Students at the M.J.C. East Campus

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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

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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 the International Student Program.

Modesto Junior College


Always Something Going On

We have some great opportunities for you and your family to enjoy at the GVM.  Check back often as update this page regularly.  Unless noted, there are planetarium and museum admission charges during listed events.

Science Night at the Museum

The Great Valley Museum will be open in the evenings, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., during the first Friday of every month (except January) in the fall and spring semesters.  Discover the universe through our planetarium shows and Science on a Sphere 3-D globe. Campus science clubs will offer insight and highlights, including the MJC Astronomy Club, which will provide free telescope viewings on top of the Science Community Center. Join us for a fun, festive atmosphere while we explore science together!  Be sure to dress appropriately during the cold months.

Science Nights for the fall and spring semester:
  • September 4th
  • October 2nd
  • November 6th
  • December 4th
  • February 5th
  • March 4th
  • April 1st

Bookworm Story Telling

Join us for a morning full of wonderful stories, songs, and some few wiggles!  Bookworm Story Tellings run from 10:00am to 11:00am and are free with paid museum admission. Bookworm Story Telling is geared for 3-5 year olds.  *Please note dates and/or subjects may change without notice.

Upcoming Bookworm Story Telling dates:

  • September 4th (Summer Insects)
  • September 18th (Summer Animals)
  • October 2nd (Spiders & Bats)
  • October 16th (Bats & Spiders) 
  • November 6th (Fabulous Fall)
  • November 20th (Squirrels and other fall animals)
  • December 4th (Bears and Hibernation)
  • more dates in 2016...

Live Animal Presentations

Have you ever seen a skink?  Do you know what one is?  Come to a Live Animal Presentation to find out.  Animal presentations run form 10:00am to 11:00am and are free with paid museum admission.  Our animal presentations are aimed at our little visitors but who doesn't like turtles?  *Please note dates may change without notice.

Upcoming Live Animal dates:

  • September 11th
  • September 25th
  • October 9th
  • October 23rd
  • October 30th
  • November 13th
  • November 27th
  • December 11th
  • more dates in 2016...


Gala Night 2015

Guest view the new exhibits in the museum.
gala guests view exhibit
MJC English Instructor Lillian Vallee presenting her essay commemorating the museum.
instructors essay
The keynote speaker for the evening was former GVM Director Joe Medeiros.
Members of the ASMJC group enjoying the evening.

Wild Planet Day 2014

Goat Petting
Goat petting.

Students used some engineering, a drill, and a little help to build a bat box for them to enjoy at home.
Build a Batbox
Students dissecting a squid to learn about the different internal body parts and take home their own personal ink!
"I love strawberries."
Animal Talk

Great Valley Museum

Connect With Us

209 575-6196
209 575-6466 fax


Public Hours

Sunday closed
Monday closed
Tuesday 12 to 4
Wednesday 12 to 4
Thursday 12 to 4 (closed 11/26/15)
Friday 9 to 4 (closed 11/27/15)
Saturday 9 to 4

Modesto Junior College
West Campus
2201 Blue Gum Ave
Modesto, CA 95358

Parking on the MJC campus is $2 Monday - Friday. Please bring small bills. Parking is free after 5 pm on Fridays and all day on weekends.