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WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE & CAREER April/May EDITION!!!

SENIORS...REMEMBER TO LISTEN TO THE DOWNEY’S DAILY BULLETIN, READ UPDATES/REMINDERS AND CHECK THIS WEBPAGE REGULARLY…ULTIMATELY IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO STAY ON TOP OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS AND DEADLINES

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  • PAY ATTENTION and respond immediately to all emails sent from colleges/universities that you’ve applied to!!!    Failure to do so, could cause your application to be dropped!
  • Why is it taking so long??? Although it seems like an eternity for you, realize that colleges and universities have THOUSANDS of applicants and it takes time to process them! It may take several weeks before your portal is updated with test scores, transcripts, etc. Some colleges are sending out acceptance and denial letters, but many haven’t completed their decision process yet. You’re just going to have to be patient! Most universities will have everything finalized and communicated to you by the end of March or beginning of April.
  • Seniors who plan to attend a CSU, may be required to enroll in a mandatory summer class (at a CSU) called Early Start if he/she is NOT exempt based on EAP or SAT/ACT scores. Please call your college assessment office and/or check your CSU portal account and emails sent from the CSU college(s) you applied to for more information about what is needed for you to do.
  • UC WRITING EXAM: UC will notify you via letter, if you are required to take the Analytical Writing Placement Examination. If you are required to take the exam, the test and location will be stated in your letter. More information can be found at: http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/index.html
  • MAY 1st! If you have made a decision about where you are going to college next year, make sure you “accept” admission on your college portal and pay any housing deposits and/or enrollment fees required by May 1. You will also need to sign up for the earliest orientation dates to ensure the best pick of classes.
  • MJC NEW STUDENT DAYS:  Seniors, if you didn’t take advantage of Downey’s MJC application, orientation, placement & advising workshops and you still plan to enroll at MJC in the fall 2020, then you must now attend NEW STUDENT DAY.  NEW STUDENT DAY sessions will take place Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, May 16 at 8:00am. There will be counselors, financial aid advisors and lots of help there to answer all of your questions.No cost to attend, but pre-registration is required at: https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/ssa/workshops/ For more information call: 209-575-7713
  • NAVIANCE: Before being cleared for graduation, all seniors are required to take a Senior Exit Survey on Naviance beginning May 1-May 7, so it’s a MUST that all seniors know how to log in to their Naviance account through his/her school device Go to https://student.naviance.com/downey on your school device and click on the CLEVER button at the bottom of the log-in page.
  • NAVIANCE: Seniors, make sure your college list (including MJC) is up to date on your Naviance Account.  Once you commit to attending a college for next year, set it as your attending college in Naviance.  This information is important data that has to be sent to the district office at the end of the year. 
  • CAL GRANTS: Now that you have submitted your FAFSA or Cal Dream Act application, be sure to check your email or mailbox for a letter with instructions detailing how to set up your Student Web Grant Portal/Account: https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov . Our district automatically submitted your GPA verification form electronically for you this year and will do so again next year if you’re going to college. There are 2 things YOU need to complete on their Web Grant Portal/Account before grant money can be released to the financial aid office of the college you’ve chosen to attend. 1.) Identify the college you will be attending in your portal/account. Do this ASAP. If you aren’t sure at this point, identify the college you will MOST LIKELY be attending. You can log on and change this later if needed.
    2.) After graduation, you will need to log on again to verify your graduation date, otherwise your grant money will NOT be released to the college you plan to attend
  • DORMS/HOUSING:  If you’re heading to a 4 year college or university, now is the time to apply for housing and get your dorm or apartment situation in order!
  • GRADES:  Seniors need to continue to maintain a high level of academic performance.  Remember your acceptances are CONDITIONALY based upon the assumption you will pass all your A-G courses with a grade of C or higher.  IF you received a “D” in a core class as a final grade in the 1st semester or you changed an A-G class on your schedule, you MUST report it to the colleges you applied to as it may affect your admission status.
  • If you've been awarded a scholarship, it's important to bring a copy of any/all scholarship confirmations to Ms. Hammell in the career center by April 15th.  Downey would be pleased to honor & recognize you at our Senior Awards Ceremony in the spring.
  • MIND YOUR MANNERS! Be sure to write a note of thanks to the teachers and counselors who wrote your letters of recommendation.  Let them know the colleges you were accepted to and how much you appreciated their help.

