Student Advising Center

Academic advising is an important part of your success as a JJC student. Advisors help you make decisions for your future career and educational goals and help guide you when you may find yourself stuck. Our office is committed to assisting students with academic and transfer planning needs. Learn how to connect with us and set an advising appointment below.


I'm a New Student. How Do I Know When I'm Ready for Student Advising?

All new students must complete the first seven Admitted Student steps before making an appointment to see an advisor. This includes watching the New Student Presentation via MyJJC.

Our highly trained professionals will assist you with academic planning, which includes: 

  • Orienting you to the college and helping you navigate the first semester registration process
  • Academic and career coaching to help you make educational choices
  • Plans that show you exactly the courses you need for your chosen academic pathway
  • Assistance with preparing for transferring to another college or university
  • Programs and activities to help you adjust to college and address possible barriers to your success
  • A support plan and consistent outreach to help you stay on track 
  • Help navigating the self-service resources in MyJJC 

To select classes that support your academic pathway, be sure to schedule an appointment with an advisor dedicated to your success by viewing the appointment setting instructions below.

If you select a virtual appointment, please review the FAQ Sheet for Virtual Advising.

For more information, please visit the Student Advising Center on the MyJJC Portal

How and when to see an Advisor will depend on your student classification. Please select your student classification to view appointment scheduling instructions below:

  • New Students

    Welcome to JJC!

    Before seeing an Advisor you must:

    1. Submit a JJC Admission Application
    2. Check your email for your new JJC ID# and initial password and then log into the My JJC Portal
    3. Complete the first 7 Admitted Student Steps including:


    Detailed information for parents and supporters about JJC, Financial Aid and FERPA (Privacy Act) is also available.


    Ready to schedule your advising appointment?
    1. Determine your New Student Classification. You are a New Student with either:
      • Zero (0) hours of transfer credit, or
      • 1 to 11 hours of transfer credit, or
      • 12 or more hours of transfer credit.
    2. Depending upon the amount of transfer credit(s), not including Dual Credits or AP Credits, follow the instructions below to set your appointment.


    New Students with no Transfer Credit earned after high school:

    (May have Dual or AP credits with scores of 3 or higher.)

    Step 1

    1) Submit a JJC Admission Application

    • All new students, including previous Dual Credit & Early Entry Students, will need to submit a new JJC Application and select either a transfer major or JJC Career Program. 
      • (Please note that "Non-Degree Seeking" students are not eligible for financial aid.)
    Step 2

    2) Submit Transcripts including: 

    Step 3

    3) Complete English & Math placement testing, if necessary  

    Step 4

    4) Watch the New Student Presentation and then follow the New Student Advising (NSA) registration instructions as shown in the last section - within the bottom tab - of the New Student Presentation.

    Also, refer to STEP 5 below to learn if you are instead required to meet with a Faculty Advisor for your intended JJC career program.

    Step 5

    5) Check the NEW STUDENT FLYER to see if your program requires that you meet directly with a department Faculty Advisor without attending a New Student Advising Session (NSA). If so, DO NOT register for NSA and instead contact the Faculty Advisor identified for your program directly. If not, proceed to STEP 6 below: 

    Step 6

    6) Schedule & attend your New Student Advising (NSA) session. 

    • This is where you will meet an advisor before registering for your first semester courses.  



    New Students with Transfer Credits from another college, university, or military credits:
    If you have 11 or less hours of earned college credit 



    1. Submit official transcripts from all other colleges attended. 

    2. Submit the JJC Transfer Credit Evaluation Form. This form is available after signing into your MyJJC Portal.

    3. Follow the rest of the instructions for “New Students with no Transfer Credit" above.


    If you have 12 or more hours of earned college credit 









    1. Submit official transcripts from all other colleges attended.

    2. Submit the JJC Transfer Credit Evaluation Form. This form is available after signing into your MyJJC Portal.

    3. Submit your JJC Admission Application.

    4. Complete English & Math placement testing, if necessary. (This will depend upon qualifying AP,  ACT/SAT/PSAT scores, &/or college or HS Transcripts & GPA.)

    5. Watch the New Student Presentation.

    6. Do not schedule a New Student Advising Session (NSA), and instead check the FACULTY ADVISOR LIST and contact the advisor identified for your major or program to set an advising appointment. If you are an undecided major, or your program does not have an advisor identified, contact the JJC Student Advising Center: 815-280-2673.

    7. If you need additional assistance selecting a transfer school, please review our transfer resources and University Partnerships, then set a Transfer Exploration Appointment.


    It is strongly recommended that students do not wait for the registration cycle to begin planning for their next semester.  
    This is a period of high-volume traffic in the Student Advising Center and wait times for an appointment will be much longer.

  • Visiting/Guest Students

    If you want to take JJC classes for a semester to transfer back to your four-year school, you are considered a Visiting or Guest Student. Typically, four-year university students do this in the summer to save money and get ahead, but this may be accomplished during any term.

