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  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 24 people found this review useful. 1 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any type of students.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is a great school for not only graduating seniors but also anyone else who wants to go to college. It has a great atmosphere and a very interesting layout. I would suggest this school to anyone who wants a great experience when I comes to school and meeting new people. Its a great place to start your college career! Good Luck!

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 15 people found this review useful. 2 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is a great school for anyone. My sister goes there, and she is almost forty years old! Other students are younger and enjoy their experience. Some teenagers come to Valencia to socialize even though they're not even students! Valencia is that fun. All ages and all types are welcome at Valencia.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check your emails. You could miss out on something if you don't. Meet with an adviser before you sign up for classes. Then you won't be taking classes that you already had credit for or that are too hard and unnecessary for your degree. I speak from personal experience! Don't be afraid of asking questions. Everyone is friendly and very helpful. Try to figure out ahead of time what college you're going to after Valencia. Then the advisers can help you more with what classes you should take.

    Bang for the buck

    I can learn so much at Valencia, and it doesn't cost that much. I have friends who complain about prices at other colleges, but thanks to Valencia's fantastic prices, I can afford to go to college. In fact, I plan on taking as many required classes as I can at Valencia because they're so inexpensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I was scared about college before I started going to Valencia. However, now I know that Valencia will help me with anything I'm having problems with, and they will do it in a manner that makes my education fun and profitable. Valencia is a comfortable and enjoyable learning environment.

    Am learning a lot

    Valencia is an awesome college. I can learn well in the environment they have created. Their environment is friendly and fun. The teachers are experienced and are eager to impart their knowledge. If I have any problems, they have tutors and workshops and an answer center. They help me learn the things I need to know.

  • 12/27/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 3 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is a great choice for those who want to go full time or those wanting to choose less credits per semester. Valencia allows you to work or tend to your family life while taking classes that will lead to your career goals. You choose the path and the pace. I strongly recommend Valencia Community College as the place to further your education!

    Tips for prospective students

    Choosing to further your education is the best decision you can make. Starting at Valencia then transitioning into UCF is a not only wise move, but more economical. Do your research and visit the campus and you will agree that Valencia Community College is a great school.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of community college is what I like best. My family was unable to send me to university to start out so when we checked into starting out at Valencia we were sold. In state residents get a great tuition rate and the housing in the area is very reasonable.

    Will enjoy being here

    Because Valencia is in a very popular area, you will enjoy not only the school, but the area. Most student housing in the area provide enjoyable downtime activities related to the college experience. Since Valencia is linked academically with UCF, you are exposed to their activities as well.

    Will learn a lot

    If you apply yourself, you will learn alot at Valencia Community College. You select the courses geared towards your area of study, which means you are not wasting time just taking filler classes that you don't need.

  • 08/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student will be great here. Valencia community college offers night courses, morning, afternoon, online, Saturday classes and a testing center. It fits in great with all types of students that work or have any difficulties.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are much cheaper than Universities but are the same courses. This is the best choice.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying being here because it is a great community college. Everything is peaceful and easy to get to. The campus is not extremely large and the Cafe has great coffee.

    Am learning a lot

    Valencia is a great place to start. First off many of the classes that are offered in Universities are offered here for a munch cheaper price. The classes are small and usually consist of 30-50 students (some less and some more). There is so much help every where. The library is great and has many computers. It even has Mac's for those who like Apple better. There is an answer center that has friendly workers that will answer all your questions. Their advisers are excellent. They will guide you in the right direction and tell you exactly what you need to graduate not just from valencia but from any college of your desire. For each department there is a tutoring center. They have students/teachers that will proof-read your work or help you and no you do not need to be in that teachers class. The financial aid office is great. They will not only tell you if you qualify for financial aid but they will find all the possible awards/scholarships that fit the person best. The professor are great, almost 97% of them answer your emails within the same day and know you by your name and your participation.

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Bottom line is that Valencia Community College is a commuter school. Meaning that you get your degree and you get out and go to a four year school or you have your A.S. degree. The price that Valencia charges is so worth coming here because of how frugal you will be spending your money. I am the Chairman of one of the many clubs here on campus and there is so many different things to do here and so many different classes to take that every day at Valencia will seem like a brand new day.

    Bang for the buck

    I have taken 18 credit hours for the last two semesters here at Valencia and let me tell you it is totally worth it to go to Valencia Community College in the aspect of price. If I were to go to a four year school and take 18 credit hours, their price would not even come close to great price that Valencia charges.

    Am enjoying being here

    Valencia Community College is a great school to attend because it is small yet spacious. The reason being is that there are eight buildings that are close together, but the buildings them selves are huge There is a lot of campus/student involvement from the SGA and clubs at Valencia. The library that Valencia east campus has is delightful because there are dozens of computers to log on to finish school work or to surf the web.

    Am learning a lot

    A high school graduate will most defiantly learn a lot at Valencia Community College. The faculty and staff here are will and able to answer any questions that you might have, and if they can't answer them the faculty will point you in the right direction to your answer.

  • 12/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those that are able to commute independently, need flexible hours and enjoy smaller class sizes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to reach out to your classmates and make yourself known. Because all of the students are commuters, I find that the students aren't as social or connected and have their own separate lives or agendas. It's very easy to complete a semester course and not know any of your classmates' names. Make eye contact with your professors. You never know who you may need a favor from (ex. recommendations.)

    Bang for the buck

    College will always be expense-filled, but attending VCC is definitely the choice for those on a strict budget. Many of the classes here line up with the courses offered at universities for several times the amount charged at Valencia. Many people avoid the idea of attending a community college because they want to jump right into the 4-year university experience. There's a generally negative opinion of attending community colleges; that it's for those with low grades or that it's just not the cool thing to do. It may not be the coolest thing to do, but it definitely is the smartest thing to do for your wallet if you like to think long term.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a community college, it's not a party school. But as a first year student from the area, I see plenty of my high school classmates. Not having to start over with friendships and networking makes college life a lot easier. I know that if necessary, I can speak to my teachers on a personal level because they have personalities and lives outside of the classroom.

    Am learning a lot

    All of my current teachers have plenty of experience in their subjects -whether their time was spent in the books or working in their field. They are able to give additional background information other than what is provided by the textbooks and they are good resources for whatever questions you may have pertaining to their field.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you feel nervous or maybe even a little scared of going to college a community college is great choice to look at. Their classes are small which resemble a lot to high school. So the transition isn't that overwhelming. And if you plan on transferring to a four-year college it will sure make the transition easier because you would have already gotten a feel of college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused, don't procrastinate and be responsible. This is not high school, although your teachers will help you, you have to be responsible of your own work. Other than that relax and try to enjoy it.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes here a cheaper than you would see then if you went to maybe a four-year college. So you would save a lot and even if you have a scholarship.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really do enjoy being at Valencia. The atmosphere here is great, whether I need to study for a test or I just want to hang out. Everyone is just doing there own thing.

    Am learning a lot

    My professors are great and very helpful. When ever I don't understand something I can go to them and know that they'll help me. The classes here are small, thirty students tops, so you get a more personal learning experience.

  • 11/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    VCC's East Campus is great for art students becasue they have a big arts program.

    Tips for prospective students

    COme early to find parking. Don't be afraid to meet new people thats what callege is all about. People in the Orlando area are nice and for the most part all love meeting new people.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as price VCC is awesome. Being it's a community college its cheaper than a University such as UCF but the price is great. And they give you a lot of free stuff as well like your parking pass and student identification card. Getting financial aid is easy also they'll help you every step of the way.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy VCC because not only the small class size and the individual attention I can get with my professors. But I also enjoy the class selection. They have so many classes to chose from it is like being a kid in a candy store. Another reason I love VCC so much is the location in Orlando. IF your at the East Campus your just minutes away from UCF Campus and all the activities they have there. And Orlando's Tourist District is just a short car ride away as well for entertainment and fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Here at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida the classroom sizes are farely small allowing the teachers to have more one on one time with the students which id great if your having trouble understanding something in the class. There are also tutoring centers that can help out a lot if needing some extra help.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    there is many scholarships valencia offers

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends and class mates

    Food and Dining

    the food in the cafeteria is delicious, yet is expensive

    Dorm Life

    there is no dorms in valencia

    Academic Rigor

    although valencia is a community college the course work is rigorous. professors expect you to be in class, on time and turn in your assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    sing up on time for classes. valencia is one of the top community colleges in the nation making classes fill up quickly

    In three sentences

    is a great college for dual enrollment students or students whose gpa was low as they graduated high school. the professors are friendly and are always willing to help. the campus is full of resources.

  • 08/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 10 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Research scholarships online and Valencia also provides a list of scholarships on their website before turning to student loans to pay for you education.

    Bang for the buck

    I currently have a scholarship that covers tuition and the cost of my courses but I still need help with purchasing my books, and I have learned of several scholarships that valencia has to offer and I have been awarded one.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment was intimating at first but after my first term at Valencia, I feel right at home. The student government and other school events really add to the college experience and the friends I have made are wonderful.

    Am learning a lot

    In high school I wasn't someone who enjoyed the required english, math, and social science classes but at valencia I have learned a great deal from the courses I have taken. I enjoyed and have taken so much from each course that will benefit me later in my college career and life.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe, there are security guards going around campus all the time!! They go around in golf carts, around parking lots and around the main buildings, and all buildings have cameras....I haven't heard of any incidents there....

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs that you can join, and meet more people!! Additionally, there are many activities, right in front of the main building, with food, and music, and it is a great way to meet new people....

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is a lot cheaper in several things compared to other colleges, and that is why I recommend starting here, and then if you want, transfer over to another college or university...

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities, right in front of the main building, with food, and music, and it is a great way to meet new people....

    Food and Dining

    Food is great!!! They have a good menu, and whenever I eat something there, I leave satisfied, and I am one of those guys that fall in love if they are well fed, well I fell in love with cooks

    Dorm Life

    I don't sleep in the dorms, but I have seen them and I wish I stayed there, than at home with my parents... ; )

    Academic Rigor

    The school makes it easy for students that have a hard time in classes to get back on track. While giving the option to the more advanced students to take Honor classes or to enroll in the more challenging Honor Track.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Valencia!!! It is a good school that has good tuition costs, the professors are very friendly and helpful. I suggest you attend the orientation on campus, although it is longer, it will answer your questions better than the online orientation.

    In three sentences

    The college is great!! It won the Aspen award, as the best community college in the nation!!! The campus is very nice.... people are very friendly, and eager to help when you need it... I certainly recommend any one in Orlando to attend Valencia first and then finishing you Bachelor's degree somewhere else. Although, Valencia is starting to add some Bachelor's programs, so you might be able to finish your degree there... Good Luck and have FUN!!!

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Its a really safety campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of clubs you may like to join.

    Great for these types of students

    You should visit sometime the college.

    Bang for the buck

    Its good.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the student center or if you like to read you may like the library.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria its really big.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life i havent experience it yet.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor its great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be you. You will love this college.

    In three sentences

    Valencia has a team of highly efficient. If you're Hispanic you are looking for someone who speaks Spanish. It is an interesting college.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Students will always see security driving around campus. Valencia also offers Valencia Alert which is information to students who want important information about emergency issues on the campus via text.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life at Valencia College.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is lots of clubs and activities to always do. Once signed up, meetings are held where students have the same opinions and can share ideas. A great way to learn a lot of new things and meet wonderful people.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for everybody. Even if you are a parent, or somebody who has limited time on their hands, Valencia's schedule is very flexible.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some classes that Valencia offers inside a local High School called Lake Nona High. It is unusual for college students to take college level courses at a high school but it seems to work out for many students.

    Bang for the buck

    Great college to save a lot of money on. Valencia is now a 4 year college so anyone can complete a bachelors degree there. Paying for classes is half as much compared to going to a University.

    What to do for fun

    There is many clubs and organizations to join and attend between studies. Valencia also hosts days where students can enjoy free food, music, and fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    Usually Valencia is around a busy area so many restaurants are located around the campus. Restaurants such as Crispers, Panda Express, Tijuana Flats etc. Most of these restaurants will offer discounts if you show your Valencia ID.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life at Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are smaller sized about 25 students per teacher. Students can choose to take them online, meet once a week, on the weekends, etc. Valencia is very flexible.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have any questions or need help registering for classes, help with financial aid, anything, Valencia has advisers, an answer center that any student can go to straighten them out

    In three sentences

    Valencia college is a great college to go to. I will rate it a 9 out of a 10. There are about 6 locations in Florida so there is never any reason to move closer to the campus thus a great money saver.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 14 of 421

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I heard that there are a lot of after school programs and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    I have not yet started at Valencia but I do not think they have a cafeteria area, they do though have vending machines throughout the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not yet started taking classes at Valencia therefore I cannot rate on the rigor of the professors or students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Nothing good comes easy. You have to work hard for what you really want. You will have to sacrifice social life and commit to school, but in the end, all will be worth it.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a little disorganized. Some classes do not appear on the website and it may cause some confusion of upcoming students. There are a lot of students enrolled so it is some what hard to find classes but if you look calmly and ask for assistance, someone will always be there to help you and guide you.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always there

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded

    What to do for fun

    On campus activities or local hang out spots.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of local places to eat and hang out.

    Dorm Life

    local off campus dorms. All styles, Houses or apartments to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    There are teachers who come from all parts of the US to teach here. The academic rigor prepares you for the next step after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Communicate to teachers and counselors. Make friends and be open minded , you never know who will change your life. Show up on time its a sign of respect.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a very diversified school. It gives you the tools to create your own path. The quality of education is good

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe in my opinion

    Clubs and Activities

    it all looks very fun I'm very eager to join!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! there is so much variety of everything that anyone would love it and fit right in!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Earth day celebration

    What to do for fun

    Events such as theatrical plays, fashion shows, dance shows, finding career meetings ect...

    Food and Dining

    They have a wonderful cafeteria at the campus full of varieties of fresh delicious foods you can choose from and the cafeteria has a lot of space

    Dorm Life

    I'm currently living at home with my parents

    Academic Rigor

    None as far as I'm concerned!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to attend orientation so you can get all the exiting scoop of the whole campus such as classes, activities, books and more

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a fun and happy place to go to. The people that work there are very nice and helpful. The campus is just wonderful and comfortable!

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Make sure to always lock your car and never leave your posessions out of your sight.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    The peace program at Valencia is sponsored by my humanities teacher and it is very involved at the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to leave your house about a half an hour before your actual class starts in order to arrive on time.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has a decent selection to eat from. They also have a bunch of different coffee and smoothies to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm.

    In three sentences

    I would have to rate Valencia Community College a 9 out of 10. I do enjoy the school and the teachers so far have kept my attention. The only thing holding the college back from being a 10 would be the awful traffic!

  • 12/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I am truly getting my moneys worth from the cool events to the classrooms and the things i learn here daily at Valencia it is the place to be when you don't want to start college on a big university....You get the same education and lessons taught to you here.

    Am enjoying being here

    The students here are amazing, there are alot of activities and intraumural sports to get into at Valencia. There are a vast number of clubs to be a part of here at valencia and the speacial events every month make s valencia to hot spot for entertainment and education

    Am learning a lot

    Valencia community College is the best....the professors here are out of this world Valencia really guides you helps you through your first year in college and is a great place to earn a associate's degree,Valencia is the Harvard of community colleges.

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for any student, whether you've just graduated from high school or you're planning on attending school while working full time. Full time or part time, Valencia Community College is a great place to get further education.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you have your orientation, listen closely when they take you on the tour. Some of the campuses are larger than others and their student help centers can be found in multiple buildings. Don't be afraid to ask for help or directions, the staff at Valencia is more than willing to assist you.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are worth the money! Once you're a student at Valencia, you have access to free high speed internet, free tutoring, free counseling, math, English, foreign language and other subjects have specific centers where you can receive help, and that's not even including the classes!

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many student help centers at Valencia! Tutoring and counseling are free; everyone is more than willing to assist you.

    Am learning a lot

    Valencia hires the best teachers who are honestly interested in helping you succeed in your classes. They're very student friendly, open to making themselves available for your educational needs and have a great curriculum.

  • 12/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is best suited for the working student. Classes are offered at many different times throughout the day, and on many different days. Classes are also offered online. Great for a busy student!

    Tips for prospective students

    One very important tip is that when the time comes to register for classes, the student does so as soon as possible because the classes fill up quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    I am very happy with the education offered for the price of the school, and class sizes aren't so large that the student feels lost.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at this school because it is very convenient as far as finding classes at times that work around my schedule.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot in the classes that I have already taken at Valencia and I am excited to learn more in the classes I will take in the future!!!

  • 04/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who like the ability to go to any campus, take online classes or onsite campus, and for those who live variety in their classes. Valencia offers SO many different courses, programs and degrees, and even have at least one four year degree now. It's perfect for students who fear that the transition to a university is not for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    The greates tip I can give, is if you need to have questions answered, go to any campus and go straight to the Answer Center...but don't go 12pm or later! The lines get crazy long. I have seriously waited for hours. So just make sure you go a little earlier. Also, make sure to sign up for classes during your slot that way you get the best ones!

    Bang for the buck

    For how great this college is, i'm surprised by how little it costs! With the grants and scholarships I've recieved, I haven't had to pay anything for my classes, besides a few books, which is pretty amazing!

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy going to this school because there are so many options, and I've made alot of friends. Each campus of this school that I have been to (3 different camuses) are very clean and welcoming. It's easy to find my way around, and there are so many resources to help with classes.

    Am learning a lot

    I've learned a great deal in all of my classes, without being overwhelmed with the transition from high school to college, and I think that is the greatest thing about Valencia. All of the professors are very interested in the students and how well they are understanding, which is great. If I ever need help, I know that I can email and call anytime, or visit my Professor during office hours. They actually care about your education!

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is awesome for people who want to be in the musical field. The atmosphere is chill and laid back. I don't get a sense of pushiness and stressed rude campus students. All of the musical people are friendly, out-going, crazy and fun individuals to be around. Valencia East Community College is the best place for anyone who aspires to be the same.

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any, as long as you put in the work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely make sure to check out any of the professor rating sites, there's a lot of really good teachers here but there are some really terrible ones.

  • 07/24/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check with your teachers to know what is due when!

    Bang for the buck

    Along with having financial aid, bright futures, and Florida Pre-Paid. I got money back to go to school! Many of their activities are free and they have Matador Day which is a get-to-know your school kind of thing and you win free prizes, get free food, and even some school supplies.

    Did enjoy being here

    I wish i got involved a little sooner with SGA, or any other groups. Reaching out with others helps not only with socializing but helps get better grades too!

    Did learn a lot

    What I really learned a lot about was getting involved with other students, I recently got back from a study abroad in Denmark and i felt more connected with others as well as the class itself. Even though there was classwork involved, it was worth every dime! Also the college has several scholarships so don't forget to apply!

  • 09/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    This school is really worth the money. Plus they offer a lot of scholarships that can really help.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy Valencia. The setting and the tranquility of the school is really impressive. I thought it was going to be like high school but it is completely different. Its peaceful enough to get work done on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Valencia is a great school. The teachers really care and help you all the way. There are also math labs and writing labs so if you're stuck on something you have your fellow students to help you. Valencia makes it impossible for people to fail because they care for their students.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Keep an eye out for the various scholarships that are offered throughout the school year. College can drain your pocket, and paying back student loans can be a very stressful process. Apply for scholarships that catch your interest and finish the requirements before the deadline. You never know, you may be a winner.

    What to do for fun

    There are many ways to have fun, such as, getting involved such as showing your school spirit by attending the local football game on Thursday night, or becoming a part of the Student Government Association to set up events for special occasions. You would be surprised that getting involved is another way of meeting new faces and increasing your socialization skills.

    Food and Dining

    The most common way of paying for something throughout America is a credit or debit card. Before heading off to college you might have set up a checking or savings account, and through that process you receive that card. In college most teens buy out, but don�t realize every time you swipe that card your inquiry decreases each time. Keep in mind eating out weekly can become costly and very addiction.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus or an off campus apartment is the best way to meet friends and socialize. Having a dorm has it pros and cons, as well as anything else. Now that you have graduated high school your parents are not there to set ground rules for you to follow. For instance, going to a party Sunday night and not coming home until four a.m. is not a wise choice if you have class at eight a.m. Lack of sleep results in lack of attention throughout class. As a young adult you must make those decisions on your own. Everything has consequences!

    Academic Rigor

    College professors are not going to be apathetic towards you because you paid for the classes you take out of your pocket. They don't have anything to lose, and the time you waste is your time, not theirs. Acquire the right tools by taking notes because it�s essential and that�s how you are going to get through a course. Always take notes from the professor�s lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before graduating high school be sure that you have duplicates of the documents that you are sending to the college or university that you plan on attending just to be on the safe side. Also, take the ACT or SAT preparation in consideration because your junior and senior grades reflect a lot in getting admitted into college.

    In three sentences

    Entering Valencia College as a first year freshman it is very warm welcoming and enjoyable. Valencia offers many opportunities to get involved such as: skill shops, clubs and organizations, and events held on campus.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 421

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    Campus Safety

    There is a cop on campus, and it is safe as far as I have been attending.

    Greek Life

    I dont believe there is a Greek Life, but I could be wrong. Valencia is continuously growing.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have many clubs. Something for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    They have pep rallies, and many other events that are fun for students to attend. I have yet to have the time to attend, but they sound like fun.

    Food and Dining

    I've eaten at the little cafeteria and the food is alright, a little bit expensive for the amount that they serve. They are building a new cafeteria in the osceola campus and I hear it is going to be really nice.

    Dorm Life

    I dont live in a dorm so I cant quite comment on it.

    Academic Rigor

    The transition from high school to college for me hasn't been too shocking since I did take AP courses in high school. AP courses are actually harder than the general AA classes that you start out with in my opinion. However if in high school you had trouble with the regular classes and deadlines, make sure to apply yourself more in your college classes. The professors don't hold your hand through everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Turn in all papers and applications on time because it can make a huge difference. Registering for classes should be done early on as well or else you won't end up with the schedule that works best for you. Meet with the student advisors and make sure that you are taking the necessary classes for you and your goals. If you don't have any financial help they have the TIP payment plan which is much help when paying for the classes. Make sure to look into it!

    In three sentences

    As a first year student at Valencia College I have had an awesome experience with my professors. All have been excellent, and I feel like I have learned a lot from them. The Ask-Center can be not so helpful at times, and if you do have questions about something make sure you go to the Ask-Center plenty of times, and with enough time before deadlines.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 421

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    What to do for fun

    play sports, mostly basketball.

    Food and Dining

    cost to much!

    Dorm Life

    none what so ever!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try every other school possible!

    In three sentences

    I do not like this school at all.

  • 09/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 421

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    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoy smaller classes and a one- on- one relationship with your teacher this is the right place for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on attending UCF Valenica is a great choice to get your AA. Not only is it more affordable, but the classes are smaller and teachers know you by your name not as a number.

    Bang for the buck

    It's affordable and helps prepare you for the 4 year university of your choice.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere, everyone is friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are very helpful and I have learned so much! If you are having trouble they offer free tutoring so make sure to check it out.

  • 10/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ALL!!!! Valencia gets a bad name because its a community college. But its so amazing they made it into a college. Goodbye Valencia Community College and Hello Valencia College!!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to graduate, do what you have to do. Don't wait last minute, leave procrastination in high school.

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth every penny!!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the environment. I go to the Winter Park Campus. There are 5 campuses. The people are nice and the area is perfect.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes are amazing and my teachers are even better!!

  • 11/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who have financial issues, want to stay living at home for a while, and people who just want a community college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students, if this is the college that you are looking to go to, I highly recommend it. It is not only cheaper to start off here than to dive straight into a university, but the teachers here actually want you to learn and you can always change your major at any point. Or, you can just go here for your associate in arts and change your mind later on. The great thing is that you don't have to have a major at a community college. Your major can just be general education. Good luck!

    Am enjoying being here

    I do enjoy being here, but keep in mind, there are a lot of students here that aren't really looking to learn. They're looking for that high school experience again and it can get quite distracting, as well as on your nerves. Just stay focused and you will be fine!

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot here. The professors I picked are wonderful and do everything in their power to make sure the students learn more and are open to learning new things. In example, in my college algebra class if I have a question they're always willing to help me. If I'm not sure of how to do a problem, they will show me, but they won't show me just one way, they will show me TWO and that is very convenient because you get to pick which one works best for you.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    32 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    This school has a good variety of classes, programs to support students and a great track record of matriculation to the upper division level. I have enjoyed my experience at this college.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Tutoring Center and Library are great resources for students to learn and get homework done!

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a great time on campus, spend as much time as possible in campus and get all your homework done on campus and take all the help provided. Use all the resourse and learn and take the opportunities provided. There is plenty and its for everyone who comes and seeks for it. =)

    Bang for the buck

    It a super cool campus with tons of on campus activities going on all the time. =)

    Am enjoying being here

    Valencia East is the biggest and the oldest campus, yet it is very beautiful and great people are working hard day and night for students to have the best experience there on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I started my college life at Valencia. I think Valencia is a great place to start. I have learned a lot along my way in Valencia. I have gained confidence, experience, great knowledge, and met great people that work for Valencia. Professors are very respectful and great at the subjects. They are full of valuable knowledge and I learned from them as much as possible. In college, I am an honors student; therefore I am in Honors Society which is nationally and internationally known as Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). I have always loved to be an Honors student since high school and I would like to continue to be one. Therefore, my future goal is to be an Honors student at my university. I am actively involved in PTK and with that I also volunteer with Valencia Volunteers to help on campus and off campus for community. It makes me feel good when I put some of my time for others.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who would like to remain close to home, save some money, yet get the same education you could get anywhere else.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just make sure you sign up early, get prepared, choose your professors wisely, and stay focused.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, because I am getting the most I could ever get out of a community college out of Valencia compared to any other university, without having to pay as much.

    Am enjoying being here

    Yes!

    Am learning a lot

    They are great at what they do, and I'm easily retaining all the information I'm learned once I choose to pay attention, and focus.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students with jobs, students who pay for their own expenses, students who cannot attend during regular hours, students who want to take online classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think that because Valencia is a community college that you won't get an education here. It is one of the best in the country and I can say going here before transferring to a state university is the best decision I have made!

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely. Here at Valencia you can get a first rate education for a very affordable price. I am a part-time worker, I live alone and pay 100% of my own expenses. I work hard to be able to pay for tuition and books, and it is worth every penny. I can afford to be a full-time student, without burying myself into a hole of debt.

    Am enjoying being here

    I work a lot and have a great deal of responsibilities outside of school, so I do not spend much other time at school besides going to classes. My time in class though is very rewarding. The teachers are serious, most of the students are too, and the campus is great and easy to familiarize yourself in.

    Am learning a lot

    At Valencia I have had some really inspirational teachers. You can find the teachers that will push you and motivate you as hard as any teacher at a 4-year college.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to learn and put forth an effort of 110%.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a subject you enjoy and talk to other students about their favorite teachers and why.

    Bang for the buck

    The college is on the pricey side, but it is well worth the money when you get a great teacher and great subject that you enjoy.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've made friends at this college, I have teachers I love to visit and talk to, and I talk with the security staff all the time.

    Am learning a lot

    I am finally learning Math at this college after years of being confused and hating it. I actually want to learn it for once! I also learned a lot about Screenwriting, a subject I love, and some tips on how to do an independent film.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Am enjoying being here

    Since the first day I started at Valencia College, I am enjoying being here.