 

  Juniors, what should you be doing NOW to prepare for college?
►Learn your Downey High School Code (052000) as you will need to know it for college entrance exams
►Keep earning high grades! When you begin to submit college applications, you will only have 9th-11th grades to submit, so this is the last year you’ll have to raise your GPA.
►Attend college fairs, college preview days and attend college rep visits scheduled on Downey’s campus throughout the year.
►Review your transcript NOW to be sure you are on track to meet A‐G college entrance requirements.  See your academic counselor for a copy of your transcript.  You may discover that you need to enroll in ESS or summer school, to repeat classes that you earned D’s/ F’s, or to enroll in a class needed for A-G college entrance requirements.
►Spring SAT/ACT is right around the corner.  Sign up to register NOW!!! (see SAT or ACT link).  Fee waivers are available, if you meet income eligibility requirements (see college counselor in the career center during your lunch hour if you think you qualify).
►Juniors, selecting a college major may seem so far away, but it’s coming very quickly! Some colleges will ask you to declare a major on your application, and in many cases it can be quite difficult to change your major in college. Start doing some research now at www.collegemajors101.com

Quick checklist of A-G Requirements to attend CSU or UC: (all grades earned must be “C” or better) For more detailed information, see Downey A-G college checklist/worksheet link under “other information”.  See your academic counselor for a copy of your unofficial transcript.
4 years of CP English
3 years of Math (Algebra, Geometry, Advance Algebra or Secondary Math I, II, III)
2 years of Lab Science (CP Bio, CP Chem)
2 years of Social Studies (CP World History, CP US History)
2 years of SAME Foreign Language
1 year of Visual Performing Art (Art, Dance, Drama, Photo, Ceramics, Band, Music, Choir)
1 year of CP elective

JUNIORS—there are many universities that offer summer enrichment programs. I’ve listed a few below, but there are more out there. Simply attending a summer program doesn’t necessarily help you get into a competitive college, but the experiences you gain may improve your personal statement for the college application. If participating in a collegiate summer program doesn’t work out for you, be sure to expand your experiences locally during the summer. Basically: don’t sit around on social media and watch TV all summer!  Here’s a link providing general info about summer programs for high school students http://www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/summer-programs-for-high-school-students

●Oregon Private College Visit Week:  Juniors interested in private colleges in Oregon may want to visit their campuses this summer.  Find your fit at Oregon Private College Week from July 27—31. Register at http://oregonprivatecolleges.com  

