Miami Dade College

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School Overview

Miami Dade College, often referred to as Miami Dade or MDC, is a public, state college that resides in Miami, Florida. With over 160,000 students, eight campus locations and 21 outreach centers, Miami Dade is the largest college in the Florida College System as well as one of the largest state colleges in the United States. It is also the largest college in Florida and the second-largest in the U.S. The college’s main campus is located in Downtown Miami.

Miami Dade College (MDC) was founded in 1959 and opened a year later in 1960. It was originally named Dade County Junior College and held classes in the Miami Central High School building. Its campus included part of the high school as well as a farm located next door. MDC was unique among colleges of its time, as it actively enrolled Cuban exiles and African American students who could not afford other education opportunities. Due to its policy of non-segregation, MCC became the first integrated junior college in Florida. In late 1960, a newer facility was built near Opa-Locka Airport to support growth in the student population. This facility became MDC’s North Campus. As the college continued to grow, additional satellite campuses were established in Pinecrest, Kendall and Downtown Miami (which eventually became the college’s main campus). By the early 1970s, Miami Dade College had grown larger than the University of Florida and Florida State University. At about the same time MCD officially changed its name to Miami-Dade Community College.

MDC originally had an open admissions policy, and as a result MDC’s focus became improving its academic offering for its every growing student body. As a biproduct of this focus, the college’s Medical Center was built near the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital in order to provide students with nursing and Allied Health education programs. With the mass emigration of Cubans who departed from Cuba’s Mariel Harbor for the United States (Florida) in 1980, MDC launched a new outreach center in Hialeah to provide refugees the opportunity to obtain a college level education. Shortly thereafter, MDC built another outreach center, the InterAmerican Center, to accommodate the unique needs of the bilingual community living in southern Florida. In 1990, MDC built the Homestead Campus, in the city of Homestead, to accommodate a growing numbers of students who were unable to commute to the Kendall Campus.

In 2006, Miami Dade College launched its West Campus in the city of Doral located in north-central Miami-Dade County. Today the college’s Hialeah outreach center has become a fully accredited campus, with expansion plans in the work.

Like many higher education institutions, MDC now offers a virtual campus, where students can earn their college degree entirely online. Currently, MDC offers Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) and College Credit Certificates entirely online via MDC’s virtual college. Associate of Science degree programs are offered in several disciplines including Accounting Technology, Business Administration, Computer Programming and Analysis, Criminal Justice Technology, Financial Services, Health Information Management, Marketing Management Entrepreneurship, Marketing Management – International Business, and General Marketing Management.

For talented students, MDC offers an Honors College. The Honors College is a symbol of MDC’s commitment to academic excellence for gift students and those students are willing to put in the time and effort to rise to new academic heights. In 2007, the Honors College expanded into the InterAmerican Campus with the Honors College Dual Language Honors Program, which was established to meet the needs of a growing Spanish-speaking student body.

In 2003, MDC received approval by the state to award baccalaureate degrees in education. Today, the College offers three bachelor degree programs. In connect with its new status as a four-year college, Miami Dade Community College changed its name to Miami Dade College.

Of MDC’s 160,000 students, each year about 6,000 go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Those students who earn an Associate of Arts degree in preparation for a bachelor’s degree program typically transfer to schools within the State University System of Florida, though a few transfer to out-of-state colleges and universities (typically through pre-arranged articulation agreements). Students graduating from the MDC Honors College with an associate’s degree have been accepted to many pretigious four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation.

Campuses and Facilities

In addition to eight campuses, Miami Dade College (MDC) operates several outreach centers that are located throughout Miami-Dade County. Currently, the MDC Honors College is found on four of MDC’s eight campuses. The new Honors College Dual Language Honors Program is located at the InterAmerican Campus. Each MDC campus is home to several individual academic schools which represent various disciplines (business, medicine, engineering, etc.). While each MDC campus is somewhat autonomous, many campuses provide dual-enrollment programs for aspiring high school students as well as College Preparatory and ESL (English as a Second Language) courses to help students prepare to pass mandatory admittance exams.

