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Alliant International University : San Diego

A.K.A.  AIU : San Diego
1.35  (1.35/5.00)   •  52 Student Reviews  •  www.alliant.edu
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LOCATION:  San Diego, California, USA  •  REGIONALLY ACCREDITED:  Yes  [?]
ESTABLISHED:  2001  [?]  •  TYPE:  For-Profit, Non-Sectarian, Career, Institute  [?]

Alliant International University : San Diego is a For-Profit, Non-Sectarian, Career, Institute, established in 2001. The campus is located in San Diego, California, USA, and hosts students, with an endowment of $0 (2014).

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Address:  10455 Pomerado Road, San Diego, California, 92131, USA
Phone:  (no local phone number)  •  Email:  admissions@alliant.edu
Campus Enrollment:  N/A  •  Acceptance Rate:  N/A
Graduation Rate (6 Years):  N/A  •  Campus Endowment:  $0 (2014)
Tuition (Local):  $15,336 (2013)   •  Tuition (Non-Local):  $15,336 (2013)
Mandatory Annual Fees:  N/A  •  Housing (Room Only):  N/A
Latitude:  32.896633  •  Longitude:  -117.09407
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Tax ID:  542110067
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52 Student Reviews of Alliant International University : San Diego

  • If you have arrived at this website you might get the impression that Alliant is a lousy school. If you don’t fit in with what they want going to Alliant is a nightmare. You would think this is evaluated during the admissions process but it isn’t. Terrible school; for those of us who have already made the mistake of going to Alliant and have been abused or/and dismissed with a huge amount debt and no degree there is a plausible solution. To become part of a class action lawsuit against AIU please email me at classactionalliant@gmail.com. My name is Richard, you are not alone.

    Overall Score: (1.45/5.00)
  • Alliant International University has been the biggest disappointment of my life. The campus is a laughable joke, consisting of at least 20 trailers that contain the school’s most important offices. Staff refer to the trailers as the “trailer park”. The people working here have the nastiest attitudes. Don’t try to hard to ask a question that might need a real answer, it will take days for someone at this sorry institution to get back to you or make up an excuse to delay their answer.

    The courses and the professors are great. Academically, I’m enjoying my experience. It’s every other area that disgusts me.

    Housing is a total joke. Alliant housing consists of army barracks that are 20 years past their demolition date. The walls are paper thin, you can hear your neighbor cough or use the bathroom. The windows don’t block any sounds from outside. If your neighbor is talker or smoker, you’ll hear every dumb word they say EVERY SINGLE TIME they walk outside. The buildings are in such poor condition that the floors bounce when you walk over them. In some areas, if you jump up and down hard enough the floors will cave in. The shower stall is disgusting and if you look at the ceiling you see all the dust and decay of many years of uncaring staff. The director of campus life has no clue what she’s doing. She doesn’t even know how to interact with students, must less tell them how to live a successful oncampus life. She looks like Hagrid from Harry Potter, but with a really nasty attitude.

    If you plan on studying in your room, don’t bother! You’ll never get anything done. Between your neighbors loud talking or arguing with their significant other, or campus life choosing to have a pool party with a loud dj on Sunday (WHICH UNIVERSALLY IS KNOWN AS A STUDY DAY), you won’t get much done. Parking in housing is a nightmare. So many people illegally live with their significant other, there are no parking spaces.

    PS. There are no kitchens in these suites. I have seen government affordable housing (projects) in better condition than this hell hole. There is no refrigerator or microwave. The cafeteria serves carbs for every entree every meal of the day. Healthy eating doesn’t exist to these people.

    It’s SHAMEFUL that this school has the AUDACITY to charge almost $6,000 per semester for these dumps. There have been NO renovations over the years. Meaning all of that net profit has gone nowhere. No improvements to campus or housing. The school does not care about their students. These people are here to get monthly checks.

    I DEEPLY REGRET CHOOSING THIS SCHOOL. WORST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE.

    Overall Score: (0/5.00)
  • It is an “international” university that cancels its “international relations” program. If you’re looking for a college, a community college would be much better. At least you can have a chance to transfer to a better university in the future and save some money. Alliant doesn’t even feel like a university. It is one of those unknown schools for a reason. If you want to make your life more difficult then go ahead and apply.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • This is the worse school in San Diego. Ninety percent of its students are international students, horrible career services, and no college connection with different businesses in San Diego. That’s why college graduates from Alliant are unable to find jobs from this school. The Psychology Department does not get along with Alliant School of Management. Everyone does their own thing for their own self-interest.

    Overall Score: (1.27/5.00)
  • When I read the other reviews on different websites, I always questioned their honesty.. but oh my everything they wrote is actually true.. They got my money, it took me a year to get away from here , this is coming from a person who 3.8/4 by only attending the classes.

    ***I am writing this review as a warning, if you are considering attending this school please read this review for your sake. I will try to give as many examples as possible. ***

    1- Admission:
    Without knowing or maybe blindly, I applied and got accepted right away. It was obviously laughable how I received admission responses from another international MBA student, who can barely speak English. It was probably only her who reviewed my application file. I got the admission decision almost 30 minutes after completion of my file. I simply received an email saying I am accepted by the very foreign student who handled my entire application process. Moreover my admission was handled so unprofessionally that the school suddenly expected a foreign student living in a different continent to start attending the classes within the next 2 days rather than placing into the following quarter.. Yet I considered my admission as a new beginning like many other hopeful foreign students, who didn’t know what to expect from Alliant International University.

    After my first quarter ( 8 weeks ) I found out more than I expected about the school. The very first time I talked to a classmate was really weird because I was bluntly told to expect the worst. In fact, after a few days, some of the people I met during the orientation started transferring to other schools one by one . I rarely saw local students.

    If you are familiar with grad. school admissions, then let me put it this way :

    Most of the international students can barely speak English, they mostly give a blank look followed by a nod. Standardized English tests like TOEFL and IELTS are not even a requirement..After admissions students are asked to take a super easy English test at a hut called “Language Center”…
    None of the students I met in my graduate program taken a single GRE or GMAT. They were accepted without any test scores. My first question to YOU is : ” So.. what would you expect to see? ”
    Okay here we go

    Education :

    I attended the classes for a year and learned NOTHING here. the education is embarrassing the students themselves because they really feel under-challenged, and they openly joke about it. Teachers mostly try to motivate students at the beginning of the classes with promises of real professional projects for companies in San Diego. But after the second week, instructors mostly decide to choose Alliant International University itself as the professional company subject.. How sad is that ? Group projects are very painful because you will most likely find yourself in a group of 5 people, where only 2 people end up trying to work on the entire project. Most of the time since majority of students can’t speak English, they won’t be able to help with group assignments; even when they really want to .. ( Don’t get me wrong the projects/group assignments are not even all that serious, don’t let the name – project- fool you. They are more or less “google the information, write 5-6 pages long paper, combine it with the other person’s work .. that’s how I had 3.8 GPA before I left)

