With classes beginning on Aug. 26, 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. 9 so they can finish the enrollment process and receive priority in registering for fall classes. Those who miss the Aug. 9 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 has not raised tuition for the past three years. Tuition at Valencia is $99.06 per credit hour – which is approximately half the cost of tuition at the state’s four-year universities.
Valencia now offers classes at five campuses in Orange and Osceola counties: East Campus, located on Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando; West Campus, located on Kirkman Road in Orlando; Winter Park Campus, located on Morse Boulevard in Winter Park; Lake Nona Campus, located on Narcoossee Road near Medical City; and the Osceola Campus, located on Denn John Lane in Kissimmee.
Valencia also has a thriving and nationally known honors college. The James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College features four different concentrations. Honors students at the Osceola Campus focus on leadership; students at the East Campus concentrate on science and research; students on West Campus focus on interdisciplinary studies; and students at the new Winter Park honors program are focusing on becoming global citizens, with outreach to a sister college in the Netherlands.
Valencia, which was named the nation’s best community college in 2012 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. Starting in spring 2014, Valencia will offer a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Sciences. All three bachelor’s degree programs are being offered at Valencia’s West Campus.
Also new this year is a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences available at Valencia’s Osceola Campus. Aimed at students interested in medical or life sciences professions, whether it’s medical school, dental school or becoming a life-science researcher, Valencia and the University of Central Florida have teamed up to this special 2+2 degree program at the Osceola Campus. Students who live in Osceola County can stay close to home and earn their bachelor’s degree at Valencia’s Osceola Campus.
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. To learn more about Valencia’s up-and-coming architecture program, check out pages 4-7 of the latest edition of Valencia’s Vitae magazine.
Valencia’s architecture students have also been accepted to prominent architecture programs at Cornell University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, the Cooper Union Institute, the University of California at Berkeley and the Southern California Institute of Architecture.