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Start College Early

It’s never too early to start your college education at Miami Dade. Even if you are not graduating from high school this year, you can start college early. Miami Dade offers a host of innovative MDC Studentsand dynamic programs that allow students to get a jump start on their future, including our Dual Enrollment Program (where you can take courses that earn you both high school and college credits), our School for Advanced Studies (a program in which 91 percent of seniors receive Florida Bright Futures Scholarships), and New World School of the Arts (a college program and full-time high school preparing students for professional careers in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts).

Here are some tips for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors on what you can do to prepare yourself to enter Miami Dade. If you are a high school:

Sophomore: You should be preparing to take the SAT or ACT next year. Miami Dade College offers prep courses for these tests. You can also start thinking about what major you might want to pursue in college and determining whether the high school courses you are taking will help you meet that goal. Interested in a health degree? Perhaps you should consider that extra science class. Want to be an accountant? One more math class under your belt would certainly help. Also, talk to your CAP advisor about what scholarships are available.  For more, go to Career Service,, or find out more about scholarships.

Junior/Senior: During your junior year, come and visit Miami Dade.  It is always a good idea to see the campus yourself and to meet faculty and students while classes are in session. You should also take the SAT and ACT as a junior. Depending on your score, determine whether you need to take it again your senior year. Also, during your senior year you can apply to be enrolled at Miami Dade!
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