Athabasca University of Alberta, Canada was founded in 1970 by Alberta’s provincial government with the mandate to offer distance education to students aged 16 and older. This leader in online learning offers more than 70 programs in French and English to students worldwide. Individual and group learning formats are available.
Accreditation: Province of Alberta
Reivew Averages: 6.4 out of 10 (93 reviews)
Athabasca University Reviews:
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
So far so good...
August 20, 2012
Almost complete first year of my program. First off, in reading some other reviews I find it ironic that most of the people who give poor reviews cannot spell, and are complaining about the cost of course extensions, exam rewrites, etc. which tells me they failed or did not complete the courses within their contract dates. If you are self-directed, and responsible enough to set a schedule for yourself, you can do well. If you ... [Read more]
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic University, for MATURE learners
May 3, 2012
I just finished my MBA with AU. It is far harder than a conventional university. I have two other degrees from a classroom setting, from good schools, and the MBA program demands are not light. It is however, a very enjoyable program. I truly enjoyed all courses, and yes, I had the one eventual weak prof here and there, but overall, all profs are very competent, and highly educated. I think that the most important ... [Read more]
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
For Mature Students only
February 17, 2012
I recently completed two online courses at AU: BIOL204 and CHEM217. I decided to take these courses out of interest as I am a working High School Teacher. I only went as far as gr. 11 Biology and chemistry so I knew i had to be prepared and organized BIOL204 was mainly readings, two written assignments, 7 at-home labs, and two exams. I did not really speak with my tutor too often and just emailed. ... [Read more]
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Did BA at AU, now in MAIS
July 22, 2012
I completed my 4 year BA at Athabasca (with some course work done at the U of A as well) with a double major in sociology and psychology. Overall It was an excellent experience. I did have one poor tutor throughout the whole process but in my time at the U of A I discovered poor instructors also (as I imagine you can occassionally end up with at any school). The tutor I had issues ... [Read more]
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
January 9, 2013
I've been reading some of the previous reviews and it's clear some of these have been written out of anger and frustration. I'm going to be as honest as humanly possible here: Background: I'm an Alberta resident, never attended post secondary before, had pretty horrible high school grades and finally decided to go back to school and pursue a degree. Courses: Most courses are extremely well laid out. All of the business courses that i'm ... [Read more]
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Positive Experience with AU
October 12, 2012
I have been with AU for my entire degree (a 4 year B.A.) and it was the best choice I ever made! I started straight out of high-school, but all my friends went to "traditional - classroom setting universities" and for years now I have heard the complaints of long wait-lists, long commutes, too big of class sizes, etc. and, thankfully, at AU you don't have to worry about that at all! One thing I ... [Read more]
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Harvard Quality - Seriously Folks, No Graham Scam here
March 13, 2012
If you are looking for an easy way to earn some online credits, look away, Athabasca is NOT for you. This is NOT one of your scam Graham University schools that is just going to give you an A and pat you on the back: By far, Athabasca has offered me some of the most useful, most interesting and at the same time most challenging courses I have taken in my life. I have a ... [Read more]
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