The Triton College Counseling Department is committed to student success by empowering individuals to identify and achieve personal, academic and career goals. Counselors promote wellness and provide innovative student-centered services to meet the diverse needs of our community.
Triton College counselors are important in your college experience from start to finish. Your counselor can help you become oriented with the college and campus, identify interests and skills to assist in selecting a major and a career choice, deal with personal concerns in a private and confidential setting and help you locate the appropriate resources for assistance.
Each counselor is scheduled to a specific curriculum area, so you have your own specific counselor that you may work with. Scheduling appointments with specific counselors or for specific curriculum can be done online.
Office Location:Counselors are available by appointment in B120 and D122
(708)456-0300 Ext. 3588
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Department Chairperson and Secretary
School of Arts and Sciences
Programs of Study include Behavioral Science, Biotechnology, Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Visual Arts, Performing and Communication Arts, Health Sport & Exercise Science, and Renewable Energy Technology.
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3257
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3567
School of Business and Technology
Programs of Study include Accounting, Architecture, Automotive Technology, Business, Computer, Criminal Justice Administration, Engineering Technology, Horticulture, Hospitality Industry Administration, Human Resources Management, and Independent Building Contractor.
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3363
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3618
School of Health Careers and Public Service
Programs of study include Certified Medical Assistant, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Technology, Fire Science, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Ophthalmic Technician, Radiologic Technology, and Surgical Technology.
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3717
The Counseling Department is here to keep you on your road to success with Academic Planning. A plan will keep you focused on reaching your goals in a timely manner. A plan guides you to graduation or helps you with expected entrance dates to a selective admissions healthcare program. By having an academic plan, you will know what classes to take every semester.
There are multiple ways to complete your academic plan:
- Attend an academic planning workshop led by one of our counselors.
- Schedule an appointment with a counselor at a time convenient for you.
- Using the step-by-step guide, complete your academic plan. Contact your academic program counselor for review and approval.
The Triton College Counseling Department is focused on providing support to students struggling academically or students placed on academic warning due to poor performance. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their curriculum counselor as soon as possible to take steps toward achieving academic success.
The Standards of Academic Progress Policy outlines disciplinary actions taken for students completing less than 50 percent of their attempted course load or with a cumulative GPA less than 2.0. The Standards of Academic Progress Policy is available in the current Triton College Catalog.
The Counseling Department at Triton offers various courses that will help you get started at Triton. All classes can be used as elective credit toward your degree and can be transferred to a four-year college.
CSG 150 - Career and Life Planning
If you have an interest in exploring your career options, sign up for Career and Life Planning. CSG 150 is a one-credit hour, seven-week course. Students complete personality assessments to determine career fields and majors that are most suitable for their personality type. It is available online and in a traditional classroom format. This class may be used as an elective to complete your degree program.
- Skill and ability self-assessment
- Career information resources
- Career decision-making
- One-credit hour toward your degree program
CSG 296 - Special Topics in Counseling
Selected topics in the areas of counseling may vary from semester to semester and information will be available during registration. This course may be repeated a maximum of four times when topics are different. This course can be used as an elective toward graduation.
Counseling services are free to students. The following are some of the resources and services the Counseling Department provides to students:
Academic Counseling Services
Counselors may assist you in clarifying your goals and developing an educational plan to reach those goals. Counselors can guide you through a process which brings to light important information you need in making informed decisions and understanding all of your options on the path to goal achievement. Counselors can also assist you in creating a program plan for you to complete your goals at Triton and beyond.
As you proceed through college, your counselor is an ongoing connection to keep you moving forward.
Free Workshops & Events
The counseling department offers an array of workshops & events free of cost for Triton students.
The counseling department can provide examples and guidance on creating an Academic Program Plan to help guide you through your time at Triton College. Think of your Program Plan as a map to help you navigate the courses that you need in order to be successful. Program Plans are best completed via appointments with your specific curriculum counselor.
Student Assistance Plan
The Student Assistance Plan (SAP) is a Triton College-sponsored benefit for currently enrolled students. The program is provided in cooperation with the Employee Resource Center (ERC) located in Hillside.
Immediate, private help in dealing with life's problems is available through Triton's Student Assistance Plan. If you would like more information, please contact the SAP directly at (800) 456-6327 or www.perspectivesltd.com. The Username for Triton College Students is: TRI004 and the password is: perspectives. The staff will be happy to assist you!
How do I make an appointment with a counselor?
You can make an appointment by visiting here and click on the "Book Now" button.
What courses do I need to complete my degree?
Every degree and certificate offered at Triton College has different requirements. Most degrees and many certificates require English, Math and general education courses. Refer to the College Catalog for particular degree, certificate requirements and course descriptions.
What "Gen Ed" courses do I need?
How do I register?
You may register online via the MyTriton Portal, via phone at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130 or in person. During most months of the year, you may schedule an appointment with a curriculum counselor to come up with an academic program plan so that you will know what classes are recommended for you to sign up for each semester. Registration starts early and the earlier you register, the more options you will have regarding course availability!
Who is my counselor?
Each student is assigned a counselor based on the students’ area of interest or major. To find your counselor, click here.