The following is a list of Miami Date College campuses along with basic information on each:

  • The North Campus (11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami FL 33167) offers specialized education programs for aspiring Emergency medical services personnel, police officers, and firefighters. In partnership with the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) this campus offers a reputable undergraduate engineering program. For students interested in careers in entertainment or design, MDC North Campus offers the School of Entertainment and Design Technology. While not located on the premise, North Campus operates the Carrie Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center in Liberty City. Within North Campus’s School of Justice, students can now take advantage of an Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Public Safety.
  • The Kendall Campus (11011 SW 104th St., Miami FL 33176) is home many of the College’s administration facilities, including the Enrollment and Disbursing Office. The College’s many athletic teams also call Kendall home. The Honors College, the Miami Dade College Foundation and the College’s President’s office are also located on the Kendall Campus.
  • The Wolfson Campus (300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami FL 33132) provides a fully accredited higher education program that is attended by nearly 27,000 students each year. The Wolfson Campus offers students a full-service library, two computer courtyards, and various art galleries. This campsus hosts the city’s annual Miami Book Fair International, the country’s largest literary festival, which attracts famous authors as well as hundreds of thousands of spectators from across the country. Wolfson Campus has a renowned business program as well as a popular paralegal program that is approved by the American Bar Association.
  • The MDC Medical Center (950 NW 20th St., Miami FL 33127), located in downtown Miami, offers students the opportunity to earn a degree in Nursing (BSN/RN) or prepare for a career in various Allied Health fields. Students of MDC’s Medical Center can earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in preparation for entry-level health professions.
  • The Homestead Campus (500 College Ter., Homestead FL 33030) is the only campus within the Miami Dade College system to offer an Aviation program. The MDC Aviation program at Homestead is one of only 13 schools in the country that is ATC-CTI accredited by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).
  • The InterAmerican Campus (627 SW 27th Ave., Miami FL 33135) is home to Miami Dade’s School of Education, which offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education degree program. The College’s first recipients of the B.S. in Education graduated from InterAmerican in 2005.
  • The New World School of Arts (25 NE 2nd St., Miami FL 33132) offers both high school and college programs (via Advanced Placement courework and exams) that focus on dance, theatre, music, and visual arts. Admission to the New World School of Arts programs typically requires an audition and/or a portfolio for admissions staff to review. The school is currently ranked 17th within Florida.
  • The Hialeah Campus (1776 W 49th St., Hialeah FL 33012), once part of MDC’s North Campus, is now regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and offers degree programs similiar to those offered at other MDC campuses. While the Hialeah Campus facilities are smaller than those found at other campuses, there are plans to expand the campus.
  • The West Campus (3800 NW 115th Ave., Doral FL 33178) is one of Miami Dades newer campuses. The campus was opened in mid-2006 as a convenience for a substantial number of students and faculty living in and around Doral city.
  • The Carrie. P Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center (6300 NW 7th Ave., Miami FL 33150), often referred to as MEEC, is one of several Miami Dade College outreach centers. Although the MEEC outreach center offers college courses, its primary objective is to provide vocational training programs, seminars and workshops individuals seeking gainful employment.

In addition to MEEC and the New World School of Arts, Miami Dade College operates and administers 19 other outreach centers located in the Miami Dade County area.

