The Admissions Process

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1. Connect with an AIU Military Admissions Advisor.

Our Military Admissions Advisors focus on the unique needs of active duty, Reserve, and National Guard students—as well as veterans, military spouses and families.

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

You'll also need to:

  • Complete the VA Shopping Sheet

Don’t forget to create an account, so you can save your progress. You can start now and return later to finish if necessary.

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3. Meet with your Education Services Officer.

Be prepared to speak to your Education Services Officer about your reasons for pursuing a degree as well as the details of your Tuition Assistance (TA) paperwork, Top-up benefits eligibility, and GI Bill® benefits eligibility. You can also share some of the reasons AIU meets your needs:

  • AIU is regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission ( was named among the Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2020.
  • AIU military students can earn college-level credits through the ACE program, CLEP exams, DSST exams and transfer credit review*.
  • AIU offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students.
  • AIU is a signatory of the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding for Post-Secondary Educational Institutions (DoD MOU) and a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) member.
  • AIU complies with all requirements of the President’s Executive Order “Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Servicemembers, Spouses and Other Family Members.”

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at​gibill.

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

Proof of High-School Graduation

You’ll need to provide proof that you graduated from high school or an equivalent program:

  • High school transcript or diploma
  • GED transcript or certificate

If applicable, please also provide:

  • College transcripts
  • Military transcripts

Homeschooled Students

Homeschooled students and those who attended a high school not recognized per our admission policy must provide additional educational experience documentation.

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

Proficiency in English & Math

We require proficiency in English and math for all undergraduates. If you haven’t shown that you’re a proficient English speaker, we’ll provide an assessment of one or both of those skills. This will help us determine your proper academic placement and whether you’ll need additional support services.

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.

5. 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.

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

AIU offers several options for servicemembers to earn credit that fulfills degree requirements before classes even begin.

Options such as ACE Credits, the CLEP exam and DSST exams, along with the opportunity to have your potential transfer credit reviewed by one of AIU’s prior learning assessment evaluators, can help you earn college-level credits for your current knowledge as well as your military and professional experience. The more credits you start with, the sooner you can complete your degree.

7. 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

8. 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:

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