Academic Flexibility

Location
Schaumburg, IL
Undergrads
6,265
Tuition
$14,043
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
Branch Campus Of
American InterContinental University
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5 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: My class courses at AIU have been really flexible. I am a mother of 3 and the pace of the course is a length of 5 weeks to complete a class. I think its great that I get to take one class for five weeks, and then its done. Then I can start on my next course, by taking two classes that also end in 5 weeks again. Then back to one class. Its been helpful since I am a mother and also need to tend to my kids. I get breaks too. After a completion of courses, they give us 1 week breaks or 2. Its not all the time, but I love the schedule they have assigned me.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: I was able to transfer in almost my entire associate's degree.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: This school has accommodated everything to my lifestyle. My experience so far is great, I know I can do this now. They worked with me on how flexible my classes are. We also targeted the best curriculum. I haven't had any frustrations except for I didn't receive enough money but they worked right away, and we came to a solution.

2 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Online classes are not as easy as anyone think, especially if someone works full time. I have been under a lot of stress trying to get homework, home life and work done in time. Nevertheless I would not trade it in.

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3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: everything has went well so far

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  • 1538th
    Most Flexible Class Schedules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Logan Whitsitt
Hometown
Daytona Beach, FL
Major
Business Administration and Healthcare Management
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AIU Online provides a very high level of academic flexibility compared to other leading online schools. The administration at this college has gone out of its way to create options for students. Custom-made schedules are generated based on what each student needs, and this schedule can be changed at a student's request. As of 2010, students can change their program pace as well, even after starting classes.

AIU Online is one of the best colleges to attend if a student has flexibility needs.  The staff has worked hard to create a balance of rules and requirements for each student, so that almost anyone, anywhere, and at any time may attend and graduate from this university.  Having a full time job and children is possible for students that attend AIU Online.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
9 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
4 credits
Average Credits Per Course
4
Average Course Load - Full Time
2 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
1 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
2 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
1 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
The Peace Corps is an example of a great way to earn extra college credit.
Academic/Testing Requirements
The academic requirements for starting school at AIU Online include two things: a high school diploma or GED and a placement test.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Transferring credits into AIU Online is very easy. They accept course credit from a variety of sources, including the military and other community colleges. Transferring credits out, however, depends solely on the institution that is requesting the transfer.
Work & Life Experience Credits
AIU Online has a section in the Virtual Campus called the Learning Center. This is where a student may take a challenge exam to test out of a course. Students with previous applicable work history may also utilize prior learning assessmnents to gain credits.
Typical Session Length
Classes at AIU Online are five weeks long. This does not vary.
Class Style & Structure
The structure of classes at AIU Online is very simple. Students typically complete one individual assignment per week, make one discussion board post per week, and finish one group project per class session. However, not all classes include group projects.
Course Registration Process
The registration process at AIU Online is fairly easy. Applications can take as little as four days, with class starting on the fifth day. The AIU staff makes it easy to sign up and register for classes with the "E-Sign" option on documents.
Did You Know?
  • AIU Online courses can now be taken at the chosen pace of a student.
  • Courses can be taken at a slow or an accelerated pace.
  • Master's degree programs take only 10 months to complete.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 201 responses

Very hard
Very easy
  • Attending classes
  • Completing and submitting assignments
  • Enrollment process
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Scheduling classes
  • Transferring credits

How flexible are the school's administrators and faculty?    Based on 164 responses

  • 2% They are not flexible at all.
  • 15% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 2% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 1% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 80% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 163 responses

  • 29% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.
  • 12% None of my credits transferred.
  • 8% They only replaced electives.
  • 10% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 41% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 163 responses

  • 27% Non-applicable
  • 9% No
  • 64% Yes

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 163 responses

  • 2% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.
  • 9% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 89% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.

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