Virginia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (105)
I am about to graduate the criminal justice program. I found it very convient. However do not get me wrong even through it was convient to take the classes with my schedule; I found the class extremely challenging and informitive with the current state of our criminal justict system in all its aspects.
After wasting time and money at another school, I was reassured by the advisors and financial aid department that I was on the right track.
I started off as a full-time student or so I thought. After the third 11 week term I was switched without my knowledge to a part-time student. Because they put me at part-time student it push me from finishing an AA degree in 2 years to finishing in 3.5 years.
When I had a medical issue that almost cost me my life and needed time to recover and needed medical leave, I was told that there was no medical leave that I would have to withdrawal from school and then reapply. I knew that was not an option for me, so along with fight for my life, I continued my classes. When I was not able to complete a final in one of those classes because I was in a surgery, (they had all the paperwork to prove it), I appealed the decision that stated that I could not take the test after the class was closed. I got a zero on the final and just barely passed the course.
After talking to my advisor I was informed that I was getting yet another "new" advisor. Each term you get a new advisor, you never have the same one each term. To me it is too much.
Then each term it started to be problems with financial aid. Now it is problems with teachers that can't teach.
So in the long run, the problem with Virginia College... THEY ONLY WANT MONEY. They could care less if you are fighting for your life, have no money to give, and your teacher has no formal teaching in the subject that they are teaching you.
Before you spend your money with this school, find other schools and ask them questions that you think maybe stupid, but may happen later in life.
This site says tuition is 12,000 thats is not correct with interest I am going to be paying almost 30,000. They make you pay for courses that are learning about online and their school. Why should I have to pay for a class that has nothing to do with what I am going for. I wanted to take just one term off so I had time to get married and they made me drop out then said I had to pay to get reenrolled. Plus they dropped me from full time student to part time without my knowledge.
I have been lied to just to get my money ... I enrolled in the diagnostic sonography program to find out mid-semester when I finally received paperwork in the mail that they had me in the wrong courses.
I then found out that they didn't even offer the program I wanted in my area. They got my first semester's tuition & I now I am STILL sorting out all of the mess to try and get into a new college that DOES offer the correct program.
I wasn't told that NONE of the credits from Virginia College transfer ANYWHERE! What a crock! BEWARE!!!!!! Do not throw your money away here!
I enrolled in April 2009. I did everything I needed to stay in good standards in my courses. All went well until my Financial Aid became an issue from signing forms to finding out that they processed it to get all the government's money every session and not bill me (my part).
So now I am blocked out of class every two weeks because of a balance due. When I inquired about this, I was told that for the last four session I would need to pay over $1200.00 in order to stay in school. Tell me who can pay that type of expense and survive with times being as they are. I would not had a problem paying it just spread it out over each session would you think.
Only thing I can say is "IF YOU WANT TO BE SCREWED AND PAY THE COST OF IT. VIRGINIA COLLEGE ONLINE IS FOR YOU! You never will know what your graduation date is because it keeps changing. Costly lesson!
I have attended Virginia College for 3 1/2 years. The Associates program for Paralegal Studies was somewhat easy but most Associates Degrees are not on the hard side. I graduate and continued on for my Bachelors Degree in Paralegal Studies. The curriculum is completely different. Your electives are always going to be on the easy side but my law classes demand a lot of studying and complete attention. If you do not know your stuff there is no way that you are going to pass the Bachelors Program.
Yes, I have spent a lot of money to attend this college but I get to do it in the privacy of my own home and whatever time fits my schedule. I don't have to drive anywhere (which costs money in itself) and I can work a normal job without having issues with classes. The course work have almost tripled for my Bachelors Degree and the tests are never repeats. I have been to a community college where I have a different associates degree which was just as easy as Virginia College the only difference was at that time I had to take all night course drive 45 minutes to get there. An Associates Degree is better than no degree but if you really want to have a job making more money you need at least your Bachelors. If Virginia College wasn't any good I would not have been able to pass my certification for a Paralegal which is an extremely hard test.