    Am learning a lot

    Valencia College is helping me to build my future career.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Valencia Community College is great for student who just want to get their basic down before heading to a four year university or even get a dental or nurse degree to start off your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    First do you research. Found the classes that you need to take first before heading to the next step (Ask the school counselor for help if needed). Second find the classes that could be suitable for your time. Most student at Valencia usually take morning classes. Therefore, most classes would be full in the morning. Third sign up for your classes online. Final, go to the school and purchase your books.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia Community College is worth every penny. There a lot of assisants that help and tutoring class that are free. The books and classes are cheap and the professor are awesome. In fact, one professor had about 6 full class of student pass his course. Where did you see that in other colleges.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at Valencia Community College, because I enjoy meeting new people and being surround around my learning environment. I show my commitment in my career. Investing time and money into my education tells society my passionate about developing my skills.

    Am learning a lot

    Valencia Community College, has taught me so much then just putting words on paper. They taught me the value of education. For Instance, education impact me to gain self-confidence in myself. Imagine how confident I will feel, having earned My degree. It is hard work going to school, studying, doing homework, and taking tests. It is even harder doing it while employed. But like all things, the more work you do, the greater the rewards.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anybody

    Tips for prospective students

    Be confident

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    people who have been out of school for a while

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study if your major is science related

    Am learning a lot

    Depends on the professors, since I was taking a lot of science classes they were challenging.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone wanting to continue their education and are disciplined.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study!!!! Make sure you manage your time very well.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Valencia Collge is great for any type of student. They are very diverse and are an accredited school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Valencia College is a greate place to go to college. To begin they are very welcoming when you come to register. They make it accomodating, as easy as signing up for this scholarship.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition cost is the best part. The classes are inexpensive and students get what they payed for. Being a student i do not here much complain. Also the offer scholarships year round there are easy to apply.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying this college so much. The professors here are well educated and helpful. They help out so much by giving out resources where you can get more practice in what is lacking in the students.

    Am learning a lot

    Valencia College is like any other University. You must maintain your study habits and stay on task at all times. You learn so much coming here and you end up benefiting once you graduate, because you paid for a good education.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I never had an issue at the EAST campus

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many great clubs and organizations here. PTK, SGS, Honors, just look into whatever interests you.

    What to do for fun

    That is for you to decide. Not sure what this question means exactly

    Food and Dining

    It was ok. Not a big selection.

    Dorm Life

    None available

    Academic Rigor

    Of the classes I took, it was well within my comprehension and easy to learn as long as I made the effort and ASKED QUESTIONS when I didn't understand them. Teachers are always available to you during their office hours or you can see some of the free tutors available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best and don't overwhelm yourself. I have a very busy schedule but always had time to do my best. Did I always? At slacked at times I will be honest but I still have a 3.76 GPA and I only have myself to blame for that.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school to begin with. Have made some awesome connections and will be sad when it is time to go to my next phase. You get what you put into it.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is safe at night on campus because there are a lot of security guards driving around in golf carts (but you've got to move out of their way when you're walking) and some police cars that are parked around campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a few groups with the greek names. However, there aren't many (any, for that matter) so-called traditional groups like sororities or fraternities. Keep in mind that this is a community college.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    It is only great for students that know what they are doing academically.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Matador Day. Enough Said.

    Bang for the buck

    It can be a 'bang for the buck'... If you have scholarships or grants and if you do not apply for loans.

    What to do for fun

    Exercise at the gym. Participate in school activities.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia College does not have any chain restaurants (yet...)

    Dorm Life

    None. Although Valencia College should start having dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It's easy if you study hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you take a CLEP test to avoid the pre-requisite loops that may take you forever to finish your transfer plan.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for anyone who is fresh out of high school. If you're a transfer student that didn't complete too many courses, forget about it because you'll be here until you are like fifty. In other words, Its good for people that aren't undecided or constantly switching their majors.

  • 01/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Whenever school is open there are numerous security guards around the campus grounds keeping an eye on things. I've never seen any problems, and I'm often there for 8-10 each day I go.

    Greek Life

    I have recently been invited to Phi Theta Kappa. I'm excited to possibly try this out. I'm very busy outside of class, so I haven't had much opportunity to personally get involved with many extra activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and volunteer opportunities on and off campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I was worried about going back to college at 40 and being surrounded by people in their late teens to early twenties. I thought I may feel funny or embarassed by my age. This hasn't been the case at all. I've felt welcomed by everyone I've come in contact with...young or old.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of opportunities for clubs ans socializing at Valencia. Anyone should be able to find a place to fit in.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria that is on-site at my campus serves a variety of tasty, nutritional, well-priced options for meals or snacks.

    Dorm Life

    There is currently no dorms on campus. There do seem to many nearby locations with affordable rent that are located along the busline.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a full-time student and mother of 3 small children. I find that as long as I stay focused and organized the work is challenging, but do-able.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into college with the mind-set that you are going to be the best in your class. Be willing to open your mind to the diverse methods, and personalities of the Professors teaching you. Set the pace for what you want for the rest of your life by the way you approach college.

    In three sentences

    The staff at Valencia College Osceola Campus has made my first experience with college enjoyable and easy to navigate. I haven't ran upon any problems that I haven't been able to easily receive an answer to from someone at Valencia. I feel Valencia has as many resources as possible to help students succeed while challenging them to work hard for their education.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is good. Officers know their place and pay attention to everything that is going on. Especially in the parking section.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but it is expensive.

    Dorm Life

    At Valencia there are no dorms so I wouldn't know how that feels.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics taught here are to the point and I have no problem understanding the assignments.

    In three sentences

    Valencia staff and professors are great at helping students feel at home. Professors take their time to teach students what it is they need to learn to succeed in life. I give Valencia College at 8 out of 10. :)

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    great campus safety all over the school!

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    we have the opportunity to learn every semester in the clubs. we have christian club, gay and lesbian club, model of united nation...

    What to do for fun

    there is a lot of fun. the leadership community, the honor community...these are some groups where you can meet nice people and have fun with them.

    Food and Dining

    the food at the cafetariat is good and healthy. it is also affordable for us students

    Dorm Life

    living in the dorm is one of my hobbies because you get a chance to interact with others students a lot. since my father died i did not get a chance to live in dorm due to the cost. i personally don't know anything about the dorm at valencia

    Academic Rigor

    based on a community college system, it is one of the best. some classes are almost university level, i mean the course is 80% the student responsibility.

    Tips for prospective students

    it is a great school with plenty of opportunities, grab all if you can. don't let your chance go away!

    In three sentences

    it is a nice learning community, it provides lot of ways to encourage students and help them achieve. it is an affordable school. it has a great honor program which help students keep up with their work.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    our campus is very safe. there are security guards when ended and always check up on everything, as well as we have the safety lights all around campus.

    Greek Life

    we have no fraternities or sororities. ptk is the closest thing to greek letters.

    Clubs and Activities

    sga, gsa, ptk, horticulture, zumba, cooking, cru, and many more!!

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who like to be involved with school! as well as students who do not want to live too far from home.

    Bang for the buck

    valencia is a very cheap to go to and well worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    valencia just got intramural sports! so if students enjoy soccer, golf, basketball, or water polo, they would enjoy those. valencia's student government is always hosting events that include free food and games! universal is also not very far from valencia.

    Food and Dining

    the food at valencia is really good! plus there are many restaurants that give discounts to valencia students that are very near like crispers, subway, and many more!

    Dorm Life

    there are not dorms at valencia. but, there are many apartments right across the street from valencia that are filled with students. they are pretty nice too.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on the teachers, they classes can be really easy or really hard. all of the gordon rule classes require a certain amount of writing, so classes such as composition or humanities require a lot of writing, but they teach very well!

    Tips for prospective students

    my advice would be register for classes asap! so many students go to valencia and the classes can fill up quick! i would also say join any club you can, because that is how you make new friends!

    In three sentences

    valencia is an awesome college to go to because it is inexpensive and pays attention to all of their students needs. the students and faculty at valencia are very welcoming. there are so many groups and activities that anyone can enjoy!

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the security is always riding around they are never far if you need them.

    Great for these types of students

    students who require more attention in school and need a smaller setting to learn

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    they have matador day which is a really fun tailgate party.

    Bang for the buck

    if you are a resident valencia is probably one of the most affordable colleges however for out of state students it can get very pricey

    What to do for fun

    there are several activities that are held on the campus and on the other campuses which are about 40 minutes from each other. there is always something to do it in order to get to know your fellow students.

    Food and Dining

    the food is good but really expensive

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    go in with a good attitude and be determined to finish do all of your work don't let life's distractors get the best of you

    In three sentences

    valencia is small and allows you to learn in an intimate setting. the teachers are good and know what they are talking about. there are convenient times to take classes depending on your schedule.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    at the time i haven't experience any problem while on campus. i doubt i'll have any. seeing those security roam around the school makes you feel safe.

    Greek Life

    at the time peaceful. i have met many great friends and reliable sources. that will later in life assist me.

    Clubs and Activities

    i have been briefly oriented of valencia's clubs and activities. i am thinking of volunteering for valencia. they have provided a great deal of useful information.

    Great for these types of students

    counselors are great for freshman student. if your new or afraid to ask question in public its great to go see a counselor. they can provide many useful information.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i really cant give my opinion on this matter. due to the fact that it's my 3rd week. but the auditorium a bit unusual to me.

    Bang for the buck

    to be honest, not bad. the class tuition is cheap and they hardly take unnecessary money from you. they also have great loans which i might consider in the near future.

    What to do for fun

    going to the library witch provides you with many useful books. i also do research on the computer and study ahead of class. one other thing is going to the book store and seeing the vast variety of useful essentials for class.

    Food and Dining

    food is surprising good. many would think with a crowded college maybe the food wont be well but quite the opposite. amazing taste.

    Dorm Life

    i never had a dorm. freshman year at valencia. cant really give my opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    at first its a real pain. difficult classes and many assignments. but always keep a clear-mind for remember that later in life you will be thankful that you've gone through that.

    Tips for prospective students

    one tip that i will give to prospective students is to never be afraid to ask questions. for that same question maybe another might have. don't be afraid to come out of that shell.

    In three sentences

    valencia for me deserves the highest rating available. the school have not only been a great impact in my life but it has become like a family. every staff and students treats you with all the respect you deserve.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    i love the food they serve in the cafeteria, it is delicious and healthy at the same time. they include the stuffed potato balls, and being puerto rican is a favorite of mine. i love to eat here, mostly the chicken tenders and the chicken caesar wrap.

    Dorm Life

    unfortunately there are no dorms at valencia since its only a community college. even so, it doesn't mean you can't meet great friends at valencia. the social life is real good from the library, to the student lounge and i love it.

    Academic Rigor

    the class depends on the professor, he/she makes it easy for you or hard. not only those it depend on the professor, it depends on the student on how hard you work. so to me the professors were great and i worked as hard as i can to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to keep yourself organized and work hard to pass the classes your taking.

    In three sentences

    valencia is a good college to help you get started as a student. in can help you get started on your basic classes so when you transfer to a 4-year college you can jump right in to get your bachelors. it has an awesome atmosphere to study in and good student services.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 421

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    What to do for fun

    shop & decorate my home

    Food and Dining

    we have multiple centers where you can eat, but is costly.

    Dorm Life

    no dorm's

    Academic Rigor

    this depend on your course of study

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should make sure that they are ready for the college experience and if not sure only take 1 to 2 classes at a time. in order not to be overwhelmed.

    In three sentences

    valencia has just received the aspen award so valencia is the top community college in the region. i am not a traditional student fresh out of high school i am a more focused adult.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 421

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    What to do for fun

    i live an hours drive away from valencia.

    Food and Dining

    i am taking online classes so i do not eat at school.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    i am currently taking all 3 classes that are offered for the bachelor's in imaging sciences. although they are intense, the instructors provide excellent resources to aid in the student's research.

    Tips for prospective students

    valencia is a fairly large college and is no longer valencia community college as they have introduced 2 bachelor programs. the best tip is do not procrastinate. i hope i learned that lesson this year.

    In three sentences

    i have started the new bachelor's program for the imaging sciences. for a brand new program, they are very well organized. both the new instructors are friendly, helpful, and knowlegeable. the admissions advisor for this program is very nice and was able to help get me through all of the steps necessary to get me into the program as a late admission.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    students are able to receive text messages and email alerts whenever there's a problem on campus. plenty of security guards.

    Clubs and Activities

    plenty of activities around campus. there's something to do everyday.

    Bang for the buck

    very affordable

    What to do for fun

    plenty of malls and outlets around the proximity of the campus

    Food and Dining

    all the cafes and the cafeteria serve great food at affordable prices.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are easy if you are not a procrastinator.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared remember deadlines ask questions

    In three sentences

    valencia community is by far one of the best community colleges in florida or probably the world. everyone is helpful. the staff and faculty aim to help students transfer to a university in 2 years or less.

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 421

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    Food and Dining

    great food and variety of places to eat from. prices are ok and the wait for your meal is usually 5-10 minutes.

    Dorm Life

    does not accommodate dorms. but there are numerous apartment complexes and housing schemes conveniently located around the campuses.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are not a hassle, the professors do extend there arms to help you as much as possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    be on time if not early to signing up for classes, they do fill quickly.

    In three sentences

    valencia has variety of campuses and classes to meet your needs, depending on where you want to live and what you want to study. the options for scheduling your classes are even better. if you have a tight schedule, no problem you will be able to find a class time that suites you.

  • 02/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    56 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms.

    In three sentences

    valencia community college is a great start off college for any student who wants to do big things in the future. the instructors are well organized and very easy to comprehend. it also doesn't hurt that valencia has a direct link to ucf.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    57 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    who want a great education but not have to go to a big school.

    Bang for the buck

    it is definitively a homey place.

    What to do for fun

    join clubs and groups.

    Food and Dining

    they have a good cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    they don't have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    it challenging but doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    be ready to get involved in campus and to spend alot of time at the school.

    In three sentences

    it is an amazing school that really helps all there students.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    58 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus security is present everywhere and i feel very safe moving around the campus.

    Greek Life

    there are no greek fraternities and sororities on valencia campuses.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is some limitation on the number of clubs activities available. however, for those who want to get involved, the opportunities are there.

    Great for these types of students

    i feel like valencia is a good school for anybody.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    at valencia, most people hangout in the cafeteria as opposed to a student union on a four year college campus.

    Bang for the buck

    the cost of an education at valencia compared to the cost of an education at four year university in florida is great. of course, much of the savings is not having to pay for housing and mel plans.

    What to do for fun

    there are activities on campus, similar to fraternities and sororities, student government, and there are lots of opportunities for community service. outside of school, i participate in other community service activities. my friends and i go to movies, local events and to the malls for fun.

    Food and Dining

    there are a few places to get food on campus. the food is good and inexpensive. also, right outside of the campus, there are a lot of restaurants that sell a variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms on the campus. students must commute to the school daily.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigors are average to difficult, depending on the degree that you pursue. i had some challenges in high school, so when i started valencia, it was hard. however, i have gotten feel for the school and the instructor's and i am doing much better.

    Tips for prospective students

    i believe that valencia is a great place for students to attend here because you get a quality education at a great price. it is better in my opinion then going off to a university because you get a better feel for the college experience

    In three sentences

    this is one of the best schools in the country. even though it has a large enrollment, you are recognized as an individual. the schedules are flexible and the faulty and staff are willing to work with what ever obstacles you have.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    59 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are security guards that are always around campus and on golf carts going around the parking lots throughout the day.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a wide variety of clubs offered around campus depending on what interests you. there is a calendar that lists all the activities going on on all the different campuses.

    Great for these types of students

    students who like smaller classes and professors that know you by name. don't mind a lot of traffic during class changes, lots of people on campus but spread out over campus. students who like to have easy access to help if needed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    valencia's mascot is the matador. so valencia has a matador day where they do all kinds of little celebrations around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    they are really hands on in their labs; they bring in live specimens for us to use instead of us just looking at them and being told what happens. the teachers are really passionate about what they teach, so they provide us the most information possible during the class time. they don't waste class time either. there is also free wifi around campus along with computers free to our use for whatever we need/want to use it for.

    What to do for fun

    there seems to always be some kind of event going on around campus, whether it's welcome back days or they're celebrating some holiday.

    Food and Dining

    there is a cafeteria available to students that offers pretty decent food for a relatively good price. there are also vending machines all over campus for when you need a quick snack.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms on campus, however there are generally apartments nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are easier than others, depending on the professor, but they all contain just as much valuable information in them as the others.

    Tips for prospective students

    fill out the paperwork they say they need and turn it in to them by the deadlines. sign up early for classes as they fill up really quick! don't procrastinate on wither of these as it will hurt you later. with early morning or later at night classes, the campus is a little quieter.

    In three sentences

    valencia offers many necessary classes that i need as a requirement for my general aa degree. the teachers are beyond helpful there and majority are super kind. valencia is pretty reasonable when it comes down to cost as long as you fill out the necessary paperwork on time.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    60 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are at least two cops located on the campus and security guys driving around the parking lots

    Greek Life

    no greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    there are plenty of chances to join a club on a daily basis. tables are sit up in the walkways

    Great for these types of students

    students that have learning disabilities or need more time with the professor

    Bang for the buck

    good price. if you have scholarships or financial aid it really helps to bring the costs way down to an amazing low price.

    What to do for fun

    go shopping, see a movie, or go to the theme parks: disney or universal/ ioa

    Food and Dining

    plenty of fast foods around but some small sit down restaurants

    Dorm Life

    no dorms but plenty of apartments nearby!

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to come to the professor if you are having a hard time with the course! the professor makes time available to all their students to come in and talk.

    In three sentences

    small tight net college that helps those who aren't ready for those general classes with over 300 people in it. the average size of a class is 30. i couldn't imagine having so many people in one class that i couldn't make friends or get to know the professor.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    61 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the food looks great but just a tab bit to pricey. dining area great indoors, could be pleasant outdoors if only i had a bee swatter. but in all i enjoy the food the great cooks are making.

    Dorm Life

    i wish valencia had dorms that would be nice if there were dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    academicly i would say its pretty basic not to hard or to easy but college level stuff. i still have a little trouble with math here and there but my professor's are good teacher's who help me out with certain problems.

    In three sentences

    valencia college is pretty fun. i like all of my professors, there teaches are well understandable and straight forward. i enjoy my first experience being here in college.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    62 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    valencia offers around the clock security

    Greek Life

    their various oppurtunities for students to get involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    alumi, campus crusades as well as sports

    Great for these types of students

    for students just starting out valencia college offers great momentum for students to build their charater and academically

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there aren't any unusual traditions except the course work may be more demanding than high school. the school is located near universal studios thus affording the students the oppurtunity to find employment locally while attending school.

    Bang for the buck

    valencia college is a junior college so you're afforded the oppurtunity to attend school for more than half of a university and still get a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    for fun you can join various groups whether it's religious or sports.

    Food and Dining

    while attending college there they do have a dining hall where students can purchase breakfast or lunch as well as beverages.

    Dorm Life

    valencia is a junior college therefore there is no dorm life. students commute to school.

    Academic Rigor

    they require you to maintain a 2.0 gpa if you fall below that you will be placed on academic probation where your afforded the oppurtunity to excel. they don't require honors a c is considered passing.

    Tips for prospective students

    set a realistic time management for schedule for yourself. remember no goal is unattainable. also it's not about reaching someone else's level but it's about reaching your level.

    In three sentences

    valencia community college gives all students an oppurtunity to excel. the offer a variety of different programs to meet the needs of the student. whether it's in the classroom or self-paced valencia has achievable courses for you!

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    63 of 421

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    almost every week the have events held on the campus.

    Dorm Life

    i stay home with my parent a lot cheaper.

    Tips for prospective students

    arrive to the campus at least fifth-teen minutes early because of limited parking spaces.

    In three sentences

    valencia is very afforded, a lot cheaper than any four year college. the classroom sizes are very small which is great you can get more one on one time with your professor.the adviser are very helpful.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    64 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    great cafeteria food and other dining is close in proximity

    Tips for prospective students

    plan on having the greatest education experience of your life.

    In three sentences

    valencia is a great community college. the staff at valencia are very helpful and encouraging. there are alot of resources available to students to succeed.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    65 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is safe for the most part just because no one does anything. but if something were to happen there isn't much their little rent a cops could do.

    Bang for the buck

    you get what you pay for and at valencia it is cheaper than a university but you get top notch teachers so it works out well.

    What to do for fun

    leave the campus and hang out with your friends. they don't have many activities.

    Food and Dining

    the food there tastes alright but it is way to over priced for what you get. just go off campus there is a mcdonald's close by.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes you get a lot of work and some you don't. it depends on the teacher you get which makes your class either super easy or a nightmare.

    Tips for prospective students

    it's the easiest place to go to get your aa and you learn a lot. it is much cheaper than attending an actual university to take the same classes.

    In three sentences

    it is a very easy community college. just pick the right teachers and you will pass with flying colors. the only bad thing is it is like high school all over again.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    66 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i always feel safe at valencia. the security is always patrolling the entire campus and the parking lots. occasionally, i see the local police departments hanging around to assist with making sure the students are safe. at anytime of the day or night while classes are in session or during functions being held, there is always someone from the security department watching out for us.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are all types of clubs, and activities to get involved with if the student has the time. on the website there is a list of all groups, clubs, and organizations available to join.

    Great for these types of students

    at valencia there is a melting pot of students from all walks of life and cultures. everyone mingles and interacts without regard. valencia is great for all types of students, pre-college, working, any nationality, young, and old. all students from any walk of life are welcome.

    What to do for fun

    there are plenty of things to do at valencia ranging from sports to fitness, dance, and organizations to get involved with. there is always something going on at the performing arts building. movies, different types of performances that are offered free to students. if a student has an idea of something fun to do their ideas can be submitted to the student council.

    Food and Dining

    at valencia, there is a dining hall where varies types of food are available. i have only had the side salad and a grilled chicken sandwich. both were delicious and it was priced accordingly. there is also a large area to accommodate the student body to sit and enjoy their meal. there is seating available inside or outside.

    Dorm Life

    valencia college does not have dorms at this moment, but the student activities available give the students the feel of being home. the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable enough that students sometimes spend the entire day there just to be in the midst of their college family.

    Academic Rigor

    academically, valencia is well equipped to provide the quality education that will enable each student to take the next step in their career. it does not matter if the student wants to go directly into the career of their choice or to move on to a university to continue their education. valencia is at the at the top academically. they have a wide variety of courses available to ensure that each student is well prepared for their next step.

    Tips for prospective students

    for any student that is thinking about attending valencia college, i would say to them, come on. valencia is waiting to help each and every one of them to plan and reach their goals. every step that is made toward their goals is not made alone. valencia is always there ready to provide assistance and guidance for each student to be successful at whatever they desire. i implore all of the prospective students to come in for a visit to see for themselves. they will not be disappointed.

    In three sentences

    valencia college, east campus, is very resourceful, if there is anything a student needs there is a resource available to help them. valencia is also very student friendly; it is a college where the students are treated like real people and not just a number. the faculty and staff members are always there to listen and to steer each student they come in contact with, in the direction of success.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    67 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    valencia community college is great for students that would prefer to attend a school close to home. it is also great for students that do not have the financial ability to attend a university. by going attending valencia community college once students are obtain their associates degree they are able to easily transfer to a university in florida.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is matador day, which is the mascot. on matador day there are games, music, and food.

    Bang for the buck

    valencia community college is affordable. the prices of classes are cheaper compared to the prices of classes offered at universities.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of activities to take part in on campus. there are intramural sports, speakers, matador day, and many other fun activities to take part in. the best part is that most activities are either free or extremely cheap.

    Food and Dining

    there are vending machines located throughout campus. valencia offers a cafe for students to eat.

    Academic Rigor

    although valencia is a community college, it is still academically challenging similarly to universities. students must apply themselves so that they can be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    valencia community college offers a lot of resources for students to be successful academically. take advantage of the tutors that are available. most importantly try to be involved in the different activities that take place on campus.

    In three sentences

    valencia community college provides students with ample opportunities to be successful in life. valencia community college allows students and to transfer to other universities in florida. students are also able to work on campus and receive their education at the same time.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    68 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    security is around campus at all times. well light parking areas as well and cameras and excellent security services when something goes missing or even just needing help with your car valencia helps all there students.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    they have many clubs for students of all different interest to participate in. year round you can find information on which club best suits you.

    Great for these types of students

    students unsure of their major or where exactly they want to go valencia is a perfect place for you to start your path of education. they layout special transfer plans to help you reach your goal and make transferring to very simple and easy for all students. not having to worry if your credits will be accepted to the school you finally decide to go to is a big advantage; because while your deciding where is the best place for you to continue your higher education you can still get started on your classes without wasting time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    valencia college does not have any real traditions shared by students. most students are in and out and don't spend much time then needed to on campus. there is however many nice out door places to study and read and different campuses located all through out the central florida area so students have a more convent way of learning close to home.

    Bang for the buck

    valencia college is very affordable while still providing top-notch education for all. instead of spending thousands of dollars more at private or state university valencia provides those same classes at a more affordable and personal setting for you and your education.

    What to do for fun

    they have student lounges where students can gather, eat, and even play video games. here is where many students meet new friends and networks established upon common interests shared while together in the lounge. valencia also has activities often going on through out the semester full of games, prizes, food and music free for all students.

    Food and Dining

    valencia college does have a small cafe where students can dine in or take with them all through out the day. providing breakfast , lunch and for late night students a quick burger and fries and be eaten for dinner. all their food taste great, it does not have the widest range of variety of foods but gives enough of an option where every student can find something they like to eat.

    Dorm Life

    valencia does not provide dorms unfortunately, because they are only a community college so the need for dorm is not necessary.

    Academic Rigor

    classes at valencia are just as educationally rewarding as another university would be. they expect great and detailed work from all students and top quality because they teach you how to do this so they expect nothing less. this preparing you for life, your career and furthering your studies at other universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    valencia has many resources available for all students all you need to do is ask. resources from books and tutors to internships and volunteer programs for a wide range of different studies. make sure you know to always ask specif questions when speaking to a counselor and visit them at least once a semester to make sure you are on the right track and taking all the right steps to accomplish your own unique goal.

    In three sentences

    valencia community college provides students with smaller setting class rooms that are not normally at state university's. allowing students to have more one on one time with their professor. this enhances the learning environment at valencia and a higher graduation rate. although a community college please take note valencia's classes are certified nationally, so the worry of credits not being accepted when transferring to another school should be none existent.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    69 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    you see campus security where ever you go so you know that their there.

    Clubs and Activities

    they have a wide variety of clubs to participate in. i, personally,am part of the valencia volunteers and find it fun.

    Great for these types of students

    this college is great for students who are working a lot or have other obligations that are time consuming.

    Bang for the buck

    the classes are really cheap but there are only a few things to do on campus so if you don't plan on going home a lot then you will get board.

    What to do for fun

    they always have things going on whether it is in the court yard or somewhere else on campus. the events are posted on multiple bulletin boards throughout the buildings.

    Food and Dining

    they have a wide variety of food in the cafeteria but they also have two cafe's on campus too.

    Dorm Life

    they don't have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    they have some really easy classes but they also have really hard classes depending on the professor and the course itself so check them out on ratemyprofessor.com before you sign up.

    Tips for prospective students

    the campus is spread out so make sure you explore the campus before classes start to find short cuts or space your classes at least fifteen minutes apart.

    In three sentences

    i love valencia- east campus. the campus is clean, spacious, and well equipped with the coolest student hand outs like the gym, library and cafeteria.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    70 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the faculty does a great job of protecting their students, whether it's from drugs or the weather. they don't ever let their students be in a dangerous environment.

