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It is all about the money.Quite Bright
It is all about the money.
Financial aid won't cover what you need it to cover. EVERYONE in EVERY department gives you the runaround.

You no longer matter once the money is paid. My admissions advisor hasn't spoken to me once since I called him to ask if my application was received to which he replied that I had already been accepted.

Student housing is far overpriced, as far as $300 more than the other university students (who have entirely different rules) who also live in the building. You are penalized for moving out with extreme charges and the RLC is useless.

It's a joke that an art school doesn't look at portfolios, and the student body is almost entirely incompetent.

Many of the instructors are garbage and are only around because they are either part-time for have 10year. There are a few diamonds, but you only receive them when you're in your last few quarters. If you have them any sooner, they don't teach the proper basics to be successful.

If I could go back I would never come here, NEVER look at this school again. I would still pursue graphic design, but never would I ever come back here. The only reason I stayed is I'm so close to graduation.DON'T COME HERE, please, save yourself from this.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: A, Education Quality: F
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Horrible school.Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
Horrible school. They lie to you about the cost of the school, allow you only a fraction of the federal aid you are actually eligible for to force you to take private loans instead. The education was poor overall, my cost was out of control and I have no idea where a lot of the money went to as totals don't add up to what classes cost, Navient who is the lender for said loans won't release my loan information to me. Their website has no info about my loans from the time I got them until I graduated so who knows what went on during those years. Had to get a higher degree to have a school on my resume that wouldn't scare off would be employers. Tried to get info from AI to compare costs vs loans and get sent to a voicemail and nothing happens.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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After the 6 month period after my graduation,Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
After the 6 month period after my graduation, the school did not contact me or try to help me at all. They don't care about you after you graduate. They barely care about your needs while you attend the school. Most of the classes I took could have been done at home via online tutorials and training. I was lied to and told that the general education courses from other schools wouldn't transfer, but they would. I lost at least $15,000 by taking my gen eds at Ai rather than a community college.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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