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Miami Dade College
Other name
Former names
Dade Junior College
Miami Dade Junior College
Miami Dade Community College
TypePublic college
Established1959; 65 years ago (1959)
Parent institution
Florida College System
Academic affiliations
Endowment$491.7 million (2019)[1]
PresidentMadeline Pumariega[2]
Academic staff
Students47,245 (all undergraduate)[4]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue & Gray    [5]
MascotFinn the Shark[6]

Miami Dade College (Miami Dade, MDC or Dade)[7] is a public college in Miami, Florida. Founded in 1959, it has a total of eight campuses[8] and twenty-one outreach centers throughout Miami-Dade County. It is the largest college in the Florida College System with more than 100,000 students.[9][10] The college enrolls a significantly larger number of Hispanic students compared to other colleges and universities in the state of Florida.[11] The college serves a higher number of minority students than any other college in the nation.[12]


Initially established on the farm of a county high school, Dade County Junior College and later, Miami Dade Community College—as it was formerly known—had its modest beginnings. Like most organizations at the time, it was a segregated institution. It wasn't until 1962 that desegregation took full effect, and black and white students could share full schedules. In 1963, the first new building was constructed, and Peter Masiko would become president for the next 18 years.[13] As the years progressed, more campuses began opening across the county,including the Kendall Campus and the Wolfson Campus.

Initially, the college had an open admissions policy, meaning anyone who could afford to pay was allowed to study at the campus. Due to this, the college aimed to improve its academic stance among alumni. To encourage this movement, a Medical Center was built for students in Allied Health and Nursing (RN) programs. As the number of Cuban exiles and refugees began to rise in 1980, an outreach center was built in the city of Hialeah. This allowed refugees and immigrants educational opportunities that they wouldn't be able to achieve otherwise. Another outreach center, the InterAmerican Center, was built to accommodate bilingual education. The Homestead Campus was built in 1990 in Homestead to relieve the concerns of students having to drive to the Kendall Campus In Miami. In the mid-1990s, the college began to rely heavily on the Miami Dade College Foundation as the Florida legislature reduced the state's education budget. The college also had to figure out new ways of recruiting students. It began its "Successful Alumni" campaign in the late 1990s, marketing the success of the college's alumni to local prospective students.

Beginning in 2001, the college implemented a strategic plan to revamp the college and its recruiting goals. In 2002, the college disbanded its Honors Program and created The Honors College for talented high school graduates.[14][failed verification] The Honors College is a representation of Miami Dade College's most academically gifted students in different fields and was originally based on the three larger campuses (Wolfson, Kendall, and North). In 2006, Miami Dade College surpassed 1.5 million students enrolled throughout its history. In 2007, The Honors College expanded into the Eduardo J. Padron Campus (formerly - InterAmerican Campus) with The Honors College Dual Language Honors Program to tailor to the needs of the growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States as well as abroad. The Dual Language Honors Program opened its doors to bilingual students who wish to continue their careers with professional fluency in the English and Spanish languages. In 2009, The MDC Honors College Dual Language Program earned the merit of Innovation of the Year in the Learning and Teaching Department from the League for Innovation. The Honors College continues to expand and will open its fifth campus at Miami Dade College Homestead Campus Fall 2022. In 2018, Miami Dade was awarded and recognized for its path to economic and social mobility by the Aspen Institute. The award received was the $1 million Aspen Prize.

In its first year of operation, The Honors College admitted a cohort of about 75 college freshman located at Wolfson campus. In its second year, it admitted a like-sized cohort of about 75 graduating seniors at the Wolfson campus, North Campus, and Kendall Campus. Among these inaugural classes, international students hailed from countries like Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. By the year 2005, The Honors College had an enrollment total of 400 undergraduate students.[15]

In order to qualify for The Honors College, graduating high school seniors or first-year college students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA):

  • At least 3.7 weighed.
  • At least 3.5 unweighed.

Minimum Standardized Test Scores:

  • ACT: Reading 19, Math 19, English 17
  • SAT: Reading 24, Math 24, Writing and Language 25

Additionally, consideration for the Dual Language program requires a demonstration of Spanish proficiency. In this case, the requirements are as follows:

  • High School Degree in a Spanish-speaking country.
  • AP Spanish Language or AP Spanish Literature: Score of 4 or higher.
  • Spanish Translation & Interpretation exam: Score of 55% or higher.
  • Spanish Language or Spanish Literature class: Grade of A or B.

