American Islamic College
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American Islamic College is located in a large city with a population of more than 250,000. It is in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI area.
Address
640 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
www.aicusa.edu
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Programs offered by this school
Size corresponds to the number of graduates and color indicates field of study
Islamic Studies
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Programs
This chart shows the number of graduates at all levels in the years shown for each discipline group. Look for a school with steady enrollment and focus in the areas that interest you most.
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Islamic Studies
Award Levels
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Quick Facts
Institutional Control
American Islamic College is a private not-for-profit organization.
Undergraduate Students
Accreditation
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Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
American Islamic College holds an accreditation from one of the seven regional accreditors, which should ensure that credits earned transfer easily.
Accreditation History
Higher Learning Commission (Accredited February 23, 1985 - present)
  • The next accreditation review was scheduled for August 31, 2024.
Student Attention
Context: Students per full-time instructor
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs.
Context: Instructional expenditures per student
Although spending is not a guarantee of a good classroom experience, high spending can hint at a priority placed on quality in the classroom.
Students on campus
undergraduate Study Types
About 33% of undergraduate students are full-time. No undergraduate students take distance education courses.
UG Full-time
33%
UG Online classes
0%
Context: Student body size
American Islamic College has 26 students.
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undergraduate student race/origin
American Islamic College reports that 78% of undergraduate students are minority, which is more than 89% of the context schools. With 0 international students, this school additionally has a higher percentage of international students than 1% of the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
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undergraduate student gender
Is the gender balance of American Islamic College undergraduate students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart. For many context groups, the balance is not 50-50, so be sure to check out the context chart below.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage of women
With 44% women undergraduate students, American Islamic College has a lower percentage of women than 89% of context schools.
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Opportunities and Services
Does American Islamic College offer good activities, services, and academic options for you? Here's what we found!
Undergraduate services offered

Remedial services

Academic/career counseling services

Employment services for current students

Undergraduate Student Satisfaction and Success
American Islamic College cannot offer federal student loans
American Islamic College, along with about 6% of Ididio's colleges and universities, is not eligible to provide federal financial aid. For many schools that do not participate in federal financial aid programs, the consequence can be large private loans for its students. As the resource FederalStudentAid explains, private loans may have higher interest rates and less generous pay-back windows than federal loans. Most importantly, private loans vary quite a bit from lender to lender, and the FederalStudentAid resource can help you think about what details are most important to check.
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This school provides only limited data on graduation rates and loan repayment. You might want to reach out to the school to see if they can provide evidence of student success. There are laws requiring the reporting of graduation rates and student loan repayment history to help to warn you if there may be problems. However, newer schools may not yet have that data and it's difficult for potential students to know if they will be safe.
Classroom Quality
Student attention at American Islamic College

Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.

Context: Number of students per instructor
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Full-time and long-term instructors at American Islamic College
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs. American Islamic College has 75% full-time instructors, and 82% of the context schools have a lower percentage of full-time faculty. Faculty with multi-year contracts provide additional stability and commitment to the school and its students. Within the full-time instructors at American Islamic College, none have multi-year employment contracts. Of the context schools, 69% have instructors with multi-year contracts.
Full-time instructors
75%
Long-term instructors
0%
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Student Body
Which students comprise the campus?

Who might be attending school with you? We'll look at what degrees most students have received, whether they are on campus or online, a little about their path, and the overall student body size. Our aim is to give some idea of what the campus culture might be.

See what degrees have been awarded

This donut chart shows you what degrees were awarded by American Islamic College last year, and gives you a good idea of this school's focus. Make sure this school's focus matches your goals.

Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
What percentage of undergraduate students are online and not on campus?

There are performance problems with many online-focused schools -- you can read about this in an Ididio case study, but you may want some online options to give you greater flexibility.

Fall undergraduate enrollment
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No online courses
Some courses online
All courses online
Where are the other undergraduate students in their studies?

You will be most happy at a school with a large number of students who are like you, whether that's someone who enters right out of high school, or someone who is transferring, or someone who isn't ready to work towards a degree.

Degree-seeking: first-time
Degree-seeking: continuing
Degree-seeking: transfer-in
Non-degree-seeking
Student body size

Another breakdown that can help is a view of the student body size. Here we show undergraduate and graduate student counts, including part-time versus full-time students. If the proportion of students that best describes you is relatively small, then is it possible that another school might be better-prepared to meet your needs?

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Undergraduate student race/origin

The NPR article A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure emphasizes the importance of judging a school's diversity based on solid data as promotional materials are eager to suggest a multicultural student body.

Student race is only categorized for non-international students, and international students are listed separately.

Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
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Race/Origin in context
Race/origin over time
Context: Undergraduate student race/origin
Here we offer some context as we compare diversity at American Islamic College with that of the current context group.
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Undergraduate student age distribution

The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.

Age range
20-21
22-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
65 and over
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Age in context
Age over time
Context: Undergraduate age distribution
Seeing the age distribution in context lets us evaluate the undergraduate focus at American Islamic College compared to the undergraduate focus for the context schools.
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Undergraduate student gender distribution
The donut shows the gender breakdown for undergraduate students at American Islamic College.
Why are genders so rarely 50-50?

