Virginia College Reviews - CLOSED

2.54 out of 5 stars
(119 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $22,600
47% of 119 students said this degree improved their career prospects
32% of 119 students said they would recommend this school to others
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April - 3/25/2009
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"All I can say is that this school is terrible! They ran through the paperwork and after 3 quarters there, they dropped me and told me that I owe them 2,000 dollars! DO NOT GO HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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Angela - 3/13/2009
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"I am working on my associate's degree and no one seems to care at this school once they receive all of your financial aid. They have had several teacher quit midterm, web site problems and no one seems to know what is going on with the new system. Also I can find no one who will accept the school's credits, so I am stuck with a big bill for nothing."
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Maria Primas - 3/9/2009
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"This is my last year attended, but this has been a very bumpy road. When you make contact by phone no one can assist you, but when you owe them money you can always get the information you need to where to send the money. I've been here for two years and just found out this year that I had an advisor. Now that is very sad."
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Connie Burke - 1/8/2009
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"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."
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Layne - 10/13/2008
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"This school is an absolute nightmare in my opinion. If you have any administrative issues whatsoever, you will never experience such frustrating, ignorant, incompetent individuals in your entire life. You can e-mail as many student services advisors as you want, even the dean of students, and NO ONE WILL RETURN YOUR CALLS OR ANSWER YOUR E-MAILS. I have taken 6 classes with this school....what a waste!!! I must say, however, that every professor I had was extremely diligent in answering questions and being involved with their class. However half of the time, the school's system isn't running properly and you can't log into classes at crucial times, or you'll hire a proctor that they require to take placement exams and you'll get online and the links for the exams won't even be there on the site! You'll then call to try to rectify the situation, it will take 2 weeks to get a hold of anyone competent enough to fix the problem, and then just when you think the problem is fixed and you go to take the exam again, the link is STILL NOT THERE. This is a just an example of a few minor problems that have surfaced. For me to get into my entire experience with this school would take two years and require me to write a novel. Here's my advice....stay FAR away from this school!!! You will never be as frustrated with anyone in your entire life as you will be with their faculty."
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Cara H - 10/7/2008
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"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."
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Mrs. Jemison - 9/26/2008
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"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."
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Jared - 7/14/2008
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"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."
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NO NAME - 6/10/2008
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"I took classes online with VCO. The course work was ok, however, the majority of the students did not seem prepared for college level work. This created extra work when placed into forced group assignments. There were many who either did not participate at all but still got the grade of those that did the work; or the ones who did participate but not at college level thus bringing down the grade of others in the group. Then there is the policies...they change them without giving any notice - no postings, emails or anything. When you are trying to utilize a program and have started the registration for it only to have it removed without any notice that it was going to be removed and no appeal process, leaves a bad feeling.The professors were ok but always seemed to have other things to do and many were not responsive to email within a reasonable time to enable completion of work assignments."