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Academic Experience


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5 College Junior

Academic Experience: Its the best school online.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I am totally interested in so many different aspects. It's a learning process different, but quite welcoming. So ready to get

to all the phases of learning process. Feeling is important to me all 1st time contacts allowed much comfort even when phone malfunctioned. Moving forward is so very necessary. Most would have lost the desire, my desire increases like that piece of candy someone taunts you with.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: It's great, some of the classes are getting hardest to work with, but that's with everyone.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: As it is an online program, it is sometimes hard to interact with the professors and other instructors. But, since it is an accelerated program, it was right for me!

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I think the types of classes you have to take in Business is unique. Like i have to take an art class at this time and having to draw pictures and discuss pictures that i have seen is very new to me. The work is not hard at all.


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Academics at AIU Online are challenging, yet the level of student retention is fairly high. At the start of a class, the requirements on the syllabus may look a little harsh, but assignment completion is easy when you dedicate yourself to your work. Not many students have to spend more than a few hours per day, two or three days per week, working on readings and assignments. Procrastination is strongly discouraged, but if there is a week where you only have one day to work on assignments, you can still make out with a decent grade. Also, try and read the assigned chapters as early in the week as possible, and make sure to attend or review the recording(s) of each class chat.

Everyone has a different experience in college. Some students thrive in traditional schools, while others do better with a little more independece, which online schools can offer. If you enjoy setting your own schedule but still love working in groups and interacting with others, then AIU Online might be right for you.  Here, you can still get the education and preparation you need to land a job and form great teams with co-workers without the restrictions of traditional institutions.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: Unknown
  • Foundations of Education: Unknown
  • Information Technology: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
The classes at AIU Online are pretty similar to each other in structure, and they are usually only five weeks long. The IM feature, discussion boards, group projects, and clubs allow students to interact with each other and with professors. Even though everything is online, this gives it a personal feel.
Student/Professor Relationships
AIU Online instructors are, for the most part, very interested in the success of their students. It is very easy to talk to them, they give helpful feedback on assignments, and they show compassion when students need extensions due to personal issues.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Tests are rare, but a few professors do have multiple choice exams. In some cases, you can test out of a class. Each week, the individual project is between 125 to 150 points and the discussion board project is either 50 or 75 points, for a total of 1000 points over the entire five-week course.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
A typical lecture at AIU Online is one hour long. They are held once or twice per week per class. The format is just like a chatroom, but it has a large space for visual aid materials that the instructor can use.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
In short, a typical class is five weeks long, and each week students must turn in two assignments by Sunday at midnight. Weekly classes are usually held at night once or twice a week, accompanied by a lot of student interaction on the discussion board and during the group project.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
Most students wished they knew about how expensive classes would be. It's smart to check tuition rates before applying to a school. AIU Online is slightly cheaper than other, comparable institutions.
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask questions when you need clarification. Professors are willing to help you.
  • Do not procrastinate.
  • Have a backup plan in case your computer fails so you don't miss classes. Many people have a public library nearby with free computer access.
  • Read the assigned chapters as early in the week as possible.
  • Start posting comments to the class discussion board early in the week.
  • Utilize all of the school learning resources: free tutoring, free advisors, and multimedia presentations.
Full-Time Faculty
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 16%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 68%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 264 responses

  • 30% Applicable to the real world
  • 25% Will advance my career
  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 12% Will help me switch careers
  • 6% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time


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