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About Miami Dade

FAQ

Miami Dade student using computer1. What is the Computerized Placement Test (CPT)?
The CPT is used by colleges across Florida to determine the courses you should start with. If you have not taken the ACT or SAT or if your scores are not high enough, you must take the CPT. Learn more about testing and the PASS exam—a practice version of the CPT.

2. What majors and degrees does Miami Dade offer? 
We offer more than 150 academic programs leading to the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (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. Learn more about all of academic programs and our distinguished Honors College.

Students at MDC3. When are classes available?
Miami Dade leads the nation in offering a flexible class schedule for 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 even 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.

4. Will I qualify for financial aid and how soon do I need to apply?
You won’t know until you apply, so 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.

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

6. Do I have to apply 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.

7. What SAT or ACT scores do I need to be exempt from the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) exam?
Degree and College Credit-Seeking Students

8. 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.

9. What does it cost to attend MDC? 
Financial Information

10. How long are the semesters?
The fall semester 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, although there are two six-week semesters within the summer term

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

12. What is an articulation agreement and how will it help me advance my education?
Miami Dade has created articulation agreements with more than 60 colleges and universities throughout the nation, including statewide with all of 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.    

13. How do I get my student identification and parking decal?
There is free parking at all of our campuses as long as you have a 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.

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

15. What types of student clubs and organizations do you offer?
Each campus has an Office of Student Life, which oversees our growing number of student groups, including active Student Government Associations (SGA), volunteer programs, and recreational/wellness activities. Students can also unwind at the many coffee houses and cafeterias on our campuses and centers. We also have a beautiful art gallery and Earth Science Museum and Demonstration Center on the Kendall Campus; manage and operate the art deco-style Tower Theatre near the InterAmerican Campus; mount English language and bilingual acting and theatrical productions at Wolfson; and are home to the acclaimed Miami International Film Festival and Miami Book Fair International. And none of this even begins to touch on all of the great benefits of living in Miami. The city has unsurpassed cultural offerings and offers our students access to the finest entertainment, including top professional and collegiate sports, music, and recreation.

16. How do I find my classroom?
There are four 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!

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

18. Can I earn college credits while in high school?
Our Dual Enrollment program allows high school students (or home education students) to take college credit courses if they qualify. College credit can be applied toward a post-secondary diploma, a certificate, or degree at a Florida public institution. We also offer Early Admission, which is a form of Dual Enrollment through which eligible high school students enroll at the College on a full-time basis. The courses these students take are creditable toward a high school diploma and the certificate or Associate’s degree.

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.