    Difficulty of the classes ? Are you kidding me ? All of the final and midterm tests I took were ALL open-book exams with questions taken from the course book or again Google.. Teachers mostly don’t even bother coming up with a decent test for the students. The problem is, no one bothers, or cares for anything. Don’t be surprised to see people Googling the questions during the exam..YES ! you will see majority of students checking Google for midterm answers DURING the test while the instructor always been right IN FRONT OF US !!! Teachers don’t even care to look to see if people taking the test are copying each others’ papers.. I remember it was 2 weeks before the Final exam, and there was a Chinese student who didn’t even know the meaning of word: Rain. The instructor started making weird noises to desperately continue telling his boring story (which had nothing..literally nothing with the topic)..Oh by the way this instructor became a faculty dean.
    Assignments are no different, the assignment questions are also taken from the books ( which is understandable to a degree but don’t expect anything else other than writing meaningless essays..) My friends from different faculties always commented on how assignments were only given to keep students busy, really, they ask nothing creative for assignments. Most of the students write a few sentences rather than essays in Tarzan English , locals sadly copy paste whatever they find on Wikipedia. There are a few good students but you will either find them trying to transfer to a real university or get their degree while relying on easily given 4.0 GPA

    Student Resources : They simply got the money they were supposed to refund and kept me waiting for months. It’s been months, I just learned I am not getting any..for the classes I NEVER attended in the first place.
    If you are a current student, check your account; you will see many -50, or -60s for no reason and when you ask about them, they… suddenly disappear. Where’s the honesty in this institution ?
    If you are an international student trying to make a payment, oh you are screwed, it will take decades for people working right next to each other to get together and process a single file. It’s funny how many times I ended up signing the same payment plan enrollment forms at the beginning of each quarter.. after all, there is no professional coordination or what so ever there. If you don’t believe me just visit the campus.. There’s not even a single security waiting at the entrance.. Anyone can enter the campus, almost like a barn in middle of nowhere. Before I left, The School of Management had a new dean from Harvard, yet shortly after a year he left Alliant.

    Popularity ? No one knows this school in San Diego and from what I can tell San Diego campus is supposed to be one of Alliant’s biggest campuses. Oh.. if you show your student ID in San Diego to attend a student event or a party, people ask if it’s an online school. Same goes for student discounts, people will give you a puzzled look when you show Alliant school ID. That’s only because people really have no clue about the school’s existence, some even think you are trying to undertake them with a fake school name / ID . How do you think you can land on a job after graduating from such school anyway?

    Internships ? The professional connections ? Students need to find an intern position at a local company on their own. I had a friend ended up doing her internship at a local pet shop as a cashier.. Such a vast network for a Business School huh? LOL ! OH by the way.. she had 4.0 GPA from the MBA program. Did it help her at all ? no.

    Post-Graduation Experience: I did not graduate from here and I will have to depend on my friends’ experience
    My friends who got their MBA and Psychology degrees from here ended up with nothing other than regret. In fact, you will mostly find foreign students who had no clue about this school and a very few locals show up. Foreign students who went back to their countries mostly decided to go with another Master’s degree program at a different ( and accredited !! ) university.
    If you are a local : Most of the locals are here for two reasons : either financial ( school is very cheap compared to real universities in USA), or getting a “PHD” in very short time. Half of the locals I met, either left the school shortly after attending a few classes. The other half say it took them 3 to 4 years to graduate from Master’s degree programs because the so-called flexible course schedules at Alliant International University only offer very few core classes, so you will have to wait 1-2 years to get your electives . In other words students end up waiting for some of the classes they need to take in order to graduate. Before graduation if the class you need to take is not on the available class list, you may really end up skipping semesters just like others have been doing.
    They already came up with a non-academic remedy this situation for foreign students . Academic advisors fill foreign students’ schedule with unreasonable course substitutions; I myself did not need to take the Managerial Finance class because there was only another marketing class that was available at that time. Simply put I was considered having knowledge of Managerial Finance by taking Marketing Communications class.. whaa… ??

    Campus : I must be honest, Alliant’s San Diego campus definitely has a unique character for sure. There is no visible student body like in regular universities, the cafeteria area is where you can see at most 15 people hanging around. Master’s degree classes are always offered between 6-10:30 pm, after 7 pm you can see raccoons and other type of wildlife. For me it was a very strange experience; because there are literally “huts” in the middle of the campus, which are used as classrooms and offices. Each hut was one classroom. Campus itself is really far away from San Diego downtown. Don’t expect a typical university campus like those of UCSD, SDSU, and USD ( even University of Phoenix’s campus right next to I-8 highway looks better..) The Business School building is actually the library building with few classrooms. In other words School of Management does NOT have a separate building. Apparently cost-saving is the only thing they learned and trying to teach..

    Student Life: Try to meet as many people as you can because compared to regular universities in San Diego, you will not find a single crowd ( at least I never saw one during the entire year ). People only come to school, park their cars, attend the classes, and leave the campus immediately as if the school is plague.

    SHORT VERSION : For your own sake, AVOID this school, just be patient and work on your test scores and do whatever it takes to get into a REAL school. The amount of time and money you are going to spend on Alliant International University is definitely not worth it. Ask yourself this, would you really be okay with an educational environment where people who can’t write a full sentence in English are getting A’s for free from master’s degree classes? Do not expect to see a regular university here, because it is truly so far away from being one.
    In my case such disappointing experience through-out an entire academic year pushed me to get into one of the top 50 B-schools :) I will never forget the way I *gulped* when I saw that orientation, it was such a big shock and a good lesson for me..

    Overall Score: (1.45/5.00)
  • As a working mom, the scheduling of classes worked for me. I know of several students who achieved APA internships and impressive positions post doc. Many have connected with mentors, academicians and clinicians with tremendous experience and wisdom — many are gainfully employed psychologists, researchers and professors. I hope I graduate and I am doing what I can to follow all the rules and be mindful of the small print; I hope these people are wrong and that the negativity is symptomatic of individual distortion rather than an objective truth.

    Overall Score: (0/5.00)
  • Amazingly poor reviews, if true then all I can ask is what happened to CSPP? I was the first active duty military student actually assigned to CSPP-F, graduated in 1991 on time. However, for a time had the sense that I got a good doctoral education despite the school (believe me though when I say none of this stuff I read here was going on), but started to change my mind during APA internship and post-doc when I realized that I was further ahead than I had ever realized. Actually had a Notre Dame PhD ask me to explain z-distributions to her once in residency. I passed state boards first time through in top 20%, received my ABPP 6 years later. Subsequently fellowship trained in behavioral medicine and academic medicine, currently core faculty in a family medicine residency program. I wasn’t the smartest guy in my class at CSPP-F, either, in fact far from it. However, I probably worked the hardest because I was so intimidated by the brilliance of many of my faculty there at the time that I didn’t want to let them down (or the Army, since it was curtains for me if I did). Looking back on it all now, I think what my misgivings were all about was more what I think did disappoint me most, that the school accepted about 1/3 of each class essentially knowing they would wash out at comps and not go onto candidacy, and of those that did pass, many would get the same APA approved PhD by taking an easier route to it in the last clinical year. Dunno, this is a mystery to me. Sure would like to hear the other side of this story, I hope there is one!

