Volume 1, Number 14 - JUNE 13, 2011

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Early Registration Now Available For Specific Students

By Monica Suarez

Miami Dade College is restructuring its registration process by allowing students that fall within certain criteria the opportunity to register for classes early.

Beginning June 22, early registration will be offered to students that are veterans; have been admitted to Limited Access Programs; are working toward a bachelor’s degree; have applied for graduation; attend the School for Advanced Studies; or are degree-seeking and currently enrolled with at least 45 credits completed toward their degree.

On June 23, students that are currently enrolled with at least 30 credits completed toward their degree can register for fall classes.

“I am very happy that MDC is implementing this new system,” said Alysse Llerena, a business administration major at Hialeah Campus. “This will finally give me a chance to finish what I started and I won’t have to wait to get the attention I need. I know that on this day, I’m getting registered.”

Students that are currently enrolled with at least 15 credits toward their degree—as well as new and returning degree-seeking and certificate-seeking students—can register for fall classes on June 24.

All other students including non-degree-seeking, non-credit, transfer, high school dual enrollment and early admission students are eligible to register on June 25.

According to Cecilia Puccini, registrar at North Campus, the new system was put in place for two reasons.

“Firstly, the new system will allow students that are in restricted programs or close to graduation the chance to register before other students,” said Puccini. “Secondly, this will prevent overload in the College system. Students are always trying to register at the same time, so this will help our students register in a timely fashion.”

However, not all students will benefit from the revamped registration process.

“I personally don’t qualify for priority registration,” said Meaggan Peña, 21, a hospitality and tourism major at North Campus. “I mean, yeah it is a great system for students that need only a certain amount of classes, however, I also find that it is unfair for other students to have to wait until the last minute to register. It would really suck if they didn’t get the classes they want because of a system that left them for last.”

Although there are mixed feelings about this new system, Malou Harrison, dean of students at North Campus, assures its success.

“Priority registration is a standard in academia, and it's a good move for Miami Dade College,” Harrison said. “It promotes efficiency in that it's driven in great part by students' progress toward program completion, and one of our top College priorities is to propel students toward college completion and ultimately the realization of their career goals.”

For more information, contact your campus registrar:

Hialeah 305-237-8775
Homestead 305-237-5555
InterAmerican 305-237-6045
Kendall 305-237-2222
Medical 305-237-4160
North 305-237-1111
West 305-237-8900
Wolfson 305-237-3131



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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.
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