Summer discovery.com: https://www.summerdiscovery.com/
Internship programs for high school students: https://www.summerdiscovery.com/internships  
UC Davis Pre-College program: http://precollege.ucdavis.edu
UC Davis Summer Opportunities for High Achieving Students: http://ysp.ucdavis.edu  
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies: https://summerinstitutes.stanford.edu/ 
UCLA summer program: http://www.summer.ucla.edu/ushsstudent
UC Berkeley summer program:  http://summer.berkeley.edu/student-types/high-school-students
UC Santa Barbara summer program: http://www.summer.ucsb.edu/pre-college/pre-college-programs
Saint Mary’s summer program:http://www.integralprogram.org/index.php/academics5924d/summerinstitute
Santa Clara University: Young Scholars Program: https://www.scu.edu/ysp
Santa Clara University: School of Engineering summer program: https://www.scu.edu/engineering/beyond-the-classroom/outreach/summer-engineering-seminar-ses/
Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP): http://www.princeton.edu/pupp/
Yale’s Young Scholar summer program: http://globalscholars.yale.edu
Duke University: https://summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students/summer-college-for-high-school-students
University of Chicago Summer Session for high school students: http://summer.uchicago.edu
Bezos Scholars: http://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org/scholar
George Washington University Pre College Summer Program: Make the nation’s capital your classroom! https://summer.gwu.edu/precollege
COSMOS is a four week summer program that focuses on the science and math field.  The program is taught by UC professors on UC campuses. To learn more and obtain additional information visit: www.ucop.edu/cosmos
USC Summer Program: Students currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade will learn to balance challenging academic coursework with college life.  Visit https://summerprograms.usc.edu/about  for more information.   
Coswell College Summer Program: If you dream about becoming an animator, game designer, entertainment engineer or sound designer, now is your chance to begin realizing that dream. Spend the summer building the skills you need to enter these highly-specialized, exciting career fields.  Visit: https://cogswell.edu/admission/high-school-summer-program
Smithsonian Latino Center -Young Ambassadors Program (YAP): Yap is a college preparatory and leadership program that encourages Latino participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.  Selected students will participate in a weeklong all expenses paid interdisciplinary training seminar in Washington DC.  To learn more visit: http://latino.si.edu/Education/YAP
Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Program: Are you going to be a junior or senior in high school? If so, consider spending the summer with Carnegie Mellon and enroll in courses such as architecture, art/design, drama, music and game academy.  For more information visit: http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college
Cornell University has a 3 and 6 week summer program.  Visit: www.summercollege.cornell.edu for more information.
Rochester Institute of Technology: Six day summer career exploration program focuses on deaf & hard-of-hearing college bound students. Visit www.rit.edu/NTID/EYF
Boston University Summer Pre-College Summer Program: Experience college life in a number of fields of study. Visit www.bu.edu/summer/highschool for application and more information.
Harvard Summer School Secondary School Program: Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will have the opportunity to experience college life in a number of fields of study including those offered online as well.  Visit www.summer.harvard.edu/ssp to learn more.
Marist Pre-College Summer Programs: Open to high school sophomores and juniors who want a taste of college life in NYC, both in the classroom and on campus.  Visit www.marist.edu/precollege for more information and application (accepted on rolling/space available basis)
Barnard’s Pre-College Summer programs:  Junior and Senior girls will be challenged and stimulated while living and learning like a college student in NYC.  Visit www.barnard.edu/summer to learn more.
Air Force Academy Program:  For students who will be graduating from high school between 2018 and 2022 register for Air Force Future Falcons Program.  For more information about this program and other opportunities available through the Air Force visit: http://www.academyadmissions.com
California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSA) is looking for talented teen artists, writers, and performers. To learn more about CSSSA summer program or obtain application forms and instructions, visit www.csssa.ca.gov or call the Sacramento headquarters at (916) 229-5160.
Exploring College Options: Want to know more about Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, Stanford?  Then plan to attend a student/parent information session this spring.  For more details regarding dates, presentation locations, registration etc… visit http://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org /parent info spring sessions. RSVP http://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org

UPCOMING EVENTS, OPPORTUNITIES, REMINDERS AND DEADLINES

Scholarships: Scholarship season is upon us!  Research and apply for all the scholarships you can! Applying requires quite a bit of work on your part so follow their instructions and pay attention to deadlines. Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin on a regular basis for posting of monthly scholarships (see link under “Scholarships”) 

●MJC New Student Days:  Senior, if you didn’t take advantage of Downey’s MJC application, assessment, orientation & advising workshops and you plan to enroll at MJC in the Fall 2020, then you must NOW attend NEW STUENT DAY in order to register completely for MJC.  NEW STUDENT DAY sessions will take place Saturday, April 4, at 8:00 am and Saturday, May 16 at 8:00am. There will be counselors, financial aid advisors and lots of help there to answer all of your questions. No cost to attend, but pre-registration is required at: https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/ssa/workshops/ For more information call: 209-575-7713

 ●SAVE the DATE! Senior Awards Ceremony: Downey welcomes all students and parents to attend this special ceremony celebrating senior accomplishments.  Be sure to let the college counselor know of the scholarship(s) you received (by April 15th) so you can be recognized on this day.  This event will be held in the Downey High School Auditorium on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 5:30.  SAVE the DATE!!!