There are multiple outside factors that can affect the gender balance of students recruited by schools. As an example, within less-affluent families higher education is more frequently attained by women than by men, a phenomenon explored in the Atlantic. Therefore, schools serving lower-income populations may be more likely to see a gender imbalance. On the other hand, some colleges may offer predominantly degrees that are stereotypically associated with a single gender, affecting the ratio of men to women accordingly.

Gender
Men
Women
Choose how to look at gender
Gender in context
Gender over time
Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at American Islamic College.
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Programs Offered
Islamic Studies
A program that focuses on Islam as preached by the Prophet Muhammad in 6th century Arabia and subsequently interpreted and elaborated by Islamic scholars and others; together with the cultural and social milieu related to the faith in various periods, localities, and branches. Includes instruction in Islamic scripture and related written authorities and commentaries

Note: The name and definition of this program are based on Department of Education CIP code descriptions, which ensures uniform reporting across schools in the US. Please check this school's website for detailed program information and their specific course descriptions.

Choose how to look at program completions
By Level
By Race/Origin
By Gender
Completions in Islamic Studies by award level
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Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree

Recently College Scorecard released data on starting salaries and cumulative federal student debt for each school/program combination with sufficient graduates to allow for privacy concerns with data releases. Shown in the box plots below are data for all schools offering religion/religious studies (which may contain several related fields) by award level. If a value is reported for American Islamic College, then that is shown in blue.

Starting Salaries
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Cumulative Federal Student Loan Debt
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Costs and Financial Aid
Historic Annual Costs

See how this school's published costs have changed over the year, and how their cost trends compare with other private schools.

Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare American Islamic College to other private schools within your chosen context group.

Include room and board
Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
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Chart explanation
American Islamic College
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend American Islamic College has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Current published costs

Here's a quick summary of costs to attend American Islamic College. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions.

Undergraduate costs
Charge
Annual fees
Annual tuition
Per-credit charges
Cost
$100
$7,500
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Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit American Islamic College's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.

  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

Campus overview
Student housing at American Islamic College

There are 120 rooms available, providing more capacity than required for undergraduate students.

Living on campus
100%
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School finances
American Islamic College: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality

Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.

Choose Classroom aspect
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student

Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.

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Chart explanation
American Islamic College
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at American Islamic College have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does American Islamic College have stable finances?
You want to attend schools that can meet their annual expenses, and have other indicators of strong financial health.
Should this school's stability matter to you?

You can find a myriad of articles about the enrollment crises expected across US colleges and universities due to fewer births during the 2008 recession and other demographic shifts. The end result to you is that you need to protect your college investment by researching the financial stability of schools that you are considering. Many of our metrics are based on the excellent advice of Forbes' Financial Health Grades.

Ididio does not want to see you stuck with debt and no degree.

Choose budget aspect
Core operating margin
Net assets per student
Tuition dependence
Government appropriations
Context and trends: Core operating margin

The core operating margin is the percentage by which core revenues exceed (or, when negative, fall short of) core expenses, so higher is better here. This margin excludes finances for non-academic expenses such as housing, hospitals, or other independent operations. For schools with large endowments, this measure can be volitile from year-to-year without indicating concern because investment losses and gains are driving this figure, but if an institution's margin is trending downwards or consistently negative, you should be concerned.

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Chart explanation
American Islamic College
On the blue curve, we see how the core operating margin at American Islamic College have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the core operating margin for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

American Islamic College is a private not-for-profit school. Along with publicly-controlled schools, not-for-profit schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category

We divided revenue and expenses for American Islamic College into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.

2015201620172018$0$1M$2M$3MRevenue$0$1M$2M$3MExpense
Independent operations revenue
Auxiliary revenue
Tuition and fees revenue
Private and capital gifts
Other revenue
Independent operations expenses
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Academic support expenses
Institutional support expenses
The power of a large endowment

Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of American Islamic College's resources by selecting from the buttons below.

Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at American Islamic College in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

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Context: 2018 net assets per student
Academic research
The library is the backbone of academic learning and research
Why is the amount of library resources important?

A rigorous academic program requires that students and faculty alike are engaging in independent research, and that activity requires strong library support. You can get some useful information here:

  • How strong and how balanced between traditional physical books and easily-accessed (but expensive) electronic journals and other resources is this library?
  • How much is this library borrowing from other libraries? The number of interlibrary loans received can indicate the school's commitment to getting the resources on-campus researchers need, and also of the research activity on campus.
  • How big a resource is this library to other libraries? A large number of outgoing interlibrary loans speaks highly of the value of its content.

The presence of a library in and of itself is a good thing. Increasingly, libraries are comfortable and inviting spaces for individual and group study sessions. Librarians can be incredibly friendly guides in your quest to find materials that aid your learning.

Comparison of library resources per student
How do the per-student library resources at American Islamic College compare to other schools?
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Comparison of library loans per student
A small library could make up for a small collection by allowing a large number of interlibrary loans to be received. An excellent library can show its strength by its number of loans given.
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Research funding: the best indicator of post-baccalaureate academic rigor

Any school that reports at least $150,000 in research and development expenditures in a given year should have submitted out the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey to the National Science Foundation (NSF). We did not find HERD data for American Islamic College, so there would at most modest graduate-level academic scholarship campus-wide.