The Art Institute of Atlanta

★★★☆☆
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6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Ne 100 Embassy Row

Atlanta, GA

30328

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This school is designed to make money, that's it! This is what I know about the Art Institute and these new "for-profit" colleges: they should be avoided at all cost. An associates degree from this school would have cost me between $38,000 to $50,000...for and associates degrees! Chattahoochee Tech, Atlanta Tech, and Gwinett Tech would all charge about $6000 for the same degree....Hope and Pell Grants would completely cover tuition at these technical colleges and the students would even get a refund!.

I already had a B.S degree when I applied to the Art Institute but I had always wanted to study culinary arts. So when I applied, they told me that I would need a maximum student loan and I would still need to pay about $300 a month out of pocket to be a student there! WTF?!.....After that, they gave me some financial paper work for a $10K private loan with a 12% interested rate...I have never taken out a school loan with more that a 4% interest rate, so this made me very concerned. The folks at their financial aid office explained that this was not a student loan but a private loan, but still, why in the world should I need so much debt to pay for an associates degree? I know pilots who payed less for college and they had to rent a plane every semester. Here, the students only use a kitchen. On top of that, the average chef in Atlanta gets paid between $12 to $20 an hour....after paying that much money for school, they will never be able to pay it back unless they actually own a restraurant. So unless this school can prove that 100% of their students own restraurants within 5 years of graduation, the Art Institute is going to send a lot of young adults into bankruptcy.

To keep it simple, if you want to study culinary arts, avoid this place, La Cordon Blu, and any other place that ask for ridiculous amounts of money for tuition. I was told by a restaurateur in Atlanta that he has hired graduates from this school that he would not trust to boil an egg! So if you have any ideas of this place having the academic rigor of Harvard, forget about it!

Finally, has anyone noticed that whenever you google search "culinary programs in Atlanta" you only get the Art Institute, La Cordon Blu, and several other "for profit" online universities?....You do not see any of the technical college programs even though there are about 10 different technical college in the Atlanta metro area that offer diplomas and degrees in culinary arts?....Even the sites that say, "a complete list of culinary programs" all lead you back to those same "for-profit" colleges....So I'm thinking, "who in the world pays this much money for an associates degree? This school must be for the Paris Hiltons of Atlanta!" But then I looked around the admissions and financial aid office and everyone there were like 18 and 19 yr old kids right out of high school. So that's when I realized, "That's who they want. These kids will have Pell Grants and student loans so they won't ever have to pay out of pocket while they are in school. They won't even realize what they are actually paying until they are $40,000 in debt for a 2-year degree that they could have gotten for almost nothing at a technical college." So all things considered,

1) going to this school for even one single quarter will cost just as much as completing 2 years at Atlanta Tech or Chattahoochee Tech!...Read that again.

2) According to restraurant owners in Atlanta, graduates of this school are no more prepared than students from any tech college in Atlanta, so why pay so much.

3) This school has retains less than 40% of its students. No state school in America has ever had a retention rate that low. If they did, they would be under investigation....Only "for-profit" schools do and they are all currently under federal investigation for all the reasons that I mentioned here....Read that again!

I really hope you find this review useful. I wish I could go on more but I'm sure this message will misteriously be deleted within a few months.

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This school is designed to make money, that's it! This is what I know about the Art Institute and these new "for-profit" colleges: they should be avoided at all cost. An associates degree from this school would have cost me between $38,000 to $50,000...for and associates degrees! Chattahoochee Tech, Atlanta Tech, and Gwinett Tech would all charge about $6000 for the same degree....Hope and Pell Grants would completely cover tuition at these technical colleges and the students would even get a refund!.

I already had a B.S degree when I applied to the Art Institute but I had always wanted to study culinary arts. So when I applied, they told me that I would need a maximum student loan and I would still need to pay about $300 a month out of pocket to be a student there! WTF?!.....After that, they gave me some financial paper work for a $10K private loan with a 12% interested rate...I have never taken out a school loan with more that a 4% interest rate, so this made me very concerned. The folks at their financial aid office explained that this was not a student loan but a private loan, but still, why in the world should I need so much debt to pay for an associates degree? I know pilots who payed less for college and they had to rent a plane every semester. Here, the students only use a kitchen. On top of that, the average chef in Atlanta gets paid between $12 to $20 an hour....after paying that much money for school, they will never be able to pay it back unless they actually own a restraurant. So unless this school can prove that 100% of their students own restraurants within 5 years of graduation, the Art Institute is going to send a lot of young adults into bankruptcy.

