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Valencia College

Valencia College Rating: 2.1/5 (779 votes)

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Introduction

Valencia College was formerly known as Valencia Community College.

Academics

Formerly known as Valencia Community College, Valencia College is a multi-campus college conveniently located in Orlando, Florida. It offers a choice of associate degrees in a wide variety of fields as well as a course-based honors program and an interdisciplinary studies honors program. Valencia also recently developed two bachelor’s degree programs, in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. By choosing to go to Valencia you will get the same quality education offered by state universities at roughly half the cost.

Valencia Community College has smaller campuses and classes which are more advantageous and supportive, while the flexible schedule enables classes to be taken at times when it suits you whether it’s day, night weekends, or even online. The Flex start courses begin all the time, not just on the first days or the new terms. Once you have completed your associate degree you will be able to transfer to a university as a junior, with guaranteed admission, or you may choose to use your new skills for a higher wage job.

Valencia is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) so courses offered meet regional and national guidelines. As such, credit courses can be transferred to other SACS-accredited colleges and universities. The college is continually striving to improve conditions for students to learn and succeed, and hires successful students as peer mentors in foundational courses and helps those students needing remedial course work.

The comprehensive range of majors and associate degrees include:

  • General Studies, including an Associate in Arts Degree and an Honors Program.
  • Arts & Entertainment; including art, studio/fine Art, dance performance, digital media technology, entertainment design and technology, film production technology, graphics technology, music and sound technology, music performance, theatre-dramatic arts.
  • Business; including accounting, business administration, marketing management, human resources management, industrial management technology, health information management, management information systems, medical office administration, public administration, public relations.
  • Communications; including English, journalism, public relations and sign language interpretation.
  • Criminal Justice & Paralegal Studies; including criminal justice technology, paralegal studies, criminal justice institute, law enforcement Academy and correctional officer.
  • Education; including general preparation for education and early childhood education.
  • Engineering/Architecture; including architecture, building construction technology, civil engineering technology, computer engineering technology, drafting and design technology, electronics engineering technology and engineering.
  • Health Sciences; including biology, cardiopulmonary sciences, cardiovascular technology, chemistry, dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical services technology, nursing, radiography and sciences, respiratory care and veterinary technology.
  • Horticulture; including horticultural science and landscape and horticulture technology.
  • Hospitality/Culinary; including baking and pastry management, culinary management, hospitality and tourism management and restaurant and food service management.
  • Information Technology; including computer engineering technology, computer information technology, computer programming and analysis, computer science and information technology.
  • Science & Mathematics; including biology, chemistry, marine biology, mathematics and statistics.
  • Social Sciences; including history, philosophy, political science and government, psychology, social sciences and sociology.

An associate in arts degree essentially covers the first two years of general education requirements leading to a bachelor’s degree, after which admission is guaranteed into a Florida state university as a junior. You can either choose a pre-major or follow a transfer plan.

The associate in science degree is ideal for those wishing to enter a specialized career field. It enables students to transfer to bachelors of applied science programs while some courses also enable students to transfer to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree program.

The associate in applied science degree doesn’t transfer to a university but prepares students to enter a specialised career field.

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Admissions

If you want to attend Valencia Community College, it’s best to apply for admission as soon as possible to ensure that you are accepted for your chosen courses for your degree. Applying closer to the deadlines may mean your chosen courses are already full. You can apply for financial aid after the admission deadline, but you won’t receive payment until after the term begins. This means all tuition and fees will have to be paid in full before the fee payment deadline.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be filed online and takes up to six weeks to process. Be sure to have your official final high school or college transcripts sent to Valencia. Until these are received, you will be classified as a non-degree seeking student. Transfer students should also request official transcripts from colleges previously attended.

The next step is to create an Atlas account, which is Valencia College’s online learning community that also gives important information regarding registration, financial aid and course planning. This should be created 3 to 5 business days after you have submitted your application. You will then be able to register for courses online and pay your tuition fees. Atlas even allows you to print your class schedule and to purchase books online.

Financial Aid

Valencia College is one of the more reasonably-priced colleges in Florida, but the cost may still be out of reach for some students. However, there is financial aid available for those students from lower income families. The Pell grant is a needs-based grant for students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s or professional degree and is determined through filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In addition, there are a variety of Valencia Foundation scholarships. If you are intending to apply for a scholarship you should do so as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to apply for every scholarship for which they are eligible, especially the less competitive and smaller scholarships which give much better odds of success. Valencia also has Alumni Association scholarships and awards programs. These scholarship programs offer amounts ranging from $500 to $6000. All these scholarship programs are based on certain criteria such as participation in particular activities, academic talent, financial need and special interests.

Workforce Central Florida is a program in which employers interact with job seekers, and it offers college scholarship opportunities to high school graduates in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter counties for those students intending to major in science, technology, engineering or math. This offers students who meet the required income criteria, scholarships of up to $2500.

