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.
Answers to many frequently asked questions are listed below.
Can Valencia College students use UCF student amenities (counseling, health services, gym)?
Yes, Valencia College students can use UCF student amenities; however, there may be a small fee as these services are paid in UCF student activity fees.
Can I go to UCF events (including sporting events)?
Currently, football tickets are available to DirectConnect™ to UCF students. Campus events through Student Development will be offered to both Valencia College and UCF students.
Is there a bookstore on campus?
Yes, there will be a campus store on campus. It will offer course materials, technology, school supplies, school memorabilia and café options.
How and where should I buy books and supplies?
You will be able to buy any books and supplies at the campus store.
What is required to purchase class materials?
Bring a copy of your class schedule and student identification to purchase class materials. The campus store staff is highly trained, knowledgeable and ready to support you with any questions or concerns you may have.
Are there restaurants on campus?
There will be some food vendors on the first floor of UnionWest. Plenty of counter service and fast casual restaurants also surround the downtown area.
Are student meal plans available on campus?
No, meal plans will not be available on campus.
Is there Wi-Fi on campus?
Yes, there will be access to Wi-Fi.
Is there a bookstore on campus?
Yes, there will be a campus store. They’ll offer course materials, technology, school supplies, school memorabilia and café options.
How and where should I buy books and supplies?
You’ll be able to buy books and supplies at the campus store.
What is required to purchase class materials?
Bring your class schedule and student identification when purchasing your class materials. The campus store staff is highly trained, knowledgeable and ready to support you with any questions or concerns you may have.
Can I place an order online for the campus store?
Yes, the Valencia College campus store will offer online ordering with the ability for you to pick up on campus or ship the items directly to your residence.
When does book buyback take place each semester?
Buyback occurs on specific dates, at each campus, during final exams week and the first week of classes every semester. Textbooks can be sold back to any campus location, regardless of where you purchased them. For current buyback dates and times, please visit the calendar.
Does it cost more to go to Valencia College Downtown?
No, there will not be additional costs associated with tuition or fees at Valencia College Downtown. However, the campus will offer some services to students for a fee, but use of these services is optional for students.
Will there be additional student fees to attend downtown?
Tuition and fees at the campus downtown are the same as for any other campus. Parking, as well as other amenities—gym, health center, mental health counselors—may come with additional fees.
How much will tuition be for Valencia College Downtown?
Tuition at Valencia College Downtown is the same as for any campus. The Florida resident cost is $103.06 per credit hour; the non-Florida resident cost is $390.96 per credit hour. Find more information on the Tuition Cost page.
Are there on-campus job opportunities for students?
There will be positions on campus through the Valencia College LIVE (Leadership equals Integrity, Values and Experience) team. Through these opportunities, you’ll enhance personal and professional skills, including communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills. Find more information on the Student Development page.”
As a new student, how do I apply to Downtown Campus?
The application process for Valencia College Downtown is the same as the regular application process. Go to the Valencia College website and click on “Apply Now.” While completing your application, write “Valencia College Downtown” in the space provided for selecting your home campus.
As a current Valencia College student, how do I apply for the campus downtown?
Complete a Change of Major form in Atlas. The Change of Major form allows you to change your major, as well as change other information including your home campus, your name and your address.
What are the steps to enroll for the campus downtown?
Learn about the steps to enroll on Valencia College’s Future Students Admissions page.
When can I apply for Downtown Campus?
You can apply now for Valencia College Downtown through the online Admissions Application. Classes begin fall 2019.
What is the application process for the campus downtown?
The application process for Valencia College Downtown is the same as the regular application process. To begin the application process, click on “Apply Now.” When completing your Valencia College application, write “Valencia College Downtown” in the space provided for home campus.
What are the registration deadlines for Valencia College Downtown?
The fall 2019 priority deadline to apply for students not seeking an international student visa is August 9, 2019. Other important dates can be found on the calendar. View the “Important Dates and Deadlines” calendar on the “Academic Calendars” page.
