Hi everyone, I graduated from AIU yesterday (May 1st, 2004) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Like many people who have posted opinions regarding AIU to this discussion board, I too have mixed feelings about the school and my overall experience while attending there. I can’t help but think I was lied to (or misled) on many occasions by AIU’s administrative staff. The now famous, yes-you-can/no-you-can’t, on-site graduation promise was just the tip of the iceberg in regards to AIU’s list of broken promises to me. I looked at several different colleges before deciding to enroll at AIU. Many of them offered distance learning programs in conjunction with on-campus learning. However, I work full time and can’t attend any land-based classes. My main concern with AIU was that I didn’t want the “online” moniker following me around everywhere. My “advisor” (salesperson) assured me that the college was an extension of the Georgia campus and the degree would be recognized as part of that institution and not as a separate “online” program. This was the statement that put my mind at ease and made me sign up. It’s also the biggest lie that was told to me by the administrative staff. I just found out today that my transcripts are indeed going to say “AIU Online” instead of American InterContinental University. I’m just sick about spending nearly $30,000 on a degree that says “online.” I’m sick about it because I was told it wouldn’t say that when I signed up. Online education is still new and many people can’t quite grasp the idea (especially employers). In the real world, the term “online” (in regards to education) could be perceived as “not to be confused with our high-quality, land-based, programs.” In one sense, what AIU’s salespeople did to me could be considered fraud. I agreed to pay for one thing and got something completely different. However, like many of you have stated, I didn’t get anything in writing and didn’t record the conversation. I just took their word for it and trusted that they were ethical people. Wrong! They are no better than used car salesmen. To make matters worse, I just found out today that AIU’s online program is trying to break away from its Georgia campus and become its own, separate college. I wonder if they will still have the same accreditation. I also wonder how this change will affect how previous AIU degrees will be perceived in the real world. I guess AIU’s salespeople can no longer play up the school’s history (founded 1970) and accreditation when recruiting new students. As far as quality of education, it’s hard for me to be completely objective. I already knew most of this material before signing up. I’ve been working in the Visual Communications field since 1997. In my opinion, the classes were too easy and the grading wasn’t hard enough. Everything seemed ok for about the first six months I attended there, but then everything started going to hell. The virtual campus was down a lot, with no explanation as to why or when service would be restored. Trying to talk to a real person on the phone became next to impossible. I went through three “advisors.” The last one either quit or was fired without any notification to me. I was left without an advisor for a few months (not that I really needed one). Towards the end of my curriculum, I noticed that my emails to school personnel weren’t being responded to in a timely fashion. It felt like I was attending a different university towards the end of my program. In conclusion, if I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t attend AIU. I think their marketing/sales practices are shady and downright criminal in some cases.