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  • 08/27/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is always walking around campus. They are more than willing to help out too. If you ask someone, they will escort you to your car if it is dark out and you want someone to walk you to the car. Lots of the guards are former police officers and military.

    Greek Life

    There are a few sororities on campus. Didn't join them though.

    Clubs and Activities

    They constantly think about the students. If you have an idea, the student government is always open for ideas. I proposed a few ideas that are going to help out students. If you want change, all you gotta do is speak up to someone.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone, really. They have flexible schedules, in-person classes, online classes, and hybrid classes (classes taught both in person and online.)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Just about everything is ran by students. The planning services, the tutoring, tours, computer repairs, even the food pantry on campus. They also had a week of fun to help students relax because of stress from finals. Free food, free massages, games, rock climbing, and lots of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition we pay funds for tutoring for ALL students. They don't charge you each time you go and get help. They offer FREE counseling services for students who are stressed, have anxiety, or are grieving over loss. They did this for anyone affected by the shooting at Pulse.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs here. If you don't like them, you can even start your own club too!

    Food and Dining

    Never bought the food hear. It smells good and some of my friends constantly buy their coffee, burgers, and fries.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. However there are nearby apartments for rent.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes you take. I am personally am taking regular classes. There is an option to take honors or go into the honors program into the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do NOT procrastinate on reading! I did this for my Humanities class and simply reading one chapter a day turned into reading NINE chapters in one night while studying for a big quiz. Stay focused! It is easy to get distracted with all the newfound freedom, new crowd, and new start. Technologically integrate your assignments into your phone. This will remind you to get your tasks done ON TIME.

    In three sentences

    I am absolutely in LOVE with this school! There are so many resources that are provided for free to students.

  • 02/05/2016

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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  • 01/09/2016

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is ideal for financially struggling students, as well as students who have not yet decided on a career path. You can spend two years here working on your General Education and earn your AA degree, and hopefully by then, you'll have decided a final path. Valencia is also ideal for students who prefer small campuses, personal interactions within the classroom environment, and small population sizes.

    Bang for the buck

    I advise anyone who's tight on money to come here! Valencia is one of the top rated colleges in Florida, and the cost is extremely cheap! Completely worth it- my only wish is that I could obtain my desired Bachelor's degree here, because it's financially possible.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia is an extremely small campus, and does not offer very many fun things to do. They do offer, however, several clubs and organizations to join, and they have contests fairly often, such as photography, for example. They sometimes have movie nights as well.

    Food and Dining

    (Not applicable at Valencia)

    Dorm Life

    (Not applicable at Valencia)

    Academic Rigor

    Ratemyprofessor.com is a must use. There were a few times that I signed up late for classes, and was forced to take difficult professors, and there were a few times I truly struggled. For the most part though, professors were extremely helpful and I earned A's in the majority of my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Online classes are just as effective as classroom sessions. Despite what you may hear about online courses, you can work at your own pace, you do not need transportation, and professors are always available through email and phone calls. For example, math is my most difficult subject, yet I successfully completed each math course online with a grade of an A each time.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is ideal for any type of student, but more specifically, for students who struggle financially and are not certain about their education plans. It's cheap tuition makes it possible for nearly anyone to obtain a quality education, and the staff, in my experience, was consistently helpful and friendly. Valencia has a beautiful campus, and is easy to navigate, so it's ideal for students who prefer smaller populations.

  • 12/21/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe. There was one incident but other than that, it's safe do normal things on campus.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have plenty of clubs and activities around campus, especially performances. The only reason why I give this 3 stars is because the meetings activities would happen when I'm right in the middle of class and there's no meeting I was interested in attending that was later than 2 pm.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those students who want to go the cheaper route to UCF and get the same, if not, better education at Valencia

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely a bang for the buck. Tuition is not too expensive, great environment to make friends, great faculty and staff and it's a great and cheaper way of getting into UCF.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty do around campus. There's usually a lot of events for students a stress reliever from class. There's a lot of different musical performances that Valencia offers. For example, Francesco Attesti, an a Italian classical pianist, performed at Valencia in February 2015. On February 4, 2015, I was there when he performed at the East Campus and he performed really well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. This past summer they just renovated the cafeteria and it's a lot more cleaner and have plenty of options to choose from to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Sadly, there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professor, the work challenges you, but it's nothing you can't handle. If you do all the work and show up for most of the classes, you should do great in the class no problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always use Rate My Professor before signing up for classes. I've had great professors since my very first semester as a freshman thanks to the website. Always email your professor or ask them questions during or after class. It shows them that you have a lot of interest in the course. Get to know your classmates. Not only you need someone to rely on notes, when you're sick, but they could end up being good friends with you. Lastly, at some point in the semester, see a guidance counselor to see your status about where you are as far as getting your degree. They can also help you pick the classes you need to take to get your degree.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a school for learning, with so many great Professors. You will make friends at Valencia. The size of the school is not too big and not too small and the environment is great.

  • 12/19/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus just feels safe because of all the friendly students and staff. There are a couple call boxes on campus for emergencys but it's not that extensive of a campus and there has never been much of a need for call boxes everywhere. I can go from one side of the campus to the other in about 5 minutes maximum.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities and information is always readily available on the Valencia College website.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students like me who are trying to save as much money as possibly while still earning a credible education.

    Bang for the buck

    You really can't argue with the prices at Valencia because the experience and education is so worth while.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia College has a beautiful campus so when you have downtime between classes it's fun to roam around. There is a beautiful lake behind building 1 and 2 with benches and beautiful trees. It's a great quiet place for studying or doing homework. The cafe in building 5 is also fun to go to because there are always friendly students socializing and willing to make new friends. Lastly, as mentioned before, there is almost always something going on in the mall area whether it be spirit week or informational booths about the clubs and organizations there's always food, music, and fun!

    Food and Dining

    Valencia has upgraded their cafe with Barnies coffee and there is also a Starbucks on campus now! They have healthy options as well as subs, burgers, and chicken tenders. Although the food and vending machines are a little pricey, the food can successfully satisfy a hungry stomach.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus at this community college but there are plenty of nice and clean housing options and apartment complexes nearby that include many utilities and activities such as gyms and pools.

    Academic Rigor

    There is the Seneff Honors College at Valencis for students who are academically rigorous but you can also apply to take honors courses without being apart of the Honors College programs. This means you can earn a certificate of Honors if you complete 12 credit hours of honors courses. Overall, however, each course at Valencia has its fair share of work but it's nothing you wouldn't expect of a college course.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Always check out www.ratemyprofessor.com to get other students opinions on professors you are thinking about taking. -East Campus is always having events and celebrations in the mall area. Whenever you hear about the mall area that is referring to the open space in front of building 4! -If you ever have any questions, just go to the Answer Center which is upstairs in building 5. The staff at Valencia has always been incredibly helpful, friendly, knowledgable, and sincere. You'll love it there !

    In three sentences

    Valencia College amazingly provides post-secondary education in an intimate and affordable way. Classes are not in extremely large numbers so you can always connect with your class and establish student-professor relationships throughout your semesters there. The best thing about Valencia is that there are so many student resources available because it truly is Valencias priority for students to succeed.

  • 12/10/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Universal Studios, Fun Spot

    Food and Dining

    Great places to eat near UCF. Definitely try Blaze Pizza or Lazy Moon for the pizza lovers.

    Dorm Life

    Housing for students nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    Easy if you do you're work when you're supposed to

    In three sentences

    Small classes. Decent sized famous for a community college. Great way to get into UCF.

  • 09/26/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    they have a lot of activities throughout the semester, you just have to be informed

    Food and Dining

    the food at the cafeteria it´s very good but at the same time it´s expensive.

    In three sentences

    Very Good

  • 04/14/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some events that occur like night of the bull and more.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is cheap and you will save a lot of money. The environment is clean and friendly. They offer services to that help you in math,writing, and sciences.

    What to do for fun

    They have clubs such as yoga, soccer, poetry, and more.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe here is really neat. For breakfast they have an area provided that offers everything from pancakes to grits. Then during lunch, they serve sandwiches, burgers,fries, chicken sandwiches, and more. They even have healthy options by the area next to it that offer salads,wraps, and more. There is a cafe that offers teas, coffees, smoothies and snacks such as chips and baked pastries. The cafeteria is right by these places to buy food and is a bit small, but there are plenty of places to eat inside somewhere else and outside.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life offered here.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging, especially when they are hands on with labs and clinical courses. Material can be difficult as well, but you should be fine if you study the content that's given to you and take time to focus on academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    When enrolling, instead of scanning all documents needed online, just bring them in to building 2 (or students services), where they will accept any documents you need to enroll. Check your professors that are available to you on ratemyprofessor.com, so you can have a good learning experience with your instructors.

    In three sentences

    The enrollment process is easy to go through because the website offers clear instructions and advisers are there to help you when needed. The tuition is very affordable and this is a great community college to start off at, when you know you will be furthering your education in the fields offered at Valencia college. Valencia is dedicated to helping there students do what they need to do to acquire all their credits, enter the workforce, and graduate.

  • 03/13/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Ask as many questions as you need to. No question is stupid. They will answer everything you need to know.

    In three sentences

    This place is beautiful and comfortable for any type of student. Very professional and friendly. I love it!

  • 01/16/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is always patrolling in golf carts or on foot. And there are always a couple OPD officers on duty.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs and stuff to get involved in for any interest group. Nature walks, volunteering, blood donations, and many many more.

    Great for these types of students

    You want a cheap, quick 2 year degree and transfer out to other schools like UCF.

    Bang for the buck

    It is the cheapest school in Florida I believe.

    Dorm Life

    There are none. But surrounding apartments offer a lower rate for Valencia students.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on the professor

    Tips for prospective students

    -Go to class! And if you know you're not going to be up at 8 AM, DO NOT take that class. You will only set yourself up for failure. Plus, you have to retake that class again and pay for it AGAIN. On top of that, there's that extra percent you have to pay on top of the original class cost. -Also, RESEARCH the professor. If they're not listed on RMP or another site, ask around. -Parking is vicious out there during the week, so get there AT LEAST 15-20 minutes before your class begins. -If you have to talk to an adviser, meet one, take their card, and schedule an appointment. It will save you a TON of time. Make sure you take care of financial aid, classes, and any other inquiries early! People who wait until the last minute can potentially have to wait for hours until they are called back.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is pretty cool. I would recommend going there to receive an AA and transfer afterward. It's cheap, they offer a variety of majors and classes, and you definitely get your money's worth. You also get people from all walks of life which is great because you can find people with similar interests as you very easily. Overall, I rate it a 9/10.

  • 01/13/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    In the mornings you can get free coffee which is great for all the coffee lovers.for those people that like quite spots with a nice view they have that. depending on which campus you go to the things you can do differs. universal is right next to west campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    when you apply for classes look at rate your professor, it'll help you pick the right class. ask questions don't be intimidated just because they are college professors ,they'll really help you out.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college is a great college for those who haven't made up their mind on what to do yet.You'll meet some amazing people when, and the atmosphere is great. There are different campuses so you won't have to travel far.

  • 01/11/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are sports available, a library, clubs. You name it! For the most part.

    Food and Dining

    I heard they don't give reasonable prices for the quality and quantity of their food. There are a few stores around the West Campus area at Valencia.

    Dorm Life

    They don't have any dorms, sorry!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm really not sure on all classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    You are 100% independent when you go to this college or any other college. So, be prepared to take responsibility.

    In three sentences

    It's a pretty good school. They helped me efficiently during my orientation. Not so much with getting everything turned in.

  • 01/11/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I am in French Club and Phi Theta Kappa, There is also many other clubs here.

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with friends or go to club activities.

    Food and Dining

    I can only really review the cafe since that is all i really buy at the campus. I enjoy the latte. The baristas are friendly.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't really any dorms that I know of so.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes have been challenging, however if you put in the work it will all work out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and take opportunities to fight off boredom and to unwind from studying too hard.

    In three sentences

    I currently attend east campus. The teachers have been knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoy classes very much.

  • 11/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always has security on campus, they will even help you if you get locked out of your car. OSCEOLA campus.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Every time i email of speak to someone about joining a club, they NEVER get back to me.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap school, great tutors for free.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of clubs. From fitness ones to academics ones.

    Food and Dining

    Good cafeteria size and many of choices

    Dorm Life

    no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Not a very strict school unless it has to do with dealines. Most teachers could care less if you go to class because they will withdraw you themselves. Its all about the professor

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on ratemyprofessor for the best teachers! Really good site. The good teachers REALLY care about your learning.

    In three sentences

    The campus is a good size. The library is amazing and all kinds of tutoring are offered for FREE, even math and writing.

  • 11/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs and activities the campus has to offer that the student can look up to go to.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms in Valencia.

    Tips for prospective students

    The student (you) must always do the work in order to do well in the class. Also, never procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    Valencia has very excellent courses. The professors work hands on with you in order to understand the class. Moreover, the class sizes are small, so the student will be able to ask questions.

  • 10/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus. they have automatic phone call alerts, email alerts and security on campus patrolling around.

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia has a lot of clubs on campus that does activities, but I have not signed in for one yet. I know that one club put together a night, to go to the Halloween Horror Night in universal, were they have tickets for sell.

