Academic Experience

Location
Orlando, FL
Undergrads
16,998
Tuition (in-state)
$9,005 ($2,378)
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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The academics are outstanding, it can me more detailed but they help a student pass a class.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: I love being apart of my specific major, I really get more insight on what I will be doing in the future.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The curriculum at my school seems to be well thought out. We have something called the "Gordon rule" and this focuses on the students writing ability. Writing is taken very seriously. Tutoring is available almost anytime, and the workload all depends on ones schedule.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Technically my major is just general studies, and when I transfer to a four year university I will focus on my major.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Profeesors, co-workers, staff memebers are really helpful and can answer pretty much any questions you have.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 370th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 466th
    Best Class Availability
  • 921st
    Most Accessible Professors
  • 1355th
    Best Class Sizes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Junie Joseph
Hometown
Orlando Florida
Major
Political Science
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Valencia is often referred to as "Kirkman High," since one of the main campuses is located on Kirkman Road. Most high school students who lack the proper test scores to matriculate to a four-year institution end up at Valencia. For this reason, the school is also referred to as an institution that is "not so academically challenging." In spite of this infamous reference, it is one of the best community colleges in the United States. Graduates from Valencia matriculate to some of the best colleges and universities in the nation, including schools in the Ivy League.

If you're worried about the academic reputation, join the honors program, where every class is challenging. This program is restricted to students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. The challenging nature of the honors classes means that many students bond over homework and study sessions, and honors students are often closer than the rest of campus. Keep in mind that the rigorous curriculum in this program requires a lot of reading and writing, as well as a research project.

Students outside of the honors program can still receive an excellent education, especially since many honors professors teach non-honors courses. No matter the program, professors at Valencia are highly resourceful. They will be your ally when it comes time to transfer to a four-year institution.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
32:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
408
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,197
Full-Time Retention Rate
70%
Part-Time Retention Rate
32%
Transfer-Out Rate
13%
Graduation Rate
41%
Colleges/Divisions
Honors Program
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
41
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • Computer Systems Technician: Unknown
  • Executive Assistant: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Classes usually have between 15 and 30 students.
Student/Professor Relationships
Professors are normally very accessible, and some are helpful. However, a few can be a bit pompous, and some seem uninterested in helping you succeed in class.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Student evaluation varies. Many teachers include homework, quizzes, mid-terms, and final exams in their grading rubrick. Other professors include attendance in grades, too, which means that if a student misses too many classes, he or she will fail.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
Lectures are highly interactive. Professors will stop in the middle of a lecture to respond to students' questions. Oftentimes, students share their life experiences with the rest of the class. Lectures are usually open forums where any and every question is accepted, discussed, and debated.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
At the beginning of each term, professors provide each student with a syllabus detailing the course curriculum and expectations. Courses usually last about four months, and this time is divided into lectures, tests, and group projects. Most classes have a mid-term exam and a final exam.

Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
The Writing Center and the Math Lab are available for free.
Tips to Succeed
  • Study, study, and study some more.
  • Utilize the Writing Center and the Math Lab.
Full-Time Faculty
408
Female Faculty
59%
Male Faculty
41%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 8%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 10%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 78%
Unknown: 1%
Average Faculty Salary
$59,829
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • The Florida State Board of Education gave Valencia the green light to offer Bachelor's degrees for the first time with their approval of two new programs.
  • Director Steven Spielberg has called Valencia's film program one of the best film programs anywhere, according to the school's Web site.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 516 responses

  • 30% Applicable to the real world
  • 27% Will advance my career
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 10% Learned a few new things
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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