Joliet Junior College (JJC) has the privilege of being America’s first public community college. Founded in 1901, JJC had six students that year. Today, it has three campuses and three education centers in Joliet, Romeoville, Frankfort and Morris, and enrolls over 15,000 students every year.
JJC boasts a string of famous alumni, such as: John Cornelius Houbolt, who promoted the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous which was key to man’s moon mission in the 1960s; Curtis J. Crawford, Director at DuPont, the world’s third largest chemicals firm, and CEO of XCEO, Inc.; and, Jeris Pendleton, a free agent football defensive tackle who has played with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys.
JJC offers a wide range of programs for associate degrees and certifications in areas as diverse as Agricultural Business, Swine Management, Criminal Justice Administration, Retail Business Management, Computer Programming, Journalism, Music, Astronomy and Veterinary Medical Technology.
Tuition at JJC runs at about $7,500 per year exclusive of books and other costs. Though more expensive than many other community colleges, JJC offers a range of curriculum and extracurricular activities that not many peer institutions can boast of. Student clubs include organizations for political, professional, recreational, spiritual activities, and there are numerous other extracurricular activities that students can engage in when they’re not preparing for their future careers.
JJC comes highly recommended not only because they are pioneers in community education, but because they actively participate in the educational and economic development of the communities they serve through workforce education and business training.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $2,500-$3,000
- Out-of-State: $10,000-$12,270
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $84-$100 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $340-$410 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||55%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||55%||$4,613|
|Receiving Student Loans||16%||$4,524|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Joliet Junior College may provide student services including:
- Online course work available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
- Child care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for Joliet Junior College, versus those community colleges in Illinois, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.
|Joliet Junior College||Will County||Illinois|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Music Program
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 2002)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1977)
- Compare all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Illinois
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2001)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Joliet Junior College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Joliet Junior College.
- Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL (22 miles away)
- College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL (24 miles away)
- Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL (26 miles away)
- Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL (28 miles away)
- City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College in Chicago, IL (29 miles away)