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Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College Rating: 1.5/5 (1093 votes)

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Introduction

Miami Dade College, also known as Miami Dade and MDC, is comprised of eight campuses and over 20 educational centers throughout Miami-Dade County in Florida. The school’s main campus, Wolfson Campus, is located downtown in the heart of the city’s financial and cultural center.

The college’s other seven campuses include:

  • Hialeah Campus in Hialeah
  • Kendall Campus in Miami
  • North Campus in northern Miami
  • MDC-West Campus in Doral
  • Medical Center Campus, located in Miami’s medical / civic center complex along with the University of Miami’s Schools of Medicine, the Veterans Administration Hospital, and other medical organizations
  • Homestead Campus in the historic downtown district of Homestead
  • InterAmerican Campus in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood

Serving over 160,000 students each year, MDC has earned the distinction of being the largest post-secondary institution in the state and the second-largest in the nation.

History

Dade County Junior College was founded in 1959, initially holding classes at a local high school. African Americans and Cuban exiles were accepted as students, making it the first integrated two-year college in the state. The institution, which went through much growth and change since its inception, was renamed Miami-Dade Community College in the early 1970s. It received the right to award bachelor’s degrees and adopted its current name of MDC in 2003.

Academics

Miami Dade awards associate degrees in Arts, Science, and Applied Sciences. Students can pursue over 150 fields of study including biology, engineering, pre-law, social work, and teaching. In addition to its two-year degrees, the college now offers Bachelor of Science degrees in both Education and Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

The college also offers certificates, college credit programs, and e-learning which is maintained by the Virtual College Department and offers associate degree programs as well as classes online. Students taking classes through Virtual College interact with fellow students through discussion forums, live chat, and educational games. The online courses offered are either credit or non-credit.

Over three-quarters of Associate in Arts degree graduates enroll in four-year colleges and universities in the state. The Honors College—tailored to gifted students who excelled in high school— has even had graduates move on to prestigious universities such as Stanford, Columbia, and Yale.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

An open admissions policy is in place for anyone wishing to pursue associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, requiring prospective students to posses a high school diploma, GED equivalent, or college transfer credits. Vocational certificate programs are open to all adults.

Applicants to the Miami Dade Honors College, which was created for academically talented students, must meet GPA and standardized test score minimums.

Financial Aid

Students may apply for scholarships, grants, and loans to help ease the burden of educational expenses by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The financial aid office offers entrance and exit counseling for students receiving aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6167th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Florida.

Students

Miami Dade College is a commuter school that offers a variety of activities for student involvement on its campuses, including athletics, artistic and cultural events, and campus-wide student email. In addition, each campus has a library for students to use as a resource for classroom assignments.

The college hosts the annual Miami Book Fair International, a world-renowned festival where both famous and promising writers hold readings and lectures. Hundreds and thousands of bookworms attend the two-day festival. In 2008, the event featured esteemed writers such as Dave Barry, Nikki Giovanni, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, and Gore Vidal.

The Tower Theater, which shows films in both English and Spanish, is located on the MDC campus in Little Havana, a Miami neighborhood known for its cultural and social diversity. The Tower also features plays, exhibitions, and lectures.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Miami Dade College Sharks are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Florida Community College Activities Association’s Southern Conference. School athletic teams include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, and women’s volleyball and softball. MDC also offers intramural sports for interested students.

The school’s baseball team, which has won the NJCAA national title, has several alumni that went on to become Major League Baseball players: Placido Polanco, Bucky Dent, Mike Piazza, Mickey Rivers, and Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Carlton.