General Information

Admission Office

11011 SW 104th Street

Miami, FL 33176-3393

(305) 237-2222

Fax: (305) 237-2964

Contact: Dulce Beltran

College Director, Admissions and Registration Services
Main Address

300 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33132-2297

(305) 237-8888


Total undergrads: 57,222

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 9,717

Degree-seeking undergrads: 49,147


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $2,190 $2,429 $2,586 $2,847 +10.09%
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,500 $1,800 $1,800 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $3,390 $3,929 $4,386 $4,647 +5.95%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 5,023 68%
Grant or scholarship aid 5,023 68% $22,486,839 $4,477
• Federal grants 4,033 55% $16,112,664 $3,995
• Pell grants 4,033 55% $15,587,290 $3,865
• Other federal grants 786 11% $525,374 $668
State/local government grant or scholarships 3,063 42% $4,399,087 $1,436
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,672 23% $1,975,088 $1,181
Student loan aid 1,812 25% $2,607,283 $1,439
• Federal student loans 253 3% $1,155,951 $4,569
• Other student loans 1,812 25% $1,451,332 $801

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 264 9090 1879
Agriculture 2 15
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 2 15
Architecture and Related Services 9
Interior Architecture 9
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 103 210
Accounting and Related Services, Other 11
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping 31 26
Banking and Financial Support Services 27
Business Administration and Management 26 95
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business and Personal/financial Services Marketing Operations
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 3
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 10
Executive Assistant/executive Secretary 4 4
Fashion Merchandising
Finance 8 1
Hospitality Administration/management 14
Hotel/motel Administration/management
International Marketing
Management Information Systems and Services, Other 7 3
Management Information Systems 1
Marketing/marketing Management 9 19
Office Management and Supervision 6
Operations Management and Supervision
Real Estate 3
Restaurant/food Services Management
Tourism and Travel Services Management 4
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations 1
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 8
Photographic and Film/video Technology/technician and Assistant 2
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/technician 6
Computing and Information Sciences 43 16
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 6 5
Computer Systems Analysis/analyst 14 10
Computer/information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 23 1
Construction Trades 12
Electrician 12
Pipefitting/pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter
Plumbing Technology/plumber
Education 123 9 37
Biology Teacher Education 2
Chemistry Teacher Education 1
Education, Other 27
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 9 10
Mathematics Teacher Education 11
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching 109
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Engineering Technology 63 108
Architectural Drafting and Architectural Cad/cadd
Architectural Engineering Technology/technician 3 23
Automotive Engineering Technology/technician 5
Biomedical Technology/technician 2
Civil Engineering Technology/technician
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 5 56
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 7
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 29
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 40
Environmental Control Technologies/technicians, Other
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/technician 1
Industrial Production Technologies/technicians, Other
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting Cad/cadd
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 73 1115 577
Blood Bank Technology Specialist 68
Clinical/medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 13
Clinical/medical Laboratory Technician 29
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 44
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 22
Dietitian Assistant
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 91 339
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 18 21
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 63
Massage Therapy/therapeutic Massage 43
Maternal/child Health and Neonatal Nurse/nursing 3
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 48
Medical/clinical Assistant 14
Nuclear Medical Technology/technologist 14
Opticianry/ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 20
Pharmacy Technician/assistant 21
Physical Therapy Technician/assistant 33
Physician Assistant 40
Psychiatric/mental Health Services Technician 14 8
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 73 674
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 40
Veterinary/animal Health Technology/technician and Veterinary Assistant 12
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 68 22 656
Corrections 155
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 17
Criminal Justice/police Science 218
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/technician 5
Fire Science/fire-fighting 142
Forensic Science and Technology
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 68 1
Security and Loss Prevention Services 140
Legal and Law Studies 48 8
Court Reporting/court Reporter 2
Legal Administrative Assistant/secretary 8
Legal Assistant/paralegal 46
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 7463
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 7463
Mechanics and Repairers
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/technician
Personal and Culinary Services 15
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science 15
Precision Production Trades
Sheet Metal Technology/sheetworking
Science Technologies/technicians 1 6
Biology Technician/biotechnology Laboratory Technician 1 6
Transportation and Materials Moving 65 4
Airline/commercial/professional Pilot and Flight Crew 10
Aviation/airway Management and Operations 55 4
Visual and Performing Arts 71
Cinematography and Film/video Production 24
Commercial and Advertising Art 13
Music, Other 34
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Work and Family Studies 53 230
Child Care Provider/assistant 53 230
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Special requirements for visual and performing arts, honors, allied health, bachelor’s in education, bachelor of applied science with major in public safety management, and bachelor’s in nursing.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations A
Landscaping A

