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The Official Guide to America’s Best Online Colleges, 2009 CONTENTS PART 1 – INTRODUCTION 1 I. II. III.

How and Why We Produce This Guide For Online Students How This Guide Is Organized 8 About Our Online College Rankings 16

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PART 2 – DESCRIPTIONS of & RANKINGS for TRADITIONAL ONLINE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES 23

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Key Benefits of the Traditional Online College Online College Descriptions and Rankings 26 Why Some Online Colleges Are Not Ranked & Why this Matters 146

PART 3 – DESCRIPTIONS of EMERGING ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAMPS at TRADITIONAL 4 YEAR COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES 147 I. II. III. IV.

Emerging Trend: Online Degrees at the Traditional, Four-Year, Private/State College or University Why Getting an Online Degree from a Traditional College or University May Be Easier Than You think Benefits of these Programs Versus Traditional Online Degrees 160 Detailed Description of these New Online Programs and Degrees 170

Part 4 – BONUS INFOROADMAPS, TIPS & OTHER ESSENTIAL TOOLS for ONLINE STUDENTS 205

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The Best Colleges For You: Let’s Consider Your Scenario Application Tips: Become the Ideal Applicant 215 Scholarship Tips & Sources: Get Your Tuition Paid For 220 Your Personal Roadmap: How to Succeed At Online Education 231 Classic Study Tips: Download Some Essential Tools 243 Continue Searching For Free Money: It’s Easier than You Think 247 Proven Employment Strategies: Finding Your Ideal Job 250

Part 5 – INDEXES 255 I.

Sample Personal Statements

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American Intercontental University

Phone: 877-701-3800 Website: www.aiuonline.edu Address: 5550 Praire Stone Parkway Ste 400 Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 Email:info@aiu-online.com Type: 4 year, private for profit, coed Degrees: Associate’s, Bachelor’s & Master’s Student Population: 20,715 (undergraduate); 2,083 (graduate) Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 139 to 1

QUICK GLANCE Services: USA Accredited by: NCACS Enrollment: Rolling Financial Aid: Yes Sholarships: Yes

GENERAL INFORMATION

Ranking: 44 Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Years Accredited: 20 Description: The AIU curriculum is tailored specifically to meet the needs of online student, and offers an interactive website that will allow you to attend Webinars and virtual tours of the classroom. AIU is an accredited institution that provides online students with the same quality of courseware and professors offered via on-campus degree or certificate programs. The School’s mission is to be a preferred solution for “anywhere and anytime education.” AIU offers AA, BA and MA degrees in Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Education, Heath Sciences, Criminal Justice and the Visual & Performing Arts. Unique Features: •

Some of the most competitive tuition rates

Offers employer partnership programs, credit transfer programs, special programs for military peronnel.

Seek to partner with students for lifelong education and offer a unique glimpse into their school through professor blogs and a robust Web site.

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ESTIMATED COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID Full-Time Tuition Per Year: $12,258 Average cost per credit: $250

FINANCIAL AID & INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS Financial Aid Types: Grants, Loans & Institutional Scholarships % of Students Receiving Grants: 60 % Average Grant Amount: $2,916 % of Students Receiving Loans: 64 % Average Loan Amount: $7,289

AVERAGE AMOUNT OF GRANT AID RECEIVED BY TYPE

AVERAGE AMOUNT OF LOANS BY TYPE

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STUDENTS Total Enrollment: 22,798 Undergraduate Enrollment: 20,715 Graduate Enrollment: 2,083 UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE ATTENDANCE STATUS

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AGE

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESIDENCE

ADMISSIONS Number of Applicants: 9,484 % Admitted: 45% % Admitted who enrolled: 100 % Overall graduation rate: 16 % Application Requirements: Complete Online Application, including personal statement; Application Fee of $50; Secondary School record or its equivalent; TOELF. Application Deadline: Rolling

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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS & MAJORS Programs Completed by Students Per Degree Type: See Chart Below Strongest Programs: Business Administration & Computer Science Full Program Listing: www.aiuonline.edu/degree-programs

PROGRAM

ASSOCIATE BACHELOR MASTER

Business, management, marketing, and related support services Accounting and Finance

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418

168

3,118

656

217

224

325

188

Marketing/Marketing Management, General

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145

81

Operations Management and Supervision

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342

281

Business Administration and Management, General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

Organizational Behavior Studies

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248

150

3,342

2,134

1,085

Computer and Information Systems Security

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40

-

Computer Programming, Other

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96

-

Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

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359

-

Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other

254

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147

Category total

254

495

147

Category total Computer and information sciences and support services

Education Educational/Instructional Media Design

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-

497

Category total

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-

497

430

378

199

Health professions and related clinical sciences Health/Health Care Administration/Management Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder

10

-

-

440

378

199

Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

332

452

-

Category total

332

452

-

Design and Visual Communications, General

114

201

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Category total

114

201

-

4,482

3,660

1,928

Category total Security and protective services

Visual and performing arts

Grand total Data shown are for first majors. (-) Program is not offered at this award level.

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For a Full Listing of Online Accredited Colleges & Universities & Rankings download the entire e-book at: www.internetcollegeranking.com/guidebook

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