Virginia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (99)
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
It was a good program I enjoyed most of the staff. I loved the lab classes but I think we should've did more labs instead of learning out of the books. I also think that the staff should teach a little more instead of you trying to figure stuff out on your own.
Going to school and working full time. I was able to switch between day and night classes for some of the courses. The teachers were understanding and very helpful. My program direct was tough but just wanted to see you succeed. Financing and other departments were helpful.