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.

Many JJC programs also have Faculty Advisors who assist students in their area of expertise.

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 page.

Please note that to receive an official transcript evaluation you must submit official transcripts to the Transfer Credit Evaluation Office and complete requirements for evaluation.

If you are a guest student (i.e. taking classes for just the summer) and have completed course prerequisites at another institution you may need department approval prior to registration into courses with general education prerequisites. For assistance with approvals contact the appropriate department.

  • 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.

  • College Success & Career Planning Courses

    Your pathway to success...academically, personally and professionally!

    College is not just about taking tests, showing up to class on time and writing papers.  College also means learning and using strategies to succeed, academically, personally and professionally!

    Consider taking one of these courses to help you clarify and achieve your goals:

    Career/Lifestyle Planning

    (COUN 110 - 3 credit hours)

    Three credit, transferable class designed for ALL students who want to make a confident decision about their major and choose a sustainable career path.  Determine your values, skills, interests and personality preferences to help create a desired lifestyle and explore specific careers.  Identify employers' expectations and labor market trends while learning to utilize effective decision-making and goal-settings strategies.  Gain practical experience with resume and cover letter writing as well as interview preparation.

    College Success

    (COUN 101 - 2 credit hours)

    Two credit, transferable class that will help students discover specific memorization, note-taking, reading and math study strategies.  Learn proven test taking skills and ways to reduce text anxiety while developing effective communication skills for a diverse world.  Explore time and stress management techniques to achieve overall wellness while learning to navigate college procedures and resources.

    For more information about pathway-specific sections, please contact COUN Secretary, Melissa Alstott at or 815-280-2533.

    College Preparation & Study Skills

    (COUN 085 - 2 credit hours)

    Two credit, non-transferable class designed for students who place into certain levels of English and Math.  This course provides a more intentional level of support, while covering COUN 101 topics.

  • New Start Program

    A New Beginning for Returning Adults

    New Start: What is it?

    Joliet Junior College affords returning adult students a one-time opportunity to correct poor past academic performance in order to reach new educational goals. After successful completion of 12 JJC credit hours (100+ level courses) with a minimum 2.0 GPA, the student can complete the application process to "forgive" prior grades.

    Who is it for?

    New Start is for JJC returning adult students who have not attended any post-secondary educational institution for 36 months preceding re-enrollment into Joliet Junior College. A new vocation or life direction may motivate a student to resume or restart education at Joliet Junior College.

    How do I apply?

    Do you qualify for a new start at JJC?

    1. Review the New Start Policy and criteria for admission and find out.
    2. Complete and pass the policy quiz, which is a short 5 question analysis on your knowledge of the Policy.
    3. Print and complete the application and quiz and return it to the Counseling Department.