About Valencia College
Valencia Junior College was founded in February 1967 by the Orange County Board of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education under authority granted by the 1961 session of the Florida Legislature.
In July 1967, the College Advisory Committee became the Valencia Junior College Board of Trustees and replaced the Orange County Board of Public Instruction as the governing body of the College.
In Fall 1967, the charter class, limited to freshmen, began classes in temporary facilities on West Oak Ridge Road in Orlando.
In 2011, Valencia College won the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the only national competitive award recognizing top achievement in student academic performance and workforce preparedness.
The following have been landmark events in the history of the College:
- Being granted full accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1969
- Changing its name from Valencia Junior College to Valencia Community College in 1971
- Moving to a first permanent campus (West Campus) in 1971
- Adding Osceola County to the college district in 1974
- Opening East Campus in 1975
- Opening Osceola Campus in 1997
- Opening Winter Park Campus in 1998
- Opening Sand Lake Center in 2004
- Co-founding DirectConnect to UCF in 2005, to provide Valencia students with guaranteed admission to the University of Central Florida
- Changing its name from Valencia Community College to Valencia College and began offering bachelor's degrees in 2011
- Opening the Lake Nona Campus and going smoke-free collegewide in 2012
In response to a burgeoning student population, the college anticipates opening additional campuses during the next decade, including one in the Poinciana community.
Valencia College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate and Bachelor’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Valencia College. The Commission’s address and contact numbers are provided to enable interested constituents to (1) learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about the college, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the appropriate department at Valencia College and not to the Commission’s office.