Student & Graduate Reviews
Anonymous - 6/25/2013
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 20012
"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."
Aleeta Collins - 4/14/2013
Graduation Year: 2013
"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"
Ashly - 3/4/2013
Degree: Office Management
"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."
Day - 10/16/2012
"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."
Cara A Nahabedian - 9/19/2012
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2013
"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."
Pepper - 8/22/2012
Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 0
"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."
billie - 8/17/2012
Graduation Year: 2013
"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."
Misty Boyd - 8/6/2012
Graduation Year: 2015
"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!"
Lisa - 6/13/2012
"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!"
Michelle Ott - 5/25/2012
Graduation Year: 2010
"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."