    Overall Score: (0/5.00)
  • I filed a complaint with OCR and I could not prove discrimination. For those of you who had nice experiences that’s when it was Capp alliant is different. Some ppl manage to get in and out, and others they screw with you. For anyone who goes here I recommend taking a leave of absence if you are having a rough time with serf and come back in 2nd semester.

    Overall Score: (1.36/5.00)
  • I was one of many staff who’s job position was cleverly redefined after many years

    Want to be clear, not disgruntled at being layed off in fact welcomed it,
    got more money than if I had quit a year ago

    Never in my life have I worked for a company that was so lame
    Not enough clear proceedural policies, upper management fighting for power, and overal badly managed
    I can not list all the bull shit I have witnessed at AIU for last 12 years ( Not enough beer or time on this planet )

    Why 12 years? Good question.
    Year after year I kept believing their bullshit things are going to get better
    Then wow 12 years are gone

    AIU good luck with that reorg thing and shame on you for lying to everyone

    It is amazing how good life can be after AIU

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • When I met an Alliant Ph.D student, during my Master’s program, I was shocked that she began asking me very basic statistics questions which I had long ago covered in my M.A., since she was supposedly more advanced than I was in school. Sad to say it, but no degree is worth the paper it is written on if the student spends years in school but remains incompetent. I am concerned about the prevalence of for-profit universities and their high rates which lead to high student debt and default. DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOLS THAT ARE A FRONT FOR A FOR PROFIT COMPANY!

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • The best description of my experience at Alliant:

    Love Is A Burning Thing
    And It Makes A Fiery Ring
    Bound By Wild Desire
    I Fell Into A Ring Of Fire

    CHORUS:
    I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
    I Went Down, Down, Down
    And The Flames Went Higher

    And It Burns, Burns, Burns
    The Ring Of Fire
    The Ring Of Fire

    The Taste Of Love Is Sweet
    When Hearts Like Ours Meet
    I Fell For You Like A Child
    Oh,But The Fire Went Wild

    CHORUS
    I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
    I Went Down, Down, Down
    And The Flames Went Higher
    And It Burns, Burns, Burns
    The Ring Of Fire
    The Ring Of Fire

    Love Is A Burning Thing
    And It Makes A Fiery Ring
    Bound By Wild Desire
    I Fell Into A Ring Of Fire

    I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
    I Went Down (down), Down (down), Down (down)
    And The Flames Went Higher Higher Higher

    I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
    I Went Down (down), Down (down), Down (down)
    And The Flames Went Higher Higher Higher

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • $300,000 and 7 years later I was told 2 of the classes I took, worked for an A in and spent $7k on did not count towards graduation. Graduation was denied despite being signed off as completed hours.

    Staff are overworked and can not attend to student’s needs. Even needs we are paying for such as mentoring dissertation.

    The amount of money the school costs is oppressive, especially when compared to the average income of a psychologist. Good luck having a life after school.

    Especially when this school notoriously does not compete for APA internships which are mandatory at many jobs. You can invest 300k and have no work prospects afterwards!

    MiseryLikesCompany- the undergrad experience is very different than the grad. Are you staying in their program? I would talk to more people that are a 4th year or above. We all started starry eyed in the field and were extremely disappointed by the time we got out.

    Overall Score: (1.36/5.00)
  • I went to CSPP San Diego before it became USIU Alliant. Crazy how things have not changed one bit! I left ABD because I was told I’d have to wait at least a year to get a chair and because their APA accreditation had been yanked. I’d have to wait at least a year for it to get reaccredited and for a professor to become available to be my chair. I had three profs offer to chair me but they were told by administration that they couldn’t take me! When I walked out of CSPP I walked out backwards with both middle fingers in the air. That’s how I felt when I left there.

    If anyone has any doubts, check out the pass rates for the licensing exam. Good luck getting a job to pay that 100k plus debt.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • I attended usiu which turned into alliant and i can tell you all the bad things named on this site are sound and true.the admin sought to find any hidden charges they could place on you.It was such a depressing place that i drove out of there on the weekend to get away from it.i became suicidal and went to friends over it. The classes were loose and not really credible in terms of academic standards. When i went to transfer there from the state university system, i was given news articles about the slippery accreditation of the university which edged on bogus. The admin hired and fired profs at the drop of a hat.It was very politically attuned. All the top adminstrators were members of the same good ol boys club. Rules were stretched to questionable levels. In the end result after putting my year in for a masters I was sorely let down.I made an error and should of stayed with the state university system.At least they followed set standards. I always felt I was being hounded for money owed and not supportive people who wanted to graduate me and connect me up with employers. I found that employers also knew about the reputation of this institution and they were doubly hard on graduates in job interviews and for consideration of employment positions. I worked as a work study student in admin and i caught wind of all the unseen stuff. Go to a public state university that is my advice.

    Overall Score: (2.27/5.00)
  • TO AIUISAJOKE
    attorneys are pricey but go to this website if you believe alliant discriminated against you. Alliant is not under the BPPE. bUT i AM IN THE PROCESS OF FILING A COMPLAINT
    http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintprocess.html

    Overall Score: (1.09/5.00)
  • DISMISSED FROM AIU and DO NOT GO THERE:

    Can you please provide me with the names and contact information of the attorneys you are referring to? I am in a similar situation and am beyond astonished at how AIU run their programs and something has to be done.

    Please post all and any info you have re: lawyers.

    Thanks so much

    Overall Score: (1.09/5.00)
  • Well, I’m thanking God I got accepted to a different school & never even wasted my money flying out to Alliant. I don’t like the way they do there practicum & the correspondence I had with the contact person for the MFT program had an attitude. I hear the MFT field in California is cut-throat too. There’s the 49 other states of the country that have people that could benefit from MFT.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • If you are in G3 get out now! The thought of debt kept me going and I was an excellent student but their match rates are horrible. No APA internships really want alliant students and yet alliant pushes its students to take them to improve their reputation. I cannot begin to describe the financial devastation to one’s life.

    Overall Score: (1.09/5.00)
  • WOW! well said.. i was a third year psyd student and had a death in my family that 3rd year, resulting in poor academic performance. Before I knew it, the faculty dismissed me with $75,000 tuition already paid… $25,000 from loans, which I need to start paying back now. I even appealed their dismissal and they of course, denied and rejected my appeal. Administration and faculty could care less about whether or not you succeed and do well in the field.

    Overall Score: (1.18/5.00)
  • I was recently interviewed at the Fresno Campus with a student and professor. The questions were odd(though, to them I’m sure there was some point). The student helping interview was not personable at all. The assisstant to give us a tour was about a half hour late, and we were not given the opportunity to speak with students as we were told we could. It was not a very welcoming atmosphere, although the main person who gave us the tour was nice, but it was very stiff and I did feel like they thought they were better than us.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Oh, my. Where do I begin?

    I’m a “G3″ in one of the psychology programs in Northern CA. At Alliant, you are essentially buying a degree. And paying an arm and a leg.

    I gave up trying after the first semester when they required an obscene number of credits. I got an A in a class that I barely attended and when I did attend, I was stoned out of my mind and just stared at my computer paranoid that the professor could tell. I failed every quiz and there were no additional assignments that could explain the A. On top of this, one of my classmates got a lower grade and she actually did the readings.

