Virginia College is a for-profit chain of private, post-secondary institutions which has its main campus located in Birmingham, Alabama. These institutions owned by the Educational Corporation of America can be found mostly in the Southeastern part of the United States. Its original location founded by the Atlanta Group, Inc. was located in Roanoke, Virginia. It was purchased in 1989 by Career Futures, Inc. and was eventually acquired by Education Corporation of America who also owns the Virginia College Online, the Golf Academy of America, Culinard, and Ecotech Institute.
The first branch campus that was opened became the main campus in 1995. Other campuses were subsequently opened and can now be found in Huntsville, Alabama; Jackson, Mississippi; Pensacola, Florida; Mobile, Alabama; Ariston, Texas; Biloxi, Mississippi; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Montgomery, Alabama; Greenville, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Augusta, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina; Macon, Georgia; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Spartanburg, South Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Savannah, Georgia; Columbia, Georgia; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Classes can be taken on-campus, online or a combination of both.
Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as certificates and diplomas. Certificates and diploma courses are offered in Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Medical Billing and Coding, Pastry Arts, Practical Nursing, Therapeutic Massage, and those interested in becoming Administrative Assistants, Barber Stylists, CISCO Network Associates, Medical Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, and Surgical Technologists. Bachelor degree programs are offered in 3D Imaging and Animation, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Golf Course Management, Health Services Management, Human Resource Management, Interior Design, Management Information Systems, Network Management, Paralegal Studies, and Private Sector Accounting. Associate degree programs consist of Accounting, Nursing, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Sciences, Practical Nursing, Healthcare Reimbursement, Human Resource Management, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Administration, Medical Office Management, Network Engineering, Office Administration, Paralegal Studies, Pharmacy Technology, Respiratory Care, Salon Management, and Surgical Technology. Master’s degree programs include MBA, MBA-Healthcare, MBA-Management, Criminal Justice, and Cybersecurity.
With the offered flexibility of online programs, Virginia College is able to serve not only the needs of traditional students but also non-traditional ones such as service personnel. Virginia College is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium and is guided by the American Council for Education in awarding transfer credits for military training. Students who get deployed unexpectedly but have been able to complete at least 75% of the course are given a final grade and course credit. Completion below 75% due to deployment entitles the student to a full refund.
Military students can avail of the Military Tuition Assistance for up to six (6) courses per year. Other military scholarships and educational benefits include the Patriots Service Scholarship, Montgomery G.I. Bill, Post-9/11 Military G.I. Bill, and the Yellow Ribbon Program. The given coursework easily fits into active duty schedule because of the availability of programs that are 100% online.
Tuition for academic programs at Virginia College vary depending on the chosen area of study. Military students can apply for military benefits to bring down cost. Tuition includes books, software, technical support, career service, and cap and gown, if the student wishes to attend the graduation ceremony.
There are about 14,926 students enrolled of which 14,567 are undergraduates while 359 are graduate students. Undergraduate demographics comprise of 83.84% females and 16.16% males.
Virginia College is not affiliated with any intercollegiate athletic conference.