Student & Graduate Reviews
Celeste G - 1/8/2016
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
"I would absolutely NOT recommend this school to ANYONE. Here is an honest review from a student ;) Ive had so many problems with this school, one of them being the medical coordinator Mrs C.. she does not care about her students. One of my friends had HER SCHEDULE CHANGED WITHOUT HER KNOWING. Keeping her in a specific teachers class room because she was so smart and got good grades, to make his class look good because of her. I had Mr, T. for Law and Ethics and we didn't do NOTHING! It was a waste of the 50$ per class when people are just sitting there on their phones, and the medical club students disappearing from class for AWHILE and still passing with an A, when us who actually tried and did our work barely can get a B or C. Although my friend went to Ms. C.with this problem, she didn't do anything because T. is funding the medical club, which C. loves dearly. I graduated in july of 2015. It Is now JANUARY 2016. and I have still not received my diploma. I've called many times only to be transferred to a voicemail . This school is pure favoritism. go to SOUTHWEST UNIVERSITY. TRUST ME AND YOU WILL THANK ME LATER. VISTA SOUNDS SO PROMISING BUT TAKE THIS FROM A STUDENT WHO ACTUALLY WENT THERE. (EL PASO CAMPUS/ MONTANA/BROOK HOLLOW)"
InformationTechnology Student - 11/6/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I'm a returning student and I have been studying at Vista College, College Station, Texas for a few semesters. Formerly I studied at the local community college and a semester at Texas A&M. I would like to respond to the first review about the Killieen campus by stating that I'm sorry that the reviewer had such a bad experience. He might have had the same experience at many local community colleges and well regarded universities and I suppose that's why dropout rates are so high across the state, especially during the first 18 months. Regarding attendance policy, at least in Vista College Station, a student according to State Government rules may miss up to 20% of classes without issue. After that, they are put on probation and must at least attend at least 80% of the next semester's classes or will be expelled for 10 weeks. If they are stricter in Killeen it is probably because a 4 hour day of class at Vista is like missing 1.3 weeks of class at a traditional college. My teachers have been very flexible with my grading but I have seen student who were caught plagiarizing papers get extremely angry when confronted. A a traditional college students are supposed to get 2 hours of homework for every one hour of class time. It's unusual for a teacher to assign more than the minimal amounts since because of the superior schedule most students work or have family. Here are some pros and cons of our campus: Pros: Single, easy to get to building with great parking Small class size Corporate style setting with good labs Friendly staff and students Many mature students. Average age in some of my classes was 40 years old. Diverse student body. Concerned, colorblind, helpful professors. Just the most important courses, profession oriented courses plus only 2 general education courses (regular colleges have to offer 75% general education course (not counting college preparatory classes) during freshman and sophomore years) You will graduate in 18 months and not 5 years it normally takes to graduate from a four year college. Majors designed and targeted at fields where there are many jobs. Technically experienced instructors. The whole purpose of the programs is to train you to become a capable employee and not a professor or graduate student. You are trained as a cohesive class that progresses through the program together and takes care of each other. Anyone who does not have a lot of work, family, or personal problems tying them down can flourish Well designed courses, and course materials.. Cons: The high cost relative to state funded colleges (and less so private one.) High turnover of professors and staff. (To keep costs low, Vista offers few benefits and no security to most educators) Inconsistent quality of instructions (It is difficult for Vista to find and retain instructors who are experts in the workplace and outstanding educators. On the other hand professors and not graduate students do the teaching) A certain number of students who are not serious about learning. In conclusion.Many of the issues raised about Vista College apply to college in general. Far from working up to it's potential it provides relevant instruction that, were it offered at a more reasonable student cost, by better educators would be a dream come true.....for students that have often been deprived of dreams."
Vista College, Killeen, TX - 6/9/2015
Graduation Year: 2015
"I've been at Vista College for the entire length of my program (18 months) and I am VERY disappointed with the overall experience. Once I obtain my Associates I never want to have anything to do with that place. I stayed because I have invested so much time and money towards the completion of a degree. For the first few months, I loved everything about the school, the class times, the sizes, staff etc. Then for whatever reason, professors that I used to have, started to leave. Only a few expressed their concerns with the changes that were made to the school during their tenure. Among the staff changes, came the very strict and outrageous attendance policy. NOTHING is excused!!!! If you are out for whatever reason, (hospitalization, death in family, emergency, illness etc.) you can and will have to "sit out" the next semester (5 weeks) and have to take that class when it comes around again. Not everyone in Killeen is retired military or spouse, or has the luxury of living with their parents. If you are a single parent or have a full-time job, this is NOT the place for you. Their online school isn't any better. You don't have the attendance problem, but the credits online and the credits "in house" aren't the same! How is it you can get a B.A. degree with Vista online, but those credits aren't worth anything at the actual campus? The school offers no help, no tutoring, nothing. In 18 months, I've seen three campus directors, three educational directors...none of who can explain why. The school makes constant mistakes and the students have to pay for it. On the last day of one of my classes, I had a C. When I came back to the campus on Monday, my grade was a D. The problem? The PROFESSOR made a mistake with the grading scale and the school made her change the grades, two points lower and I would've failed! But I didn't know that, I as far as I knew, I was doing ok that semester. No ONE EVER mentioned anything about being close to not passing. I could go on for days about how horrible this place is, just know, that the credits do not transfer to any local colleges!! ( except University of Phoenix, and they don't take all of them) If you are considering a Business Administration degree from Vista's Killeen Campus, please reconsider, but , if you have no family, no kids, no job, money to burn and a wish to be treated like your in High-School again, then contact admissions."
Mercedis Taplin - 11/27/2014
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2012
"I'm learning how to diagnose codes procedures i really love the school i just have a lot on my plate right i don't get no financial aid I'm having trouble getting back in force to school but I don't want to quit or transfer schools because i think this college is good for me to go to its a hands on college I have a learning disability but I can do this can't always sit around in wait for things to come to me I have to go to them."