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So Many Questions...

  1. MDC GraduateWhat majors, degrees, and certificate programs does Miami Dade offer?
  2. What does it cost to attend MDC? 
  3. What does it cost to apply to MDC?
  4. When are classes available?
  5. Which campus has my major?
  6. What if my work schedule and other obligations prevent me from being able to take courses on campus?
  7. Will I be one of the oldest students on campus, and one of the few who is balancing work and home?
  8. How or where can I park?
  9. I want to attend Miami Dade College to get a better job or upgrade my skills. How can Miami Dade help me?
  10. What is the Computerized Placement Test (CPT)?
  11. What if my English is not good enough to take the Computerized Placement Test (CPT)?
  12. Will I qualify for financial aid, and how soon do I need to apply?
  13. Do I have to apply to Miami Dade by a certain time?
  14. How long are the semesters?
  15. What is an articulation agreement, and how will it help me advance my education?
  16. How do I get my student identification and parking decal? 
  17. Where can I buy my books?
  18. How do I find my classroom?

What majors, degrees, and certificate programs does Miami Dade offer? 
We offer more than 150 academic programs leading to the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate inScience (A.S.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in several fields, Bachelor of Applied Sciences in criminal justice, as well as numerous certificates. The A.A. degree prepares students to enter the junior year at four-year colleges and universities. The A.S. degree help prepare students for careers in scientific, technical, and business fields. Many of these courses may also be transferred to a four-year university or college. The B.S. degree is offered through our School of Education. Learn more about all of academic programs and our distinguished Honors College.

What does it cost to attend MDC? 
Learn more.

What does it cost to apply to MDC?
The cost to apply is $20.

When are classes available?
Miami Dade leads the nation in offering flexible class scheduling for community college students. Whether you are a full-time student who prefers to take courses during the day, or if you want to work during the day and attend class at night, you will find what you need at Miami Dade. We also offer Weekend College for students unable to attend weekday or evening classes. Classes are scheduled on Friday evenings, and on Saturdays and Sundays in morning or afternoon blocks. Or sign up for our Virtual College which allows students to take online courses. To find out more about all of these options, talk to your academic advisor or go to our College Catalog.

Which campus has my major?
All of our campuses offer general requirement courses (except the Medical Campus). Once you have begun to pursue more advanced courses, you may need to take classes at a specified campus. Learn more about each campus.

What if my work schedule and other obligations prevent me from being able to take courses on campus?
The Virtual College was developed for students who—because of busy home/work schedules, family obligations, physical disabilities, or geographical constraints—are unable to attend scheduled on-campus classes. Virtual College is ideal for working mothers, students who travel often, or those who live in distant locales. These classes are as challenging as any other course. The courses are fully accredited and taught by fully credentialed faculty. Credits earned are recorded on students’ transcripts in the same manner as all other courses. Register for Virtual College courses just as you would for any other course: online, in person at any Campus, or by mail. At the Virtual College, students are a part of a “virtual” learning community where other adult learners and faculty interact and share knowledge to better help everyone in the class grow intellectually and professionally, and gain the learning objectives. Participation in the courses is required from the first day of class.

According to the learning objectives for the course and the faculty's course design, students are involved in a variety of activities such as discussion forums, live chat, viewing multimedia content, completing online assignments and field experiences, interacting with tutorials and educational games, participating in scavenger hunts and other online interactive strategies, working with groups, creating real products, and taking online quizzes and tests.
If you would like to speak to a staff member of the Virtual College, you can do so by calling 305.237.3151, Monday–Friday, during regular business hours (Eastern Time). Or visit us online.

Will I be one of the oldest students on campus, and one of the few who is balancing work and home?
No! The average age of a Miami Dade student is 27.  And the average age of vocational certificate students is even higher with 64 percent of students age 26 and older and 20 percent over 40. For non-credit students, the average age of continuing workforce education is 36.6.  Most Miami Dade students are employed, with 28 percent working 40 hours or more per week. About one-fourth of students take their classes in the evening.

How or where can I park?
Each campus has free parking available to students who have an MDC parking decal. Go to the Student Life Department for more information on parking at each campus.

I want to attend Miami Dade College to get a better job or upgrade my skills. How can Miami Dade help me? First, please take a look at our complete list of academic programs. We offer many degree programs and certificates, including our Vocational Certificate Credit programs. These postsecondary training programs prepare students to enter a specific career or vocation. Programs vary widely in length and complexity. Certificates are awarded after successful completion of specified courses and satisfaction of language and computational skills. Miami Dade also offers College Credit Certificate Programs. Focusing on a specific job or set of skills, these programs require fewer credits than an A.S. degree and are Florida Department of Education Certified College Credit programs. The credits granted will apply toward the related A.S. degree.

What is the Computerized Placement Test (CPT)?
The CPT test is used across Florida to determine which courses you need 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 exam. To better prepare yourself for the CPT, please ask the testing department at your campus about PASS, the practice version of the CPT. You will want to take PASS before you take the CPT. You may take PASS twice before taking the CPT exam. You may take the CPT no more than two times. Miami Dade College will use the higher of your two exam scores. The important thing to know is that you cannot register for classes at Miami Dade until you have taken the CPT and your CPT scores will determine which courses you can take. So you want to make sure you do as well as you can. Learn more about testing.

What if my English is not good enough to take the Computerized Placement Test (CPT)?
Students without sufficient English proficiency to take the CPT are required to take the ACT ESL Placement Test (ACT-ESL) or have adequate scores on the TOEFL. Learn more about testing. Also, visit our Web site Español.

Will I qualify for financial aid, and how soon do I need to apply?
Apply early! Most scholarships and institutional grants will require you to apply for federal financial aid first.

Many of our students receive state and federal funding and scholarships. You can apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a tool used by students to receive federal grants and loans to pay for college classes. Complete your FAFSA application online, or pick up an application at the Financial Aid Office. You may also be eligible for other state or institutional support, such as the Hope Tax Credit or a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, both of which you may claim when you file your taxes. To contact financial aid, call 305.237.8888.

Do I have to apply to Miami Dade by a certain time?
You can apply to Miami Dade at any time. However, the earlier you apply the better chance you will have of securing financial aid and of getting into the classes you want.

How long are the semesters?
Although there are exceptions, the fall semester generally begins in August and ends in December. The spring semester begins in January and runs through April. The summer session is from May to July.

What is an articulation agreement, and how will it help me advance my education?
An articulation agreement is an agreement specifying how courses transfer among academic institutions. In Florida, an articulation agreement with all state universities guarantees admission to any student with an A.A. degree. Miami Dade has created articulation agreements with more than 60 colleges and universities throughout the nation— including statewide with Florida’s public four-year colleges and universities, as well as with 27 Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF). Essentially, under an articulation agreement, students meeting the grade and course requirements of designated four-year schools are automatically accepted. Learn more.   

How do I get my student identification and parking decal?
There is free parking at all of our campuses as long as you have an MDC Student Identification Card and parking decal. To get these, you’ll need to show a paid class schedule, vehicle registration, and photo ID at the Student Life department on your campus.

Where can I buy my books?
Each of our seven campuses and two centers has its own bookstore.

How do I find my classroom?
There are four-digit numbers associated with each classroom. For example, if the classroom number you are given 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!

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.