviously if you write a paper in your own words, then you have nothing to worry about.
Lastly, the group projects are the only negative I have to the course. You end up running the show and commanding people who can't seem to manage their time, or you suffer with a poor grade. In one session, I ended up penning 11 of 14 pages in a group with 6 other people. Obviously only three of us received grades, but just the hassle of trying to get everyone organized is discouraging to say the least. This does, however, prepare you for the real world. I'll say that!
All in all AIU is wonderful. Just check into them. Talk to the adviosrs and see if it sounds right for you. If it's not move on. But don't turn around and blame the school for your short-comings. (Which is what most of the negative reviews for AIU seem to be).
Thanks and good luck with your education!
I am currently enrolled with the online AABA program with AIU and I think it's awesome! The online campus is super easy to navigate and offers extremely helpful tools.
However, if you elect the online version you'll discover it is a bit more difficult than a traditional school setting. You miss out on the benefits of group study halls and actually seeing physical demonstrations. The courses are challenging and engaging which is what you want in a credible school. The tuition costs are about average when I researched other schools like DeVry and University of Pheonix. The instructors of the courses are quick to answer any questions and spend time with the student. There is always someone available when I need a problem solved. A good tip is to never hesitate to ask questions.
The acedemic standards are pretty average and maybe even a little more lenient than a lot of other schools. This is also an accredited school which a definate plus!
The only complaint I have about the courses is that they don't offer the option for physical over virtual textbooks. Some courses use physical but not all of them. I would be willing to purchase physical textbooks if I was given the option.
Also, I personally wouldn't elect pursuing a Bachelors Degree with the online programs. Not with AIU or any online school. The Associate's program is already difficult. I couldn't imagine doubling that time frame.
Just completed my Bachelors program here, only because it was more economical with 4 classes to go than switch. You do learn here within their project based format. Group projects suck to put it mildly. But this school will accuse you of doing something wrong, put you on trial, convict you and you cannot do anything about it! They will also send you a program to use on the pc, no tutorial, or training and expect you to use it proficiently.
Like I said, I did learn from them, but with the unfair treatment I got, I would not go here again ever. In fact for my Master program I am not going to this school, even though they offer it!
I really do not understand what alot of these people are saying, because I am attending AIU right now and it is not an easy task. I have been given the opportunity to work towards the degree of my choice and have not had any issues what so ever!! Alot of these people on here sound just like complainer's that did not get their way!! Obviously something went wrong while starting off. I would recommend this school to anyone that wants a degree in their chosen field. The work is not easy and the instructors are very helpful!! Thx's
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