Information for Parents

Honors College students graduating

We are delighted to partner with you to ensure the Honors students are fully engaged in the program and successfully reach their goals. Below you will find frequently asked questions from Parents. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about The Honors College at the following events. We look forward to meeting you!

The Honors College at Miami Dade College is a place where academically gifted students explore new ideas and collaborate with exceptional faculty in an intimate learning community. The Honors College offers a rigorous curriculum with an array of courses, seminars, and enrichment activities. At the InterAmerican Campus, this curriculum involves an intensive dual language program in English and Spanish.

Students in The Honors College are part of a selective learning community. They enjoy special privileges that include:

  • Individual attention and opportunities to collaborate with highly qualified professors
  • Small interactive classes
  • University transfer advisement to prestigious universities
  • Individualized counseling for educational and career planning
  • Special access to cutting-edge science, language, and computer laboratories
  • Internships and service learning activities related to the student's field of study
  • National and international academic seminars
  • Special Honors College notation on transcript and diploma

Additionally, the honors dual language program offers:

  • A global perspective in all classes
  • An opportunity for international experiences including foreign exchanges, study travel excursions, and internships
  • Proficiency in two languages

Students are expected to satisfy the following requirements to maintain enrollment in The Honors College:

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA each semester
  • Complete at least 60 credits of which 36 must be honors
  • Enroll in at least 12 credits per semester
  • Pursue course of study approved by their Campus Director
  • Satisfactorily complete the IDH Leadership Curriculum (includes service hours)
  • Attend Colloquium each semester

The transition from high school to college is especially challenging during the first year. As students maintain a full course load, satisfy their service hours requirements, and take on leadership roles on campus or the community, you may see less of them at home. They will be inspired to do their very best and will want to invest time into their studies and other commitments. Although we encourage them to have a balanced life their academics will take priority. We invite you to be supportive as they learn to manage all of these responsibilities.

Parents of Honors College graduates have shared the following effective ways to partner with Honors College students:

  • Help them manage their time to allow for focused study and homework
  • Prioritize commitments with a willingness to excuse them if coursework demands attention
  • Learn about the colleges and universities that interest them in and outside of Florida
  • Attend events at The Honors College designed to provide you with information

The state prohibits disclosure of student performance. If you have questions about your child's progress in The Honors College, please discuss this with him/her.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about FERPA.

Contact the campus where your student is enrolled for general information

  • InterAmerican Campus - 305-237-6713
  • Kendall Campus - 305-237-2148
  • North Campus - 305-237-1106
  • Wolfson Campus - 305-237-7077

We understand that in order for our students to be successful, they must have the support of family and friends. The Honors College has scheduled several information sessions for parents of freshmen students. These sessions are designed to help families understand what Honors Students experience at The Honors College and also provide important information. It is particularly important for parents to understand the different considerations that inform the transfer process and decisions. We look forward to seeing you and your family at these program sessions. More detailed information will be provided throughout the semester.


Save the Date for the following Student Parent Programs:

  • September 10, 2014 – Parent Orientation and Welcome (Parents of Freshmen Students)
  • September 30, 2014 – Induction Ceremony (Parents of Freshman Students) – click here to RSVP

The Honors College Open Houses:

Thursday, October 23
Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus
Room 2106
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday, November 13
Miami Dade College – InterAmerican Campus
Room 3103
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday, January 22
Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus
Room 6120
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday, February 5
Miami Dade College – North Campus
Room 2151
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Click here to RSVP for one of our Open House events.

Testimonials

"I am grateful to The Honors College for all the people - professors, directors, alumni, peers, - who are committed to our success."

Laiyen Suarez, Class of 2013