    Great for these types of students

    The east campus that i am attending looks like it has its focus mostly for the art students, but they still have a hole building for math and science, so any student can attend and find the class they need.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have yet to discover any unusual traditions or locations on the campus, but hope to do so soon,

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia has other campuses around the city, so you are not stuck in one place. I really like the extra help you can get on campus and the tutoring has helped me a lot.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the gym. But sometimes i also stay on campus and hangout with friends i have made from the classes i have attended so far.

    Food and Dining

    There is an great cafeteria on campus, with a big menu for the hungry and a lot of different food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Since i live in my own apartment i wont be able to talk about the dorm life on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The school has help for almost all classes, so if there is some classes you take that you feel you are not so strong in, the school most likely will help you out. There is tutors for most of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend always talking to the career center about anything that has to do with your college, what paths you need to take to get to your goal faster. they will help you out with a smile.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a very good collage. They help out their students with any kind of help needed and can give you almost all the classes you want. With the choice of lots of classes, I can plan out when i want to have my class on the day. giving me better time to plan for work.

  • 10/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is campus security consistently driving around school and walking around the hallways making sure everything is always in order.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia offers a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. It is within an affordable price and you have a whole cafeteria area to sit, including indoors and outdoors.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    You can definitely tell you are not in high school anymore. All your work must be turned in on time, no exceptions, that gives students a look in the real world if you were late. The professors challenge you and are very hands one and verbal.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should make sure you choose your classes once available, because classes do fill up quickly. Make sure you give yourself at least 15 minutes in between classes if all on the same campus, if not, then at least an hour. Lastly, do not be afraid to get involved. Valencia always has something going on, if you get the planner (which is sold in the campus bookstore) it informs you of everything that will happen that year, as well as if you look on your atlas account and the signs around the campus.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college has good campus life, there are always things going on in case you want to be interactive. There is a huge variety of times, teachers, and subjects in which you can choose and take. The campus is easy to navigate around and the professors are more than happy to point you in the correct direction.

  • 10/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a constant stream of security and police officers simply available for the students at any time. They also maintain a regular stream of posts to alert students and faculty to possible threats on campus, and they regulate the responses to ensure the updates tell when the threat is all clear. I definitely feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    They do offer Greek opportunities, of which include possible scholarships! A great way to create a bond with other students

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia offers all sorts of clubs and activities, and they are constantly looking for bright students to get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    If you're ready to be challenged and to find what your academic goals are, this is the college for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing unusual! The Valencia campuses are constantly evolving into bigger and better things!

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are so cheap, especially for Florida residents!

    What to do for fun

    I would recommend getting involved in the theatre program or at least watching one of the school plays. Getting involved in any school activity builds a greater bond with the school and its students and can lead to better academic activity.

    Food and Dining

    They have a fairly decent food court area that is relatively new, though the prices could be better.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms! You live off campus, so they maintain the low cost of tuition. But there are plenty of great apartments nearby!

    Academic Rigor

    You will get your money's worth when it comes to academic rigor! I've had a professor who was a world-famous writer, and I now have a professor who is a very well-known director. You get the experience along with the superior challenge that you'd expect from a world-class college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your ducks in a row AHEAD OF SCHEDULE! If you apply for financial aid, be one of the first to turn in your application! Do not wait until the last minute, as procrastination leads to more procrastination. You are an adult, now get ready to act like one. School is school, and you know what you're getting yourself into. Get ready for the roller coaster of a lifetime!

    In three sentences

    Valencia is full of opportunities for aspiring learners and leaders, paving the way for students to move forward with their lives. Be ready to learn and to work hard, because after all, you're doing all the work for yourself! The team of financial aid and academic advisers are there to work in your favor, and they are there to ensure you receive the best college experience possible.

  • 07/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    At Valencia there isn't much fun, but nearby there are places for fun. There is Universal Studios and Fun Spot, there are plenty of malls and restaurants also. I like to shop at the Florida Mall and visit Universal with friends and family. It is especially fun during the holidays.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. I usually get one campus in the morning time because I have morning classes. I get breakfast from the cafeteria. I usually order cheese grits with french toast, or an omelet, which is well worth the money.

    Dorm Life

    There are no Dorms on this campus. I actually rent out an apartment with my sisters.

    Academic Rigor

    All classes have there level of challenges, but that can all be conquered with help from the teacher and tutors, and also hard work and dedication. Never give up on a class that is hard, just stay on top of things and ask questions when needed, also, get HELP when needed, always.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I would suggest that you set up a date for orientation, so that you can get a better tour of the school and the college environment, because no one likes to walk around with a schedule in hand looking lost. It is always best to register for class as early as possible, because the class you need can get taken and you might not like the time period that is available for the class you want to take; also take Math first or second semester, I say this because it is fresh in your mind and even though you can set up your own schedule, Math is something that is easily forgotten overtime,and it will mess you up if you take it too late. This is definitely for those who struggle in math. Thank me later. Overall, just be yourself, study and don't forget to have fun every now and then.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great school if you like to stay involved in an environment where it isn't too crowded. There is always a place I can go to sit before and in between classes, to study or relax. The teacher's are awesome, they are passionate about their job and they keep students engaged in class discussions and group work. I would like there to be more school festivities where the student body can come together and have a good time.

  • 06/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have been in this campus for two semester. I feel safe all the time. I never saw anyone fighting, or arguing. Its always clean. The campus its very relax and no matter comes here to cause trouble.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love seem clubs or booths advertising themselves. They give helpful information. it makes you want to be part of them. Many times they give you souvenir for yourself. My favorite is when they give me free food!

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia has this answer center that you signed up and they sit with you and answer any questions you have.They have a linx bus stop right outside of the college. I take bus to go back home and i don't need to walk a lot to take it and they have seats for the waiting. They have two stores where you can buy anything you need for school. The weather here is amazing sunny and windy in good days.

    Food and Dining

    Food? I have eaten delicious shrimp in the cafeteria for a good price. Different clubs always bringing food for different events and they are free. I always take advantage of those free food!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus. Unfortunately i cant describe how it is in Valencia community college but i have seem the dorms and they are very clean and pretty. I wanted to do dorms once but i wanted to be closed to my job.

    Academic Rigor

    So far i have really great teachers. I have learned so much it makes me confident. the teachers are understanding with me. They help me in every step of the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    * Always go to tutoring. they have amazing help. * There is a table or a chair everywhere for you to relax and study. * Always do extra credit if given no matter if you have an A you never know if next chapter is not so friendly.

    In three sentences

    affordable. helpful, organize.

  • 06/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities and clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    Great restaurants inside the cafeteria. My personal favorite is the Mexican.

    Dorm Life

    There are student living facilities right across the street from campus, and they are brand new!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not easy, but college is supposed to be a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enroll early, and take early classes. The parking lot gets packed!

    In three sentences

    Valencia is by far the best college in Florida. The faculty is super helpful, and they help you achieve your goals. There are many great programs for students here.

  • 06/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is security at all campuses and they are always available for needs.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is the cheapest school in florida when it comes to how much you pay per credit and thats a great thing.

    What to do for fun

    The best part of going to school in central florida is your right in the center of all Orlando attractions and entertainment. You can never be bored because there is always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    Every campus comes with a pretty tasty cafeteria and scattered coffee carts.

    Academic Rigor

    There teachers want you to succeeded and that's important. They give you all the materials and resources to do well in all classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Valencia before you go to the university because its much cheaper and it can guarantee admission in to UCF through the direct connect program.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is great school to go to because of how simple and convenient they make it for students. They have the best staff on all campuses who is always willing to help students. My favorite thing is that offer a direct connect program to UCF which is awesome for students looking to continue their education.

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have good safety here (security, good lighting at night, and emergency call phones)

    Greek Life

    unaware

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not exactly sure

    Great for these types of students

    Any students can enjoy it at Valencia

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unaware

    What to do for fun

    I am not involved with activities on campus, however I know they have many different activities available because i have seen signs.

    Food and Dining

    Their dining room is not huge but it has two levels, and i have never seen it full before. There is indoor and outdoor seating fairly close to a small little lake (relaxing atmosphere). I like it a lot. Their food is decent but not fine dining.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, so I cannot comment on the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    College is not like high school, there is more work needed and if you dont do it, or dont put forth your best effort, it will show in your graded. Also when you register for a class, make sure to be there in the first day because if you dont, Valencia WILL drop you. Their policy requires you to be there on the very FIRST day of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are so many resources available in this college to accommodate all students. It is best to use them as much as possible as they will help you to do better in your courses. If you are new, I suggest you ask questions and try to learn as much as possible about your career choice and about what things are offered on campus to help you to work toward that goal. Also, it is best to make sure that you speak to and adviser about your career plans so that they will be able to point you in the right direction, as they know a significant amount of information pertaining to these things and will be able to help you out. Above all, I highly advise that whether you are a new student or not, ask questions! Even if you have to go the advising office each week, do it! Make sure you have a clear plan mapped out and you set short term and long term goals for your success. Lastly, from personal experience, I have learned to take schooling very seriously while you have the chance, the time, the money, and the resources to do so. It is very easy to look back and wish you would have done something else, but know what you want and go for it! Prioritize you time and identify what means the most to you. Once you day, a week, a month, or a year is GONE, you will never be able to get it back and do things over. Know what is best or you and stick with it. Although school may be difficult now, it will yield a nice reward later on.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is really a great college. I have been a student here for two semesters and I am highly satisfied with this college. There are many varieties of resources available to help students succeed and they have help me tremendously. My GPA was low, but now I am thriving and doing very well in all of my classes. They also have a very clean campus and the staff are very helpful. The campus i attend I attend is in a very nice location as well. Overall, I really like this particular college. Although I am still fairly new, I have heard that just a coupe of years ago, Valencia the #1 college in the nation. This really is a great place to be to further your education. You will definitely get your moneys worth.

  • 05/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always on duty cops parked on campus

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life

    What to do for fun

    The school holds events here and there

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually pretty good, way better then my other pass college experiences.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any on campus housing but you can live off campus near the school for cheap prices.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't pick a class unless you know the professor has a good overall on ratemyprofessor.com.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just study and make sure you pass the test

  • 05/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe and secure. Not close to the main road and security is always present and on campus. I always feel safe. And so did President Obama when he came to the school to give us a great speech on female education, which we were chosen because of the large rate of female students on our campuses!

    Greek Life

    I am Greek. The history of the school is American, but does have Greek influence. Like the worm coffee shops and the U shape seating in some class rooms. The culture of the teachers and the Greek salad I eat every day!

    Clubs and Activities

    Very interactive and always have something going on. Very fun and friendly people to work with and I love being apart of all my clubs. I personally am in 6 and plan to get into more since I am the Senator of Clubs and Organizations on the West Campus of Valencia College.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to be involved. Its not always about the books. You must be able to apply the knowledge also. And its in a diverse environment which is much like are world. Its not always about one group of people its about everyone and you can fit in any were here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think the student lounge realy shows how diverse the campus is but also excepting of others. Out Student Lounge is filled with all kinds of meetings. Study groups, Club meetings, friends hanging out, even freestyles on the back patio. All different, all working together!

    Bang for the buck

    I like to join different clubs to meet people at school and in the city. I like to know who the leaders are and what there about. It helps me know which type of people I want to work with and which ones truly care. Valencia truly cares about there students and it is the main reason I love this school so much.

    What to do for fun

    I like to set up events and help plan them too. I like to be involved in the school so that I know people and I can help them. My family has a charity which I also do event planning and contract agreements for in order to help boost the amount of people who want the opportunity to give back. I love to work with others and always try to be a positive leader who leads by example. I guess I help people and network for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Great choice of food. It is always hot and fresh and me being a Vegan still have plenty of choices. I have even plan of eating there more because of the cost of gas and time it saves me to get a health lunch at school.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms that I know of but if there were I would live there.!

    Academic Rigor

    Love this school from the first day of class. Im looking forward the every event on campus and about how I can be so involved in the outcome. This is a life changing school and I think everyone no matter what age should give it a try at what ever there dream job is to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are so many ways for you to learn and grow at Valencia College. Not just about getting a piece of paper. Its about being involved and meeting people who are into what your into and learning through action and volunteering.

    In three sentences

    It is undoubtedly the best choice of my life. Its got me were I wanted to be and more. Except the challenge of life and be a student of living life!

  • 05/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Insane amounts security

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone trying to get through college and not trying to lose their shirt in the process

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best college around for community college price. Can't beat that

    What to do for fun

    Orlando Has a plethora of activities from downtown nightlife to lakes and cables parks to go to during the day. With $20 you can have a fun and eventful day

    Food and Dining

    Never eaten there

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely keeps you busy and you can adjust your workload quite easily

    Tips for prospective students

    Avoid certain professors and make sure you do your research prior to enrolling in classes

    In three sentences

    Has small class size which is beneficial. A realistic price for educational. Definitely earned its rank as one of the best CC in the nation

  • 05/07/2014

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

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    $7000 for a year including books and other college expenses.

    What to do for fun

    There is a wide variety of night life. Many bars that offer specials like free drinks or buy one get one. The beach is about 45 minutes away. Theme parks is about 20 minutes away. The mall is about 15 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    It's near UCF, one of the biggest campus' in the United States so you can imagine how many places there are! They are very affordable places like chipotle or panera!

    Dorm Life

    They do not offer dorms, but they have affordable housing on their website you can check out. I found a place on their website only a few blocks from there and pay $700 for a one bedroom that accepts pets!

