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Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College Rating: 3.3/5 (7 votes)

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Joliet Junior College is a two-year school that is considered the first public community college in the United States. With its main campus in Joliet, Illinois, the school offers four other campuses in the area. The school primarily serves students looking to transfer to four-year schools.

The school’s five divisions include: Nursing and Allied Health, Liberal Arts and Sciences, ICampus, Continuing Education and Career and Technical Education.

The Career and Technical Education Division at Joliet offers many programs and degrees including business, horticulture, culinary arts and hospitality. The agriculture program, which began in 1954, was the first of its kind offered by any Illinois community college. The program serves over 200 students each year. Courses include agricultural business, power equipment technology and swine management.

Joliet Junior College also offers a Continuing Education Program that includes adult education, business and industry training and community education. The Adult Education Program offers career and college transitional services, English as a second language and high school completion courses. The Women and Family Programs include a Welfare to Work Center and a displaced homemakers program.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at Joliet offers courses in English, fine arts, math, natural science, education, and social and behavioral sciences. The Fine Arts Program at the school offers a number of courses including art, interior design and speech. The school showcases the student’s art on campus at the Laura Sprague Gallery.

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New students to the school must submit a Joliet Junior College application along with high school/GED transcripts and an official COMPASS Placement test.

There are special application procedures for the Nursing Program, Radiologic Technology and Veterinarian Technology along with the Joliet college requirements.

Joliet also admits international students, transient students, and high school students.

Financial Aid

Joliet offers many types of aid including loans, grants and scholarships. Students must complete a FAFSA form to be considered for aid.

Grants at the school include the Academic Competitiveness Grant, the Illinois Incentive Access Grant and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission Monetary Award Program.

The school’s official web site offers a list of scholarships to apply for. There are many to choose from according to a student’s major field of study. Scholarships include the Hector Boiardi Pro Start “Chef for a Day” Award, The Will County Juvenile Officers Association Scholarship and the Kankakee Valley VMA Scholarship.

Joliet offers veteran’s benefits as well as federal work study programs.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5728th for the average student loan amount.
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Joliet Junior College was founded in 1901 in Joliet, Illinois. Several clubs and organizations are available to all students including the International Students Club, the Automotive Services Association and the Student Horticultural Association.

Joliet also offers many Greek organizations on campus.

Joliet Junior College sponsors a Holistic Wellness Office that holds events throughout the school year such as Alcohol Awareness Week and Stress Relief Days during finals.

Joliet, Illinois is a multicultural city of 145,000 people, located 40 miles southeast of Chicago. The city is the fastest growing in Illinois and one of the fastest growing in the nation. The city was featured in the hit TV series Prison Break, and in movie The Blues Brothers.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Joliet participates in many intercollegiate athletics including baseball, basketball and football. The Wolves compete in the Region IV of the NJCAA.

Information Summary

Ranks 92nd in Illinois and 2855th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Illinois and 61st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 8 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 392 0.27
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 8 0.01
Forcible Rape 30 0.02
Robbery 87 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 939 0.63
Larceny 2,751 1.86
Vehicle theft 171 0.12

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Joliet, IL 60431-8938
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population23,392 (22,985 urban / 407 rural)
Households7,643 (3.00 people per house)
Median Household Income$71,030
Families6,368 (3.30 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1711

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3717th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,400 $7,484 $8,082
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $930 $930 $930
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $80 $249 $269
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,680 $9,764 $10,362
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,866 $20,950 $21,548
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,298 $11,382 $11,980

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,090 $3,210 $8,285 $7,871 $9,035 $8,543
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,350(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,568(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,429 $1,619
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,429 $1,619

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 610th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $82,858 ($85,575 male / $72,417 female)
Number of FT Faculty 219 (111 male / 108 female)
Number of PT Faculty 892
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $5,275,123

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