American InterContinental University
Review Averages: 6.6 out of 10 (55 reviews)American InterContinental University maintains three campuses in the U.S., a campus in London, and an extensive distance learning program. Blended programs are available to students on campuses in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, or London. Subject areas include: business administration; criminal justice; education; healthcare management; information technology; marketing; and visual communication.
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
American InterContinental University Reviews:
AIU Fair and Good School
BBA - May 4, 2015
I have 6 more classes to complete for my BBA with a Healthcare Concentration. Though it has been sometimes exhausting taking 2 classes every 5 weeks and trying to retain it all, I am excited that I had the help when needed and when I didn't need it. They don't just give you "A's" and you have to earn your grade just like in a classroom. I consider online learning more difficult than being in a room one day or two days a week. There is a lot of writing papers and research but it helps what you read and learn sink in. I have a 2.97 GPA which is about a B-. I was a B person in high school many years ago so I am ok with that. Passing is important to me and I am doing that. Financially I don't consider AIU any more expensive then an on campus school. I will be receiving my BBA in 2 years vs. 4 years with a debt of about 36,000.00. If you average that over 2 years, 13,000.00 a year. Not bad for your money at all. The teachers are knowledgeable and very encouraging. I have had one teacher that I could not stand who I thought did not explain themselves very well and who also gave me one of my lowest grades. Hey, I believe we have ALL had a teacher we didn't like so what makes that so different? I highly recommend AIU. They were extremely helpful with everything including my school loans. If I had one thing that I didn't like it would be not being able to have my books in hand for some of my classes. You have the ability to print some but on some classes it would have been nice to have the book in hand to highlight and refer back to. I used my Nook to read the book while writing and accomplishing the work online. Good luck to all the future students.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
BAS Criminal Justice Specilization Forensic Science
Criminal Justice Administration - March 24, 2015
Going to an online school, you have to expect that you are learning everything on your own. I went to an online school (PCI) and once we finished all of the online course work, you had to do an internship to learn before you received your degree. This is how I feel AIU should be. There is no way that I am completely prepared for a job in my field of study without hands on experience. I do like the fact that there are absolutely no tests and quizzes throughout the course, although I do feel a test or quiz would actually teach me more. I don't really feel like I am learning anything from writing 5-8 page papers for 3 years. I feel like we discuss the same information in a different way in every class (if that makes any sense). Though the people are really nice and helpful. My advisors always call and check in on me every so often. I really think every online school would benefit from having students complete an internship or externship at the end of every degree program. Especially for a degree program such as forensic science. I learn nothing by researching online, but it is my only choice since I am military and work all day.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Worth it to me
MBA - February 12, 2015
I finished my MBA from AIU in 11/2002... at about the time I began my Credit Risk career in Banking. 13 years later and making $130K+ annually; I'm not complaining. Now with that being said; I've always questioned the value of the education from AIU and have come to the conclusion that you get out of it what you put into it and... and... what you do with the degree afterwards. After my MBA; I continued learning, continued taking courses, and continued educating myself in areas where I felt I was weak in understanding. I've obtained certifications, attended workshops and went to seminars all in the quest of knowledge and for a deeper understanding of what it is that I do. All of which has benefited my career tremendously. So to those whom think the Bachelor’s degree or the MBA is an "end all" for education that comes with a golden ticket are extremely naive and are very uninformed as to the ways of how the world works.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
BBA - January 25, 2015
I think the school is great if you apply yourself, it is an accredited school. All major colleges accept their credits. It does require organization and self application but the intellipath is great! Plus you have weekly live chats and the instructor is available for support when needed. So what exactly is the issue?
