Antioch University-Los Angeles Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(4.12 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 21 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 988 (454 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 21% part-time, 79% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $16,716
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2014

What I love: the diversity of students is excellent. We come from all walks of life and experience, and Antioch makes an effort to include all kinds of people in the program. As a lesbian, it is one of the few places I've found where the ratio of straight to gay seems just about even. I love working with the mentors, too; for most of them, I don't get the sense that they'd rather be just working on their own stuff and teaching is just to pay the bills. The feedback is extremely insightful, but the mentors I've worked with don't hold their opinions as gospel. The focus on issues of social justice is also highly appealing - this is not a school to come to if you are conservative politically and socially. For me, this is a really nice change of pace and one I enjoy. The biggest two drawbacks for me with Antioch are the financial burden and the lack of student housing. Because the program is low-residency, many students live elsewhere and get to school by one mode of transportation or another. But the school has no dorms, and no place to put students up. Some local hotels have special discounts to accommodate students, and you may be able to find a peer who lives nearby and is willing to offer you a place to stay, but otherwise, the housing issue can be quite a problem. Worse than that is the lack of financial aid that is not in the form of loans. Many traditional grad schools offer fellowships and things in lieu of tuition; Antioch LA doesn't have anything even remotely like that (you can't even assist a mentor for reduced tuition) and the school-based scholarships are very few and far between, and many include the undergrads as well, so competition is intense. There are no scholarships that cover all school expenses, let alone transportation. You either need to be wealthy or married with a nice savings account, win a lot of outside scholarships or add to your undergrad loan. I must say if I had thought about this more carefully early on, I might not have chosen to come for financial reasons. It's quite a burden.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

I loved Antioch overall. Most of the professors are amazing, and the education I received helped me get into a competitive APA approved doctoral program. People grow here - it's really head-and-shoulders above the other programs that i researched. Remember - you get out of it what you put into it.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2015

I love the low-residency MFA program at Antioch University. Since it's done online and we only meet in person for 20 days a year, you can live anywhere in the world and organize your life a way that best works for you. The sense of community at Antioch is powerful, even though we are spread out all over the world, and you can be as engaged as you want to be. Since I live locally, I've also participated in on-campus events/opportunities and found them to really enhance my experience. The staff is the most accessible and caring I've ever encountered. It's a great school, and endows its students with a great sense of social awareness and responsibility as well as a quality education.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

I truly appreciate the education I am receiving at Antioch. The professors are licensed therapists working in a variety of areas, not just private practice. I was accepted to 4 psychology programs in the Los Angeles area but decided to attend Antioch because it has a hands-on approach to learning.
2.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

The cons are simply that Antioch doesn't supply student housing, especially for those in the low-residency M.F.A program.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

Pro: Student-centered and designed for individual students Cons: Expensive
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

I love the majority of this program, but because it's a low-residency program, if you live out of town finding a place to stay can be costly, as can transportation. The most difficult part is paying for the education, though. Antioch is well-priced, but still expensive enough, and does not offer many scholarships to grad students. I am not aware of any scholarships to deserving (poor but kind of brilliant) students that the school itself offers. Not even one student a year can get considerable assistance outside loans. The folks in the financial aid office are all very friendly and answer questions and have advice, but without the actual funding, all the nicety doesn't go too far. The other downside (or upside, depending on how you look at it) is that, because Antioch has rolling admissions there are no official breaks, like summer break - expect to work right through once you begin, unless you take a leave of absence. This can be a little straining.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2014

I love Antioch! Their MFT program is amazing. Learning so much!
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

Not all the information above applies to all of Antioch LA's graduate studies programs. I'm in the program for creative writing, which is low-residency. That means twice a year I attend seminars and workshops on campus, then do the majority of my work from home. The major drawback of this in terms of financial aid means that there is no opportunity for becoming a TA or a student teacher of undergrads, and tuition can be a bit rough. It's not very expensive for an out-of-state of graduate program, but the school and the program don't offer that much in the way of scholarships, either. The other thing I don't like as well as I might in a more traditional program is the seminars. To elaborate: I love the seminars. My problem is that you only take seminars during the residency, then go home and work with a mentor on individualized creative and critical projects. I enjoy academia to an extent and I would have enjoyed having one or two seminars to be semester-long in order to really plunge into some of the topics covered during residency seminars; I would love to go more in-depth with some of the mentors on these things. However, that said, I am learning plenty in my program. Because it's a less-traditional program than most, students range in age from immediately following undergrad school to retired people; the diversity is phenomenal, and the school actively works toward this. With its focus including social justice issues as well as academics, Antioch seems to understand the need for major shifts in society. So if you are an activist this is great place to come. Academics are judged not by grades, but by satisfactory - not-satisfactory. It takes pressure off, although in a strange way the lack of grades as well as the emphasis of doing so much work individually requires students to grow in our understanding of ourselves and our work. It's really fantastic. It is a more self-determined program than traditional formats and encourages self-growth and understanding at the same time it gets you writing and focusing on your creative work.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

I absolutely love Antioch University Los Angeles! The program is challenging and interesting and the fact that we have to do an immense amount of work on ourselves makes the program even better. The only con for me is that the location is 22 miles from my house so the commute is exhausting. Other than that, I highly recommend AULA to anyone seeking an undergraduate or master's degree in a socially conscious and diverse university!
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