The Valencia College Downtown Campus, a shared campus with UCF, will serve our downtown community and improve countless lives through the power of education.
The Valencia College Downtown Campus in partnership with the University of Central Florida, offers a multitude of programs, certificates and training to increase access to education in the immediate downtown Orlando area. Valencia College will lead all of the general studies classes for both colleges, providing students with a seamless transition into a career, or on to a program at UCF through the DirectConnect® to UCF program.
Degrees and Certificates
Home to the Walt Disney World® Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality, the downtown campus will fulfill the need for hospitality and culinary workers in an industry expected to grow 10.8 percent in Central Florida through 2023. You’ll have an opportunity to learn from award-winning chefs, work with state-of-the-art culinary tools and train in a variety of cuisines—everything you need to land a successful career upon graduation.
The campus will also offer Accelerated Skills Training programs that will give you an opportunity to prepare for high-demand, higher-wage careers in a short amount of time-from Mechatronics to Distribution Operations Technician to Electronic Board Assembly.
Learn more about the program offered downtown.
With student housing, you’ll be able to live where you learn. The downtown campus includes many safety features to create a vibrant learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. You’ll be in the center of a community where you can get actively involved in campus activities and events, interact with a diverse group of students, and take advantage of other campus resources.
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.
Learn more about how to get started.
You are what makes us a family. You are a valued part of our community. We accept you and appreciate the things that make you unique. Be the one to know that you are welcomed, just as you are.
Live Where You Learn
Enjoy sports games, concerts, theater performances and community events at nearby venues, including Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts , Amway Center, the Orlando City Stadium and Lake Eola. And with easy access to LYNX bus routes—and free bus fares for students—you can explore other parts of Central Florida during your time at the college.
2,300 Valencia College students are expected to join 5,400 UCF students at Downtown Campus.
$6,180 (based on Valencia College students earning an associate degree) $18,920 (Based on 2 years at Valencia College and 2 years at UCF)
Valencia College provides general education classes for downtown students.
Demand for hospitality and culinary workers is expected to grow 10.8% in Central Florida through 2023.
UnionWest at Creative Village offers student housing for Valencia College and UCF students.
An estimated 1,800 degrees will be awarded annually.
Frequently Asked Questions
UCF and Valencia College
When does the campus open for classes?
The downtown campus opened August 2019 for fall classes.
Can I take all of my classes downtown?
All general education classes are 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?
For a lists of academic programs available at Downtown Campus, visit Degrees and Certificates.
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.
Can Valencia College students use Downtown Campus student amenities (counseling, health
Yes, Valencia College students can use student amenities at the Downtown Campus; however, there may be a small fee. For counseling services, Valencia College contracts with BayCare to provide short-term counseling to students. Because counselors at the Downtown Campus are part of the BayCare network, students with a Downtown Campus ID can utilize their counseling services. The first three visits are free; additional visits will cost $60 per visit. To speak to someone with BayCare or request a counseling session, please call 1-800-878-5470.
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.