    Yes, I’m ratting myself out, but this is not fair to other students and shows that Alliant is not giving grades based on performance.

    Oh, and the students looooooove to gossip. Yes, in a doctorate program.

    I am stuck in this lousy program because I already have $125,000 invested in it.

    They stick you with these stupid comp exams every year. Luckily I ended up passing the third time around. No, they probably won’t tell you about those when you apply. They didn’t tell me.

    AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!

    Overall Score: (1.81/5.00)
  • I had an interview there recently. I was interviewed by a professor AND a grad student. Isn’t that nice? Good to know a student gets to have a say and whether or not I can join their elitist club. It stinks of undergrad sorority days…

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Dismissed from AIU can you provide the attorneys name?
    I am looking for a lawyer to see because I am in the process of writing an appeal.
    I think we can get alliant to loose their accrediation if there are enough lawsiuts against them. Everyone with complaints please go to http://www.bppe.edu to submit a complaint throught the department of consumer affairs. If the accreditation board is aware of these issues then everyone can be fired and the school will be restarted with new faculty and staff. Please please write complaints, grievances, and there is also a bias committee…these complaints go to human resources!!!!!
    i don’t want anyone else to get scammed by this school

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • I have had all of the above mentioned horrible things happen to me and worse! I was Terminated from Alliant. I also know of other students that have sued and won. I know of an attorney who is seeking AIU student’s past and present. you can write to suealliant at gmail . This is great for all students that have been used for money. sue Alliant.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • I have been attending Alliant-Los Angeles Campus PsyD program for the past two years. It has been a complete nightmare, I would not recommend this university to anyone. The curriculum and/our requirements keep changing, because the organization of the school and its administration lack-”but its not their fault, it’s yours, is their motto.” I have had the worst experience with this university by far, at times, I think, “If I die tomorrow,” I would be sadden knowing that I have spent the last two years of my life, dealing with such an unsupportive, egotistical, demeaning administration/professors that have made my life miserable and turned my life into an emotional nightmare. I am currently a student, only because I have over a $100,000 of debt invested, and as I sit here and write, I don’t know why else. I would not advise anyone to attend this program for this degree, the majority of my cohort feels the same exact way. I have also heard several horrible experiences from other cohorts in upper divisions. These reviews posted are a perfect illustration and description of the politics, environment, and unfairness that occurs on at Alliant campuses. The APA posting of attrition rates on their website is inaccurate and false. For my cohort it states that only 1-2 people have dropped or left the program and/or left due to a transfer. That is completely false, I could name 10 off the top of my head, who left the program because of politics with professors and/or were given a low grade, meaning they were dismissed from the program (a low grade meaning that they are/were fighting for a point or two, due to a subjective area) with at least $40k in debt (and another $25k to live, totaling $71,000/year) they were dropped or decided it attend elsewhere. Several of my classmates have filled appeals to the board due to grades (who also have the decision to pass the appeal or not) and were ALL rejected, because guess who reviews them, the same professors who give the grades or are friends with the professor who gave the grades. I do have to say that this school does have a few great professors, but they do not make any decisions and/or can not assist the student’s dealing with the politics. This school is so sad, it is run by a few, and dominated by the few who have egos and undermine students and their abilities. My point in writing this review, is so that I can at least deter one person from attending this school. I have attended two other universities and my experiences were wonderful, yes there was some professors here and there that were not the best, but I have never felt such a discriminating, biased, egotistical, demeaning environment in my life. It is incredible that they have an APA accreditation, but are not taught by professors who have attended/graduated from an APA school or have not had an APA internship. If I could do this over, I would have never chosen this school. I can go on and on, but I hope you understand the jest, do not waste your time, study for the GRE, try hard to get into a school who has a better reputation. I recommend talking to students (current students) to make a decision. If you still are considering Alliant for some insane reasons, I suggest just sitting in the library for 20 mins. and you will definitely overhear all the complaints and difficult situations that students are in with the faulty and administration.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Hopeful I agree with you. I also attend the LA campus and the Forensic program will give you a heart attack. The professionalism there is non-existent. They have no understanding of how to work with students, and express no concern or sympathy. Most of my classes have been decent and I have enjoyed them. But it is def the administration and politics. There is gossip that spreads from LA TO IRVINE TO SAN diego campus. If you are having a problem with a faculty member good luck going around them because most likely they hold other positions at 3 other campuses as well. And when you complain to their supervisior you learn that they are often worse.

    Dissertaion, and practicum placement is a joke. When you tell them you are not being placed they blame you and give you permission to do things they will later deny.

    If you go here document and make copies of everything. Doubt it will do any good because even with proof their goal is to find you responsible for everything.

    I don’t know if its a race thing, age, or what but for some reason certain students will get picked on constantly by faculty. I am contemplating sueing the school for harrassment and unfair treatment.

    Overall Score: (1.45/5.00)
  • ALLIANT University in San Diego is a complete joke (the undergrad program and the grad program). The professors are totally in to self promoting. These people couldn’t find a professorship at a REAL university, so they are at Alliant. Don’t waste your money (lots of it) or your time!

    Overall Score: (1.36/5.00)
  • The clinical Psychology programs are a complete joke. I agree with the other posts that the professors are abusive and try to dismiss students. They are only interested in $$$, not actual training. The apa internship match rate is a joke. You will not get a decent job after completing 5 years of doctoral training here. Plus you may never graduate because they abuse and dismiss students. Some of the programs have a 50% attrition rate too.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Why in the world would anyone apply to a non WASC accredited, for-profit grad school? Come on folks, seriously? And shame on you – east coast folks, I thought you had a greater appreciation for a academics. I can’t believe you’re coming out to CA to apply to a school we don’t want to attend). The only reason someone would apply is because they don’t have the GPA, or GRE to get into a legitimate school & just want to be called “Dr.” There’s a reason they don’t publish acceptance rates. Red flag! Everyone knows that anyone with a degree from Alliant couldn’t get into a UC or other WASC accredited school. Don’t you think it’s weird that you can’t transfer units to other schools? Red flag! And, that none of the listed Alliant professors are actually Alliant grads? Red flag! And, that the sparse positive comments on this site are just a little “too perfect,” as though they were written by a PR company? Red flag! I’ll be applying to UCR soon. If I don’t get in, I’ll complete a few more years of research, and then re-apply, but I would never cop-out by going to a pseudo school like Alliant. Moreover, because I want to teach one day, it wouldn’t do me any good since other schools don’t recognize degrees awarded by Alliant…

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • This school is a joke. Look for a real program and don’t get screwed over like many of us.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • These postings simply make me sad, and angry. I graduated from CSPP in 1993 in four years with a great experience and 2 publications, not too far in debt (although still paying it off), having defended my dissertation prior to walking on stage. It was an obviously very different place then, and I have my wife to thank for helping out tremendously with support to get done so quickly. I\’m pissed that someone, or a group of someones let a good school with some really bright people go down the tubes. Sure it had problems then, but nothing we couldn\’t overcome, and we even had fun. We could go right to Ray Trybus\’ office and talk directly with him, and I felt like we were heard. Hang in there everyone, there are a lot of people with mental illness that need good clinicans. -SL
    PS–Obviously my rating only is reflective of everyone else’s here–I had to leave it to make a comment. I have not had personal contact for years.