    Greek Life

    i don't know much about fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are always events and activities on campus that will help you interact with other students and teachers. there is a humanities teacher who is great at that. unfortunately i don't know his name but i can be sure you'll run into him eventually. he has great spirit and so do a lot of other people on campus. also there are many clubs that students can be a part of and they are all beneficial in some way or another.

    Great for these types of students

    the school is great for people who are trying to figure out where they want to be and how they're going to get there

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the campus is pretty normal, however you're bound to run into the occasional funky person with the neon coloured hair and bright orange pants.

    Bang for the buck

    they have a pretty good withdrawl policy to get your money back.

    What to do for fun

    there is the student lounge with extra computers if you want to kill time. there are also the coffee stations if you ever want to sit down and enjoy a good conversation.

    Food and Dining

    the coffee shops has a good variety of drinks and they are delicious!

    Dorm Life

    i don't dorm here so i wouldn't know how it works.

    Academic Rigor

    there is so much to learn and gain from this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    remember to use the services that the school provides. they have the writing center, the answer desk and other services to help you with whatever it is that you need help with.

    In three sentences

    this school is a great place to start building your future. there are services all around the campus and people who are able to talk to you about what you have the potential to be and where you want to be. valencia community college is a great stepping stone to becoming a successful person.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    71 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    valencia has great amount of safety throughout the campus. they have security ranging through the parking lots as students in class. they even have security walking through the whole campus making sure everyone have safety.

    Greek Life

    valencia doesn't have any greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's just one major club for students on campus and that's sga (student government association)

    Great for these types of students

    these students get a kick out seeking attention from others. i see it as just having a little fun with your peers on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    valencia a cafe area where most students hang out. students will skip class, or behave as if they were at a concert. this what they will call student life on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    valencia has a student government which they call sga (student government association). these students helps regulate the school and student life on campus. this association gives students the ability to boost up their resume for future purposes.

    What to do for fun

    valencia has extracurricular activities students can participate in. such as, band, theater, dance, volleyball, bowling, culinary, and also wrestling. these activities gives students the ability to learn more time management, and communication while being a full students.

    Food and Dining

    valencia do not have food and dining plans. therefore, its up to the student to get their own dining and food.

    Dorm Life

    valencia do not have dorms at all. so students will have to rent rooms at student apartments near chosen campus.

    Academic Rigor

    academic is very competitive. the teachers teaching quality is tough but its for a purpose. to get the students more involved in serious about their future. being on time and even having time management.

    Tips for prospective students

    if it was my choice, i would advise many students to enroll at valencia. they give opportunities, and direct connections to any university.

    In three sentences

    valencia community college is a great school. for a community college, its tough and well competitive among the students and also the teachers. this school is an adventure of being time consuming and becoming an adult.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    72 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    my first semester that i am involved in a club, future hospitality leaders of america (fhla). i love it! everyone is so upbeat and we share the similar interest.

    Bang for the buck

    its free money so why not try filling out the application.

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends. go to the movies.

    Food and Dining

    the cashier always have a pleasant smile when taking your order. and the food is always fresh and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    i checked one star because i live with my parents.

    Tips for prospective students

    do your research to see if the school you are going to attend has the proper credentials. never procrastinate! school comes first before work. take your classes seriously. ask for help! if needed

    In three sentences

    valencia college offers a great learning experience to its students. one of the things i like is that they have an answer center for any questions related to financial aid or even about your classes. also, i like that they offer a writing center to help the students to improve their writing skills.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    73 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    actual sheriff's officers. very safe!

    Great for these types of students

    any!

    What to do for fun

    universal studios, disney world, wet n wild, seaworld, shopping, nba games, nightlife, movies, etc.

    Food and Dining

    they have a cafeteria as well as different restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    they do not have dorms on campus, but they do have affordable living all around and close to the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    explore all of your options. even if you plan to transfer, explore which paths are best for you.

    In three sentences

    it is an excellent school. whether you go for 4 years or start off for 2, it is worth your time. they also have online and weekend classes available which make it easier for people to attend there.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    74 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    no on-campus living

    Academic Rigor

    easy if you apply yourself and do your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    always check rate my professor.com before you sign up for class. while there are many great prof. there are some horrible ones as well.

    In three sentences

    valencia is a great small school. they have outstanding professors and makes learning really easy. overall best college to attend for the first two years of your college life.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    75 of 421

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    they have a few, i don't participate though.

    Great for these types of students

    any!

    Bang for the buck

    i definitely feel as though i'm getting a top notch education. my professors are excellent. most notably, kate mcgowan (enc-1101) and diane rettig (mathematics)

    What to do for fun

    have lunch with friends. the school also has lots going on, just need to check their calendar.

    Food and Dining

    haven't had much of this on campus, however there are many delicious places nearby all locations. my favorite location in the winter park campus.

    Dorm Life

    i live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    i thrive on learning, so to me this feels good. my attitude towards learning is basically this; lets see what i can do. i always aim for the top.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay on top of the things you need to do. be serious about your future. work hard and this school will work hard for you too. the enrollment process was very easily navigated thanks to the extremely patient and helpful staff.

    In three sentences

    this school really carers about the student. they have answered all the question i've had so far, and they are always available and ready to help. i'm am so happy to have chosen them.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    valencia college, whether day or night always have sheriff deputies and other forms of campus safety members on hand. these forms of security are very vigilant and always looking to make the campus as peril free as possible.

    Greek Life

    greek life at valencia college is fruitful and safe. this tier of life is very deficient in the danger it poses to new members of fraternities/sororities, and remarkably efficient in their acquisitions of scholarships and other educational opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are endless amounts of clubs and such offered at valencia college. while some promote heritage, others are centered on health, while a number of others vary and span extremely widely.

    Great for these types of students

    valencia college is specifically geared toward no one in particular. in fact, any attendee feels equal in the attention they are given to succeed. valencia college genuinely cares for the success of their active enrollees.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    annually thrown at one of valencia college's campuses is a bonfire that all enrolled students are welcomed too. adjoined to this is great eats and amusement.

    Bang for the buck

    valencia college's tuition, relative to other comparable insitutions, is economical. their prices, such as technology fees and other student fees are very cost effective.

    What to do for fun

    valencia college bears a number of student associations and clubs to keep one entertained. intramural sports compounded with a vast range of college students almost assures a fantastic college experience.

    Food and Dining

    valencia college's eateries are pretty average. nothing of them is specifically spectacuar. the food despite its bland nature however is relatively exuberant in taste, wholesome, and healthy.

    Dorm Life

    valencia college does not emcompass on-campus dormitories. however, living arrangements exterior to the college are great, as the attendees of the college come from all walks of life, making the possibility of a diversified roomate extremly high. this opportunity is a sound learning one which enables an appreciation for different cultures.

    Academic Rigor

    the difficulty of valencia college's many program curriculums is as overwhelming as someone makes it. with the proper work ethic and other eduational supplements, earning an education at this fine college is quite simple.

    Tips for prospective students

    be certain in your decision, as any good education is, while incredibly lucrative, indeed a time consuming stage in life. once unwavering in your dedication to a tailored education, follow though with persistence and a tenacity for betterment.

    In three sentences

    valencia college is an astonishingly thorough institute that caters to a wide range of interests. the college's many campuses are top notch in their accessibility, cleanliness, and overall education. in a few words, valencia college is a more than sufficient means of education, and an immaculate jump-start to any prospect ever dreamt possible.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe and commnunication is great.

    Clubs and Activities

    many to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    working students and older adult students.

    Bang for the buck

    great prep school for four year college.

    What to do for fun

    the school offers all sorts of activities, whether it is drama, clubs, etc.

    Food and Dining

    great cafeterias at the school, decent prices for what you pay for your food. great variety of healthy and junk food.

    Dorm Life

    live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on your cpt scores, the classes are well taught and do not go over the edge in educating. all classes seem to have a purpose in your educational field.

    Tips for prospective students

    would highly recommend the school and doing your research for degrees. great school and great students.

    In three sentences

    great school to prepare you for a four year university. great professors and instructors. very knowledgeable in the area of learning.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    valencia doesn't have dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you have a question make sure you have plenty of time to get it answered; the line for the answer center can take forever to get through.

    In three sentences

    the staff at valencia is super helpful and will do anything they can to help succeed. the classes are smaller so you can get personalized attention. since it is a community college you get a great education for much less money than a big university!

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always somethings going on wether it be from humanitarian work or art shows.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious!

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    The Professors challenge each student and work hands on well with those who struggle more than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Communication is key with your teachers.

    In three sentences

    A great college with many opportunities for students that don't have much. Big window for class times to accommodate students with all kinds of work schedules. Beautiful campuses and still growing.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Never tried the food but from what I've heard it is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I don't stay at the dorms. I live in an apartment with my significant other.

    Tips for prospective students

    This college is no joke. Do all of the assignments the professors assign to you because the projects and papers are what really count.

    In three sentences

    Valenica is a very well rounded school. They provide alot of activities for students and the student center is amazing for answer questions and giving advice on your major. This school is truly magnificent and has teachers that really teach.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things that Valencia has as well as the local venues.

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard and do all your course work and you will become a master student.

    Tips for prospective students

    A great school to start and complete your prerequisite courses in order to achieve your major.

    In three sentences

    I think Valencia has become one of the top community colleges. I have had a great experience so far in my first semester of online class. I am excited and looking forward to the next couple of semesters here at Valencia.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I dont have much fun due to the fact that I am takinf 5 clasess and work 3-5 times a week.

    Food and Dining

    The beans cafe is amazing. They have great smoothies and little snacks

    Dorm Life

    No dorms at Valencia. That I know about.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but it is what college is about. Testing what the students can do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for everything early, if you can. Do finincial aid early, register for calsses on the day it opens it just for you.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school, tuition is not bad, alot of benefits, and the teachers want you to do well. Of course the classwork is alot but that is what college is all about.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are security guards throughout the entire campus, you could see them walking around, or in the club carts always making sure everything is okay. There also a few security guards in the club carts driving around the paring lots and a police officer doing the same.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs for just about anyone to join! They have the Creatologist for artistic students, Alchemist for good writers and poets, intramural sports, Laso which is a Latin American club to educate all students about the Spanish heritage. There's also MARS which love to help out around campus and do community service. etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year on October 13Th, Valencia campuses celebrate Matador Day which is there mascot. They have tons of free food and activities available to all the students, to just have fun and enjoy being a Valencia Student

    What to do for fun

    For fun, or on my free time I always go to Student Development office and check if there is any volunteer opportunities available. I love volunteering and I've made new friends every time i volunteered. It's a lot of fun and a great way to get involved with the students.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria in the campuses are all very clean and cute. They serve every one's favorite foods, and are aiming on making healthier food choices to serve to the students.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms in Valencia Community College, because its a community college and very close to all our homes.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to pass every class with a C or better, thats about it.

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College is absolutely amazing. I love how there are a variety of different campuses that is about 20-30 minutes away from every one's home, which is good because we won't have to be traveling so far to go to school. I love the class schedules, professors, and all the extra help provided throughout the entire campus!

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, it is a reserved campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia College is great for students that enjoys being reserved. Having classrooms that are not too big.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia College, Osceola Campus, is almost finished with building their fourth building for the students. Valencia is also located in a nice area.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an amazing college. It is a very clean and well organized college. Classrooms sizing is perfect.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I always see an officer on duty when I am there.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have found and plan to join some clubs that are related to Philanthropy and Performing Arts.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of as of yet.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia offers great opportunities for all types of students. I have heard so many great comparrisons as far as post graduation outcome. I have many friends that have started in Valencia and have moved on to Universities because they were prepared so well. I look forward to everything that Valencia has to offer me and I have no doubt that I will succeed on my career journey.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Orlando City Arts Scene takes place every third Thursday of the month. Many local cafes with live performance from local bands. Downtown Orlando Nightclubs.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia has a great cafeteria with great selections. They are also located close to a lot of great off campus restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I am not living in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I am not completely sure at this point because I have not attended classes yet. So far they have done a great job advising me on steps I need to take to get to my career goal. I am very satisfied so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to spend a lot f time during the admission process. Do not rush. Valencia has several offices that you will have to visit to complete the process, but in the end you will like that they are very organized to help all your needs.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is very conveniently located in Orlando. It has several locations. Most locations are close to downtown Orlando.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any one is welcome.

    What to do for fun

    The Orlando area is full of activities.

    Food and Dining

    No comment

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan on standing in line for a long wait if you have any questions regarding financial aid or other matters. All your questions get answered from one location which does not make it very efficient.

    In three sentences

    Very nice campus. The instructors are wonderful to work with. The system for getting information from the departments all located in one area is not efficient.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    They sell really good food !! and its cheap

    Dorm Life

    they dont have dorms i live at home

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great college to start at. The professor are amazing and always there to help you. all of the people ie meet are really focused in their studies.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    relax in the lounge

    Food and Dining

    its okay

    Academic Rigor

    Work can be tricky but you can always see a tutor or your professor

    Tips for prospective students

    To stay organized! Be on top of your work and have fun!

    In three sentences

    I love valencia! I love the rigor in the courses. I enjoy the fact that the professors love to learn about new methods to teaching their students. In addition, its very easy to create a social life and make new friends!

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Not interested

    Great for these types of students

    Helpful staff

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am new. So don't know much

    What to do for fun

    Sports

    Academic Rigor

    Capable

    Tips for prospective students

    Do good, have good

    In three sentences

    One of the good college of U.S. Educated Professors and instructors. Helpful staff.

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Well They Host Plenty Student Events From Theatre Shows,Poetry And Art Shows...The Sometimes Have Events When Exclusively Allow You To See Into Other Cultures By Playing Music Free Food And Activities.

    Food and Dining

    West Campus In Particular Is Surrounded By Plenty Tasteful Restaurants In Walking Distance... And The Cafeteria Has A Great Selection Of Food As well.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorm Life...But Is Around Plenty Campus Housing

    Academic Rigor

    Great As Long As Respect Is Given Respect I Given Back, All Academic Advisors Are Helpful And Are There For You.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay Determined, Get Involved With The Community Service Events and Use All The Centers And Resources To Your Advantage At The School

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College A great School With Flexibility And Welcoming Classes. It Has a Diverse Student Body And Strives To All Students Involved. Welcoming Facilities With Enthusiastic Teachers That Believe In You

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great for the money and great that it has a direct connection with University of Central Florida

    What to do for fun

    downtown Orlando and UCF sport games are fun!

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and pay attention and you will do just fine

    In three sentences

    It is a very diverse school and many different options of career choice. Excellent teachers that are always willing to help the students. I would recommend this school to any student that is looking to truly get the most of their college experience.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Working students, single moms, those who want to transfer to 4 years but want to save money on AA

    Bang for the buck

    Many degrees offered, fair prices, scholarship opportunities

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with the Tree Committee, the Study Abroad, or just meet others through classes and study groups.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for students in the cafeterias. Also the coffee shop on East Campus is awesome. So are the pita folks!

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework is a lot, but the material is easy to grasp if you are a dedicated student. Some professors are out of date with their knowledge, but others do care and are on top of their instruction as well as current happenings in their fields of expertise.

    Tips for prospective students

    Complete the mandatory info sessions, ask for help when you need it at the answer center or via a career counselor. Be sure to get involved and the staff is always willing to work with you if you have any needs or great ideas. The school encourages creative thinking.

    In three sentences

    Valencia has been stellar in their support for students, the financial assistance for Study Abroad Programs, and clarity of what one must do to complete the tasks at hand. They ensure we are well informed of our career path and steps needed to get there. Administration is great and the professors are usually helpful and understand needs some of us returning to college may have.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    play games

    Food and Dining

    good but not free

    Dorm Life

    good

    Academic Rigor

    good

    Tips for prospective students

    should go to this college

    In three sentences

    valencia community college is very good. it is a big school. it has low tuition

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I would not know how I do not spend much time on campus grounds.

    Bang for the buck

    I have been blessed with scholarships and pell grants so technically I have not paid anything out of pocket. But if I found myself having to do so I'd be paying roughly $1200.00-1400.00 per semester for a full time schedule.

    What to do for fun

    Quite frankly, I am a full time student, full time single mother, full time worker, and I take care of my mentally ill father so I technically have no adult fun. Once in a blue, I'll go to a dance class, movies or bowling nothing too crazy I'm over the club scene.

    Food and Dining

    Like any college cafeteria you have 75% junk food and 25% frozen foods they heat up and claim its fresh haha. I personally have only had their food 2-3 but as a college student I want something fast, appetizing, and most likely you as well as I will end up with cookies, sandwich, pizza or a pastry.

    Academic Rigor

    No facility including a college is perfect but I must say at least with the professors and staff that I have encountered I have not had any issues.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to fellow students either debating to attend Valencia College or already applied yet skeptical due to references and certain comments made to them regarding the school is simple. Stop being a follower and listener and just experience it for yourself! Just remember not just in Valencia but anywhere you go you will find people, scenarios and things you do not like but Valencia in my opinion is a great place to start if you are either out of high school or past your 40's.

    In three sentences

    Lets be honest, most of the negative feedback we all hear from colleges is from students that got themselves in the mess they are in or clearly disappointed that their college has guidelines and rules to follow. My college is on top of new regulations and protocols to follow just as any other institution. As well they their staff is willing to dedicate their time and knowledge to assist you.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    computer lab

    Food and Dining

    lots of restaurants close by if at west campus.

    Dorm Life

    there are apartments there but i live at home.

    Tips for prospective students

    check ratemyprofessor.com. be prepared to learn

    In three sentences

    good college with professors that care. Lots of onne on one. Easy to get around if you don't have a map.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Everything seems ok to me.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone just out of high school or just returning to college. All of the prof's I have had so far are excellent!

    Bang for the buck

    Perfect for Florida in state tuition..out of state is a little pricey

    What to do for fun

    Study...

    Food and Dining

    I ate at the cafe there once, and the sandwich was delicious!

    Academic Rigor

    Work is challenging and rewarding. I'm stretching my mind.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have to pay or are limited on the time you can put into college, take a serious look at Valencia because, it is a great college.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is the best! They offer classes all the time, online and at like 4 locations around Orlando. The classes aren't too large either, so one doesn't get lost in the typical university shuffle.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    great

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    fun and educational

    Great for these types of students

    love to learn and get involved

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    none

    What to do for fun

    clubs

    Food and Dining

    it's okay but cost to much

    Dorm Life

    no dorm

    Academic Rigor

    great experience

    Tips for prospective students

    Do all the work. Get in involved

    In three sentences

    They are very helpful. The try to help students succeed. They have all the answers.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Valencia does many different events to make the college experience much more fun. They host different festive events with complementary snacks, and sweets. Also, they do the occasional concerts, and movie nights.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia has three restaurants on campus. A coffee shop, a grill food restaurant, and a pita shop. The restaurants offer excellent food, but the prices can be a bit high.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Valencia are generally as rigors as expected for the class chosen, a Comp I class will be easy, a Chemistry class will be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    An excellent school, with class times available for all different types of students, those who work full-time, to those who live at home.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    It's great for all types of students. You have to be driven to learn or you wont do well, but that's anywhere you go.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a pretty good price especially if you want to go to a 4 year school to finish your degree. Going to here first will save you a ton of money.

    What to do for fun

    There's an internet cafe at most campuses, they always have some kind of event going on. They do little court yard celebrations for all types of holidays. They have a student government as well many different clubs worth joining.

    Food and Dining

    They have pretty standard options for food, but it's always good. The Little Bean is awesome.

    Dorm Life

    It's a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    ALWAYS use ratemyprofessors.com, I can not tell you the number of times I have signed up for a class and HATED it just because the teacher was awful.

    In three sentences

    I love the school, most of the teachers are great. The atmosphere is awesome, you're not overwhelmed by the size or number of people. Class sizes are awesome, there aren't so many students crammed into a class that you can't get help from your teachers.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to succeed and not feel judged in any way. Everybody is there to get ahead

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you start to get a study group together, which is something I highly recommend, it becomes a tradition to meet at certain places on campus and work in a comfortable environment

    Bang for the buck

    It is worth every penny that I put into this school because I know when I graduate that it will all be worth it!!

    Food and Dining

    The cafe's in the School are great and offer healthy foods

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm for Valencia College that I know of, so commenting on this would be inaccurate

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to work and succeed. Do not waste your time and the teachers if you really do not want to be there. As long as you show up and do the work, there's no way that you would not succeed.

    In three sentences

    Valencia has won the Aspen award and named the top community college in the nation. I love attending there because they are flexible with many options. All the teachers really want you to succeed, I am on my fourth semester and I love my experience with this college

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great security! There's always officials around and those security pole things.

    Greek Life

    None that I know of...

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs! They're always hosting activities!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None really that I've experienced so far.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a community college, so it's cheaper than a university and you're still getting a 4-year education.

    What to do for fun

    There's always stuff going on in the courtyard during lunch hours. And there are frequent events like art galleries and plays!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria area is pretty awesome. They have a great little coffee house, a place similar to Pita Pit, and another place where you can get all kinds of food. Very good!

    Dorm Life

    This is a community college so there aren't really dorms...

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are great. I've learned a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you're wanting a snack while at school, buy from the bookstore. It's a lot cheaper! And for east campus, give yourself plenty of time before class to find a parking spot. The parking lots are crazy busy.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great college. The professors and staff are great, for the most part. Plus, Valencia was just named the best community college in the country!

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is key in this school, they make sure that they notify everyone on the campuses by email, or they will have them have multiple notification. To, make sure that everyone on campus is safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia College is great place for any type of student. Everyone is included. They have all types of diverse students on the campus, one purpose. To succeed!

    What to do for fun

    They have all types of clubs that you can think of on Valencia's campuses, they throw numerous of events for the student to stay active on school campus. They make you more involved with the campus life, everyone is treated equal on this campus.

    Food and Dining

    VC have a variety of food that you can choose from in their up stairs and down stairs cafeteria, on the west campus. Their food is great selection, for those who are born off of American style cooking. They do have a cafe at the entrance of the library as well. Their cafeteria is located in four different section of the school. They cook the food, based on the culture that's mostly surround the school, because when I want to the east campus the food was way different. Valencia has about five campuses with terrific choice selection of food.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College is a program that doesn't have any dorms on campus. But, they have a wonderful faculty that are willing to help you find places for you to live, based on your budget. They have an area were student would give the faculty their adds to post on the billboard next to the book store. They have plenty of condos and apartments, close to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia College, will not hold your hand. You are free to do what you want, INDEPENDENT. But, beware of entering the lack of not studying. Teachers will be critical on your education, no matter the circumstance may be, they truly want you to become successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not ever take any of your classes, thinking it's going to be a easy grade for any colleges. Valencia offer quality learning at all their academic program at Valencia College. Make sure you learn how to use atlas, and make sure you check your email, constantly. After a while your going to be so use to it. If you have any questions about anything, make sure that you go to the answer center. Their answering question all day! So they know what you need to know about anything. They make sure that you have a smooth tranition into their college. Don't go to the answer right before school start, because it does get hectic. Go there, in the middle of the semester and don't wait for the last miunte, like most students.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a AWESOME college to attend for first year college students. They have the best of the best professors that works for this college.The faculty truly wants the best for their student and their future careers. Going to Valencia College is one of the best decision I have ever made in my life.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    offers many clubs and organizations

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student

    Food and Dining

    The dinning and food area's are kept well maintained, but food and dining at Valencia is expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are eager to teach and help as long as you put your part and effort

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is full of resources, the professors are willing to help and teach students and the courses are much affordable at Valencia then universities.

    In three sentences

    Tuition is affordable, depending on your major Valencia offers a Bachelor Degree at their institution. The professors are experienced and are eager to impart their knowledge. There are plenty of resources such as tutoring at the math lab, writing center, and skills shops as well.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    people watch. u will meet interetsing people.

    Food and Dining

    vending and soda machines in every building! the cafeteria has a wide variety of choices and good prices.

    Academic Rigor

    rigour varies but the classes are challenging especially if you dont like the subject but all the classmates and professors make it easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont proscrasinate. Ask questions.

    In three sentences

    The absolute best community college. The people are focused on their classes, learning and helping others to do the same. The staff and professors all love what they teach and are a joy to learn from.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is an amazing school! My sister went there, and is now going back for another degree. I'll be starting there for the first time in a few weeks, and I can't wait!

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VERY SAFE.

    Greek Life

    NONE.

    Clubs and Activities

    SGA, LATIN AMERICAN STUDENTS CLUB, GAY/LESBIAN CLUB, MANY MORE.

    Great for these types of students

    STUDENTS WHO WANT TO RECIEVE A GOOD EDUCATION AND SAVE A LOT OF MONEY.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NONE

    Bang for the buck

    TUTORING CENTER IS ALWAYS VERY HELPFUL AND YOU ALWAYS HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER AS WELL AS SMALLER CLASS SIZES.

    What to do for fun

    NOT MANY ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS.

    Food and Dining

    CAFTERIA FOOD IS REALLY GOOD, BUT CAN GET EXPENSIVE

    Dorm Life

    NO DORMS AVAILABLE.

    Academic Rigor

    COURSES ARE MODERATELY RIGOROUS, SOME QUITE A BIT FOR A COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

    Tips for prospective students

    MAKE SURE TO SUBMIT ALL PAPER WORK ON TIME. THESE SET BACK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM STARTING ON TIME AND MAY EVEN PUT YOUR FINANCIAL AID IN JEOPORDY AND YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET. I'VE SEEN IT HAPPEN MANY TIMES.

    In three sentences

    GREAT CHOICE BOTH ECONOMICALLY AND TIME WISE. IF YOU TAKE CLASSES IN THE SUMMER AND DON'T FAIL YOU'RE GUARANTEED TO GRADUATE ON TIME. VERY WIDE RANGE OF PROFESSORS TO CHOOSE FROM FOR EACH COURSE.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I like that you can sign up for text alerts. If anything is dangerous is happening or if classes are cancelled they notify you through text messages.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are three different campuses- Osceola (predominantly Hispanic), West (predominantly Black) and East (dominantly White).

    What to do for fun

    A lot people hang out at the learning center after their classes to catch up with their friends.

    Food and Dining

    It's okay, nothing special but sort of over-priced.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms :(

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are about average, some very good ones and others that seem to hate their lives so they making your life miserable as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your lunch because eating at school gets costly after a while.

    In three sentences

    Depending on which campus you are attending, it can become crowded. In the beginning of the school year the line to the Answer Center reaches the moon but the teachers that I've had there are great.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    cops are always at the school

    Greek Life

    Yes!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and fun activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of school events and also lots of groups you can start to attend. And there are job opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy. The school has everything you need. And has many resources.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is very well kept. The teachers are very helpful. And also the price to attend is great.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    feel safe

    Greek Life

    no idea- too busy to have fun:)

    Clubs and Activities

    no idea

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    they have pizza and drink couple of time of a year for free, but need to do some math problem,which is fun--good exercise for the brain :)

    What to do for fun

    i am too old to have fun on the campus-have kids to go and take care of them and then to work -so have no idea

    Food and Dining

    great cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    live outside so have no idea

    Academic Rigor

    lots of young people. I am older student and feel very welcomed and accepted in that young environment

    Tips for prospective students

    study, study and study. and just get interested in the subject-time would fly faster

    In three sentences

    great school, amazing teachers, small classes, and great help from administration. I love Valencia

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    General activities. Plays and dances.

    Food and Dining

    Really good food with budget prices.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are easy add long add you apply yourself.

    In three sentences

    It's a nice campus with a small clad size that allows foutre more one on one time with the teachers. There are a lot of activities to do on campus and many friendly faces top help you along the way if you get lost. Wonderful place to start out for your AA or an AS.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always tons of security personal, but it is an extremely open campus.

