Miami Dade College is a four-year public school located in Miami, Florida. MDC was founded in 1959 as Dade County Junior College and is now the largest college in the Florida College System and the second largest in the United States.
Miami Dade has eight campuses and 21 outreach centers located throughout the Miami Dade County. Campuses include:
- Hialeah Campus
- Homestead Campus
- InterAmerican Campus
- Kendall Campus
- Medical Campus
- North Campus
- West Campus
- Wolfson Campus
All campuses have different schools for various disciplines. Some campuses operate dual-enrollment programs for high school students and most campuses have College Preparatory or English as a Second Language courses that help students pass the Computerized Placement Test that is required for admittance. Although campuses offer different programs, most campuses offer a broad base of general education courses, allowing students to take first-year classes at any campus (except the Medical Campus).
Miami Dade College offers more than 150 programs that lead to certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. MDC graduates are accepted at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Georgetown, Boston University, and more than 60 other institutions MDC has established articulation agreements with, such as: Smith College, University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, and Drexel University.
Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. The Honors College at MDC is a challenging, rigorous program of study that draws top high school graduates in the region. Miami Dade College offers a host of innovative and dynamic programs that allow high school students to accelerate their learning via MDC's Dual Enrollment Program, earning both high school and college credit.
Miami Dade College has 63,736 students (all undergraduates) and 4,294 faculty members, giving the university a 22:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 673 teach full-time and 3,621 teach part-time. About 42 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 58 percent study part-time.
The student body contains 59 percent female students and 41 percent male students. About 78 percent of all students are white, with the remaining students being black (20%), and Asian (2%). About 64 percent of students are ages 24 and younger, with 36 percent of students being ages 25 and older. About 96 percent of students are from Florida.
The overall graduation rate is 25 percent and the overall transfer-out rate is 13 percent. The overall graduation rate by gender is 23 percent for males and 25 percent for females.
Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare. Special learning opportunities include: ROTC (Army, Air Force), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad.
Miami Dade College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Florida Community College Activities Association’s (FCCAA) Southern Conference. Intercollegiate athletic teams include men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball. The MDC mascot is a shark.
Tuition costs $3,336 per year for in-state students and $11,895 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost $2,250 per year. Pre-paid tuition plans are offered. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $20,292 per year with $9,675 in additional living expenses. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 81 percent of those attending Miami Dade College receive financial aid.
Miami Dade College has an open admissions policy, meaning anyone who can afford classes is allowed to enroll. The undergraduate application fee costs $30.
Miami Dade College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Bachelor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:22,945
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