    Overall Score: (2/5.00)
  • I joined the L.A. campus 2 years ago. I essentially agree with the negative posts on this site regarding this school. For myself, I had met all the requirement for first year practicum. However, because I obtained a no credit in Dissertation I, mainly because the class was so poorly taught and disorganized, and they have now restructured it! they are preventing me from doing first year practicum, based on a piss poor class that I was led to believe is related to 2nd year practicum. I find it ridiculous (and I am not the only one being treated in this manner) that a university would prevent a student from doing a practicum which frankly is unrelated to the dissertation – which also results in my being in this place for 6 yrs now instead of 5! I would not recommend the psychology program (specifically forensic) to anyone.

    Overall Score: (1.36/5.00)
  • I also have to agree with most submitted reviews. Stay away from Alliant! The biggest problem at Alliant is actually that you learn almost nothing. Most courses are only 8 weeks, and at the first and the last lecture are only useless presentations or talking about the syllabus. So you actually have only 6 lectures in every course! But because they have to meet the requirements by accreditation offices they put a lot in the syllabusses…and so most lectures are power point shows! Per PPT the lecturer says two or three things and thats it basically….very stupid…they are even too lazy to create own slides which would match to the covered stuff. Furthermore they accept every student which is applying, because they only think about $$$. So it can happen that you have to work in teams which people who are from China and even don’t understand what is actually the task. (You have to know that I’m also an international student from Europe).
    In addition some teachers are very very incompetent. They don’t even understand the subject they are teaching. So they are often struggling within the lectures and you only think “oh my god”. A guy with a Alliant (!) Master in Business Administration is e.g. teaching “International Economics” and he really has no clue about it.
    Well some teachers and classes are fairly okay under the bad circumstances, but when you keep in mind that every lecture costs you about $200 and your time, you often get very angry about the whole situation.
    Furthermore they will be almost no student life at this university. There offer no sports. They even claim to be “international” and don’t offer any language classes except English composition ones. Terrible!
    And one IMPORTANT thing: When you find positive reviews about Alliant on the internet you can be 90 % sure that they are fake, because they have been made by students within classes encouraged and graded by their professors! Alliant also pays students to make acquisition for them. Be very careful!

    Overall Score: (1.54/5.00)
  • I just typed up a long review but because of the shitty internet service here on campus I lost connection and thus lost my post. This school is shit. Save yourself many hours of therapy and anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication and go to another school. It’s the worst school ever. I think a school in the projects would be better than this one.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Whoever left this school when they got a chance is smart. Unfortunately, most students dont realize that they will not attain their PhD until 5-6 years down the line AFTER paying and completing all their classes. The resulting emotional toll on the student is simply beyond words . Students are charged $3000 a semester for a dissertation extension and instructors are told to keep students in the institution as long as possible to raise funds. I really hope some authority shuts these people down for scamming students.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Alliant IU is a joke. I won’t get into the specifics of it as it has already been expressed so well by many of the reviews before mine. Don’t wast your money. Avoid the School/Educational Psychology program…it’s a sham. You’d be better off buying a degree from a diploma mill.

    Overall Score: (1.36/5.00)
  • This place is horrible, and I don’t recommend it all all. The professors are pretentious and the so are the students–I’m talking about the Alliant in Irvine, San Diego, and Los Angeles. The way the professors teach is in a way that no one understands plus they are such snobs that no one would like to hear them talk anyway. Get off your high horse because you’re people like ANYONE else. Who made you God anyway? Seriously, Alliant professors get a life and stop with the ridiculous politics, snobbery, and bullshit and get a life! The students are here just to learn and have a great career!

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • I know a guy that still currently uses and abuses drugs that attends Alliant International University in Irvine and he is in the PsyD in Marital and Family Therapy program. He works as a therapist providing therapy to drug addicts at the Jail in Orange County,CA.I’m concerned that he can be harming his already sick clients because he is still using and abusing drugs. He is still using LSD and Mescaline along with other drugs on a weekly to bi-weekly basis at weekend parties and at his home. He is supposed to be a recovered Meth Addict, but I don’t really know for certain. Isn’t it Alliant International University’s responsibility to keep track of dangerous therapists like him? It looks like I’m going to have to write a letter to whomever overseas therapists and psychologists to see if there is anything they can do to stop this person from harming his clients with his unethical drug addicted behaviors.

    I also know another person that applied to Alliant International University in Irvine, and she is also a drug and alcohol recovering addict, and she said that they admitted her to their doctoral program right away. She applide for 2 of their doctoral programs while Alliant International University accepted her right away (almost instantly) even when they knew about her “previous drug and alcohol addiction.” My family,co-workers, and friends had a discussion about Alliant and how they are admitting primarily people from drug and alcohol addiction backgrounds, and that are still addicted to their drugs and alcohol, which makes me question how ethical and moral Alliant is. Alliant International University’s practices are apparently unethical and immoral because how can they admit people that say “they are recovered drug and alcohol addicts” when they aren’t recovered and are still abusing and using drugs and alcohol? I know too much about who and what Alliant International University admits into their programs, and it is appalling to see that they admit alcohol and drug addicts into their program that are still currently using and abusing right behind Alliant’s back. What is even more devastating is that these therapists are supposed to be “helping” the drug and alcohol addicts recover when the therapist is not even recovered himself. This is incredibly unethical, disappointing, and saddening.

    It doesn’t surprise me that Alliant International University in Irvine (or whatever city they’re located) admits students that are currently drug and/or alcohol addicted individuals. Alliant is not a good school. If you’re thinking about applying to graduate schools to be a counselor/therapist/psychologist or for anything then you’d benefit more by applying to a better school. My co-workers, family, and friends, and I have discussed this topic at length and have come to the conclusion that it may be difficult, but study and work harder to get A+ in classes that you think the admissions team will care more about. It is also wise to study and take the GRE because many of the graduate schools still require those scores simply as a formality, but don’t factor them into the admissions decision making process. In other words, your GRE scores don’t matter, yet they are still required in the admission decision making process at many universities.

    Basically, attending Alliant International University is not advised! Run away from this “school”! Run far away! Save yourself their lack of ethics and morality!

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • I recently applied to Alliant International – San Diego’s Psy.D program in hopes to attend in the fall and just got invited for an interview. I should have probably done my homework and searched for reviews before applying, but since I’ve always wanted to live in California at some point, I just went ahead and applied there… Now I am reading all these reviews and I am petrified about even wasting my money and flying in for the interview (I live in NYC). Needless to say I’ve heard enough about the San Diego Campus, but I do still very much would like to attend the program else where in the fall. I was looking at other Alliant campuses (Fresno, LA, Sacramento) and cannot really find any reviews on them. My hopes are that they are not AS horrific as the one at San Diego?? If anyone knows anything about the other campuses or can recommend a good school that has a Psy.D program. I would be much grateful!
    Thanks a lot, any info would be much appreciated!