Lastly, the application process also involves a standard MDC application and a specialized Honors College application, which requests official high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and supplemental questions. Qualified students are invited to an interview with the admissions committee.[15]

Once students are admitted into the Honors College, they become part of an enriched learning environment with an academically challenging courses, a community of scholars, personalized counseling, competitive scholarships, and transfer opportunities.[15] During their two years at the Honors College, students must complete 60 credits hours, 36 of which are taught by honors faculty, in order to successfully earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from Miami Dade College.[15] Their tuition is fully funded by the Honors Fellows Award, which covers all in-state tuition and offers a book allowance and stipend given on a semester-by-semester basis. To maintain a spot in the Honors College, students must complete community service hours, leadership courses, and a Colloquia requirement.[15]

In 2021, Eduardo Padron was succeeded by Madeline Pumariega as president of the college. He had held the position since 1995.[2][16]

Campus Year opened Students Size Location
Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center[17] 1989 2,500+ NA Liberty City, Miami
Hialeah Campus[18] 1980
2005 (Official designation)
8 acres Hialeah
Homestead Campus[19] 1990 18 acres Downtown Homestead
Eduardo J. Padron Campus[20] 1986
2001 (Official designation)
6,500 4 acres Little Havana, Miami
Kendall Campus[21] 1967 66,500 185 acres Kendall, Miami
MDC-West[22] 2005 10 acres Doral
Medical Campus[23] 1977 4.3 acres Allapattah, Miami
North Campus[24] 1960 41,000 245 acres Westview
Wolfson Campus[25] 1970 27,000 15 acres Downtown Miami

Miami Dade College has eight campuses and two centers, with its main campus being the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. These eight campuses and various outreach centers are located throughout Miami-Dade County. The Honors College is currently represented on five campuses, with a bilingual program (English-Spanish) at the Padron Campus. All campuses have different schools for various disciplines (engineering, business, etc.). Some campuses also operate dual-enrollment programs for high school students. Most campuses also have College Preparatory or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses that help students pass the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) that is required for admittance and proves prospective students are qualified to take college-level mathematics and English courses

North Campus[edit]

Miami Dade North Campus Science Complex.

North Campus has specialized programs that train future firefighters, police officers, and Emergency medical service personnels. It also has a School of Entertainment and Design Technology. This campus partners with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) for engineering programs. The North Campus operates the Carrie Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center in Liberty City. The campus also offers a Bachelor in Applied Science degree in Public Safety that is housed within the School of Justice.

Kendall Campus[edit]

Kendall Campus - Building R.

Kendall Campus houses the college's athletic teams. The 185-acre campus opened in 1967.[26] It is home to the Honors College and the Miami Dade College Foundation.[27] Apart from the Latin Jazz experience being held at the Kendall Campus they also allow students to receive community service hours that can be apply to their degree through the CSI and Procedural Justice Camps for the youth, including those with disabilities.[28]

Wolfson Campus[edit]

The Wolfson Campus was opened in 1970 and is the only comprehensive urban campus in the city. Located within the city's financial, governmental, technological and cultural hubs, Wolfson educates over 27,000 students each year. MDC's Wolfson Campus program is designed Accelerate, Retain, Complete with Opportunities and Support and is aimed at creating a support network for 600 STEM students.[29] Each year, this campus hosts the Miami Book Fair International, the nation's largest literary festival. The Miami Culinary Institute of Miami Dade College is located in this campus where it offers a Chefs Apprentice Program, Culinary Arts Management and an Associate in science. It is a multi-million dollar architectural project.[30]

The goal is to keep Hispanic and other low-income high-need students engaged in the program. The campus has two art galleries, a library, and two computer courtyards. The Wolfson Campus also has business and paralegal studies programs.

Medical Center[edit]

Miami Dade College opened its medical campus in 1977.[31] It is located in Miami's Medical District near downtown Miami, trains students in the Nursing (BSN/RN) and Allied Health fields, completing the Associate in Applied Science and school degree that will allow them immediate entry into health professions. The Medical Campus also offers bachelor's degrees.[32] The campus shares its complex with The University of Miami's School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital and Miami Dade College Public Health Service[33] This campus also offers a simulation hospital which includes 8 medical surgical rooms, 2 OB rooms, 2 pediatric rooms, 9 debriefing rooms, 1 operating room, 1 simulated ambulance, 10 exam rooms and 1 apartment as well as 17 high fidelity human patient simulators.[34]

The Homestead Campus contains the college's aviation program, one of thirteen schools in the nation accredited ATC-CTI (Air Traffic Control Collegiate Training Initiative) status by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It also possesses, in addition to the Medical Campus, the Benjamin Leon School of Nursing that has trained over fifty percent of nurses in Miami-Dade County.[35]

Eduardo J. Padrón Campus[edit]

Building 6 that is located on the Eduardo J. Padron campus of Miami Dade College, minutes from downtown, Miami.

