Valencia Launches New Honors College; Members of Inaugural Class Eligible for Full Scholarships

Valencia College will launch the new James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College in the fall of 2012, providing new opportunities for students to excel at Valencia.

Funded by a $1 million donation from Orlando resident and CNL executive chairman James M. Seneff and his wife, Dayle, the new honors college will expand Valencia’s current honors program into a full-fledged honors college.

The James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College will feature four different tracks, each of which will be housed on a separate Valencia campus.

  • East Campus will host a track for students interested in academic research and is especially for students who plan to go to graduate school or professional school. With the guidance of a professor, students will learn how to conduct undergraduate research and will complete a research project and paper by the end of their second year.
  • Osceola Campus will house the college’s leadership track, encouraging students to study different styles of leadership, and become agents of change in their communities. The track also has a service component, requiring students to perform community service with partner organizations in Osceola County.
  • West Campus will be home to the interdisciplinary honors track, a humanities-style, multicultural curriculum that features team-taught courses on a wide variety of subject matter, from history to science, from art to philosophy.
  • Winter Park Campus will be home to the “Jeffersonian” or general studies honors track.  The track, which will offer students a well-rounded education and the opportunity to collaborate with college students in other countries, is still being developed. It will be available in 2013.

For a short time, students who apply to the honors college and are accepted will be offered full tuition scholarships. To qualify, students must apply for admission to the program by May 1. The regular deadline for fall admission to the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College is July 20.

For those who miss the May 1 deadline, there are still special scholarships available only to honors students.

The average class size for courses in the honors college will be about 15 students. In addition, honors students will receive individual attention and will have their own campus-based counselor. Honors students are also allowed to register for classes early, and have use of the Honors Resource Center.

Honors students also have the opportunity to travel abroad with their professors, and each month, students participate in events such as “pizza with the professors,” providing personal contact with their instructors.

Recent honors graduates from Valencia are finishing their undergraduate studies at Columbia University in New York, Emory University in Atlanta, Amherst College and Smith College in Massachusetts.

For more information on the new James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College or to apply, go to



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