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Valencia College is a public state college in Orlando, Florida, United States. In 2011, it was named the top community college in the United States by the Aspen Institute.

The college was founded in 1967 as “Valencia Junior College,” taking the name “Valencia Community College” in 1971. In December 2010, Valencia’s Board of Trustees voted to change the name to “Valencia College,” because the academic scope of the school had expanded to include bachelor’s degrees.Valencia has several campus locations in Orlando with additional campus locations in Winter Park and Kissimmee. Valencia is ranked first in the United States for the number of associate’s degrees.

The Aspen Institute awarded Valencia the first Aspen Prize for College Excellence after a year-long effort to recognize extraordinary accomplishments in individual institutions of the nation’s 1,200 community colleges. The Aspen award was granted based on “a rigorous, yearlong effort to… assemble and review an unprecedented collection of data on community colleges and the critical elements of student success: student learning, degree completion, equity, and employment after graduation.




Location & Facilities

Valencia College operates a total of five campuses and three sites in its service area, which encompasses Orange County and Osceola County.


  • East Campus Address: 701 North Econlockhatchee Trail Orlando FL, 32825
  • Osceola Campus Address: 1800 Denn John Lane Kissimmee FL, 34744
  • West Campus Address: 1800 South Kirkman Road Orlando FL, 32811
  • Winter Park Campus Address: 850 West Morse Boulevard Winter Park FL, 32789
  • Lake Nona Campus Address: 12350 Narcoossee Road Orlando FL, 32832
  • Poinciana Campus Address: 3255 Pleasant Hill Road Kissimmee, FL 34646

Schools and Facilities

  • District Office Address: 1768 Park Center Drive Orlando, FL 32835
  • School of Public Safety Address: 8600 Valencia College Lane Orlando FL, 32825
  • Fire Training Facility Address: 2966 West Oak Ridge Road Orlando, FL 32809
  • Advanced Manufacturing Training Center Address: 1099 Shady Lane Kissimmee, FL 34744

List of Departments


The average class size is 23 students. A longstanding partnership between Valencia College and the University of Central Florida has contributed to Valencia’s transfer rate, considered to be the highest in the country. DirectConnect to UCF guarantees Valencia graduates acceptance and streamlined admission to the University of Central Florida. Since the program’s inception in 2006, approximately 45,000 students have indicated that they are DirectConnect students.

School of Public Safety

The Valencia College School of Public Safety houses three major program areas: Criminal Justice, Fire Rescue and Safety and Security. Valencia College will train the next generation of public safety professionals using state-of-the-art technology and the latest in simulation training. Programs for firefighters, law enforcement, corrections, security officers and homeland security elevate and unify training standards across all divisions of public safety. This interdisciplinary approach promotes cross-sector training and collaboration between public safety agencies that help make our communities safer—both in times of crisis and in maintaining the peace.

  • The Criminal Justice Institute occupies a 77,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) state-of-the-art criminal justice training facility. The CJI is certified and approved by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to operate law enforcement and corrections academies, advanced courses and specialized training. Valencia is one of 4 colleges in Florida that trains Department of Juvenile Justice recruit officers.
  • The Fire Rescue Institute provides career pathways to meet the needs of the fire service community in Central Florida and prepares all levels of fire service professionals, including the fire fighter, fire officer, fire inspector, fire investigator and fire instructor.
  • The Safety and Security Institute is still in development. The Safety and Security Institute will build upon programming already being offered by Valencia College and the School of Public Safety to provide professional and leadership training for private security officers and managers, as well as homeland security specialists. The Safety and Security Institute will be the first of its kind to provide standardized training and certifications to the security professionals working within Central Florida’s many airports, hotels, theme parks and attractions.

Valencia Continuing Education and Professional Training

Valencia Continuing Education and Professional Training is located at West Campus. Valencia’s continuing education, training and professional development division of Valencia College serves businesses, government agencies, individuals and organizations of all sizes, across every industry throughout the Central Florida community.

Valencia International and Continuing Education is located alongside the continuing education and professional training division at West Campus. Valencia’s International and Continuing Education division offers conversational English and Spanish courses, cultural diversity workshops, American sign language and corporate training programs to prepare students for entry into a college degree program.



