Advising Center

Advising Centers are located on each campus. Academic advising staff and Counselors provide developmental advising which includes life, career, and education planning, interpretation of assessments, strategies to address academic difficulties, programs to develop student success skills, preparation for university transfer, and workforce preparedness.

The LifeMap tab in Atlas contains information and Web-based tools to support your goal setting and planning process. You are encouraged to use the LifeMap Tools and to meet with an Academic Advisor, Program Advisor, Career Program Advisor or Counselor as you progress towards your degree – at least as you complete 15, 30 and 45 credits.

You may see a staff member in the Advising Center on a walk-in basis during hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. (Friday hours vary during the Summer Terms.) When you come to the Advising Center, you may request to see a specific staff member.

If you are pursuing an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) or an Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree, a technical certificate or a diploma, you may check in this catalog for the course requirements of your career program and you should meet with your Career Program Advisor. Career Program Advisors are available on East, Osceola, and West campuses to provide program planning and to answer specific questions about requirements and program completion of A.A.S. and A.S. Degree, technical certificate and diploma programs. Program planning outlines which list the requirements for each career program, the suggested order in which to take the courses, and basic career information are available in any campus Answer Center, Advising Center, academic division offices, in this catalog and online at valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees.

If you plan to obtain an Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree, check in this catalog for the degree requirements. You may see an Academic Advisor, Program Advisor or Counselor for assistance in knowing how your courses apply toward a degree.

If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, you should utilize Valencia’s resources early in your enrollment at Valencia to determine specific courses you need to prepare for your major. Academic Advisors, Program Advisors, Counselors and Career Program Advisors can assist you in this process. It is important to make transfer plans early to ensure a smooth transition into the university program.

Transfer Tips

(not necessarily in the order to be accomplished):

  1. Visit Valencia’s Career Center and clarify your career goals.
  2. Make use of Valencia’s online LifeMap Tools to assist in your career and education planning.
  3. Follow the transfer plans listed in the Transfer Plan section of this catalog.  These list the common course prerequisites needed to begin at the University in the particular degree program/major.
  4. If you plan to transfer to UCF, see the DirectConnect to UCF entry in this catalog; you can indicate your plans to transfer to UCF by completing a Student Record Information Form and submitting it in any campus Answer Center in order to participate in DirectConnect to UCF.
  5. Upon completion of 45 college-level credits, complete a degree audit in your Atlas account and discuss it with an Academic Advisor, Program Advisor, Counselor or Career Program Advisor.
  6. Use floridashines.org -- the State of Florida’s online advising system -- which includes planning outlines for each major as well as information on admission, financial aid, scholarships and special programs.
  7. Make use of the Web site of the college/university to which you plan to transfer.
  8. Find out if the program you plan to pursue at the university is a limited access program that might have additional admission requirements such as completion of specific courses, minimum grade point average, minimum test scores, an interview, an audition, submission of a portfolio and/or deadlines.
  9. Be certain of the foreign language requirement(s) of the institution you want to attend; some institutions and some majors have both admission and graduation foreign language requirements.
  10. Submit your application for admission as early as possible; many universities recommend applying one year in advance. Check with the university of your choice for priority application deadlines. The application for the Florida state universities is available online through floridashines.org.
  11. Take a campus tour of the transfer institution.
  12. Apply for graduation from Valencia through your Atlas account for the term in which you will complete your degree with a minimum of 60 hours. (See the Important Dates and Deadlines calendar for the graduation application deadline.)
  13. Check into on-campus and/or off-campus housing at the transfer institution.  Housing applications should be submitted as soon as possible.  Some institutions accept housing applications a year in advance. 
  14. Check with the admissions office at the transfer institution concerning required documentation of immunization (a requirement of all state universities).