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Excelencia in Education Ranks Miami Dade College #1 for Latino and Hispanic Enrollment


Miami, April 28, 2014 - Miami Dade College (MDC), the nation’s largest and most diverse institute of higher education, was recently ranked #1 among the top five colleges in the U.S. for Latino enrollment. The rankings were released in a “Latino College Completion” report by the prominent, Washington-based think tank Excelencia in Education. MDC also ranked #1 in two-year degrees awarded to Latinos or Hispanics.  

“MDC has not only been an anchor for affordable and quality education, but also has improved the quality of life for multiple generations of South Florida residents,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, a national champion for education equity and chair of the U.S. President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. “Our programs, from the liberal arts to technical fields, receive national recognition and our students have transferred to top universities at unprecedented rates.”

Leading the nation in Latino and Hispanic enrollment is a testament to MDC’s 54-year legacy of making college accessible and affordable for everyone. As the college is uniquely located at the gateway to the Americas, its more than 176,000 students represent an overwhelming percentage of U.S. and foreign-born Latinos. With seven campuses, MDC offers over 300 academic pathways, many of them geared toward in-demand industries. Improving college readiness and completion are also major achievements of MDC’s student success initiative. MDC tops other colleges in this category along with South Texas College, El Paso Community College and East Los Angeles College. MDC has served more than 2 million students since it opened its doors.

Excelencia, which has partnered with MDC in previous years, aims to advance the success of Latino students in higher education. The group’s report is based on the 2011-2012 academic year and uses available data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. 

Latinos and Hispanics are the largest minority in the U.S., representing 17 percent of the population. Using data analyses, Excelencia asserts that for the U.S. to regain the top ranking in the world for college degree attainment, Latinos will need to earn 5.5 million more degrees by 2020—making MDC’s role in Latino and Hispanic college enrollment and completion even more pivotal in coming years.

For more information on Excelencia in Education and the Latino College Completion report, visit

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