Joliet Junior College

1215 Houbolt Rd
Joliet, IL 60431-8938
Tel: (815)729-9020
  • 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 15,776 students (35% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 40:1 is higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Joliet Junior College is the only community colleges within Will County, IL.
  • The nearest community college is Moraine Valley Community College (22.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 392 teachers has declined by 7% over five years.
Joliet Junior College(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty392 staff123 staff
Joliet Junior College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 15,776 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 40:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.46 is less than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has grown by 29% over five years.
Total Enrollment15,776 students3,818 students
Joliet Junior College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio40:136:1
Joliet Junior College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students5,562 students1,205 students
Joliet Junior College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students10,214 students2,613 students
Joliet Junior College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Joliet Junior College Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Joliet Junior College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Joliet Junior College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Joliet Junior College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Joliet Junior College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Joliet Junior College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Joliet Junior College Ethnicity Breakdown IL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.460.58
Joliet Junior College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Joliet Junior College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,000$32,200
Joliet Junior College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $9,369 is more than the state average of $7,937. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $10,006 is less than the state average of $10,775. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$9,369$7,937
Joliet Junior College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,006$10,775
Joliet Junior College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid59%82%
Joliet Junior College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,550$7,862
Joliet Junior College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,600$4,000
Joliet Junior College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

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Did You Know?
For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,937 per year for in-state students and $10,775 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,527 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a diversity score of 0.58, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.