Eduardo J. Padrón Campus is the sixth campus created by Miami Dade College. It was previously known as the InterAmerican campus, but was later changed to Eduardo J Padrón in honor of MDC's president being with the college for 50 years.[36] This campus was first created in 1972, but didn't get the status of a "campus" til March 27, 2001.[37] This campus contains the School of Education which offers Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees.[38]

New World School of the Arts[edit]

The New World School of the Arts is both a high school and a college that focuses on visual arts, theatre, dance, and music. Admission requirements include an audition or review of the applicant's art portfolio. Aside from New World School of the Arts and the MEEC, there are nineteen other MDC outreach centers.[39][40]

Hialeah Campus[edit]

Night view of the Hialeah campus.

The Hialeah Campus is a former extension of the North Campus, houses a large and comprehensive English language training program for speakers of other languages in various instructional formats. Construction of a 1,000 car parking garage and a new building housing classrooms, science labs, and student services was completed in 2014. The Hialeah Campus offers associate programs and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. The campus has two buildings: Building 1 has four floors, and visitors will find the library, bookstore, Public safety office, cafeteria, Student Services, Student Life, Network and Media Services, testing department, and some classrooms. The second building houses faculty offices, wet labs, and the majority of classrooms.

Established in 2007 by two faculty advisors Ivonne Lamazares and Victor Calderin, Café Cultura [1] is the Hialeah Campus's literary magazine. Café Cultura members collect student works of poetry, fiction, and visual arts, to name a few, and publish the content. This is a year long process and new editions are published every Fall semester. Café Cultura is the recipient of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Golden Circle national award [2] and is the recipient of other notable recognitions at the state level [3].

The Hialeah Campus also has an academic mentorship program unique to the campus named S.C.H.O.L.A.R.S. (Service-Centered, Holistic Opportunities for Learning, Achievement, Retention and Success) [4]. SCHOLARS' core values are empathy, leadership, communication and teamwork. This program focuses on the first year student experience by assigning a peer mentor who can help students navigate the college experience, volunteer in their community, and become changemakers [5].[41]

West Campus[edit]

West Campus opened in March 2006 for students residing in or near Doral.[42] The campus had begun construction on a new 5 story garage in January 2012; in October of the same year, the garage collapsed, this collapse resulted in the death of 4 construction workers. In 2015 the contractors and subcontractors involved in the project reached an agreement with Miami Dade College in the amount of 33.5 million dollars.[43] Less than a year later in April 2016, two double tees collapsed while it was being rebuilt, injuring two workers. A report by OSHA determined the cause for the 2016 collapse was a lack of adequate support during the erection until permanent corrections were made.[44] In the fall of 2019, West Campus collaborated with Tesla Start, a program made for students looking to start a career in Tesla as a field technician. If passed, students will have a guaranteed position as a Field Technician as long as they accept within 30-days of completion.[45][46]

Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Educational Center[edit]

The Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Educational Center is an outreach center founded in 1989. It is named after the first African-American woman in the Florida senate, Carrie P. Meek. The Carrie Meek Foundation Scholarship Program supports the MDC Entrepreneurial Educational Center campus based in Liberty City, Miami. This is an institution based on offering young people the best possible education, mainly to impoverished neighborhoods. This campus offers college credit courses but focuses on non-credit courses and vocational programs, seminars, and workshops to train people for employment.[47]


Out of approximately 100,000 students, on average, almost 6,000 go on to earn a bachelor's degree, associate degrees, vocational, technical, or college credit certificates. Associate in Arts transfer students from Miami Dade College go on to transfer primarily to schools within the State University System of Florida. Although, some do transfer to out-of-state institutions, mainly through articulation agreements made between institutions. As a student in Miami Dade College, they are able to pursue an Associate or bachelor's degrees in over 70 majors with the option of also taking part in non-credit courses.[48] Students also have the opportunity to enroll in the honors program.[49]

Although students are offered a wide variety of majors, there are currently a list of top three majors in Miami Dade College which include Liberal Arts, Humanities, Nursing, and Business.[50] Allied Health Professions and Computer Information Systems follow these majors, naming them in the top five majors chosen by students.[51]

In 2010, Miami Dade College's Schools of Engineering and Technology that develops students to researchers, used a million-plus U.S. dollars grant from the National Science Foundation to start a computer laboratory used by students so they can apply their skills in resolving real-life-problems.[52]

In fall of 2019, the college implemented the Tesla START program for the purpose of teaching students how to become electric vehicle technicians.[53]

In the Fall semester of 2019, Miami Dade College implemented a learning degree for students to gain a College Credit or Associate in Science in Cybersecurity.[54]

The Inside Out Prison Exchange Program that MDC offers, intends to bring college students together and inmates for a semester-long learning at Everglades Correctional Institution.[55]

Tuition and Fees[56]
2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019
In-State $2,838 $2,838 $2,838 $2,838
Out-of-State $9,661 $9,661 $9,661 $9,661
Books and Supplies $1,500 $1,600 $1,600 $1,500

In the graduation year of 2016 in Miami Dade College, 13,351 degrees were awarded between undergraduate and graduate programs with majority of the recipients being Hispanic. The degrees were awarded to 59.9% of women while they were awarded to a percentage of 40.1% of men.[57]