    Academic Rigor

    They have a wide variety of studies from criminal justice to nursing. They have students from all over the United States from many different ages.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, don't do it last minutes because the application may take awhile. If you're planning on living near Valencia, check out the website for housing.

    In three sentences

    It's the best community college in Orlando. It provides many fields of study for all kinds of students! I'd definitely recommend this for you if you're planning on transferring to UCF!

  • 05/06/2014

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

    28 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Valencia College has local enforcement agencies, to ensure that no one on campus will become a victim of crime. Students should be aware of their surrounding and informed on safety issues. Students can contact the campus security office at any time.

    Greek Life

    Valencia College does not have Greek Life. Students can be involve in the community and have opportunities to help others by joining the Alumni Association.

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia provide lots of activites and clubs for student to join. It has choral groups, concert band, dance activity, drama club, government or political activity, International Student Organization, jazz band, literacy magazine, music esembles, musical theater, student newspaper and symphony orchestra.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for any students who want to have a brighter future for themsleves. Since the competition of jobs is higher, everyone should be well educated and have some type of degree to a good professional job. College education is a requirement of many professional jobs. Valencia College will help and support anyone who is willing to try their best and not give up on life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Valencia College is a large community college divided in six campuses in different locations. It offes credits and contuning education courses through out Orange and Oseceola counties.The six campuses are Criminal Justice Institute, East campus, Lake Nona campus, Osceola campus, West campus and Winter Park campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia awards more associate degrees than any other community college in the nation. A.S and A.A.S degree graduates have a 95% job placement rates. Valencia is planning to build a Poinciana campus in a few years. In July 2011, Valencia finally became a College and drop the community. High school students can earn credit from Valencia through the Dual Enrollment Program and also from Technical schools.

    What to do for fun

    Every month, students should keep updates on events of interest and offers. Joining the Alumni Association is a great way. Members in this program help promote the association. Also do alot of community works and helps raise funds to support association scholarships and other projects.

    Food and Dining

    This college has its own coffee shops, cafes and several vending machine all over campus. It also has a Restaurant and Food Services Management Program to develope service technique and management skills for sucessful restaurant career.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College does not have dorms but has housing options around any campuses. The housing costs include down payment, monthly rent, utilities, electric, TV, Internet and phone. Student can have a roommate to save money on rent.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia offers certificate, diplomas, Associates and Bachelor's degree. The most popular major is a bachelor in health professions and associate degree in liberal arts. Students can also take online classes while at home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students are expected to create or visit their Atlas account to view important e-mails or classworks. Many students have had a rough start at Valencia, but with the help of guidance and dedication from Faculty and staff anyone can make it through. It will prepare you for the challenges you'll face ahead.

    In three sentences

    I will rate Valencia College a 5. Valencia is the best community college to earn both your A.A or Bachelor's degrees. It also has a high graduation and placement rates. I can see myself after four year, graduated from Valencia, and become a Dental Hygienist with an Associate degree. This college has been awarded the Aspen Prize for community college with high transfer rates too any University.

  • 04/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you stay focus

    In three sentences

    the teachers at Valencia are happy to help you with your work.You also have great resources around you.its a friendly environment.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The many times I have visited to sign up and speak with enrollment, I have always noticed a safety car driving around the parking lot keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. I would feel safe walking to my car at night- the parking is well lit and there are cameras in the parking lots.

    Greek Life

    Also, same thing... not sure about greek life at a community college.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not exactly sure the clubs and activities they have provided for students yet.

    Great for these types of students

    All students, all ages, all types. Such a diverse community of students. Me being a single mother, I am excited to get into something I enjoy and meet new people like me as well and possibly other mothers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since I have not officially attended classes yet, I am not sure about traditions. I am excited to find out when I finally do start though!!

    Bang for the buck

    As a Florida resident, the tuition is affordable and being taught by the best of the best. Valencia College has a high graduation and transfer rate ending in degrees.

    What to do for fun

    Well, being on the Osceola campus- they have plenty of on campus activities, programs, and seminars. If your looking to go off-site then there is a plethora of endless opportunities for fun. Disney, Universal Studios, Waterparks, also lots of state parks and great outdoor activities.

    Food and Dining

    Typical college food, with a twist of healthiness - broad range of foods to suit all ethnicities.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus in my own house, but so Ive heard they have set up a nice area for current students needing dorms,

    Academic Rigor

    Currently awaiting to start classes in the summer, I am a new mommy so excited to get back in the groove. I have heard they are flexible with schedules and also offer hybrid and online classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize all of the resources they have available, that is what they are there for. The student and career center has unlimited help. Also, do your research- they are in direct connect with UCF so transferring, you will not have a problem with credit transfer.

    In three sentences

    I give Valencia College a great review, friendly staff, helpful with enrollment, and very clean and safe environment. They have plenty of resources available for current and future students. Valencia College-Orlando is a wonderful stepping stone, especially if your looking to transfer to a 4 year University.

  • 04/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    FIVE STARS

    Tips for prospective students

    DEFINITELY STUDY HERE

    In three sentences

    Valencia College provides the best academic and education classes. The advisors assist you along your journey getting your degree. Valencia College is the most highly recommended community college.

  • 04/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 436

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Explore Downtown Orlando with your friends!

    Food and Dining

    Great cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to learn.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school. They care about their students. Professors are legitimately interested in the student's future.

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Their is is always a security box help box in sight and a police officer on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Great price for an excellent education!

    What to do for fun

    Their are lots of clubs and organizations, and their is always an on campus event going on.

    Food and Dining

    Food is really good! However, Valencia doesn't offer a meal plan yet.

    Dorm Life

    Their is no on campus dorms that I know of.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be tough, however they are usually the better ones and the professors are willing to help you get an A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework. Ask questions. Always seek help when you don't know where to go.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college is an excellent college, with a lot to offer students. It is is a low cost school, but offers great classes, teachers, and resources to help you succeed. Very soon too in the future I see it offering a lot more bachelor degree programs.

  • 03/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cop on site at each location & on-site security.

    Greek Life

    None. Not offered at Valencia College.

    Clubs and Activities

    Medical Association & others that fit the major of your choice.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated. Students who know exactly what they want when it comes to their career.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None.

    What to do for fun

    Study and familiarize myself with medical terminology and diagnosis.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of eateries located close to both campuses - east and West. You have Colonial that has anything from fast food & kirkman located on the West that has more of a selection - eat in and take out restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus so I'm not familiar with the dorm life offered here, if any.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you are dedicated to your studies and strive to be the best you can be in your field, you will be successful at Valencia; there is no doubt about that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, utilize the helpful resources that are offered for free, join an organization that fits your major. You will obtain much academic support in your field, ask questions - the only dumb questions are those that we don't ask!

    In three sentences

    The # 1 thing that has drawn me to Valencia College is their caring and dedicated professors. Fully preparing each student with the knowledge needed to excel, the professors here are amazing. Their motto: whatever it takes to assure the success of each student in their field of study.

  • 03/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe. Security is everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    Art clubs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a beautiful lake and lots of wild life on the East campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I have enjoyed the low cost, small classes, and great teachers!

    What to do for fun

    Join a club and you will have fun. Plenty of on campus events to keep you entertained.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good. Lots of cafe-style food.

    Dorm Life

    No on-campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    You will learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to talk to your counselors so you stay on the right path. Get involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    The classes are intimate. The professors are great. And the overall atmosphere is engaged and educational.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to any close by shopping centers.

    Food and Dining

    EXPENSIVE

    Dorm Life

    No dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dual-enrollment saves a lot of time.

    In three sentences

    Classes are usually small enough to not feel lost. Valencia has some good professors. Valencia is a good place to start.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    never to give up

    In three sentences

    very good.close to my house.very nice people

  • 02/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Great price and guaranteed acceptance into other Florida state schools to finish your degree.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of groups. Plus your in Orlando so there's all the Disney and Universal stuff close by.

    Food and Dining

    No cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Ranges from regular to honors courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work with different advisors to make sure that you are getting the most out of your time in school.

    In three sentences

    Great place to attend! Everyone is very helpful and the college staff does everything possible to keep students involved. I highly recommend this college.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a safe school with efficient guards and police is always around.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia College is great for every type of students because staff at Valencia believe that everybody deserves a chance.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are willing to learn, you will receive back everything you gave away because you would have the knowledge you paid for.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia College offers a lot of events and movie nights. You won't have time to get bored.

    Food and Dining

    Most of Valencia Campuses are centric so you can find many restaurants and fast food all around. Every campus has its own cafeteria with very good prices.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College has dorms close to each campus where you can rent with your friends.The dorms are not expensive because you received student discounts and affordable prices.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a rigorous school. Most of the the majors programs are in demand and you have to be the best to be accepted. Exams are very hard. Valencia College is a smoking free zone so you won't be able to smoke while attending school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you planning to enter to Valencia College and do not know what do you want to study or do not know what to do, go and talk to Valencia Advisors and they will help you with everything you need. Great events and best professor ever. Amazing computers labs and Libraries. Best public college ever.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a prestigious college with very good professors. It has 8 campuses in different locations. I transferred from another college and I do not regret my decision because Valencia College is the best!!

  • 02/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful place to learn. Friendly staff and high quality instructions.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Watch netflix, skate, and spend time with family.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms that I know of.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too challenging but I am a hard worker.

    Tips for prospective students

    Same as any college. Do your homework. Be kind to others. Don't ride your skateboard on the sidewalks.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school. It has small class sizes and great teachers. I have enjoyed my time at valencia.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The safety of the west campus is very good. Security guards keep an eye on everything that goes on in the parking lot and in the campus. If you are taking night classes the security guards are there to take you to your car if you find yourself walking alone at night to your car at the campus parking lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia College offers many clubs and activities for their students. The activities are fun and always give out free things to their students. The clubs and organizations are always a good way to interact with your colleges and meet new people.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a college that can help you in your transition from high school to college universities this is the place to go. The classrooms are small and the staff is their to help you and guide you throughout your college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At Valencia College West Campus the only weird location is the back trail they have that goes around the lake. It is a nice lake with a fountain in the middle of it. I find this to be a very peaceful place to think and read a book or take pictures with your friends.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia College West Campus has many fun activities throughout their semesters. They have a fall Welcome Back activity that last a whole week. During finals they have Chill out week Where students can go sit down on chairs and relax after exams. Their are pie tasting volunteering opportunities and many more fun activities done at Valencia College.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Valencia College is great! They have a good menu of different kinds of food; however, i find that their food can be a bit expensive for the amount that is being given to you.

    Dorm Life

    At Valencia College West Campus there are no dorms because its a 2 year college but I think that in the future they should consider adding dorms since they are implanting bachelor degree programs into their curriculum.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class is different and the experience differs from student to student; however I find that most of the Valencia College West Campus courses are easy but you must put in your effort in the assignments and tests that are given to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Valencia College West Campus is a great college to start out your path to college life. The classrooms are of about an average of 25 students. I would suggest for prospective students to start off in the summer so that they can get used to the campus and the locations of different buildings like the library, cafeteria, tutoring centers, and student services center.

    In three sentences

    I rate Valencia College West Campus a 4 out of 5 in its overall college performance. They have great resources for their students and future students. The classes and overall environment of the college is great.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria literally has just about anything you could be in the mood for. Thank goodness for their coffee!

    Dorm Life

    It's a community college, so there are no dorms but I live in college housing near the area and it's an amazing experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    When registering for classes or handling anything with student resources or admission or financial aid, it's easier to go into the school face to face. They don't answer the phones typically.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus filled with beautiful people! The professors are very hands-on and actually want to see you succeed. There's so many things to get involved in and people to meet and plenty of resources to make sure your time at Valencia is productive and fun all at the same time!

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Good security. The area can sometimes be troublesome so they are always available. They even escort you to class if you wish them to do so. This is good especially for night class students. They also send out text messages and emails when there are special alerts.

    Food and Dining

    I've never been to the cafeteria but I heard the food is good. They have several stands around campus. They offer things from hot foods to desserts. These are pretty good, especially for fast in between class snacks. There are vending machines pretty much around every corner. I will say they are a bit overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    There's no dorms that I know of but there are several apartment complexes right next to the West campus ( that's where I attend ).

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professor you choose, your classes could be fairly ''easy''. By easy I mean that professors are very nice and pretty understanding. Some offer extra credit and help you every step of the way. That being said, this is college. You can't expect it to be high school easy. Prepare for the worst and you will be fine. You will need to read quite a bit but in general I have noticed that they don't assign too much homework. You will have to take several courses that involve writing.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a good school to start off at. It's cheap but still offers good teachings. There is always something going on in all campuses.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Valencia has a free service that you can sign up for that sends emails out warning students of any concerns surrounding any campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in the greek community so...

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a vast offering of clubs and activities to choose from for those that are interested.

    Great for these types of students

    Those that want to go to UCF but cannot get in for whatever reason, those that want to save on money spent for credit hours to get an AA, those that also have a job and go to school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am not aware of any personally.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of the classes vs the cost of tuition is highly recommended by me. I have not been dissatisfied with any of my classes.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved on campus or go down the road a little and visit City Walk at Universal

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria and shops are great. I eat there all the time before classes.

    Dorm Life

    This campus does not offer on-campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is only hard if you let it. The professors and staff are more than willing to help you understand your subjects and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you utilize the resources that are available. You are paying for them and they are there to make your time on and off campus successful.

    In three sentences

    The college campus is easy to navigate, the staff is very helpful and the professors are great. The west campus also has UCF on site so you can direct connect and remain at the same campus for applicable classes.

  • 02/01/2014

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

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    Bang for the buck

    Its wayyyy cheaper than a State University which is a plus

    Tips for prospective students

    Always have a smile on your face, be outgoing, and try to feel like you belong there. Try to get involved in clubs or programs so you can get a higher chance of getting a scholarship.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College staff and faculty make you feel like you re in the right place to be. Its a really clean and students are really outgoing. I love the follow they give to their future students.

  • 01/30/2014

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

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    Bang for the buck

    I'm a transfer student and this blows my old college out of the water.

    What to do for fun

    Join one of the dozens of clubs on campus- it seems there is always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    Great! The Metrowest campus has a cafeteria and a few places for snacking as well.

    Dorm Life

    Nonexistent. There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is what you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions. The staff is up to date on information and they even have a place called The Answer Center which is fully staffed with people just to answer questions about enrollment, financial aid or anything.

    In three sentences

    This school has a ton to offer when it comes to classes and what you need to succeed. Everyone I have spoken to on the staff is kind and knowledgeable. Every time I come to campus, I see something new like a club or a scholarship opportunity or non credit courses to help with academic planning.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus security is very helpful. There are poles in each parking lot with a phone on it to call for help if needed

    What to do for fun

    The has many activities to do if you are willing to dig deeper into our school spirit. We have sports with the staff as well as students playing along side each other to get a better bond with one another. There is scholastic fun and physical.

    Food and Dining

    It can be a little bit pricey for food at school so I would suggest to bring a bag lunch or go out to the store. The campus cafeteria has great food nevertheless also it is kept well maintained in cleanliness.

    Dorm Life

    If there was a dorm life i would probably say it would be cool. Everyone on campus is nice friendly and always down for a good time.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia can be very strict when it comes to paying for classes but they can also be very understanding and willing to work with you.

    Tips for prospective students

    When are getting ready for school the best thing to do is be early for everything. Paper work should be turned prior to orientation. Student aid forms are best filed 2-3 months in advance that way you can be sure your aid will come on time. Wait for your classes to start to find out if you NEED your textbooks before you spend money on them. Dress casual or fancy but most of all when it comes to learning just have fun and keep a friendly open minded vibe.

    In three sentences

    The Valencia campuses that I have been to have a very content and relaxing vibe. The staff and their instructors are very helpful, caring, and understanding of our ambitions. Helping in anyway they can it shows how involved they are with their students.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus. There is always a security guard on duty there.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life at Valencia.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for, and since you do not pay much, you do not get much.

    Food and Dining

    The coffee shop on campus is great! They have fantastic muffins and great coffee. The cafeteria is middle of the road, but there are plenty of restaurants not far from campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is no campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The class work is very easy as long as you do it in the way the teacher tells you to.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're just looking for a cheap school to get an Associate's degree from, Valencia is a great choice. It is just not the best school.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are mostly part-time. It is very affordable. You get what you pay for, though.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety from what I've seen is taken very seriously. Valencias campus book store alone has two policemen watching it at all times they have police men outside of all the buildings, as well as policemen roaming the school. There are policemen out working in the parking lots and cop cars on both entrances of the school. So as far as safety I feel just fine walking around Valencia.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is a college for a student that likes small class size, because you can get the help you need if you need it. Valencia is for a student with a low budget for school, because tuition is 100 times lower then any state university or private school. It's also a school for second chances, because young moms can afford it, can make there schedules to fit there needs, and can take as many classes as they'd like. It's also close to home so transportation is not an issue. Buses come straight to Valencia and back.

    What to do for fun

    On school campus they always try to have an event going on after school and via atlas you will know when to come out for these fun events. Valencia also has clubs you can join. I don't know too much on that,but they have study groups with assistant teachers for further help in any class and those groups tend to consist of a lot of people you know, so that's fun.

    Food and Dining

    I've only been in the cafeteria once so far, but it's very nice! You can stop and get some coffee, or grab a sandwich before class ect... Now I have to add that campus food is good and very pricey as well.

    Dorm Life

    We don't have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencias academic status for me would be at a 4 start rating. Why? Well again I've only been on campus for a few days and so far I've seen nothing but intelligent teachers that know exactly what to say to help you understand what they are teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some advice for new students is for one come confident and prepared. Two if you have questions ask them, because other wise no one can be of help. Three do everything you have to do the best you can, and on time. Also, never be late.

    In three sentences

    On a scale of 1 to 10 Valencia College is about a 10. Now I've only been on campus a few days, but from what I've seen it's very clean, pretty big, and very friendly. The teachers are good at what they do each in their own way and subject.

  • 01/08/2014

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

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    Greek Life

    None );

    Clubs and Activities

    There are quit a few clubs. Nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary though.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is very inexpensive for the level of education they offer! You can go to school, get a great education, and not have your bank account sucked dry.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too hard, not too easy. If you pay attention and do your work you will be fine.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school to go to if you're on a tight budget. The people are friendly and the professors are very helpful when you don't understand something. In addition, it is a very nice looking establishment.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Walk around campus & meet new people. you cal also get involved in inter mural sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay on top of your classes & manage time wisely.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy coming to class everyday & being on campus. The tutoring centers are open fairly late & all my teachers have been really helpful so far. I would rate Valencia College a 7/10.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    SGA hosts a lot of events like Color Runs, and Open Mic Nights.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great starting school. The employees are always so kind, and willing to help. The professors are wonderful.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Always stay attentive of deadlines, class assignments, project and test. Go out of your comfort zone and you will find it was all worth it. Make study groups**

    In three sentences

    Valencia has given me a lot of opportunities to improve as a person and as a student. Thanks to Valencia I can say that I have become a confident person and a master student. Valencia gives a lot of opportunities is up to students to make the best out of everything.

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Valencia offers a gym . There are many apartment. Close to any grocery store.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive. Well served. Delicious

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia is an strict college . You have to be prepare and organize . Faculty are always paying attention and helping students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate . Be organized. Complete all your work.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college provides students an excellent environment to learn. Teacher are professional and interested for the well being of their students. It also offers variety of career opportunities.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    So far, I have not encountered a situation when I was in danger while attending class on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many club for students to join. Even chances to go study abroad are offered at Valencia College.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several campuses that are located behind a lake. It is rather peaceful for studying, quiet time and enjoying the fresh air.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I hang out with my friends, head to the gym for a good workout, and digest myself in books. I love to read.

    Food and Dining

    There are cafeterias and coffee shops available for students and staff.

    Dorm Life

    The only inconvenience for students is that, there are no dorms. Students has to find housing of their choices around the area, such as: apartments, etc. Or the students has a choice of living at home to save money.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes Valencia College are not challenging, if you put your hard effort into it. You will succeed, if you try.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is not High School anymore. This is College. Three tips I suggest is: Do not slack off, it will put you behind. Do your best, achieve the highest. Most importantly do not bargain more you can handle. Take your time, schedule your classes accordingly.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College has multiple campuses. The west is the biggest, also the nicest in my opinion. It has a great learning environment for students. Valencia College offers lots of classes and career paths for students.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NO SAFETY AT ALL. Anyone can just walk inside the campus at any moment. Student or not.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia doesn't offer many fun activities in their campus.

    Food and Dining

    Although very expensive, they have a variety of food options and they vary from breakfast to Lunch.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms at Valencia and there isn't much of a social life either. Most of the students aren't very friendly and stick to themselves or to their High School friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't very hard and the teachers aren't very passionate. However, their credits do transfer through to other colleges and there is a variety of classes you can take at Valencia for a lower price.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect anything too fun or interesting at Valencia. It's not the typical college experience. However, it gets the job done.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is not as expensive as other schools and that really helps out if you're worried about Financial Aid. If you apply for FAFSA, it basically covers everything. However, trust me when I say this, they are all about money. They will try their hardest to keep you in the school and suck every last cent of your financial aid. Most of the teachers there don't have much passion and you can quickly tell as soon as you're in the classrooms.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school had a few incidents occur in the past, but I can see the improvements made since then. There is always security riding around, especially in the parking lots and even police watching the area. There are now security poles where you can call out for an emergency, or have security escort you through the parking lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs available to join, whether it be for academics, or for a certain culture. You do not even have to be apart of that culture to join the club. Sometimes the clubs even have performances, or food to present their culture. There are many on campus activities and events. There has even been a basketball tournament that the students from the campuses could join. There are constantly things to do in your spare time at the college that will give you a fun, yet educational experience.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for students that have come to learn, and enjoy a nice environment full of friendly people.

    Bang for the buck

    The courses are phenomenal, and can change your life. The experience you gain for the price of tuition is well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Students or faculty can volunteer, give blood, or get involved in the campus events. There are various events held at the school that get the students involved, offer many great things or opportunities, and give great entertainment. The entertainment, prizes, food, and information relaxes the students and allows them to ease their minds for a moment.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great inside of the cafeteria and the cafe, and they provide a clean, lovely dining experience. There are also great selections in the vending machines located around the school. However the cafeteria food can be a little on the expensive side if you are not ordering something simple.

    Dorm Life

    There are not dorms on campus, however there is housing surrounding the college. I have not lived in these.

    Academic Rigor

    My college challenges students academically, and makes sure we earn our grades. It requires that we produce fine work, and earn the grade we deserve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate, or else it will make these harder for you throughout the courses. Make use of the rate my professor website, so you can find the right teacher for you based on your preferences. Work hard and don't be afraid to get to know the instructor or other students (it can pay off in the long run). Make use of the many resources provided on campus, or online.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an amazing, diverse college. There are various opportunities offered on and off of its campus. The courses overall leave a great impression on the students, and provide unforgettable experiences.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    nothing really happens on campus but the security are avalible

    Clubs and Activities

    No sports

    Bang for the buck

    Great staff

    What to do for fun

    Walk around campus and meet people

    Food and Dining

    The food is not college level greatness. Before enrolling in college my past high school classmates always discuss college cafeteria food and Valencia isn't something to brag on.

    Dorm Life

    Unknown

    Academic Rigor

    Great learning

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have Professor Vrhovac for english and mr. tuner for sls

    In three sentences

    Valencia college is a great place to learn. The staff are dedicated to the students success and have unique learning techniques also. Finding help on campus is easy.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have security walking around patrolling the hall's,campus , parking lots, I don't know their names but I practically see them every day and they are very helpful when you are lost.

    Clubs and Activities

    we have a small fraternity I do not know their name theta , ki chi something financial aid club , SGA, many more the workshops are amazing and some life changing and fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    their is a little calm section of Valencia in the new building it has large open view windows on the courtyard and chairs it's quiet there good place to study or chill. you can have group meetings and just eat their in peace and quite while your next is right around the corner.

    Bang for the buck

    other colleges are about 200 or even 500 for class Valencia is about 99 for cheapest and their are scholarship programs at Valencia.

    What to do for fun

    I can't tell you what to for fun. I don't know what you like to do for fun. but here is a hint ( try something new) it may be the best thing you have ever done.

    Food and Dining

    eat healthy, take advantaged of paid lunch or food survives provides by collages. Also shop well coupons save you so much money don't think down on it you have to do what you have to. sometimes you don't even need to watch what your spending if you shop right you can save money for yourself , activities movies, dinner, you name it.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have a dorm can't help you there. but when your picking a college look at your dorms is it boys and girls , boy's only girl's only. Are their apartment's near your school are they in your budget over budget think about it.

    Academic Rigor

    stick with it if your fail drop the class and try again BUT DO IT AT THE RIGHT TIME ( THE WITHDRAWAL OR DROPPED CLASSES DEADLINE) not !! AFTER OR LATER WHEN YOUR IN TO DEEP.

    Tips for prospective students

    GO TO TUTORING you may think your fine but you can always brush up on your skills and knowledge . you might even learn something new. GET INVOLVED in school activities , and community there are many opportunity's hidden outside of your comfort zones. DON'T GIVE UP there are so many people out there who are starving, dying, homeless, their are homeless college students and they want the opportunity that you have to have a career and get a degree for what they want. But you may quit before your done and you've lost your chance.

    In three sentences

    Valencia cares about their students we are a community. They build us up with the materials and help we need tutoring, study groups communication they cater to us. They teach us life lessons that will better us and get us out of a bad situations the skill and workshops.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    A very involved campus, Valencia offers opportunities for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They give free stuff a lot. It is absolutely fantastic.

    Bang for the buck

    Community college is the best decision I have done for my education as well as for my finance. I would recommend starting in Valencia to everyone before going to a four year university.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home so I do not know about dorm life, I don't think dorms are offered since it is community college.

    Academic Rigor

    No class is easy if you don't dedicate yourself, don't think that since it is community college classes will be a breeze. If you want to be successful anywhere you have to apply yourself and be ready to take challenging classes, you'll be thankful you did.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be honest with your academic advisors about what you want, let them know everything you want to do so they can help you plan and take the courses that will benefit you.

    In three sentences

    Valencia Community College has offered me opportunities I thought I would never have, their academic advisors help see your dream future as attainable instead of impossible. All of the classes have been wonderfully conducted by the professors and increased my academic potential more than I believed it could, especially the math course. Despite all the down play community college is given, Valencia has definitely risen above expectations and provided a positive as well as high level academic environment.