Courses Offered

Below is a list of course offerings by subject code:

  • ACG: Accounting-General
  • AFA: Afro-American Studies
  • AMH: American History
  • AML: American Literature
  • ANT: Anthropology
  • AOM: Agricult Operations Mngt
  • APA: Applied Accounting
  • ARA: Arabic
  • ARC: Architecture
  • ARE: Art Education
  • ARH: Art History
  • ART: Art
  • ASL: American Sign Language
  • AST: Astronomy
  • BCN: Building Construction
  • BCT: Bldg Construction: Trades
  • BOT: Botany
  • BSC: Biological Sciences
  • BUL: Business Law
  • CCJ: Criminal Justice
  • CET: Computer Engineering Tech
  • CGS: Computer General Studies
  • CHI: Chinese
  • CHM: Chemistry
  • CIS: Comp Sci & Info Systems
  • CJC: Crim Justice Corrections
  • CJD: Crim Justice Development
  • CJE: Criminal Justice
  • CJJ: Criminal Justice
  • CJK: Crim Justice Institute
  • CJL: Criminal Justice
  • CLP: Clinical Psychology
  • COM: Communications
  • COP: Computer Programming
  • COT: Computing Theory
  • CRW:Creative Writing
  • CTS: Computer Tech & Skills
  • CVT: Cardiovascular Technology
  • DAA: Dance Activities
  • DEH: Dental Hygiene
  • DEP: Developmental Psych
  • DES: Dental Support
  • DIG: Digital Media Tech
  • DIM: Diesel Mechanics
  • DSC: Domestic Security
  • EAP: English for Acad Purposes
  • ECO: Economics
  • EDF: Educ- Foundation & Policy
  • EDG: Education: General
  • EDP: Educational Psychology
  • EEC: Education: Early Childhood
  • EET: Elect Engineering Tech
  • EEX: Educ- Exceptional Child
  • EGN: Engineering: General
  • EGS: Engineering: Support
  • EME: Education: Technology & Media
  • EMS: Emergency Medical Services
  • ENC: English Composition
  • ENG: English – General
  • ENL: English Literature
  • ENY: Entomology
  • EPI: Educator Prep Institute
  • ESC: Earth Science
  • ETC: Engineering Tech-Civil
  • ETD: Engineering Tech: Drafting
  • ETI: Engineering Tech Indust
  • ETP: Engineering Tech: Power
  • ETS: Engineering Technologies
  • EUH: European History
  • EVR: Environmental Studies
  • EVS: Environmental Science
  • FFP: Fire Fighting & Protection
  • FIL: Film
  • FIN: Finance
  • FOS: Food Science
  • FRE: French
  • FSS: Food Service Systems
  • GEA: Geography: Regional Areas
  • GEB: General Business
  • GER: German
  • GLY: Geology
  • GRA: Graphic Arts
  • HFT: Hospitality Management
  • HIM: Health Information Management
  • HIS: Gen History/Histriography
  • HLP: Health, Leisure, & Phys Ed
  • HOS: Horticultural Sciences
  • HSA: Health Services Admin
  • HSC: Health Sciences
  • HUM: Humanities
  • HUN: Human Nutrition
  • IDH: Interdisciplinary Honors
  • INP: Industrial/Applied Psych
  • INR: International Relations
  • INT: Interpreting
  • IPM: Integrated Pest Management
  • ISS: Interdisciplinary Social Scien
  • ITA: Italian Language
  • JOU: Journalism
  • JPN: Japanese Language
  • LAT: Latin (Language Studies)
  • LDE: Landscape Design
  • LIS: Library & Info Science
  • LIT: Literature
  • MAC: Math: Calc/Pre-Calc
  • MAE: Mathematics Education
  • MAN: Management
  • MAP: Mathematics Applied
  • MAR: Marketing
  • MAS: Math – Algebraic Struct
  • MAT: Mathematics
  • MCB: Microbiology
  • MET: Meteorology
  • MGF: Math – General & Finite
  • MHF: Math – History & Found
  • MKA: Marketing Applications
  • MMC: Mass Media Communications
  • MNA: Management: Applied
  • MSL: Military Science & Leader
  • MTB: Math – Tech & Business
  • MUC: Music Composition
  • MUE: Music Education
  • MUL: Music-Literature
  • MUM: Music-Commercial
  • MUN: Music Ensembles
  • MUO: Opera/Musical Theater
  • MUS: Music
  • MUT: Music-Theory
  • MVB: Applied Music: Brasses
  • MVK: Applied Music: Keyboard
  • MVP: Applied Music: Percussion
  • MVS: Applied Music – Strings
  • MVV: Applied Music-Voice
  • MVW: Applied Music- Woodwinds
  • NUR: Nursing
  • OCB: Biological Oceanography
  • OCE: General Oceanography
  • ORH: Ornamental Horticulture
  • OST: Office Systems Technology
  • PAX: Peace Studies
  • PCB: Process Bio (Cell/Ecol etc.)
  • PEL: PE Act/Land Object Orient
  • PEM: PE Act/Land Performance
  • PEN: Activity/Water-Snow Based
  • PET: Physical Ed Theory
  • PGY: Photography
  • PHI: Philosophy
  • PHY: Physics
  • PLA: Paralegal/Legal Assist/Adm
  • PLP: Plant Pathology
  • PLS: Plant Science
  • POR: Portuguese
  • POS: Political Science
  • PSC: Physical Sciences
  • PSY: Psychology
  • PUR: Public Relations
  • REA: Reading
  • REE: Real Estate
  • REL: Religion
  • RET: Respiratory Care
  • RMI: Risk Manag & Insurance
  • RTE: Radiologic Technology
  • SBM: Small Business Management
  • SLS: Student Life Skills (Lrng)
  • SON: Sonography
  • SOP: Social Psychology
  • SPC: Speech Communication
  • SPN: Spanish
  • STA: Statistics
  • SUR: Surveying & Related Areas
  • SWS: Soil Science
  • SYG: Sociology, General
  • TAR: Technical Architecture
  • TAX: Taxation
  • THE: Theater Studies/Gen Resour
  • TPA: Theater Production & Admin
  • TPP: Theater Performance/Trng
  • WOH: World History
  • ZOO: Zoology