To keep it simple, if you want to study culinary arts, avoid this place, La Cordon Blu, and any other place that ask for ridiculous amounts of money for tuition. I was told by a restaurateur in Atlanta that he has hired graduates from this school that he would not trust to boil an egg! So if you have any ideas of this place having the academic rigor of Harvard, forget about it!

Finally, has anyone noticed that whenever you google search "culinary programs in Atlanta" you only get the Art Institute, La Cordon Blu, and several other "for profit" online universities?....You do not see any of the technical college programs even though there are about 10 different technical college in the Atlanta metro area that offer diplomas and degrees in culinary arts?....Even the sites that say, "a complete list of culinary programs" all lead you back to those same "for-profit" colleges....So I'm thinking, "who in the world pays this much money for an associates degree? This school must be for the Paris Hiltons of Atlanta!" But then I looked around the admissions and financial aid office and everyone there were like 18 and 19 yr old kids right out of high school. So that's when I realized, "That's who they want. These kids will have Pell Grants and student loans so they won't ever have to pay out of pocket while they are in school. They won't even realize what they are actually paying until they are $40,000 in debt for a 2-year degree that they could have gotten for almost nothing at a technical college." So all things considered,

1) going to this school for even one single quarter will cost just as much as completing 2 years at Atlanta Tech or Chattahoochee Tech!...Read that again.

2) According to restraurant owners in Atlanta, graduates of this school are no more prepared than students from any tech college in Atlanta, so why pay so much.

3) This school has retains less than 40% of its students. No state school in America has ever had a retention rate that low. If they did, they would be under investigation....Only "for-profit" schools do and they are all currently under federal investigation for all the reasons that I mentioned here....Read that again!

I really hope you find this review useful. I wish I could go on more but I'm sure this message will misteriously be deleted within a few months.

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I joined their cooking school..I had a great time as the teachers and the other students were fun to work with. Everyone seemed to be so enthusiatic including the instructor. I learned some very good dishes and it helped mein improving my cooking skills as they taught how to cook even with minimum resources that to some excellent dishes, it is though little expensive but I learned a lot ,shared my recipes. At times our whole group gets together and everyone with some new dish.Isn't that amazing.

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I joined their cooking school..I had a great time as the teachers and the other students were fun to work with. Everyone seemed to be so enthusiatic including the instructor. I learned some very good dishes and it helped mein improving my cooking skills as they taught how to cook even with minimum resources that to some excellent dishes, it is though little expensive but I learned a lot ,shared my recipes. At times our whole group gets together and everyone with some new dish.Isn't that amazing.

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This summer I plan To start going to the Art Institute and I have high hopes to being very successful with all that I learn.I feel its a great program. I will go and learn as much as they teach me and retain all of tghe information and use in my career as a superior chef.The staff and adminstrators seem to be wonderful and charming. My greatest accomplishment would be to attend and graduate as a certified chef with training and experience. I look foward to allowing the Art Institute to help me on any way possible.

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This summer I plan To start going to the Art Institute and I have high hopes to being very successful with all that I learn.I feel its a great program. I will go and learn as much as they teach me and retain all of tghe information and use in my career as a superior chef.The staff and adminstrators seem to be wonderful and charming. My greatest accomplishment would be to attend and graduate as a certified chef with training and experience. I look foward to allowing the Art Institute to help me on any way possible.