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Theres always security guards driving around parking lots and walking on campus, so it has a very safe feel to it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs, such as the dance club, art club, international club, music clubs, you can be involved in literally anything that interests you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The music rooms in the performing arts building are so neat. Sometimes my friends and I will go to one after class and play piano and sing since we're all musically inclined. Its sorta our tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia College has surprisingly low tuition costs, and offers a lot of financial aid. Its a very affordable college. Although books can be pricey, but that's to be expected.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is a fun place to hang out, but other than that the food is way over-priced and is not very good quality. Although, they do have a lot of good snacks if you're in a rush.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College is a community college so there are no dorms, but there are always apartments around the different campuses for easy commute.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia College really wants you to succeed, and they give you tons of tools to do so, such as the Atlas. You get a lot of one on one time with your professors, and can often see them around campus. My professors have helped me succeed in a way I didn't think they would.

    Tips for prospective students

    Valencia College is super welcoming to new students, and as a new student, make sure you pay all your fees on time because you can be dropped if they are late! Also sign up for classes as quick as possible because they go fast! Try to go to a lot of the events to meet new people, and stick around campus after class cause there is always tons of people hanging around.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College has amazing professors who really want you to succeed, good sized classes, and there are always events going on so its really easy to meet new people! Some of my best friends are from there, and you have access to so many things such as a huge library and computer lab. You can never be bored!

  • 12/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The school sometimes have events on campus, its pretty cool. Just last week, they had movie night on campus, i thought it was a great idea for us college students to come out and try to network with each other and meet new people.....I met and made a lot of new friends that night.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, the cafeteria is always clean, the staff are friendly.

    Dorm Life

    There's off campus students apt all over the east side, i love it!

    Academic Rigor

    We push ourselves beyond our individual limits in order to get better at something, and thats what the school provide for me.....a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're struggling with a subject; such as math, reading, ect, go ask for help! Go to the tutoring centers, the tutors are amazing with a I want to help you attitude

    In three sentences

    Valencia East College Campus is great. I love the environment, its very peaceful and the school is like a melting pot, you'll meet all types of students on this campus. Everyone at here are friendly and love helping one another.

  • 11/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have jus recently started a butterfly garden and have high hopes in the continues growth of it, we hope to have benches along the sides so we can sit and enjoy the beautiful butterflies.

    What to do for fun

    Attend the on campus activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in your college community, you get to know more of the college staff and develop a relationship with them that will truly be beneficial to your success as a college student.

    In three sentences

    Valencia community college has an excellent team of staff member and professors, each one I have came in contact with has been very involved in my academic success at Valencia thus far. They are very approachable and are willing to do whatever it takes to see the student body succeed, also the school clubs have numerous on campus activities keeping the students involved. I would rate Valencia a 10 out of 10.

  • 11/23/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    They have Spirit Week, They have clubs that make you more adept in what you want to study, or in learning something new. It is amazing!

    Food and Dining

    Delicious food, Great cafeteria. They alway try to keep the students healthy and interested in the new food everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I don't believe Valencia has Dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    They are tough on their students, But it is because they expect you to learn. Not to fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips would be to be prepared for a tough go. Don't try the easy way out, take what you can, but make it a challenge. Don't learn what you already know, Broaden your mind, and allow new information to seep in.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is very well put together and show remarkable concern for their students. They help with anything they can, and usually succeed in accomplishing jsut about anything the student needs to get done for sign up. They have an excellent curriculum, great teachers and a atmosphere that is fantastic for learning.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Going to Valencia College will be most beneficial to any student. Tuition and classes are cheaper compared to Universities. Valencia College also offers a Direct Connect program for students that want a guaranteed spot at UCF after their Associates Degree.

    What to do for fun

    Valencia College has events every month. Valencia offers free food from restaurants that are stopping by and fun activities to do like water slides to laser tag. Valencia also has Djs for cultural events that offer a variety of music.

    Food and Dining

    Valencia College has food that is surprisingly delicious. Whether its a buffalo chicken wrap, to a shrimp basket, even simple foods like a hot dog, Valencia's cafeterias nail it. The food isn't expensive and offers a wide variety.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College doesn't offer dorms for students. There are apartment complexes and neighborhoods that are close by for students that plan to live near Valencia. Again, Valencia College doesn't offer dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes range in difficulty. Ultimately, it depends on the student whether the class is within their strength and what their preferred studies are. Classes tend to be easier then attending a university like UCF in that class sizes are smaller and some offer tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Valencia College feels like high school in that the class sizes are small and Professors offer tutoring. It doesn't matter what your major is, Valencia College offers a variety of classes from Forensic Psychology to Introduction to Film. Valencia College is the best community college in the nation and can provide a smooth transfer to a University to complete a bachelor degree.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great community college to attend for recent graduates of high school looking to further their education. Valencia has great professors who offer tutoring outside of class. Also, Valencia can assist anyone in need of financial aid.

  • 11/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    i love to sing and hang out with my friends for fun.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafe here in Valencia and it is pretty decent.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a time you need to take seriously! If you can not afford college always apply for financial aid or better yet sign up for scholarships!

    In three sentences

    I love Valencia college everyone is very friendly and welcoming. I believe that any high school graduate should start at Valencia.. Valencia has many classes and fields to chose from!

  • 10/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I have only visited the bookstore and had gotten a soft drink once but the prices and the staff were very perfect.

    Dorm Life

    I do not know the dorm life because I live in student housing. To rate my student housing,(Knights Krossing), I would award them with top excellence!! The apartments are great and the staff are very helpful and warm.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic advisors I experienced helped me pick out my flex start classes and brought to my attention the paths I would have to take. The answer center not only helped me figure out the rest of my financial aid, but they put my life's financial situation on track! The classes and teachers that host them are greatly appreciated and renown for their skills in teaching the future!

    Tips for prospective students

    Attention possible future students of Valencia: When applying for college, try your hardest to make sure your financial aid and classes are in order. DO NOT fall behind in your work! And think of your futures and not what fun you could bring yourself for one night!

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a very informative and helpful school. Anytime I have a problem, I just visit the Answer center or meet up with an Advisor and problem solved!! I would definitely recommend Valencia to friends and family.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The student council works effectively to keep things interesting on campus. They hold different events to keep the students informed about different important things. To be sure students will participate, they give out things such as food, tshirts, smoothies, and more.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria in which you can stop and buy food. Surprisingly there is a variety of good quality food.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    When it comes to academics, the work load is average. Its not too extensive, but it could vary between professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be prepared. You should always buy the book, even if the professor says you dont need it, it will provide more examples if you need help. Do not procrastinate, falling behind can really hurt you. Take advantage of the free tutoring services. When you dont understand something do not be too shy to ask your professor or a classmate for help. Try your best not to miss class, you could miss something really important, causing you to fall behind.

    In three sentences

    I attend the Osceola campus. The professors are helpful. There are multiple ways to get help at learning centers if you don't understand something.

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There's really no need to eat your meals here, unless you absolutely wanted to. There are a few little cafes available, and they're pretty decent.

    Dorm Life

    It's just like staying at home. Because that's exactly what it is.

    Academic Rigor

    Generally slow-paced, but that completely depends upon your professor. Make sure to do your research on them before choosing your classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely keep on top of things. Check your email and keep up with events! Otherwise you could easily miss out on something important.

  • 10/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never personally seen an issue, only heard about late night wackos.

    Greek Life

    Educated Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am honestly interested, but not involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Doing the work.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Out door seating areas; there are many. Porches, balconies, benches, umbrella + tables, or even the cold floor outside the classroom door. I love every minute on campus. And for good reason. But I'm willing to pursue the bigger and better for the future.

    Bang for the buck

    I consider myself to be an Artist and a Scientist; with the desire to be a Mathematician. There is nothing I enjoy more than to create; music, literature, physical activity, and even the simplest thoughts. I have nothing but hunger to learn and try something new everyday. To be interested is to be motivated; and if you are interesting you are forever motivated. (sorry; just some of my personal writings)

    What to do for fun

    I stay active. I exercise at the gym. Planet Fitness, and at home when I cant fit a trip to the gym into my schedule. I help my family whenever I'm available; the house needs maintaining. I enjoy the company of my friends, but have no issues being alone. It's hard for me to get bored; for it is easy for me to find another activity. I have my own personal writings that don't abide by the schools requirements, even though I still practice punctuation as needed. Keeping the mind and body healthy is what I do for fun as an official Health Major.

    Food and Dining

    With the eleven hour shifts between both of my parents in lower branches of work we are still able to spend about $200-$250 a week on groceries. Why am I currently unemployed? I live 5 minutes away from University of Central Florida, being one of the top populated schools in the country, it is difficult to get a professional organization to hire me. For I have tried with many tired Job Applications.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in a suburban home in a middle-class environment with parents that each for eleven hours a day. Forcing me to manage my own life, basically making my parents my roommates; therefore, I still have all the responsibilities of cooking and cleaning for the household.

    Academic Rigor

    I am extremely into the science field that I am learning, currently I am taking Fundamentals of Biology, with Personal Health, Trigonometry, and Fundamentals of Computers. I try to excel in all subjects because I tend to see the correlation between the subjects. I am very enthusiastic about receiving my degree so I can apply my knowledge into the working field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a school that you can openly learn in. A classroom environment that is small and populated with open minded students really gives a lot of room for fluent learning.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College has great professors, they really get involved and show you that they actually want you to succeed in their class. The environment on school grounds is fantastic, everyone is very accepting of each other; even in the large diverse group of people that attend the school; which just makes it that much better. The year and a half that I have been attending the school taking five to six classes per semester, I have never encountered a problem with any of the staff, students, or visitors. East Campus; Valencia College is a great environment for learning.

  • 10/12/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    You do what you want for fun. Yes there are clubs you can join but what you do for fun is your business.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is what you want, they have places on campus where you can get food but there is also the option of leaving campus and getting food of your choice. Just make sure you get back on campus in time for your next class. Your professors are not going to wait on you to start class soo if you're late your fault you missed out and the professor in not starting over.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia is not a live in college it's more of a come to school go home thing, more like high school.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic rigor is what you want it to be you choose you classes, you decide when to go to them. You decide how many you want to take. It it all based on what you think you can manage.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students are to sign up for classes as soon as possible. Get a head start, Did you know you can start Valencia in high school? Yes you can most high schools allow that, it will allow you to find out and experience what college life is all about.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great place to start fresh out of high school. You have low GPA or you don't think you're ready for the College Life yet? Don't worry you can start at Valencia and experience what it is like to be on campus and being responsible.

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    For students who don't feel ready to go straight to a university you can choose it as a 'base' of two years and have the basics that will let you in a university. Also, for those who like to start-out small and slow but finish fast. Is good for med. students, law, accounting, business, technology and some engineering, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Is very affordable for anyone and mostly anyone can get accepted.

    What to do for fun

    Get involve in activities, go to meetings to help you with your college life, listen to music, community services, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Food and snacks are good and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    There's actually no dorm-life at Valencia since the campuses are closed to each other and it all depends on your location to the campus. I don't dorm since is very close to were I live.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia has a lot of ways to start your term. Is affordable for anyone. From flex-start classes to online classes. You can create our own schedule based on your degree. Also, you can finish your degree on the weekends by taking your elective classes on the weekends on a fast pace.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you submit your FAFSA the earliest you can. For example, when you start your senior year at high school would be the best to avoid at-the-last-minute money issues and admission. Try to be totally focused/sure on your major or what you want to do so you won't be changing classes all the time , wasting money and time.

    In three sentences

    I like how everything is placed throughout the building, clean and lots of space. The cafe has a lots of variety of food and the price is average. The best thing that I like is that a you can you can take online classes and onsite classes at the same time which I like because I have time to study and go to work. .

  • 09/30/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    many school activities are provided by SGA

    Tips for prospective students

    learn

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a nice surrounded area.

  • 09/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus always feels very safe. No one ever feels as though they are in any danger. The consistent presence of security guards and a campus surrounded by well maintained buildings and trees also aids a comfortable and secure atmosphere.

    Greek Life

    I am unsure of the Greek Life associated with this campus. Though if it's like everything else, then I am sure it is great.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs, activities, skill shops and what have you to do at Valencia College. There is always some meeting, gathering, or other event happening here. You will never be lacking for things to do.

    Great for these types of students

    One great thing about Valencia is the insane level of diversity to be found here. The ease of entry and low level of cost are also great things to be had. This is one of the rare schools that is in fact great for everyone, regardless of their background or current predicament.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There haven't been any unusual traditions or things on campus from what I have seen. Everything is in fact just fine and in good shape, providing an experience both welcoming and inviting for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    If there is one thing that Valencia College excels at, it is indeed its bang for the buck. There are very few other colleges and great opportunities that can be had for both the ease of entry and transfer for the price that Valencia offers.

    What to do for fun

    There is a school gym, though I myself have never been. The lounge is a good place to meet and greet with people, a place to sit and chat about anything. The library is of course great for doing research, schoolwork, or just getting lots of lovely reading done. There are also plenty of open spaces and seating areas across campus for just relaxing with friends, if you have friends that is...

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria on campus is very good. There is a wide range of food to choose from, including hamburgers, fish, healthy food, junk food, drinks, etc. The dining area itself is typically very clean and well maintained. The lines and food production are also very efficient and never take too long to service each and every customer.

    Dorm Life

    I personally do not live in the dorm, however I have met and talked with several students that do. Everything seems to be more or less fine and in order for them. All of their needs are met and everything runs smoothly.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes all come in a wide variety, and fortunately you can easily get a good idea of who and what each class you sign up for entails. There is of course a lot of work and study involved for anyone enrolled. As long as the student is determined and truly decides to not lag behind, then they will do fine, and learn a lot in the process.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best thing for any student is to have a clear goal in mind when joining college. Fortunately, Valencia is very open and flexible and changing your courses or schooling when needed is always both possible and easy. However, you should always know precisely what it is you are after before getting invested.

    In three sentences

    Valencia college is a great school. It is very open, accepting and diverse. It is the optimal college for anyone just looking to get back into school and pressing forward with their academics.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I get text messages and e-mails if anything weird is happening. However, having worked with some UCF students, I receive nothing compared to what they get as warnings. I guess the smaller schools just might be a little safer...

    Greek Life

    I'm not in any so I really don't know.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've seen tons of ads for clubs at Valencia. Unfortunately, with work and school, I don't really have spare time for any clubs right now.

    Great for these types of students

    I think the school is great for anyone, but personally I don't like large crowds so going here with small classes gives me some peace of mind. I also love seeing the counselor and being treated like a person instead of just the next number they have to call.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    For the cost per class, Valencia is a great school. I work full time so it is great to by able to find classes that work with my schedule!

    What to do for fun

    Most of the campuses are close to stuff, but I love the Winter Park campus! My husband and I take classes together and sometimes would hit up Park Ave for a nice lunch after class or go to the Winter Park village to see a movie.

    Food and Dining

    I loved getting coffee before class. Certain classrooms are always freezing and it helps so much!

    Dorm Life

    No idea.

    Academic Rigor

    Certain classes are always going to be harder than others. This is true not only for individual skill level, but also just because some classes are meant to be hard. However, at Valencia most of the teachers want to see you succeed, so put in the work and ask for help. It's definitely there if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to talk to financial aide and a counselor. If you aren't already knowledgeable about payment deadlines and class registration they can be a little tricky at first.

    In three sentences

    As an adult going back to school, Valencia offers a nice transition back into a learning environment. The classes are small and personal so that each student can get the help they need to succeed. Valencia makes it much easier to return to school without the hiccups that other schools seem to have.

  • 09/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I do not stay on campus so I eat fast food or at home. Valencia does have this mini cafe that sells really great smoothies. They have a little food spot next to it and they sell the basics; for instance , french fries, hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not have any dorms. But if they did I'm pretty sure there would be a lot to talk about.

    Academic Rigor

    There may be times where it is very stressful. My advice would be to stay on top of your work.In order to succeed you need to have a lot of time on your hands. It may be tough in the beginning but give it some time for you to get used to the work flow. do not overwhelm yourself.

    In three sentences

    I believe Valencia is a wonderful school to attend. I would rate it to be a 10. Valencia provides you with a lot of great resources that will help you get on the right track to becoming very successful in life.

  • 09/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All kinds of students.

    What to do for fun

    Participate in the school events.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't dorm life at this campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to every class and make sure you study for your classes. use the recourses at your disposal such as the student advisors and your teachers office hours.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is an amazing school. The faculty there is to[ notch and they make it all about the student. The school provides everything they can to help the students succeed.

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great start towards your college life. The teachers are the perfect touch towards your success. As long as you use your resources, you will become the best at your career in Valencia.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    no security issuse so far

    Great for these types of students

    I believe Valencia is a good college for most adverage students, it's DEFINATELY not an ivy league school but it's still good.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The S.P.A is really helpful.

    What to do for fun

    Myy campus offers all kinds of activities for us to take part in.

    Food and Dining

    The food is cheap and pretty good. You get what you pay for and more lol.

    Dorm Life

    We don't have dorms on campus, but the dorms that are offered are dorms over at UCF. i don't live in a dorm so i wouldn't be able to accuratly grade the dorm life. I do want to say that i'd love if Valencia eventually got some dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is a bit rigoous but overall it's managable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you register for your classes in a reasonable amout of time so that you can have access to the best times for class. Have all your ducks in a row so that there's no confusion trying to get enrolled for classes.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College for the time that i've been here has been really cool. I love my teachers and my lab instructor. The campus itself is threaputic and a joy to hang out on.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They(teachers) have told me that safety in campus is very good and fast acting if something happens.

    What to do for fun

    If you are going to Valencia you can save up some extra money and purchase a Universal Orlando annual pass. They are like 150 or a little bit more. You are going to have a blast.

    Food and Dining

    I eat at home, but there is fast food's and restaurants in the Orlando area

    Dorm Life

    I live in Orlando but my friends don't complain about it, they say that its good and very accessible from every thing

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be friendly to everybody,even the teachers, pay attention, and study.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College for me is a very good college to start. This is because is cheap and good quality of teaching. Plus after two years of going to Valencia you can transfer to UCF in a very easy process.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on on campus!

    Food and Dining

    unsure

    Tips for prospective students

    Read everything when applying. Stay organized, and don't take on too many classes at once.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is inexpensive, making it very practical. The AA program there is your best bet at completing the first two years of college without owing any money. Overall a wise decision!

  • 08/21/2013

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research about a school. speak with adviser it is very helpful.

    In three sentences

    Great personal,easy excess,clean facilities.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe environment. They sent alerts through phone if anything happens.

    What to do for fun

    Every so often there are activities going on in the courtyard like games and music playing. Also, there are some sports to play certain times out of the week and there is just always something do to on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Valencia could be a little pricey but tastes great and much to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be hard such as financial accounting and calculus, but they are not that bad because most teachers are there to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    If one is not great in mathematics make sure to check out the tutoring center. They know everything! They have gotten me through a lot of tough situations with my math classes. Also, you can rent calculators and even iPad's whenever.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great place to start. The environment is nice and the staff is there to help. There is so much to do on campus and no matter what there is always someone to talk to.

  • 08/13/2013

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

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    Great for these types of students

    Chill and laid back people are the most recommended. People that like to stay at home or those who have a busy work schedule.

    What to do for fun

    Basically everyone's ideal weekend: you have attraction parks, Lakes, movie theaters, bowling alleys. You name it.

    Food and Dining

    Learn how to cook if you want the best advice. At some point of your life, it's really going to pay off. AKA: Limit going out to eat, it's Orlando remember?

    Dorm Life

    I actually rented out my own place convenient to work and school. Renting is very cheap and affordable in Orlando and pretty much close to everything.

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard and read the books. Don't worry too much if the teacher doesn't make sense, it's YOUR education. Make sure you develop or create your own study habits. These habits you will carry on with life and will make it a lot organizational also.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into the UCF transfer options! Valencia and UCF are connected in many fields and transferring to a University after obtaining your Associates in art may be a good idea to help you pursue your dreams even more seriously.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is fun, convenient, and huge! It also has plenty of locations for people all over Orlando. To me, Valencia is a 3.5 star college.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Valencia has a redone cafeteria (at Osceola campus). It's really nice and offers good food. It also has a coffee bar, which helps when you've got early classes!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia classes vary in Academic rigor. I've had classes where I didn't have to study and passed, but others where I stayed up late night after night to study for exams. It depends a lot on the professor.

  • 08/12/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, any time of day you can ask for an escort to your car.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many, they vary from location to location just check them out online.

    Great for these types of students

    ANY type of student, young, old, working, parents...it is very diverse and flexible.

    Bang for the buck

    The BEST VALUE for your money in the central FL.

    What to do for fun

    MAny clubs and activities, people are very welcoming and there are plenty of things to do in Orlando. You will definantly enjoy yourself.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent prices are average.

    Dorm Life

    This is a comunity college, so there is no housing but there are plenty of student activities and clubs so you deffinantly have a sense of family and college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are great and there is plenty of help, from teachers, student labs and tutors, staff and libraries. Everyone there is HAPPY to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many locations so depending on what you are taking check the locations and times of classes, there are MANY choices so you will have no problem making a great schedule for yourself, even if you have a job or family commitments. Very convinient.

    In three sentences

    Great School with great programs and locations. Financial Aid is 40 % less than other FL schools without sacraficing education. Diverse comunity and great college life.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of activities that go on on each campus that are for entertainment for students and staff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get all of your things done before the deadlines! Procrastination will not be your friend.

    In three sentences

    Valencia has plenty of great classes available for you to choose from. The campus is great, and I especially like how you can pick which classes you want to take, where you want to take them and at what time you want to take them.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I like to do kickboxing a lot, it's a great way to unwind from the day. I also enjoy going to the lake and having a picnic. Farmer's markets are my grocery stores of choice.

    Food and Dining

    I have not eaten at Valencia College.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms for Valencia College

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are only difficult if you fail to keep up with the work. As long as you work hard, you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that you start off at Valencia College and then move into a 4-year university. I started at a large university and after transferring to Valencia, I really noticed that tuition was half the price.

    In three sentences

    I like that Valencia is affordable. The class sizes are small and collaborative. I appreciate all of the flexibility they offer in methods of payment.

  • 07/29/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    It's suggested that you stay after school when you're finished with your classes, Valencia has so much to offer when it comes to club, groups, and extracurricular activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    fill out for scholarships, I can't stress that enough. I know first hand that life throws unexpected situations at you and you have to figure your financial college needs quickly.

    In three sentences

    The school has a hands on environment. You're spending quality time on your education. Valencia steps outside the classrooms to become not only a college, but a community.

  • 07/28/2013

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

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gym.

    What to do for fun

    Many things; crossfit, soccer, restaurants, basketball, movie theaters etc.

    Food and Dining

    Nice restaurants, and great international food available.

    Dorm Life

    You will find intelligent people around you, trust me.

    Academic Rigor

    Great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study what you want, not what other wants.

    In three sentences

    Incredible, amazing teachers, caring for their students, awesome room classes and the people there is very nice. Hope many other students have the opportunity I have.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    is well secured, there is security everwhere as well as regular police man daily.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition is the cheapest i seem of any school while still being great school.

    What to do for fun

    when i am in school i don't focus so much on fun even tho there are alwasy activities, specially on thursdays the school gets packed with so many different clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    food is really good and affordable. i always like to eat breakfast in school it gest me ready for the classes and the hours of work after classes. i eat scramble eggs,sousage, and ancakes abig plate all for 3 dollars and some change.

    Dorm Life

    i didnt live in a dorm since the school is 10 minutes away.

    Academic Rigor

    professors teach in such a learnable way. they listen to students and answer all questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    my suggestion is to stay organuized and never stay behind alwasy ask question when not understanding/knowing something, is never bad to know.

    In three sentences

    valencia college the best most affordable college out there, i would recommended to anybody specially those who are afraid of jumping in to a big university right after highschool, it will prepare to you to be ready not just for a big university but for life. Professors will work with you there are workshops for all classes tutoring and alla kinds of help on campus.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always see security at the east campus so security is tight.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are always activities for students, and its free as long as students show their student ID. Recently there was an event on the East campus that included a hughe waterslide, water tag, food, and entertainmenet & it was FREE!

    Food and Dining

    I love the food, its great! It is also affordable. The dinig room on the east campus was remodeled so it looks great as well.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm so I cant rate.

    In three sentences

    I love Valencia Collge! The teachers I had so far have been very helpful to me. I have been getting better grades than I did in high school.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs, intramural sports offer a fun time to just let loose and forget about your stress. Also through this clubs students can meet new people and make new friends with people who have similar likes and tastes like you.

    Food and Dining

    The food on the campus cafeteria is very good there are lots of options for breakfast, lunch and snacks the prices are also very good. In addition to the cafeteria there are two cafes on campus which deliver exquisite gourmet drinks.

    Academic Rigor

    At Valencia as I have previously stated there are lots of options very in depth classes. Students looking for a more immersive program have the option to apply for the Sennef M. Dale college which allows you to take honors courses, take trips abroad, internship opportunities and a full tuition scholarship.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont let trash talking about community colleges keep you from searching into them. Valencia is the perfect match for me i love the environment and even more I love saving lots of money. And a plus Try to take the most ap classes you can handle in high school to save more money.

    In three sentences

    Valencia has a great environment every time I'm on campus I feel great and ready to focus. There are many options for majors and best of all the classroom setting has small classes meaning one can get more time with the proffesors.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None.

    Great for these types of students

    East Campus is great for artsy students. It houses all of the classes for the music, theater, art and dance majors. The campus is brimming with people with similar interests and it gives off a great vibe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Courtyard performances by arts majors. It's something that probably doesn't happen on the other campuses but on East it's a regular thing. East Campus is sort of known as the artsy campus because it houses most of the classes for the music, theater, art and dance majors.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely worth it. You get a nationally recognized educational system, great food, fun and rigorous programs, and you meet all sorts of interesting people.

    What to do for fun

    Anything! On East, there is almost always something going on in the courtyard, a show to go to at night or a club to participate in. It's pretty hard to be bored there.

    Food and Dining

    East campus has a nice cafeteria with two restaurants and a coffee shop. The food is awesome and has dietary options.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available for any of the campuses.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely challenging courses. The professors care about the students' well-being and the student learns so much in each class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're from Florida, work on getting good grades in high school! The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship helps out a lot. And it's okay to change majors- even more than once! This is the place to do it and find out what you really want. Focus when you get here and work hard, and a degree and your dream job will be within your reach.

