Online at Vista College
At Vista College, we’re invested in every student as an individual, not an enrollment number. We recognize that when students come to Vista College, they’re bringing us more than their enrollment papers. They’re bringing us their hopes, their dreams, their goals. So we do things a little differently. Yes, we still have the flexibility, accessibility, and convenience of an accredited online college. But we also have evidence-based learning, easy-to-use technology, and outstanding student services designed to get you Day 1 Ready for a new career. Our focus is on supporting you from your first day of studying, while working or caring for family, to the first day of your future career. If you’re ready to put in the work, we’re ready to prepare you with skills you need to compete for success.
We’ve built our programs around real jobs and around real lives. As an accredited online college, we believe in knowing that what we teach is both what students need and what employers want. That’s why at Vista College, your online experience will be rooted in evidence-based learning. Meaning:
- We employ an advisory committee of business owners and outside experts to keep us appraised of industry trends. We regularly evaluate the learning objectives of our online programs to ensure students are being taught necessary skills.
- We use internal checks and an independent third-party to assess how we are doing. They evaluate what our students learn so we have unbiased evidence that graduates walk out understanding the objectives, outcomes, and competencies we want them to.
- We utilize teaching methods subjected to peer research and review and proven to be effective in the classroom. We also empower the faculty of our online degree programs to adapt their strategies if they find students are not grasping a particular learning objective.
- We remain current on the latest educational tools and technologies that help to optimize learning. We know how critical it is to have the kind of media that keeps students engaged.
Enhanced Learning through Technology
Optimized learning begins with our Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas. It’s easy to use and can go anywhere with you via the mobile app, available for both Android and IOS. Canvas allows for conversations between teacher and students, as well as between student and student. You can turn in assignments at any time to stay up-to-date on your coursework, view course schedules, and access grades for courses and individual assignments.
Additionally, Canvas allows our instructors to monitor student participation. If a student is falling behind in their work, our student services team will contact them to find out why and what we can do to help. At Vista College, we know your success is our success, so we are with you every step of the way.
Vista College isn’t geared toward the traditional college student. We’re geared toward you — the working student, the parent/student, the student who has responsibilities to manage and no time to waste. We’ve specifically structured our online programs to help you graduate quickly. Each course is only five weeks long, and you take just one or two courses at a time. You’ll be able to focus on one topic before moving to the next. This all contributes to fast-paced programs that can be completed in less time than at traditional schools. You’ll be prepared to graduate from an accredited online college trained in important skills and ready to compete in today’s job marketplace.
Pursuing the career of your dreams isn’t just about learning the skills that jobs require. That’s why we build complete career planning into every student’s experience. We understand every one of our students is unique. We work with you from the start of your very first course to develop an individualized career plan.
Our team is your advocate as you prepare for navigating the job market and finding the right opportunity to put your online degree program to work. We provide:
- Assistance with formulating and writing your resume
- Interview practice, including access to a vast database of videos with practice questions and mock interviews
- Guidance when creating a LinkedIn page
- Workshops and networking opportunities with employers and local business owners
- Short videos with industry experts answering students’ frequently asked questions
When you enroll at Vista College, you get a true partner in your education — from enrollment to the classroom and from the classroom to the workplace. We’re committed to you.
We’ll Help You to Manage the Cost of Online College
The only question that comes up more often than “How do I fit college into my busy life?” is probably “How am I going to pay for it?” That’s why Vista College works with all our students to come up with a plan for how to tackle costs like tuition, books, fees and any supplies. We’re a Title IV school, which means we’re eligible for participation in financial aid programs like the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Direct Loan Program, the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, and the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. The amount of financial aid a person receives varies based on whether you qualify, how many credit hours you’re taking, and a number of other factors. Our financial aid team can help you navigate these confusing waters.
Beyond this, Vista College also offers thousands of dollars in institutional scholarships to help defray the cost of higher education. They include the Vista Military Scholarship, the Vista Matching Scholarship, the Vista Matching Agency Scholarship, the Vista Bright Future Online Scholarship, the Vista MIBC Rise Higher Online Scholarship, the Vista High School Scholarship, the Vista Reaching Your Goal Scholarship, the Vista Relocating to Online Scholarship, the Vista Success Scholarship, and the Hope Scholarship. You can find more information about our scholarships, as well as eligibility requirements, in our online school catalog.
Supporting Military Students
Vista College’s online campus recognizes the loyalty and dedication demonstrated by members of our military every day. We also understand the unique needs and challenges of past and present members of the U.S Armed Forces. Vista College’s online degree and diploma programs are designed to meet these needs.
Our teams are trained to work with you as you explore your education options.
Stories of OUR GRADUATES
"It's flexible. You can make it to work and take care of a child."
"They give you that confidence and motivation"
"Vista College has the tools you need to succeed"