Steps to Enrollment Checklist

Want to attend Valencia College? We’re here for you. This checklist outlines what you’ll need to do before starting class and the resources to help—all online.

Step 1: Apply For Admission and Financial Aid


Apply via the online Application for Admission. Please be sure to have your driver's licenses, voter's and vehicle registration information ready.


All new and readmit students (you are a readmit student if you have not attended classes at Valencia College in two or more years) are classified as non-Florida Residents at the time of admission/re-admission to the College. To be considered for Florida Residency and thus be eligible for in-state tuition and fees, complete the Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes Form.

After completing these steps, you can check your Florida Residency classification status to ensure you’re paying the lowest rate possible for tuition and fees. To do this, log into Atlas, select Payment and Admissions and then click Florida Residency Status.

Financial Aid Services

It is suggested that you complete your financial aid application prior to the Financial Aid Priority Deadline (deadlines can be found in our online Important Dates & Deadlines calendar). You can still apply for financial aid after the deadline, but you are not guaranteed to receive aid in time to pay for classes. For more information about financial aid, please visit the Financial Aid Services website.

  • Eligibility – To receive financial aid, you must be pursuing an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, or an eligible Vocational Training Certificate program approved for financial aid.
  • Transcripts – Submit all official transcripts (high school and/or college) to the Admissions and Records office. Official PDF transcripts can be sent to or mailed to 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL, 32811. We recommend having transcripts sent electronically to ensure Valencia College receives and processes them as quickly as possible. Unofficial transcripts will not be processed. 
First Time in College Students

Request your official final high school transcript showing your date of graduation from high school or proof of your GED. You will be classified as a non-degree-seeking student until your official final high school transcript has been received.

Transfer Students

Request official transcripts from all colleges that you ever attended. It is suggested that you also have your official final high school transcript or proof of your GED sent to Valencia College. Your college transcripts must be received and evaluated before aid will be awarded.

Step 2: Create Your Atlas Account


Atlas is Valencia College's online learning community that connects faculty, students, and staff to the resources they need to succeed at Valencia College. Students can obtain very important information regarding registration, financial aid, and course planning in their Atlas account. Students will also have an Atlas email account which is Valencia College's official means of communication with students.

Click here for Atlas. Once at the Atlas log-in page, click on the "Sign up for an account" link and follow the prompts to create your account. Your Atlas account can be created 3 - 5 business days after your application has been submitted.

The only information you need in order to create your Atlas account is your name, Valencia College Identification Number (VID) or Social Security Number (SSN), and your date of birth. Be sure to save your Atlas username and password in a safe place. Atlas will be very important for the New Student Orientation and registration steps that follow.

Need Help?

If you need assistance with your Atlas account, please call the Student Help Desk at (407) 582-5444.

Step 3: Complete New Student Orientation


In order to register for classes, you must complete New Student Orientation.

After your Atlas account is activated, you're ready to complete New Student Orientation (NSO). This online program is full of important information about the College, our degree programs, course registration, and tips on how you can be successful at Valencia College. You will need your Valencia College Atlas username and password to log into the online orientation. After you complete the online orientation you will be able to engage in advising and register for your first semester classes.

Start your New Student Orientation
Taking the PERT Exam

When you first come to Valencia College, you may be required to take Florida's Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT).

If you haven’t submitted your SAT, ACT or high school PERT scores taken within the last two years, we recommend taking the PERT — so that you can have access to as many classes as possible during your first term.


Step 4: Register for Classes & Pay Tuition and Fees


We’ll provide you with information about how to register in your orientation email.

You will also want to check your Florida Residency status to ensure you’re paying the lowest rate possible for tuition and fees. To do this, log in to Atlas, click on the Registration tab, select Transcripts, Grades & Holds, and then select Student Information.

Pay Tuition

After registering for classes, you may pay for your classes through your Atlas account. For more information about tuition and fees, view the Tuition & Fee Schedule.

IMPORTANT:  If you have applied for financial aid and are awaiting word on your eligibility, you will need to pay for classes yourself by the Fee Payment Deadline (see the Important Dates & Deadlines calendar for Fee Payment Deadlines) or your classes will be dropped for non-payment. If you are currently receiving financial aid, you can check your financial aid status in Atlas.

For instructions visit, Atlas Checking and Financial Aid.

If you have questions about your financial aid, please visit the virtual Answer Center.


Step 5: Get Your Student Identification Card and Parking Decal

All Valencia College students should have a Valencia College Student ID Card and a parking decal if they’re visiting a Valencia College campus. To learn how to get an ID card and parking decal visit Parking Permits and Student ID Card.


Step 6: Buy Your Books and Attend Class

Purchase Your Books

View your Student Detail Schedule in your Atlas and use it to purchase your books from the Online Bookstore. Downtown Campus students should order from the Downtown Campus Store.

Attend Classes

Attend the first day of classes—learning begins on day one!

See the online Important Dates & Deadlines calendar for the dates that classes begin, and make sure you participate in your class(es) during the first week of classes to avoid being withdrawn as a “no show.”