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • I, too, agree with these negative comments about AIU-San Diego (PhD Clinical Program). If you truly love learning and wishing to help others, you should choose another school because the clinical faculty members will abuse you and become an obstacle for you in every possible way, if you ever challenge them in any way. There is no academic freedom of speech and a lot of overt discrimination against minority students and non-native English speakers or international students. Do not be deceived by its name: Alliant International University! If you have no expectations about your educational or professional experience, then you might not care about many concerns that are expressed in the previous reviews; if you, however, are or consider yourself a serious student who is actually intelligent, then the school will become your nightmare, and you will end up hating yourself for choosing this school.

    Even though professors are practicing psychologists– many of them being clinical psychologists, they are quite abusive and are not concerned about students’ success. Just because they can do so, as there is no system in place to make them accountable for their misbehavior, those licensed psychologists will emotionally and psychologically abuse you; they are manipulative and actually dangerous. One should realize that if a number of students or people have already expressed similar concerns, one would want to stay away from such school.

    The administration should take these concerns seriously and look into these matters to improve the program; that is, if the school cares about its reputation and students at all. It would be very difficult for students to grow as genuinely caring and emotionally as well as intellectually competent clinical psychologists in such abusive environment that the clinical program has created. It is also true that the program director seems to have Bipolar. Everyone knows about it, and students are so afraid of saying anything to her for fear of retaliation.

    Furthermore, there was a caring Hispanic professor before, but he left the school because of overt racism among professors. The aforementioned comments should be a warning to any decent students who are doing research to find out about AIU-San Diego.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • I, too, agree with these negative comments about AIU-San Diego (PhD Clinical Program). If you truly love learning and wishing to help others, you should choose another school because the clinical faculty members will abuse you and become an obstacle for you in every possible way, if you ever challenge them in any way. There is no academic freedom of speech and a lot of overt discrimination against minority students and non-native English speakers or international students. Do not be deceived by its name: Alliant International University! If you have no expectations about your educational or professional experience, then you might not care about many concerns that are expressed in the previous reviews; if you, however, are or consider yourself a serious student who is actually intelligent, then the school will become your nightmare, and you will end up hating yourself for choosing this school.

    Even though professors are practicing psychologists– many of them being clinical psychologists, they are quite abusive and are not concerned about students’ success. Just because they can do so, as there is no system in place to make them accountable for their misbehavior, those licensed psychologists will emotionally and psychologically abuse you; they are manipulative and actually dangerous. One should realize that if a number of students or people have already expressed similar concerns, one would want to stay away from such school.

    The administration should take these concerns seriously and look into these matters to improve the program; that is, if the school cares about its reputation and students at all. It would be very difficult for students to grow as genuinely caring and emotionally as well as intellectually competent clinical psychologists in such abusive environment that the clinical program has created. It is also true that the program director seems to have Bipolar. Everyone knows about it, and students are so afraid of saying anything to her for fear of retaliation.

    Furthermore, there was a caring Hispanic professor before, but he left the school because of overt racism among professors. This should be a warning to any decent students who are doing research to find out about AIU-San Diego.

    Overall Score: (1.09/5.00)
  • Alliant was the worst decision I made in my life! It costs so much for nothing and I will be in debt for a very long time. I felt that I have learned nothing, been tortured by my dissertation committee, and almost had times where I felt like hurting myself just to get through the pain of the dissertation. The only hope I have is that I have had amazing practicum and internship experiences with professionals who actually taught me something. I recommend going to another school if you are thinking about grad school….and line up a good therapist to get through it! I am embarrassed to be an alliant alumni.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • I dont know whether I am more annoyed at choosing this university over others, or at the marketing dept for putting up fake reviews.
    My impression of Alliant is that it has some good intentions, but the stories about this being an old boys club is sadly true. The quality of professorship isnt there – apart from some rare and very shining examples. But from my experience there are many students enrolled in classes who could really make it on any course in any uni. From a student perspective, we put the academic staff to shame.
    I have been studying at the School of Management, and I get the feeling that it really wants to at least try to hold true to the USIU principles. USIU went bankrupt 10 years ago, and was bought out by the school of psychology, to create this new entity called Alliant. The vast majority of international students are in the school of management, there is a concerted effort to get student club numbers up, and the classrooms have been modernized.
    Sadly, as others have said, they are dealing with excessive political infighting (sure, they’re probably just as guilty of it themselves) which is just a load of egos.
    In short, this place could be so much better. Such a shame. I’d like to say i’m a better-than-average student, and I would love it if the School of Management recruited more quality students, but I appreciate that people need to do what’s best for them. Coming from abroad, I didnt know better and didnt do my research. Alliant, especially the School of Management, has great potential, it just needs to get over the bitterness from the merger, and put its energy into one course of action rather than the confused divergent courses it seems to be taking at the moment.

    Overall Score: (1.63/5.00)
  • I’m in the forensics program and have to agree with the negative comments about this school. It is not the program that I have a problem with, it is the people. Starting with the pretentious classmates who think they walk on water and the professors who entertain these classmates and encourage this behavior. I have difficulty relating to these “colleagues” as they like to refer to each other, yet they don’t act like “colleagues”. There are many cliques that do such a fine job of “voting you off the island” if you don’t “integrate” with them the way THEY want you to. Most of the students lack real life experience, i.e. having ever had a REAL job (a job at Carl’s Jr. doesn’t count), you know one that actually offers benefits like a 401K and health insurance. Their whole entire existence is centered around an attempt to be at one with the love of their life— the university. These students do nothing but school school school. No outside life, no hobbies, just shallow friendships and experiences as they have allowed their education to define who they are. They are so devoted to their beloved school. Heaven forbid they should get out for 5 minutes to take a walk on the beach. These are also the same students that are devastated and need anxiety pills over getting a fucking “B” in class!! Furthermore, someone with autism has better social skills than these socially challenged sheep. I’ve never met so many two-faced people in my entire life. I know people that socialize with each other, invite each other to parties and gossip about each other behind one another’s back. There are also a lot of passive aggressive people at this school too, administration included. And many people who get off to dividing relationships, often taking sides in an argument/disagreement that has nothing to do with them.

    The professors will threaten to send you before a committee if you begin to fail a class or they don’t like something about you. Rather than speaking to you first, they send you to be ambushed… very unprofessional of a school that prides itself on unprofessionalism. Not to mention I’ve heard several professors talk about other students. Even if names aren’t dropped, you can generally figure out who they are talking about as it is a small school and program.

    The campus is infested with women in the program and in general— too much estrogen and not enough men. The minute I leave campus and enter the REAL WORLD, the ugly men actually become attractive. The men that actually go to the campus are typically fighting feelings of homosexuality, “little man syndrome (short men)” or “small penis syndrome”. The women are self-absorbed bitches and think they look better than Megan Fox. Many of them are virgins who put their pussy on a pedestal. What I want to say is they should go out and get a good lay. Then maybe they won’t continue to have the personality of a rock as they all take themselves too seriously.

    The school should not call itself “international” as the only internationality that I see is rich white Europeans (the EF’s-international students) who’s claim at being at A-lliant as they pronounce it, is purely for fucking, spreading STDs, and partying. Many of them are extremely rude and stand in the middle of the street when people are driving, daring you to run them over. There have been some EFs that have been caught fucking in the laundry mat and swimming pool. None of them are here to learn English as they say, which wouldn’t bother me if there wasn’t such an infestation of them here on campus. There are also very very few colored people. The only time I see colored people is when I see the cleaning crew and employees in the cafeteria. I also think there are racist people here, both students and administration. Heaven forbid your skin is naturally tan… after all, colored people were only meant to carry a leaf blower and not a textbook, right?

