Joliet Junior College

  • Joliet Junior College is committed to providing a quality education that is affordable and accessible to the diverse student population it serves. Through a rich variety of educational programs and support services, JJC prepares its students for success in higher education and employment. As part of this College's commitment to lifelong learning and services to its community, it also provides a broad spectrum of transitional, extension, adult, continuing and work force education.

School Highlights

Joliet Junior College serves 14,726 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 38:1 is higher than the state community college average of 29:1.
Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 52%.

Top Placements

Joliet Junior College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 392 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Joliet Junior College(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty392 staff124 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Joliet Junior College has declined by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 38:1 has increased from 35:1 over five years.
The Joliet Junior College diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has grown by 38% over five years.
Total Enrollment14,726 students3,099 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio38:129:1
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# Full-Time Students4,685 students1,095 students
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# Part-Time Students10,041 students2,004 students
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% Asian
3%
5%
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% Hispanic
26%
24%
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% Black
9%
13%
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% White
54%
48%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
3%
2%
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% Unknown races
2%
6%
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Diversity Score0.630.69
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College Completion Rate
16%
30%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,000$31,800
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $9,369 is more than the state average of $7,932. The in-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,006 is less than the state average of $10,666. The out-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$9,369$7,932
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Out-State Tuition Fees$10,006$10,666
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid50%80%
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Median Debt for Graduates$8,977$7,618
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,000$4,500
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Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Joliet Junior College is a comprehensive community college. The college offers pre-baccalaureate programs for students planning to transfer to a four-year university, occupational education leading directly to employment, adult education and literacy programs, work force and workplace development services, and support services to help students succeed. JJC, America's oldest public community college, began in 1901 as an experimental postgraduate high school program. It was the "brain child" of J. Stanley Brown, Superintendent of Joliet Township High School, and William Rainey Harper, President of the University of Chicago. The college's initial enrollment was six students. Today, JJC serves more than 10,000 students in credit classes and 21,000 students in noncredit courses. Joliet Junior College's Main Campus is located at 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. The Main Campus facility boasts the Arthur G. and Vera C. Smith Business and Technology Center, a 90,000-square-foot building which houses several state-of-the-art microcomputer labs used by many of JJC's academic departments. In 2000, the college opened the Veterinary Technology and Industrial Training Building, which houses the faculty, classrooms and laboratories of the Veterinary Medical Technology degree program and facilities for the Institute of Economic Technology to conduct industrial training programs for business and industry. The Main Campus also has a full-service cafeteria, kitchen for Culinary Arts students, the Fine Arts Theatre, the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery, the Herbert Trackman Planetarium, the Cyber Caf', the Fitness Center, gymnasium, business offices, including the President's Office, human resources, financial aid, registration and payment center, and many other amenities.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Joliet Junior College is Moraine Valley Community College (23.1 miles away).
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    Sugar Grove IL  60554
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    Glen Ellyn IL  60137
    (630) 942-2800
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  • 597 students | 26.10 Mi7725 South Harlem Avenue
    Bridgeview IL  60455
    (708) 237-5050
    26.10597
  • 3,946 students | 28.00 Mi202 South Halsted Street
    Chicago Heights IL  60411
    (708) 709-3500
    28.003,946
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