    Visiting or “Guest” Student Instructions: 

    1) Complete a JJC application. Under "Educational Goals," select "I only plan to complete one or several courses." Under "Select a Degree/Certificate," select "Non-Degree Seeking."

    STEP 2

    2) After 24-72 hours, set up your JJC username and password by visiting the ID/username/password page.

    STEP 3 

    3) If the course(s) you want to take have prerequisites required (and you've already taken them at your primary institution), send an email to that includes the following: 

    • Your name
    • Your JJC student ID
    • The course name, the course number and the section number for all classes you want to take
    • An attached copy of your unofficial transcript


    Within two business days, you'll receive information from JJC about whether or not your prerequisite was met. If so, a waiver will be entered into the system and you will be able to register online.

    STEP 4

    4) Speak to your university and/or college advisor to find out about transfer guidelines for your program to ensure the transferability of JJC coursework at your school. Also check to verify that the JJC course(s) will not only transfer back to your home institution, but that they will also apply to your degree.

    Additionally, Transferology is a free nationwide, web-based transfer information resource that may provide you with transfer equivalency information. Your university advisor can also provide you with the most up-to-date information. 

    STEP 5

    5) Register for your course(s):

    To Register Online:

    1. Visit MyJJC.
    2. Log in.
    3. Navigate to the "Self-Service Menu" and click on "Register & View Schedule."
    4. Select "Register for Classes" and on the right column choose "Search and Register for Sections."

    If you have questions about registering for classes, call 815-280-2497 or 

    STEP 6

    6) Additional Questions?


  • Returning/Former Students  

    You are considered a Returning or Former student if you have:

    • Taken classes at JJC (excluding Dual Credit), and
    • More than one year has passed since the end of your most recent semester.


    Returning/Former Student Instructions: 
    STEP 1

    1) Submit a new JJC Admission Application if you have been away for more than one year.

    STEP 2

    2) Log into the MyJJC Portal and using your ID# and initial password.

    STEP 3

    3) Submit official transcripts from any other school you have attended since last enrolled at JJC.

    STEP 4

    4) Submit a Transcript Evaluation Request Form, if applicable. 

    • The Transcript Evaluation Request Form is available through the My JJC Portal.
    STEP 5

    5) Understand that English and Math placement scores expire and that you may need to take placement exams.

    STEP 6

    6) If you stopped attending JJC due to being placed on notice of suspension or dismissal, please follow the instructions for setting a Suspension Appointment in the “Continuing Student” section below. Otherwise proceed to STEP 7 below.

    STEP 7

    7) Check the FACULTY ADVISOR LIST to see if your program requires that you meet directly with a department Faculty Advisor. If so, contact them directly to set an appointment. If you are still an undecided major, or your program does not have an advisor identified, contact the JJC Student Advising Center: 815-280-2673.


  • Current/Continuing Students

    Because we want to be sure we schedule enough time for your appointment, when setting an advising appointment please mention or select all the different types of issues or concerns you wish to discuss during your appointment.

    View the instructions for either:
    • Current/Continuing Students in Good Academic Standing

    • Probation, Suspension, Dismissal or Financial Aid Appeal appointments below.


    For Continuing Students in Good Academic Standing: 
    STEP 1

    1) Check the Major/Pathway Specific Advising List to see if your program requires you to meet with a department Faculty Advisor

    • If so, contact them directly to set an advising appointment. 
    • If your program/major is not listed, proceed to STEP 2 below.
    STEP 2


    2) Select the appointment type that will best serve your needs from the options below:


    A) Next Semester Planning Appointment 
    • Undecided major/program: Help selecting next semester courses.
    • Decided major/program, undecided transfer school: Limited transfer resource guidance and help selecting next semester courses.
    • Decided major/program with a specific transfer school in mind: Help selecting future courses required or recommended by your intended transfer school when relevant resources are available.
    B) Transfer Exploration Appointment
    • Assistance with navigating transfer school resources and narrowing school selection.
    • Review available University Partnerships
    • Assistance with planning future courses including prerequisites for admission eligibility to a specific major when transfer guides or major specific transfer information is available.
    • Learn how to check when University Transfer Counselors will visit JJC. See the Transfer Events & Visit Schedule HERE
    C) Complete Degree Plan Appointment
    • Assistance with understanding what you still need to complete in order to earn your intended degree or certificate program at JJC. Mapping out all your course sequences and pre-reqs to help you finish on an efficient timeline.
    D) Degree Audit Appointment
    • Graduation checks are highly recommended for students nearing completion of their program and instructions on how to Apply for Graduation.
    E) Assistance with Academic Concerns Appointment
    • Open ended discussion, guidance and referrals related to academic concerns.
    F) Veterans Educational Planning
    STEP 3

    3) Contact either the Faculty Advisor for your program or, call the Student Advising Center if your program does not have a Faculty Advisor, to set an appointment and tell us everything you wish to discuss from the above options during your session to be sure we reserve enough time to cover everything: 815-280-2673.




