With classes beginning on Aug. 27, now is the time for new students to apply to Valencia College to be sure they get the best selection of classes for the fall.
New students are encouraged to turn in their applications by Aug. 10 so they can finish the enrollment process and receive priority in registering for fall classes. Those who miss the Aug. 10 enrollment deadline, however, can still apply and enroll for the fall.
Admissions information and the online application are available at http://valenciacollege.edu/futureStudents/admissions/
And for families worried about student loan debt and the increasing cost of college, here’s good news: Valencia College tuition for Florida residents is $99.06 per credit hour – which is half the cost of tuition at the state’s four-year universities.
In other news, Valencia will open its new Lake Nona Campus this fall. The new campus, which is adjacent to Orlando’s Medical City complex, will offer courses in the life sciences, as well as traditional coursework for an Associate in Arts degree. Adjunct faculty will include scientists from Medical City employers.
Valencia is also opening its new James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College in the fall semester. The honors college, which accepted more than 80 students for the fall term, will feature three different concentrations. Honors students at the Osceola Campus will focus on leadership; students at the East Campus will concentrate on science and research, while students on West Campus will focus on interdisciplinary studies.
Valencia, which was named the nation’s best community college in 2011 by the Aspen Institute, offers a wide variety of programs for students.
The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is awarded after a student completes a general education program of 60 credit hours. With an A.A. degree from Valencia, graduates are guaranteed admission to the University of Central Florida through DirectConnect to UCF.
The college also offers more than 40 Associate in Science (A.S.) degree programs. These programs provide specialized training that prepares graduates for immediate entry into the workforce. Valencia’s highly successful A.S. programs include Cardiovascular Technology, Radiography, Computer Programming and Analysis, and Electronics Engineering Technology. Valencia’s A.S. degree graduates have a 95-percent job placement rate and earn an average annual salary of $43,000 – nearly double that of high school graduates.
In addition to associate degrees, Valencia also offers two bachelor’s degree programs at its West Campus. The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences prepares students to work in the medical field of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and quality management. The Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology has concentrations in computer systems, electrical/electronic systems and lasers and photonics.
To provide students with more opportunities, Valencia has also partnered with UCF and the University of Florida to provide architecture students with a unique 2+2+2 program that allows students to earn an associate’s degree in architecture at Valencia, finish a bachelor’s degree in architecture at UCF and complete a master’s degree at the University of Florida’s new Orlando-based architecture program.
Valencia’s architecture students have also been accepted to prominent architecture programs at Cornell University, Columbia University, University of Michigan and the Southern California Institute of Architecture.