Student loans, which have to be repaid, are also available at a fairly low interest rate. Work study programs are also available to financially-needy students. Qualifying students are able to work up to 20 hours per week, either on-campus or as a reading tutor in a local public school.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4985th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Valencia Community College has more than 60 student groups, clubs and organizations which between them account for just about every interest you could ever think of. These clubs include movie, art, book and animal lovers clubs while there are also clubs for Muslims, African Americans, Latino and Caribbean. Other clubs include career interest groups and student government and Valencia volunteers. There are also campus fitness centers for athletic types and those who merely want to stay fit.

There’s always a lot going on as campus activities include film festivals, music and dance concerts, plays, guest speakers and cultural events. One of the biggest events is Matador Day which is held in the fall and is a long standing tradition. The matador is actually Valencia’s mascot and this event includes music, games, contests and food. All in all, Valencia has an awful lot to recommend it to students as you can get a great education and have a great time.

On average, there is typically a slightly higher percentage of women enrolled at Valencia Community College than men. Approximately 35,460 students are currently enrolled.

Most students do not transfer to Valencia community college due to the fact that the majority of degrees offered are associates degrees. The college also has a very good track record of offering vocational degrees that give students skill sets desirable to employers.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Local Community

Valencia College is ideally located in central Florida, which is a well-known vacation destination and a very desirable place to live. Anyone choosing to enroll at the college will enjoy year-round sunshine, easy access to local theme parks and beaches, and more than 5000 restaurants and shopping destinations nearby. Downtown Orlando also has a thriving music scene and a number of unique arts venues. It has a brand-new football stadium near to the East campus and there is a newly completed sports arena in downtown Orlando.

Alumni

Prominent Valencia College alumni include:

  • Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed
  • Bob Allen, FL House of Representatives
  • Howie Dorough, Backstreet Boys singer, attended Valencia’s music department
  • Chris Kirkpatrick, NSYNC singer, attended Valencia’s music department

Bibliography

  • Valencia College. Web. <http://valenciacollege.edu>

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,746 0.72
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 29 0.01
Forcible Rape 119 0.05
Robbery 697 0.29
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,165 1.72
Larceny 11,669 4.83
Vehicle theft 1,311 0.54

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Orlando, FL 32801
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population7,979 (7,979 urban / N/A rural)
Households4,645 (1.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$26,006
Families1,126 (2.62 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1205

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3740th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,888 $1,888 $7,555
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $490 $490 $1,450
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $99 $99 $375
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,644 $3,644 $10,271
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,185 $16,185 $22,812
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,011 $7,011 $13,638

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,972 $2,378 $2,972 $2,378 $11,257 $9,005
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,178 $1,250
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,361 $9,084
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,296 $3,335
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,477 $3,335

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 214 1,687 3,262 537 27 4,634 778 11,336
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 3 61 139 22 105 14 350
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 2 1 2 4 9
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 4 2 2 27 36
Broadcast Journalism 2 2 4 8
Business Administration and Management, General 22 236 332 45 5 380 68 1,114
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 2 19 27 4 1 35 7 97
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 7 16 1 23 1 48
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1 1 1 3 7
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 4 20 35 4 45 6 116
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 3 6 1 14 2 26
Communications Technology/Technician 2 1 2 4 9
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 5 29 3 25 6 69
Computer Graphics 2 14 60 8 56 13 155
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 3 22 53 5 50 9 147
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 2 6 1 10
Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification 2 6 20 4 1 25 5 65
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 16 34 13 76 8 149
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 11 4 19 3 37
Corrections
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 26 45 2 1 58 9 148
Criminal Justice/Police Science 26 29 3 77 12 149
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 3 18 33 6 47 2 112
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 3 5 9 2 19
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5 1 6
Digital Arts 1 10 37 4 34 8 95
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 3 7 9 2 3 24
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 10 13 17 40
Education, Other 17 7 4 58 3 91
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 21 27 1 44 9 106
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 17 56 14 1 170 23 289
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 3 55 74 7 1 89 16 250
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2 17 21 8 2 39 4 94
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 5 2 6 17 2 32
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 1 4 2 11 1 19
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 12 14 44 2 65 15 156
Information Technology 7 36 48 11 67 24 196
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 2 4 5 3 16 30
Laser and Optical Technology/Technician 1 2 8 2 13
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 8 15 4 34 2 66
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 104 779 1,700 301 13 2,388 432 5,815
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 9 13 1 8 1 34
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 6 9 3 11 29
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 5 8 2 26 2 44
Music Technology 1 6 14 13 35
Office Management and Supervision 6 86 137 20 136 22 411
Operations Management and Supervision 1 2 1 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 32 43 16 1 145 19 259
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 4 5 1 13 2 25
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 3 12 24 4 40 3 89
Restaurant/Food Services Management 5 2 19 2 30 5 63
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 11 17 26 4 59
Telecommunications Technology/Technician 13 22 4 30 6 77
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 2 2 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2174th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,068 ($62,270 male / $58,996 female)
Number of FT Faculty 394 (167 male / 227 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,550
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $8,934,458

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