Where can I find information about dates and deadlines, including application, add/drop, breaks and calendar?
Find dates, deadlines, holidays and breaks on the calendar. View the “Important Dates and Deadlines” calendar on the “Academic Calendars” page.
How do I register for Valencia College Downtown?
Register for classes at Valencia College Downtown through your Atlas account. The campus location is listed for each class.
Will financial aid cover for housing, parking and transportation?
Students who apply for and receive financial aid may receive a refund if their financial aid for a term exceeds their direct costs (tuition and fees). The refund may be used to pay for any educational related costs including housing, parking and transportation.
How do I get financial aid help?
Please contact Enrollment Services for assistance in applying for financial aid. Reach them by phone at 407-582-1507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the financial aid application dates, requirements and options?
In order to apply for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Valencia College’s school code is 006750. Find more information on financial aid including priority application dates, other requirements and options at valenciacollege.edu/finaid/.
Are there financial aid or grant funds specific for the Parramore community?
There are a number of scholarship funds which may be available for students both at the campus downtown and other Valencia College campuses. If you’d like to be considered for scholarship assistance, complete a Foundation Scholarship Application. Find more information about scholarships on the Scholarship Bulletin.
Is student housing available downtown?
Yes, the University of Central Florida will manage UnionWest at Creative Village.
How do I apply for student housing?
Students must be admitted to Valencia College before applying for housing. After acceptance, you will be able to apply for housing through your Atlas account. All housing applications are managed by UCF Housing and Residence Life.
Is there a deposit required?
Yes, the University of Central Florida requires a deposit to complete your housing application.
Where can I get more information about housing?
UCF will host information tables throughout the academic year at Valencia College campuses. Please check the events calendar for dates by campus. For more information, visit UnionWest at Creative Village.
Can students work at the campus downtown as a Residential Assistant (RA)? What is the process to become an RA?
A description of the Resident Assistant (RA) position, the application process, job responsibilities and application qualifications, are available at UCF Housing and Residence Life. Applications will close on November 5, 2018 for Valencia College students. Selected candidates will be interviewed in late November/early December with final decisions in February.
Are there accommodations for students with disabilities?
Yes, students can identify their needs on the housing application.
Is there a dining hall in the housing complex?
No, there is not a dining hall in the housing complex. However, there is a kitchen available in the common area of the building and some rooms may also have kitchenettes.
Can I live in UnionWest with family members who are not Valencia College students?
No, campus housing downtown is reserved for Valencia College and UCF students only.
Can I use financial aid to pay for my housing?
Students who apply for and receive financial aid may receive a refund if their financial aid for a term exceeds their direct costs (tuition and fees). The refund may be used to pay for any educational related costs, including housing.
What are the deadlines for admission and registration?
The fall 2019 deadline for international students applying from outside the U.S. is June 15, 2019; for international students transferring from a U.S. school, the deadline is July 15, 2019. Other important dates can be found on the Academic Calendar.
Are there any programs not available to international students at the campus downtown?
International students are not eligible for the Associate in Science in Health Information Technology degree program because it’s offered primarily online. International students are also not eligible to apply for and enroll only in the Technical Certificate programs; they must be degree-seeking. International students may apply for all other programs offered at the campus downtown.
What services are offered at the campus downtown for international students?
There will be a designated International Student Services (ISS) advisor downtown who will provide immigration and academic advising, as well as support all prospective and current international students.
Where is the downtown campus located?
The downtown campus is located at the intersection of W. Livingston Street and Parramore Avenue, near the Amway Center and the Orlando City Stadium.
Is there student parking on campus?
Yes, there will be student parking on campus.
Is there a cost for student parking?
Yes. The downtown campus requires a valid permit at all times when parking on campus. Expected cost for students is $100 per year.
Do I need a parking pass?
Yes. Please see above.