Valencia Foundation Scholarship List

Valencia Foundation offers students hundreds of scholarship opportunities every year. All it takes is ONE scholarship application per year to be eligible for consideration. After submitting your Valencia Foundation Scholarship Application it will be forwarded to ALL Valencia Foundation scholarship donors to which you qualify for! Here is a small sample of the hundreds of Valencia Foundation scholarship opportunities available each year. Should you be a match for any of these your application will be forwarded automatically to the donor for consideration. If you are selected by the donor you will be notified through your Atlas email with more information. Donors make selections through the entire aid year.

  • Hispanic Business Council Scholarship
  • Walters Family Foundation/Second Chance Scholarship (1149)
  • Orlando Chapter IAAP/Sylvia Scott CPS Memorial Scholarship
  • Mercury Marine Scholarship
  • Central Florida Amateur Softball Association Scholarship
  • Universal Orlando Scholarship
  • M. Overstreet Hospitality Scholarship
  • Bloom N Grow Scholarship

Current Private Scholarships (Non-Valencia Foundation Donors)

STUDENTS: Private scholarships are not affiliated with Valencia College or Valencia Foundation. These are other private resources that you may be eligible for. Students should never pay to apply for a scholarship. Avoid scholarship guarantees.  Never provide any personal information to apply for a scholarship (bank account information, credit card numbers, etc.).



National Debt Relief Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $1,000

Deadline: January 31, 2017

About the Scholarship: For 2016, National Debt Relief is offering a scholarship for students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors. The NEA says “If the United States is to hold a competitive edge in a rapidly changing global workforce, bolstering the nation’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is essential.” National Debt Relief supports this effort and wants to encourage students to pursue careers in these fields to bolster our future economic prosperity.


