Argosy University’s (AU) Atlanta campus is located just north of the city of Atlanta, GA in beautiful Sandy Springs, which is a bustling tourist attraction in its own right. The Atlanta campus is one of several locations across the country and was founded in 2001 due to the result of a merger between three schools: The American Schools of Professional Psychology, The University of Sarasota, and the Medical Institute of Minnesota.
There are multiple areas of study available, along with online degrees. Students are also encouraged to participate in the community they attend by helping raise awareness for various causes, and by lending a hand in other campus-sponsored events.
Certificates as well as bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are offered. The BA program awards degrees in business administration, criminal justice, liberal arts and psychology. The master’s program award degrees in subjects geared toward training teachers, public health, and management, as well as in clinical psychology. Certificates for clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy can also be earned.
Students can enroll in the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Health Sciences, and the College of Undergraduate Studies. Students can take day classes, or if they have day jobs, night and online classes are available.
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Though each program has its own admission requirements, in general each applicant has to complete the following in order to be considered for entry.
The first step is to fill out an application either in person, via mail or online. There is a small, non-refundable fee for the application process. The application has to be submitted with certain personal information about the applicant’s previous educational history; for example, high school diploma or GED certificate, transcripts from other schools attended, and scores of tests taken such as the SAT or ACT. Counseling is available along with campus visits and online information sessions to help determine which degree program is best in line with a student’s goals or reasons for attending college.
Prospective students with English as a second language and/or international students, have to submit scores for the TOEFL test, which can be taken in person or online. Visiting the campus either in person or online is highly recommended as it allows a student to sit down with a counselor from the admissions department to help answer any questions the student may have.
All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA. This form determines eligibility and federal funding amounts for various types of loans and grants based on the applicant’s financial data. If a student is awarded a Pell Grant, that money does not have to be paid back. The FAFSA can be submitted online or mailed. Students are also encouraged to apply for financial aid or grants that may be provided in the state they reside in, institutional aid of various types, private loans from banks and scholarships.
Several scholarships are also offered to new enrollees and one scholarship to current students. Following are the kinds of awards in which new applicants can apply: Academic, Alumni, Community Service, Community College, Diversity, Leadership and Returning Adult.
The Merit Award is available to current students. Each award amount is between $1,000 and $5,000 and can be used for 1 to 3 terms or semesters. The Merit Award is given to students who are able to demonstrate financial hardship. The Alumni Award is for people who have received a degree from AU in the past and have returned to continue pursuing his or her degree program. Another interesting scholarship is the Community Service Award, which is given to students who have an exceptional record in serving their community. The Diversity Award is similar to the Community Service Award where the student demonstrates service to his or her culture or heritage.
Interested applicants are required to write a 500-word essay for some of the scholarships; however, all the scholarships listed require students to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher. Any student interested in applying for financial aid is encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid where staff are ready to provide any necessary assistance.
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Potential students who are usually busy working during the day can take classes online and on campus day or night. Currently, the university has over 14,000 graduates, nearly 4,000 undergraduate students and more than 18,000 students nationwide. Many of the current student body are working adults with schedules that may not allow them to be in a traditional classroom. Others are military personnel, their spouses, or veterans who have taken advantage of the special programs geared to assist these individuals in enhancing their education.
This is a commuter campus with no student housing. However, the area is in close proximity to Atlanta, with all that exciting city has to offer in terms of restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Tutoring, counseling, health insurance, and student activities are all part of this campus as well.
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There are a number of noteworthy alumni who received degrees from Argosy campuses across the country and are making great strides and contributions in education, health fields and in business:
- Cecelia Owens, founder the Owens Academy for Exceptional Learners, a school which helps children who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) along with traditional students
- Sonya Fisher was crowned Mrs. Corporate America 2009 and is an accomplished actress
- Fernando Cabrera, New York City Democratic council member
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The online campus boasts the largest number of graduate participants in the country and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association. Online students are assigned a finance and admissions counselor that stays with the student throughout their educational tenure.
The faculty are specially trained persons who provide personal care for each student they are responsible for teaching. These benefits, combined with a vibrant community of fellow students, alumni and supportive staff makes for a successful educational journey.
The entire institution is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).
The Master of Arts in Community Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The EdD in Counselor Education & Supervision is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
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