    Greek Life

    There is none.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not very many, but the traditional ones, CRU, LASO, Leadership, ETC.

    Great for these types of students

    Working full time. Teen mom. Adult students. Students with families. Online.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Osceola Campus has a large clock tower behind the three buildings and most activities take place around this tower.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap school, no dorm life, no dorm fees. Not very challenging, but you aren't paying for that. you can get in and get a degree while still working full time.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia offers many different school spirit days and organized activities. Each of the 3 main campuses operates as its own college and has specific activites, but you can attend things on any campus. Traditional spirit days are Matador Day, Earth Day, and spring/Christmas/fall break send off days.

    Food and Dining

    There are cafes on each campus. Food is very expensive, and only average quality. There are no meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms. This is a commuter campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are community college level and very easy. The more specific major classes can be harder, but not significantly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes as soon as possible, as they do fill up quickly. Take advantage of the learning centers and tutoring services available. If you want to get more of the college experience you can check the message board for other college students who are looking for roommates. Making friends will make classes easier.

    In three sentences

    A Large state college where the tuition is cheaper than large universities. However, with several campuses, completing a degree can take a lot of driving. Lots of school spirit for a commuter college.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Well lit campus with security guards.

    Greek Life

    No Idea

    Clubs and Activities

    Seems to be a lot listed in the website. I may like to participate in the Drama Club, and some type of sport.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated on the go up and coming new students as well as those who are trying to go back to school for furthering education or starting a new career.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Have not seen any as of yet.

    Bang for the buck

    estimated at around $10,000.00 for an RN Degree, I believe that Valencia will give me the best opportunity for a career in Nursing at the best bang for my buck. I just need a little help with a scholarship or two.

    What to do for fun

    Go to one of the campus student body performances.

    Food and Dining

    Great selections.

    Dorm Life

    I was not able to see any of the dorms. Not sure if there is campus living available.

    Academic Rigor

    Seems to be that Valencia will have all I need to complete a lifetime career in nursing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask Questions, Everyone is pretty helpful.

    In three sentences

    Spacious, Clean, Friendly.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always security on campus. During the day with local officers and the school's security and also in the evening with the call boxes in the parking lots.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to choose from and I love their activities. My favorite is when they participate in donating blood.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia offers a diversity that pretty much anyone can relate to.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is very close to everything! If you want to go shopping, mail a letter or go out for an exciting night it is all surrounding the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is one of the most affordable junior colleges if not the most in central Florida.

    What to do for fun

    For fun the best thing to do is to spend time in the locals' backyard which is Universal Studios Florida!

    Food and Dining

    There are great areas to dine around Valencia. The school isn't too far from downtown Orlando or CityWalk Orlando.

    Dorm Life

    The apartments surrounding the school are beautiful and very close to college life.

    Academic Rigor

    The work at Valencia prepares you for more challenging material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take classes that are easily transferable to a university and that goes with your degree.

    In three sentences

    I love Valencia College! The professors are great and so are the programs. It really is the better place to start.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Oh yes. You are getting your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things going on for students on the campus. The beach is only an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria could use some help

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Be prepared to work on the first day. Don't be afraid to ask questions especially if you are paying for the class.

    In three sentences

    I like the small classes and the teachers. I don't feel lost when I walk on the campus. Everyone seems to want to help you succeed. Valencia was awarded the best community college in the nation. Pretty cool!!!!

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty of clubs and activites. Volunteering with blood drives, annual walkathons, and homecoming acitvites, such as dances and festivals.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Make time for studying and always get to know your teachers.

    In three sentences

    They have very helpful staff and adivisors. Application is easy and understandable. The resources are plentiful.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friend cause Valencia has a great and beautiful campus.

    Dorm Life

    no Dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whenever you could, I advice that you enter the honor program. It is the best with a lot of opportunity.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is the best community college ever. Valencia's tuition is the best. Can't find any better and lower tuition anywhere but Valencia College.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    know what you want to do.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a easy to get to college, convenient, always helpful, they always have the right classes to take and are always available either online or at the campus. Teacher are great!

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I am actually not too involved in this area as I am a full time student juggling a full time job as well. However, I do see a lot of emails dedicated to various clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Self motivated, organized, dedicated, open-minded, multitasking.

    Bang for the buck

    I have found the professors to be patient, knowledgeable, and passionate! Through the five locations Valencia now offers, it seems to be most convenient as well. I personally find the online classes to be extremely helpful for those who are wanting to balance their home and work life, too.

    What to do for fun

    Although I am not able to participate at the time, I do notice various plays, activities, and clubs available to students who are able and interested! My schedule makes it a bit tough to participate.

    Food and Dining

    Although there is limited dining on campus (Winter Park specifically) they do have a cafeteria area with vending machines, coffee, fruit, and snacks in the book store, and is surrounded by restaurants in the Winter Park area.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on how you define rigor. I hear rigor and have both positive and negative associations. Negative being inflexible, non-patient, and less open-minded professors and syllabus schedules...and I don't find Valencia to be that at all. Positive being that professors are true to their expectations, not too lenient, and expect each student to follow through with their work. I also believe all schools take a certain amount of commitment and effort! All of which may seem rigorous to one person but not the next.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to be focused and dedicated to completing your goal graduation date and major! Remember that it is your time and your money at the end of the day so if going back to school isn't something you are 100% committed to then it's not going to be an enjoyable experience!

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College has made going back to school an enjoyable experience. The teachers and staff have been beyond helpful and extremely knowledgeable. The class sizes are smaller which allows for you, the student, more one-on-one time with your professor!

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Plenty of security.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is affordable for everyone but doesn't make you feel like you are getting the cheap end of the deal at all.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many extracurricular clubs and plenty of activities set up by the school. Events like Earth Day have free food and activities. I saw people posing with a huge boa constrictor. There was once a popular radio station that was throwing an event on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has low-cost and nice menu items, plenty of vegetarian options and lots of space to sit, eat and even study. It's located in a city full of nearby restaurants if you choose to leave campus.

    Dorm Life

    These campuses do not have a dorm life, it is a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    In my experience, the teachers are difficult enough to challenge you and encourage you to really learn the material but aren't so stringent that they will be hard to pass. They are all very motivated to help students succeed and move on. Don't be shy to ask questions and keep in contact with them!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the multiple opportunities and paths that Valencia has implemented to help you succeed. Inform yourself and seek out advisers to learn about direct connect to UCF, Life Map and other amazing programs that make your school life easier.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is one of top community colleges in the nation. Various campuses are in the surrounding areas, so you always have close access. You will feel a sense of pride attending this school as much as you would for a 4-year university.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Entertainment and Film majors.

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College provides excellent academic opportunities for students to learn from professionals in the field of Entertainment Design. The instructors are amazing and classes are small and provide opportunities to learn hands on.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I do not know of any activities.

    Food and Dining

    They have a few options for dining. I have not eaten anywhere on campus, however.

    Dorm Life

    They do not have dorms so no comment.

    Academic Rigor

    I took two online classes and found hem relatively easy though they were only general education classes. I have heard that the physical science classes can be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an idea of what you want to do before going to college. If not, then you are wasting your time. They have iPads for rent through the library.

    In three sentences

    It is an excellent community college. The college wants you to succeed and it shows through how much they help.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to experience college without leaving their hometown.

    Dorm Life

    no dorming

    Tips for prospective students

    Try not to get distracted by fellow students.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is like a 13th grade, too crowded. The advisor are not very helpful with helping you plan your classes. The tuition is not expensive for in-state students.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I agree I am given the education and the knowledge equivalent to the dollar amount that I spent on my past courses, because with the motivation and drive to want to be successful I have noticed and big increase on where my life is headed just from attending this college. I went from working and a fast food shop to landing a job at an insurance company something I would have never been exposed to if I was not so active at my school.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia has plenty of opportunities and events that allow the student body to have fun and even help out the community. There are picnics, live bands, and fund raisers for causes such as breast cancer to cleft lips. I even had the chance to participate in a fundraiser to help victims of trafficking in April of 2011.

    Food and Dining

    I love the array of food choices. It works perfectly having class 3 days a week and being able to have a panini one day, chicken fingers and fries, the next, and even cheese danishes for a morning snack. I enjoy leaving from my morning class knowing I can look forward to an enjoyable lunch.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make of it, I enjoy it for my personal time to sit aside either finish homework assignments or vision future career plans. The campus has plenty of places to seek any information you need from resources in the library to the answer center.

    Academic Rigor

    Very strict. All teachers, and professors keep us focused on getting our education, and communicate with us very well their expectations of us.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. Always be punctual for each and every class. Never taken education for granted it is the one thing no one can ever take away from you.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is the perfect place for accomplishing goals and becoming successful. This school has helped me transition from high school to college and live a more adult structured lifestyle. I feel Valencia has also helped me jump start my future.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable compared to a 4-year university and it is rated number one in the nation so you know its good!

    What to do for fun

    Well this is Orlando, theme parks, malls, nature, beach. Tons of options.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining is ok, coffee shops are great. Lots of local restaurants in the vicinity.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms on campus but tons of options right around the school. There are literally apartment around the entire campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Most lower level classes are easy and the school provides lots of resources for getting good grades - math lab, writing center, library, tutoring and labs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Very busy school, register early and let your professors know who you are by visiting their office and asking lots of questions.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a diverse and innovative college that offers excellent opportunities to continue your education. They guarantee acceptance into UCF with completion of an AA degree and are rated the nation's top community college by the Aspen Institute. All around great school for any age and field of interest.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Valencia provides an e-mail or text alert if there is severe weather or unusual activity on campus. It lets the students know that there is something going on and whether to get to class at a later time or stay away from the campus

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for anyone that wants to experience other cultures.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia provides wi-fi so you can bring your laptop anywhere on campus and surf the web. The school also has a student lounge to get together with friends. Lastly, there is always a lot of activities going on for students like the blood drive, booths for universities, celebrating cultures, and more!

    Food and Dining

    Food varies by campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus or student housing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be organized and serious about getting an education. Keep all the syllabuses from your courses just in case any issues arise. Take advantage of being in small classes by asking questions and getting more help!

    In three sentences

    The professors are well educated, helpful, and respectful. Valencia having a direct connect to the University of Central Florida makes it easier for students to transfer, which lifts a great weight off of their shoulders. The counselors are very helpful with helping build an educational plan for students.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is all over the campus. I never feel worried about myself or my vehicle.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is $99 a credit hour so they are way more affordable then universities and they offer so many of the same classes.

    What to do for fun

    They offer nights to come play volleyball and basketball and offer a gym to students for $30 a year!! Can't beat that!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is great and the food is pretty good also. My favorite is the coffee shop where they have healthy snacks and smoothies. On occasion they often give free food away to students to fill out surveys or vote for student council.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are small and teachers have a more one on one opportunity so it makes it easier to understand the material. Tougher classes are going to be tougher no matter what college you attend. But Valencia offers free tutors for every subject you need help in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up early for your classes. They fill up fast.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is, what I like to say, Very user friendly. The classes are small and you get a lot more one on one education. There are many locations that make it very convenient for students who live in every vicinity of Orlando.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are cameras on every hall and you always see security officers and faculty who work on campus everywhere.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody. There is students off all different types.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is fair, i have financial aid which covers tuition and textbooks with a little left over to help myself out.

    What to do for fun

    If you life in a college affiliated neighborhood, they always have neighborhood events going on with games and food. There are a lot of parties happening a lot and a few local clubs and bars. If you drive a little and head east towards downtown, there are more bars and clubs but many of them require you to be 21+. There are also movie theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, waterford lakes town center very near by. Tons of shops and stores and food places are located here. Disney, citywalk and all other local nightlife is less than 45 minutes away from UCF.

    Food and Dining

    There are fast food, restaurants, grocery stores, and any type of food you can imagine within a few miles of your home. Every where you go you see food and you will never have a problems getting a food your craving.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms on campus, but all student live nearby so there is always a lot of social life and things to do.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't too difficult but you still get plenty of work. My teachers are all really great teachers and make the classes easy and i still learn a lot. I recommend using rate my professor if you don't already. And pick your classes one of the first days it becomes available to you. That will give you a better chance of the best teachers because a lot of students attend this school, making classes fill up quickly.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't understand something, go to the library. They have tutors and people in math labs and other labs to help you understand your homework. If you have a class with an SL Leader, take advantage of it because they actually helped me improve my papers by a letter grade at least and made the papers easier for me to plan and write about.

    In three sentences

    The school is a great stepping stone out of high school to prepare you for a higher university. All my professors have made students get a lot of opportunities to do well in their classes. I really enjoy going to this school.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Have not ate there yet.

    Dorm Life

    Don't have dorms

    Academic Rigor

    I have not taken any classes yet.

    In three sentences

    So far the school seems to have a lot of resources for students to reach their goals which I have not seen before.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Valencia has been known as a Community College and has now recently become Valencia College. It is the #1 Community College in the U.S. and holds a fantastic Criminal Justice Institute. One of the top Institutes for that field of study.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have security on campus but I am unsure on what they do, I just see them drive around in golf carts! There are however cops on campus and that makes it feel more secure. At nighttime it can be a little scary as there is limited lighting and the cops all seem to disappear as do the security.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are none!!!! No sports teams and maybe 3 clubs that I can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for students returning to school, for example older people. It is lower key less activities and hassle.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I cannot think of any unusual places on campus. I did not realize there was an upstairs hallway to walk to all the different buildings. This was great once I found it because I avoided all the rush of all the other students.

    Bang for the buck

    You get your degree for a lot less than a 4 year university so definitely a great place to start when pursing a bachelors degree.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there is little to do at Valencia. There are VERY limitied clubs although I know the college is trying to expand itself. There are no sports teams, so no football games to watch. Every now and again they have some kind of even where you can win free stuff but its usually erasers and pencils. Like I said before plan to transfer to a 4 years school.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is actually pretty good and reasonably priced! Valencia has a main cafeteria and several small coffee places. These are great for students on the go between classes. I would often stop for a hot chocolate and muffin :)

    Dorm Life

    there is none! you cannot live on campus here.

    Academic Rigor

    You learn what you need to but it is learnt purply for tests once they are done you can pretty much forget the information.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Be prepared to just go to class and leave - not hang around and make friends. 2) Do not expect sports teams - there are none! 3) Use Rate my Professor!! 4) Do not buy all the textbooks because most of the time you do not use them!

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great introduction to college, a good starting place. It is not a place for a social life or to meet many new people. Good place to begin but best to plan to transfer after 2 years, or completing AA degree.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is 24/7. You will always see Campus Safety going around and making sure the Campus is safe. Valencia also utilizes an emergency notification system if you choose to sign up and get emails or texts on your cell about Campus Safety issues or weather issues.

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia offers a variety of Clubs, for example, Sound Club where you run events both within the campus and out of the campus that are approved by Valencia. Not only does it create network opportunities for future careers in the Audio Visual industry, it also provides opportunities to be paid. Sound Club is probably the only Club that offers paid opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia campuses are very close to all the attractions of Orlando like Islands of Adventure & Universal Studios as well as being within a 20 minute drive to downtown Orlando where the Amway Center and Bob Carr Performance Center.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria provides great food options from sandwiches, subs, pizza, wraps, and healthy options as well. The campus has their own Coffee/shake shack which serves excellent bevereges.

    Academic Rigor

    Mentally Challenging and invigorating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Contact Enrollment Office as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    It is now called Valencia College and offers Certificates, A.S., and B.S. Degrees. Professors are passionate about their work and are always willing to work with you and where you are at in their courses.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I think the food cost too much so i do not buy food at the school. The food may be good but i think 4.38 for one item is too much and i feel like that price is a meal price.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay in a student housing and they dont have dorms but persons stay in UCF student housing and its pretty good some places

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your classes and the work. Aslo take advantage of your resources provided from the college because they are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a good school with good professors. Valencia has very amazing study centers that have people to help us in each subject we may be studying. Valencia has great advisers to help with career and class choice.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe attending classes at night. There are security guards everywhere paroling the areas around each building and the parking lots. Everything is well lit at night.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on during the semester. I see flyers posted around the campus for activities, clubs and events.

    Food and Dining

    There are several great coffee stands that also sell cookies, muffins, etc. and reasonably priced. There are vending machines all around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not have dorms but there are many nice apartment complexes all around the west campus that I attend. Many are within walking distance!

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia College has the best teachers! I've had two successful full time semesters thanks to the Math Lab and my Professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    The students here represent a wide variety of ages and ethnic backgrounds so everyone can feel in place here.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is outstanding, which is why it won the 2011 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence!

  • 06/04/2012

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    In three sentences

    It is a good school. I have learned more in College then i have ever learned anywhere else. And I also enjoy learning and going to school!

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out on campus, grab a smoothie and study before your next class.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms currently

    Tips for prospective students

    Check ratemyprofessor.com to look up your future teachers.

    In three sentences

    You get your bang for your buck. Best professors who care. Great campus locations all across central florida.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Work, hangout with friends, exercise, bike ride, read books, volunteer, water sports

    Food and Dining

    Good food, not much to choose from though

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I did really well at this school and plan to continue that

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend this college !!

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an amazing community college. All my teachers have been so helpful and everything at the school is straight forward and east to find. Its also the perfect size, not too crowded, I like taking smaller classes.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    student from all walks of life

    Bang for the buck

    the type of instructors you get is worth much more than what you're actually paying.

    What to do for fun

    join the psychology club

    Tips for prospective students

    do not slack off in any class, try your best in all of them because your GPA really counts

    In three sentences

    small class size. more one to one instruction with the professor. professors actually care about your grade.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have had night classes at Valencia East, and while never being afraid to walk to my car at night, there are always usually two police officers that are constantly driving around the parking lots and watching to make sure that people get to their cars and out okay. There are also people who are constantly around campus making sure everything is okay.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are always a lot of places for students to hang out and sit, which is really nice when you need to stay somewhere between classes for an extended period of time. There are benches everywhere, and its always nice to sit there with a friend until you need to leave, and just chit chat.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a community college, so the price of attending is no where close to a university. You can almost always find books for classes at discounted prices all around, and you learn from great teachers who try and interpret their subject in the best way for everyone to learn it.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs to join and there is always something going on during the week for students to participate in. Just laying on the green patch of grass outside the library is nice.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is actually quite good. They have three different variety of foods, as well as a little coffee place inside with baked goods and things.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus since it is a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Every teacher that I have ever met at Valencia is actually passionate about what they are teaching. They aren't just people who hand out a book and you fend for yourself through the whole semester. They know what they are talking about and want you to understand it as much as you possibly can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for classes as soon as possible! Bring all information that you could possibly think of. Make an appointment with a councilor to discuss what direction you want to take on your college path in order to use all your credits to their advantage.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is honestly the best community college I have ever seen or heard of. The teachers actually want you to do well, and no one can lie that if you like the appearance of the college you attend, it sure makes it nicer to see it every day, and Valencia is just that. Valencia has the perfect amount of students in each class, and there is always someone willing to help.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of safety.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is pretty cheap.

    Food and Dining

    I have not tried the food, but I heard it is really good.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go prepared! Make sure you make it on time. If you take notes, you usually get a good grade.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is easy to comprehend in the matters of classes and class locations. There are really helpful people and workers. Most teachers are also willing to help you through the class and give you opportunities to gain credit.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Universal Studios is literally 5 minutes down the road , plenty of restaurants

    Food and Dining

    Always a vending machine near to grab a quick pick me up .

    Dorm Life

    Live @ home , they have no dorms .

    Academic Rigor

    You will be pushed to do your best .

    Tips for prospective students

    Earn as many scholarships and get as involved as you can in on-campus activities . Also the student success center is VERY helpful .

    In three sentences

    Clean Campus All about education

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is very helpful and friendly

    Greek Life

    Not quite sure.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't personally participated in any, but there are a variety of clubs and school sponsored activities in the community.

    Great for these types of students

    Pretty much any student. Unless you like lecture halls, there are few lecture classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Matador day! I didn't even know we had a mascot, but we are the matadors. Every year they hold matador day, which includes fun activities, music, and a chili cook off!

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia offers a TIP (Tuition Installment Plan) which gives you a micro loan you pay back with no interest. It deducts automatically on the 20th of each month from your bank account or credit card. This makes it much easier to afford classes if you don't qualify for financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Orlando isn't known for it's night life, but there are plenty of college bars out around east campus and UCF. Being in central Florida puts you in close proximity to all of the theme parks, so take advantage of that!

    Food and Dining

    Most campuses offer a few snacks, but there are restaurants close by.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms! Off campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what classes you are taking, and with what teachers. Look into professors before taking classes to find teachers who fit with your learning style.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in all of your classes! Set a goal to make a friend in each class. Utilize networking opportunities! Take advantage of the math, writing, and language labs, many classes give extra credit if they know you sought help from one of the labs.

    In three sentences

    Small campus and class sizes allow for better communication between students and teachers. Easy access to online classes through Blackboard. Multiple campuses allow for a central focus at each location, and make it easier to find classes at a campus closer to you.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Reading, and swimming.

    Food and Dining

    They have student lounges with vending machines.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Above average!

    Tips for prospective students

    Valencia Winter Park campus, is small and more hands on with the teachers.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are remarkable, and go above and beyond in their teaching.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities going on at any Valencia campus.

    Food and Dining

    I have never ate at any Valencia campus. I prefer to bring my own food to chow down on.

    Dorm Life

    There is not the chose of dorm life for Valencia College.

    Academic Rigor

    Just find the right teachers and professors for you and you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stop having mom and dad do everything and do it yourself. Thats one big thing I learned. Mom was doing everything for me and I had no idea how much it was until the college told me I had to start doing things on my own. You're capable.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a very nice 4 year college. Its great to have started here and they've helped me so much with the preparation of transferring to a university. I'm sure they're even better now considering it is no longer a community college.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    has no on campus dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not too hard but its not a walk in the park. It's college and what you put in it is the results you will get.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get the ball rolling on preregistration early and pick classes early.

    In three sentences

    This school is really nice for people who want to take classes before attending a university. All the campus have a great layout and staff that is helpful. I really feel that being a student at Valencia will help me with all my goals down the road.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There amazing clubs to join on camps and easy friends to make to spend time with.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing and is worth the money.

    Dorm Life

    There no dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    You will have to work and study. If not you will fall behind fast. You will have fun but learn at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends, get to know you professor, do your work, and have fun with school.

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College is my first college and I can't be happy with the school I choose to go.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are stationed at the book store, as well as in the parking lot. Security patrol the parking lot from when the campus opens until it closes. Very safe.

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia offers almost any club you could think of, and the ability to start a new club if you are not interested in any available. They also feature many intramural sports, such as volleyball, basketball, and racquetball. Valencia hosts many free or cheap events as well, such as the Brazilian Film Festival, Dance Concerts, Poker Night, and guest speakers, such as Dr. Michael Balik and Ralph Nader

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia East is great for artsy type students looking to get their foot in the door and start networking. It is also good for students who prefer smaller classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some fun places to visit on Valencia East are the outdoor classroom, and the giant oak tree by building eight. They also have an outdoor coffee shop by building one, which works great when you don't have time to swing by a cafeteria.

    Bang for the buck

    At half the price of a university, Valencia is a great option. You can also earn a two-year degree which UCF will accept and start you off as a Junior, effectively cutting a size able chunk out of planned tuition costs.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia offers events such as Poker Night. Downtown Orlando features many venues and clubs, ranging from underground bands to the New Amway Center, home to the Orlando Magic basketball. Bowling, mini-golf, and a movie theatre provide fun activities for the weekend. Big-time entertainment such as Universal Studios is less than an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    Waterford Lakes Plaza and many other small cafes/restaurants surround the area. There isn't much in the way of high class, but there are many options, especially for the poorer college student.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms, but apartments nearby provide close access to the school, as well as Waterford Lakes Plaza

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia is easier than an University, but a person will still learn everything they need to know. The classes are doable, but still applicable to real life and college, and the teachers are incredibly knowledgeable about what they teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always use Ratemyprofessor.com. Most teachers here are very good, but you can never be too sure. Advisers are your friends, but even more so are the teachers, who you can always talk to, and should, when you get lost. Finally, don't forget to network! Know the people in your class - you will most likely end up working a project with them, and it's great real-world practice.

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College is not to be held to any stereotypes. You know the people you take class with, and the teachers still know your name. At Valencia, you can learn something without going into debt, and without feeling lost in the crowd.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Meet people, go to school activities, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is decent.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Not Ivy League but certainly challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up to date on current school activities and due dates for applications and homework and such.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is simply wonderful. The winner of the Aspen Award for 2011 for Community College Excellence. I highly, highly recommend anyone going.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is generally pretty safe, there are security guards surrounding you often.

    Clubs and Activities

    For art students, there are groups.

    Great for these types of students

    There are usually art groups that have meetings, if you're interested in workshops an learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many times there are events going on at a campus that may interest you. You just need to keep yourself updated.

    What to do for fun

    There are plazas for food, and convenient shopping close by.

    Food and Dining

    The food is usually pretty good, but just a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms in Valencia, but there is student housing close by.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the course, things can get pretty hectic. But there is certainly nothing wrong with being challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become friends with your teachers, they'll usually have your back if you are willing to open up to them. Always ask questions if you aren't sure about something. Plan your time wisely, depending on the class, things can pile up quickly.

    In three sentences

    Valencia's staff is very friendly and warm. Whenever you're in need of help, there are always helpful people surrounding you. Valencia is a place where you can learn well and effectively.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    They have awesome professors who are willing to work with you. The learning environment is great. The facility is very clean and they take pride in what they do.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    When I do get the chance, I might go to the bar or movie. Somewhere relaxing but can also fun.

    Food and Dining

    Similar to the passage before, no money I can't enjoy food or dining with family or friends. Just studying and focus on school.

    Dorm Life

    Don't live in a dorm I would love to but with no scholarship or help with any goverment programs I have to pay tuition on of my pocket with is extremely differcult.

    Academic Rigor

    I focus and give it my all when it comes down to school. School comes first, everything after my academics is second. If you don't give a 100 percent then college is not the place you want to be.

    In three sentences

    It truely a gift form god, god must of bless the dean and builder ears. Valencia College help people wanting to accomblish a big part in there lifes in the present but mostly there future. Has open doors for anyone wanting to work hard.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If have any question dont dout to contact the staff they are very helpfull.

    In three sentences

    Valencia was easy to understand. The staff explain everything. The campus is very clean and organized.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're like me, thats not ready to leave home and know you may easily get distracted by college life and parties, staying home and going to a community college is the best option. My financial aid covers everything and i still get money sent back to me.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't any traditions i know of from the campuses i go to but i know at West Campus from the times between 2-4, Chipotle is PACKED with students.

    What to do for fun

    Sometimes each campus (depending on the season) post activities for the students to enjoy, some even for students who have kids. In most times you meet so many people in your classes, you find yourself doing things with your classmates outside of campus.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on which campus you are would determine the food and dining areas. West campus is right on Kirkman so there are lots of restaurants and cool places to eat. Oppose to Osceola campus its really far out from the nice restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in dorm, i live with my parents. But there are awesome, affordable apartments near each campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask questions, the more you know, the higher you will succeed. Do your work with confidence and don't get so overwhelmed. People want to help you there, you're not just another student.

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College is affordable. I love this college for the supporting advisors and instructors. I feel fortunate that my financial aid covers my tuition and lab fees.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mostly safe just cannot let your guard down

    Clubs and Activities

    They school is very active and plans events often.

    Great for these types of students

    Easy going and hard workers!

    Food and Dining

    Food is okay based on what I've heard, kinda pricey but that is found everywhere.

