The Counseling Department is staffed with faculty counselors who provide students with personalized support and resources necessary to achieve both academic and personal growth. We also help students better understand the demands of college and help you identify your life path through our COUN courses.

We are currently assisting students with registration for the upcoming semester. How can JJC help you?

First time college students

New college students (this includes students who have earned dual credit) should first attend their New Student Orientation (NSO) where they will meet with a First Year Experience Specialist/Advisor to learn more about JJC and be provided course suggestions.

Continuing and Returning JJC Students

Dependent on your needs you may be eligible for a walk-in, a priority block advising appointment, or an appointment. Contact the Counseling Department for availability.

New Students with Earned Credits

Students transferring to JJC from another college/university (transfer with 12 credit hours or more including successful completion of English and Math requirements) can call the Counseling Department to schedule an appointment with a Counselor. There are also transfer planning resources available on the Transfer Information site.

Please note that to receive an official transcript evaluation you must submit official transcripts to the Records Department and complete requirements for evaluation.

Our Services

  • Educational Planning and Academic Advising
    Counselors work together with you to create an educational plan to help with course selection to meet your career and educational goals.

  • Academic Intervention
    Students placed on Academic Probation (AP), Suspension (ASP), or Dismissal (ADS) are restricted from registering until satisfying the requirements outlined on Academic Standards of Progress.

  • Assistance with Personal Concerns
    Personal counseling is available to all JJC students. Our Master's trained Counselors will assess and provide up to five sessions of confidential individual counseling to assist students with problems or concerns that are negatively impacting their educational experience.

  • Online Confidential Mental Health Screening
    We also offer free and anonymous online screening for eating disorders, alcohol misuse, anxiety disorders, and depression. This service is informational only and not a diagnostic tool. The screening is provided to help JJC students determine whether or not consulting with a counselor would be helpful.

    The Will County Crisis line is available for 24-hour assistance at 815.722.3344.

New Start Program

Project Success

This innovative program is geared for first-generation minority college students who are unfamiliar with the overall college process, but who have the desire and motivation to continue with a college education.

  • High School Senior Opportunities

    • Apply for early admission to Joliet Junior College
    • Enroll in COUN 101 (Orientation To The College Experience)
    • Earn transferable college credit
    • Be assigned to a faculty/staff mentor that supports and monitors their progress
    • Referral to other JJC programs that provide tutoring and support.
    • Early registration for Summer and Fall classes.
    • Educational trips and leadership development opportunities.

    Student Application (PDF)

  • Program Requirements for Project Success

    * Limited numbers are accepted annually into program. Recruitment begins every Spring!

    Students must agree to be active participants in this project by following through with scheduled supportive activities. These activities are designed to help students achieve college success and to avoid being included in the high number of minority students that experience academic failure during their first year of college. Eligible students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and have successfully completed algebra 1 and 2.

    Students overall academic progress will be followed while they attend classes at Joliet Junior College. Students and their parent(s) must attend an initial orientation session and sign a participation agreement form.