Valencia College

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Valencia College is a four-year college that offers bachelor’s and associate degrees as well as certificate programs. With over 35,000 students, Valencia College is one of the largest colleges in Florida.

Valencia College started as a junior college in 1967. Just 5 years later, the school’s name changed to Valencia Community College. In 2010, the college changed back to Valencia College. This change was made because the college offered four-year degrees. In addition to its main campus in Orlando, Valencia College has branch campuses in Winter Park, Kissimmee and several of Orlando’s suburbs. Along with bachelor’s degrees, the college also offers associate degrees.

Awards and Recognitions

The Aspen Institute, a global organization that promotes values-based leadership, named Valencia College as the top community college in the United States. It also awarded the college an excellence award for its academics and education.

Valencia College was named a top community college by the National Alliance of Business (NAB). Time Magazine also named the school as the best college for freshman students. In 2012, Valencia enrolled 50,000 students at all campus locations, training centers, and distance learning students. About 60% of students graduate with an Associate of Arts (AA) degree. The remaining 40% earn either an Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), certificate or bachelor’s degree (the latter making up the smallest percentage of graduates).

Financial Aid

Over $150 million in financial aid was awarded to students in 2010. This amount included scholarships, grants, low-interest loans, and work-study programs to over 26,000 students.

Transfer Program

Many students who pursue an Associate of Arts degree at the college do so with the hope of transferring to a four-year college upon graduation. Valencia College has an agreement with the University of Central Florida, which guarantees admission to Valencia students as long as they meet minimum academic requirements. The program is known as DirectConnect and it has helped over 45,000 Valencia students successfully transfer to the University of Central Florida.

Campuses and Sites

Valencia College has eight campuses, including its main campus in Orlando, four smaller branch campuses, and three satellite sites. All of Valencia’s locations are located in the Osceola and Orange counties. The college’s five campuses include East Campus (701 North Econlockhatchee Trail Orlando, FL), West Campus (1800 South Kirkman Road Orlando, FL), Osceola Campus (1800 Denn John Lane Kissimmee, FL), Lake Nona Campus (12350 Narcoossee Road Orlando, FL) and Winter Park Campus (850 West Morse Boulevard Winter Park, FL).

Valencia’s other education/training sites include the following:

  • Valencia Center for Global Languages offers several cultural and language courses and workshops, including Spanish courses for English speakers, English courses for Spanish speakers, ESL programs, and classes on cultural diversity and sign language. Programs offered through the center for global languages are designed to prepare students for college. The center is located at Sand Lake Center.
  • Valencia Continuing Education Center is located alongside the Valencia Center for Global Languages at the Sand Lake Center. It provides professional development, corporate training, and continuing education programs for non-profit organizations, businesses, government agencies and aspiring professionals. Most students at the college come from the Central Florida region.
  • Valencia Downtown Center is the home of the administration offices for the college. Many organizations within the college, including the Academic Affairs, Office of the President, and Public Relations are located in the downtown center, in downtown Orlando.
  • Criminal Justice Institute is located in its own 80,000 square-foot facility in the Orlando metro area. It is one of only four of Florida’s higher education institutions that train officers for the Florida state Department of Juvenile Justice. It is also accredited by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


Valencia College offers students several intercollegiate and intramural sports teams and events. One of the team sports is bowling. The college bowling team has won 5 national championships.

General Information

Admission Office

PO Box 3028

Orlando, FL 32802-3028

(407) 582-1507

Fax: (407) 582-1403

Contact: Renee Simpson

Director of Admissions and Records
Main Address

PO Box 3028

Orlando, FL 32802-3028

(407) 582-1507

Total undergrads: 39,008

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 7,272

Degree-seeking undergrads: 31,845


Suburban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Special requirements for the Criminal Justice Institute programs, A.A., Dance Transfer Plan, Film Production Technology, and Health Science programs.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $2,091 $2,335 $2,621 $2,752 +5.00%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,061 $1,109 $1,139 +2.71%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $3,091 $3,396 $3,730 $3,891 +4.32%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,591 77%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,278 70% $16,075,203 $4,904
• Federal grants 2,177 47% $8,923,821 $4,099
• Pell grants 2,177 47% $8,207,714 $3,770
• Other federal grants 1,044 22% $716,107 $686
Institutional scholarships or grants 2,031 43% $5,656,729 $2,785
Institutional grants or scholarships 888 19% $1,494,653 $1,683
Student loan financial aid 848 18% $3,739,770 $4,410
• Federal student loans 845 18% $3,629,511 $4,295
• Other student loans 12 0% $110,259 $9,188

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 6303 3415
Agriculture 3 20
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 3 20
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 224 1604
Accounting and Related Services, Other 40
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping 21
Business Administration and Management 115 942
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 229
Executive Assistant/executive Secretary 45 198
Hospitality Administration/management 39
Hotel/motel Administration/management 120
Management Information Systems 35
Operations Management and Supervision 3
Restaurant/food Services Management 1 40
Computing and Information Sciences 58 262
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 28 138
Computer Systems Analysis/analyst 30 76
Computer/information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 48
Education 87
Education, Other 87
Engineering Technology 112 351
Architectural Engineering Technology/technician 45
Civil Engineering Technology/technician 13
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 43 196
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 30 32
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 11 61
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 15 17
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 396 364
Cardiovascular Technology/technologist 11
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 20
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 10
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 28 314
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 32
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 18 16
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 283
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 26 2
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 53 237
Corrections 84
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 53
Criminal Justice/police Science 153
Legal and Law Studies 41
Legal Assistant/paralegal 41
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 5262
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 5262
Personal and Culinary Services 23 27
Baking and Pastry Arts/baker/pastry Chef 8 9
Culinary Arts/chef Training 18
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/manager 15
Visual and Performing Arts 131 463
Cinematography and Film/video Production 52 58
Commercial and Advertising Art 32 287
Music, Other 39 40
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 8 78
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Horticulture Science A
Landscaping A,C

Architecture & Related Programs

Architectural Technology A

Arts, Visual & Performing

Dance A
Graphic Design A,C
Theater Design/Stagecraft A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A
Accounting Technology A,C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Customer Service Management C
Entrepreneurial Studies A,C
Hospitality Administration/Management A,C
Hospitality/Recreation Marketing C
Human Resources Management A
Management Information Systems A,C
Marketing Management A
Real Estate A
Restaurant/Food Services Management A
Small Business Administration A

Communications & Journalism

Digital Communications/Multimedia A,C
Public Relations A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – General A,C
Computer Science A
Computer Support Specialist C
Computer Systems Analysis A,C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A
Computer/Systems Security C
Information Technology A
Web/Multimedia Management A,C

Construction Trades

Construction Trades – General A,C


Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies

CAD/CADD Drafting/Design A,C
Civil Engineering/Technology A
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A
Engineering Technology – General A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Institutional Food Production A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Cardiovascular Technology A
Dental Hygiene A
Diagnostic Medical Sonography A
EMT Ambulance Attendant C
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Medical Administrative Assistance A
Medical Insurance Coding A,C
Medical Records Administration A
Medical Records Technology A
Nursing (RN) A
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging A
Respiratory Therapy A
Respiratory Therapy Technician A

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Personal & Culinary Services

Baking/Pastry Arts A,C
Culinary Arts/Related Services A,C
Restaurant/Catering Management A

Security & Protective Services

Corrections C
Fire Protection/Safety Technology A
Law Enforcement Administration A
Police Science A,C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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