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

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


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.

Apply to AIU's Online Campus


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.

College GPA

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.

College Accreditation

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 Transcripts

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.

Where to Send Transcripts

Send transcripts directly to AIU's Admissions office:

American Intercontinental University
231 Martingale Rd
6th Floor
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.

Resources to Get You Started

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


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.

AIU Transfer Guide

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.

Call 855-377-1888 for assistance.

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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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