Students at the M.J.C. East Campus

Get Started at MJC

Step 1: Apply Online
Step 2: Set up your MJC Email 
Step 3: College Orientation 
Step 4: Assessment Testing 
Step 5: Education Plan
Step 6: Official Transcripts
Step 7: Apply for Financial Aid
Step 8: Register for Classes
Step 9: Pay Fees

Need help?

Contact the friendly Admissions Office staff if you have questions about adding or dropping classes, or filing for pass/no pass.

The Assessment Testing Office administers tests to help you select appropriate courses or satisfy pre-requisites.

International students should start by visiting our Information for International Students.

Modesto Junior College



1. What is the application deadline for MJC?

The college does not have a firm deadline. We try to be flexible; however, if you are applying from outside the United States, you should plan to send in your complete application two months prior to the start of the semester for which you are applying.

2. How much does it cost to attend MJC?

You are required to submit a financial statement for a minimum of $16,000. This amount covers $6, 500 for tuition and fees, $ 8,900 for living expenses and $600 for health insurance. This is a very frugal budget and you have to live very carefully to live within this budget.

3. How much is the per unit cost and how many units do I need to take to be full-time student?

The cost per unit is $265 and you must be registered for twelve units each semester (fall and spring).

4. Is there on-campus housing?

No, we do not have dormitories; however, we do have a community person who helps students find appropriate housing with a family in the community. Some students prefer to share an apartment with another student or students.

5. When does school begin?

The fall semester begins at the end of August/beginning of September and the spring semester begins early in January. International students are required to come to campus one week before those dates for an orientation program designed especially for them.

6. When do I register and pay my fees?

Registration is done shortly before the semester begins and fees need to be paid within 10 days of registering to avoid being drop from class.

7. Do I need to take any tests once I arrive?

All students are required to take Assessment Tests prior to enrolling in Math or English/ESL classes. International students generally take these tests during orientation week.

8. Do you provide transportation from the airport?

We can provide transportation for you if you arrive at the Modesto airport. Unfortunately, if you arrive at another airport, this service is not available

9. What is the TOEFL score that MJC requires?

MJC requires a TOEFL score of at least 450 (paper based), 133 (computer based) and 45-46 (internet based). Other internationally recognized English tests may also be accepted as satisfying this requirement.

Watch this video and visit the TOEFL website for more information. 

10. Must I be a high school graduate to attend MJC?

All international students must have completed high school (or the equivalent) to be admitted to MJC. There is no strict requirement on grades; however, the student must have attained grades that show an aptitude for college level work.

11. Where can I get an International Student Application?

Contact the International Student Program or download the application: International Admission Application

12. What is the climate and the type of clothing normally used?

The weather in Modesto is considered to be moderate. The summer daytime temperature is sometimes over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and is a “dry” heat. The evenings are usually cool and comfortable. The sun shines without rain during the summer. In the winter months (November-March) the mornings may be quite foggy and there are days when it rains heavily. A raincoat and umbrella are important for these times. Snow and cold temperatures are not found in Modesto. The typical winter temperature is around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. A jacket or heavy sweater will usually be acceptable.

13. Can I work while I am going to school?

All students who are in F-1 status may work on campus up to 20 hours per week while school is in sessions. However, on-campus jobs are very difficult to find.

14. Can I get financial assistance or scholarship to help pay my bills?

Financial aid/scholarship are not available to finance your education.

15. Do I have to go to school full-time?

Yes, you are required to go to school full-time during both the fall and spring semesters. Summers are optional.

16. Is there a public transportation system in Modesto?

Yes. If you are residing within Modesto, you can ride a bus via MAX (Modesto Area Express). In its website, you can find the routes and schedules as well as the other information that you might need.

If you are residing outside Modesto, these links might be helpful to you: