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Academic Flexibility


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3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: No credits to transfer, flexibility is great cause im doing school online!!

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: American Inter Continental University Online is very convenient because of the fact that it is online so I can go into the class anytime I want to. My credits from other schools have been transferred to this University so no problem there. The only problem, frustration I have right now is I had to take this Quarter off from classes because the funds have ran out. I am applying for Scholarships and Grants to help pay for school. I am fifteen credits away from receiving my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, I am an A student my GPA is 3.08. My Student Adviser and Financial Aid told me i need to take this Quarter off to find Scholarships and Grants so I will be able to finish school. They are working with me to help me with this. I also received a list of places to apply for Scholarships and Grants which I have been applying at. My Student Adviser said I am doing great with my grades and my GPA the only optical is the funds ran out and she said while I am out of school this Quarter I need to apply at as many places as I can before the next Quarter starts which is in August.

5 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I am Eastern Standard time, and the school is Central; that means everything is an hour behind. I love the fact that I have until 1 AM, my time to get things done. It does get confusing sometimes, but that extra hour is a blessing. They accepted all of my credits and because they are on a special grading scale, my 22 credits put me about 39% closer to graduating. As soon as the school gets your unofficial transcripts, it takes the school about 24 hours to determine what you need and how long it will take you to finish your degree plan.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The Virtual Campus at AIU allow you to Study anytime, anywhere and the way you learn best. It is a powerful, specialized curriculum. I haven't ran into any frustrations yet and my experience so far has been excellent. A few of my credits has transferred and it has lessin the time that I will be attending

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I was confused about how the transfer of credits worked. I was awarded a transfer of my English Comp 11, but not the English Comp 1. As far as the flexibility of the school, it's very convenient because I can go to school anytime of the day whether it's early morning or late night. That really helps me out being a stay at home mom/wife, with 5 small children that all have allergies and asthma.


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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
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 269 responses

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

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 246 responses

  • 39% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 9% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 7% They only replaced electives.
  • 14% None of my credits transferred.
  • 30% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 245 responses

  • 88% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 10% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 2% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 246 responses

  • 61% Yes
  • 8% No
  • 31% Non-applicable


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