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Academic Experience


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3 College Senior

Academic Experience: For a community college, Valencia has a great engineering program. The professors are knowledgeable and experienced, and they do have some internship opportunities. The learning experience would be made better if the professors had more access to better teaching resources such as equipment for demonstrations in physics.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: I'm an engineering major, so most of my curriculum consists of math and physics coursework. The professors I've taken for these courses have been largely intelligent and good teachers, but are somewhat limited by the technological resources the college has available. The workload is reasonable and not light, but not so heavy that it becomes unmanageable.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Valencia has plenty of opportunities for students in all kinds of majors.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Valencia's campus is stress-free, and most professors are really friendly and are close to their students.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The good thing about valencia is that they work along side of ucf. They give you a transfer plan and it shows what classes you should take in order to smoothly transition into it your junior year. For my biology major I am almost done with the prerequisites needed for my program and I was able to get it for a cheaper price than a state university and with class sizes that are more intimate.


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
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
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping: Unknown
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
  • Office Management: 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
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 8%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 10%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 78%
Unknown: 1%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 598 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 27% Will advance my career
  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 11% 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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