Alumni

In addition to MLB stars, well-known MCD alums include:

  • Actor Sylvester Stallone
  • Former Miss Florida USA Lissette Garcia
  • Author James Carlos Blake
  • Musician KC Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Musician Emilio Estefan of the Miami Sound Machine
  • TV Host Bob Vila of This Old House

Accreditation

MDC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school’s programs of study are accredited by dozens of prestigious institutions, including the Florida Board of Nursing, Federal Aviation Administration, and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistant.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 4 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,683 0.66
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 68 0.02
Forcible Rape 96 0.02
Robbery 2,002 0.49
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5,141 1.27
Larceny 15,080 3.72
Vehicle theft 2,700 0.67

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Miami, FL 33132-2204
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population5,322 (5,322 urban / N/A rural)
Households1,940 (1.65 people per house)
Median Household Income$22,969
Families565 (2.63 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1224

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3024th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,483 $2,483 $9,933
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $943 $943 $2,022
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $114 $114 $399
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,676 $5,676 $14,205
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $35,643 $35,643 $44,172
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,351 $15,351 $23,880

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,164 $3,366 $3,164 $3,366 $11,309 $11,895
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,250(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $19,824 $20,292
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $9,435 $9,675
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $9,435 $9,675

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 462 2,518 9,474 176 9 1,283 365 14,322
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 6 57 3 67
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 2 1 2 1 6
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Architectural Technology/Technician 1 3 4
Automation Engineer Technology/Technician
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 4 9 98 26 1 139
Banking and Financial Support Services 1 24 2 1 28
Biology Teacher Education 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Technology/Technician 2 2
Biotechnology 1 1 5 1 8
Business Administration and Management, General 22 82 258 4 25 7 399
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 11 64 227 2 25 6 336
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 5 9 1 3 1 19
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 20 22 206 3 20 6 277
Chemistry Teacher Education
Child Care Provider/Assistant 3 165 351 58 8 585
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 4 9 45 3 2 63
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 2 21 17 2 42
Commercial and Advertising Art
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 7 1 3 11
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 6 1 9
Computer Graphics 1 4 10 1 16
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 1 13 50 4 3 72
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 6 6
Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification 1 5 23 6 1 36
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 2 5 2 9
Computer Support Specialist 1 10 1 1 13
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 5 19 3 27
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 3 1 6
Corrections 37 13 2 1 53
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 2 3 5
Court Reporting/Court Reporter
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 14 20 4 1 39
Criminal Justice/Police Science 40 192 4 41 10 288
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 7 1 8
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation 1 1
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 5 34 8 48
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 9 4 1 16
Dietetic Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 5 6 69 1 7 1 89
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 9 16 1 26
Education, Other 9 31 15 3 58
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 6 2 22 6 1 37
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 5 21 14 43
Electrician
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 40 239 1 49 8 337
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 9 14 14 1 3 2 43
Environmental Science
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General 2 4 6
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 1 1 2
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 20 72 1 12 3 108
Forensic Science and Technology 6 12 1 19
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General 1 12 5 4 1 23
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 24 50 3 12 3 93
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 10 1 3 14
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician
Histologic Technician 2 4 9 15
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 2 64 61 9 3 139
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 1 3 6
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 15 13 23 2 7 2 62
Information Technology 4 13 17 7 41
Interior Design 1 6 1 8
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 3 9 12 1 25
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 6 45 6 1 60
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 289 1,325 6,108 107 7 681 230 8,771
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 39 34 1 3 78
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 1 5 9
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 9 27 4 1 41
Mathematics Teacher Education 4 4
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 4 20 1 9 2 37
Medical/Clinical Assistant 6 14 2 1 23
Music Technology 1 5 13 5 24
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 1 12 1 1 15
Office Management and Supervision 1 7 29 5 43
Operations Management and Supervision
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 3 15 3 21
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 1 9 25 5 1 42
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 35 44 6 2 87
Photography 2 1 3
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 2 36 4 1 43
Physician Assistant 7 17 5 1 10 4 44
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 4 13 1 1 19
Real Estate 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 12 212 414 32 87 24 782
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2 11 28 5 3 49
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 2 2 20 6 30
Restaurant/Food Services Management 15 12 14 7 5 53
Retail Management
Security and Loss Prevention Services 15 16 5 1 37
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 23 77 2 9 3 116
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 5 4 3 3 15
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Tourism and Travel Services Management 3 3 6
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 14 4 19
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1 10 1 3 16

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1478th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,220 ($68,557 male / $65,016 female)
Number of FT Faculty 733 (344 male / 389 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,686
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $20,830,658
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