●Open ONLY to Sophomores & Juniors! Stanislaus County Office of Education is now accepting applications to apply for their 2020-21 Leadership Academy! Deadline has been extended to May 1st. For more detailed information & application, click on the following link: https://www.stancoe.org/division/educational-options/prevention-programs/leadership-academy  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Erika Perry at (209) 238-1367 or eperry@stancoe.org.

●ASVAB Career Exploration Exam:  The ASVAB test is the most comprehensive, widely used multiple aptitude test in the world.  It includes an interest inventory and other activities and resources designed to help students explore the world of work and gain confidence in making career decisions. Check out the website at www.asvabprogram.com.  Downey will host this free test on Friday, April 3rd in room 1 (open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors).  To sign up, see Mr. Ippolito in the career center.

●To All Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors:  University of Pacific (UOP) is hosting a College Fair on Monday, April 27th.  More than 100 representatives from colleges across the US will be there.  College representatives will be at the fair to answer your questions about their schools and to recruit students. There will be a financial aid workshop, and general information session about the overall college application process in Spanish & English. This event is free and open to the public!!!  For more detailed information visit UOP website at go.pacific.edu/collegefairNOTE: It is strongly advised that students pre-register for the event.

●United States Military Academy – West Point: Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen!  USMA is looking for top exceptional students who stand out as strong academic performers, excellent athletes and having the highest level of personal/moral character.  If accepted you can receive a fully funded four year education including room & board, medical & dental care and a monthly salary.  Start early, start now if your goal it to attend USMA – West Point!!! Visit https://www.westpoint.edu/ to request a brochure that explains how you can best prepare for applying to USMA.

●Junior Jump Start:  Spring SAT/ACT is right around the corner. It’s recommended juniors take it once in the spring of 11th grade and again in the fall of 12th grade.  Take them both, since the tests are different and you may find that you do better on one test.  Sign up to register NOW!!! (see SAT or ACT link). Fee waivers are available, if you meet income eligibility requirements (see college counselor in the career center during your lunch hour if you think you qualify).
SAT link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines
ACT link:  www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html​ 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Research and apply for all the scholarships you can! Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin on a regular basis for posting of monthly scholarships!www.monet.k12.ca.us/district/counseling-and-guidance/college-counseling/financial-aid

Scholarship searching??? Naviance also has a great feature called “National Scholarship Search”.  Log into your Naviance account, click on “Colleges” tab, then scroll down and click on “Scholarships and Money”.  From there, click on “National College Search” to complete your profile form and get matched with your “best fit” scholarships.

Scholarship Tip:  Once you've decided what college you will attend in the fall, be sure to check out the scholarships that are being offered by the college/university you chose. The single largest source of scholarships comes for the colleges themselves.  Always check the financial aid/scholarship link at the websites of the colleges you want to attend.  It might make a difference in which college you choose.

Scholarship Tip:  Corporations or unions that your parents work for often sponsor scholarships for dependent children.  Ask your parents to check with their company or union to see if scholarships are offered through their workplace.