    Also, many of the administration, i.e. financial aid, are so inadequate at their jobs, primarily a financial aid adviser named Paul who constantly fucks up your financial aid. Financial aid has a reputation for overcharging students and adding on fees right before graduation. They also hold your diploma hostage until the remaining balance is paid. The director of admissions is also very unprofessional, often using a condescending tone and sarcasm when he speaks to you.

    What keeps me here is knowing that this is one of the few programs in the country and one of the few that never turns down any applicant. I could go on and on but I will not… you get my point.

    Overall Score: (2.27/5.00)
  • Well, I can’t speak for the the California campuses, but I can speak for the the mexico city campus. IT WAS AMAZING! Okay, I will admit the facilities were not top notch, but I had access to all the huge libraries in Mexico City. I learned a freaking new language and got to interact and debate with students from all over the world. The campus was small, but who cares? The whole freaking city was my campus. There were some politics with the teachers, but quite frankly, I didn’t care. If you focus ON YOU AND YOUR WORK and less on what’s going on with professors, then you will do well. Furthermore, I was able to get an internship with the united nations in mexico city. I think it could just be that San Diego sucks. I don’t know. But in Mexico City, there are so many opportunities and new experiences in that huge city that really the school was just more of a grounding area. The students at the mexico city campus ARE VERY INDEPENDENT and know how to venture out and survive on their own instead of having professors baby them. The mexico city students are happy with a non-traditional college education. Best thing I could have ever done. Did I go to frat parties and other worthless campus traditions? No. Did I participate in some mexican politics and have my eyes completely opened? Yes. GO TO THE MEXICO CITY CAMPUS. IT’S THE BEST..AND IT’S CHEAP!!!

    Overall Score: (3.81/5.00)
  • As a student currently enrolled in the clinical PsyD program at The California School of Professional Psychology/AIU in Los Angeles, I’m saddened to read the above comments. Thus far I have had a rewarding and educationally stimulating experience at the AIU/Los Angeles campus. The campus grounds are beautiful. We share an Ivy League looking brick building with the USC Keck School of Medicine. The computer lab appears up-to-date and the IT team is constantly working to improve access and prevent email spam. The on-line library seems limitless and easily accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Class rooms are currently adding state-of-the-art projectors to aid in class presentations and lectures. Many of my professors are board members of both the Los Angeles and the California Psychological Association. They are constantly published in leading psychology journals and actively involved in research. I often read their research citied in APA journals. Most of my instructors work as directors in mental health facilities and hospitals in the Los Angeles area. They eagerly share their real-world experiences with students and have always been available to give me guidance and early career advice. Any problems I have experienced regarding scheduling or facility issues have been quickly resolved by the program director. There is not any apparent rivalries between programs at the LA campus. In fact, I have met and quickly become friends with students from other programs at our campus. The tuition is high. But in-line with other professional universities. UCLA and USC are considerably less expensive, but only offer PhD degrees in research. I highly recommend AIU/CSPP to anyone interested in learning the application of psychology. Maybe instead of giving up on AIU, one could try applying to the Los Angeles Campus :)

    Overall Score: (3.27/5.00)
  • I completely agree with the first post listed by Gradaiu.

    I didn’t realize that this was the case with SD as well.

    I went to the Sacramento Alliant, and we had the same problems. It was continually ridiculous and that first post really resonated with me and it felt like I was reading about Sacramento’s Alliant.

    If I had to do it all over again, I would have gone to a state school, or a UC.

    And I 100% agree that if you are into politics, want to learn about them, want to see politics play out, and continually see teachers back stab each other with mind games then it’s the place for you.

    I am just so relieved I graduated, and am out because it was the worst experience I have ever had. Being a therapist has been a wonderful experience! And I thoroughly enjoy seeing my clients and doing work with them! However, the Alliant experience made you really think is this worth it, all this money spent, politics, and unreasonable constant discrimination. (I have so many stories, it’s sad.)

    The actual therapist job for me was worth it, but like I said if I had to do it all over I would have picked a different school. I also would have talked to actual students from lots of different schools. This is instead of advisers, and school specialists who are looking to make a buck by recruiting to make their commission and numbers. Also, I would have looked into being able to sit in a lecture class, to get a feel for things, and to talk to the cohorts to see how they felt about everything. This is without having the teachers pre-pick which students they would like to talk to the future potential students (of course students who will say only positive things). I would want to hear the good & the bad not just information from a student who is on fire about the school, and gets to present at a conference with the teacher because they have been buddy buddy.

    (All of this is not to mention that it took 4 months to get my diploma posted, just posted on the internet, after I was gone. Then after it was posted I received it in the mail 2 months later followed by another 2 diplomas a month later randomly. I had also requested 2 transcripts which were 2 months late and did not have my degree posting on it as I requested. So I followed up continually working on it, received 4 transcripts in the mail a month later. Also, when I submitted my paperwork for education certification to the director, even after following up the director got back to me 3 months later. By this time I had already been out of school for 6 months. Of course, because of the constant trend of un-organization I had already picked someone else to sign it from a different alliant, and she got it back to me within that week.)

    Basic summary, pick another school. And be thorough with your research.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • This is an unfortunate situation… Can you read the caption above mine by “Mike”?- Inconsiderate, un-empathetic, not educated-that is a wonderful example of a graduate from AIU who identifies with the bipolar teacher who is so fondly aforementioned in the preceding captions. If you are at all talented in psychology, then analyzing the staff and students will keep you entertained and pulling your hair out!- some of the students actually do pull their hairs out as a disorder- and graduated by admitting self harm! Interning and working in the field, with children, when they have no idea how to live their own lives. I do not know how the staff at AIU has been put in positions of power; unfortunately, they have put themselves in power positions at this school. The professors literally do not have any impressive backgrounds, unless you are sincerely interested in over-diagnosis, and criminal justice- if you believe sick criminals who have done perverted crimes can be completely rehabilitated and can live in your neighborhood free of government pressure, then this is the place for you. If you believe in teaching yourself for $15,000/term, then this is also the place for you. After much contemplation, I have to act on my initial gut instincts that I experienced when I stepped foot into the trailor classroom- I was overcharged for my tuition, and did not receive an education. I have been educated elswhere, and have never had the sort of disdain for attending class. Alliant International University is officially a scam: if you have already been to school, then you will find: un-organization, filthy big egos, very boring classes, and it might make you stop believing in the art of psychology-or inspire you to move on in order to help the people like the ones here! AIU ‘s psychology is not psychology, it is technical judgement of personality “defects”. There is too much at AIU of what I was taught in high school- it is not stimulating. Personally, I refuse to return to this school. I was personally encouraged by their key word of “empowerment”- yeah, its empowering if you like to drain yourself of life for a living. Also, SDSU & UCSD are not always as expensive as Alliant. I was excited about the CSPP graduate program, however, I no longer want to be associated with the staff or graduates, or school, in my professional career or personal life. Trust me, I know not one person who enjoys this school- and the ones who do- marry the professors, in order to get awards, and get ahead. The professors have no life for the student, unless you want to date your very boring professor. Maybe then you’ll get your tuition paid for!

