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

The advisor will:

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

Call 855-377-1888, Live Chat, or Submit a Request
to take the first step.

You’ll also have the chance to discuss:

  • What online learning is like
  • What to expect from your classes
  • Computer access for your courses
  • How to take the next step
  • Other questions you might have

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
  • The 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.

Please provide one of the following:

  • High-school transcript
  • High-school diploma
  • GED transcript or certificate

If applicable, please also provide:

  • College transcript
  • Other written verification

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

See our Admissions Requirements for more 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.


4. Apply for financial aid.

There are a variety of options available for eligible students to help fund your education, including federal loans, scholarships and grants.

Start your financial aid application as soon as possible so you can be ready when the new term begins.

Resources to Get You Started

For help, contact Student Finance at 877-221-5800, Option 4.


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

Nearly half of AIU students earned transfer credit for previous work, military or educational experience. While you prepare for classes to begin, one of our prior learning assessment evaluators will review what credits you may be eligible to receive toward your degree requirements.

Eligible credits may be accepted from any accredited U.S. institution.


How many credits can be transferred?

Associate Degrees

Up to 75% of the degree program’s credit requirements

Bachelor Degrees

Up to 75% of the degree program’s credit requirements

Master’s Degrees

Up to 12 credit hours


6. 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.

You can also watch the more in-depth Virtual Campus tour , or call 877-221-5800 for assistance.


7. 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.

8. Get ready to start your classes.

Get to know your new school! 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:


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