    Academic Rigor

    Mostly challenging only because they want to help you achieve your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Excellent place to start your college career.

    In three sentences

    The most amazing college for high school graduates. It has an excellent dual enrollment program. Also, it is a model school for the nation!

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They many security guards walking around on campus. I feel very safe in this school.

    Great for these types of students

    Health students will love this school. They cater for these students/

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it cheapest school to get a health degree from, however, it extremely hard to get their limited access programs.

    What to do for fun

    Your in Orlando, Universal Studios is just a couple miles down the street.

    Food and Dining

    Your in the middle of the city so you can get food anywhere. However, if you feel to eat on campus the food is pretty good.

    Academic Rigor

    If you get the right teacher it a very good experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to get information from the answer center, get there at 8am.

    In three sentences

    This school has a diverse population which I enjoy. It is one the top community college in the U.S. However, trying to obtain information at answer center is a headache and you will wait about 3 hours.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security everywhere and police on-top of Valencia security personel.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Government, work-study, Valencia Volunteers. Valencia does alot of work for the students for them to be involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for all students. Well rounded school, education is greatly pushed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    unknown

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is worth it Free tutoring for every subject. Help for everything

    What to do for fun

    I read the bible, go to church. Hanging with my family. Lately alot of training for work. Fun is whatever you do that pleases you without any violence, drugs, and or alcohol.

    Food and Dining

    Orlando, Fl has the best restaurants around, but I advise students to save and by meals it is much cheaper.

    Dorm Life

    The best part about dorm life you live at home for those who live in florida and you save money. financial aid provides for those who live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are well structured the teachers are always around helping students. The courses are easy. The courses you will be able to understand and pass and always keep in contact with your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Main tip is to make sure that your financial Aid is in order. Make sure that your classes are the classes that will lead you straight into your major. Your career advisors are your best friend always see them every semester to make sure your on the right path.

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College is a wonderful school. The staff is very helpful and understanding. The School is great for those who are still deciding where they would like to start there careers.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There aren't many food place around the East campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are affordable apartments near by, but I live with my mother.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on the class you take and how many you take.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    need more help for the students.

    What to do for fun

    there are lots of clubs and activities to do.

    Food and Dining

    there are lots of places to get coffee, lunch breakfast and a snack.

    Dorm Life

    no real dorms

    Academic Rigor

    it was hard do to not having internet to get my assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have everything in line before you attend.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is OK they need a little more when it comes to students that have special financial and schedule needs.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get involve in clubs and other organizations.

    Food and Dining

    They are too expensive.

    Dorm Life

    They don't have dorms

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a small campus where you have the opportunity to meet almost everyone. The teachers are very compromise with the students. Classroom sizes are no more then 35 students.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is affiliated with UCF and on its way to becoming a university all on its own. You get a University education on a Community college budget!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't sit and ask yourself if the school is right for you. Go. See it. Talk to anyone on campus!

    In three sentences

    Valencia staff is extremely helpful, courteous and knowledgeable. The teachers are amazingly supportive and the campus is very disability friendly! It makes me sad that I will have to transfer to another school to complete my degree!

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They have security all round the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but can be expensive

    Dorm Life

    They don't have student living but there a nice apartments just 5 miles from the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go speak to your counselor for help.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is friendly environment that is welling to help you at anytime. They also have answer for every question you have. And they will contact you anytime if they find the things your looking for.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall, the campus is safe with maximum security.

    Greek Life

    The campuses and courses offered greatly emphasize Greek society and culture.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ideal extracurricular activities are offered such as amazing clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Campuses are suitable for all students even those with special circumstances.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The eccentric stairways are unique in design.

    Bang for the buck

    Expenses are cheaper than typical universities and colleges.

    What to do for fun

    Theater, art, and music play as vital ingredients to enthusiasts, and audiences.

    Food and Dining

    The meals served are the equivalent to top class chef's helpings.

    Dorm Life

    Dormitories are precisely the spot to house students. They are spotlessly clean and hospitable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes prove to be steady-paced and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great time management skills will lead to easily following a convenient schedule.

    In three sentences

    Expenses are affordable compared to local universities.. A variety of rigorous academic courses are offered. This college deserves a 10/10.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I personally have not seen any problems within the east Campus of Valencia College. It has been amazing.

    Greek Life

    I have not participated in the Greek Life. It is limited at Valencia.

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia College has a group for everyone. You can join the honor society, environmental groups and the student government.

    Bang for the buck

    If a student is on a college budget, I believe, it is beneficial to get your basic core courses at a Community College. Valencia College was just awarded a name change and now is Valencia College. I have enjoyed getting my AA from Valencia and look forward to my transfer to University of Central Florida.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia College has a group for everyone. You can join the honor society, environmental groups and the student government.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia east Campus does have a cafeteria for dining but it is a small campus. Although, there is several places to eat, study and shop in the area.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College, unfortunately, does not offer dorm living.

    Academic Rigor

    Although Valencia is not the hardest and most challenging of colleges the school does offer honors and/or advanced course. You can challenge yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    First time college students and incoming high school graduates should all take advantage of the the student learning course. This course offers suggestions and ideas to succeed at college. An excellent course.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an excellent start to college education. Valencia College offers smaller classrooms, one on one instruction from the Professors and an extensive choice in online courses. Valencia College does not have the same stigma as other community colleges as it offers a variety of AA and AAS degrees.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    In between classes, if there is enough time, GO TO THE LIBRARY..... or meet with friends. (go to the library!)

    Food and Dining

    Food just sounds amazing, anywhere anytime.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms at Valencia College.

    Academic Rigor

    Although I havent officially started classes,I used ratemyprofessor.com and chose the teachers I thought would benefit me.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is college no matter where you attend. But at Valencia, I suggest creating a schedule for homework, study and you social life. Every student is different, but I recommend staying organized.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a gorgeous campus with a variety of professors, students and classes. Everyone is friendly and its such a wonderful environment to be in. Every time I step on to campus, I get a good feeling. And knowing this good feeling will definitely brighten up my future, makes it all worth it !

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    great!

    Tips for prospective students

    have high goals and study really hard.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school to prosper. The school has a great atmosphere. The staff works with you whenever you need help.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe. Always security nearby.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Available

    Great for these types of students

    Great for traditional or non-traditional students

    Bang for the buck

    Great tuition prices

    What to do for fun

    There are many student organizations

    Food and Dining

    West campus is Ok. I hear East campus is best.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available

    Tips for prospective students

    Always have your paperwork and documents ready and make one trip to the Access Centers. The financial aid is very difficult at this college

    In three sentences

    This is a great school who just won the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Award. The medical programs are well known in the area and have a great reputation. Valencia prides itself on graduates, and not attendees.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Every type is welcome.

    Bang for the buck

    100 dollar per credit hour. You really cant beat that.

    What to do for fun

    Parties. i didn't really get into them tho. I'm a reserved child.

    Food and Dining

    the food is AWESOME!! i literally went broke my first semester just on buying food from the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms. its a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on the classes you sign up for you can pick easy classes such as student success or hard classes such Organic Chemistry 2. its all up too you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused. Like any other college things can get tough. If you need help ask for it. There are advisers and tutors waiting to help you. there are also different programs such as the bridges to success scholarship and the 2+2 program that help with tuition.

    In three sentences

    its pretty nice. clean, wide array of classes and teachers. and its the number one community college in the nation, cant beat that.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Valencia is extremely organize. Emphasis on deadlines have taught me a great deal in my personal life. Great tools to help succeed.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Numerous security officers roam throughout the campus and parking lots to ensure safety of every student/faculty/staff.

    Clubs and Activities

    several

    Great for these types of students

    transfer, dual-enrollment

    Bang for the buck

    Very very affordable! If you are a transfer student, take your pre-requisites at Valencia for a lot less than you would at a public or private university. Saves big bucks!

    What to do for fun

    Universal Studios Orlando is literally 5 minutes away from the West Campus, so after taking that possibly challenging exam, you can head over there to clear your mind and have fun.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms, but there are several apartments around the school

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia won the award for best community college in the NATION! That pretty much says it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. There are many clubs/organizations to join. There are several campuses so you'll definitely find one closer to you. Make use of the professional advisors at Valencia. They are willing to help you succeed and make your semester(s) at Valencia easier. Most importantly, challenge yourself, study hard, and have fun!

    In three sentences

    Valencia is the greatest community college in America. It is very affordable and most importantly it's a smart choice for students who plan on getting the best education possible at the lowest price. Highly recommended!

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Valencia College is very safe. There are patrols at all times in the hallways and parking spots.

    What to do for fun

    I play guitar when I am around campus. It does relax me. I love to play sports such as tennis, soccer and baseball. Sports are my passion

    Food and Dining

    I do not have a food plan at Valencia.

    Dorm Life

    I have not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Very good Academic rigor, as I said, you must focus in your dream and you will reach the star you been dreaming of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Student have to give all what they can to succeed. The path is not easy, but not impossible.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is my house since 2011 and it will be always. This is the place my journey started.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Valencia offers great security. The officers are flooded within the campus offering assurance of safety.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for students that know what they want in life and just cant put the pieces of the puzzle together. Valencia will help you to get to a better place in your mind and in your life. Valencia is for the students who believe in themselves even if nobody else does.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia offers an array of events throughout the year. On specific holidays and various charity events. Valencia frequently has world-renowned guests and speakers for every one's enjoyment.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.Already different, enroll at Valencia and learn to be great at it! 2. Ask anything of staff or student and they will gladly assist! 3.Dare to compare and we will see you soon!

    In three sentences

    1. Number one professors on the planet! 2. First Class curriculum for the future! 3. Undefeated motivated students!

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    awesome

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    culture

    What to do for fun

    movie

    Food and Dining

    self supply

    Dorm Life

    off campus

    Tips for prospective students

    disciplinary

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Get involved with student activities. Meet new people. Make friends.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a good school. The teachers and staff are very professional. It has a great learning environment.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Average. Most of the Security Guards are older retired types. Some actual Police Officers on Campus at times.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    None

    Great for these types of students

    Down to business to get an education. All about learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    Bang for the buck

    Great for education. Nothing social.

    What to do for fun

    Not much.

    Food and Dining

    Decent cafes. Prices are just as expensive as anywhere.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    A good mix of challenging professors and some that understand the issues student face. I took a full summer load and didnt have any issues.

    Tips for prospective students

    Those without college experience need to do a bit of leg work, since navigating the system can challenging.

    In three sentences

    Student facilities are great, large computer labs and access. Student areas are clean and they have several campuses strategically located. Only wish was that library access had longer hours or even 24 hours.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I haven't eaten there before.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Many students move on to UCF.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    When taking night classes, Security guards will often escort you to your car if requested.

    Greek Life

    No sororities or fraternities that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth the money. UCF credit hours are almost double the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Not much on campus except for at East Campus. Perhaps it because they're located so close to UCF, but they have something to do almost every Tuesday and Thursday.

    Food and Dining

    Most places have pretty good cafeterias except for Osceola campus

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Its a college, not a university. Use this to build yourself up to the next level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use ratemyprofessor.com to find good teachers. Talk to the teacher if there are is a scheduling issue. They'll do their best to work with you. Only take classes at one campus at a time. The campuses are farther apart than you might think.

    In three sentences

    There are some good teachers and some bad teachers. Good teachers are easy to find. Teachers are flexible as are classes.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Valencia College has many events going on throughout the year. This events are packed with food, fun activities, and information. It also has many clubs for different interests.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe in Valencia College is delicious and convenient. The serving time is next to nothing and you receive a very delectable dish to keep you going throughout your day.

    Dorm Life

    I have not experience dorm life in Valencia College

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia College gives you the chance to challenge your knowledge and push yourself to learn new material and use it in everyday life situations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions! If you are in doubt or lost the best thing you can do is to ask questions. The students and staff are very friendly and you may find that some students may have the same concerns you do. The second most important tip is to get to know the staff at Valencia College. They will be able to help you in many issues and chances are you will be seeing them often.

    In three sentences

    The staff at Valencia College are very knowledgeable and help with your issues quickly. The Classes are small, which are helpful if you are looking for one-on-one with the professor. Valencia College is the perfect place to start if you are in tune with your career goal or are still exploring the different programs.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security is excellent, because the students are always updated on the Atlas website. Also, there are emergency phone stations all over the school.

    Greek Life

    Unknown, I know nothing about this. As stated before, check out the schools website or go on campus and speak with student government.

    Clubs and Activities

    Check out the schools website or go to the campus and go the student government offices, they can help you get familiar with the surroundings.

    Great for these types of students

    Just check out the schools website and Atlas portal for all the information you will need.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are various clubs and organizations you can join to meet new people and events to get involved in.

    Bang for the buck

    There's not much more to say, however being a student, you do need to budget and not be financially overly indulgent.

    What to do for fun

    There is Universal Studios, Disney World, Sea World, City Walk, among other sites near the International drive area.

    Food and Dining

    Restaurants are numerous for the area, there is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately for those that need housing, there are no dorms. However, there are a number of apartments in the area that give student discounts. I noticed that this information is available on the Atlas web portal, but Valencia has no connection with it. This decision is solely left up to student and their parents.

    Academic Rigor

    As I stated before, there are no free grades given here, you must study. Whatever the amount of effort you put in will reflect in your grades during test time and assignment scores.

    Tips for prospective students

    The instructors are well trained in their prospective fields of study, and that just goes to show that not everyone can become an instructor at Valencia College. The instructors keep the students on their toes, so if you want a good grade out of the course, you'd better do your homework and study hard because there are no free grades given here.

    In three sentences

    I believe that Valencia College is an excellent school. They always put the students needs first, as it should be with any higher learning institution. If your an older student, such as myself, they do not ignore you or pretend that you are invisible.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go downtown, lots of shopping, and all the theme parks!

    Food and Dining

    They have a nice cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    none.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, but if you put the book time in you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to school full time. If you have a job, only go to school two days of the week so you can still have 4 days of work. Explore the campus, it's big!

    In three sentences

    The staff truly cares about the success of the students. Professors will work with you, in order for you to do well in class. Offers large variety of classes to choose from.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security always .

    Greek Life

    There is NONE.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons, you will be sure to find one that suits you.

    Bang for the buck

    You only get the bang for your buck if you take part in the activities that Valencia offers.

    What to do for fun

    Join Organizations, get involved.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is ok, there are many selections even a Pita restaurant . But i wish we had a chick-fil-a or something of that nature.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    You learn a lot. But the A is definitely accessible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join Clubs ! Thats how you meet people .

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school. There are many organizations and clubs to be a part of. Professors care a lot and you can go to them with most questions.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very important to the school, it is so important that the school even has school alerts that can be sent either to your phone or your email to let you know whats going on at the school. They are also very careful when it comes to the cars on the campus and accidents. There are cameras all around the school to ensure that nothing happens as well as security, to ensure that everything at the school is going well for the students as well as the staff.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at Valencia because it is just a college and not a university.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a few clubs and activities that the students can attend, such as Student Government Association, they have a book club as well as a V.I.S.A. If there is not a club there that a student feels should be there, they can create one. There is also an honors club for the students with high G.P.A's, students who are in that club have a chance at scholarship that normal students do not have the chance at obtaining.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for all kinds of students, anyone can attend, it does not matter. They make each and every student feel welcomed and the staff tries their best to help each student with his/her own situation.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unfortunately, there are not many traditions on the campus. we have typical events such as spirit day or welcome back week. So they have these events to give some of the students something to enjoy while on a break from class or just to give the students a good welcome back to school. It makes the students feel welcomed and starts them off on the right track every year.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia was named the number college in the nation, in the year of 2012. Instead of raising their cost of tuition like every other college or university, Valencia decided to keep their tuition affordable for students so they kept it at 99.06 per credit hour. They really care for the d]students and they offer so many programs for them, either its tutoring programs or scholarship programs they want everyone a chance to attend college and succeed.

    What to do for fun

    Each student is different and where as some might join a number of the clubs offered at the school, I choose to spend my free time tutoring at the local high school and reading a good book.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is not much because of the fact that we are just a college. Although we do have a cafe area for the students, so they can obtain breakfast or lunch. It is not much offered on the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately because Valencia is a college, they do not offer dorms to the students. So there is no dorm life at Valencia because majority of the students who attend are residents of the state and to make it easy on themselves, they live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    When it comes to academics, their grading is as any other school. They try to keep it simple because they want you to get a feel of what college is like first before you jump into something you can not handle.They want to ensure that you graduate so most of the professors grading scale, is just like the ones in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tips that I have for prospective students, are although it is a college and not a big university, does not make it any less important. The courses ad the credits still matter and it very important that you do a great job there just as you would any other school.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great schools and they have a great staff of professors. They are very compassionate about their student and when it comes to their learning. They want to give everyone a chance to attend school so they make their tuition affordable to all.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A good security. They send message if something happened in campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of differents clubs.

    Food and Dining

    There are two coffee shops and cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Organize events for students with free food and games.

    Tips for prospective students

    Doing all homework and assignment until due date. You will be a good student. To learn about time management.

    In three sentences

    A good college. A good location.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    lots of security prowling parking lot and campus day and night

    What to do for fun

    Lots to do on campus always some event going on

    Food and Dining

    Great BURGERS!

    Tips for prospective students

    Very convenient you are in charge

    In three sentences

    Very close to home plenty of classes day and night it all just works!

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Matador Day

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It varies what campus you're on. If you're on west campus it's nicknamed worst campus, because it's in a bad area known as Pine Hills which is also nicknamed Crime Hills In east or winter park campus, it's as safe as can be though. Can be hectic on the larger east campus though due to crowds

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of activities go on on campus, sometimes they give away free stuff, and food to everyone. I mean generally it isn't free it's just coming out of our tuition fees, but it's overall nice to have these available.

    Bang for the buck

    Relatively cheap costs to florida residence, but if you're not a resident, expect to be paying 1,100 smackaroos for a single class

    What to do for fun

    Hang out on campus, or chit-chat around, on some of the campus area's there are basketball courts so you can play freely.

    Food and Dining

    They serve a relatively cheap breakfast, and lunch for about five bucks you can get bacon and eggs with a drink included, pretty tasty as well, doesn't taste boxed cause it's not. Also got some awesome cheese fries

    Dorm Life

    There isn't any dorm life, because there is no dormatories, but there is some housing nearby for students that's relatively cheap, but that's only on east campus--near east campus

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely complex at times, but explained in a simple manner mostly, they thoroughly teach you, but in a way that even a simpleton can grasp.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep on top of things, and make sure you sort them out as soon as possible, because before you know it you could be left behind. And never take a math FLEX course unless you're good at math, and just refreshing yourself.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a nice Community College, just turned college to learn at. Generally there classes are small so it gives you a more One-on-One experience with your professors, which allows for a better experience per say. The Professors generally seem down to earth, and friendly as well.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe and constantly patrolled.

    Greek Life

    No greek life.

    Bang for the buck

    Incredible classes and faculty for a much smaller cost then a University with all the same teaching and opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia is located down the street from UCF so the area has a lot to offer. Beaches are 30 mins away, 2 malls not far, strip malls, many clubs and very very very many restaurants and fun places to hang out at.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Valencia is surprisingly incredible. The dining area has four different places (a pita station, coffee, and 2 normal food sections). They have everything from amazing chicken tenders to wraps and paninis to substantial dinner type foods.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia doesn't have dorms, but there is student housing in excess. Everywhere you turn there are student apartments which are great and have a mix of Valencia and UCF students.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the teacher, the academic rigor varies of course. Teachers expect students to be on task and on top of their own work. Most teachers are very good at helping which students need assistance, and have no problem going over material. Tests as I have experienced are fair and no absurd amounts of homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Map out classes with an advisor so you don't get caught up in unnecessary classes and end up staying at Valencia longer then necessary. Also, looking up teachers on sites like Ratemyprofessor.com are extremely helpful in finding the teaching style that works for you.

    In three sentences

    Great campus with friendly and well equipped faculty. Interesting group of students to meet and work with. Clean, well constructed campus.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is maintained well, there are always security driving around on campus, and police officers available at the colleges discretion

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities available to students or all ages! From student government to theater ! Valencia doesn't hold back!

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia college is good for students who want a new beginning to there college life, with a small learning environment that can help students get on the right track to taking on a bachelor's or fulfilling a career!

    What to do for fun

    For fun Valencia has shows that could be debates, or events such as blood drives. Which are usually accommodated with free food at the end!

    Food and Dining

    There are varieties of food available to students from veggies, to a burger with fries. Another cool factor that Valencia Cafeteria has are packed lunches to go, that could include juice with a chicken wrap and fruit!

    Dorm Life

    Valencia doesn't have Dorm life on campus, being that there are many different campuses around Florida. Most students rent apartments near their campus, or live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia college, is progressively continuing to grow, and as more campuses are beginning to arise. More students are planning to take the college route before assisting a University, permitting more lectures and assignments given to students, but still having that benefit of talking to a professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead in taking classes. Meet with an academic adviser on what's the best career part for you! Be active and involved in your college, join a club, run for office, or serve your community by getting involved with community service. Use time management!

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a small diverse college, that avows students to spark interest in a desired field. Having degrees available to achieve from a general A.A, to an A.S. Valencia is also expanding as a college, with new buildings and bachelor programs to obtain, as well as allowing students to Direct Connect to UCF one of the largest universities in the US!

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    you cant beat the In state tuition at 2,000 dollars! Nobody compete with that. Even the Out of State isn't that expensive at $11,000!

    Food and Dining

    I Love food. Valencia makes that relationship a very good one for me!

    Dorm Life

    There is No Campus/Dorms at Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not yet attended yet. I've been on campus but haven't had an Instruction day yet.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a very well kept school. It was very Spacious yet cozy when it came to the one-on-one relations with students and teachers from what I saw. I really don't know that much about Valencia so far. however, what I've seen already has me anxious and excited for Spring Semester 2013.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have campus security all day every day, and during finals week, or night classes you can have one of the security men or women walk you to your car or bus stop.

    Greek Life

    There really is no greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs of all types, they even have clubs specific to your feild of study. For example they have the psychology club which is free to be a part of and allows you to get to know other students with the same interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to get the general classes out of the way without breaking the bank. Students who still live at home. Students who plan to transfer to UCF after receiving their AA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Back when Valencia had sports teams, the matador was our mascot. Now, Valencia hosts a Matador Day festival every fall with music, food and games. It's actually fun cause most of the food and drinks are free!

    Bang for the buck

    I actually have yet to pay out of pocket anything for the 2 years I have been there. The class tuition is relativity cheap, and if you get financial aid or scholarships most or all of your books can be paid for.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of electives to choose from. If you're interrested in sports or fitness, there is a gym, and a gym without work out equipment that you can use for free if you join a class. There are also tennis courts open to the students. If you're into drama and acting, there is the theater you can join, there are also photography and all kinds of art classes. Even random things like scuba diving, and sign language.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria at Valencia always has many options to choose from. There is a grill, healthy bar, and the coffee shops. Also there are vending machines everywhere you go filled with treats and healthy food to give you energy.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life since it originally was a community college, but there are tons of apartments in walking distance of the school that are safe and inexpensive.

    Academic Rigor

    There are defiantly challenging classes that force you to step up your game with school. These classes have teachers who are there to help you not only pass the class but take something from it when you're done.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise any prospective student who is interested in Valencia to talk to an educational adviser about their future and find the classes that best fit their interest and schedule. Also to apply for all the scholarships they can apply for to get the most of your college experience.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is great for getting your general classes out of the way for am inexpensive cost. They offer financial aid and scholarships to those who need help. And the professors do their best to help you succeed and be all that you can be.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    register in advance, make sure you meet with your advisor to plan your career path

    In three sentences

    Love it, great experience

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Valencia always has security available wherever they are needed. They are either on campus or patrolling in the parking lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia has many clubs on campus. They range from Student Government Association (SGA) to the Valencia Legal Society to the Psychology Club. There are clubs available for just about anyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is a great college for those who just graduated high school (like myself) or for the ones who are doing dual-enrollment (like what I did) and it's also great for the people who are thinking about going back to school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a campus that Valencia has called the Criminal Justice Institute which is off of Highway 417 so if your driving by then you (and every driver) will get a glimpse of it.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is an affordable college with the tuition at half the price of a major public University.

    What to do for fun

    You can always hang out with your friends or classmates on campus or at the cafeteria.

    Food and Dining

    The food that is served at the campus' various cafeteria's are delicious, although they are a bit expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not offer any dormitories.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers' always expect the student to be on time, with the completed assignment, and to always be studying. The professors are always there to help but if for some reason he/she isn't available then the student can always go to the tutoring center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate when it comes to signing up for your classes because they always tend to fill up quickly! Also, don't forget to buy your books early otherwise you'll end up being stuck at the end of the line at the Bookstore.

    In three sentences

    Valencia's a great school! With the small class sizes, you're able to pay attention to your teacher, and not the annoying kid from across the room. With the tuition being half of what a public University offers, it is very affordable. As an added bonus, Valencia won the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence so it's definitely one of the best in the nation to get an education!

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is always on campus walking around or riding around . This school is beyond safe no trouble on this campus. I feel at peace and home when I walk on campus. Thier are security call boxes for help. Parking lot emergency call boxes also lost and find

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student who want to excel in life. No matter what your test scores are this school give you a chance thier are prep classes to prepare for core classes. You can get a intern with the school and also a job. The employees are friendly, bubbly and fill with joy. Be respectful to others and talk to your professor.

    Bang for the buck

    I can say a community college is way cheaper then a university and you can rent your books so more bang for the buck!

    What to do for fun

    Go to performances and dances the school have. Join several clubs the clubs are always a blast. You can even go to the library and read a interesting book to keep you occupied.

    Food and Dining

    Small campus not really food here just snacks, drinks, mainly vending machines.

    Dorm Life

    This is a community college so no dorms sorry!

    Academic Rigor

    This school have some of the best teachers if you just listen to your teacher they will help you maintain a passing grade. No grades are given to you they are all earned.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go on rate my professor.com go to your advisor ask if the teacher students usually pass his or her class. Set your alarm every morning so you won't be late. Eat breakfast this is the most important meal of the day. Try to get your books ahead of time and do not text in class pay attention. Go to the lab to get tutoring when you need help. Join clubs so you can network and meet new people. Study for atleast three hours a day and do all your homework

    In three sentences

    I over love this school, the advisors are super helpful. The teachers are wonderful teachers who care for thier students. The website and agenda is helpful and keep you on top of classes also events.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, sport activities!

    Food and Dining

    They have different variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia doesn't have campus housing but you can get UCF's off-campus housing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus you're going to Turn in your things before time Make sure all your classes are in one place, if not, you're will be all over Orlando

    In three sentences

    Valencia College has a nice campus. Their teachers are nice but they qill make sure your work is done. They also have different cultures so you can meet anyone and its a possibility you can meet someone from another country.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security around the campus is the best, knowing that you're safe if it's either and the brightest of day to the darkest at night there is always security around the parking lots, hallways, and outside of the buildings.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students that want to get somewhere in life. That they are ready to fulfill their futures.

    Dorm Life

    I would not know much about the dorm life because I still live at home, but I know for a fact that the there is housing around Valencia's West Campus. I am not sure about the pricing, but from what I hear it's worth the cost living there.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the professor you get and the way he or she teaches. It also depends on the way you learn too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to be on top of your email! You may never know what can happen. Also, if you have financial aid be sure to always be on top of updating your fasfa.

