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Facts in Brief

Background: back to top

Opened September 1960

Operation: back to top

Miami Dade College, a state-supported college with seven campuses, three centers and numerous outreach centers, is the largest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the most highly regarded in the nation. It is governed by a seven-member District Board of Trustees and the College President.

Location: back to top

North Campus
11380 N.W. 27 Avenue, Miami, FL 33167

Kendall Campus
11011 S.W. 104 Street, Miami, FL 33176

Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33132

Medical Campus
950 N.W. 20 Street, Miami, FL 33127

Homestead Campus
500 College Terrace, Homestead, FL 33030

InterAmerican Campus
627 S.W. 27 Avenue, Miami, FL 33135

New World School of the Arts
25 N.E. 2 Street, Miami, FL 33132

Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center
6300 N.W. 7 Avenue, Miami, FL 33150

Hialeah Campus
1776 W. 49 Street, Hialeah, FL 33012

MDC-West
3800 N.W. 115th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178

Enrollment: back to top

Total students served during 2012-2013: 164,378.
Total students served during 2011-2012: 166,660.
Total students served during 2010-2011: 174,645.

Curriculum and Degrees: back to top

  • Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Secondary Mathematics Education, and Secondary Science, with specialties in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Science and Physics, and Electronic Engineering Technology, Biological Sciences, and Early Childhood Education. 
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Management; Supervision and Management; Film, Television, and Digital Production; and Health Sciences -  Physician Assistant Studies. 
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • Associate in Arts (University transfer programs).
  • Educator Preparation Institute.
  • Associate in Science and College Credit Certificates (two-year degree, college credit and certificate programs in occupational areas, several of which are transferable to the upper division). Occupational program areas include but are not limited to: business, computers, aviation, hospitality and travel, criminal justice, fire science, allied health, nursing, public service, entertainment and other occupational program areas.
  • Associate of Applied Science (two-year degree that leads to employment).
  • Advanced Technical Certificate (certification beyond the AAS/AS degrees).
  • Career Training programs including: Vocational Credit Certificates (hands-on technology courses leading to employment).
  • Continuing workforce and adult education, and recreation and leisure (non-credit).

Degrees Awarded: back to top

  • Annually awards more associate degrees than any other community college in the United States.*
  • Miami Dade College is number one in the country among other colleges in awarding the most:
    • Associate degrees
    • Associate degrees to Hispanics.
    • Associate degrees to African-Americans.
    • Associate degrees in all disciplines.
    • Associate degrees in all disciplines to minorities.
    • Associate degrees in Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies & Humanities.
    • Associate degrees in Nursing.

*Excluding predominantly online programs or colleges.

Cost to Students: back to top

2014-2015 Lower division: Florida resident, $116.22 per credit; Out-of-state student, $400.51 per credit.

2014-2015 Upper division: Florida resident, $127.89 per credit; Out-of-state student, $533.97 per credit.

Fall 2013 Credit-Student Profile: back to top

  • 32.3% of Miami Dade's students are between 21-25 and 18-20 years of age
  • Average student age is 26.
  • 62% of students attend on a part-time basis.
  • Ethnic mix: 7%  White non-Hispanic; 18%, Black non-Hispanic; 71%, Hispanic; 4%, other ethnicities.
  • 58% of Miami Dade students are female; 42% are male.

Faculty: back to top

There are 743 full-time faculty members as of Spring 2014.

Employees: back to top

  • As of Spring 2014, Miami Dade College has 2,436 full-time employees, 78% of whom are ethnic minorities.
  • 58% of full-time employees are female.
  • Miami Dade has 4450 part-time employees; about 39% are part-time faculty.

Board of Trustees: back to top

  • Helen Aguirre Ferré, Chair
  • Armando J. Bucelo Jr.
  • Benjamin León III
  • Marili Cancio
  • Jose K. Fuentes
  • Armando J. Olivera 
  • Bernie Navarro
  • Eduardo J. Padrón

College President: back to top

Eduardo J. Padrón

Transfer: back to top

  • 73 percent of students with an Associate in Arts degree continue their education at a four-year college or university in Florida immediately upon graduation.
  • Miami Dade College has transfer agreements with all of the state universities as well as numerous agreements with colleges and universities across the country, including: The University of Wisconsin - Madison, Georgia Tech, Smith College and the University of Texas.

Residents: back to top

  • 95 percent of the credit students at Miami Dade College are Miami-Dade County residents, Fall 2013.
  • 27 percent of all minority students attending Florida community colleges are attending Miami Dade College.
  • Miami Dade College enrolls more minorities than any other college or university in the United States, including the most Hispanics.
  • Miami Dade College graduates more minorities than any other college or university in the United States, including the most Hispanics.*

Economic Impact: back to top

MDC's overall economic impact on the community was estimated to be approximately $4 billion in a 2010 study. Contributing to the impact were $280 million in direct purchases from local businesses, the significantly lower unemployment rate among community college graduates compared to high school graduates, and higher earnings for graduates. Approximately 9 out of 10 MDC students stay in the region and contribute to the local economy after they leave the college.

Cultural Programming: back to top

  • Miami Book Fair International
  • Miami International Film Festival
  • MDC Live Arts (formerly Cultural del Lobo)
  • Programs
  • Art Gallery System
  • Miami International Sculpture Park

Accreditation: back to top

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.

Specific Programs which hold additional accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly, National League for Nursing Accreditation)
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals Approval Commission
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
  • American Health Information Management Association Foundation, Professional Certificate Approval Program
  • American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy
  • American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
  • Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions
  • Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Rev. April 2014




Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or genetic information. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for information.