UMUC Partners with Valencia Community College to Offer Students Opportunity to Pursue Four-Year Degrees

New alliance agreement will offer Valencia students easy access to state-of-the-art, award-winning four-year academic online programs at UMUC beginning this summer

June 17, 2011

ADELPHI, MD (June 17, 2011)—UMUC today announced that it has signed an alliance agreement with Valencia Community College, the third largest community college system in the state of Florida. The agreement will allow Valencia students to seamlessly transfer credits to UMUC, saving time and money as they transition to a four-year degree program. A unique reverse transfer option also allows students who have not completed an associate's degree to transfer credits back to Valencia and receive a two-year degree.

Valencia is the third largest producer of associate degrees in the U.S. and the third largest community college in Florida's 28 school system, with more than 50,000 students enrolling each year at its four campuses and two centers in Orange and Osceola counties. A fifth campus is also planned in southeast Orlando. Additionally, Valencia graduates more Hispanic and Asian American students than any other two-year school in Florida, and boasts a 90 percent job placement rate for associate degree graduates.

"UMUC is pleased to partner with Valencia to afford its students the opportunity to pursue a UMUC bachelor's degree online and to further assist us in our mission of making higher education accessible and affordable for working adult students," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. "Considering Valencia's impressive graduate rates and tremendous success in job placement for students, we're confident that its students will take full advantage of this opportunity to take their education to the next level."

UMUC has a team dedicated to supporting students who transfer from community colleges in Maryland and nationwide. Since establishing its first alliance agreement in 1996, the university has signed agreements with all 16 of Maryland's community colleges and boasts alliances with a total of 69 institutions nationwide. University leaders estimate that more than half of UMUC's enrolled students transfer from two-year schools.