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Modesto Junior College

Modesto Junior College Rating: 3.3/5 (7 votes)

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Situated in the center of Central Valley, Modesto Junior College offers a variety of vocational and academic programs through two campuses: East campus, and West campus. Whether students are seeking an associate degree to assist with transfer to a four-year institution, or looking to gain new job skills for entry into the workforce, Modesto Junior College has a program to fit their needs.

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Modesto Junior College offers nine areas of study, including agriculture, environmental sciences, & technical education; allied health/family & consumer sciences; business, behavioral & social sciences; arts, humanities, & communication; physical education, health education, recreation & dance; science, mathematics, & engineering; literature & language arts; community & economic development; and, library & information technology.

Agriculture, environmental sciences, & technical education programs provide students with a variety of hands-on training. The allied health/family & consumer sciences division offers associate degrees and certificates in such areas as dental assisting, culinary arts, and interior design. The business, behavioral & social sciences division consists of several academic departments which offer associate degrees and certificates. Many of the two-year programs are used to transfer to four-year institutions. Within the arts, humanities & communication division students may choose an associate degree program in art, journalism, photography, humanities, music, theatre & dance, television & film, radio & recording arts, or speech communication. The physical education, health education, recreation & dance division provides instructional programs for students to help learn about health fitness and how to maintain healthy lifestyles. The science, mathematics & engineering division prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions to earn a bachelor’s degree. The literature & language arts department consists of five areas of concentration including foreign languages, reading, American Sign Language, English, and English as a second language. The community & economic development division consists of public safety courses, workforce training, and community education. In addition, the library & information technology division maintains two libraries, media services, television production, three computer labs, distance education (which offers online classes and telecourses), technology services and photography.

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Modesto Junior College is open to all students interested in higher education, who have graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent. Prospective students are required to fill out and submit an admissions application (available online at the school website). In addition, students should schedule to take an assessment test. For additional information regarding admissions, go to the school website.

International students should contact an International Student Program (ISP) representative for admission requirements, instructions, and additional forms.

Financial Aid

Modesto Junior College offers several financial aid options to qualifying students, including grants, loans, scholarships, and work study programs. All students are required to fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial assistance.

The college financial aid office is available to assist students with the financial aid process. In addition, the school website provides detailed information about the types of aid available along with descriptions of each.

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Modesto Junior College serves many students including high school graduates, transfers, international students, as well as working adults and professionals. For that reason, there are two campuses—East Campus, and West Campus to meet the needs of its students.

Modesto Junior College has many opportunities for students to be involved in campus life. Students can join any of the many clubs and organizations, enjoy intercollegiate sports, and participate in student government. The college also offers many services to its students including a career center with job placement services, counseling services, tutoring, health services, and academic advising. Students also have easy access to public transportation so they may enjoy area attractions and campus events and activities.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Modesto Junior College supports over 20 intercollegiate sports teams including, men’s baseball, basketball, football, cross country, golf, soccer, water polo, swimming, wrestling, track, and tennis; as well as women’s basketball, cross country, track, volleyball, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, water polo, and cheerleading. Pirates are the team mascot.

Information Summary

Ranks 163rd in California and 2055th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 10 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 9 0.05
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 907 0.45
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 14 0.01
Forcible Rape 67 0.03
Robbery 425 0.21
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,121 1.04
Larceny 5,410 2.66
Vehicle theft 1,363 0.67

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Modesto, CA 95350-5800
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population52,862 (52,862 urban / N/A rural)
Households19,814 (2.62 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,671
Families13,451 (3.15 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District610

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4238th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $6,000
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $46 $46 $46
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $250
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,860 $2,860 $7,756
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,224 $18,224 $23,120
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,208 $7,208 $12,104

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $910 $1,150 $910 $1,150 $5,806 $6,046
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,862 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,992 $4,126
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,252 $4,346

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 521st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $85,254 ($85,816 male / $83,131 female)
Number of FT Faculty 219 (102 male / 117 female)
Number of PT Faculty 524
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $7,527,345

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