    In three sentences

    My opinion, Valencia is a great college. If you're ready to move forward in your education then Valencia is the first step to moving forward. Not only is the college great, but the education is awesome.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    great for students who have a full time job or a tight budget

    What to do for fun

    they hold different activities on campus

    Dorm Life

    there aren't any dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a overall good college, which recently got upgraded from a community college to a 4 year college. it gives out opportunity to people who want to get a good education and a degree but have to stay local and/or cant afford a university

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I loveeeee the East campus of Valencia it nice and relaxing. The art and criminal justice program is located there.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is not pricey. I pay school out of pocket it maybe a lot to me but when I transfer to an university it will be a lot more.

    What to do for fun

    The fun thing to do at Valencia is to join clubs and give back to the community. Also, I see they are starting sports teams so if your and athlete or want to become one this is something that may interest an new student.

    Food and Dining

    Well, we all are college student and we got to eat. It is that much.

    Dorm Life

    I Leave at home so I really don;t know much about it. I don't even think Valencia have one.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is not hard unless one makes it. They do have some professor that are firm but one have to work around it.

    Tips for prospective students

    First starters, know what class is need to take for the major of with one may pick( if decided). Do not wait on doing homework or study, its not like high school. Always attend class, miss one day can cause an individual to fall behind.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a place where classes are some and easy to learn from. It's not that expensive as Universities. Also, it get one time to think about what he or she might want to study.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ludicrously poor.

    Bang for the buck

    You will feel cheated. Its like walking into a old, abandoned shopping mall where most of the stores are closed.

    What to do for fun

    At the campus...? Nothing.

    Food and Dining

    I hope you like subway and mcdonalds.

    Dorm Life

    A girl was recently raped near the apartments across from the main West campus. No joke.

    Academic Rigor

    Demoralizing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go elsewhere.

    In three sentences

    No support for students. Terribly unorganized. Criminally underfunded programs.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Off campus eating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get into Valencia immediately after high school .

    In three sentences

    Valencia is an inexpensive college. Valencia is not intimidating, so its a good way to start .

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything. There are plenty of new people to meet and lots of clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    Surprisingly offer lots of healthy choices for dining beside the normal cafeteria style food. It is a refreshing change.

    Academic Rigor

    You are required to work and work hard at what you are trying to accomplish.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Do not rush to choose a major. If you are unsure choose general education requirements you can probably apply to a variety of degree programs. 2) Meet with the counselors in whichever program you may be interested in. They will definitely help you decide what is right for you 3) Always keep open communication with your instructor. Not only are they probably more understanding than you realize but they will work with you when you might be facing difficulties or emergency situations. 4) Use other sources for your textbooks but make sure they are the correct versions. Online sellers and swapping sites are the best way to save some money.

    In three sentences

    It is the only affordable college in Central Florida where students have a variety of programs available to them. Their four year programs prove they value student success rather than financial success.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is relatively safe, but anyone can get in, so I suppose it could be better.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities aren't particularly great.l

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who aren't ready to leave home yet or cannot afford a University yet.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is very inexpensive, especially if you qualify for financial aid, therefore you do get quite a bit of bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs around campus, there aren't all that many since it's a community college, but I'm sure you could find something.

    Food and Dining

    Food is rather expensive, I personally pack food.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia is not particularly challenging, but then again that depends greatly on which professors you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for starting at Valencia would be to make sure you have all your information in order and to be overly prepared, you never know what might happen.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a decent college that offers inexpensive education for local students. They have numerous campuses, therefore is convenient no matter where one may live. It is a good place to start one's educational career.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a plethora of clubs and extracurricular activities.

    Food and Dining

    Decent food, somewhat expensive for those who like to be conservative with their money.

    Academic Rigor

    Decent pace, moderate workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you check your Atlas email daily as well as the blackboard.

    In three sentences

    Very nice community college with friendly teachers. Offers both online and on campus classes. Decent workload, not overbearing.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is everywhere. And when I don't see them, I know they are close. Last week, at the book store, the local police officer on campus even helped direct traffic in and out of the small store while [we] students made adjustments to our course supply lists.

    Food and Dining

    I have not eaten on campus yet.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic achievement is imparative here. Not only does the school stress its zero tolerance policy on dishonesty, but the professor offers numerous opportunities to learn the subject and ways to obtain good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take for granted what you have. Knowledge is everything. If you have been given the gift of scholarships, partial or full, take every advantage to utilize these gifts.

    In three sentences

    After taking classes in the late 90's and then taking time off until now, I appreciate the value of my current course. The staff has been extremely helpful from the ladies in the finance office, to the security staff who helped with information on parking, and on to my professor. It has been a long time since I have been in school; I had a LOT of questions and so far, have seen professionalism on every level.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The are security guards 24/7 on campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The courtyard is a special location on campus, its the central location The mixing pot.

    Bang for the buck

    My personal motto is you Get more for you money! After all you're the one paying the tuition, so make the most of it!

    What to do for fun

    We occasionally have events in the school courtyard that I attend (ex. Cultural days, Hiv awareness or bbqs)!

    Food and Dining

    The food at the campus I attend is wonderful! Haven't had any complaints yet!

    Dorm Life

    Valencia is a community college so there are no dorms! There are student apartments near by!

    Academic Rigor

    Push yourself beyond the challenges you may face, in any given situation! There's too many resources available, to ever be defeated!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advice all prospective students to come in with a plan. It's imperative to know where you're going in the future. Make the necessary steps to make your college year bright!

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an awesome community college. It prepares you for any university! The atmosphere is definitely a catalyst for success!

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Training Center, for students who want to work out, but if you don't have a class that pertains to training, you'll have to pay a fee.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great place to learn, and not be bothered by the stupidity of others. Students as well as teachers are serious, and welcoming. There are a lot of ways to meet new people, so don't be shy.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have been here two years and have not heard of or seen any deviant behavior manifested.

    Clubs and Activities

    Much variety, Gay straight alliances, Psychology, Christian, Multi faith, design and many more groups available to students.

    Great for these types of students

    Upcoming High School grads, or those seeking to start on their BA, or BS, if you sign up for the direct connect program upon enrollment you will be put an education path geared towards your intended degree on another school.

    Bang for the buck

    Amazing i know universities charging up to 80,000 dollars for the credits available at Valencia. Valencia credits are acceptable in a great majority to the state universities in this country.

    What to do for fun

    Well there is a vast amount of groups you can sign up for. These groups always have interesting events on campus that can get your mind off the stress for a while such as live music and art fairs.

    Food and Dining

    Food is fine, perhaps there can be more options, but the coffee shops are amazing.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes always vary according to teaching styles. But if you know your learning style when you are registering for classes it will be easier to choose the right teachers for you. The majority of classes are no bigger than 40 students with some exceptions, but the smaller number of students makes it a great enbvironment for individualized learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    As soon as you are accepted, make sure you ask about the direct connect options available for your degree, it can ensure a smooth transition over to another 4 year university.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college offers great opportunities for student success. There are always advisor on campus for any need a student may have. I graduate this december and i will transfer to UCF easily thanks to Valencia's Direct Connect to UCF program.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I like to hang out at the student lounge. Tons of the students bring game systems which we hook up to the tvs there.

    Food and Dining

    Food is amazing but the prices are outrageous. If you plan on eating here regularly make sure you have a heavy wallet.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not feature any dorms yet but they will be built soon.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers here challenge you but not to the point where you're pulling out your hair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait till last minute to sign up for classes. Do it early to ensure you have a space in a class you need

    In three sentences

    Its a fun and active environment. The teachers there are nice and willing to help whenever needed. Its not so hard to make friends.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This year on Osceola Campus, there was a memorial for 9/11. Over 2,000 flags were put up in honor of all the fallen soldiers. I believe Valencia continues to strive for excellence and recognition.

    What to do for fun

    Volunteer! Volunteering at Valencia is so much fun. There are so many things to participate in and you can even become a Valencia Student Leader and get paid for that!

    Food and Dining

    Their cafeteria food is excellent! The prices are somewhat decent, not like McDonalds' though. The food is always hot and freshly prepared. Tables are located inside and outside as well under a cover.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms in Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia makes sure students are set and notifies them if anything is wrong with their grades, enrollment process, etc. They set high standards and like to make sure every student graduates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to not procrastinate, as teachers do assign a lot of work. It would be wise to participate in activities in order to get community service hours. If you graduate with 100 community service hours or more, you'll get a special cord for that on graduation day.

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College is very popular because they accept almost anybody. They give you many opportunities to get enrolled and involved in their school. Valencia has friendly staff and fun teachers.

  • 09/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have an alert system that could send texts and they have security patrolling campus 24/7. There are also emergency call boxes distrubuted throughout the parking lot and on campus in case of any type of emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres some sort of activity almost every week.

    Great for these types of students

    Students on a budget, students that need smaller class sizes.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of transient students complain because they are paying a lot LESS than at their home school and learning a lot MORE here as well.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of skillshops to help with various life and academic skills, plenty of clubs, and now valencia is starting its own intramural sports. So you and your buddies can team up and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat on campus much because of the high priced food but off campus(on all the campuses) there are great local places to eat like chipotle, five guys, or subway.

    Dorm Life

    There arent any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    You may be paying for a cheap class but professors here raise the bar and try to meet and exceed the comparable courses at other universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in the skillshops and set up appointments with your advisors and you'll keep on track indefinitely.

    In three sentences

    The. Best. Ever.

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Needs more clubs.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I'm not sure, but there are alot of activities to do on campus. I am more of a hoe body.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good and it is also very clean, although I wish they had a bigger dinning area for all of the students on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus so I cant really answer this question

    Tips for prospective students

    To be and stay positive, and use rate my professor it is very helpful when choosing your professors.

    In three sentences

    I think that Valencia College is one of the best schools. Valencia College is very helpful with getting ready for career goals. Valencia college gets a two thumbs up!

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Valencia College to me is one of the most safest colleges i have visited. The college offers an app that will alert your smart phone or tablet device if any sign of danger is detected on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia College offers numerous clubs that help the school from Work Study to Teachers Assistant.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are Fun, Good attitude, Eager to learn,and on time for class you will enjoy this campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I usually go out with my friend and enjoy my college life now that im young.

    Bang for the buck

    If you qualify for Financial Aid you may have to pay little or nothing when it comes to this school due to the small amount of money you owe for tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia college always has events and mini parties on it's campus so you are never bored.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is open whenever you are out of class Enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not offer dorms, but has available apartments around there campus.

    Academic Rigor

    College will always be harder than high school just make sure your on top of your work!

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Apply for FASFA even if you think you wont get anything. 2.) Give yourself time to study when you get out of college enough to make sure you pass the class. 3.) Be yourself do not change just because you are a college student.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great college to start at with the tuition rate as low as it can be. It's the majority of it's courses maybe be 2 years but they also offer a few 4 year courses. The main reason people join is that this school has a Direct Connect Program which guarantee's admission to UCF.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many different club-sponsored events at Valencia. Some events are physical, there was one the other day with a huge inflatable slide. All of the events are very welcoming and it is a great idea for you to attend one with some friends.

    Food and Dining

    For school food, the cafeteria grub is pretty decent. All of the food tastes good and there is a big variety. There is also vending machines found across campus with the best candy/snacks.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately, there are no dorms at Valencia. If there were dorms, I think they'd be awesome. Hopefully the college will add dorms to its campus in the future.

    Academic Rigor

    I genuinely like all of my professors so far, they teach in ways that you can understand. The college sets you up with all of the tools you need to succeed if you're having trouble with your assignments; writing, math, and learning centers which focus on every subject. I feel like I am really learning a lot here.

    Tips for prospective students

    All of the faculty are very supportive and helpful, they genuinely want you to succeed. There are skill shops with motivational speakers which help you to improve things in all areas of your life. The students and faculty really encourage you to stay positive and achieve your goals.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great, relaxed community college. The people are very friendly. The Osceola Campus, which I attend, is beautiful.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They are always hosting fun events for students.

    Dorm Life

    There is no rooming at this college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students that are about to go to Valencia, just make sure you go to orientation so you can know what to do around the area. Make sure to find somebody that can show you around the campus as well so you can know how to get to your classes.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college so far has an amazing campus, where it's easy to get around. Valencia has great teachers that love to help you with whatever you need, and great people around that would love to help you with any questions. I haven't had any problems there what so ever.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Phi Theta Kappa, LASO, SGA, Valencia Volunteers, Cru club, and a variety of other clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is quite small and does not offer too much of a variety of choices to eat. Some of the food is good, such as the fries and the burger.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College does not offer any housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on which classes you take is what varies for the academic rigor, along with depending on which professor you take. If you study and pay attention well, you will gain the benefit of learning and pass the classes with no problems. Valencia has a good quality for education and has great professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    One important thing to remember is to register for classes as soon as possible. Classes fill up quick, especially since there is a class limit of around 25 students per class. Remember to also apply for FAFSA before the deadline. If you qualify for the work study program, it is only on a first come, first serve basis, whether you qualify or not.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school when it comes to considering class sizes, price, and the quality of the education. The class sizes are small, the price is way more affordable than any other public university, and you receive the same quality of education as a university. The professors are great and are there to help you out and get to know you individually.

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Not a lot of fast food around the East Campus. Good food in the Cafe though.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty steady pace of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take student success. It doesn't really help you come up with a career. Go to the career center or library and explore the Valencia website about classes then try them out. Study hard and use all the resources available online and on-campus.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College was right for me. It is a cheaper AA degree than what you have to pay for other universities. Valencia has multiple campus so you can go anywhere you'd like around the Central Florida area. They have so many different classes from Art to Science, Clubs and accessible resources, what more could you ask.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Their ate a lot of extra curriculum activities to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    The campus had several cafeterias and cafes. The food is good and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia is a 2 year college and doesnot have a dorm, however their are apartment complexes in the area.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor at Valencia college in my opinion is moderate. For a community college I believe that the curriculum is fair and as long as the students attend class, do the work that is required and put the appropriate hours of study then the student will be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should do their research and determine what their carrer goals are and make a selection accordingly. If the student is not sure what carrer path to take, Valencia can be an option, because they can take the basic courses needed and later can transfer to a university.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college is a great college. It has a great variety of carrer selection and opportunity for higher education goals. It is one of the leading colleges in the nation, just having won an award in the recent past.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    security present all the time.

    Bang for the buck

    affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in many activities.

    Food and Dining

    food a little pricey.

    Academic Rigor

    Their many programs provide a variety of challenges that will prepare you for your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use atlas every day to keep track of your classes, your grades, and everything thats happening in school.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an excellent school. It is easy to get to class and it;s a nice enviroment to learn and make new friends.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    clubs

    Food and Dining

    small cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    not super hard but requires work

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard and do all your work

    In three sentences

    Valencia is an amazing school for someones first start to college. It is small about 25 in a class. the professors are awesome.

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    library,

    Food and Dining

    great

    Tips for prospective students

    Valencia is an awesome school to attend!

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a phenomenal campus. The professors are a tremendous help and also they work one on one with you. The classes are small so you interact more with your professor.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities and clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, but I think too expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I am currently not in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on your studies, and you will do great here in Valencia.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is the best College in the united states. They have a great staff. Love to help out the students as much as they possibly can.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Valencia has security officers on campus nearly 24/7. Community police patrol during regular hours both throughout the campus and the parking lots. Some form of authority is almost always there to help.

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia offers a variety of clubs and activities to reach nearly everyone's mode of interest. It is also a great college for finding yourself and really coming out of your shell. Valencia offers all sorts of ways to get out there and express yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    The college is great for any type of student. We get a lot of medical majors and art majors. Valencia is great with what they offer for those fields especially, but the college isn't limited to just that at all.

    Bang for the buck

    This college classes on a much more affordable level than state universities and larger colleges. Valencia is also always willing to work with you no matter what your budget may be.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia College offers many clubs, organizations, and yearly activities to keep you interested both on and off campus. Open field trips throughout the year also offer interesting educational experiences. No matter what your interest, be it art, music, dance, business, gaming, environment, etc. Valencia will have something for you.

    Food and Dining

    The cafes offer plenty of variety for on campus dining. Although smaller on some campuses, they do offer decent space both indoors and out for seating with friends. Healthier than going to purchase fast food, but slightly more pricing being the only downside.

    Dorm Life

    Although my campus does not provide dorms and I am not positive if any of the other Valencia campuses do, I give the living experience a 5* rating because this college does offer assistance for locating off campus housing and from everything I've been told by fellow students, the assistance offered is extraordinary.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum offered at Valencia is in depth and demanding. It's enough work to keep you on top of your game, but not so much that you have to give up the rest of your life to commit to it. It is important to stay on top of it though, as it is rigorous and you will fall behind otherwise. In the long haul it is extremely worth the dedication. It may not be what a full scale university gives, but it is a true way to get started on your graduate degree or receive one for undergraduate studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose your classes quickly and carefully. General prerequisites fill up fast and it is important to stay on track for your designated degree. Advisors are always there to help and they can keep you from having to retake classes later as well as help you if you are struggling in one you are currently enrolled in.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College offers many opportunities for students to work around there schedule. Whether it be work, family, or personal affiliations, Valencia always presents an understanding staff and time to accomplish everything on your checklist. The friendly environment is a major plus too.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Valencia campuses are very safe with security always around.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia usually has many activities for students and clubs in which you can enroll.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging specially the engineering courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early since classes get full really fast specially the fall and spring semesters.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is an excellent place to start your career. A college that gives you flexibility to make comfortable payments for tuition and books. It gives opportunity to the people who really care about education and want to go forward.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Securities always patrolling the area and email all students of any unusual or suspicious activity taking place in the area.

    Clubs and Activities

    SGA FAAFA ARC

    Great for these types of students

    SGA-great for students who like to get involve in the community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Always go to the library at 3pm till 11pm on Exam week. They will have a peaceful environment waiting for you with all necessary resources.

    Bang for the buck

    Study on a daily basis. Apply for various scholarship listed on the school website.

    What to do for fun

    SGA Monthly activities supported by local business. Engineering groups SLS 3_3 intramural basketball and volley ball.

    Food and Dining

    Great food in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    School do not have a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Always review the notes or lectures before the next class period. Complete all home works and projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check your Email account on a daily basis and contact the professor if you have any questions. Be responsible for all the works assign in class and complete them before their deadline.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college is one of the largest community college in the nation, they are a diverse community within the Orlando community. The students are surround with multiple school activities to help them with rigorous course and enjoy the campus social networking. Regardless of the large amount of student the school retrieve yearly, the average class room hold 31students.

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    security is everywhere, making everyone feel safe and in control.

    Great for these types of students

    any type of studentws

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    they have many festivals going on during the year, many skill shops that can help you with life and school problems

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia has terrific teachers that will go out the way to help you, and make sure you pass their class successfully.

    What to do for fun

    go to campus gym, study with friends, or join any sports.

    Food and Dining

    need to add a coffee Bean shop at osceola campus

    Dorm Life

    no door life

    Tips for prospective students

    Just come to class and listen, if you need help get it and you will succeed.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school for any kind of student. They have so much opportunities and help for anyone is unbelievable, it just makes school much easier and learning much simpler.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    for student who are ambitious and desire a great future

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    grea tvolontaries club and activities specially at the East campus

    What to do for fun

    study ,great library for research ,nothing else for for the simple reason they is no dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    feels free to visit the career center and answeer center they will help you make a career or lead you to it

    In three sentences

    very good, strong academic courses,

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are all sorts of hidden gems at Valencia. The library has a wide variety of books and some very fast computers. There are also after school clubs that may or may not count for elective credits as well as an honor society that goes by the name 'Alpha Gamma Omega' it is part of the Phi Theta Kappa group.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty expensive for the portion size. That's not to say that it isn't good however. If you are willing to splurge some extra cash a visit to the cafeteria especially on an empty stomach is never really a bad idea.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus so I can't really say how dorm life is. Though, if I did live on campus it would probably be pretty awesome. Since it has become a smoke free campus the air has become pretty clean as of late.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers at Valencia College have a no nonsense policy. They are here to make sure you learn. They do their jobs very well, and even though they can be a bit strict sometimes they are not unreasonable.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about attending Valencia I suggest checking their website for more information. It can be a bit confusing at first but Valencia offers a bunch of programs and clubs to help you along your career path. WE also have awesome academic advisers.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a very good school. It has a lot of options for the students to explore for almost every career/major. The Professors here are some of the best in the nation.

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Valencia offers a campus emergency button in case your in an emergency situation and they also have campus security driving around the parking lots.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is only $90.00 a credit hour making it an affordable and great place to pursue an education.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia offers many clubs that you can be involved in and hosts campus night once a year to give out information about colleges all over the us.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia Has a cute cafe that offers a variety of coffees, teas, and smoothies as well as a cafeteria that offers a variety of healthy and non healthy meal options. They also have vending machines around campus for a pick me up snack.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not have dorms on campus however they have apartment complexes near campus for easy access if you don't have any transportation.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic are wonderful. They have small class room sizes and offer a wide variety of math, social science, and great fitness and electives classes. Valencia also offers a great math lab to assist you on math problems your confused on. They also offer a writing center with students and teacher to assist you on any writing papers you have to turn in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students my advice to you would to not overwhelm yourself with so many classes that you fall behind. I would also recommend that you understand the prerequisites needed for a certain class so you don't waste your time on a class that wont count. Last but not least if your planning on transferring to a university then take classes that you need for that as well as your A.A degree.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great school. The teachers are considerate and staff is always helpful. I would recommend it to anyone plus its only $90.00 a credit Hour and they offer a fast track to UCF program.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Valencia holds events every week, involving a lot of culture and activities. Off campus there are swimming pools galore and very popular dance bars. Thats just off the top of my head

    Food and Dining

    If you can think it, Orlando has it. The school itself has decent food, a kitchen that will cook you up burgers and common lunch food, they also have a Pita Pit like bar and a nice coffee breakfast bars in a couple places.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of great nearby options, some cheaper than others, some pricier. The real deal around here is to get a couple buddies together and split rent at a house.

    Academic Rigor

    Hey, it's college. There will be tough tests and long essays but if you aren't challenged, you won't learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply now! If you plan on transferring to UCF, Valencia has a fast track program that I suggest you apply for ASAP

    In three sentences

    For me, Valencia Community College is fantastic! I enjoy it because of the small personalized class sizes where the teachers are available for questioning. Also the councilors are just about always there to help you with you're class schedule and any concerns you could think of.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great at Valencia College. They are always there, directing traffic, always around campus, etc. You find both security guards and police officers. Campus security is also open late at nights and early in the morning if any help is needed.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs! There are many cubs and organizations that do many events that you can be a part of. There's also many opportunities for community services around in our area.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria a Valencia College has may options. Valencia also has cafes that are great for quick snacks. There are also various snack machines around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't be afraid to look for help when needed. There's tutoring for almost any subject, there is help here. Don't forget to find any resource this school offers, it will help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to give it your all. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Be yourself and get everything you can out of this experience.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great place to start your college career. There is infinite opportunities to prosper and grow. You will learn every step of the way and enjoy i while you're there.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of safety at Valencia. There is constant patrols around the parking lot along with around the campus at all times. I feel extremely safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is hundreds of clubs to join and get involved in!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students who like to meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the campus every Thursday there is many clubs that hold activities for students, along with food and refreshments.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price of tuition you are truly getting the bang for the buck. With all the free informative workshops held. To the tutoring that is also no additional cost. There is few students in each class compared to a university with hundreds of students, making the learning experience more memorable.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there are tons of clubs to join! There is a club for almost anything you could imagine. Also there is always music food on Thursdays in the courtyard and many students attend. Not only is it a lot of fun but it is another way to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Valencia is always fresh, quick, and affordable. The employers are very friendly and it is a nice environment to get to know people or meet up before or after class.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm I live off campus, but with friends in dorms they have no complains.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic Rigor at Valencia is the same policy for all schools. You are yourself to select how successful you will be. If you put in the work needed and the amount of studying for an exam there is no doubt you will succeed. You can always see your professor after class or during office hours if you have questions or need help along with emailing them. If you do not put effort the effort in to the work and the amount of studying needed it is your own fault. There is no reason why a student attending Valencia is not able to succeed with all the wonderful helping opportunities offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advise for future students would be to take full advantage of all the opportunities Valencia holds; through the tutoring centers, extracurricular activities. Do not procrastinate do an assignment as soon as you get it, if you procrastinate you will find all assignments, quizzes, tests combining the same week and it can get overwhelming. Also see your adviser as many times as you can to keep up to date on your progression.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is an excellent school that offers many opportunities to succeed. The faculty is always there to help you in any way. The students at Valencia are all very friendly and we all like to help each other out so we can all succeed.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is always there if you need them but give dumb parking tickets.

    Clubs and Activities

    Always wanted to join the honor society and other clubs but never got around to it.

    Great for these types of students

    Better for students who are not there to party and have came back to get a degree after being away.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None really, I tend to go home right after class.

    Bang for the buck

    I attend free because I am dual enrollment but everything is great and would be worth it to pay for.

    What to do for fun

    Make sure you go to all the events!

    Food and Dining

    The cafe's food is nasty and overpriced at the Osceola Campus and have yet to try the others.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College is yet to offer dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are super easy while the science classes have about half the class fail and the other about die from all the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you don't slip because it is easy to do and you see one or two drop or fail the class because of it.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the new Lake Nona campus they have built. They have lots of fun events that also help learn about the school. I love going to school here.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for freshmens just graduating from high school. For people looking to go back to school; valencia is for you.

    Food and Dining

    The area have tons of dining spots as well as night life hot spots.

    Dorm Life

    the College does not offer dorms but the school is located in a busy area the have many different apartment that are affordable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay fous and have a goal in mind.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College off many different degree programs to choose from. The school has currently won the Aspen award for meet degree requirements. Valencia also offers a variety of different resources to choose from for help.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are different activities and events going on almost all the time so you will have plenty of things to do to occupy your time.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a good school because, the class numbers are small. Also, there are plenty of activities to do. Finally, you will enjoy your time here.

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a security presence that makes me feel comfortable walking around campus alone.

    Greek Life

    None that I know of.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    If you prefer small class sizes, Valencia is perfect. I couldn't cope with the 300 plus class sizes at University, but the class sizes at Valencia were just the right size for me to be able to learn comfortably and to get help when needed.

    Bang for the buck

    Much cheaper then attending a University or trade school.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of extracurricular activities to participate in. The school puts on many student functions as well.

    Food and Dining

    Decent food. Easy to access the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, so I do not know anything about the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes challenge you. Small class sizes make it easy for teachers to help you if you don't understand something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a very easy school to navigate. The students and staff are very friendly and helpful. The registration process is very easy.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Excellent! Get Involved it is a stress reliever, you get friends, and you have a great time.

    What to do for fun

    I got involved in many clubs and activities which were awesome. I had the most school life in Valencia College East.

    Food and Dining

    Great food! There is variety. I love it!

    Dorm Life

    Good. I wish there were more apartments near by to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    Awesome!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply on time. This college has big student body and even though there are many classes available it is hard to get the best if you start picking your classes late. They get easily full.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is the best college in the world. It provides many opportunities to students and it is very easy to apply. You get all the help you need from their staff, classes are small, and you even get entertained with their yearly campus events.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus have a great safety, besides they have a lot security guards and Police Officers.

    What to do for fun

    I love to go out with my family, and enjoy my time with them in all certain ways.

    Food and Dining

    Their food is absolutely good and fresh.

    Dorm Life

    Is great

    Academic Rigor

    Is great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be on top of you school work, and never gives up!

