Miami Dade College (MDC)

300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL

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Miami Dade College was established in 1959 and welcomed its first group of students in 1960. Nicknamed Chicken Coop College, after the original buildings that were converted into classrooms, 1,428 students attended the first year.

Amid the politics of desegregation and the convergence of Cuban refugees, Dade County Junior College admitted seven black students and was the first Florida junior college to be integrated.

By the mid 1960s, approximately 15,000 students attended the school. The college became one of the largest in the state of Florida by 1967, with over 23,000 students enrolled.

In 1970, a downtown campus was opened. This was a decade of growth for Miami Dade College. In 1977, the Medical Center Campus opened its doors and by 1979, bilingual studies were offered with 2,000 students enrolled in outreach areas. These eventually became the Inter America Center.

By 1983, over 18,000 students attending Miami Dade College were immigrants and refugees. Women made up 56% of the student body. 66% of students were minorities. At this time, Miami Dade entered a partnership with Florida International University.

Miami Dade College opened its fifth campus in First Baptist Church in 1985 with 350 students in attendance. A modern campus was opened in 1991 to accommodate the growing student body. The college had gained national recognition by 1989, when it became the best community college in the United States.

Miami Dade College had welcomed 1.5 million students by 2000. It still continues to grow today, not only in educational resources but also socially, culturally and economically.


Miami Dade College has eight campuses. The academic programs are accredited by many prestigious institutions, including:

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistant
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Federal Aviation Administration

Associate Degrees are offered in more than 150 fields. Examples include:

  • Biology
  • Science Applied Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Pre-law
  • Teaching

The curriculum has been created to accommodate students who wish to attend a four year institution. The Graduate of Honors is designed for gifted high school students and many have went on to attend such prestigious educational institutions such as Columbia, Stanford and Yale.

Student Life

Each of the eight campuses of Miami Dade College offer students a unique perspective on college life. They provide assistance to promote cultural richness and diversity and support students as they hone leadership skills, grow intellectually and evaluate their personal values. Students are also prepared to be active and informed citizens of the community.


Miami Dade College is part of the Florida Community College Activities Association Southern Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association. Their five intercollegiate teams include:

  • Men's Baseball
  • Women's Softball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Volleyball


The Miami Dade community is a tropical paradise. Beaches are abundant for fun in the sun. The nearby Everglades National Park is a unique outdoor experience and is home to fourteen endangered and rare species. The park is also a great place for the outdoor enthusiast to canoe, camp or hike.

If you like to shop or party, South Beach is the place for you. Art galleries, boutiques and museums are plentiful and the night life is amazing.

Other interesting attractions include, Coral Castle, Parrot Jungle Island, Miami Museum of Science, Seaquarium and many more. Be sure to check out festivals and events taking place locally. There's always something going on in the Miami Dade area.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $30 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $2,000-$2,400
    • Out-of-State: $7,900-$9,536
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $120-$140 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $400-$480 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid78%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships77%$5,214
Receiving Student Loans18%$2,973

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Miami Dade College may offer student services like:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for this school, versus those community colleges in Florida, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 MDCMiami-Dade CountyFlorida
Graduation Rate31.8%-36.8%
Transfer-out Rate11.3%-12.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Med Ctr Campus

  • Dental Hygienist Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1970)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1980)
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  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2011)
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  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1975)

Campus: North Campus

  • Funeral Service Education Program
    • Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 1981)

Campus: Miami Dade College

  • Funeral Service Education Program
    • Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 1967)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Security and Protective Services

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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