Virginia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (105)
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
From the very beginning I have had an amazing amount of trouble with this school. They are almost impossible to get on the phone you just leave messages with people who never get back to you. When I was trying to enroll I wanted to do the Accounting program but the admission lady I spoke with convinced me that it was a horrible program and I should just do Office Management. When I told her no she assured me that I could change my program later if I was still sure.
From there it became a nightmare in the financial department. They had me enrolled before they even found out if I would be covered by financial aid. A month into my first 3 courses is when they called and said I still owed some money. I covered the debt because I was already started. They didn't give me a choice.
In the middle of the year I asked to be reduced to one class for the term because I was working full time and my company is very busy during the summer. It took me 3 weeks to talk to someone about my courses. I sent numerous emails and made at least 2 calls a day only to find out my student adviser had quit shortly after I was enrolled. Instead of reducing my course load they increased it and then suspended me because I could not keep up. They still charged me for the classes that I had only been in for 2 weeks even though I didn't sign up for them.
I completely gave up on Virgina College and tried to get my transcripts but I could not reach anybody. I left messages and sent emails but the only call I got back was from a collection agency telling me I owed over $2000 to the school on top of what I owe for my student loans.
Now I can't go to any school because Virginia College swindled me. They are nothing but a bunch of cons from Alabama.
Save yourself the headache and trouble. I just enrolled this quarter and now I regret it. You never know anything about you funding and if everything as far as classes were covered unless you look into it yourself.
I was enrolled in three classes by them and come to find out on my own i was only covered cost wise for two so when i called them and asked them about it they gave me the run around and later i discovered that they dropped me from one class.
They didnt even bother to call me about it first and the sad part was that it was a class i worked the hardest in and i had just completed a assignment for and did all the discussion work for. It really upset me how they do business and to be honest I dont even want to continue going to this sorry school. I am now researching other school because I am indeed going to transfer.