Our Mission

To empower a diverse student body for academic, personal, and professional success, through a commitment to inclusive, student-centered support and lifelong learning.

About the System

The American InterContinental University System (AIUS) is composed of American InterContinental University (AIU), California Southern University (CalSouthern), and Trident University International (Trident). The AIU System was established in November 2020 to provide an effective framework for AIU and Trident to continue to serve their differing student populations distinctly. CalSouthern joined the AIU System in July 2022. Additionally, DigitalCrafts, offering coding bootcamps, is also a part of the System.

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* Active and probation population
** Adjunct and full-time


AIUS has a special commitment to promoting educational opportunity, is committed to high-quality teaching and learning, and all of its activities are geared towards student success. To this end, the System places emphasis on the academic, professional, and personal growth of each student, and pursues this aim with a commitment to institutional integrity and ethics. Programs, policies, and institutional initiatives validate AIUS’s achievement of Institutional Learning Outcomes and support the System’s Mission, Vision, and Values. These foundational statements are evaluated periodically and modified, as appropriate, to meet the needs of the student body at each institution in the System.

As an institution committed to quality and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the American InterContinental University System views integrity as an underlying tenet of its Mission. The AIUS philosophy is that higher education must encompass a holistic approach to educational content and delivery; view the student as central to the learning process; and remove barriers related to time, space, and location that sometimes can encumber a student’s learning.

Embracing Diversity

AIUS encourages and promotes a fully inclusive environment academically, culturally, personally, and professionally. As forged by its mission, vision, and values, AIUS ensures that every member of the AIUS community is valued and respected – regardless of their age, race, color, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), sexual orientation, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including pregnancy, cancer, and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or any other consideration protected by federal, state, and/or local laws. AIUS’s diverse administration, faculty, and staff are dedicated equally to the success of every student and enhancing the quality of the educational experience. AIUS’s administration and faculty strive to enrich curricula with ideas and viewpoints from diverse academic, cultural, personal, professional, and disciplinary perspectives, while staff serves students with compassionate commitment and sensitivity to special needs.

Supporting Military Personnel

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AIUS recognizes the sacrifices that service members make. This is why we focus on the unique needs of active duty, Reserve, and National Guard students - as well as veterans, military spouses, and families. We are proud to share that AIUS ranked among Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2022 rankings. The rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, a comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. This recognition is deeply appreciated by the System and one that we’re proud to share with our students.