Downtown Campus Opening Fall 2019

The Valencia College Downtown Campus, a shared campus with UCF, will serve our downtown community and improve countless lives through the power of education.

Set to open in fall 2019, the Valencia College Downtown Campus in partnership with the University of Central Florida, will offer a multitude of programs, certificates and training to increase access to education in the immediate downtown Orlando area. In addition to providing all general education courses for students at both colleges, Valencia College will offer programs in culinary and hospitality, health information technology and digital media. Accelerated Skills Training programs will also be available, including workforce training and other certificates.

The School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality will house several floors devoted to culinary teaching kitchens and classrooms, as well as include state-of-the-art hospitality equipment such as a point-of-sale system and hotel front desk simulation area.

And with student housing, you’ll be able to live where you learn. The downtown campus includes many safety features to create a vibrant learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. You’ll be in the center of a community where you can get actively involved in campus activities and events, interact with a diverse group of students, and take advantage of other campus resources.

Enjoy sports games, concerts, theater performances and community events at nearby venues, including Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Amway Center, the Orlando City Stadium and Lake Eola. And with easy access to LYNX bus routes—and free bus fares for students—you can explore other parts of Central Florida during your time at the college.

Areas of Study

General Education Courses

General Education Course Requirements
Valencia College offers more than 60 programs of study through our two-year Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees, and will teach all of the general studies courses for both colleges at the Downtown Campus.

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Culinary Arts and Hospitality

Culinary Arts and Hospitality
For fledging chefs, hoteliers, restaurant managers and tourism professionals can get a first class education at Valencia College. Our programs stress hands-on experience, which you’ll get through internships as well from the banquet rooms, commercial-sized instructional kitchen, dynamic point-of-sale system, and hotel front desk simulation area housed on the West Campus. From meeting planning to menu planning, we’ll help you prepare for a career in this exciting industry.

Associate in Science Degrees

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Through Valencia College’s arts and entertainment programs, you’ll get the opportunity to learn from and work with industry professionals, build your portfolio, get hands-on training and collaborate with other students, all in a creative environment. Whether you’re interested in graphic arts, music, theater, dance or film, we’ll give you the education and experience you need to turn what you love into what you do for a living.

Associate in Science Degrees

Health Sciences

Health Sciences

The health sciences field offers a diverse range of careers, but they all have a shared goal—to help people. Whether you see yourself as a nurse providing patient care, a radiographer taking X-rays of injured patients, or an EMT responding to accident scenes, Valencia College can help you develop the skills and expertise you need to be successful in this high-demand career field.

Associate in Science Degree


Certificate Programs
Valencia offers more than 80 certificate programs that prepare students for immediate entry into a career in the workforce. For students who meet degree-seeking requirements, college credits earned through the certificate programs can be applied toward a related Associate in Science degree.

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Accelerated Skills Training

Accelerated Skills Training and Workforce Training
Prepare for high-demand, higher wage careers in a short amount of time. Valencia College’s Accelerated Skills Training programs focus on intensive, hands-on training designed to help you enter a new career field or advance your current skillset. You’ll have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials, train in essential workplace skills and receive job placement support.

Planned Programs for Downtown

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Need Help?

For general enrollment questions, assistance is available on a walk-in basis at the Answer Center or contact Enrollment Services.

DirectConnect to UCF

With DirectConnect™ to UCF, Valencia College students are guaranteed* admission to a bachelor’s degree program at UCF (*Consistent with university policy).

At the Downtown Campus, you’ll have the opportunity to earn both your associate and bachelor’s degree without ever having to leave the campus.


  • Joint advising from Valencia College and UCF
  • Take Valencia College and UCF courses at the Downtown Campus
  • Valencia College and UCF staff available on site to help with advising, admissions, financial aid and academic support

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Important Dates
Please check back for details.

Classes Begin
AUGUST 26, 2019

Student Housing Building at Creative Village (Opening August 2019)
Dr. Phillips Academic Commons (Academic Anchor)

May 9, 2017

School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality

Coming Soon
Center for Accelerated Training Opening

• Advanced Manufacturing
• Construction
• Health Care
• IT – Coding
• Public Service

Coming Soon
UnionWest at Creative Village

Student housing will be available for Valencia College and UCF students.

 Fall 2019

Student Housing
UnionWest at Creative Village

UnionWest at Creative Village

Valencia College and LYNX team up to get students to class for free. Learn More

Student Housing at Downtown Campus

UnionWest at Creative Village

Valencia College admitted students can begin the housing application process for the student housing facility at the Downtown Campus, known as UnionWest at Creative Village.

The first step is to confirm your interest by submitting your name and student VID. Your active status and demographic information will be shared with UCF as a first step in the process. Once this is done, UCF Housing staff will contact you with your housing portal login information and instructions on how to complete your housing application.

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7,700 Students

2,300 Valencia College students are expected to join 5,400 UCF students at the Downtown Campus.


Tuition Cost

$6,180 (based on Valencia College students earning an associate degree)
$18,920 (based on 2 years at Valencia College, and 2 years at UCF)



Valencia College will provide all general education courses for all downtown students.



Demand for hospitality and culinary workers is expected to grow 10.8% in Central Florida through 2023.



UnionWest at Creative Village will offer student housing for Valencia College and UCF students.
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1,800 Degrees

An estimated 1,800 degrees will be awarded annually.


School leaders estimate the campus, when completed,
will bring 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students downtown to study.

SOURCE Central Florida Celebrates Downtown Campus Groundbreaking

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