What are alternative methods of transportation around downtown?
You’ll be able to get around the downtown area by Juice Bikes, LYNX, SunRail and LYMMO.
Will there be transportation between Downtown Campus and other campuses?
LYNX routes will be available between Valencia College campuses. Please see the LYNX routes below for more information.
What LYNX bus routes will get me to the campus downtown?
Find LYNX bus routes at LYNX Routes and Schedules.
Will downtown be bike and skateboard friendly?
Yes, the campus downtown will be bike and skateboard friendly. Additionally, there will be bike racks available to properly secure bicycles.
How long does it take to get downtown from?
500 W Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32801
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What academic/degree programs are available at downtown?
Valencia College Downtown will offer the following academic programs:
- Associate in Arts in General Studies
- Associate in Arts: Pre-Major in Digital Media
- Associate in Arts: Pre-Major in Health Information Technology
- Associate in Science in Baking and Pastry Management
- Associate in Science in Culinary Management
- Associate in Science in Digital Media Technology
- Associate in Science in Health Information Technology
- Associate in Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
- Associate in Science in New Media Communications
- Associate in Science in Restaurant and Food Management
- Accelerated Skills Training
Do I have to go downtown if my program moves?
The Associate in Arts in General Studies degree is available on any campus. However, if you are majoring in any of the programs listed above, you may need to take some classes at Valencia College Downtown in order to complete your program, unless the program is offered on another campus. Many of the programs provided downtown, are offered on other Valencia College campuses.
Why is my program moving downtown?
There are various reasons why programs are relocating to Valencia College Downtown. Many programs were selected to relocate to ensure a smooth transition into the UCF baccalaureate program and also give students an opportunity to take advantage of the learning opportunities and educational partnerships available in the Orlando metro area surrounding the downtown campus.
What benefits are there if my program moves downtown?
There will be opportunities to engage in the field with local restaurants, businesses and government agencies. Internships and work-place experience will be integrated into the downtown campus.
Can I attend Valencia College Downtown if I’m getting a Associate in Arts in General Studies degree?
Yes, you can earn an Associate in Arts in General Studies degree at Valencia College Downtown.
Can I take all of my classes at the campus downtown?
If you are an Associate in Arts in General Studies student, or majoring in one of the programs being offered at Valencia College Downtown, then yes, you can take all of your classes at that location.
Will the programs moving downtown change or have new requirements?
The programs relocating downtown will not change or have any new requirements.
Will it take more or less time to complete a program at the campus downtown?
The time to complete your degree at the downtown campus depends entirely on you. There will be sufficient classes offered so that you can complete your program in the same amount of time that it would take at other campuses.
Do I have to be in a special program to go downtown?
No, you do not need to be in any special program to attend the campus downtown.
Will there be on-campus security?
Yes, there will be on-campus security. The UCF Police Department will provide law enforcement services to the campus downtown. Valencia College Safety and Security department will not be on campus, but will assist UCF Police Department with any matters, concerns or support upon their request. UCF will have a police substation on premises and provide services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Valencia College students can also download a free mobile app, Valencia College Safe, at valenciacollege.edu/safetyapp.
How can I submit required documents to Valencia College Downtown?
Starting August 2019, documents can be submitted on the first floor of UnionWest. Staff there will be able to answer general admission questions, financial aid questions, enrollment processes, etc. This will be similar to the Answer Centers at other Valencia College campuses.
Will I be able to submit payments at the campus downtown?
Payments will be online through the Atlas and myUCF portals. You may use the computers available on the first floor of UnionWest to access your portal.
Will there be a library on campus?
Yes, there will be a library on campus.
What offices will be on campus?
- Advising – Types of advising offered downtown include: general A.A. advising, program advisors for specific Valencia College majors and advisors for UCF majors located downtown.
- Answer Center – Advisors in the Answer Center will be able to answer many of your admissions, financial aid and advising questions.