    For students on Probation, Suspension, Dismissal, or in need of assistance submitting a Financial Aid Appeal:

    Appointment Types


    Probation, Suspension or Dismissal Appointments


    Academic coaching required for students on probation and returning from suspension or dismissal.

    Add, Drop or Change Previously Planned Courses





    Required for students on probation and returning from suspension or dismissal.

    • These are meant to be shorter appointments and are only available for students who have already met with an Advisor regarding their probation, suspension or dismissal status.
    • Contact the JJC Student Advising Center to set an appointment.

    Financial Aid Appeal Appointments
















    If your financial aid has been terminated and you wish to file an appeal, please note:

    • These require a separate, much longer, appointment in order to finalize a complete degree plan for one of JJC's degree or program options.
    • These also require current valid English and Math placement levels. If any of yours have expired, you will need to take the JJC placement exam(s) before scheduling a Financial Aid Appeal appointment.
    • If you plan to transfer, you will also need to inform us as to which college or university you intend to transfer.
    • Check the Major/Pathway Specific Advising List to see if your program requires you to meet with a department Faculty Advisor. 


    Please view the Financial Aid Appeal Forms and Instructions on the JJC Financial Aid website.
    Scroll down to the section regarding: SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)




It is strongly recommended that students do not wait for the current registration cycle to begin planning for their next semester.  

This is a period of high-volume traffic in the Advising Center and wait times for an appointment will be much longer.



  • Other Advising Support Areas: Your JJC Academic Success Network

    Your Academic Success Network

    Whatever your aspirations at JJC, your Academic Success Network is designed to provide you with support and guidance throughout your studies.

    • Explore degree, transfer and career options.
    • Assist and empower you to gather information and make decisions in order to develop an academic plan consistent with your goals.
    • Answer questions about registration, and college policies and procedures.
    • Troubleshoot challenges and serve as a referral to campus resources.


    In addition to Advising Generalists, Specialists and Coaches in the JJC Student Advising Center, your Academic Success Network also includes Departmental Faculty Advisors, Guided Academic Pathway (GAP) Advisors, Career Counselors, and Specialty Student Support Service Advisors. For example, if you are a member of a specialized population, (such as student-athletes), you may have an additional Advisor.


    Faculty Advisors
    Guided Academic Pathway (GAP) Advisors
















    Faculty & GAP Advisors are assigned to students who have declared a particular major or degree. These are individuals who either teach in the field of concentration or have received specialized training in the requirements of a particular program.

    Once you have a solid academic plan, Faculty & GAP Advisors will help you map out all the academic requirements you need to complete. Faculty Advisors are experts in specific career and major areas and are available for most JJC programs. They provide assistance with major-specific educational planning, transfer advising, and specific career-related guidance.  

    Before scheduling an appointment with a Faculty Advisor, students should be able to clearly answer the following questions.

    • Have you committed to a major of study?
    • Do you know which career path you are pursuing within your major of study?
    • Are you planning to transfer to another college or university after JJC? 
    • What school do you plan to transfer, if applicable?

    When students can confidently answer these questions, they are ready to transition to major-specific advising.

    Please review the FACULTY ADVISOR list and use their contact information to schedule an appointment for major-specific educational planning and transfer advising. If students are still undecided or need assistance answering these questions, please contact the Student Advising Center for an appointment. 

    Student Advising Center (SAC) Advisors

    Your professional First-Year Advisors and Student Success Coaches are located in the JJC Student Advising Center.

    Whether you need assistance identifying your goals, navigating registration and course selection, or exploring transfer opportunities and requirements, our Academic Advisors are here to guide you.

    Student Support Services
    Specialized Population Advisors

    Students enrolled in Student Support Services receive additional advising assistance. Student Support Services are academic support programs helping disadvantaged students find success.

    Currently enrolled JJC students qualify for Student Support Services by meeting one of the following criteria:


    Other JJC Advising Opportunities & Support




  • Advising FAQ's, Resources & Tutorials

  • Student Advising Center (SAC) Ethics & Practices:

    Student Advising Center staff will:

    • Treat all prospective and enrolled students ethically, respectfully and professionally.  
    • Dispense complete, consistent, accurate, understandable, and truthful information and advice at all times. 
    • Provide to prospective students and their families accurate interpretations of institutional admissions criteria, transfer credit policies, costs, financial aid availability, and educational offerings. 
    • Refrain from using aggressive, deceptive or high-pressure recruitment tactics, such as making multiple unsolicited contacts by phone, email, and in-person and/or requiring immediate decisions regarding recruitment, registration, and/or financial aid. 
    • Conduct themselves with integrity, fairness, honesty, and respect for others.  
    • Refrain from using threatening, abusive, or manipulative language. 
    • Protect the legitimate privacy interests of all individuals and maintain appropriate confidentiality of institutional and student education records. 
    • Adhere to principles of nondiscrimination and equality within the framework of institutional mission, policy, and prevailing law.