Where to Begin
We asked students like you what they most wanted to know. Below is a step‑by‑step list of everything you may need, from how to apply and required placement tests, to financial aid and more.
- First Step: Create Your MyMDC Account Online
- Second Step: Apply
- Third Step: Send in Your Test Scores & Transcripts
- Fourth Step: Apply for Financial Aid
- Fifth Step: Select Courses with Your Advisor
- Sixth Step: Pay Fees on Time
- Seventh Step: Student I.D. and Parking
- Eighth Step: Purchase your Books
- Ninth Step: Get Ready for the First Day of Classes
- Tenth Step: Congratulations, You’re Ready to Go!
First Step: Create Your MyMDC Account Online
Start by creating your MyMDC account. Your account allows you to save your work, and return to it later. Once accepted, you'll use your account to do everything from choosing classes to registering and viewing your financial aid.
Second Step: Apply
Once you create your MyMDC account, complete our NEW online application. You can also print a hard copy and mail your completed application with your fee to the Admissions Office at the campus you are interested in attending. If you are uncertain of what you want to study, check out Miami Dade College’s Career Services or facts.org for help. You may also contact our New Student Center and ask for a pre‑admission counselor.
Third Step: Send in Your Test Scores & Transcripts
If you have taken the ACT or SAT, go to http://www.collegeboard.com or http://www.actstudent.org/ to send us your test scores if you have not done so already. Don't have SAT or ACT scores? Don't worry, you can take MDC's Computerized Placement Test (CPT), which is used across Florida to determine course placement in English and mathematics. If you have not taken the ACT or SAT (or if your scores were not high enough), you need to take the CPT. Make sure you take the practice test (called PASS). You may take PASS twice before taking the CPT. You may also take the CPT twice. MDC will use your highest CPT scores. You cannot register for classes until you have placement scores. They will determine which courses you can take, so you want to make sure you do as well as you can. If you are a new international student and/or not proficient in English, you will need to take the ACT ESL Placement Test (ACT ESL) or have adequate scores on the TOEFL. Learn more about testing.
Fourth Step: Apply for Financial Aid
Even if you are not sure you will be eligible for financial aid, you should apply because that’s the only way to find out . Apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or go to MDC's online financial aid page.You can also pick up an application at the Financial Aid Office.
Fifth Step: Select Courses with Your Advisor
Entering students MUST SEE AN ADVISOR to register for classes. Your advisor will explain your scores and tell you the courses you need to take first. Many students who come to Miami Dade College are not "college ready," but that's O.K. We have classes called "College Prep," designed to help you get ready. Based on your test scores, your advisor will let you know if you need to take College Prep classes. If this is the case, you will also take a Student Life Skills course, which is required for those taking College Prep. In this class, you'll learn about time management and study skills and explore the different degrees we offer. If you are ready to go straight into college level courses, your advisor will help you pick a class schedule, register for courses and discuss requirements for your major. If you are uncertain about your major, your advisor can also help, plus you can always head to Career Services.
Sixth Step: Pay Fees on Time
You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard. We also accept electronic checks. Make sure you pay by the deadline printed on your class schedule. To pay in person, please go to your campus Bursar's Office. Remember, if you register early, you will have more time to pay your fees and you will have a better selection of courses. If you need assistance with your fees, talk to our Financial Aid Office. There are short-term loans that allow you to pay your fees in two installments, with no interest.
Seventh Step: Student I.D. and Parking
Get your official MDC Student Identification Card and parking decal in Student Life. Your ID lets you take advantage of the many student activities and events available, and gives you use of labs and the library. To get your I.D. and parking decal, you'll need to show a paid class schedule, vehicle registration and photo I.D. Your parking decal will give you access to free parking at any of our MDC campuses and your student identification card will give you access to discounts throughout Miami.
Eighth Step: Purchase Your Books
Each campus has a bookstore. Stop in and get your books early when the lines are shorter and the chances of getting the books you need are greater!
Ninth Step: Get Ready for the First Day of Classes
Before classes begin, stop by your campus and find your buildings and classrooms. Here's a tip: there are four numbers associated with each classroom. For example, if the number is 3210, then the first number (3) represents the number of the building on campus, the second number (2) represents the floor your class is on, and the last two numbers (10) are the number of the actual classroom!
Tenth Step: Congratulations, You're Ready to Go!