    In three sentences

    This school is great for anyone interested in staying home. It has almost all the benefits of a university without as much of the cost. The arts programs are highly recommended.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and have fun

    Tips for prospective students

    Join in whatever you can, make college fun! Don't slack on your work, keep that GPA up!

    In three sentences

    A pretty simple and easy school where you can get your education started quickly. Enjoyed myself plenty and had no problem with the professors. Great place to study and also get work done quickly.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is an abundance of clubs and extra-curricular activities on campus, ranging from drama and student government to the LGBTQ club for pride. There are student activities planned monthly for those of whom are not involved in clubs, so they have an idea of what is available to them and to receive more information on all of their options.

    Food and Dining

    Basic food is available in the school's cafeteria. There are many options to choose from, including breakfast for those days that you arrive to school way too early.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Valencia College.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors strive to push their students to go as far as they can, whether or not the student believes they are able of accomplishing what the professor wants them to do. Many of the professors try to relate to the students and reassure them that although the curriculum is tough, it can be done through hard work and studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always leave extra time before coming to the campus. Traffic is always terrible and it is best to arrive early than to arrive very late due to traffic problems. Professors are usually understanding but there are always those few that will take credit away from you grade due to your tardiness.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is very open and exciting. Always building up and moving forward to reach as many students as possible. Classrooms are continually fully of diverse and interesting debates that push students to strive to accomplish what they came to do.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Valencia always has events or plays. For this reason, you will love the courtyard while you may find they give out free goodies, music, games. The culture is intense.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is a nice size, nice place to lounge and grab lunch or a snack while you catch up on homework.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms :(

    Academic Rigor

    You want to get your work in on time, and attend class to get your moneys worth. Some professors may you have dropped from a class if you miss 3 sessions. My favorite was a US Government Professor who knew his craft, but made it clear he does not allow make up work & its 3 strikes your out!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused! Use what Valencia College has to offer. Speak to an adviser and really think about what your passion is so that they can help you make the right choices. You do not want to spend you time attending classes that will not benefit you later on, join clubs volunteer, get involved.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is professional, diverse, and resourceful. Any college student looking for a legitimate place to start their college career should consider Valencia. The staff is always out for your best interest!

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is not much offered for fun but there are classes I think i can consider fun. they have dance classes as well as work out and training classes there.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria has a new breakfast schedule along with lunch specials. Valencia also features two Cafe areas on opposite ends of the campus making traveling through the otherwise extensively large campus feasible.

    Dorm Life

    I've been living with my parents so i have nothing to offer on this portion. But Valencia has a number of apartments that are very close by discounted for students who attend the college.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are fundamentally similar to other community colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your not sure of what career your looking for exactly don't worry, Valencia's team of advisers has always given me plenty of sight on my career path. A majority of the teachers do work with you to make sure you follow through with understanding the materials in class, they only want you to succeed.

    In three sentences

    It is a big school with plenty of programs and buildings. It has a lot of good parking space. I've loved my attendance at Valencia it has been and continues to be a pleasurable experience.

  • 06/10/2013

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

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    Dorm Life

    I'M currently staying off campus the best idea.

    Tips for prospective students

    I Would recommend that students attend Valencia.

    In three sentences

    This is Far Most the best college i been to i love it & i love the area.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Whenever we have our festivals you can always come out and participate. This school has so many different activities is impossible to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    This college is always having catering events, so you can expect hispanic food whenever they have an event going. Also this college just built a new building and inside they have a new very spacious cafeteria. Here you can order anything from fast food to sandwiches and salads.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia College really does push you go get everything done and in order. The college provides you with Academic and Career advisors so that you can figure out which direction you would like to take with ease.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should have an upbeat personality. With all of the activities going on in this school you have to have a willingness to get involved. If you decide to attend this school you should have taken the ACT and SAT.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is one of the best colleges in the Osceola area. They help prepare you for university life and they are also very conveniently located.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are several small cafes around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not have on campus dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I've passed my classes so far with A's.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you check out your professors before you sign up for their course.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a larger campus that is still easy to navigate. The help center is central and makes sure you find the help you need. The college is close enough to my area that I have the ability to live at home.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always close by so you don't have to worry about what is going on around you. It's still safer to have a buddy around, but that's only for precaution.

    Clubs and Activities

    You will always have a great time even if you a wandering around campus aimlessly. There is always so club or activity that will be out there for you to take part of.

    Bang for the buck

    Many places around campus do give Valencia students a discount, so always have your ID handy.

    What to do for fun

    There are many hangouts around campus like clubs, stores, shopping mall, etc. So you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. I'm more of a coffee lover and there are tons of coffee shops on and off campus. Other restaurants are close by if you want to go out.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus but there are apartments around that the students stay at. They are very close so you never have to worry about being late.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are excellent! Some of course will be better than others, but overall all the teachers are great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with a clear state of mind, and take advantage of all the scenery and people around you. Mostly everyone are really friendly. Classes are small so you don't have to worry about not keeping up.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a very diverse college which is great when you are first starting out. It is a very lively campus. and also very clean. The technology and books and always being updated so you get the very best at all times.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there's quite a few things you can do for fun, batting cages, go-karting, indoor sky diving and mini golfing, just to name a few.

    Food and Dining

    very diverse choice of food from from fast food to lavish upscale restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms currently.

    Academic Rigor

    i always to just work as hard as you can and your grades will reflect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and work as hard as possible. try to not get discouraged by challenging classes there's always someone that offers help.

    In three sentences

    This school is a outstanding college for not only graduating seniors but also anyone else who wants to go to college and continue their education. It has a great atmosphere and is very diverse with students. I would suggest this school to anyone who wants a great experience, open learning environment and lasting career.

  • 05/17/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    I look around and see faculty and staff at every turn ensuring that the students have a safe and fun experience.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    SGA, employment opportunities, dance recitals, and so much more!

    Great for these types of students

    Financially troubled, wanting to further their education, and looking for a very exciting student life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a tree that students can climb to be more secluded. It's really cool! I can't wait for my first study session up there!

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is definitely the cheapest, yet best quality school i have been introduced to.

    What to do for fun

    There are many groups, activities, events and opportunities to enjoy your life at Valencia. I'm very excited to get involved!

    Food and Dining

    Very basic, yet delicious options for dining.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not have on-campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes seem to range from the lower level classes for the not-so-gifted students, all the way up to the more advanced classes for the kids who enjoy a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go there with someone who knows the campus, and have them show you around in the eyes of a student.

    In three sentences

    Valencia has a very helpful and friendly atmosphere. The students are very helpful when you need assistance. Plus, there are a lot of signs and faculty that are there to direct you to where you need to go.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They always have lots of security around Valencia and you always get alerts if anything happens, so no matter what you'll be notified and alert!

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities for all to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for students that are not ready to leave home just yet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No unusual traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, Valencia helped a lot in transitioning from high school to college. Now that I am prepared to attend a big university, I feel I will have all the necessary tools to succeed in my future academics!

    What to do for fun

    College will bring many new opportunities and clubs! be sure to check out everything in the college from Drama club all the way to SGA!

    Food and Dining

    You provide for your own food.

    Dorm Life

    You usually live at home while attending Valencia.

    Tips for prospective students

    As you transition from high school to college, a lot of things will be different! Keep in mind you are responsible for your own work. Teachers wont constantly remind you to turn in your homework or when the next test will be. A planner will have a handy thing to have.

    In three sentences

    It's a great way to start college! If you're unsure of what you want to major in, or perhaps need a little more time deciding what university you want to attend, Valencia is a great and cheap way to start on your prerequisites!

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Valencia has developed a system called Valencia Alerts with a text response if anything happens on any of the campus's. Security is really friendly and always patrolling to keep Valencia beautiful.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs for the diversity of students that are at Valencia. If your interested in something Valencia has a club for you. Also if a student wants to show their leadership ability and create a club there are options for that as well. With all the events and freebies on a daily basis there is a lot of things for students to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Valencia is great for students who aren't quite sure what they want out of college. It is also great for adults who need to go back for refreshment courses in their field. Never before college students, Valencia is great for you. And people who want to learn in a small environment and not spend private school tuition money Valencia is it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The student government and the different clubs love students to get involved and make life long friends. There are events like Neon Night that allow students to have fun with Neon Paint in Glow lights. For students who take a heavy load of class's there is always at the end of the semester massage chairs in the court yard with free lunch to take a load off.

    Bang for the buck

    Valencia is now a 4 year college that offer the same class's as the universities. Valencia is also a great way to get your Associates Degree and transfer to a University. It is a great way to save money and have the flexibility of smaller class's and not get over whelmed by a sea of people. Really a personable school.

    What to do for fun

    There are multiple clubs that students can join that allow meet and greets. The student government also provides different events throughout the semester that involve student participation and free food. These events range from cultural activities to environmental and everything in between

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple cafe's located conveniently around campus if espresso is needed from a long night of studying. The cafeteria is located in the center of the school offering breakfast and lunch for students. Great selection for health conscience as well.

    Dorm Life

    This is not a stay on campus college, but there are many convenient locations for housing near the different campus that allow students to walk, bike, commute by bus, or drive to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Valencia is a group learning centered college with access to multiple learning centers with trained professionals eagerly willing to help students with different problems. Places like the writing center are available to edit papers. The math lab is filled with people on different levels who are willing to explain problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are unsure of what you want to major in Valencia is a great place to take basic course necessary for multiple majors. With different locations willing to help students with their assignments its easy to call Valencia home or to utilize the school for a smooth transition to a university.

    In three sentences

    In my duration at Valencia I learned the fundamentals of what it takes to become a successful college student. Winning the Aspen Prize for Excellence, Valencia strives to help their students achieve their goals. With an awesome staff and peer educators, Valencia is a great place to start.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    GET INVOLVED! Involvement is a must on campus. I was apart of ELITE a mentoring group formed by Bridges to Success. It was a great opportunity and it helped me to network, mentor, save money and get to know others. I was also the Vice President and President but there are many organizations to involve yourself with on campus and by doing so you can meet so many new people, learn and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is a bit pricey but aren't they all?

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    On a scale of 1-10 ; 1 being easy and 10 being difficult I would say Valencia is a 5 depending on what campus your at and what classes your taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you always attend class because it can heavily affect your grade, complete your work on time and if you have questions ask your professor or go to the learning center to get help from tutors.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great head start to all your future endeavors. Starting your first two years at Valencia is cheaper and close to home. Also, the class sizes are smaller than at the University level.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The library is the spot to be besides all the activities they do in the courtyard all the time.

    Food and Dining

    Food is actually pretty good. I imagined jail food but I actually enjoyed it and went back all the time.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are small and all the professors are more than qualified.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet and consult an advisor. They are so helpful. They can schedule your classes and advise you which ones will be best for your program.

    In three sentences

    I rate Valencia College a 5 out 5. They have great staff, small classes and a healthy learning environment. This is my going to be my second semester here and I wouldnt want to go anywhere else.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety would be your least concern when attending Valencia College because there would always be security guards on the look-out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is the National Honor Society or PTK, the honors college, african american association, welcome tean, financial learners and many more......

    What to do for fun

    Fun. Keep that word in mind when entering the campus because there would be too much activities to choose One would find clubs trying to recuit students and even activities where they give away free food and gifts. Although some of these activities may happen around specific time of the year, they uplift students spirits especially around finals week. So buckle up and take the ride to Valencia College because it is worth it.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria in the school that offers great food. These include coffee, alot of milkshakes, bagels, breakfast and lunch. There would never be a time when you go to school and question whether you can find something to eat. Also, there are alot of vending machines around the campus filled with snacks and drinks. Additionally, Valencia College is even surrounding my alot of outside restaurants based on ones preference.

    Dorm Life

    Valencia College is a community college. Therefore, there are no dorms available, but I am postitive that there are many apartments in the area catered to students. Also, when one attend Valencia College, one may find flyers or handouts to students who may want a roommate at great prices.

    Academic Rigor

    No matter where you go for college, you are always going to be challenged academically. That is what college is about because it helps prepare you for the struggles that you may face when at work or even in the real world. College is a stepping-stone where you become a more educated person. Keeping this in mind, since people learn best in different ways, you could always look up professor on the well known website called ratemyprofessor.com

    Tips for prospective students

    If one is considering entering Valencia College, take advantage of what the school has to offer. These include scholarship opportunities and clubs that are in abundance. Also, always keep in touch with academic advisors because their job is to help students pick the right courses for their majors as well as making sure that they are on the right track both academically and financially.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is an awesome school. It was actually voted as the best community college in the nation. That alone proves that it is worth investing your time and studies in.

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    they have different sport teams. and festival for the arts.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great taste good and every thing is prepare as you order

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived on campus but it looks very good easy to get around and store are close by.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your going to take an online class make sure you pay attention to them. Check blackboard everyday. Friendly campus everyone is always happy help.

    In three sentences

    This school is very good when it comes to helping students. Finical aid covers everything. The professors are well knowledge

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    A+, soooo much cheaper than ucf.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs encouraging student involvement.

    Food and Dining

    cafeteria and cafe

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your academic path. From my experience, I can say that many teachers challenge their students'abilities and if you study you will get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your teachers, a lot of them want to communicate and keep in touch with their students.

