The Admissions Process
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1. Connect with an AIU Admissions Advisor.
The advisor will:
- Ask about your goals and interests
- Guide you through the admissions process
- Assist with answering your questions
- Provide information to help you choose a degree program
- Describe what to expect from your classes
- Explain the next steps to take
2. Complete the online application.
The online application is designed to be quick, and easy and there is no application fee. It takes 10-15 minutes to complete and our admissions advisors can guide you through the process if needed.
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. You can start now and return later to finish if necessary.
3. Submit your undergraduate transcripts.
Graduate students must submit an official undergraduate transcript verifying an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum CGPA of 2.0.
Your undergraduate transcript must show a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. AIU will verify your college GPA prior to your official acceptance into your Master’s degree program of study.
Non-Matriculating Graduate Admissions
You can take graduate-level AIU courses as a non-matriculating student for one session while your official baccalaureate transcript is pending. Once we verify your documentation, you’ll automatically be given regular student status.
See the University Catalog for more information.
Your bachelor’s degree must have been earned at one of the following:
- An institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education
- An internationally-recognized foreign institution of higher education
International students must have transcripts or academic records translated into English, at your own cost. Most U.S. Embassies and consulates can facilitate the process by evaluating your documents for U.S. equivalency.
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Send transcripts directly to AIU's Admissions office:American Intercontinental University
231 Martingale Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173
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 institutional grants.
Start your financial aid application as soon as possible so you can be ready when the new term begins.
5. Check for possible transfer credits.
Graduate students may transfer in up to 12 course credits. 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.
6. Attend new-student orientation
In the orientation, you will:
- Learn about the AIU education process
- Get to know the campus
- Meet with the Program Chair
- Get your photo ID
- Visit the campus bookstore
- Meet your fellow students
- Explore our Support Services area
- Scope out your classroom
- Verify your class schedule
7. Get ready to start your classes.
- Stock up on basic school supplies: pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, sticky notes and a backpack or other carrying case. (Other supplies might be needed, based on your courses.)
- Set up a home work environment where you can read, write, research, study and concentrate without clutter or distractions.
- Even though computers are available for use on campus, we recommend that students have a personal computer with internet access and Microsoft Office or similar software.
- 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:
Classes Start September 19, 2018