My Soccer HQ Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $1,000

Deadline: February 28, 2017

About the Scholarship: We are happy to announce My Soccer HQ scholarship. We at My Soccer HQ understand that financing your education can be difficult and expensive; as a result, we would like to lend a hand. My Soccer HQ is providing the latest information on soccer and reviewing the related product. We help soccer fans find all information and reviews about soccer. Example: Best Soccer Cleats.

We recognize the power of the written words online and offline and want to help the creative minds exhibit their abilities in this area. We have created the My Soccer HQ Scholarship for Undergraduate or Postgraduate students with the passion of sports writing to receive $1,000 award.


$2,500 Teacher.org’s Inspire Our Future Scholarship!

Scholarship Value: $2,500

Deadline: April 1, 2017

About the Scholarship: Teacher.org believes that teachers have the power to inspire our future. Your dedication to the field of education is immensely commendable. Whether you are an experienced teacher who is continuing their education, or a teacher candidate who has just begun the process – we want to support you. With that said, Teacher.org is offering a $2,500 scholarship to help you pay for your education and other associated expenses. Simply fill out the form and answer the question in order to apply.


Freeman & Freeman, 2017 Scholarship for Law Students

Scholarship Value: $1,000

Deadline: April 1, 2017

About the Scholarship: Freeman & Freeman is a law firm that is committed to helping the next generation of attorneys reach their goals.

Long Island Attorney Ronald D. Weiss Scholarship Contest

Scholarship Value: $2,500

Deadline: April 21, 2017

About the Scholarship: The cost of obtaining a college education has grown rapidly over the past few decades, making it more and more difficult for many people to realize their educational goals. As an attorney, Ronald D. Weiss understands the value of higher education as well as the tremendous investment of time and money obtaining one can involve. In an effort to help a new generation meet their educational costs, Mr. Weiss is pleased to announce that he is offering incoming and existing college students an opportunity to win $2,500 college scholarship.


Job Application Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $1,000

Deadline: April 25, 2017

About the Scholarship: Write an answer to the ten questions on their page about your education, your career goals, and other related questions.


Scholarship from Maven

Scholarship Value: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017

About the Scholarship: Maven is a web development and marketing services provider with a strong focus on delivering only the best results. As we are passionate about the web and everything it incorporates, we decided to create a $1,000 scholarship for students who share the same passion and want to develop it in future in a marketing, business, IT, or other related program of study.



Ampronix College Scholarship Program

Scholarship Value: Up to $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017

About the Scholarship: At Ampronix, we strive to give back to the community and that is why we are promoting our College Scholarship Program. We will be giving away a total of $2,250 to 3 chosen applicants who demonstrate passion for their field of study and great desire to give back to their community.


Aesthetic Medicine Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $1,000

Deadline: June 1, 2017

About the Scholarship: We at IAPAM want to help support the next generation of physicians, nurse practitioners, and dentists who will be performing aesthetic medicine in their practices.


Physician Group Management (PGM) Scholarship Program

Scholarship Value: $1,500

Deadline: June 30, 2017

About the Scholarship: PGM’s Scholarship Program is now open to receive applications. There will be two (2) $1,500 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The first scholarship is open to undergraduate students pursuing a career in computer science and demonstrates an interest in the health care industry. The second scholarship is open to graduate students entering into medical school or currently within their medical school program. The scholarship program here at PGM is competitive and will be based upon leadership, academics and achievements.




The Kelly Somey Digital Marketing Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $1,000

Deadline: April 1 EACH YEAR

About the Scholarship: The Kelly Somey Digital Marketing Scholarship honors a dedicated teacher and mentor by rewarding college-bound students who demonstrate a passion for creativity and an interest in pursuing a career in digital marketing. Each year, UNION will select a recipient to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Awards are for high school seniors and may be used towards their college tuition.

The scholarship honors Kelly Somey, a former high school art teacher. Mr. Somey was a dedicated teacher and mentor that always went above and beyond to provide guidance to students looking to harness their creative talents to pursue careers in creative fields, such as digital marketing.