Check out GoingMerry.com: Access to dozens of scholarships with only ONE application to fill out: https://www.goingmerry.com/
Check out StudentScholarships.org:  For a complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php
Check out ScholarshipExperts.com:  For complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit www.scholarshipexperts.com
Check out Scholarhips4Students.com:  For a complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit www.scholarships4students.com
Check out Chegg.com:  For a complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit: https://www.chegg.com/scholarships
Check out Fastweb.com: This is a free scholarship matching service that once you create your profile will match you up with scholarships that are unique to you.  Visit www.fastweb.com.
Check out cappex.com:  This is a free scholarship matching service that once you create your profile will match you up with scholarships that are unique to you. Visit https://www.cappex.com/scholarships
Check out Scholarships.com:  This is a free scholarship matching service that once you create your profile will match you up with scholarships that are unique to you.  Visit https://www.scholarships.com

 

FINANCIAL AID

Net Price Calculator:  Every college is now required to post a net price calculator on their website.  For each of the colleges you apply to, check out their own net price calculator.  This is a great tool to help you and your family estimate the cost of attendance.

CAL GRANTS: Now that you have submitted your FAFSA or Cal Dream Act application, be sure to check your email or mailbox for a letter with instructions detailing how to set up your Student Web Grant Portal/Account: https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov . Our district automatically submitted your GPA verification form electronically for you this year and will do so again next year if you’re going to college. There are 2 things YOU need to complete on their Web Grant Portal/Account before grant money can be released to the financial aid office of the college you’ve chosen to attend.
1.) Identify the college you will be attending in your portal/account. Do this ASAP. If you aren’t sure at this point, identify the college you will MOST LIKELY be attending. You can log on and change this later if needed.
2.) After graduation, you will need to log on again to verify your graduation date, otherwise your grant money will NOT be released to the college you plan to attend

 

TESTING

Seniors who plan to attend a CSU, may be required to enroll in a mandatory summer class (at a CSU) called Early Start if he/she is NOT exempt based on EAP or SAT/ACT scores. Please call your college assessment office and/or check your CSU portal account and emails sent from the CSU college(s) you applied to for more information about what is needed.

UC WRITING EXAM: UC will notify seniors via letter, if you are required to take the Analytical Writing Placement Examination. If you are required to take the exam, the test and location will be stated in your letter. More information can be found at http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/index.html

SAT/AC Testing:  Seniors you’re done with this!  Juniors…It’s your turn!!! If you plan to apply to four year colleges, NOW is the time to register online and take the SAT/ACT (writing required if planning to apply to UC and some private colleges).  All SAT/ACT testing must be completed by December 2020 if applying to a CSU or UC campus, however some colleges such as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Long Beach, San Diego State and Chico State want October test date scores. Oh, don’t forget to print your admission ticket & bring your photo I.D. to the testing site!
SAT www.collegeboard.org
SAT Test Date:    May 2                    June 6
Register By:         April 3                   May 8

ACT www.actstudent.org
ACT Test Date:   April 4   June 13
Register By:         Feb 28  May 8

SAT Subject Tests:If applying to a UC, SAT Subject Tests are NO longer required, but recommended if you plan to major in math, science or engineering. The subject tests must be in different subject areas. If you choose Math as a subject test, it must be Level 2. To view which UC colleges are recommending subject tests visit: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/requirements/examination-requirement/SAT-subject-tests/index.html

What’s a good test score? Depends on where you are applying, what you’re major is, and how competitive the college is! Check out “scattergrams” on your Naviance account to see how your test scores compare to other students from Downey for each college you are interested in! 

Sending test scores: If you want your SAT scores sent to multiple CSU’s or UC's, all you have to do is enter one CSU or UC campus code when you register or include it on the answer sheet of your test and it will be sent to all 23 CSU campuses or all 9 UC campuses. ACT scores will have to be sent individually to each CSU/UC you applied to. NOTE:CSU’s will “Super Score” and take the highest math and reading SAT test score from multiple test dates. UC’s will ONLY take the highest SAT test score from one sitting.

AP testing:  Here's a question that often gets asked:  Will my AP test scores earn me college credits at every university?  Many UC and CSU campuses accept AP exam scores of 3, 4 or 5.  Some private colleges handle these scores differently.  It's strongly recommended you check individual college websites to determine how credit is awarded.  To view AP credit policies by universities, go to: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/search-credit-policies


ATHLETES NEWS

Athletes planning to participate in a Division 1 or Division 11 college sport, must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse (see NCAA link to register online). Interested students should start this process NO later than the spring of their 11th grade year in high school. NOTE: NCAA will NOT accept ESS or SS classes to help meet required NCAA coursework, so you will need to retake D/F classes in your schedule.

It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the Clearinghouse has the following documents:
●A signed NCAA release form granting the college director of athletics permission to contact you and submit payment fee along with form
●An official transcript mailed directly to Clearinghouse from every high school attended (see Ms. Garrett in Records Office room 8 to request your official transcript)
●SAT or ACT scores have to be sent to the Clearinghouse by the student

JUNIORS:  If you plan to enroll in college as a freshman and want to play a Division I or Division II sport in college, you MUST register with the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet their course & test requirements (see NCAA link). Their high school course requirements are a bit different than the college A-G course requirements.Download the online form on NCAA link, fill it out, then send it with your official transcript to NCAA office or take a copy of the completed form to Debbie Garrett, our registrar in room 8.  She can forward the form and a copy of your official transcript to the Clearinghouse.  It’s your responsibility to request the registrar send follow up transcripts as needed by NCAA Clearinghouse.  NOTE:  You can have your SAT/ACT scores sent directly to the NCAA clearinghouse by using code 9999 when you register to take the SAT/ACT, otherwise it’s your responsibly to submit an order through ACT/SAT website to have them send all your SAT/ACT test scores to the Clearinghouse.  We do NOT send them from Downey.


COLLEGE REP VISITS

College Visits to Downey: Juniors interested in learning more about specific colleges and universities are invited to attend their presentations about their campus.  Listen/read daily bulletin for dates and times of visits.  You must sign up in Naviance https://student.naviance.com/downey 3 days before the scheduled visit and get clearance from your teacher to attend, otherwise you risk their consequences.  All visits will be held in the Career Center unless otherwise stated. Once you sign up, it’s your responsibility to remember the date & period you signed up for, since NO passes will be sent to your class reminding you to attend the presentation. 


NAVIANCE

What is Naviance? Navianceis a powerful tool to help guide you through the sometimes confusing path of college and careers. It is designed to help you plan and prepare for YOUR future! For example, you can create your student profile, research colleges and careers, create a resume, find scholarships and learn more about yourself and what interests you through our career and personality inventories. Naviance can also track the colleges you applied for and have been accepted to. Whether you plan to attend a college or vocational/trade/tech school, go into the military or work right after high school, visit the Naviance site regularly and become familiar with the many resources available to help you stay at the top of your future.

►HOW TO LOG-IN TO NAVIANCE: Our district has gone to a single sign-on (SSO) process in Naviance. This means a code is NO longer needed to register to Naviance! Yay! Yippee! Hooray! To sign in to Naviance go to: https://student.naviance.com/downey  on your school device and click on the CLEVER button at the bottom of the log-in page.

Here's a question that gets asked often: How do I find colleges that will best fit my major and areas of interest? Visit Naviance!!! (https://student.naviance.com/downey ) If you take the "Career Interest Profiler" it will match you to careers that best suit your personality and strengths. It also provides a list of career possibilities and colleges that have majors which match your interests. So not only is Naviance is a great web based internet program for students to use as a college search engine, but it’s also super to use for career searches.

Every single student at Downey should have a Naviance account! It’s important that all Downey students know how to log in to their Naviance account. Go to https://student.naviance.com/downey on your school device and click on the CLEVER button at the bottom of the log-in page. Make sure you’re accessing your account and using all that Naviance has to offer!  Listed below are some things you can do on Naviance:
*Create a personal profile
*Research colleges and careers
*College match
*Create a resume
*Take a personality test that will match you with careers
*Scholarship search (local, state & national)
*Scattergrams allow you to view your chance of acceptance at the college of your choice
*And SO MUCH MORE!!!

