Virginia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (105)
I am a current student at VCO. Most of my courses at VCO I have had no problems with. When I started at VCO one of the questions I asked was if all the instructors had a phone number to contact if there was a problem I needed solved. I was assured they did. I just finished my second term and I ran in to a problem with one of my Criminal Justice course this man is the worse instructor I have ever had. His instructions for assignments were to vaige and if you sent him an e-mail to clarify he would tell you to do the work as it says. I had a problem where one of my quizzes didn't post it took him 7 weeks to get the quiz reset so I could take it again.
I requested in the 3rd week to be transferred out of his class. Admissions agree to transfer me to a different class. I had to go all the way up the admissions food chain to get them to agree. Then the registration department say I had to stay in his class and I was not nice about it at all. I was really mad about it. My admissions adviser was great she really tried to help. But my student adviser sucked. she had taken this instructors course and liked so she was not really to help me it got so bad I quit dealing with her and would only deal with my Admissions Adviser. I DO NOT RECOMMENDED this school!!!
I was enrolled at VC Online for a year, but withdrew because I didn't feel I was learning anything. I received the books, was told read chapters ##-## and post to discussions. I can self teach a lot cheaper than this.
I received over $13000 in financial aid, and was just informed that I owed $300 (tuition was on $11000, and informed after I decided to transfer). Now for my new school I cannot get my transcripts so I have basically given $13000 to VC Online. Please reconsider going here, you will probably regret it.
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.