Virtual Academics Accepted for Listing by Standard & Poor’s

October 17, 2001

Virtual Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VADC) announced that the Standard and Poor’s (“S&P”) has approved Virtual Academics for a complete corporate listing and description in Standard and Poor’s Corporation Records.

Additionally, Virtual Academics will have its corporate description published in Standard and Poor’s Daily News Section. S&P also will initiate financial coverage of Virtual Academics as part of the S&P Market Access Program, including coverage of Virtual Academics on S&P’s Internet website, as well as S&P Marketscope and the electronic version of S&P Stock Guide database.

Standard Corporation Records is a recognized securities manual for the “Blue Sky” Standard Manual Exemption for secondary trading in more than 35 states. Virtual Academic’s listing in Standard Corporation Records should assist the brokerage and investment communities in making a market for Virtual Academic’s stock. It is recommended that brokers check with their compliance officers or legal counsel for applicable “Blue Sky” laws and regulations pertaining to them.

About Virtual, Inc.

Virtual, Inc. is an education solutions provider that owns and operates online distance learning schools offering Internet and wireless training. VADC offers certificate and degree programs in multiple languages to students from more than 80 countries around the world.