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Awards and Recognition

Valencia College is nationally recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation for its high graduation and placement rates. Here are some of our most notable Valencia College awards and recognitions.

Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

In 2011, Valencia College became the first winner of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. This prestigious award recognized Valencia College as the top community college in the nation. Valencia College was chosen based on the strength of its graduation and transfer rates, especially among African American and Hispanic American students, as well as the high job placement rates of its workforce training programs.

High Transfer Rates

Valencia College is among the top producers of college transfer students to a university in the nation, a majority of which are students who transfer to UCF with an associate degree-25 percent of UCF's upper division students originated from Valencia College in 2011. (Source: University of Central Florida Office of University Analysis and Planning.)

A group of student walk to class at Osceola Campus

Top Certificate and Degree Rankings

In Community College Week’s latest rankings (for the 2012-2013 academic year), Valencia was at the top of the list in several categories, including: Second in the nation out of 5,485 colleges and universities and other educational institutions in the number of one-year certificates awarded. Fourth in the nation for the number of associate degrees awarded. 5th in the U.S. for the number of associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students. Seventh in the number of associate degrees awarded to African-Americans.