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies A
Asian Studies A
Latin American Studies A

Arts, Visual & Performing

Commercial/Advertising Art A
Dance A
Drama/Theater Arts A
Film Production/Cinematography A
Fine/Studio Arts A
Music – General A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services A,C
Banking/Financial Services A,C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Insurance/Risk Management C
Management Science A
Office Clerical Services A,C
Office Management A,C
Real Estate A,C
Tourism/Travel Services A,C
Travel/Tourism Management A,C

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism A
Journalism A

Communications Technologies

Animation/Special Effects A
Communications Technologies – General A
Graphic Communications A
Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – Specific Applications A,C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,C
Data Processing Technology C
Information Sciences/Systems A,C
Information Technology A,C
Web/Multimedia Design A,C

Construction Trades

Building/Property Maintenance A


Early Childhood Education A,C
Elementary Education A
Mathematics Education A,B
Physical Education A
Science Teacher Education A,B
Secondary Education A,B
Special Education A,B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education A


Architectural Engineering A
Civil Engineering A
Electrical/Communications Engineering A

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Engineering Technology A
Civil Engineering/Technology A
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C
Electrical/Electronics Drafting A,C

English Language & Literature

American Literature A
English Language & Literature – General A
Speech/Rhetorical Studies A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management C
Child Development A
Foods/Nutrition Studies A

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General A
Language Interpretation/Translation A
Sign Language Interpretation A,C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology A
Dental Hygiene A
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Histologic Technology A
Massage Therapy C
Medical Administrative Assistance A
Medical Assistance A,C
Medical Insurance Coding C
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Medical Records Administration A
Medical Records Technology C
Medical Transcription C
Midwifery A
Nursing (RN) A,B
Opticianry/Opthalmic Dispensing Services A
Predentistry A
Premedicine A
Prepharmacy A
Preveterinary Medicine A
Respiratory Therapy A
Veterinarian Assistance A


History – General A

Law & Legal Studies

Court Reporting A
Legal Administrative Assistance A,C
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,C
Prelaw A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Computer Installation/Repair C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A,C
Industrial Equipment Maintenance/Repair A

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science A
Forestry – General A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences A

Personal & Culinary Services

Funeral Services/Mortuary Science A,C

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy A
Religion/Religious Studies A

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences A
Chemistry A
Geology A
Physics A


Psychology – General A

Public Administration & Services

Human Services A
Public Administration A
Social Work A

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A,B,C
Fire Science/Firefighting C
Fire Services Administration A
Police Science C
Security/Loss Prevention C

Social Sciences

Anthropology A
Economics A
International Relations A
Political Science/Government A
Sociology A

Transportation & Materials Moving

Air Transportation A
Aviation Management A,C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Miami Dade College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (305) 237-8888
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132-2204
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 51,679
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 42,209 (82% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $2,838
Out-of-state Tuition: $9,661
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 84%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,027

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Miami Dade College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Miami Dade College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 11
Architecture and Related Services 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 111
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16102
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 12
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 952
Construction Trades 3
Education 234
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 891
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 10162
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 751
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Personal and Culinary Services 32
Transportation and Materials Moving 22
Visual and Performing Arts 161
Grand total 676614

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Miami Dade College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $2,838
Out-of-state $9,661
Books and supplies $1,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 6,502 84%
Grant or scholarship aid 6,482 83% $6,027
Student loan aid 160 2% $5,229

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 38,826 71% $4,633
Federal student loans 3,197 6% $6,008

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Miami Dade College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Miami Dade College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Miami Dade College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 51,679
Undergraduate enrollment 51,679
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Miami Dade College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETT) - Dietetic Technician Program
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
    • Funeral Service Education (FUSER) - Institutions and programs awarding diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels

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