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I have been at the Art Institute of Atlanta for Vid. Production now for 8 quarters now. After this quarter, I am transferring to a University that has a great TV Broadcasting program and is at a REASONABLE PRICE. I've had a great experience here with the teachers, they are knowledgeable. Although, I don't think they have a very structured and set curriculum for Video. It seems out of order. Overall, I have learned a lot but I do not want to be in debt for the rest of my life from a $90,000 Bachelors degree in Vid. from the Art Institute of Atlanta. When I can achieve the same degree at a University. Which if students talked to there teachers or looked at there syllabus. They would see that none of them have graduated from an Institute, its been a University! Anyways, what has really been a show stopper for me is that I have never dealt with such morons when it comes to the Administration area, Registrars Office and Financial Student Services. Basically, anything with the Admin side. I have to keep up after them for everything and never had so many screws from a college before! These people have mismanaged so much of my paper work and finances. Thank god, I keep copies of everything! The thing that really bothers me is when you confront them or need them to fix it. They do not even apologize for there mistakes. For example. I have had my Veterans education benefits canceled by the Veterans representative in the Registrars office, because she didn't read my exit of enroll form. It clearly stated I was withdrawing at the end of the Spring Quarter. But, she canceled it the day she received it. Its helping pay for my cost of tuition and these people act like its know big deal when they make these mistakes! Also, last Fall I got a large scholarship for $18,000 and the school was given 2 disbursements. I was given one last summer and the other in Jan. But, when they notified me saying you are going to have a large refund check back around that time, I went to the Student Financial Services for advice. I asked them if I should leave the amount in my student account or can I take the refund and pay my loans with high interest? They said that would be a great idea to knock out my high interest loans and they advice me that I could do this. So, naturally I did. Then next quarter I have a surprise! Because I got that scholarship, they sent money back from my education loans, that was suppose to cover my tuition. What a surprise! I have learned with errors like these over my time here, that they do not know what they are doing. They don't do their job, they can't explain why, and act like its know big deal! Also, you never get the same financial adviser. You get to wait in the office FOREVER and get tossed around to someone new each time. Another thing, watch your account. Myself and others have gotten random charges of $100 here and there. Saying its a supply kit, but I am not receiving any supply kits. You just got to be very observant and on your toes here. Bottom line for me is the cost is WAY TO HIGH and the frustration I have to go through with the admin side is enough to drive me away. Its very unprofessional!

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I have been at the Art Institute of Atlanta for Vid. Production now for 8 quarters now. After this quarter, I am transferring to a University that has a great TV Broadcasting program and is at a REASONABLE PRICE. I've had a great experience here with the teachers, they are knowledgeable. Although, I don't think they have a very structured and set curriculum for Video. It seems out of order. Overall, I have learned a lot but I do not want to be in debt for the rest of my life from a $90,000 Bachelors degree in Vid. from the Art Institute of Atlanta. When I can achieve the same degree at a University. Which if students talked to there teachers or looked at there syllabus. They would see that none of them have graduated from an Institute, its been a University! Anyways, what has really been a show stopper for me is that I have never dealt with such morons when it comes to the Administration area, Registrars Office and Financial Student Services. Basically, anything with the Admin side. I have to keep up after them for everything and never had so many screws from a college before! These people have mismanaged so much of my paper work and finances. Thank god, I keep copies of everything! The thing that really bothers me is when you confront them or need them to fix it. They do not even apologize for there mistakes. For example. I have had my Veterans education benefits canceled by the Veterans representative in the Registrars office, because she didn't read my exit of enroll form. It clearly stated I was withdrawing at the end of the Spring Quarter. But, she canceled it the day she received it. Its helping pay for my cost of tuition and these people act like its know big deal when they make these mistakes! Also, last Fall I got a large scholarship for $18,000 and the school was given 2 disbursements. I was given one last summer and the other in Jan. But, when they notified me saying you are going to have a large refund check back around that time, I went to the Student Financial Services for advice. I asked them if I should leave the amount in my student account or can I take the refund and pay my loans with high interest? They said that would be a great idea to knock out my high interest loans and they advice me that I could do this. So, naturally I did. Then next quarter I have a surprise! Because I got that scholarship, they sent money back from my education loans, that was suppose to cover my tuition. What a surprise! I have learned with errors like these over my time here, that they do not know what they are doing. They don't do their job, they can't explain why, and act like its know big deal! Also, you never get the same financial adviser. You get to wait in the office FOREVER and get tossed around to someone new each time. Another thing, watch your account. Myself and others have gotten random charges of $100 here and there. Saying its a supply kit, but I am not receiving any supply kits. You just got to be very observant and on your toes here. Bottom line for me is the cost is WAY TO HIGH and the frustration I have to go through with the admin side is enough to drive me away. Its very unprofessional!

Pros: good teachers

Cons: TOO pricey, Poor ADMIN

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