    In three sentences

    I transferred here from UCF because the 300+ person classes were really overwhelming. I am learning so much more here and am sad that I will be leaving soon. It was a great overall experience.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe at Valencia. There are always people in the halls with smiles.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student government is awesome. Our Volunteer club really encourages you to get involved with our community.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all students who are yearning to expand their knowledge and become somebody in this world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every week our school recognizes something new and different. Whether it's a pep rally, international day, or student government is joining together to life everyone's spirits and serve free food.

    Bang for the buck

    It is definitely worth the money. You'll feel like you belong there.

    What to do for fun

    Relax in the lounge. Bond with new people on the patio. Take advantage of all the technology in the library and lounges.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and there are always freshly baked cookies.

    Dorm Life

    No housing at Valencia.

    Academic Rigor

    Do your best and take advantage of getting an education. The professors are amazing and have so much knowledge to share.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask as many questions as possible and never assume anything. Always get a second opinion from professors and advisors. They will never steer you wrong.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is truly an amazing college experience that gives you hope for the future.. The professors and advisors genuinely care about our success. I have become so much more of an intellectual person all because of Valencia College.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I never had had food in the food court but I do know that the vending machines are a bit expensive as opposed to buying something in a gas station.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home with my parents so I'm not so sure how dorm life is. There are no dorms on campus but there are nearby apartment facilities for students to live.

    Academic Rigor

    Most courses are based off of common knowledge but more in depth. It really depends of the professors that you have. Some teach very well others not so well, but even with that comes the student help center and free tutors. So it's not that bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure when you are filling out specific paperwork that you have what you need because otherwise nobody can help you and its just a big headache. Don't be afraid to ask questions either--the more you are the more knowledge you shall receive.

    In three sentences

    Valencia College is a great school. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate it at an 8. There are many things to do and so much help available.

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe

    Greek Life

    a little bit

    Clubs and Activities

    a bunch of clubs and organizations that you can filled in with

    Great for these types of students

    Yes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none.

    Bang for the buck

    yes.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing , just classes or take some tennis classes

    Food and Dining

    Pretty expensive. Cook at home

    Dorm Life

    there is non dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    excellent

    Tips for prospective students

    Always look at the deadlines for payment and registration to have a better college experience in terms or schedule.

    In three sentences

    Very organized and great Career Advisers. Professor are very easy to talk too and you can have the answers of your questions right away

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Valencia has a major safety issue. It seems as though every other month there is a female student that has been sexually assaulted in the evening hours. The school has increased their security and has made it rather easy for students to be escorted to their vehicles if they feel unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Valencia Volunteers is a great opportunity for students to help take part in volunteering in the community, as well as meeting new people.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other schools, per credit hour, Valencia is definitely on the lower end. The book store is pretty expensive, as any college bookstore is.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs to pick from but if you're unsure Valencia Volunteers is a great way to start in meeting new people and volunteering in the community.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria isn't exactly the best food, nor is it the cheapest. Packing your own lunch may be a better and cheaper alternative.

    Dorm Life

    This college does not offer dorms. There are a number of apartment complexes near the campus but the area isn't exactly the safest, so I wouldn't recommend living near the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The majority of the instructors I've taken have been very helpful and understanding. As long as their is good communication, prospective students should not have any problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be mindful that a lot of students attend this school and at certain times traffic/parking may take some time, plan ahead and leave early.

    In three sentences

    The school as a whole has a diverse amount of students and many ways to meet new people through the large amount of on campus clubs/organizations. The academic advisors on campus are helpful and knowledgeable when planning your classes. It's important to keep in mind that not all students are serious about their education, and it seems that Valencia has a lot of students who are not serious about their education.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Just hang out with friends in the cafeteria!

    Dorm Life

    Valencia does not have dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes early! Availability runs out fast!

    In three sentences

    It has a very good teacher to student ratio. It's all small classrooms and you feel like you are able to ask questions and for help without any difficulty. It has a fun environment.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I love the security workers. They truly love the students. I'm always welcomed by the security front desk. By just being here a year I have not experienced anything that would cause my to question my safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have heard nothing but wonderful aspects about clubs and activities, but like I said before I do not have time for such activities.

    Great for these types of students

    I would definitely support that fact that Valencia is very agreeable to all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not that I'm aware of. I am a Pre-Med student and work full time so I do not have much to play and look around.

    Bang for the buck

    I have not regretted anything. I have had outstanding teachers these past two semesters with wonderful teaching styles. I have never enjoyed learning so much. I feel like they care and that's what makes it worth it to me.

    What to do for fun

    At the campus there is a always something fun and exciting happening. Sprint Day, plays, and clubs are just a few things one can do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat at the campus, I do know Valencia has a wonderful cafe.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes have been a wonderful mixture of of academic rigor. They have stretched and tickled my mind with different information and ways to obtain it. I have defiantly grown these past two semesters.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students please keep up with your studies! It is not worth falling behind.

    In three sentences

    Even though I have only been here a year, I have enjoyed every minute of my college experience. The teachers want to see me succeed with my best work. My experience at Valencia College has made me a better students and overall, a better person.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    you can never go wrong here with saving money

    What to do for fun

    everyday there is something different to do for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    theres no dorm life but you do get great discounts in many apartments in the area.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are looking for an education that fits your schedule and your budget Valencia college is the place for you

    In three sentences

    The college system the faculty and the community that supports the college is understanding and very helpful. Valencia College also have many of campuses to go to near work or your home. I rate valencia College a 100 on a scale of 1-10.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety on campus is great.

    What to do for fun

    At the beginning of the semester they have a welcome celebration in the front of the school, it is a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has good options and is kept clean.

    Dorm Life

    This school does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is really easy to push your self to achieve more than you could have imagined at Valencia. There are tons of activities and groups to participate in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your financial aid in early and tour the campus before classes start.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great school and it's affordable. The teachers are great and really know what they are talking about. The school is kept clean and the environment is safe and perfect for studying.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security is always driving around the campus. Also, if anything is going wrong around campus they send out emails notifying us, the student's.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is SGA, ValenciaVolunteers, and a whole lot more.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When I want some alone time to study in quite I like going to the ASH Building to the third floor which have a student study room. It's very quite and have a very nice view.

    Bang for the buck

    Class much more cheaper plus they always have scholarships runs on campus.

    What to do for fun

    When I'm on campus waiting for my other class to start. I just hang out with my friends, crack jokes and chill.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food not so bad. I really like the chicken buffalo wrap.

    Dorm Life

    Don't have dorms...

    Academic Rigor

    It all depend on the professor you pick. Ratemyprofessor.com is a good tool to uses when picking out your professor for class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be focus and don't get distracted. Attend some of the workshops they have on campus, they really help.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a great place to go to school. The teachers are really here to help you be successful. There is always something around campus to do.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang around in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    NO dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work and not slack.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a good college. They actually try and help there students achieve the degree they want to obtain. Just be ready to put in the handwork.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never had an experience where I felt unsafe. The school also sent out text and email notifcations regarding power outages, weather concerns or suspicious activity detection. Although, from time to time, the lights in the parking lot were not on at night, I feared I may run over a pedestrian or be run over from lack of sight.

    Clubs and Activities

    There seemed to be plenty to get involved with. I was an art major but got to participate in some of the theater productions.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are looking for that easy transition from high school to college. Also good for that mom-on-the-go, full-time employee, or if you're just looking to take a few fun courses.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The East Campus just recently became Smoke Free! Also, once a week, there is some sort of event happening in the court yard area just outside the computer labs. There's usually free food, entertainment, and some sort of little prizes to be won.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid paid for everything! If you spend it wisely, it will last you all semester!

    What to do for fun

    At least once a week, there is some sort of event happening in the court yard area just outside the computer labs. There's usually free food, entertainment, and some sort of little prizes to be won.

    Food and Dining

    East Campus had decent options. Too high of prices for the quality. The food court had a coffee shop, a burger type of place and a pita joint. The coffee shop also had a second little set up on the opposite end of campus, convenient for those unable to walk to the food court between classes.

    Dorm Life

    I lived at home. There's not on-campus housing and I'm unaware of any housing aid.

    Academic Rigor

    The mandatory gen. ed. classes were pretty easy for me. Just depended on the professor. My major specific courses were lots of fun and very challenging as I got closer to graduation. My professors really pushed me to succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you qualify for financial aid, APPLY! I didn't pay a single penny out of pocket for my time at Valencia thanks to all the grant money I was awarded.

    In three sentences

    The perfect next step after high school! The East Campus was close to home, easy to navigate, safe, and always full of activity. Though some professors were less than ideal, and parking was hellish, I enjoyed the courses of my selected major and regret nothing!

  • 03/14/2013

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    In three sentences

    Valencia is awesome. The school is very small but everyone is friendly. i love it here

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus but I live close. Traffic is very bad sometimes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage anyone looking to get into college to start here. I started out at a 4 year university and lost my way very quickly. I had a few teachers that I could count on, but for the most part, you are all alone in the jungle. I can guarantee that you won't get lost like that at Valencia.

    In three sentences

    Valencia is a fantastic school with awesome teachers. The class sizes allow you to become more than a face in the crowd. They encourage you to interact with the teachers, and personally, it really accelerates the learning process and makes me feel like they know me and care.

  • 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

    I still live at home with parents. My friends tell me its fun theres always some activity going on. Really strict as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are college level there is no fabricating. Work is hard but can be done if you truely apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overwhelm yourself get with an advisor. We all need guidance don't be afraid to ask questions thats what there here for.

    In three sentences

    Academically strong the wisdom of other knowledged people. All congregrated together really makes the place excel beyond expectactions.

  • 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.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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 .

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 02/22/2013

    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.

  • 02/20/2013

    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.

  • 02/20/2013

    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.

  • 02/18/2013

    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.

  • 02/14/2013

    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.

  • 02/13/2013

    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!

  • 02/13/2013

    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.

  • 02/12/2013

    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.

  • 02/12/2013

    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.

  • 02/11/2013

    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.

  • 02/11/2013

    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!

  • 02/10/2013

    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

  • 02/03/2013

    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.

  • 02/02/2013

    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.

  • 02/02/2013

    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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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 01/21/2013

    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.

  • 01/21/2013

    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.

  • 01/20/2013

    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.

  • 01/20/2013

    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.

  • 01/16/2013

    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.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    really good programs, very clean, and kind people.

  • 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.

  • 01/09/2013

    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.

  • 01/07/2013

    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.

  • 01/07/2013

    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.

  • 01/06/2013

    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.

  • 01/04/2013

    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.

  • 01/04/2013

    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.

  • 01/03/2013

    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.

  • 01/03/2013

    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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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 12/29/2012

    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.

  • 12/19/2012

    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.

  • 12/19/2012

    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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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 12/18/2012

    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.

  • 12/18/2012

    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.

  • 12/16/2012

    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.

  • 12/13/2012

    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.

  • 12/10/2012

    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.

  • 12/06/2012

    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.

  • 12/06/2012

    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.

  • 12/04/2012

    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.

  • 12/03/2012

    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!

  • 12/01/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 11/20/2012

    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!

  • 11/17/2012

    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.

  • 11/17/2012

    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.

  • 11/16/2012

    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.

  • 11/16/2012

    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.

  • 11/14/2012

    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.

  • 11/14/2012

    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.

  • 11/13/2012

    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.

  • 11/12/2012

    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.

  • 11/12/2012

    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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    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.

  • 11/11/2012

    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.

  • 11/11/2012

    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.

  • 11/08/2012

    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.

  • 11/07/2012

    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.

  • 11/03/2012

    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!

  • 11/03/2012

    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.

  • 11/02/2012

    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.

  • 11/02/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 10/25/2012

    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.

  • 10/24/2012

    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.

  • 10/22/2012

    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.

  • 10/18/2012

    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.

  • 10/15/2012

    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.

  • 10/09/2012

    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.

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 10/05/2012

    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.

  • 10/03/2012

    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,

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 219 of 436

    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.

  • 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.

  • 09/25/2012

    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.

  • 09/24/2012

    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.

  • 09/23/2012

    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.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    224 of 436

    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.

    225 of 436

    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 227 of 436

    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!

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 09/21/2012

    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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    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.

  • 09/19/2012

    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.

  • 09/17/2012

    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!

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Needs more clubs.

  • 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.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 09/10/2012

    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.

  • 09/10/2012

    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.

  • 09/09/2012

    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.

  • 09/07/2012

    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!

  • 09/04/2012

    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.

  • 09/03/2012

    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.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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

    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 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 .

  • 09/01/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 08/30/2012

    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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    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.

  • 08/29/2012

    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.

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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!

  • 08/22/2012

    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

  • 08/22/2012

    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.

  • 08/21/2012

    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.

  • 08/21/2012

    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 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.

  • 08/15/2012

    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.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Matador Day

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms

  • 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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    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.

  • 08/09/2012

    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.

  • 08/08/2012

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 262 of 436

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    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!

  • 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.

  • 08/08/2012

    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.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 08/07/2012

    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.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 268 of 436

    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

  • 08/01/2012

    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. 269 of 436

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    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. 270 of 436

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 07/28/2012

    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.

  • 07/27/2012

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 274 of 436

    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.

  • 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

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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!

  • 07/26/2012

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 277 of 436

    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!!!

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    279 of 436

    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!

  • 07/23/2012

    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.

  • 07/23/2012

    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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    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.

  • 07/22/2012

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

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 07/20/2012

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

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    Categories Comments
    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 !

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 07/18/2012

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

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 07/17/2012

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

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 07/16/2012

    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!

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 07/09/2012

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

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    Categories Comments
    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,