Virginia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (101)
I had been going to VC since June 2007. I was enjoying taking classes from them up until the fall quarter of 2008. First, I keep getting letters about receiving assistance from the military due to I am a Veteran. I haven't been using any of my military money because I had a student loan. Next, I had enrolled for my spring quarter, and when I went to log in for those classes I couldn't get in.
Now this is 1 wk after winter quarter has ended. At that time that is when I called, and was told I was dropped due to my GPA. Mine you I was never told or talked to about my grades. They said I was sent a letter two days before the new quarter begain. To this day, I still have not receive a letter.
Also, every time you call to talk to your advisor it is a different person and they can't tell you anything because they don't even know what is going on. I would not recommend for you to go to this school.
I was attending VCO a short time ago, and it was nothing but problem after problem.
I got married right a week after enrolling, and prior to this I was told I would have no problem changing it over once I did, which is why I enrolled. SO the counselor tells me all I have to do is fax over a copy of the marriage certificate and a copy of my license or ID, I said ok thats fine. So I fax it and call them she says yes we got them but we needed a color exact copy of your license, which she failed to tell me the first time. Mind you it costs about $15 to do this, I know its not a lot of money but for someone who just got married and has kids the budget was really tight at the time. So I say no big deal I'll do it when I get the chance and have the extra money.
My next issue was with my transcript. I was told all I had to do was fax over my transcripts and they would take care of the rest...seems easy enough right? WRONG!! I call a few hours later, and they didn't get them yet she told me call tomorrow, so I did and they still didn't get them. So I gave them a few days to give them the benefit of the doubt. They STILL hadn't got them!! SO the next day I fax them again and spend more money doing so. I call them and of course they didn't get them!
SO I tell her listen I just took a course that I already took and I'm about to take three more classes that I already took so if you haven't got them by now I'm not going to waste more of my time and money. I already have problems with my loans and financial aid because you people couldn't update my files with my married name and my financial aid is already updated, so if you could please just drop me from all my courses it will be better off for all of us.
Funny thing is she puts me on hold and about 10 minutes later gets back on the phone and says we have your transcripts in the file but we need the official ones mailed....I got so mad at her I just freaked out! I was like listen you told me I had to FAX them to you, never once did you say anything about mailing them...its amazing how you just magicly found them after I complained. I said you just lost a student and you don't need to help me drop courses, now I'll let the two weeks pass and be automatically dropped from them, no need for you to do what you get PAID to do...then I hung up on her. I was soooo mad!
So anyways, I never got a call back...I think shes scared LOL!! But I got a bill in the mail saying I owe them $1000 which is total BS because I only took TWO courses and had financial aid...just another person I'm going to have to yell at obviously!!! AHHH the battle continues!!
My problem was VCO letting me take the classes my employer approved. My employer will only pay for classes that apply to my job. VCO told me I needed to take certain classes the first two quarters. I did not know my employer would not pay for the classes I took last quarter because they did not approve, and now I have to reimburse my employer for last quarter, which will come out of my paycheck.
VCO told me that they had policies and procedures, and that I needed to take certain subjects this quarter. My employer will only pay for what is approved, and I do not want to reimburse my employer. I would pay cash if I had it to avoid this frustration. The school tells you that they will take tuition assistance from an employer, but then they tell you the courses you can take. My instructors were helpful and I enjoyed the classes.
I agree with some of the previous posts. Many of my professors have been responsive and assist me in a timely manner. I have had several though that don't respond until 2 weeks later & seem like they have more things to do besides help you. Not to mention, they make excuses when they do not meet your questions or concerns adequately.
If you have a technical or financial issue, good luck on getting any help at all. Trying to call and get in contact with anyone for anything is difficult, if not impossible. You have to call or be transferred several times to get someone who can actually assist you with the issues you have. Many of the staff you attempt to call do seem unorganized, ignorant, and just incredibly rude when you finally do get someone.
While I am almost done with my courses for my degree, this whole process has been so incredibly frustrating, irritating, and aggravating. I highly recommend looking elsewhere for online courses. I am not sure if all online courses are this hideous and unorganized, but it is terrible if you have taken on campus classes before and try to deal with the staff at this college.
Hello everyone. I just finished with the summer quarter. It was exhausting, but I made it. My keyboarding instructor was amazing between the two of us we got the job done.
The email were on point. When I would send her an email it would not be long before I would receive a response. I passed this class and I am excited. I had to take it for the second time. It was not because I did not know the material. It was because I did not have the proper software for this class so I was told.
I sat here and watched my grade go down the tubes. I did not do that this time. The school provided us with a temporary file in order to get through the class. I don't know if the rest of the class benefited from that software but I know I did. I practically went from an "F" to a high "B" overnight. I was up day and night trying to get my grade to come.
I spent most of the semester trying to figure out why I could not do most of my assignments. I had to keep calling tech support and GDP. I believe I stayed on the phone with them most of the semester but it payed off. I am just about ready to wrap up my associates program up in a bag. I am working on my last year of school. I plan to go back in for the B.S. degree. It is too far away to tell right now. It depends on how I feel when I am done. My decision will be based off of two factors. My student account and my home life.
My ultimate goal for this degree will be to enter into the AIT program and work on getting my nursing home administrators license. We will keep our fingers crossed.
This is overall a good school. Most professors are great, and some are truly exceptional in terms of caring about individual students and their learning. There are a handful of professors who could care less about their jobs as teachers, though, and unfortunately, as someone else has said, you will definitely have that professor again if they are teaching within your major.
Classes are usually the same average difficulty, although there are those classes where half the students fail (usually taught by one of the above horrible professors), or classes that could be taken with your eyes closed. I can't say if the classes are as challenging as other universities, though, because this is the only college I have attended. But the math and science departments are very difficult and most likely as rigorous as any other liberal arts school.
The campus is small, so you'll always see a familiar face (which could be a blessing or a curse depending on how you see it). You will definitely meet people (even local students) who hate the surrounding town, so if you can't find ways to amuse yourself, or become severely depressed without malls or theaters to make it through a week, then a more urban college is certainly a better idea.
Most people here -are- cliquish, because most are locals who attend with the same group of friends from high school. Many are from other areas of Virginia, though, and most people are relatively friendly.
A word of advice: Don't cheat! This school is hyperfocused on cheating. Just the thought of cheating will almost send you to the "Honor Court," which almost certainly means expulsion, or if your lucky, suspension and a failed class.
Overall, as long as prestige isn't a factor, this is a good school to choose. Small (usually 15-25 people a class), average difficulty classes, semi-friendly students, and 95% of the professors are helpful and friendly.