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
BBA - September 3, 2014
I have read all of the reviews from students about how sub-standard the AIU instructors are, and I wanted to present the point of view of an experienced online instructor who also works for another online university. I wonder how many students know how much AIU pays their instructors. They have high demands via live time spent in the classroom, teaching qualifications and professional experience, but they pay McDonald's wages. Seriously. I am not kidding. If an instructor put in the number of hours that AIU asks for into his or her class, that person would be making less than minimum wage. The other university I teach for pays me three times the rate of AIU. It's the old adage, "you get what you pay for", when it comes to the engagement of the AIU instructors. The low wages make our efforts seem not worthwhile, no matter how committed we are to student success. I feel sorry for the students, of course, but we instructors are wearing ourselves out teaching students who will eventually end up in debt, with a worthless degree--or making four times the wage that we do. With AIU, everything is about the bottom line.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
MBA - August 4, 2014
The school has adopted a program called "Intellipath" to basically teach the material. Instead of an instructor who knows the material there is a computer program which is just ridiculous and riddled with errors. Prior to adoption of this computer program the school was acceptable requiring some rigorous academic research and providing some interaction with live human beings. I have taken four or more classes using intellipath and have been very disappointed with the program which feels like taking a government online module.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Online degrees are a waste of money
Bachelor of Information Technology Network Administration - August 3, 2014
You want an online degree? Don't do it. I'm a graduate from an online school and now I'm paying back student' loans which are over 100k. Graduated the top of my class with a 3.95 GPA, never been the top of anything when it comes to school but for some reasons I graduated the top of my classes. I remember my GPA in high school was around 1.6. If you are doing it right now, you need to stop because it's a bogus education. There is a conflict of interest there. They want you to keep paying the money they charge you so they will keep giving you your A's. I have never had straight A's when it comes to school and one time I remember doing an assignment that I knew I am not going to ace it for sure. Got the grade back, and got an A. You know when you apply for a real state or private university, there is an application process. But for AIU, I remember when I first send in my application and the next day a counselor called me and say hey you have been approved, congratulations. If you get an education online, there is only so much you can learn from that crap. In a class of 4-5 weeks, you read a thick encyclopedia book and the class will only go over 1/8 of it. Most of the time, the online classes told us to read chapter 1-8 and do an essay. I was like, chapter 1-8 there's no way I am going to read all that in this thick encyclopedia book. So I learned, do it the smart way. Look at the questions they want you to answer, go to the book, read that section then do the essay on it. If you are trying to go to school and get a degree, it's a waste of time because education online is not even close to going into a traditional classroom. If you want to spend all that money, go do it in a real state college. Why spend 40-60k for a degree they going to fax you. The graduation ceremony was a freaking joke. You log on into their website and see Al Gore in a prerecorded message doing a speech. Bottom line, just don't do it. I am paying $400+ a month and that's just interest. The amount of money you pay to these for profit universities are the same you pay at a traditional college. The only difference is that they hold no weight because you are inside your house getting only a fraction of education the traditional colleges are having. I remember going to 20-30 interviews and they just smirk at me like I am joke by having an online education. None of them called me back. By the time you get a master at American Intercontinental University, you close over 100k in debt. Come on even lawyers or doctors don't do that much into debt. It's just a waste of money and time.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Most Confusing I Ever Experienced
BBA - July 28, 2014
I just started this school like less than 2 weeks ago and Im already frustrated with it. the student portal is sooooo confusing to use. The teachers aren't really professional. the financial aid process is straight bullshit. I asked the financial aid office numerous times about the refund check. They still beat around the bush with the answer to my question. Most of the students who attend are ghetto as hell (I see why white people don't really attend). back to the financial aid. I don't care about an award letter. I know my education is paid. I just want to know the refund amount. Hell yea, I wanna know why? because Im using my tax information with my income. So yea, I have every goddamn right to know how much money Im getting back from financial aid. Im a broke college student too like the rest. That refund money is very help for students who are far away from home dealing with parents who have low income. Man... this school I tell ya. It has already pissed me off 'til the point I kinda want out.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not What I Expected
MBA - February 12, 2014
I went into this program expecting to get more for my money than what I did. I didn't feel challenged, and honestly feel like my MBA is next to worthless. I agree with some others here - I pretty much taught myself, and professors and learning materials were of little help... and did anyone else notice the spelling and grammar mistakes in the assignment posts?! That can't be a good sign. Don't get me wrong, it was nice to have the flexibility that online courses offered, especially with a demanding work schedule, and it was also great to have been finished so quickly; however, knowing now what I didn't know then, I would have taken my time getting a quality education rather than sacrificing knowledge for a quick degree.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Not a diploma mill - Descent distant learning experience
MBA - October 27, 2013
I read the above comments, and comments from other sites. For the majority of the negative reviews about AIU I notice the extent of experience from those complainers is lacking. Prior to getting an MBA through AIU, I received my ABET certified undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and another degree in Physics with a Biophysics concentration and a minor in Mathematics from a public state university. In my early years, I attended a university in the summers since it was closer to home, and another university that was convienently located for the semester I was getting married. This means I have 3 traditional universities, many years, and many instructors with which to compare. All institutions I have attended are mixed with both outstanding and poor instructors. On top of that, all universities are there for the money, plain and simple; education is simply the "product" they are selling, and they would have difficulty keeping their doors open if they continually lost money. While working toward my AIU MBA, I had plenty of difficulty getting everything done by the deadlines, and lost pretty much every waking hour of weekends and most of the weekday evenings to getting assignments completed. Many students probably skipped completing all the reading assignments and the automated course material, and frequently people skipped the live lectures. That is their loss, and at least those people shouldnt complain that they didnt learn enough. For those that say they had to teach themselves, I have found at least 80% of all institutions require you to do the majority of teaching yourself, the instructures give you a path to follow, but most dont spoon feed you. Grow up, become a better student, and feel free to attend AIU (especially since AIU has more accrediations than any traditional ground school you will attend).
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