Steps to Success

Effective Fall 2014: Complete CORE Steps to be eligible for a priority registration appointment.

Students who have completed college orientation, assessment, and developed an education plan, as well as continuing students in good academic standing who have not exceeded 100 local academic units, will now have enrollment priority over students that do not meet this criteria.

Step 1: Apply Online

Apply online using Open CCC Apply. Students will receive their Student ID “w” number via email within 2-3 business days (during business hours) of applying. *Note: High school students must also complete the Petition for Advanced Admission. Students must complete the CORE STEPS below by the college established deadline for priority registration.  See Important Dates for specific semester deadline dates.

Step 2: College Orientation (CORE STEP)

All students must complete a college orientation to be eligible for priority registration. Please wait 2-3 business days (during business days) after submission of your application to complete the online orientation. For first time log-in users, the ID is your “w” number using a lower case ‘w’ and the password is your 6 digit birthdate. See the orientation web site for more information at

Step 3: English & Math Placement (CORE STEP)

Visit for English and Math placement options. 

  • Students who have graduated from high school in the last 10 years will receive an English and Math placement automatically upon completion of the online admission application (CCCApply).

  • If you do not have a high school record from the last 10 years, you will take the self-guided placement. Self-Guided Placement is an activity that provides an opportunity to choose the course(s) most suitable for you.

*View your English and Math placement in Piratesnet, by selecting the test summary option.

Step 4: Educational Planning (CORE STEP)

Counseling is an important part of the successful educational process and it is essential to getting a smart start at Modesto Junior College. Following the orientation and math and English placement, students will have an opportunity to meet with a counselor to put together an abbreviated Educational Plan for the upcoming term. Visit the counseling page for more information regarding Online Counseling Services  

After completing Orientation, contact the Counseling Office to schedule an appointment at 209-575-6080.

You may also request to meet with a counselor via Live Chat:

  • Orange button at the bottom right hand corner of MJC website.
  • You will be added to the Walk-In list, and a counselor will contact you. (Walk-In hours are on a first come basis.) 

*See the Counseling web site for more information on Walk-In, and appointment options.

Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid

The priority filing period for Financial Aid is Oct. 1 - June 30 of each year. If you miss that period, you may still apply. To apply complete the FAFSA at You can also apply for the Cal Dream Application at

Step 6: Register for Classes

Registration appointments will be available via your PiratesNet account under the 'Registration Date and Time' link. At the time of or anytime after your registration date and time you may register for classes using PiratesNetVisit the Pathways Center page for resources or to connect with a Student Success Specialist