    In three sentences

    My rate to Valencia College is a #10. The reason I love Valencia is because they provide with all the help that I need and they are very kind with their students. Another thing I love from Valencia is the teachers, I love they way they teach, and how to make sure students are learning.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are security guards EVERYWHERE! Plus the people in the campus are as nice as can be so safety is the number one thing in the college.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs from Hispanic club to Student Government to even Basketball and Volleyball. Valencia has it ALL!

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic, optimistic, fun, intelligent, knowledge-cravers, and overall students in general.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best place to be in East campus is under the tree by building 8. If you see it you will know why.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a resident of Florida then Valencia is the cheapest around! But if not then it is still cheaper than the other schools around and it was the number one community college in the nation last year.

    What to do for fun

    In Valencia there are tons of clubs but the absolute best part about the school is that there are intramural sports which make school life that much more interesting!

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is to die for. Usually school food is not good whatsoever but in Valencia they have evrything from Pita sandwiches to the usual wraps and burgers with fries.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms but the places to live around the college are of low budget so it is affordable and safe!

    Tips for prospective students

    This is the place to be! I would not change it for anything.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a college that is open to everyone from any place of the world. It is the type of place you would love to be if you plan on being successful in life and if you want to have fun doing so. In Valencia there is nothing you cannot find because they have everything from sports to clubs to be able to make your college life a memorable one.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Text message is one of the options for campus safety. I feel very safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs to choose from....

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all kind of students.

    What to do for fun

    Arts, music, plays and a lot of activities together with UCF. Most of them for FREE!

    Food and Dining

    There are all kinds of restaurants or cafeterias on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the people are local but there some apartments close to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Get ready to study and achieve your education goals!

    Tips for prospective students

    Great cost for the education. Opportunity of taking classes online, hybrid or class room setting. Great tutoring and counseling staff!

    In three sentences

    Nice place to start your college education. Great opportunity to develop before transfering to a bigger university. Great community oriented college.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Nothing at all

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good at most campuses

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework on what classes are required for your degree, do not just rely on the advisers. Some of them do not know what they are talking about.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school when it comes to flexibility, you can attend classes at different campuses in the same semester or online. The advisers are not always knowledgeable in regards to financial aid and degree programs. The professors are awesome for the most part, they just want you to succeed!

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are security guards all around the campus at all times

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is not bad at all and for the education you are getting, it's great. I would recommend going to this college for your Associates degree and then moving on to a more expensive college for the Bachelors. It's so much cheaper that way.

    Food and Dining

    I've seen many students hanging out by the cafeteria, although I have never stayed to hang out, it seems that the food is good enough to stay.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the professor whether or not the rules will be enforced

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the Atlas and blackboard email regularly because professors tend to use those to communicate certain assignments and other class related things.

    In three sentences

    The professors are all passionate about the subjects that they teach. There are great clubs and programs to be a part of that help you figure out what you want for your major and your career. The classes are so diverse and there are so many different choices for electives such as yoga and philosophy.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No threats on campus, and everyone is inviting.

    Greek Life

    Decent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not many have been created on the campus of Lake Nona, but then again we are 3 months old.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are bright but could use a bit of refreshing on basic topics like chemistry and biology.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is significantly cheaper than 4-year universities and you will have the opportunity to transfer to them later on. Class quality is decent and the sizes are relatively small.

    What to do for fun

    Play sports or get involved in campus activities

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms are offered that I am aware of.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly most of the classes I've been in have not been challenging, but I still need to take them for my degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Follow the lectures and attempt all homework assignments. Do not procrastinate studying for big tests or projects.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a good place to start off your college experience. It has knowledgeable professors with an affordable price for classes.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The same classes you take at a University is a much more cheaper at Valencia and the classes are more easier.

    What to do for fun

    They always hold special events thanks to the Student Government Association and Valencia Volunteers.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask for help if you have any questions, the staff and professors there are always willing to help.

    In three sentences

    The classes are much easier there. There are more professors who are willing to teach and help you. However; the answer center line is always too long so I think they need separate offices to answer specific questions far as financial aid and other paper work.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    I like valencia, and I think they are very on point when it comes to teaching.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy the teachers at valencia very much. One of my professors is such an awesome role model as well. I intend on keeping in touch after i transfer to help valencia.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of clubs and activities you can participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Just about any type of student can attend.

    What to do for fun

    They have sports and clubs but i dont participate in any of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your really interested in going to college before you apply because you have people who are only interested in helping you.

    In three sentences

    I would rate valencia college as a number 10 because of the fact that they have tutoring and extra help for just about every subject. The teachers are very informative and helpful.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on Campus

    What to do for fun

    There are many different activities to be done during the week.

    Food and Dining

    They can have a bigger variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm so I don't have the experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a great plce to start off college.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is very helpful in many circumstances. The staff is very friendly towards the students. Its a great plce to start off college.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I see a good amount of security guards circling the school campus and walking through the halls. During high times of traffic, there is also usually a police officer helping with traffic.

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for returning students, high school graduates, and people wanting to advance in their careers.

    Bang for the buck

    The first college I attended did not provide me with many opportunities to succeed. It might have been that I was just not mature enough to notice what was truly going on, but at Valencia, they truly cater to having a student succeed. I found myself with so many questions when I returned and there was always someone at the answer center ready to help. The academic advisers truly help get me in the right track, since I was focused on completing my education.

    What to do for fun

    It is Orlando, take your pick. The school also sponsors a good amount of activities and the performing arts in the school is amazing.

    Food and Dining

    The school cafeteria is really good. I truly enjoy a Tuscan Chicken panini that is offered.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes today are a combination of actual lecture class time with online assignments. It is a whole new style that I never experienced before. I find myself now loading up classwork through my lab top, cell phone, and E-reader. The classes have more tools than ever before.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice is to come to school prepared. Valencia will help you with the right track that fits each individual and take the time to personalize the plan, but be ready to do the work from your end.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great school to start your educational journey. The school is committed to helping students succeed in their education. I am thankful to be able to start my college studies over again at Valencia, instead of the first school I attended.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are not many options when it comes to clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do everything as early as you can! Whether it's financial aid or signing up for classes.

    In three sentences

    Valencia's systems can be quite a mess and really make a hassle out of everything. However the professors are amazing.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Bang for the buck would be a 5. Valencia is worth the price. I am currently a student and I love it, even the online classes are great. I would recommend this school to any high school graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Signing up for classes that take trips to countries around the world is something fun to do. Every month there is something in the couryard, whether it be a barbecue, international day, or just a career day. International day is always fun because it is a chance for students to show what their country is about. They can bring food and snacks, do art designs, etc. Last year, for my country we had a lady doing henna designs on the students hands. Also, there are lounges all around campus that students can hang out at when they have had a long day at school.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia's cafeteria is a nice, quiet , and cozy environment. At the West campus, it is surrounded by a lake so students can eat outside and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. When it gets cold, then students can stay inside and sit on the chairs and enjoy their meal. Valencia sells healthy food and healthy snacks. Their menu does not only consist of junk food.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Valencia, as it was previously a community college. There are apartments around the area that are beautiful and students can live in them to be close to school.

    Academic Rigor

    I would rate this school 5 stars because the professors try their best to help students succeed. This college should have a good rating, as most students enjoy it and continue going each semester. The drop out rate is not high and the staff is one of a kind.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is to apply early so that you can be admitted. Apply for financial aid so that you can get help with paying for classes, paying out of pocket is a lot for a student that is full time. Use rate my professor to find professors that you would like to take, you would not want to be stuck in a class for three hours with the hardest professor on campus. Do not skip a semester, as this will keep you back from receiving your degree on time, unless it is a serious personal issue as in my case, I had to take two semesters off because my father was sick and passed away.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an excellent college for students who are looking to receive an Associate's degree. This college offers pre requisite courses for any type of degree that you are looking to continue studying. The professors are amazing, and there are many locations that students can attend that are convenient to them.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They have fairs and a lot of student activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should always sign up for the classes you want early.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college is a great college to attend. The professors here really help you in class. The college is very diverse and you can always meet new people.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports, Student Cubs

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to be yourself, do not be afraid to get up and ask the faculty or staff for help, and do not be afraid to try something new at Valencia.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a terrific school, they help to guide and nuture bright young minds. They are not afraid to help their students be the best they can be. They help their student to reach their goals and prepare them for the next chapter in their lives.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Cheap and a good start

    What to do for fun

    lots of SGA activities and shows all the time. feels like Im always getting an email about some event happening.

    Food and Dining

    food is okay, has some cool coffee shops but UCF has way better food options

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Very few classes are difficult and if you fail any classes its mostly because of pure lazyness.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let people scare you, college isn't as hard as it seems. Dont wait till the last minute to turn important paper work in, and sign up for classes early. Also use ratemyprofessor.com to get the best teacher.

    In three sentences

    Very cheap alternate options to knock out your AA. Highly recommend starting here as it an easy transition from high school.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It seems pretty good to me. If you feel uncomfortable they have call stations around the campus where you can call an officer to escort you to where you are going so you aren't alone.

    Greek Life

    I don't do Greek life other than greek mythology.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different clubs- again a bit of everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who is willing to do the hard work.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't really know yet.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot of resources that a LOT of other schools don't supply.

    What to do for fun

    They have lots of things going on around campus- there's a bit of everything so just look.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of little places around campus and a main restaurant in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Don't really know. Don't live on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always try. The teachers appreciate students taking the initiative in their school work. Always talk with your professors- even if you think they will say no or the situation isn't in your favor. You never know what they might say and lots of students (in any grade/school level) fail because they don't talk with their professors when things happen. Even if they say no- you still went up to talk to them and that shows them you care about your grade.

    In three sentences

    Even though it's my first term at Valencia, I feel they try to give you as many resources as possible to succeed. They also have multiple events that feature free food and items which helps ebb some costs. My professors too, seem to be really nice.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are security guards all over the campus who drive around and survey the campus. They do not mess with students, they are there to help serve and protect. Very nice people and very responsive, if there should be an issue with security.

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa, very popular and has a strong presence on the Valencia campuses. It is definitely an organization to strive to be a part of.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of clubs to get involved with. The newest club is the SRC, Student Research Community, East Campus. It is only on the east campus and it is a research club for undergraduate students to get research experience before going on to a university. Its the first of its kind and the large portion of the faculty is support this club.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for any level of student, wether you are just starting out or are going back to college. They have classes to fit your schedule. It is a great starting place too for students with high GPA's. It will allow you to position yourself with the larger universities to get accepted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Matador Day, its held in the fall and its a school spirit day. Many events are going on around campus and the energy level from the students is very high. Alot of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    You will walk away with a top notch education from a community college. They are well respected nation wide, so you will not have any issues transferring to another college.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs and events going on around the campus to get involved with. If you want to be in the Honors program, they always have things going on between the four campuses to keep you busy. Don't be shy, reach out and make new friends, everyone is there to succeed.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is nice and there is diversity in food choices. The cost of the food on campus is resonable and the food is yummy.

    Dorm Life

    no on campus housing

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but not impossible. If you apply yourself, they will help support you. The students who do not try, fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the support centers like: the Math Spa and the Tutor support center. They also have a great Student Learner class support system. Communicate with your professor regularly and they will help you.

    In three sentences

    Winner of the 2012 Aspen Award and it shows. Great school, there are many different avenues for support and the class sizes are small. It is very affordable and it challenges you every step of the way.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    so fun!

    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LEARN AND FURTHER THERE LIFE

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    a new HUGE building is about to open up!!

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition is so cheap if i couldnt pay for it my parents actually wanted to help pay......

    What to do for fun

    LOTS OF EVENTS YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR AND ATTEND OR WORK.

    Food and Dining

    yummy chicken tenders. clean kitchen. nice staff.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm. I do not know how it is.

    Academic Rigor

    AMAZING

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY HARD. PUT SCHOOL FIRST. WORKOUT A TIME SCHEDULE FOR EVERYTHING.

    In three sentences

    GREAT TEACHERS. GREAT CIRRICULUM. GREAT HELP!

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always security guards walking around or in golf carts. There are also telephones in every parking lot and around campus just in case there is an emergency.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    I think everyone should attend at least one activity a month. You get free stuff and meet new people. I attended a play for extra credit and ended up really loving it. It made me think that I really under-rated the drama department.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't think this is unusual but I do think it is great that they offer students free HIV/AIDS testing. As college students some people are very careless and sometimes they don't know who to turn to when they think something is wrong with their body.

    What to do for fun

    For every holiday and month there is something going on in the mall area. Also keep in mind there are clubs that also host activities. A plus to attend would be all the free stuff you get.

    Food and Dining

    I personally like the food at Valencia but I do think that is is a little over priced.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    The work that I have received from the majority of my classes have not been very rigorous. If I was having a hard time there are tutors available and there are students in your classes that could be having a hard time just like you so you can team up with them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be nervous about classes and the work. There are many places and people that can help you with support. Also don't be afraid to met new people, everybody has the same goals as you.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great school to get started with college life. If you are nervous about big classes and not getting enough help from your professors, you don't have to worry about that here. Valencia really does care about the students and offers many things for a better college experience.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    tuition is def affordable in comparison

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in the communities on campus

    Food and Dining

    I usually bring my own food, not because the food on campus isn't good, just saving money.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your program and your efforts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get familiar with Atlas as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    Good place to start your college career. There are quite a few great Associates programs offered here. Although a growing college, you still are treating as a person not just a number.

  • 12/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus has so many activities throughout the semester, you can never get bored! Plus, the campus is surrounded by fun attractions.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm, therefore this question is not applicable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes as soon as you get the opportunity. Make sure you start studying from day one of class- do not procrastinate! Go talk to your professors during office hours- they like knowing you care.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love it, the professors are experts and self-motivated, the staff is very friendly, and the food is great! I appreciate the one-on-one time the students get with the professors. I understand that in Universities students don't get to have this opportunity with their professors, so I'm very happy with it.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are a busy person with lots of responsibilities,these is the school for you. Easy to access, and flexible classes are the most valuable characteristics of these school.

    What to do for fun

    The best way to have fun is by joining the clubs and take advantage of the extracurricular activities.

    Food and Dining

    Easy to find, great prices and healthy choices are always there. The cafeteria has everything from snacks to full service. 5

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with the school activities and community services. Take advantage of the small size classes.

    In three sentences

    Great school with excellent professors and state of the art buildings. Perfect environment to learn with plenty of spaces for hands on experiences. Labs designed to make your leaning experience more practical, less boring!

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for all types of students. It helps with the transition from high school to college, and as I said before, it's a great school if you're on a budget. Personally, I have to pay for school out of pocket and bright futures pays a very small amount. With this being said, community college was the smartest choice for me. Even if you aren't on a budget, you'd be saving major amounts of money by going to a community college, even if only for two years.

    Bang for the buck

    Helpful professors in a small class room setting for half the price of university classes that have over 300 kids in a class. DEFINITELY worth it!!

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs, trips, along with travel abroad opportunities and trips.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of healthy choices, as well as the cheese fries when you're craving them.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home with my parents.

    Academic Rigor

    For me, valencia is very easy. Possibly because the class sizes are smaller, so there is more individual time available and you can ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips I have would be to get your A.A. here, regardless of where you want to transfer because then you aren't taking random classes that you may not need if you decide to transfer. Take classes you need to take, and focus electives around the major you think you want. If you don't know what you want your major to be, taking these classes will help you get a general idea of what your major would be like.

    In three sentences

    I think Valencia is a great place to start, especially for those students on a budget. Valencia gives you the opportunity to accomplish your first two years of college with much smaller class sizes, and half the price of regular university tuition. So far I think it was a wonderful decision for me.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    regeister early and get your financial aid out of the way a semester in advance if possible; to avoid long wait times in line.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college is a Great school. The staff is very friendly and makes it easy to enroll. The workshops and free tutoring are very fundamental to staying abreast in each course.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    reading, playing with my children

    Food and Dining

    there are not many places to eat but there are alot of vending machines.

    Dorm Life

    i dont live i a dorm, so i am not sure what that would be like.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are challenging and the instructors are awesome at helping you understand the curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    always take notes and read required material, it will pay off in the end.

    In three sentences

    It is a very nice school. everybody is very nice. the teachers are great and the classes are small so its better learning environment.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Valencia is really serious about their campus safety. They have security 24 hours a day with designed parking spots for sp[specific people. They make sure you are aware of how to contact someone if you are in need of help.

    What to do for fun

    Attending Valencia just being on campus is fun because of the people that are accepted into the college. All the people on campus are friendly, funny and trustworthy. And the locations are near big attractions and near all the main roads. So its not hard to find something near by to do with your spare time.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia's campuses are very friendly in the food nature due to that they are in areas that are in high command of food and also have a cafeteria themselves that have cooks from the school cooking the food.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not have dorms due to the fact they were a community college and just transitioned into a college.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencias academic rigor would be very outstanding. They have a really great honors program that challenges the students that want to be challenged for higher classes to think more critically and also to start their future on the right path. Valencia makes sure that you are able to handle your classes the right way so they make the best use of your time, instead of making you waste it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students that are looking into coming to be a family with Valencia need to start right away into looking into what they want to do when they hit high school. Know what you want and where you want to go. It will make a big help on the advisers side to further help you get to your future goals.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College has been ranked in the top 10 most attended colleges in the U.S today. Valencia has a wide variety of people who attend this graduate school and also a growing variety of ethnics. Valencia is where it is at if you want to start off slow and steady.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have security guards patrolling the campus constantly, but I don't feel like they're necessary. Students get along very well, class is very enjoyable, never witnessed an altercation or anything of that sort.

    Clubs and Activities

    Joining a club is very easy, they encourage students to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Any kind of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Valencia has three major campus, but they also have other franchises for specific majors like for instance, they have a campus for law studies.

    Bang for the buck

    You have to be very careful with your documentation for financial aid. Any little mistake can end in students having to postpone their studies.

    What to do for fun

    You can join the many clubs they have or a sport ,and they frequently have events for the students to engage in.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food, great variety in the cafeteria. They also have vending machines all through out the campus with beverages and healthy snacks. They also have two coffee shops, where they served coffee of all kinds, and smoothies.

    Dorm Life

    Not familiar with the dorm life in Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    Every professor is different, but studying is a MUST! You have to go the extra mile to do good in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you become familiar with financial processes, whether you're paying for college yourself or you have financial aid. Check your email often, and make sure you keep in mind the deadlines for everything.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an amazing school. They offer tutoring for free in many subjects, and they are up to date with the latest technologies for school classrooms to keep students engaged in class. They also allow you to rate your professors at the end of the semester, so they can improve their class quality.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is constantly patrolling the ground. As a precaution they school has also placed many emergency call boxes throughout the campus and its parking areas.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are often many activities for student to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is willing to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia college was rated number one in the country to study. The campuses have open layouts and the multiple locations diminishes overcrowding so you get more personalized attention from your professors and counselors.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia offers a number of study abroad programs. The campus is near many lively shopping and entertainment areas. Valencia also offer a lot of seasonal after school hour entertainment such as dances, movies and games.

    Food and Dining

    There cafeteria is amazing with a wide spectrum of food available for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not have dorms although you are allowed to live in the off campus housing for UCF.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors are very fair. Follow you syllabus and you should have no problem achieving good grades in each of your courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit the career center and take the FREE career match testing.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is an excellent college. There are a variety of degree programs available with transfer assistance into UCF. The staff and professors are very helpful and knowledgeable.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Good.

    What to do for fun

    Go to class.

    Food and Dining

    Decent.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenge classes.

    In three sentences

    Great teachers. Flexible hours for class. Expensive books.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of evenst at Valencia for family and friends to attend all year long.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you pay attention to the syllabus every professor gives you they definately make or break you!

    In three sentences

    Valencia is an excellent college for those trying to get an AS degree or AA to transfer. The classes are small so students are able to have more time with the professors. The environment is very energetic and almost everyone there is friendly.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    24-7 onsite campus security and local law enforcement make everyone feel at home. We also have a great student conduct team dedicated to seeing students through tough times.

    Greek Life

    If you are a high achieving student then joining Phi Theta Kappa National Honor's Society is the way to go!

    Clubs and Activities

    Don't see a club you'd like to join? Make one! We encourage as many clubs and organizations on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student looking for a fast paced, high energy environment should go to this school!

    Bang for the buck

    $99 per credit hour! What more to say about Valencia. It is so affordable that students with little to no income and attend.

    What to do for fun

    GET INVOLVED! There are SO many activities every month that encourage students to get involved and have a great time. Prizes, games, giveaways and a chance to meet other students and new friends.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia prides itself on providing cuisine to the students that promote a healthy lifestyle. Four restaurants make sure that every student is able to enjoy food no matter what palette.

    Dorm Life

    There is no onsite living.

    Academic Rigor

    Although the classes can be challenging, their sizes make it possible to receive personalized help from instructors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be persistent. As long as you are showing persistence, the staff and faculty will do all they can to help you succeed. If you are needing help, be vocal. Do not let a day go by where you feel left behind. Valencia will make sure you are not left behind.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a personalized school where the students matter. We are not just a number, we are a family. Coming here day after day feels like an old, comfortable shoe.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Valencia College has an excellent tuition rate.

    What to do for fun

    There are various spots around campus that are stunningly serene and perfect for having a picnic or just enjoying the weather.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria and there are vending machines sprinkled around campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Valencia Community College.

    Academic Rigor

    Since Valencia College gives just about everyone the opportunity to attend, the academic rigor is not very high.

    Tips for prospective students

    To those who plan on attending Valencia, whether it is for a 2-year transfer or for those who are just coming back to school, Valencia can truly help you have a peace of mind. Sometimes we wonder, Can I survive the adversity of college? Along with all my other responsibilities? At Valencia, you are set up to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an extremely open and concerned campus. The general feel you get from attending Valencia is that all the staff just want to see you both succeed and learn. The campus is neat, easy to navigate, and relaxing.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    From the time I have been there, there has not been any disturbances so I must say that campus saftey is spot on.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs a student can choose that could entertain them.

    Great for these types of students

    Any college student who has the money to pay for their classes.

    What to do for fun

    To be honest there isn't much to do except for

    Food and Dining

    The lunches that they serve are very decent, but can be pricey at times.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately, I do not recall Valencia having any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take, they can be very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay on top of your financial aid.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have plenty of security and they even came up with and alert system to update electronically and verbally on crimes and happenings within a 3 mile radius around the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    after school the have the recreational events for students.

    Great for these types of students

    For the bookworms: library, to do research papers and check out books and to have quiet study time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Thursdays they host some kind of event to entertain the students like fire dancing, food contests, and fair games.

    Bang for the buck

    You can volunteer to attend and help with the after school events after school

    What to do for fun

    I attend the recreational games and events done after school. I also hang-out in the student lounge with my friends.

    Food and Dining

    There is a supermarket and fast food restaurants to your convenience . They have vending machines, cafes, cafeterias and students lounge to enjoy your food.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm just yet.

    Academic Rigor

    they have labs and a library to help you in your spare time to complete homework, research assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always stay on task. Always be ahead of the class so in the long run you can have time to relax and not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    They are understanding. This school is a great way to give you a jump start. Its very diverse.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you decide on what your major will be, apply yourself to your studies and you will be a success.

    In three sentences

    I was nervous about going back to school after such a long time, but after my first semester at Valencia I am thoroughly enjoying my back to school experience. I am looking forward to next semester.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is protected by security as well as officers.

    Greek Life

    The dance, acting, and art classes and clubs are abundant and the school is very involved in furthering the study of their respective disciplines.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities are abundant. There are countless clubs and many activities that happen on a daily basis.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are very involved in their student careers and also for those who can't afford larger universities at the moment. It is also great for students who want to learn in greater detail.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't any unusual traditions but the locations are great. The library comes with many resources such as tutors, calculators and iPads that can be checked out, and labs that are specialized in subjects that can help you learn better. It is conveniently located in the center of the campus which makes it accessible from all corners.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that this school is worth the money as it is much cheaper than major universities and they let you transfer over to any without much problems.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun at Valencia such as clubs, intramural sports leagues, interactive activities in the social areas, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    The food that is served here is of high quality but it is somewhat overpriced. Luckily, there are food establishments located nearby.

    Dorm Life

    While Valencia does not have any dorms, they do have affiliated student housing. However, about a 1/4th of the people I know living there do not like it due to high pricing and where they are located.

    Academic Rigor

    There is more work to be done in the classes here but that is to make you learn more. Expect a lot of homework in most classes and a great amount of classroom participation.

    Tips for prospective students

    When taking classes here, attending all class meetings is a must due to the smaller class sizes. This fact must be taken advantage of. Also, make sure to keep on top of your personal information because there might be a problem here and there.

    In three sentences

    This college is great for learning and knocking out the prerequisites needed for your major. The class sizes are smaller than major universities and as such, more attention is given to you. However, the school can be a bit unorganized and can end up fumbling for your personal information.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Smoke-free school, police car near parking lot, and emergency buttons located at different areas on campus and also in the parking lots. They also have a security office.

    Clubs and Activities

    You will always know about the latest activities for clubs and events.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for any type of student. You can make your own schedule and they have loads of classes that you can take on your own time. There's a lot of different variety around Valencia.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are spots in the back of the campus with chairs and tables that no one ever really uses. It's a great place to have a study session with some friends. Unfortunately, the library at the Osceola Campus is always pretty full so it's great to have those spots where there is space to study and hang out with friends in between classes.

    What to do for fun

    Loads of events at any campus to partake in. You can always meet new people and hang out at the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria at Osceola Campus may be small but they have loads of variety. They carry anything from seafood, to chicken sandwiches, to vegetarian meals.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms at Osceola Campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors that take it upon themselves to challenge you and help you become a better student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use ATLAS, it comes in handy. Take part in the events, you'll find yourself more open to new experiences and you'll really enjoy it. Don't slack off, Valencia is known as the neighborhood college, but that doesn't mean it isn't challenging.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a fun, safe, fascinating school. From their programs to their clubs to their events, Valencia offers a wide range of activities for their students. Their campuses are a must see and any student should feel honored to attend such an amazing school.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Orlando area is all about fun with both Universal Studios and Disney parks to enjoy and the Orlando science center if you are interested in science there is something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    Whether its home cooked or a local restaurant you get to decide.

    Dorm Life

    You get to stay home if your local or rent a nice apartment near by. Either way you are saving money and are not far away from the excitement that Orlando has to offer.

    Academic Rigor

    With great professors and small class sizes many students should be in a comfortable learning environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions there are many people willing to help answer any question and solve any issues you many have.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great start for higher education. With the ability to get your AA degree and transfer to a four year university Valencia College will save students money and time. I would highly recommend this college for new students.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria has very good food.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Take control of your learning early. Know what path is needed to finish and what obstacles might come up such as wait lists or co-requisites.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a very cost effective school. Although under-appreciated, a majority of the faculty truly love to teach and want to help the students succeed. I've enjoyed my time at Valencia and have learned a lot.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had an issue with safety on campus before and there are always security or maintenance crews driving aound the campus at all times of the day.

    Greek Life

    No greek life at Valencia.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are always activities taking place on campus, and there are several clubs that operate there as well. You can find flyers and banners all around campus for any of the upcoming events, or find out on their website.

    Great for these types of students

    Students straight out of high school during the days, and at nights it is definitely much more of the matured, laid back crowd.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm not really privy to any.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely for the price you pay for classes at Vaencia it is worth seeking out an undergrad degree here. The teaching staff is very proficient in thier jobs, and I haven't had too many complaints so far about the staff. I've even had several of my friends who had attended universities their entire degree tell me that they wish they had started out at Valencia instead because it would have saved them so much more money.

