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Founded in 1970, American Intercontinental University (AIU) is an international university with locations in England as well as the United States. The university strives to provide students with real-world, career-focused academic programs to give them a strong foundation for entry into the workforce. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association.

Headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, the online branch began in 2001 to broaden the scope of educating students in business, criminal justice, information technology, education, and healthcare. This option provides students the choice of undergraduate and graduate degrees with a variety of concentrations within five schools: School of Business; School of Education; School of Healthcare Management; School of Information Technology; and School of Visual Communication. These academic programs are career-focused and aim to prepare students for real world experiences.

The School of Business takes a real world approach, and offers the following degrees and concentrations: Associate of Arts in Business Administration (AABA) with an emphasis in business, healthcare administration, human resources, criminal justice administration, medical coding & billing, information systems, or visual communication; Bachelor of Business Administration(BBA), or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in accounting & finance, human resource management, marketing, international business, management, healthcare management, operations management, project management, or organizational psychology & development; Associate of Arts in Business Administration (AABA) with a concentration in Criminal Justice Administration, or a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in law enforcement, forensic science, or special populations.

The School of Education provides industry-current instruction through its online master degree program. Students may earn a Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in leadership of educational organizations, curriculum & instruction, educational assessment & evaluation, and instructional technology.

The School of Healthcare Management offers career-focused online programs for students seeking current knowledge and skills. Degree choices include Associate of Arts in Business Administration (AABA), or, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), or Master of Business Administration (MBA), with an emphasis in healthcare management.

The School of Information Technology online programs are career-focused learning environments which prepare students for the ever changing world of technology. Students can earn an Associate of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems; Bachelor of Information Technology with a concentration in either computer forensics, internet security, network administration, computer systems, or programming; or, Master of Information Technology with a concentration in project management, or internet security.

The School of Visual Communication provides students with comprehensive multimedia courses to prepare imaginative students for real world experiences in careers such as marketing, advertising, computer animation, and more. The online program offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication with an emphasis in either digital design, or web design.

The Atlanta campus is located 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta and provides many challenging academic programs that are current with today’s market. Students may choose among degrees in criminal justice, business, game design, visual communication, fashion, interior design, information technology, or media production. The campus also maintains a hands-on forensics lab, a firearm training simulator, a sewing studio, a computer lab, a game design studio, a media production studio, as well as an environmental science lab.


Admissions are non-competitive and are open to all students interested in furthering their education. Prospective students may apply online at the school’s website.

Financial Aid

AIU offers students several financial aid options, including federal and state aid programs, university scholarships and grants, as well as the possibility of tuition reimbursement. Students employed should check with their human resource department for possible tuition reimbursement benefits.

All students seeking financial aid must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered. In addition, a financial aid advisor is selected to work with the student and help them determine the best options for aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3322nd for the average student loan amount.
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The five residential campuses are located in the following cities: Weston, FL; Atlanta, GA (two locations); Houston, TX; and London, England. The online branch provides a flexible learning environment for students seeking degrees without ever stepping foot on a campus. Students are instructed via the Internet using a variety of interactive tools, chat discussions, and message boards.

Student Enrollment Demographics

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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Atlanta, GA 30326-1001
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population1,075 (1,075 urban / N/A rural)
Households723 (1.49 people per house)
Median Household Income$94,740
Families201 (2.32 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1305

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance Learning
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2001st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
FT Undergraduate Tuition $16,386 $16,386 $16,386
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $200 $200 $200
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $430 $430 $430
FT Graduate Tuition $20,220 $20,220 $20,220
FT Graduate Required Fees $400 $400 $400
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $640 $640 $640
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,436 $18,436 $18,436
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $28,036 $28,036 $28,036
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $21,636 $21,636 $21,636

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $16,586(N/C) $16,586(N/C) $16,586(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,462 $6,030
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,615 $3,125
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,615 $3,125

Admission Details

Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 479 (167 male / 312 female)
Admitted 92 (28 male / 64 female)
Admission rate 19%
First-time Enrollment 92 (28 male / 64 female)
FT Enrollment 17 (5 male / 12 female)
PT Enrollment 75 (23 male / 52 female)
Total Enrollment1,165

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4200th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Tenure system
Average FT Salary $42,699 ($48,997 male / $38,734 female)
Number of FT Faculty 44 (17 male / 27 female)
Number of PT Faculty N/A
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits $226,163

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3330 Peachtree Rd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30326-1001
p. 404-965-5700
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