I have had issues with two instructors but you are going to find that anywhere. Mostly every instructor is there to help you succeed and I will be done in December with my Bachelors Degree. Yes I have a lot of money in student loan debt but it is no more than if I went to a huge University. I have enjoyed my time at Virginia College and it has prepared me for my field.
Very easy courses tuition is to expensive.They ask for students to pay as little as ten dollars towards their tuition and they turn around send it back to you. The stipends checks are slow three to five hundred dollars.
Since I have started with VC online which has been since 2010 I have had many many problems with the financial department and over all the call center that take students calls, they continuely give out wrong information on student accounts from wrong postings to losing funds from careless mistakes on their part these errors have cost me my home and car and has made education from them a learning pain. I wouldn't recommand this to no one and if wasn't for the fact I'm due to graduate in the winter I would have been transfered to another school.
Do you want a huge student loan? Do you want your resume thrown in the garbage? Do you want to laughed at? Then go to a "for profit" university.
When I graduated highschool I saw the VC website and I was impressed with the way the school sounded and after talking to a rep from the school, I was impressed by the "fact" that the administration cared about the students and their education. I could not have been more wrong! What they neglect to tell you is that you once you begin VC, if you decide that you want to transfer, the majority of your classes will not transfer. That being said, if you transfer you practically have to start completely over and take the classes that you have already taken. They also tell you about their wonderful job placement.
My program director came into my criminal law class to lecture us on how the job placement for paralegal students is (as of 12/2011) only 30%!!!! That is horrible and unacceptable on the administration's part! I will graduate in March 2012. My program director had completed 10 schedules as of October 2011. When I went in to see her in October to get my schedule for the next term I told her how excited that I am to be in my last semester and I also told her that an Attorney that I knew was going to let me start my extern with him in 3 days. You are required to do an extern your last semester. She informed me that I was not in my last semester because I had more classes to take than were allowed per 1 semester.
Since I signed up with VC my graduation date has always been December 2011. She then told me that I could not do my extern this term and that I was going to have to attend class until March 2012. Her excuse was that she had just casually forgot those other 4 classes! I told her that my last day at my job was in a week and I had to go to work for the Attorney. The Attorney was waiting on my extern to start to hire me. The Program Director's reply was "You're welcome! You can still work for the Attorney, and you don't have to pay us for it since it's not an extern." I finally got my schedule straight, by adding the extra term. The fall term ended 2 weeks ago so it was time to get my last schedule.
The Program Director completed my schedule and told me what my classes were, after 1 week of me emailing and calling her. I asked her several times if she was sure that all my classes are on the schedule and none were forgotten. She assured me that they were all there. I checked the catelog and found another class was left off. Again, her response was that she had forgotten it. This would have made me go until June 2012. I was told that it was fixed twice by her. It was not fixed so I called again and was told to contact the registar to have her put in the class. She went several days without returning my calls then told me that it would be on my schedule the next morning. Of course, it was not. I called the corporate office and filed a formal complaint then called the registar again. She told me that she had other things to do and did not have time to correct my schedule. Once I told her that I would just call corporate back and add it to my complaint, she had it fixed in 5 minutes.
When you pay your tuition the Westlaw program is included in that fee. It is a very expensive neccessity to paralegal studies. There are still students that are graduating this term that have never had it. I went to the program director about the lack of Westlaw about 75% through my courses and asked her about it. I got absolutely no where with her, so I talked to some of the teachers about it. They told me to go to the dean and let her know. I went to the dean, who at first refused to speak to me. She was livid that I had even brought the issue to her! Her excuse was that she school didn't have the money for Westlaw. When I asked her where the money that we pay for Westlaw was, she said that it was used for other things. Why do we pay for Westlaw if the money is not being used for it.
The best thing about VC has to be the Teachers. They are very knowledgable about the subjects that are being taught and are very nice. The Financial Planning Dept. is also a good thing about the school. They are on top of things as they schould be and are very easy to work with. The Administration is a completely different story. They are rude, careless, and extremely unorganized. Your program director should NEVER forget classes! If you are considering VC please reconsider! It is a huge and very costly mistake. If you do attend VC constantly check your schedule against the catelog and do not take the word of your program director.