Application Checklist

Read this important application information before submitting your application

  1. Please submit the following materials to and include “APPLICANT: Your first and last name” in the subject line. 
    • Complete the  VECTOR Program Application.
    • US citizenship, permanent resident, or refugee status will be verified by the financial aid office.
    • Submit a proofread personal essay indicating your interest and experience in STEM; formatted in 12-point font, double-spaced, and a maximum of 3 pages.
    • Submit an unofficial high school transcript. In addition, include any unofficial college transcripts if applicable.
    • If available, submit your PERT, Florida End-of-Course, FCAT, and/or college-level ACT/SAT Test Scores. If these scores have already been submitted to Valencia College, we will be able to verify through the College. When taking these assessments be sure to allow for sufficient result processing time so that you can submit these scores by the VECTOR deadline.
  2. Request up to three recommendation letters (minimum one letter) from your Academic and Community/Volunteer References. They should be completed by someone who knows you well and who can provide detailed information about your STEM interest and co-curricular activities, success, and accomplishments. Letters must be sent by the reference directly to with “Letter of Recommendation: Applicant’s Name” in the subject line. Letters of reference sent by the applicant will not be considered.
  3. Complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • The FAFSA application can take 1-2 weeks to be sent to Valencia College. Valencia may request additional documentation (verification) that may prolong the process an additional 2-4 weeks. Submit your FAFSA early in order to meet the VECTOR deadline. Check your Atlas account frequently for updates.
  4. If you are not currently a student of Valencia College, you must apply to the Valencia College online admissions application. If you are intending to apply to Valencia College as a Florida resident, please visit Valencia College Admissions & Records to review Florida Residency requirements and processing time. Florida Residency applications should be submitted several weeks BEFORE the VECTOR deadline. VECTOR is unable to offer exceptions to the college deadline date.
  5. Download the Valencia College  Enrollment Overview.
  6. Download and complete the  Electronic Signature to submit with your Application.
  7. Be available for an onsite personal interview.
Application Dates

The Application materials are due on or before the following deadlines:

  • Application Deadline: May 8, 2022
  • Final Decisions Made: May 23, 2022

Ready To Submit?

Make sure you attach the following:

  • VECTOR Application
  • Citizenship Documentation
  • Personal Essay
  • Unofficial High School Transcript
  • Test Scores
  • Electronic Signature

Make sure at least one recommendation letter has been sent by the deadline

Application Reminders

  • All application materials should be submitted by the two deadline options above to
  • Application decisions will be finalized by the two deadline options above and you will be notified then if you are accepted into the program via your Atlas email address only. Notifications will not be sent to your personal e-mail account.
  • All requests for application status should be made via e-mail to using your Valencia ATLAS e-mail account.

VECTOR Program Orientation

  • VECTOR scholars will need to complete the Valencia College Orientation prior to the VECTOR orientation to be able to participate in the VECTOR program.
  • All VECTOR scholars are required to attend virtually the Summer STEM Institute (SSI) and the VECTOR Orientation. Summer Orientation to the VECTOR Program is held to review your responsibilities and expectations of the program. Dates and locations subject to change.
Fall Orientation

The Application materials are due on or before the following deadlines:

  • East Campus
  • August 27th, 2021 at 10am

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1833818. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.