Student & Graduate Reviews
Sara - 10/15/2020
Graduation Year: 2020
"I wouldn’t recommend Valencia college nursing program. The program is set to fail people. Two third of my cohort fail throughout the program. They don’t care about the students. Most of the instructors don’t really teach! The tests are weird and you will be tested on materials that are not part of your exam. They are unorganized and their course calendar is a joke! They constantly change it and if you cannot accommodate then they simply say you are welcome to resequence!"
Samantha Propper - 12/10/2019
Degree: Cardiovascular Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"This is truly an amazing program. Yes, it is a financial investment, but you are not just receiving an education. These professors and this team shapes you into a better worker, critical thinker, leader and a professional from top to bottom. Furthermore, they are fully invested in your success and will cater to your needs to provide clinical sites and one-on-one assistance to elevate your learning and help you with where you want improvement."
Johnny - 12/3/2019
Graduation Year: 2021
"What a waste of time! I did an online orientation and paid to get registered and get going with classes. Prior to registering for classes, the school requires you do an "IN-PERSON" orientation which is utterly ridiculous. The school doesn't allow you to start registering for classes if you haven't gone to the "IN-PERSON" orientation. The IN-PERSON orientation consist of talking to an advisor and getting a tour of the campus. I, for one, don't care to look around the campus not speak to an advisor since I can figure it out on my own on-line. This college is based off of money and that's all they care about. Not to mention taking time out of my day to look at a campus; seen one campus, seen them all."
Investigation pending - 5/17/2019
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2021
"The Osceola campus, at least, is a joke of a college. They only offer General studies which is a waste of credits if you want to take an actual degree. I am beyond frustrated with the advisors, they toss me around and i can never get an answer to my questions. They use a scammy third party service for Financial aid refunds and the advisors no nothing regarding the third party service, even when i went to them for help with it. If they don't know an answer to your problem, they are very rude with their "answers". I thought this would be a good school because it would be cheap, but I regret it. It is filled with mostly international students, so I worry they are taking advantage of the international students. Their website is also not accurate and most things done electronically (transcripts for example) are bounced back or records are magically disappeared on their own. they wont let you use aid past 60 credit hours which makes no sense being they have no power to predetermine this. very disappointed with this school and beyond frustrated."
HB - 4/16/2019
Graduation Year: 2022
"Extremely upset by Valencia's incompetency. In order to join the college, I am required to take PERT. Which is understandable. However, the day prior to going in to take the MATH section, I called to make certain (giving my VID and Full Name so they could look me up specifically) that I could take the test. I was told yes, I can come in tomorrow and take the math portion of my test. So, I wake up, take my expensive medication, and go just to be told that 'no, you can't take math before reading and writing'. Nowhere on their website does it mention an order in which the PERT must be taken, even the math practice/study guide is listed before reading and writing. And there was 'nothing they could do'. So thanks for wasting a week studying plus a three hour drive to come take the test on campus just to be turned away."
M - 3/22/2019
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2013
"Speaking from the parent side. My son attended the Film Program Valencia in 2012 & 2013. First, we were led to believe by the professor leading the program when touring the school that Valencia was jointly working on a project with Full Sail "To write Love on your Arms" with Kat Dennings, Corban Bleu and Chad Micheal Murray. Found out a few years later this was untrue. Valencia was merely a guest on the set. Admissions was a nightmare as when you call they always tell you to come in for "any" question. a big problem is that not all students attending live in the area. We live about 5 hours away. We had to send in our financial taxes 3 times. 1st time sent Priority envelope with tracking they said they never received them , 2nd time I sent them in using priority signature (Still could not locate even though someone signed for it!!!). I was about to explode, and they finally let me fax it over. So, our tax information with all our confidential info is floating around the school somewhere. Great!! Ok let's talk about the program. Fridays for the students are "movie" days. That's all they did was watch movies wow! Son would come home and I would ask "how did they do this scene in the movie"? He could not answer because they never taught the students that!?? What the hell! He learned more from a "behind the scenes television show"than what he was being taught at that college. Did the school have a green screen? No! They actually had a field trip to a studio with one. But if you did not have your own transportation you did not get to see it. Pathetic! Ok how about hands on camera experience? Let's say, "Nada"! The school invested 30 thousand dollars in one nice video movie camera, but would not allow the students to touch it. It was reserved for teachers and possibly students who already graduated and came back to work on a project. Equally, when they rented expensive equipment, the students were rarely allowed to touch it. It would have been better if they invested in 15 or more older model cameras 6-8 years old and got them off eBay so the students could have hands on experience. My son now has acquired an $8,000 video camera that works great off eBay for $700.00. Yes, it's about 7 years old, but who cares if it's not the latest model; it still does the job. Did I mention the students never wrote a script? They didn't even get to produce a fake commercial or have casting calls for a scene. Nope! However, scripts came across the professors desk and what did the students get to work on that year? A former Play boys bunny's YouTube video who was basically naked on a bedroom set prop. Yep! Good going Valencia teach the students the essence of porn. When parents started complaining. The kids were told to get used to it, as its part of the industry, and if they wanted to they could leave the program. Well Valencia I'd like to say not everything in life is garbage. I would have rather had my kid have made several hands on "fake" commercials for the experience sake than have my sons resume name attached to or listed in the credits for a porn stars video! If you think low, thats the kind of job your going to get offered! Now fast forward to 2019. My son does not work on films for a job. He teaches classes in photo shop part-time after school program to kids. We ran into a former classmate at Universal Studios who takes tourist pictures. Wow! That's really using your film degree! Look at what it says on their website that the students have a 85 percent or higher placement in their field. That the professors help students get their foot in the door. Really? No one has ever contacted my son to ask if he is working in the field or to help with employment. So, where is Valencia getting their statistics? I know the head film professor past away a few years ago. In 1990 Steven Spielberg gave a good review of the Valencia film program, maybe it was good back then? It's my belief that some of the professors became complacent, it was a nice way to collect a pay check with little effort. Who does that end up hurting? The Students!"
Catheryn Gutierrez - 3/20/2017
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2017
"Valencia college was an amazing experience. I have a diverse schedule with work and having a son, so the professors worked with me so i can obtain the best grade to my ability. The program, the staff, the help in any subjects were outstanding. The direct connect to UCF made the transaction process easy and manageable with a difficult schedule. I cannot wait to continue my education and i would recommend Valencia to any person that has real life and still wants to pursue an education."
Joe - 2/22/2017
Graduation Year: 2002
"Good school. I would recommend Valencia to anyone who is seeking a degree in the Orlando area. The East campus is clean and the faculty are really nice. My earning potential has been greatly increased and I feel that my career has taken off as a result of attending Valencia."
Marc - 9/30/2016
Graduation Year: 2017
"Cheaper compared to universities. Search ratemyprofessor.com to make sure you get a good professor that matches your learning style. Overall, I enjoy going to Valencia. The layout of the school is great. The staff is there to really help. The people at the answer center are very helpful."
Anonymous - 9/15/2016
Graduation Year: 2014
"Other programs are much less rigorous but the architecture program has several instructors that have worked to make the architecture program one of the best around. It's the only Associate's program that I know that is as rigorous and time-consuming. It's worth it in the end. You will have learned a lot and will be fully prepared for the next step in your architecture program."