Don’t’ forget Naviance also has a great feature called “National Scholarship Search”.  Log into your Naviance account, click on “Colleges” tab, then scroll down and click on “Scholarships and Money”.  From there, click on “National College Search” to complete your profile form and get matched with your “best fit” scholarships available from across the nation.  This is a GREAT resource at your fingertips!!!  USE IT!!!

 

MJC NEWS

●MJC New Student Days for seniors will be held April 4 & May 16 at 8:00 am.  If students didn’t take advantage of the MJC workshops offered at Downey, then they will have to attend “New Student Days” to complete the application, orientation, placement and/or advising steps in order to completely register for MJC. There will be counselors, financial aid advisors and lots of help there to answer all of your questions. No cost to attend, but pre-registration is required at: https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/ssa/workshops/ For more information call: 209-575-7713

Seniors:  It’s still NOT too late to register for fall semester 2020!  Before you can register for classes after graduation, you must complete all entrance requirements listed below.  Yes…even if you’ve already taken classes at MJC, you must still complete the following:

Step By Step Application Instructions: https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/enrollment/mjcadmissionsapplicationguide.pdf

NOTE: Once you’ve applied, you will receive email with your student ID “W” number and confirmation of acceptance & submission of your application. Soon after it will be followed by instructions on the next steps you will need to complete such as orientation, placement, advising, email activation, registering for classes and paying for fees.​
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New class for MJC bound students!College Skills 100 (COLSK 100) Great new course for the first time college student. Make a successful transition to MJC, learn about how to navigate college, make new friends, study skills, interact with MJC faculty, counselors, and staff. Offered in spring & summer semester (3 units CSU and UC transfer).

Interested in getting a jump start on college credits?  Many students opt to take a course or two at MJC during their sophomore, junior and/or senior year in high school. Tuition is waived for high school students, but only students who are on track to graduate and have demonstrated that they can handle the additional coursework, do well with dual enrollment. Most courses in 100 level and up, are transferable to CSU’s, UC’s and many private universities.  Click on following link to view the transfer pattern to a 4yr college: https://www.mjc.edu/instruction/documents/catalog/1920/2019_20_igetc.pdf

What do I do first to take MJC coursework NOW while I’m still in high school?  That’s called, DUAL ENROLLMENT! If you’re looking for more info about dual enrollment, talk to our Career Navigator (Sanjay Bhan) in the career center, otherwise make sure you first apply on MJC website at www.mjc.edu  then print out & complete the following high school petition form at: http://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/enrollment/applyforadmission.php & https://www.mjc.edu/instruction/highschool/hownewpetition.pdf. Once the form is filled out, give it to Mr. Baum or Ms. Burrow in the front office for approval/signature, then YOU MUST submit the form to MJC Enrollment Office for processing. Remember classes taken at MJC are free while you’re still in high school!!! Suggested courses to take: Guidance 110, Guidance 111 (for students who don’t know what to major in) Health 110, Music Appreciation 101, History 101 or 102, College Skills 100, Public Speaking 100 and various elective classes. Consult the MJC course schedule, (click on the “magnifying glass” in upper right hand corner of MJC homepage) to see what is being offered each semester.

►Taking the SAT and/or ACT is NOT required if you plan to attend MJC or any other California Community /Junior College, but it can help for college level placement in Math & English courses.  (See below for NEW MATH & ENGLISH PLACEMENT OPTIONS NOW IN PLACE AT MJC)!

Math and English Placement Options for Enrollment at MJC!
MJC is now accepting new assessment options which will do away with students having to take the Math and English placement tests. Your high school transcript, EAP, SAT, ACT or AP test scores are acceptable options that also show you’re ready for college level Math and English classes at MJC. Visit the following website for more detailed information: https://mjc.edu/studentservices/placement/

►If you still have questions about MJC, stop by the career center on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s during your lunch period to speak to our MJC TRIO representative.