NurseJournal.org Global Health Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $3,000

Deadline to Apply: July 15 (Every Year)

About the Scholarship: NurseJournal.org is pleased to announce the first ever Global Health Scholarship for Online & Campus based education program candidates. We will offer one $3,000 merit-based scholarship every year to deserving Global Health candidates. Global Health students will primarily be in one of the following fields: Nursing, Public Health, or Medicine.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Awarded Yearly

About the Scholarship: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund mission is to double the rate of Hispanic Americans earning college degrees. It was founded in 1975 and awards several kinds of scholarships in the United States. Applicants must either be a high school senior, an undergraduate or graduate student, or a community college transfer student. Applicants must also be of Hispanic heritage and apply for Federal Financial Aid funding using the FAFSA.



Valencia Foundation Scholarships


Hispanic Business Council Scholarship (F1167)

Hispanic Business Council awards students who are Hispanic Osceola County residents who are enrolled in a Business Related Program at Valencia College.

  • Are you Hispanic?

  • Are you enrolled in a Business Related Program at Valencia?

  • Are you a resident of Osceola County?

  • Did you file a current FAFSA ? (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

If you match all of the above, then you could be a match for the 2015-16 Hispanic Business Council Scholarship!

The scholarship will pay toward tuition, fees, and books.


Walters Family Foundation/Second Chance Scholarship (1149)

Walters Family Foundation/Second Chance is a scholarship to help single mothers (preferred) assisting with the cost of tuition and books at Valencia College.

Orlando Chapter IAAP/Sylvia Scott CPS Memorial Scholarship (F465)

The Orlando Chapter IAAP/Sylvia Scott CPS Memorial Scholarship is currently seeking a student enrolled in office administration for a $500 award.  Applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Submit a complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Demonstrate Financial Need.
  • Have a Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be part-time or full-time student.

The scholarship will pay toward tuition.



Mercury Marine Scholarship (F470)

The Mercury Marine Scholarship is seeking an applicant who is the son, daughter, current spouse of a Mercury Marine employee or of a former employee of Mercury Marine who had contributed to the scholarship fund.  Applicants must also meet these additional requirements:

  • Submit a complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Demonstrate Financial Need.
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

The scholarship will pay toward tuition and books.

Central Florida Amateur Softball Association Scholarship (F623)

The Central Florida Amateur Softball Association Scholarship is currently seeking a student who has completed community service with the Metro Orlando ASA.  Applicants must also meet these additional requirements:

  • Submit a complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Have a Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be a Full-Time Student.
  • Must be resident of Orange, Osceola or Seminole County.

The scholarship will pay toward tuition.


Universal Orlando Scholarship (F711)

The Universal Orlando Scholarship is currently seeking recent graduating high school seniors from Dr. Phillips, Olympia, West Orange, Jones, or Evans high school. Applicants must also meet these additional requirements:

  • Have a Minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Should a student apply, be accepted to, and attend the UCF Rosen School of Hospitality in Orlando the student will then be eligible for up to an addtional two years of scholarship awards.

The scholarship will pay toward tuition, fees, books and materials.



M. Overstreet Hospitality Scholarship (F765)

The M. Overstreet Hospitality Scholarship is currently seeking a student enrolled in one of Valencia’s Hospitality & Tourism Institute programs.  Applicants must also meet these additional requirements:

  • Submit a complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Have a Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrated involvement in hospitality industry through work and/or industry activities.The scholarship will pay toward tuition.


Bloom N Grow Scholarship (F1143)

The Bloom N Grow Scholarship, an affiliate of Florida Federal of Garden Clubs, Inc., was organized by a group of West Orange County women sharing a common interest in gardening and horticulture. The purpose of this scholarship is to support educational opportunities for students who have an interest in gardening and horticulture. All applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Must be Enrolled Full-Time or Part-Time.
  • Preference for graduates of West Orange High School.
  • Must be enrolled in Horticulture Science, Landscape or Horticulture Technology

The scholarship will pay toward tuition, books and fees.



Valencia College has a rolling admissions process, meaning we accept new students year-round. However, if you plan to start classes in the fall or spring, you will want to submit your application by the priority deadline. For a Bachelor’s Degree, that’s April 7. For an Associate Degree, that’s 21.