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Joliet Junior College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree and certificate programs offered by Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College was the first public community college established in the nation. It began as a postgraduate high school program in 1901. Today, the school has 35,000 students enrolled in various credit and non-credit programs. On-campus housing is available for full-time students.

The college consists of three campus locations in the Joliet, Illinois, area. The main campus and the City Center Campus are located in Joliet. The third campus is in Romeoville, Illinois. The school also has three education centers, as well as satellite campuses located at various high schools throughout the state.


Programs of study at Joliet Junior College lead to associate's degrees or certificates. Students can pursue a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Completion. Types of associate's degrees offered include an Associate in Arts, an Associate in Science, an Associate in Applied Science and an Associate of Arts in Teaching Special Education. Students can study agricultural science, architectural technology, computer programming, business administration, registered nurse, greenhouse management, orthotics and prosthetics technology and veterinary medical technology, to name a few.

Downtown Joliet's Renaissance Center, consisting of conference rooms, a restaurant and a banquet hall, is located on the City Center Campus. Students enrolled in the school's culinary arts or hotel, restaurant and food service management programs can gain practical experience at this working facility.


Admission to Joliet Junior College requires students submit high school transcripts, GED transcripts or home-school documentation. Certain programs, such as nursing and veterinary technician, have additional admission requirements. Applications can be completed online and there is no application fee. Placement tests (ASSET/COMPASS) are required. All admitted first-time college students also must attend an orientation session.

In the 2011 school year, 58% of students enrolled on a part-time basis, while 42% enrolled on a full-time basis. The population was fairly young, with 63% of students being age 24 or younger. Ethnically, 61% of students were Caucasian, 20% were Hispanic/Latino, 12% were black or African American, 3% were two or more races and 1% were Asian.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Costs vary based on residency status. Tuition is charged per credit hour and includes a technology fee, a student services fee and a capital assessment fee. In-district students pay $107 per credit hour. In-state tuition is $262.36 per credit hour and out-of-state tuition is $284.78 per credit hour. The tuition for online courses is the same as in-district tuition ($107 per credit hour) for all students. In addition to tuition, students may also pay course fees, depending on the classes in which they're enrolled. The school offers an interest-free, monthly payment plan.

In additional to financial aid, scholarships are available for several programs of study. In 2010-2011, 5% of beginning, full-time undergraduates received institutional grants or scholarships, with an average award of $1,542.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate degrees, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural fringe*
Student Body 15,322 students in fall 2011 (all undergraduate)*
Student Housing Students can live in Centennial Commons, a living/learning community***
Programs Certificate and associate's degree programs in a variety of career-oriented, technical and academic fields***
Student-Faculty Ratio 24 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Certificate: Licensed practical/vocational nurse training (139)
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences (509)
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students starting in fall 2007:
3% within 'normal' time
12% within 150% of 'normal' time
16% within 200% of 'normal' time*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 1,811 in fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates From 2010-2011:
55% (full-time students)
35% (part-time students)*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions
Tuition In-district: $107
In-state: $262.36
Out-of-state: $284.78 (cost per credit hour for the 2012-2013 academic year, including fees)***
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (33%), Pell Grants (24%), federal student Loans (10%) *
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 52% of beginning, full-time students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics; ***Joliet Junior College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, Illinois 60431
  • Phone: (815) 280-2493
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