Modesto Junior College event to help high school seniors get a jump on fall classes

03/31/2014 4:22 PM

04/01/2014 5:09 PM

Modesto Junior College will hold New Student Saturday on April 12 to enroll high school seniors. It will begin at 8 a.m. in the main auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on the east campus, 435 College Ave. The event and campus parking are free.

“Prospective students should take advantage of this opportunity to get ahead and get the classes they need at MJC next fall,” said Lorena Dorn, dean of counseling and student services at MJC.

New Student Saturday allows high school seniors to get a priority registration appointment for fall classes, which makes it easier to guarantee a seat in key classes that fill up quickly.

New statewide regulations require that students get orientation; take placement tests in math, reading and English; and complete a one-semester educational plan before getting the priority slot. New Student Saturday lets seniors complete all the steps in one day and receive registration appointments for fall in late April. Regular registration for fall classes begins May 5.

There also will be sessions during the event to show incoming students how to use PiratesNet to search the class schedule, set up fall classes and access their student email. Special sessions for parents will provide information and opportunities to ask questions. Financial-aid representatives will be on hand to assist students in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, better known as FAFSA.

High school seniors are encouraged to get started on the enrollment process before attending New Student Saturday by filling out an online application in advance. Online applications are available by visiting and clicking on “Apply to MJC Now.”

MJC staffers are visiting area high schools to assist seniors in the process of enrolling and gaining a priority registration appointment. Students who have completed the first steps will be able to go directly to the final step, educational advising.

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