Virginia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (115)
If you are looking for a good online program, this is NOT the school to choose. Not only is there no real instruction and you are basically teaching yourself, the school is not accredited, which means that if for any reason you need to transfer to another school, or if you want to continue on to another degree, your classes will not transfer. When I applied for this school, I did ask if they were accredited and I was told yes. So also be prepared for them to lie to you, just to get your business. They are a for profit college, which means they will try to get money from you in every way possible. I was an online student only and I was being charged fees as if I were living on a campus somewhere, and that is money that I just cannot get back. As for the professors, be prepared to be accused of plagiarism and copying and pasting in your papers, unless it is anything except the most basic of information, so make sure to find sources for information you already know. All in all, if you choose to go to attend Virginia College, do your research. They have a low retention and graduation rate for a reason. There is little to no career planning or help once you graduate. And be prepared to teach yourself the information in each class, as there is little to no instruction, with the exception of power points, and 1 or 2 questions on a discussion board.
My experience at Virginia College in Columbia was a great one. The instructors was informative, nice, & they address your problems & listen to your concerns. My Pharmacy Director was the best. Shes friendly & straight forward her door was always open to her students. Only problem I was financial over my military GI Bill at the beginning but once squared away everything was fine.
DO NOT GO TO THIS COLLEGE!!!!!!! Am I bitter?....YES! They lied right from the start! The Surgical tech Program Director was mean, nasty and hateful and let those go thru that SHE wanted to let thru. She did not at the time, even have a degree but a certificate of completion. I am stuck with 74,000 Yes, THOUSAND dollars in student loans and no degree and working as a shuttle bus driver. Go figure!. I was the Surg Tech student President, Student Advocate, had a 3.94 GPA while enrolled and witnessed 2 Director changes 3 Dean, and 2 President changes while at the school. I had to file a formal complaint just to get accepted into the internship program because the Director said I was not capable even though I was a student tutor in Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, ENT sterile technique and procedures!.....While at the college, I served on several committees and advocated for the college on many levels and volunteered on the graduation committee overseeing several ceremonies but not my own!. Several programs that were there when I was there are no longer there, 90% of the staff that was there have left. Most fired because they had an enrollment quota to keep and if they could not enroll a certain number of students a MONTH, they were fired! The professional staff started engaging in at work affairs causing several problems with students and instruction. I could go on about this school. I have notice that the parking lot has become more and more vacant since I left so I guess people are getting the word.
I am a single mother and I managed to continue my education in the Cosmetology field. Virginia college is a wonderful school. The teachers take their time with you. They work with your speed of learning. THis school has taught me so much and Im grateful that I attended.
THEY HAVE THE WORSE INSTRUCTOR, THERE INSTRUCTOR DRESS BAD THEY DONT KNOW ANYTHING EACH QUATER GETS WORSE AND WORSE THEY DONT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION CORRECT THEY TAKE MORE BREAK THEN YOU BE IN CLASS, ITS ALRIGHT TO HAVE FUN BUT WAIT TIL BREAK , IM AT THE ONE IN AUGUSTA , GEORGIA . THEY WORRY ABOUTYOU WEARING THERE UGLY UNIFORM THEN TEACHING ANYTHING TO ME THEY THERE FOR THE MONEY AND NOT TO EACH.AND SOME OF THE THING THEY SUPPOSE TO DO BEFORE YOU LEAVE THAT CLASS THEY DONT DO , THEY DONT HAVE YOUR SUPPLY ON TIME BOOKS COME A WEEK OR TWO LATE . AND TO EXPENSIVE.........
All I can say is that I wish I researched before I enrolled in this school. I did receive an Associate's in Human Resources. I am now enrolled in Park University. Park did not take ANY of my credits from Virginia College. They applied credits I received from REAL colleges 15 years ago but would not take them from VC. I did 20 years in the military and I had credits from various schools because I moved a lot. The other factor is that VC would not apply any of my credits from other schools. That was their way of getting more money. Anytime someone tells me they are thinking of VC...I tell them to try another school.
I would not recommend Virginia College in Huntsville,Al to any one. The teachers are hired of the street with little or no teaching experience. You can count on over paying and teaching yourself. Everyday there was a new problem and if you have a problem don't count on being helped. If I had to do over again I would NOT have went to school at Virginia College.
I have been at this college online for a year. So far, it has been really hard. The professors don't really "teach". If you are looking at going online, consider doing this on your own. Because you will receive no help from the professors. I have honestly been looking at switching to another college.
The cosmotology program, when you start your first class they teach you hair cuts and up do's, and you don't get to go over it again til your working in the shop at near end of program. If your a slow learner like me, you need tutors and they need to teach it more, going over five different hair cuts just one time is not good enough. And there some chapter test if you fail two, they make you feel bad because you start that class over. They put lot of unnesasay stress on you.
TO ALL WHO THINK VC HAS THE ANSWER!!!! I have just finished my associates of applied science degree in network engineering. I am a military student and I would have to say it has been a really rough road. Financial aid is horrible. They are no help at all the try any way possible to confuse you and over charge. Just found out that they have been charging me as if I was taking 12 credit hours when I was only taking 8 this has went on for 2 quarters. Then they are always submitting my tuition amount to the VA lesser then what it actually is (Which by the way is $4,897 for 12 credit hours). At first the quality of education was good then corporate started changing stuff and we lost some teachers. Now its all money and no education. Thank god for text books and LabSims. I have never seen such a mindless place in my life how they get away with it I don't know. Like I said I am military and I now know I was recruited. They don't care about you only your money. The tuition has rose over $200 in the past 2 years $1000 in the past 5. I and many others have submitted complaints to the corporate office during quarterly reviews and nothing has happened. I urged any military student(We make up 80% of the school.) that is going to VC and having unresolved problems to submit your complaints to http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/feedback.asp. To all the others go to the BBB and the department of EDU. its time they are stopped.