- Assessment Center – There will be an Assessment Center located at the campus downtown available to students.
- Atlas lab – We will have a Genius-bar type set up on the first floor of UnionWest. There will be student leaders available to help students using laptops.
- Career Center – No; however there will be career development and internships activities offered downtown. Advisors will help assist with general career development needs.
- DirectConnect™ to UCF – The connect center offers first-class student support and success coaching for students part of the DirectConnect™ to UCF program.
- Financial Aid – Staff at the campus downtown will be available to help answer financial aid questions and receive documents; however, there will not be a separate financial aid office.
- International Student Services (ISS) – ISS advisors will provide information and support to prospective and current Valencia College students.
- New Student Orientations – There will be on-campus orientations downtown for Valencia College and UCF students. The new student orientations will have a section that brings both UCF and Valencia College students together. Orientations at the campus downtown are expected to begin June 2019.
- Office of Students with Disabilities (OSD) – Services will be available.
- Security Office – Student IDs will be available through the Card Services office at the Downtown Campus.
- Student Development – Yes, there will be a dedicated Student Development area for downtown students.
- Testing Center –Yes, there will be a Testing Center located at the campus downtown accessible to students.
Where can I go to get help?
Start at the Answer Center. Advisors in the Answer Center will be able to answer many of your admissions, financial aid and advising questions.
Where do I get my student ID?
ID cards will be issued at the UCF Card Services Center at the Downtown Campus for both UCF and Valencia College students.
Is CARE available for downtown students?
A Counseling Center staffed by UCF mental health counselors will be available to all students; however, there may be a fee for Valencia College students who use it. UCF has a CARE program—separate from their Counseling Center—that is specifically for students in need.
UCF and Valencia College
Can I take all of my classes downtown?
All general education classes will be offered at the downtown campus, in addition to classes for the Downtown Campus programs.
Can I complete all four years (associate and bachelor’s degree) downtown?
Yes, you can complete all four years as long as you continue your degree in a Downtown Campus program.
Can I take classes downtown and other campuses at the same time?
Yes, you can take classes at any Valencia College campus.
What academic/degree programs are available at the campus downtown?
- Associate of Arts (A.A.)
- Associate of Arts: Pre-Major in Digital Media
- Associate of Arts: Pre-Major in Health Information Technology
- Baking and Pastry Management (A.S.)
- Culinary Management (A.S.)
- Digital Media Technology (A.S.)
- Health Information Technology (A.S.)
- Hospitality and Tourism Management (A.S.)
- Restaurant and Food Management (A.S.)
- Communication and Conflict (B.A.)
- Digital Media: Web Design (B.A.)
- Digital Media: Game Design (B.A.)
- Emergency Management (B.A./B.S.)
- Health Informatics and Information Management (B.S.)
- Health Services Administration (B.S.)
- Human Communication (B.A.)
- Legal Studies (B.A./B.S.)
- Nonprofit Management (B.A./B.S.)
- Public Administration (B.A./B.S.)
- Communication (M.A.)
- Digital Media (M.A.)
- Emergency and Crisis Management (M.E.C.M.)
- Health Administration (M.H.A.)
- Health Care Informatics (M.S.)
- Interactive Entertainment (M.S.)
- Nonprofit Management (M.N.M.)
- Public Administration (M.P.A.)
- Public Affairs (Ph.D.)
- Research Administration (M.R.A.)
- Urban and Regional Planning (M.S.)
What is the academic calendar for downtown?
Find the calendar, as well as other important dates and deadlines on the Valencia College website under academic calendars.
What are the policies and procedures for downtown?
Valencia College students are required to abide by the academic policies and procedures of the college. These may be different for UCF students. Non-academic issues may be handled differently, depending upon the nature of the issue.
What is the Student Code of Conduct for downtown?
The Student Code of Conduct for downtown is the same as your home institution.
Monday – Friday 10am - 5pm
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 complete an interest form. 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.