The Admissions Process
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1. Connect with an AIU Admissions Advisor.

Our advisors will:

  • Find out about your goals and interests
  • Answer your questions
  • Help you choose a degree program
  • Guide you through the admissions process

Call 855-377-1888, Live Chat, or Schedule a Phone Interview
to take the first step.

Some Questions to Ask

  • How do I get copies of my transcripts?
  • How will my credits transfer?
  • What if I have a conferred associate or bachelor’s degree?
  • What is the payment schedule for tuition and fees?

2. Complete the online application.

The application is quick, and easy and there is no submission fee.

Be ready to tell us:

  • Basic information about yourself
  • Where you’ve gone to high school and/or college
  • What degree program you’re interested in

Don’t forget to create an account, so you can save your progress.

3. Submit proof of high school graduation or equivalent as well as any college transcripts.

AIU will review earned credits from:

  • U.S.-accredited international institutions
  • Accredited Title-IV eligible institutions located abroad
  • Credits evaluated by acceptable International Credential Evaluators
  • Institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

You will have the opportunity to submit these documents during the online application process.

See Admissions Requirements and Transcript Evaluation for more details.

4. Provide proof of English proficiency.

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to provide TOEFL exam results or education records that show you’re proficient in English. (If you’re a native English speaker, you can ignore this step.)

See the English Proficiency page for full details.

Once you're enrolled at AIU Online, it’s time to get ready for classes to start. These are the next steps you’ll want to take.

5. Learn what prior learning credits you may be eligible to receive.

Although AIU will review transcripts from international post-secondary institutions for credential evaluation, students will need to consult with an external credential evaluation service on their own.

Because of the time it can take for an evaluation to be completed by one of the approved evaluation institutions, AIU recommends students begin the evaluation process at the time of enrollment.

6. Plan how you’ll pay for program costs.

Most types of financial aid in the U.S.—such as federal loans, grants and scholarships—require students to be U.S. citizens or legal residents.

Taking the time to learn about your options can help put an AIU education within reach.

7. Get to know the Virtual Campus.

This is the hub for all your online AIU classes, so take some time to explore its features before classes start. You’ll receive login information once your AIU admissions documentation is complete.

Call 855-377-1888 for assistance.

8. Participate in the orientation classroom.

Your new student orientation will take place online before your first session begins. In it, you can:

  • Learn how to use the Virtual Campus
  • Explore the online classroom
  • Submit sample assignments
  • Begin your time-management routine
  • Learn how to use AIU’s online tools and resources

Be sure to:

  • Check that your Virtual Campus login works.
  • Plan for access to a backup computer, if possible, in case you need it.
  • Complete your orientation assignments
  • Familiarize yourself with intellipath, our adaptive learning technology that customizes lessons to you
  • Bookmark the Virtual Campus in your browser.

9. Get ready to start your classes.

Keep visiting the Virtual Campus to stay up-to-date about your upcoming courses. Block out time on your calendar for school and homework, and let your friends and family know you’re pursuing your degree so they can provide encouragement and support.

You can also check out these helpful resources to get prepared to go back to school: