2021-22 Catalog

Seneff Honors College

The Seneff Honors College is for people with a passion for learning. Honors students are invested in their personal growth and development, are committed to making a difference in their local community, and are looking to get more out of their college experience. This comprehensive approach to learning includes specialized courses and unique out of class experiences. Students admitted to the Seneff Honors College have the opportunity to earn an Honors graduation distinction.

Students enrolled in the Seneff Honors College have access to:

  • Honors-specific, smaller classes
  • Dedicated Honors advisor
  • Engagement opportunities in Service Learning, Study Abroad, Valencia Global Distinction, and Undergraduate Research initiatives
  • Recognition at graduation
  • Honors-only scholarship opportunities
  • Professional development opportunities, including conference travel
  • Transfer opportunities to university honors programs, including the Burnett Honors College at UCF

Co-curricular
Each fall and spring semester, honors students engage in a robust schedule of activities that promotes learning outside of the classroom through academic enrichment, community service, exposure to the arts, career development, and social networking. The co-curricular experience is an integral part of the honors experience and is required as part of our graduation distinction criteria.

Honors Co-curricular Principles

  • The activity must provide a unique engagement opportunity
  • The activity has a substantive learning component that supports an Honors class or program outcome
  • The activity adheres to Valencia's Policies and Procedures and the Seneff Honors College Honor Code

Participation
We encourage participation in any activity that sparks a student's interest. However, our graduation distinction criteria requires students to attend pre-approved events in their entirety and submit Co-curricular Reflection Forms by the deadline.

Honors courses include:

Admission to the Seneff Honors College 

The admissions process into the Seneff Honors College considers a student's potential beyond simply a test score or GPA. All highly motivated students who desire to make the most of their Valencia experience are encouraged to apply including Dual Enrollment and International students. Students wishing admission to the Seneff Honors College will:

  1. Complete an application to Valencia College.
  2. Complete an online application to the Seneff Honors College through Atlas. As a part of the online application, students must upload a 500 word essay on an assigned prompt. For the current prompt, visit valenciacollege.edu/honors/prospective-students/admission.cfm.
  3. Submit standardized test scores to the Valencia Registrar's Office or take the PERT at one of the Valencia campuses (transfer students may be exempt from this requirement). Prior to being admitted to the Seneff Honors College, a student must have college level assessment scores or have completed any developmental mandate in reading and writing.
  4. Submit an unofficial copy of high school transcripts to the Honors Office (for students who have graduated from high school within the last 2 years).
  5. Submit an unofficial copy of all college transcripts to the Honors Office if the coursework has not yet been officially evaluated by Valencia (for transfer students).
  6. Submit a degree audit for your intended major. You can generate a degree audit in Atlas under the Students tab in the Path to Graduation area.
  7. Submit one of the following to the Honors Office:
    1. Letter of recommendation from a teacher, school official, supervisor or community leader. 
    2. Letter of recommendation from a Valencia College faculty member. In lieu of providing a letter, a Valencia College faculty member can complete the online recommendation form.