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About Miami Dade

Dynamic and Diverse

So you’re thinking about applying to Miami Dade and you want to know a little more about the College. Maybe you hope a Miami Dade education will help you get a better job or allow you to make Campus Shotmore money. Or perhaps you just want to upgrade your current skills. Whatever the reason, Miami Dade College has what you need.

Today, more than 160,000 students attend Miami Dade College, a state-supported college with seven campuses, two centers and numerous outreach centers. We are the largest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the most highly regarded colleges in the nation.

Our student body is diverse and so is the highly qualified faculty we employ. More than 20 percent of our full-time faculty have doctorate degrees and 38 percent hold the rank of professor. All of them are experienced. And because of that, they understand the unique needs of Miami Dade students. They know that more than half of our students are the first in their families to attend college and 80 percent are working while attending classes.

With that in mind, Miami Dade strives to offer a wide range of courses at convenient locations and times. Each of our campuses offers a broad base of general education courses, allowing you to take first-year classes at any of our campuses (except the Medical Campus). That means you get to decide which campus you want to attend. Take all of your first-year classes at one campus, or follow the path of some of our working students and take morning classes near your home and evening and weekend classes near your place of work. As you begin to take more advanced courses, you may need to focus your studies at a specific campus where your program is offered. Or you may be interested in our Virtual College which allows students to take online courses. The bottom line is that there is something for everyone on all of our campuses. Find out more about all of our campuses and centers.

A Rich History of Educational Innovation

Miami Dade was created with the idea that anyone with a desire to get a college degree should be given that opportunity. Miami Date first opened its doors in the 1960s, amidst the strain of desegregation and the influx of thousands of Cuban refugees. Initially, 1,428 students entered “Chicken Coop College,” nicknamed for the original buildings that were transformed into classrooms. Dade County Junior College, as it was known back then, was open to any county resident who had graduated from high school. When it opened, the College became Florida’s first integrated junior college. By the mid-1960s, enrollment had grown to more than 15,000 students. By 1967, the College was the largest institution of higher education in the state of Florida.

The next decade, Miami Dade further raised what was expected from students, setting a new standard for community colleges throughout the nation. It was during this time that K. Patricia Cross, visiting professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, called Miami Dade “the most exciting institution of higher education in the country.” By the 1980s, almost 33 percent of Miami Dade’s students were immigrants or refugees, and 46 percent reported that English was not their native language. Almost 66 percent were minorities, and 56 percent were women. Part-time students were common. In 1984, Miami Dade started Books by the Bay, which evolved into the Miami Book Fair International.

The next two decades were marked by comprehensive reforms of academic programs, as well as the creation of more than 50 new degree and short-term certificate training programs. Miami Dade also introduced multimedia classrooms and the Virtual College, followed by the prestigious Honors College and the Emerging Technologies Center of the Americas (ETCOTA), as well as took on management of the reinvigorated Miami International Film Festival. In 2003, Miami Dade introduced four-year degrees, and changed its name to 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.