Virginia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (104)
I just finished my classes at Virginia College Online this week. My degree was an Associates of Science in Criminal Justice. When I first started classes here in 2009, the school seemed to be similar to what my expectations were of it. The intro courses were relatively easy but still took a lot of time and patience as well as self-motivation to succeed. Right from the start I realized that online schooling is more difficult than on campus schooling because you are essentially learning completely on your own. Sometimes just a simple question that you might have could take days before it is answered which is very frustrating especially when you need to turn your work in. Most of the professors were very good and covered a lot of material in a short period of time.
There are a couple of professors that I did have that were extremely rude and only gave their students negative feedback every single week. It is almost as though they were comparing your knowledge to theirs which is completely unacceptable. These same professors where very hard to receive a good grade from as well. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA and in those classes with difficult teachers that were rude, I barely broke a 70 in their courses. Furthermore, they did not relate to my e-mails and simply did not care about their students. When I complained to the school about the professors, the school contacted the Dean of Criminal Justice who then in turn contacted me and pretty much told me that I was lying.
Although I was very irritated and frustrated with the way the situation was being handled, I sucked it up and finished school so that I could move on with my degree in hand. Other professors however seem to care very much for their students and take a great deal of pride in how their students feel about them and their professionalism. With my experienced with VCO, I noticed that their courses involve an immense amount of writing and research papers. I had atleast one or two 15-25 page research paper due every semester that proved to be very overwhelming at times especially when working a full time job. The amount of research papers the school pushes on to you almost makes it so that you are not learning but rather simply researching. At times this also proved to be frustrating. Also, they are expensive when compared to community college. I owe $36,000 for a 2 year degree, so you do the math.
Overall, the school is just another college. You get out of it what you put in to it. There are going to be good teachers and bad teachers as well as good days and bad days. Just prepare yourself for a lot of time spent in front of the computer and a lot of energy spent researching.
I hate to say, I have only been attending VC for six months and may have done the research a little late. VC is accredited through ACICS which means that credits will not transfer to any other college other than another VC or Phoenix. After talking with some of the instructors, they agree that the college is a joke. Their degrees aren't worth the paper they're printed on. I contacted some other reputatable colleges and they say that in most cases they turn down students just for attending VC, and the same goes for many employers who only laugh at the fact of VC on your resume.
For those of you who are attending this college, think about it. The classes are far to easy to be a real college level class, thats because classes are designed so that everyone passes.
I started going to VCO in Nov of 2010, here it is in Oct of 2011 and I am in my 4th term with a 3.75 GPA. The classes are easy,and I am not one to say I like school. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to go back to school online.
I have been a student at VC Online for 2 years and I have had nothing but good experiences with it. I originally went for an Associate's Degree in Healthcare Reimbursement but halfway thru decided to change my major to Medical Office Administration. I have had no problems switching majors and the staff have been extremely helpful and nice with every question that I have had. The tution is higher than a local community college but I also believe that the classes are more informative and in-depth. The old saying applies here...You get what you pay for!!!
I HAVE READ THESE AWFUL REVIEWS AND I AM SO SORRY PEOPLE HAVE HAD SUCH AWFUL EXPERIENCES. I,ON THE OTHER HAND ATTENDED VC,GOT MY DEGREE , AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING IN MY FIELD MAKING GOOD MONEY SINCE THEN. THE TUITION IS HIGH BUT, IF YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY THEN GO TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THE REVIEWS AS FAR AS ACCREDITATION IS CORRECT AND I AM WORKING WITH THE LOCAL CC TO GET MY CLASSES TAKEN BY THEM...FINGERS CROSSED
your financial planner told you that you needed to take out student loans it's because Pell grant only pays about $4500 a year. That doesn't cover tuition anywhere. Also, you signed a statement saying that you would take out student loans and agreed to the pay back conditions before you even started class. NO SCHOOL can lie to you about funds and still recieve federal funding. This is because you HAVE to sign approval for EVERYTHING by FEDERAL LAW!
NO school will promise to transfer credits and VC has at least 3-4 documents that YOU sign approving that. I have attended both a major University and VC and it was the same. If you start a class and drop it after the drop/add date then you owe the money to the school! What do you think? These schools work for free?! We are all adults and should act as such. Pay attention when you are investing in something so serious. From what I can tell those of you that have complaints are just ignorant and then try to put the blame off on someone else...just like the American way!
I have been with Virginia College for two years now. I have enjoyed every minute of it until recently when I was blocked from my classes. I dropped a class a few days after the drop date and their policy states that you wil still have to pay for that class. I was unaware of that when my ex-student adviser helped me drop that class and then start a new one in week three of the term. I would of been better off just failing that one class then I am now.
I have a 3.8 GPA and have been very diligent with my studies. I was told by a finacial planner (that I can never get a hold of), that I would be over awarded and the charge for a class I did not take would be taken care of. That has not happened and not only have I invested my families time and my time in this school, I am blocked three weeks into class. They recieve on average $5,000 or more between grants and student loans each term. I already have to pay over $12,000 back in student loans for a school that will just block me for something that was not of my doing. If I do not pay them, I will owe an additional $4,000 and most of my credits will not transfer.
This is no way to treat a student who has worked hard and is making the grades! Nobody talks to the other departments and you get the run-a-round about solutions to issue. They do not care about anything but the money.
Settle this once and for all... Go to the ACICS website, key in a state, ie ALABAMA... look at what colleges take these CREDITS, and I use that term loosely here....
Drake College ITT Tech Brown Mackie and of course Virginia College
So you can go to VC, then you can transfer to Brown Mackie, want that look good on that resume... maybe they throw you resume in the can a little slower..
Have been attending VCO for about a year and half, with that in mind I never had any problems what so ever. Coming from actually working in a school (higher education) people have the thought that all credits can be transferred, the reality of is, that no school is going to accept ANY credits that do not match with their CURRICULUM, that's a fact, please do further research if you need to. In order for ANY school to offer financial aid HAS to accredited, otherwise, you would have to pay cash. Virginia College is not a bad school, is a pretty good school, and has its problems just like any other school.