Virginia College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (105)
Have been attending VCO for about a year and half, with that in mind I never had any problems what so ever. Coming from actually working in a school (higher education) people have the thought that all credits can be transferred, the reality of is, that no school is going to accept ANY credits that do not match with their CURRICULUM, that's a fact, please do further research if you need to. In order for ANY school to offer financial aid HAS to accredited, otherwise, you would have to pay cash. Virginia College is not a bad school, is a pretty good school, and has its problems just like any other school.
I attended Virginia college and one the 1st things I asked was were they accredited the recruiter told me yes and that I would have no problem transferring credits. Well let me tell you that you that the credits that you can transfer don't even equal 1 credit hour at all of the schools I spoke to.
I went there once for a buss degree and then started again for a degree in networking I got fed up when my teacher spent most of the class discussing his boats and cars instead of preparing us for the tests. Well when I went to change schools I discovered that a. I couldn't get my grades transferred from my previous degree because I went back again and they said I owed them a thousand dollars for withdrawing now keep in my I was only taking the one course at this time. B. After speaking to enrollment councilors at Hinds, Holmes, Bellhaven and other schools that the credits couldn't transfer anyway so what was the point. So now here I am starting school all over again with loans that amount to more than I would pay at a 4 year college.
The teaching was mediocre in a lot of the classes and even though I have an associates most companies don't give much credit to a degree from VA college. I got royally screwed.
Please do not use Virginia College or Virginia College One Line as yor main source of education. It is largely over priced, and when they say they have the s students education and welfare in mind, they lie. Well they may have it on their mind but that is as far as it goes.
I urge anyone considering attending this school to realize it is FOR PROFIT and exists primarily to make a buck. I feel learning is secondary.
I was shocked by the surly nature of some of the staff and by behaviors that were tolerated in what passes for "classes". I doubt the business world takes persons who hold degrees from schoold like this seriously. I know I don't, and I attended here!
I started at VCO about a year and a half ago. My financial advisor signed me up for loans that i did not approve and I told him that I did not want a student loan just the financial aid. And he told me I had to have the student loans. I have been to school before and never have I been told I HAD to have a student loan. It was always a option. So I signed up and started and finished my first quarter. I never received any check for the amount that was owed to me. I received a form toward the end of my first quarter, stating what I would be given back. Which once I received it, I was going to turn around and pay on the loan.
The second quarter started and I still had not received anything. So I call to talk to my financial aid advisor. Left message after message, sent emails. etc. Still no response. Finally after a week of this He sends me an email stating, your check is in the mail. Thats it. Well it wasn't. So finally I found a different number to call and spoke to them, and that was when i found out I had been signed up to receive some other loan that i never athorized. I told them NO i do not want it. The supervisor of my financial aid advisor was supposed to call me because I wanted to file a complaint and of course no one did. Then I finally get a check which was less than half of what it was supposed to be.
So when I call them back again, they tell me not only is that all I am getting, but I still owe them 1600 bucks!!!! Now total between my financial aid, student loans, I had about 14,000 for the year. I was only taking 3 classes. Now you tell me with all aid I got. How I can still owe the school $1600.00?? I spoke with a lawyer about this and I am waiting to hear back to possibly file charges of fraud on this school. <
p>Once i told them not to contact me anymore, that I would contact them once I heard back from my lawyer, my phone was ringing off the hook. But before that, I could hardly ever get anyone on the phone. I guess they thought I was some fresh out of high school kid who didn't know anything about college. (I'm 29 and have already been to a on campus school)PLEASE, IF YOU ARE THINKING OF ATTENDING THIS SCHOOL. READ THE REVIEWS FIRST. I DID NOT DO THAT, AND NOW IM STUCK WITH OWING A LOT OF MONEY. DON'T ATTEND THIS SCHOOL!!!
I just currently graduated this month with my Associates in Criminal Justice from Virginia College. I took classes online and on campus. Even though I was not completely satisfied with the school it was still an alright school. And for the people that are saying you can't go to a real four year college with a degree from VCO, then you need to do some research yourself. Any university that is ACICS accredited will except your credits. You can access a list of these schools from the ACICS website. These universities are located all around the U.S., mostly in the south east/west. However, they are real universities that provide online classes.
I AM PRESENTLY GETTING PREPARED TO FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST Virginia College for discriminating against me for having a medical illness. Virginia College fired me immediately after they received documentation from my doctor that I was a diabetic. This though process should tell you that their ethics are not for the sake of the individual but for the College.
Their progrsms are overpriced and their credits do not transfer to all schools, previous graduates have had trouble finding jobs mdue to the accredition and some programs do not meet guidelines for certain program certification exams. Do not be fooled about their "Student First" philosophy. Admission Associates work in a high pressure atmosphere with the emapsis on "making the sale."
For everyone who keeps saying that this school is not accredited, you need to do some more research. Virginia College is accredited through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, and they are licensed by the U.S. Department of Education. The reason it is difficult to transfer credits is because each of the courses taught there is specifically geared toward the career oriented degrees they offer. And if you happen to get one bad instructor, that is no reason to dismiss the school all together. Most of the instructors there are great, but a few are not so great. You would encounter that at any college.
I am in my second quarter at Virginia College, and I love it. The faculty and staff are extremely helpful and all have open door policies. There are resources, such as a learning success center and tutoring, that are available to help you with anything you might be struggling with. Yes it does cost more than a community college, but it is well worth it. You walk away with a degree that is specific to the career you hope to have, and they assist you in finding a job once you have completed school. They make no guarentees that they will find you a job, but they do everything they can to help. And, if you lose your job down the road, they will help you find another. It is a serious school for people who are serious about persuig a career. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
I posted earlier backing 100% Virginia College Online. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools recognizes this institution.
Do not be steered away from this school due to one sided opinion. It is a good school and is one that afford anyone a chance for a stable and financially secure future.
Pulled from the website for reiteration....
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