Virginia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (107)
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.
I attend VC in Birmingham, Alabama. This school is a joke. It's like an expensive high school! I definitely would not recommend the respiratory program to anyone. It's not worth your time nor money!!!
I love the smaller classes. My advisor rocks. She is always there to help.great school
Overall I did great in the classes, I really out a lot of time into the classes to make the best grades. However, some of the instructors were not helpful at all. The instructors had guidelines to follow, which meant completing one paper, get feed back on it, to redo it for another assignment to be turned in and have it corrected from the first rough draft. I found numerous times we would never receive the first copy back in time to turn in a revised paper. The staff is constantly changing, I have never had the same advisor more than one term. I never got straight answers, just the run around. It is also VERY EXPENSIVE. The icing on the cake was when my last course of externship came about. My externship coordinator found me a site, it was 7 hours away from where I live. I am not driving 7 hours, 2 days a week to do an externship. . I was told my only option was to withdraw and find one before the next semester. Two semesters later, I have finally found one on my own (an externship site). Thousands of dollars later, and 3/4 of a year pass when I was suppose to graduate, I had no choice but to find a site to complete the degree because my credits were not trasnferrable.
Virginia college is very expensive they do not give you an itemized bill i took out 2 loans and filled for financial aid and i still owe them 400 dollars for 3 classes... You have to go by what they say... For every 1-2 hours of class you have to have 4 hours of homework for each class! so if you have a job or kids its going to be very difficult for you...
Stay away from this school. Just trying to help the next person in line here. I almost done with my associates in network engineering and I regret even going. They take all your monies and they do not in any way assist you. I will say this though, I have always had a really good advisor and she was nice and worked to help me any way possible but that was the only good thing about this school. As far as price, its too expensive and if you are to be getting a refund/stipend then think again. They do not give you anything and they give you the run around the entire time about your account. They owe me as a credit in the amount of 741.00 and I have not seen a dime of that money and probably never will. The student portal is a joke and some of your information is wrong and the leger card information is a joke as well. Nothing is shown for you to understand and thats their goal; to keep you confused the entire time while pocketing your monies.
Online school by itself is not easy, an online school with instructors that are working full-time jobs and do not have the appropriate time to spend teaching an entire course is not only difficult, but frustrating. A handful of instructors, which is one too many for me, have brushed off my questions and gave me the bare minimum of guidance. I ask questions and challenge the grades I receive on assignments and I am met with sarcasm and annoyance. I would say 20% of the instructor's at VCO were actually very involved in the online class and they were more than happy to help when you asked questions.
I would choose the same degree because it is in the medical field and I would have stability and security with a position in this area of work. I would not choose to go to Virginia College again because a majority of the instructors I have corresponded with are lazy and insincere.
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This school is a huge joke. Everything about it sucks. They are just out to get your money. The people there to help, like your advisors, are pitiful, and I can't believe they get paid to be as bad as they are. Some of the instructors are nice and smart, but on a whole this place is something you should avoid! No one should enroll here. Let this school die a slow miserable death, which is fully deserves.
Getting a degree doesn't help with employment. I graduate next month and employers don't seem to be interested in an Associates Degree from VCO.
I attempted to transer my credits to an on campus university and literally not one credit was transferable. Considering the classes are going to be some of the same ones I am now going to have to repeat, surprised me. The actual classes and instructors were really good at VCO, but don't expect to transfer credits or have employers look at it as if you went to a "real" school.
Their financial aid office also takes weeks to get back to you if you start in the Spring because they only have one person working FA during that time for some reason. Overall, it is money you have to pay back with no help for your future.
I have been on the President's List every semester, so I'm still hopeful. P.S. If you want help with employment, go directly to the ground campus. The online employment search is associated with the school, but is not run by the school nor anyone who works for it. It's no different than going to Careerbuilder. Good Luck