AIU Mission & Purpose

American InterContinental University's mission is to provide for the varying educational needs of a career-oriented, culturally diverse and geographically dispersed student body with the goal of preparing students academically, personally, and professionally.

Philosophy and Purpose
AIU is an international university with campuses in Atlanta, Georgia, Houston, Texas, and an online campus located in Schaumburg, IL. Founded as the American College in 1970, AIU provides Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a campus environment and online.
The University community believes it has a special commitment to support each individual's goals. To this end, the University places emphasis on the educational, professional, and personal growth of each student. Programs, policies, and activities, which have been designed to implement this philosophy and purpose statement are evaluated periodically and changed, as necessary, to meet the needs of the student body and the institution.

AIU, as an international institution of higher education, encourages global understanding by providing an atmosphere of cultural diversity and opportunities for international education.

Purpose-Related Goals
In support of its philosophy and mission, AIU's goals are as follows:

  • To enable students from diverse cultures and backgrounds to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • To provide academic programs, services, facilities, and technologies that support student learning and contribute to students' intellectual development and personal growth.
  • To foster the development of critical thinking and lifelong learning skills.
  • To instill the importance of ethical behavior, responsibility, and professional standards.
  • To retain a diverse faculty comprised of experienced, qualified educators with industry-current expertise.
  • To guide students in preparing for and achieving future success.

AIU will grow as a respected global leader in higher education, serving a diverse student body with expert faculty and a wide range of innovative, flexible programs.

In order to achieve its vision, AIU’s student-centered community will challenge and nurture learners to ensure they receive a quality educational experience resulting in excellent personal and institutional outcomes. The University will value the following in support of its mission, purposes, and vision:

  • Student Learning and Effective Teaching – AIU values student learning and the application of learning, believing that mastery of knowledge and skills serves to empower students for success in their chosen career field.
  • Innovation – AIU values the continuous improvement and development of educational programs and services to meet the needs of its students.
  • Service – AIU values all of its constituents – students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community – and is committed to supporting them in their pursuit of personal and professional success.
  • Opportunity – AIU values opportunity for all students, believing that accessibility to higher education is a right for all those who have the desire, interest, and motivation to succeed in their chosen career fields.
  • Diversity – AIU values diversity in all its forms, believing that the University is strengthened by the richness of its various constituencies.
  • Integrity – AIU values a culture of honesty and is committed to operating in a legally, morally, and ethically correct manner.