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • I have to say I have mixed emotions about Alliant. Some of the professors are wonderful, work in their respective fields, and know what they are talking about. Others seem more interested in feeding their own ego rather than educating students.

    The “so called” leaders of the university have no clue as to what they are doing. Each year they raise tuition and make it more difficult for students to go to Alliant. Then they boast about their “small class sizes.” What they don’t get is other universities make small class sizes to better a student’s education, not because they cannot fill a classroom. They removed the student book store and now require all books to be purchased online. There are no student activities on campus, the classes are not getting any better and all you get is a shady blanket email from the president telling you how University costs keep going up which is why they need to raise tuition. You can guarantee one of those every year. Just do not expect the president to actually break down where this money is going because that will never happen.

    The administration is a complete joke. If you ever want a tour of the university, just ask someone for help. After getting the run around and speaking to 5 or 6 different people telling you to go somewhere else, you will most likely have covered the entire campus. Just don’t expect a straight answer from anyone.

    For those of us on financial aid, they conveniently take about $1,000.00 out each year for some ridiculous medical insurance. It is up to you to prove you have it before the deadline or those funds are gone forever. I had no idea they did this the first year until I went to register for the second semester. They told me I owed $1,000.00 and could not sign up for any classes until I paid this amount. Money I would not have owed if they did not take out these funds without my knowledge. I swear going to this University is like having another part time job. You have to keep up with your financial aid and monitor it line by line to make sure they do not make mistakes. Trust me, I have to go there every semester to have them reverse some unfounded charge or another. No one knows what they are doing so you pretty much have to figure everything out on your own. So unless you have a lot of free time I do not recommend going here.

    Long story short, if I knew then what I know now, I would have applied somewhere else. There are much better, and more affordable, universities in the area. Your money will be better spent at one of these.

    Overall Score: (2.18/5.00)
  • Note: The only positive evaluations refer to Alliant when it was United States International University (USIU). I would never attend Alliant, even though it now has my areas of interest in psychology.

    I feel badly for anyone who has invested time in Alliant at the graduate level. It continues to use many of the claims that USIU at least tried to achieve, e.g. internationalism. The claims that many of its students are from other countries may have been true when it was USIU and offered e.g. Anthropology and Sociology, but now? Why would people from abroad come to graduate in clinical or marriage counseling?

    The above reviews are so sadly right in almost every respect. For instance: Compared to universities in New York City, where I received my Master’s, Alliant is hopelessly inadaquate. Compared to the intellectual and cultural life of San Diego, I much prefer TX, particularly Dallas. But regardless where you go or how well you do at the university (and I was made a member of Psi Chi Honorary Society and had a high GPA and did an excellent dissertation), Alliant all but sees to it that you fail, afterwards. My dissertation has been uploaded to the Internet and everyone uses it without a single citation. The university further destroyed the worth of my doctorate. They took my double doctorate and changed it to two fields they did not even offer so that I would have no psychology background. They encourage plagiarism, in part because the current professors are so bad and in part because they, and the administration and library do not care about copyright infringement or plageurism.

    The worst thing besides the unethical behavior of the administration and now faculty at USIU/Alliant is this: The university never intended anyone to graduate who did research.

    Overall Score: (1.72/5.00)
  • I could cry reading this review… and wish that I had read it prior to relocating here all the way from Texas. I have never been more miserable in my life. Everything this person has said about Alliant International University is true. It’s overpriced and the faculty and staff only seem concerned about $ and getting their names out there. My classmates hate me for some odd reason… I dropped a course today and Financial Aid told me that “I” owe THEM money.. What the f***!? I don’t regret having given it a shot but I’m thinking the fall semester is a no-go for me. I also have to add that I got my master’s degree in NYC and always believed that if I made it in NY I could make it anywhere…. .I’d rather shoot my brains out than stay 4-5 years in San Diego…. California sucks and so does this school… I’m moving back to NYC where there are better schools and opportunity. California should stick to what it does best…. entertainment!! I hope I never see an advertisement for colleges or education coming from California again…. this totally blows and after reading this review I know I will be making the right decison checking out….

    Overall Score: (1.18/5.00)
  • It’s very difficult to write a review for Alliant International University, considering I’m in the computer lab and the computers are about 7 years out of date.

    Professors: Most of the Professors are too busy to give you the time of day . . . good luck finding your advisor. They spend most of their time quoting themselves. A lot of the professors are graduates of the school who couldn’t get a job anywhere else.

    Practicum/Internships: They offer very little help when it comes to finding any internships/practicums. It boils down to: Here is a list of place we will let you work at . . . good luck.” very bad match-up with APA internships, mostly CAPIC. They manipulate their statistics on their website to make it look better. Most APA Internships won’t consider you if you go to a professional school like this.

    Student Life: What Student Life? No one spends time together. We all hate each other or are too stressed out writing a paper that our professors will publish with their own name on it (with no mention of the real authors)

    Administration: Old boys network anyone? The top professors are all good friends and alternate who will be director for a few years. Most are very grumpy and see you as a cash cow that should be more stressed out so you don’t talk to them as much. The current director is bipolar.

    Classes: Weird. From super unorganized stuff you should have learned in undergrad to complicated subjects that are breezed over.

    Assessment method: This all depends on your prof and the mood that he/she is in. Could care less about your life. One of the people in my program had cancer and they said “too bad” 2 c-grades and your out.

    Politics: Do you like politics? If you do this is the place for you. All of the schools at Alliant International University (marshal Goldsmith, CSPP, Undergrad,) and all of the programs, Clinical, forensics, business, Marriage and Family, PhD, PsyD and Masters hate each other. it’s like watching a cock fight over resources. If you complain they will find a way to have you “drop out” of the program.

    Campus/Resources: The campus I know (San Diego), is horrible. Most of the classes are in portables. It’s $40,000 a year per student and they refuse to build a new building. The buildings they do have are old military buildings from 1970. The resources are 2 computer labs with ancient computers, 1 lecture hall (scipps theatre) with mostly broken seats and a really laking library.

    Finances: There is no way you will get a schoolarship going here and it’s $40,000 a year. Hello $200,000 debt. Students aren’t there to learn . . . they are there to pay tuition.

    Time: 5 years for a PhD, 4 years for a PsyD, 2.5 for a masters. They seem to do anything that they can to stretch out your stay here, and then blame you.

    I have been going here for a long time and regret accepting. I went into my program with an open heart and an eagerness for my subject and this school could have cared less. They are so poorly managed and see students as obnoxious cash cows. They have “I wish I was” syndrome. They wish they were stanford or berkley so they ride their students to the brink of insanity so that the faculty’s reputation will improve. They don’t care if you complete your degree. It almost seems like they push people to quit so that they can get as many students to pay as much tuition as possible. I love my field (used to anyway), but I do not love this school. Do yourself a favor apply somewhere else, anywhere else . . . Siberia University sounds much better to me.

    Overall Score: (1.54/5.00)

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