Tuition and Fees by College Credit Program. $118.22 per credit hour for Resident Students, and $402.51 per credit hour for Non-Resident Students. Total Tuition per term (12 credits): $1,558.68 for Resident Students and $6,431.64 for Non-Resident Students. For completed an AA degree is with a total 60 credit that is an estimated around $7,093.02 for Resident Student and $24,156.06 for Non-Resident Student.[58]


Demographics of student body (2017)[59]
Students Florida U.S. Census
African American 16.4% 16.9% 13.4%
Asian American 1.2% 2.9% 5.8%
European American 6.6% 54.1% 60.7%
Hispanic American 72.1% 25.6% 18.1%
Multiracial American 0.6% 2.1% 2.7%
Native American 0.1% 0.5% 1.3%
International student 2.1% N/A
  • School for Advanced Studies (SAS): A limited admission opportunity for Miami-Dade Public School students. High school classes are held at Kendall, Hialeah, Wolfson, and North Campus alongside regular college credit courses, and students choose three college classes per semester to take in place of traditional high school electives. College books and tuition are paid for by the county, and there is no cost to students. Bus service is also provided throughout the county to the schools. The goal is to allow students to earn their Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree while earning their high school diploma. MDC also has a virtual college, where a degree can be attained completely over the internet.
  • Dual enrollment: The college offers dual enrollment for students who currently are attending Miami-Dade County public high school, private high schools, or home school. Dual enrollment allows students to enroll in a college course. The credits that are gained will be used toward both high school graduation and are accepted toward an associate or bachelor's degree at Miami Date college.[60]
  • Home Education Dual Enrollment Program: Miami Dade College offers dual enrollment options for homeschool students ranging from grades 6 to 12, who are formally registered with the Miami-Dade County Public School's Home Education Program. In accordance with Florida's policies on dual enrollment, all tuition, books, and fees are covered for eligible Home Education students. To qualify for enrollment in college-credit courses, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and achieve qualifying scores on standardized tests such as the ACCUPLACER, PERT, ACT, or SAT for courses that mandate certain competencies. Additionally, these students are expected to demonstrate sufficient emotional and intellectual maturity to handle the rigors of a college-level course.
  • Miami Dade Honors College: Beginning in May 2019, Miami Dade College began collaborating with the University of Miami to provide more enrollment opportunities for student.[61] This agreement will guarantee Miami Dade Honors College students acceptance and merit-based financial support at the University of Miami if they meet transfer requirements. This 10-year agreement will run until May 31, 2028. The enrollment for the fall semester will be limited to 300 MDC students. The enrollment for the spring semester will be limited to 150 MDC transfers.
Student age Percentage Residence Percentage
24 and under 72% In-state 98%
25 and older 28% Out-of-state 1%
Age unknown 0% Foreign countries 1%


Miami Dade College competes in five sports, men's basketball, men's baseball, women's basketball, women's softball, and women's volleyball. Men's and women's soccer will be added in the fall of 2024. In total, they have 85 student athletes made up of 38 men and 47 women.[62]

Miami Dade's Baseball team program started in 1962. Although at the time, Kendall campus, North campus, and Wolfson campus had their own individual fielded teams. However, once the school changed to a four-year college from a community college, they united to make a baseball team.[63]

Miami Dade college's athletic teams have won 35 NJCAA national titles, 15 in women's sports.[64]

The school's athletic teams competed in the Southern Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association, a body of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8. Due to their players and good ranking, Miami Dade College was a "can't miss stop" for MLB scouts.[65]

Arts and culture[edit]

Outside Stair mural connections of the three floors of the Main building in the Hialeah Campus.

Miami Dade College has been collecting art at its individual campuses since the 1960s. Over the years, the collection has grown to more than 1,600 works in all mediums and genres, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, film, installation and public sculpture.[66] MDC Hialeah Campus opened an Art Gallery in late 2018 in Hialeah, Florida.[67] MDC Hialeah Campus Arts & Cultural Programs are partially supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The college has an "Emerging Artist Annual Exhibition"[68] which allows student to display their art in the "Art + Design"[69][70][71] museum. Miami Dade College also has an "MDC live Art"[72][73] event which allows student to perform on stage and inspire others through their performance of art; both are open to the community.[74][75] As a matter of fact, MDC North campus is home to a prestigious collection of sculptures produced by renowned artists such as Alfredo Halegna, Rafael Consuegra, William King and Mario Felipe Almaguer.[citation needed]

Annually since 1964, Miami Dade College has awarded the Francis Wolfson Art Scholarship. More than 200 students from Miami Dade College and its outreach center, the New School of the Arts, have received this scholarship. The winners in 2018 each received $1,500.[76][77]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable administrators and faculty[edit]


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