I don't have personal experience with Volstate, but I can tell you that you would do well to listen to your gut. It sounds like you have heard consistent feedback from many different sources. It is one thing if only one person complains. But with potential schools
or employers, if you are hearing the same feedback over and over, LISTEN to it!
One example I just had is a hospital in my metro area (I'll call it "Exclusive" Hospital - that's what they're trying to be). I heard from multiple people at a hospital I worked at 3 months ago that the staff relationships at Exclusive Hospital are not supportive and sometimes hostile. But, wanting to be undeterred, I pursued applying at Exclusive Hospital anyway - I was a new grad afterall and wanted to leave no stone unturned. However, Exclusive Hospital told me very curtly, "Sorry, we only accept BSN graduates." Today, at my new hospital which is VERY supportive to new grads (which I LOVE working at and would NEVER trade for the BSN-only hospital), one of the very experienced nurses mentioned that she previously applied at Exclusive Hospital. She interviewed there and found them to be completely "snotty." I just chuckled under my breath. You really do serve yourself well to listen to consistent feedback about schools & hospitals, especially if it is consistent between different people who don't know each other. These places have definite "cultures" that are good or bad, and their reputation does get out. I'm not saying that they never change or should never be reconsidered later, but definitely listen to the feedback, especially if it is recent.