Virginia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (101)
When I began my MS program at VC, it was very thorough and a challenging program. I found myself studying night and day and constantly felt challenged. The exams were timed so the moment I clicked "begin" the timer began counting down. Once it reached "0" it closed the test down regardless of how much I had completed. In other words-I had to actually know the material. Additionally, the tests were very difficult. One had to know the material in order to pass the classes. At the time, the school was listed as a "not for profit" institution. When I was within a semester or two of graduating, something changed. Suddenly the time limits on exams went away. The questions sank to grade school level. I literally remember questions such as "What is the quote on page 100 of your textbook from a former President of the United States?" I remember another question: "What is the name of the text book for this course?" This was bewildering considering this was supposed to be graduate school level work. After some research, I learned that the school had changed its status from "not for profit" to "for profit." Since I was within a semester of graduation, I stuck with it and completed the program. In my finial semester, I literally didn't open a book and still graduated with a 4.0 GPA. I went from 20-30 hours per week of studying to just logging in to complete the exams and discussion questions-less than an hour per week. As disgusted as I was; I was within a semester of graduation. I graduated in 2008 and was fortunate enough to have a job that treated education as a check list requirement. Meaning: my boss doesn't care what I studied in college and grad school. The only thing that matters is that I have a degree. But it should be pointed out that I was unsuccessful in finding a job related to the MS I received from VC. When I utilized the job assistance program for graduates, they asked for a copy of my resume. I submitted and was advised to change "Virginia College" to "Virginia College Online." This stellar advise was apparently the only thing holding me back from getting the good jobs. When I initially contacted VC about enrolling in their MS program, I had to be interviewed by the department head. After the interview he informed me that he felt I needed some undergrad level courses in my area of study before getting into the grad level stuff. This was a good sign to me. In my two and half years at VC, the first ~two years were very fulfilling. Then it changed to for profit and the school was/is garbage. Save your money. Go to a real school. I now have a $40,000 piece of useless paper. Luckily I went to a real college for undergrad and have military experience in a different field. So I was able to get a good job. However my success can in no way be attributed to this joke of a school.
I GRADUATED FROM VIRGINIA COLLEGE IN 2OO8. I NEVER GAIN EMPLOYMENT AND THE JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES JUST SENDS OUT YOUR RESUME. I APPLIED WITH SEVERAL EMPLOYERS. WHEN THE QUESTION WAS ASKED WHERE DID I ATTEND SCHOOL THEY DIDN'T HIRE ME. OTHER EMPLOYERS REQUIRED THAT I HAD A YEAR OF EXPERIENCE. AFTER NO LUCK I GAVE UP ON THE CAREER. NOW I WAS TRYING TO RECERTIFICATION THEY'RE SAYING G THE SCHOOL WASN'T ACCREDITED. I'M IN DEBT PAYING BACK THIS $26,000 LOAN AFTER ALL THE INTEREST WAS ADDED. GOING THERE WAS A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE BUT A HUGE LOST IN THE END
I wanted to make a career change and enrolled in the medical assistant program at Virginia College. I was impressed when told that instructors were dedicated to their students' success. By the end of the first week of classes, I realized I'd made a big mistake. I had the same instructor for two classes and his "lectures" were reading from the textbook. The first "test" was identical to the study sheet provided two days before the "test." My math instructor breezed through the material so fast that I could not keep up and when I expressed concern to her, she said "Read the textbook and you'll be fine." Are you serious? That's dedication to my success? That's teaching? I asked about the tutoring she said she offered on the first day of class. Her response was that she was available for one hour one day a week ---- but only if five students needed tutoring. Are you serious? That's dedication to my success? I withdrew immediately and was actually shocked that I received in full the money I'd paid before the start of classes.
I was attending the online course. I did not graduate, I dropped out after I found out that they are not recognized by any paralegal organizations, NFPA, NALA,BAR, and CAPA The teacher was a joke. Do yourself a favor and look else where for a school.
I am currently in my third semester at Virginia College. My only complaint is the lack of communication between students and professors. The professors do not respond to emails or questions on the Q & A board. If I am asking a questions regarding an assignment and I do not receive a reply how am I supposed to submit the assignment on time especially if the links for certain materials needed for the assignment aren't working.
The customer service SUCKS. This is by far the worse school ever. They could care less about their students. Save your money! I have emailed my advisor L. several times with no reply. The grades OFTEN grade wrong on quizzes and exams that are pre-graded A-D, I have had to email professors SEVERAL TIMES about things being graded wrong due to the 'system.'
I attended Virginia College in Georgia and started out in the Medical Billing & Coding certificate program and decided to continue and finish with an Associates Degree in Healthcare Reimbursement. Overall my experience was a positive one. I graduated both times at the top of my programs and really achieved a sense of pride in being able to stay committed and follow through. As any student knows schools are challenging and everyone has their own opinions on how things are presented/conducted, but they never take in account that not every institute or instructor is at their own personal beckoning call. Virginia College has multiple campus' and the curriculum is the same throughout, unfortunately, with that being said the instructors are tied down and not able to make necessary changes in their own classes. We questioned how the main campus came up with the programs curriculum and if the ones making these choices were even people experienced in our field or just suit and tie in a cubical/office deciding what looks good. The staff and instructors were, to me, well educated in the sections they taught, but I stayed active in attending the "the town meetings" and becoming a Student Ambassador to be sure that I knew what was going on and any issues I had were voiced. The school has uniforms for every program and occasional dress down times, which people still violated and were not reprimanded when needed according to the school policy which caused friction and confusion. Also the attendance policy needs to seriously be reevaluated and there are mandatory surveys...a lot of those. You are limited to take a max of 12 credits per quarter (3 classes). I see how this helps to keep students from getting overwhelmed, however there were times I knew I could take an extra class and still have been able to accomplish everything else I had going on outside of school. The career center is helpful in aiding with resumes and job opportunities and can continue to help you in networking after you finish school, as well as, utilizing other campus centers should you move. Your books are included in the tuition so no opportunity to possibly get them used somewhere else and there is no buy back on campus. If you are planning to transfer out be sure to check transferring credits as I have heard VC's credits don't transfer well. If you are positive and motivated take the time to tour the campus and talk with other students to get their personal feedback before deciding if this is the school/campus for you and also they offer online classes.
Best decision I have made for my life! In doing both the pastry and culinary programs at Virginia College, I feel more than ready to go out into the world and begin my career! I gained knowledge in doing something I love to do but also gained confidence and self-esteem in myself to know I can accomplish whatever I put my mind to. The instructors were knowledgeable but also very supportive when I needed it. I graduated in October 2015 from Pastry Arts and will be graduating July 2016 from Culinary Arts. I can't thank Virginia College enough for all the support that they have given me throughout this experience; everyone including the staff and student counselors! I know that if I ever need to talk with someone that they are only a phone call away, even after I graduate. Again, this is the best decision I have made for my life! Thank You Virginia College!
I was excited to start school, but when I graduated I did not feel like I was adequately prepared for my field. We were never offered an internship, for our technology in the law office course we had none of the technology being taught about to get hands on experience, the quality of students left a lot of questions about screening processes, and there were instances of cheating that teachers knew about where nothing was ever done about.
BEST SCHOOL EVER. STAFF WORKS WITH YOU IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK AND GET MY RN DEGREE. HAS PREPARED ME FOR AN OUTSTANDING CAREER AND IMPROVED MY SOCIAL SKILLS. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING, YOU COULD ALWAYS TALK TO SOMEONE ON CAMPUS. SONIA E. 2016 GRADUATE