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.)
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: