Trained to get into the mind of individuals and extract their hopes and dreams, the Assistant Director of Admissions position at The Art Institutes is the position of a con and cheat. Many describe the position as numbers driven; it is a big sales con. The training involved in becoming a con begins with becoming friends with the potential student and parent. We are trained to develop a working relationship with the potential student, we are told to get to know them. When possible, we venture as far back as child hood. We use this information against the student when they attempt to back out of applying (“I thought you said you wanted to become a chef or how do you plan to achieve your goal without a degree”). For the most part, very few students or parents recognize the con game. I do not recall any student that was not accepted into the school, even those with 0.9 GPA. A transitional course here and there but for the most part they were accepted. The student and parent were happy to be accepted into any school and they never realized or recognized the price of the school (con). I often compare the price of tuition at The Art Institutes to a person with bad credit, you get the product but you pay triple the price (i.e. bad grades). However the graduation rate is questionable at best. The cost of tuition at The Art Institute of Washington is on or about $472.00 per credit hour. That is just tuition! http://www.artinstitutes.edu/arlington/Admissions/TuitionAndFees.aspx . This school has a low graduation rate and many of the students come from low-social economic backgrounds check out statistics at www.collegeboard.com .
Parents and students, please take the time to research any potential school. Although students may want to attend please consider everything (cost, tuition, and environment). Just because a student graduates with a low GPA does not necessary mean you have to accept a high cost, debt consuming education and I agree with the post here….stay away from this one!