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Academic Flexibility

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: Very Convenient no matter the individual.

4 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: Valencia makes it easy on the students by helping them be calm with furniture and events.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: All of my credits transferred just fine, I never really had an issue with my classes I finished my last 30 credits without any issues.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I haven't transferred my credits yet, but I have not heard any issues about credits not transferring with Valencia. My classes are fairly flexible, I'm not much for taking classes past 3 and that option is available. The earliest you can take a course is 8:30, and I did that once and it was decent (even though I was late and tired along with my tardiness). My only frustration was beating myself up for not doing as well as I had liked to (I am one of those students who really tries to do her best and not slack) I was also frustrated with online classes but that's because I'm more of a traditional classroom student. Getting into the answers center is okay during fall if you get there early, which I learned quickly.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: With the exception of class availability, the flexibility is fairly easy. There is plenty of time to pick classes and change them if needed. There arent many options to skip classes though, which I have tried.

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Valencia has a great academic team working year-round to ensure that available classes fit students' schedules. Classes start as early as 7 a.m. and end as late as 10:15 p.m. There are also weekend classes available, depending on your program of study.

To help boost your chances of getting the classes you want, it's important to register early. Some of the more popular introductory classes fill up quickly. Also, many of the higher-level courses only have a few sections, meaning there are fewer spots available. Think of it like supply and demand; when there are fewer classes on the same subject, then the courses are in high demand. On a brighter note, Valencia is always expanding. This means they add new buildings, classrooms, and options for students every semester.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
6 credits
Average Credits Per Course
3
Average Course Load - Full Time
4 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
16 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
8 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
AP and IB test scores might be transferable for credits.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Students must submit ACT or SAT scores, and some must take a College Placement Entrance Exam.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Most credits from Valencia are transferable to other institutions, even private and public schools out of state.
Typical Session Length
There is usually three hours of lecture time per class per week. This can be broken into two shorter classes or one three-hour lecture.
Class Style & Structure
Most lectures are an open discussion forum.
Course Registration Process
It's important to register early to ensure your spot in a class. Registration at the Atlas Lab on campus can be a hassle because there might not be enough computers available at any given time.
Did You Know?
Valencia Community College is in a collegiate agreement with the University of Central Florida. Thanks to DirectConnect to UCF, all students and alumni of Valencia Community College have exclusive access to UCF.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 632 responses

Very hard
Very easy
  • Attending classes
  • Completing and submitting assignments
  • Enrollment process
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Scheduling classes
  • Transferring credits

How flexible are the school's administrators and faculty?    Based on 497 responses

  • 52% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.
  • 3% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 10% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 34% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 2% They are not flexible at all.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 496 responses

  • 29% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 8% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 6% They only replaced electives.
  • 6% None of my credits transferred.
  • 51% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 495 responses

  • 76% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 21% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 3% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 496 responses

  • 51% Yes
  • 7% No
  • 43% Non-applicable

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