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Academic Experience


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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: I haven't started the courses yet.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: Haven't had any intership or job opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The college has integrated the learning material with the degree.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: i have been a supervisor and safety man for the oilfield for many years and i am relearning how to use the computer again and how to navigate through the course material. The staff and student advisors and professors are very helpful and work with you and help you learn the way that is comfortable with you and in the time you have and the resources available to you The work load is a little rough in beginning for me not used to typing and interacting online and been a challenge with the disabilities i have its all a learning process but a good and positive one,.I Have yet to experience the facilities and internship and job opportunities but i am sure it will be a positive one.

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!


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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 285 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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