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Academic Experience

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3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I've just started this semester but so far the workload is reasonable the curriculum is great. I'm doing school online so I don't know what the facilities look like!

5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Being in Criminal Justice is great, I think because I am learning a lot of things I didn't know about the Criminal Justice System. On the Discussion Board each student has to have a post and then we have to respond to at least two other classmates. Some of the people in the classes are already in jobs that are in law enforcement or have to do with Criminal Justice and their responses are very interesting and keep the Discussion Board going through the entire week. I was told there are some jobs I do not qualify for because of my age, I am a little older than the average student but there are a lot of jobs I can apply for when I get my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: In my program, they start off with a review and strengthen class( that's what it feels like to me) The material is something we all have done, with no honest structure, and the class is teaching how to create effective presentations, both formal and informal. The work is to your paste, but you have a week to finish your lesson and reflect back to the class, everyone got something different.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The most unique aspect about my program is that they learn every aspect of my program, they teach you a every thing you need to know and each class is approximately 4 weeks long, which is wonderful. In case of a struggle, there is plenty if resources available to help you. The program I choose has plenty of employment opportunities, and its a program I know I am going to enjoy.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I'm still considered a new student. I've only completed 3 courses successfully. Also, I have not been in school long enough to really experience everything that the university has to offer.

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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
42:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
28
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
698
Full-Time Retention Rate
37%
Part-Time Retention Rate
32%
Graduation Rate
32%
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
6
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
28
Female Faculty
36%
Male Faculty
64%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 16%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 68%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
$56,240
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 280 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 25% Will advance my career
  • 12% Will help me switch careers
  • 7% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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