    What to do for fun

    There always seems to be some sort of club or activity taking place on campus. I tend to stay out of them due to my own personal time constraints, but for the most part it seems like the student body is always engaging in some sort of activity and eveyone seems to enjoy it on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Simple cafe on the Osceola campus where I attend classes. The food is the best, but I've definitely have had worse. The prices also aren't really that bad either.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class load taken per semester this varies. Procrastination desn't really help either in this scenario. Each class I've taken so far though has had plenty of work to accompany it, and they usually keep me quite busy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to knock out as many of your required classes as quickly as possible once you enroll. Work around a schedule that is easy to follow, doesn't overextend you in time, and allows for the best possible grades at semesters end. Also, know your strengths and weaknesses in the subjects you are taking, and DO NOT be afraid to ask for help or to use one of the tutors on campus. Use every vailable tool you have to ensure your future success.

    In three sentences

    Teaching staff and campus facilities have greatly improved since my enrollment. Classes are affordable and well-taught. Valencia is a very student-oriented school.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always activities on campus to attend. Valencia College will contact you via e-mail to inform you of all the new activities that are going on. They have blood drives, barbecues, shows and much more.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia has quality food with student affordable prices. They have a menu that is made fresh onsite such as hot sandwiches, variety of breakfast food, and of course your regular pizza and burgers. They also have a great selection of drinks!

    Academic Rigor

    College is never going to be easy like high school. You have to really want it in order for you to succeed. Yes it is difficult in certain classes but there is so much help waiting for you! Don't be afraid to take on the challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask for help! There are so many helpful advisers, tutors, and professors wanting to help you succeed. They are not going to push you away for any question or concern you may have.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an institution that guarantees success. Motivated students have the opportunity to comprehend and complete courses with the help of their tutoring centers, small class sizes, and concerned professors. It has been been a great experience overall to attend Valencia College while completing my Associates degree.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    Many Clubs GSA , Thesbians , Art

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that learn in smaller enviornments

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have many campuses so be aware

    What to do for fun

    Valencia has many activities on campus

    Food and Dining

    Great food

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Just stay focused

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school to attend . Classes are small that way you get a 101 conversation with the teachers . There are ways that you can get help in any subject.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They have lots of outside stuff which a great way to meet new people and they have partys too which are fun to go too and they are free I might add. They also have speakers cone and talk to you.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive here if you were to come here bring your own food it is nothing but fat food but they aslo have vending machines and soda and water machines as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic life here is alright sometimes I get a little upset about this but that is just me. I've only been here for one semester so far but a lot of the professors are great.

    Tips for prospective students

    When attending here make sure you have lots of documentation just in case. A lot of the things we do here are online which is awesome most of the time. Also you can stack up on classes if you wanted but I prefer not to because I know it would be to much for me.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful upbeat school. It doesn't have everything but it is rated the top school in USA. My experience here is great but it is a little expensive to eat and have the transportation ready.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    My friends moved here before me. One attends UCF and one attends Valencia. They both invested in season passes to Universal Studios. They are able to go there in the off season for an afternoon of roller coasters and excitement.

    Food and Dining

    Not to sure yet about a lot of places but Seito Sushi has a killer Corona roll. Not exactly something you can go and do everynight but for a treat you have to try it.

    Dorm Life

    I decided to live off campus since I had a couple of friends that wanted to room together. We are living at Cricket Club Apartments. It is very convenient to the school. Very affordable too.

    Academic Rigor

    I am finishing my AA this semester and hope to be accepted into the nursing program for the Fall. Apply early because these programs have deadlines.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply on line first. Then make a trip here if you are out of town to speak with an advisor and get a plan for success. They can help you with transferring credits and knowing what classes you need to complete your degree.

    In three sentences

    This is my first semester. I have found that the staff is friendly and very helpful. The campus is centrally located and easy to traverse.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many well trained security guards at each Valencia Campus, cameras are up in the classrooms, hallways, and in the parking lot to ensure the safety of the students and staff members.

    Clubs and Activities

    SGAis a major part of Valencia they are the ones that arrange activities and events for the students at Valencia.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, students without the luxurious scholarships and grants, you can graduate from Valencia with only $4,000 in loans or a University with $30,000 in loans.

    Bang for the buck

    You get the same education as other Colleges and Universities but for only part of what they charge.

    What to do for fun

    There are set dates on your Valencia Atlas account calender that tells you the days in which there are events going on at each of the campus'.

    Food and Dining

    Each campus is equipt with vending machines but not all of them have cafes where you can sit down and eat a meal.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are more lenient than others but you have to do your work if you don't thats on you and is your fault your not in high school anymore act like it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are or if you aren't paying for college, your still attending so you might as well enjoy it.

    In three sentences

    I love attending Valencia, the teachers know what they're talking about and the seem interested in helping their students succeed. I give my school a rating of 8 out of 10 because even though its only a community college I'm still getting the education i need and for a fraction of the price.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    none

    Great for these types of students

    Visual learners that enjoy smaller class rooms for interaction.

    What to do for fun

    Its in Orlando, what is there not to do. Very active nightlife with bars close to UCF campus and downtown.

    Food and Dining

    Cafe is overpriced but good.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Nearly all of my current or previous professors were very caring and qualified

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to school early... No close parking ever.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a very great academic and social environment to be attending. Many of the professors teach at the University of Central Florida as well so they are very qualified. I have very much so enjoyed my experience of Valencia east campus.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    really good programs, very clean, and kind people.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe. The security guards are always around within sight and there's always a call box near. You can also call them from your cell phone if you feel like you need them or you just want an escort. The campus always emails you about whatever danger may have happened even remotely near campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't think there is any!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot of clubs on site that appear to be very active, although I am not involved in any due to lack of time.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that live with their parents, students that live with their spouses or friends, stay-at-home moms, distance students as Valencia has a TON of classes and a variety of them to, transfer students looking to get their B.A., and any student looking for technical school learning, people looking just to take a class or two.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is smoke-free and the West campus is simply beautiful. There are plenty of benches and grassy knolls and small man-made lakes around.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is one of the most affordable schools around and you get top-notch teaching, a TON of resources, and a decent administration.

    What to do for fun

    Sometimes there are events (like a bounce house or face painting) that look very fun, although I never participate.

    Food and Dining

    I've actually never tasted the food as I'm rarely on campus for long, but the library has Little Bean co. (coffee place) and the cafeteria looks and smells good.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not have dorms, but has so many campuses, you can live in an apartment nearby or with your parents easily if need be.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are in a good place for me. I came from Honors and AP classes, but I'm only taking the regular classes here. If you're good at the subject, it will be way too easy and boring, but if it's a challenging subject, it's still manageable with a lot of studying and keeping up with your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please don't make my mistake. Completely understand the Standards for Academic Progress (SAP) and read everything before withdrawing. Don't take too many classes, trust me, unless you want nothing but college work to do, start low and then go high. Take a summer semester instead even. I was denied my financial aid appeal twice for some unknown reason, so I am bitter toward their administration but I will still get my degree from Valencia, since I am a Sophomore. I've just paid out of class and am searching for other colleges for financial aid.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful school with great teachers. They are very cutting edge on technology and you can do most anything administration-wise through the web interface. This is the best community college in Florida--in the nation, according to the Aspen award.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria is clean and affordable, the food is very good.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but not impossible

    In three sentences

    Valencia is great for new college students. The classes are small and the professors care. The staff is friendly and courteous.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The campus cleanliness is also incredible.

    What to do for fun

    The library is incredible!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused!

    In three sentences

    Valencia is located in Kissimmee, Florida. I love the school! Great professors, classes, and course material. A great place to start your higher level education.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    So far, I've seen security roaming around the parking lot a lot. We also have those Blue Security things around campus in case of any emergency. Although I have heard a story about some kid a year ago where his car somehow got stolen (don't ask me how). So I'm not sure how well it explains the safety at school. The smartest thing to do is make sure you have your keys in a safe place, lock ALL your windows AND doors. For the women, don't leave your purses out in your car where people can steal them. Same goes for any cell phones or electronic devices. Just hid them in your cubby or underneath your seat.

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa is the only thing that looks like Greek Life; however, it is only an Honor Society. The only way in is to receive a 3.5 GPA or greater. Once you're in, you need to have a 3.0 GPA or greater. It is your best bet in receiving a transfer scholarship when you transfer to a bigger university. It also gives you better way to get involved in leadership skills and in your community through volunteering.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are A LOT of clubs and activities to do at Valencia-East. They usually have the tables out front to have people join early in the semesters in front of the library outside. There are always activities going out between building 3 and 5 outside in front of the library that NO ONE should miss.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who can't afford a lot for college , anyone who feels uncomfortable attending a big university, anyone who didn't receive scholarships after finishing high school or their GED who will find scholarships after transferring from Valencia (Transfer scholarships): This is the best place to be, no doubt.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Behind the East Campus library, or when you're going to pass the International Breezeway (I believe that's what it's called) heading North, go downhill and you'll see a few benches underneath a tree and such. I've been there once or twice with friends to talk or eat lunch there. Don't be afraid to go there because the Environmental Science (or some other kind) apparently have classes there to study plants and such.

    Bang for the buck

    The best part of Valencia is knowing that many UCF professors actually teach at there as well, so it's not like you're missing out from the difference in teaching because they all teach very similar. PLUS, UCF professors at Valencia...at a cheaper price= BIGGEST SAVINGS towards your money. Also Valencia is another great way to take courses that are available at the big universites at affordable and cheaper prices. Think about it, want to pay an extra $100-300 course at a big university when it's the same thing for a cheaper price at Valencia or any other community college?

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs. I've also seen on Tuesdays and Thursday at the East Campus, from about 11 or noon until about 2 or 2:30pm, that they have activities and games and food outside the library. So definitely buy some time and stop around to really get the environment of Valencia in you because you could meet more people that way.

    Food and Dining

    The coffee here is pretty good!! Although...if you're a Starbucks fan, nothing beats it. The only problem I have is the prices for the food and coffee. The coffee is nearly the same price for one at Starbucks (which is why I mentioned it earlier) because quality is a little less than Starbucks, but even then, it's still pretty good. I've had breakfast there, and the French toast is REALLY good; however, the price [again] is pretty up there.

    Dorm Life

    I live with my parents so Dorm Life is something I'm not aware of a lot. ALTHOUGH, I've heard about the pricing around UCF/Valencia area and it is expensive. There are REALLY nice apartments just outside of UCF that a bit expensive but practically brand new. Ones towards Valencia may not be as nice looking though~ So best thing to do is find some good roomates and equally distribute the pay that goes to the rent and such.

    Academic Rigor

    I was in the I.B. program back in high school and it is because of how rigorous the courses were that I've done fairly well with my college classes. Sometimes it can be a challenge because you do have to discussions in many of your classes and I'm not the type who talks a lot in class, but once you open up, you REALLY learn a lot. The transition from high school to college (through Valencia) shouldn't be too hard except for more reading out cf class and writing and studying a lot as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid of coming here. It really is a place to be when you're wanting to go to college but can't afford to go to the big universities. Enjoy being able to come here, go join clubs, meet new people and don't be shy because college is all about learning and obtaining experiences!

    In three sentences

    It is a fantastic way to start college! The way the school has risen even after receiving the Aspen Award for being THE BEST Community College in the NATION has never stop them for caring for our education as students. Those involved in the school (professors, staff, office, etc) want us to thrive and succeed to the best of our abilities.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never had an issue once on campus or heard of any bad stories. Top notch!

    Greek Life

    I'm unfamiliar with Greek Life at Valencia.

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia has a wide array of clubs and activities on campus that are a huge part of the community.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking to give their life more meaning. I didn't goto college directly after high school and have been working for the past 6 years. I woke up one day and realized that I wasn't happy anymore and wanted to do something meaningful with my life. I want to contribute to society and the betterment of world. If you feel a little lost and are longing for something more, then Valencia is right for you!

    Bang for the buck

    For Florida residents Valencia is a great value. They also have great partnerships with other Florida Universities that offer direct connect transfers into their four-year programs after students graduate with their AA at Valencia.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of great clubs and volunteer opportunities on campus. It's great to get out of your comfort zone, meet some new people, and also help the community at the same time! The school also hosts free workshops for the students that cover a wide array of topics to aid in the students professional and personal development.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia has a great cafeteria to stop and grab some food on each campus. Plus, there are smaller shops located all over campus. My favorite is the coffee shop in the library!

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be tough, but the professors will work with you to keep your grades up. This is college now though so they will not approach you if you don't turn in assignments. If you take the initiative to meet with them they will be more than happy to help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research and meet with an advisor! The lines may be long at times to see the counselors but stick with it. Only you can earn your degree for yourself, take it from nike...just do it!

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great place to start the road to earning your degree. They have a passionate staff who is dedicated to helping students pursue their dreams. The class sizes aren't overwhelming and foster student participation.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Hard to find a better deal on quality courses.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and play recreational sports offered at the campuses.

    Food and Dining

    There is always a wide variety of menu items.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    Offers excellent taste of university level learning at community college prices.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enroll in as many courses and clubs as possible. The experiences and education is priceless.

    In three sentences

    It was an excellent balance between affordability and quality education. The courses are well designed and the professors are passionate in their work. Overall great experience.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None

    What to do for fun

    Recreational sports and the gym has classes for free.

    Food and Dining

    They have several cafes but they can be pricey.

    Dorm Life

    There is no on campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what classes you take, you can be challenged to your max because some teachers require you to learn on your own.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you need your textbook for your class before you buy them, most teachers don't require you to use them. Also, leave with a good amount of time to sit in traffic and look for parking but still make it to class on time.

    In three sentences

    It's a very crowded school even with 5 campuses around the Orlando area. Valencia gives its students quite a few different choices when it comes to scheduling classes, I personally take weekend classes. They could work on their traffic situation, each campus is on a 2 lane street and it is very hard to get through without leaving your house an extra hour earlier.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school to study you prerequisites. It is a small compact college, so it is easy to find your way from class to class. Overall, I would give Valencia College a 9 out of 10.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are plenty of things to do for fun,there are plenty of workshops,convocation etc.they have a lot of interactive clubs for anybody with there creativity minds.

    Food and Dining

    food and dining at Valencia is wonderful,they serve healthy and delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    The isn't any dorms at Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    an academic rigor coming into Valencia would probably be just to don't slack at all,once you get the mind set of 'i have plenty of time to do this then your setting yourself up for failure.college is not high school you don't get a second chance make-up work.the best way to stay on track on everything it have a planner,organize everything out and always do your work ahead of time so you won't have to stress about anything,so you won't have any academic rigor in the future of attending college.

    Tips for prospective students

    tips for prospective students that are interested in coming to Valencia, is to not slack off. Always stay focus be dedicated for what you want,even though they are a thousand people by your side that wants you to succeed you got to be the one that wants it the most.

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College is the best college ever,the professor there are really there to help us achieve our goals and become the best we can be.they understand certain situation from every student and they try to make help them out as best as they can because they do not believe in the word can't.The advisers are by your side 24/7 they provide us information that can better our future and move forward in life.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The staff at the answer center are ALWAYS paying attention to the door, watching if any student is waiting for assistance. They always make me pick within all of them!

    What to do for fun

    I preferably like to sit by the clock-tower while I wait for class to start.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing variety of food at Valencia. You have a cafe there, an in-door diner, and a cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College does not currently have dorms, but the classrooms and the Professors and students make you feel so comfortable, you'll feel like it's a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia College is a college opened to any type of student that wishes to attend. Valencia does not a discriminatory school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always think with a positive mind, positive thoughts bring positive actions. When it comes to Valencia, you will never feel pressured, actually, you will that it is ok to leave home for a little while, not just to leave home, but to also learn things that you WILL use in a later time in your life.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is an amazing college to attend to. I had always been afraid of attend college, but when I entered Valencia College for the first time, I felt right. I felt (and still feel) like at home away from home. I thank each and every staff member from Valencia that helped me through it all.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the school library is a beautiful place to study. also there are many events to attend every week.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always listen to your teachers and please go to your guidance counselors.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is very exciting to go to. I love how flexible the classes are. i also love the diversity of people attending the college.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    none but I love the food. I love when they do the special events

    Great for these types of students

    Great never have trouble with no one

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The wEST CAMPUS IS THE BEST CAMPUS. People from different parts go to west campus

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are cheaper but when I get my AA degree I want to get a scholarship I'm not working and parents don't make that much and I don't want to take out a loan.

    What to do for fun

    I travel and ride my bike. Sometimes on social network and other things

    Food and Dining

    Live with parents but I could love the food.

    Dorm Life

    Live with parents but I plan to live in one when I leave Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic not hard if you stay forcus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Part time trying to be full time trying not to fail any courses. I want to be done so fast.

    In three sentences

    It's a great college. I don't got a job yet but it will help me get one.I plan to go to F.S.U. U.G.A. or TAMU when I get my A.A. degree

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a little coffee place and a cafeteria with two stores. I just wish there was more variety.

    Dorm Life

    I don;t live the dorm life but they look very clean and beautiful and they're right across campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Do all of your assignments. Don't slack.

    In three sentences

    I find Valencia to be a great school, it has such a great environment. The teachers are there to help at anytime of the day. I love it!

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think that the campus is safe. Security is constantly roaming the campus to make sure of that.

    Greek Life

    Valencia does not have greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not sure of any clubs just yet.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for students who like to be in control or just simply don't have enough money to attend a University. At Valencia you make your full schedule and decide when to do what with no pressure. Also if you are a student that s tight on money or are not being helped financially just come here. The only difference between this school and a University is it's size.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I know that Valencia has patios which student's like to hang out at.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall the price you pay is fair for attending school. This school's pricing is way lower than all the other school's I searched. You will learn just as much as going to a private college here for half the money.

    What to do for fun

    I don't know of much things that Valencia offers for us students to have fun because I have only been here for half a semester.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great for the price. It is nothing like high school lunch. At least here we have more variety and the lunch room looks way better.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at my current college.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia is a great place for learning but I am sure that if I attend a larger college I will learn even more. Although I do like smaller colleges because Professors get to work more one on one with students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should come into these courses at Valencia ready to learn and to give their 100% in all the work they do. It is better to be on time with everything and keep your grade up than to always be worried that you might not have time to complete an assignment.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a community college that is open for anyone to attend. It is a great Community College, the people and professor's are friendly. I have learned quite much since starting school here and hope to continue to study here.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    some gaurds are old but there us police that patrols the campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    well for smokers this school isnt for you cause it is a smoke free campus

    What to do for fun

    there are many clubs a to join depending on your preference.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria isnt too bad, space as increased but the food is still the same.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Its not that difficult, you just have to do what is assigned and you should be ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    when you get started just focus and read even if it was assigned and you should do well.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is one of the best places to further your education. They give opportunity to anyone willing to take and there is help straight through. Teachers here work with the students to ensure they fully understand the material.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great. There are always guards on the watch with call centers and well lit walk ways everywhere. I've never felt uncomfortable anywhere on campus- including in the dark.

    Greek Life

    There are some greek organizations available.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs available, but unfortunately not many people participate.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who want to further their education as a part of their everyday lives. It allows you to keep your job, home life and social life while still getting a great education.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a low price tag for all the bells and whistles found at a university.

    What to do for fun

    There are various classes in any area you can imagine to break out of the rigid college norm. There are also various campus organizations and clubs and always great events to volunteer at and get involved.

    Food and Dining

    Each campus offers great selections with a soda and snack machine around every corner throughout the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no campus dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Great course selections with great teachers. The teachers like what they are doing and want you to enjoy their courses too! But they don't go easy on you; they are always pushing you farther.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get in with an adviser and ask all your questions! They are there to help and cater to your every college need.

    In three sentences

    It's a big university with a focus on you as an individual. If you're looking to further your education and are interested in great opportunities, diversity, personal interaction and many other great aspects- check out Valencia. Valencia is always working on your side to push you to your big goals.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    security on the campus 24/7. we also have officers coming and going.

    Clubs and Activities

    soccer, volleyball, basketball and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who want to learn and like to be busy doing work.

    What to do for fun

    i would go into the library and do any research i need to do for a class. finish my homework and projects.

    Food and Dining

    wonderful cafeteria. snack machines and vending machines.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms here

    Tips for prospective students

    wonderful professors and students to help you in any kind of way.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college is number one community college in the nation. Valencia college has a partnership with UCF which means direct connect to UCF after graduating. Valencia has great studying areas and techniques for students everywhere on campus, including very helpful tutoring centers.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I play soccer. Ride bike. Go to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    Food is above average.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent condition. It got better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do every paper work on time. Study hard. Ask questions.

    In three sentences

    It has a very friendly environment. Classes are very flexible. The professors are amazingly talented!

  • 02/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus are very safe!

    Greek Life

    No greek life on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of activities on campus and they are constantly studying abroad.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia offers something for anyone. If you like dance they have a dance program, if you like science they have a nursing program. They really have it all.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are in state then the school is well worth the money!

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of fun things in the Orlando area including DISNEY!!! There is also a fun downtown area if you are over 21.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is wonderful!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers expect you to learn and know the information. It is not a place to go to school and slack off. You can take a lot of information away at the end of the semester if you actually pay attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Valencia is a wonderful school. I loved everyone of my teachers. If you live in the Orlando area, I would definitely suggest this college.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a wonderful college even if you are taking your degree online, like I am. The teachers are all extremely helpful and actually teach you the information. I am extremely happy that I decided to attend Valencia College.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    They have everything here! From cheap fast-food to classy restaurants

    Dorm Life

    I know they have dorms that are available with the UCF students but I do not use one.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep up with deadlines. They are very strict about financial aid deadlines. Other then that, Its a wonderful school!

    In three sentences

    I love going to Valencia, it has small classes that make learning so much easier than a University. The Professors are very kind and well trained in their field of study. Tuition is so much cheaper and they even have a tuition payment plan for students who cant pay class all at once.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They send e-mail and texts alerts with any sort of problem from security to bad weather. I always see security roaming the campus, they're great.

    Greek Life

    No greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have so many clubs and activities to choose from it's hard to make up your mind!

    Great for these types of students

    Social outgoing students will love Valencia.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They work so closely with U.C.F, they basically breed you to be a Knight and I love it.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia's tution is one of the cheapest tution i've ever had out of the three colleges i've attended. They also have a great bookstore with plenty of deals.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia has a great student life and plenty of opportunities for students to get involved. Just last month I went to a DirectConnect S.E.E. U.C.F event and it changed my life.

    Food and Dining

    I've eaten at Valencia what seems a million times and it has yet to dissapoint!

    Dorm Life

    They don't have any on campus dorms however there is a ton of off campus student housing near by.

    Academic Rigor

    They have so many classes available in anything from tennis to microbiology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the East Campus. I've noticed of all the campus' the east campus is the best for new students.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College had the most involved staff of any college I've ever attended. Their campus' are beautiful. Anyone would be proud to say they go to Valencia.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have great campus security. They also have text alerts you can select to be sent to your phone for emergencies.

    Great for these types of students

    Right out of high school and adults returning to continuing their education.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of hidden things for fun available such as Zumba, a gym, and always different campus event going on.

    Food and Dining

    They have awesome chicken quesedillas.

    Dorm Life

    None since it is a 2 year school.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are a great buffer between high school and university classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Each campus has its strengths. Depending on your needs, make sure you select the best campus.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a very well run institution. It has great professors who care about their students. Valencia definitely is a top notch college.

  • 02/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is good but not great ! There should be more security officers present for duty. Also a better protected campus with gates and a closed perimeter.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the most common places to gather is the cafeteria. Another common place would be the pathway between building 8 and 6 towards the back walkway.

    Bang for the buck

    In all honesty the biggest challenge on campus is finding parking. Valencia is a growing and already over populated school due to the outstanding involvement of staff with students. Also the affordable tuition and great resources attract new students each semester. Great service, powerful education, respectful professors and staff, Valencia college!!

    What to do for fun

    Join as many club as you can possibly manage and become involved in any activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be proactive about signing up for classes because they fill up quick. Also, always arrive to campus 30minutes before you scheduled class to find parking and always be on time.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college has come a long way and has changed in many aspects. The professors are hand picked, and only the best are allowed to teach here. I haven't had a negative experience with any staff or employee's. The tools and resources provided are outstanding.

  • 02/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is important to Valencia and they go above and beyond to make sure everybody on campus feels and is safe

    What to do for fun

    BBQ's, club meetings, etc

    Food and Dining

    There are on campus cafes, they're good.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your course of study it is hard. You have to work for the grade you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find an adviser you like and stick to them.

    In three sentences

    Best college in Florida. You get a good education with a somewhat reasonable price for classes. Classes are 30 students max so that you could actually get to know your professor. The best thing about it is Direct Connect to the University of Central Florida!

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Good its a community college.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing its a community college.

    Food and Dining

    Food is alright.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said earlier the choice is yours. If you choose academia then you will certainly learn but your GPA might suffer, if you choose the easy path then you will get your GPA but walk away empty handed so to speak.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't bother going on rate my professor if you are actually going to class in order to learn. If all you care about is your GPA than certainly you will find the easy teachers. In these classes you will not get as much as you would from the teachers who are there to challenge you.

    In three sentences

    I have really enjoyed my time at this school. I have learned more here than all of my years attending the 4 year public school I have attended prior. The teachers actually care that you learn. Not only do they care about teaching you but you as a person developing your own opinions.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    safe

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    a lot of clubs and activities.

    What to do for fun

    Walk around, go to activities, play a sport,

    Food and Dining

    Great food high pricing.

    Dorm Life

    Should have in school houses but they do not.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take. Biology and MaTH ARE THE HARDEST FOR ME.

    Tips for prospective students

    .Stay on top of your classes .apply for financial aid early. .Parking is bad come at least 30 minutes earlier. .Have fun .Meet new people and go to activities.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is an overall good school. It has great professors. The New building is Amazing .

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus always has guards all around, lights in parking lot. It is very safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in this.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not involved with this.

    Great for these types of students

    First time college attendees, someone getting back into school. Someone who prefers smaller class size. Someone who enjoys learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am not involved in this.

    Bang for the buck

    Community College is a whole lot better than a University in terms of cost. By nature, Community colleges always cost less. If you are a Florida resident, then the tuition is even less expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia College has a lot of discounts available to other places so you can save money. It almost always has special events going, trying to get you involved in college life.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia has a Starbucks, great food in cafeteria. It is just like any lunchroom. It is somewhere to eat. It makes it most convenient that it is right on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The college does not have this.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia college helps to pave the way for serious students. Students who can self motivate, but have staff along the way to provide you that guidance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Valencia College can help you transition better when transferring to an University or stay right on campus to obtain your Bachelor's Through UCF.

    In three sentences

    I feel like Valencia College is just right for what I need to achieve. The school is very convenient, class size is small and wide range of majors available.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on in the courtyard to participate in. Valencia also offers a varieties of electives from dance classes to photography.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and there is a pita pit on campus. The only downfall is it takes a while to get yo]ur food if ordered from the grill.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors are pretty lenient. Some are very strict when it comes to attendance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Morning classes are the busiest so leave a little early to find parking. Talk to people in your classes and get someone's phone number so you can have help on assignments or catch up if you've missed classes. Make sure you have a way to communicate with your professors and that you can understand them. Don't be afraid to drop a class or even withdraw, it is better to have that on your record then a fail.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a really good school that allows people to focus on their education. The campus is very accessible and has a friendly environment. Valencia is more like a family, someone is always there when you need them and if you take advantage of that you can not fail.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Joining clubs allows you to meet people and of course during your classes. Orlando is a great city the downtown area is where most kids go.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on your campus food is pretty we have a Culinary Program so food is actually pretty well made.

    Dorm Life