What is an Academic Program Plan?
An Academic Program Plan is a map that lists each of the classes you need to take in order to complete your degree or certificate at Triton College. It maps each class in a semester-by-semester grid so that you know which classes you need to take each semester in order to complete your program.
When should I complete an Academic Program Plan?
We suggest that ALL students meet with their counselor to complete an Academic Program Plan in their first semester here at Triton College and review it with their counselor each semester. It also is a useful tool when planning to transfer from Triton College to another college or university.
What is a degree audit?
A degree audit lists the courses you have already taken and what you have left to take for your degree or certificate. It does not include transfer information.
How do I request a degree audit?
You can access your degree audit in your MyTriton Portal. You can also meet with your counselor to review your degree audit.
I want to get into the nursing program. What do I need to do?
The prerequisites for the program can be found in the Triton College Catalog.
I want to get into an Allied Health Program (DMS, Nuclear Medicine, Ophthalmic Tech, Radiology Tech, Surgical Technology). What do I need to do?
Each Allied Health Program has different prerequisites requirements. It is highly recommended that you attend an information session to learn about these programs and their prerequisites. For more information about the prerequisites, please refer to the Triton College Catalog.
How can I get verification that I am a full-time student for insurance purposes?
The Office of Admission processes all requests for Enrollment Verification. They are located in B-110A. You may also obtain an enrollment certificate through your MyTriton Portal. Under the Quick Links section, there is an option: Official Transcript Request. In addition to being able to order an official transcript, that link will also allow you to obtain an enrollment certificate.
Where can I learn about financial aid?
Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid in B-160.
I have “F” grades on my transcript. Is there anything I can do about this?
Students are allowed to repeat courses and attempt to earn a higher grade for classes taken at Triton College. The highest grade received for that course will be used to compute the cumulative GPA. The lower grades will remain on the transcript, but will not be used to compute your Triton College GPA. A student transferring to another college should check that school’s repeat policy, as it may differ and your transfer admission GPA could be different.
When you transfer to other institutions, your credits transfer (if transferable) but your grades may not. For example, if you transfer to Triton College from another school, your GPA begins anew, even though you may have credits transferred in from another school. Some colleges also calculate a combined GPA.
I’m ready to graduate, what do I do?
Congratulations! You will need to fill out a graduation petition at the beginning of the semester that you plan to graduate. You may file your graduation petition through your MyTriton Portal, it is located under WebAdvisor for Students, Academic Planning, Application for Graduation. Feel free to meet with a counselor to verify that all of your requirements have been met.
What do I need to do to graduate? Will Triton automatically send my degree or certificate?
In order to graduate and receive your certificate or degree, you will need to file your graduation petition through your MyTriton Portal at the beginning of your final semester. The graduation petition can be found under WebAdvisor for Students, Academic Planning, Application for Graduation.
Are all students required to see a counselor before registering? Why am I blocked from registering? What do I need to do to get the block off?
If you are a new student, you are required to attend orientation which includes assessment testing, advising and registration. Contact the Office of Admission for more information.
We encourage all students to talk to a counselor, but only students on academic probation and with other academic statuses reflecting academic difficulty (cumulative GPA below 2.0 or completing less than 50 percent of the coursework registered for) are required to see a counselor, before being allowed to register. This is because we care about your success and want to do whatever we can to assist you in improving your academic performance. You will be contacted by mail if you are in any of these categories.
Where can I find course descriptions?
You can refer to the Triton College Catalog for particular degree and/or certificate requirements and course descriptions.
Can I get help working out my schedule?
Counselors will assist you with course selection and with the basics of putting together a class schedule. Working out a complete schedule and selection of class times is one of your responsibilities as a college student.
How do I know which math class to take?
The first math class you take at Triton College is determined by your ACT score or by your score on the Compass Placement Test administered in the Assessment and Testing Center. Testing is available on a walk-in basis. If you have transfer credits from another school in college-level math, you can bring your transcript to the Testing Office for a waiver of the test. Different majors require different kinds of math; the math class you take also depends on which school (or schools) to which you would like to transfer. See a counselor for more specific information about your situation.
How do I know which English (composition) class to take?
The first English class you take at Triton College is determined by your ACT score or by your score on the Compass Placement Test administered in the Assessment and Testing Center. Testing is available on a walk-in basis. If you have transfer credit from another school in college-level English, you can bring your transcript to the Testing Office for a waiver of the test. See a counselor for more specific information about your situation.
How do I know which courses transfer?
It is best to talk to a counselor or visit the Transfer Center about transferring courses to a specific college/university, as well as major requirements. We have some transfer guides for many Illinois college/universities. You can obtain them at any one of the counseling offices. This and other transfer information is also available online. However, this information is not a substitute for meeting with a counselor. For example, it is best to talk to a counselor since the courses listed on the transfer guide may not be the only courses that transfer.
How do I withdraw from a class?
If you wish to withdraw from a class after regular registration, you must withdraw officially by submitting a withdrawal form to the Welcome Desk prior to the withdrawal deadline or by withdrawing from the course in your MyTriton Portal. A student who does not withdraw officially from a class is subject to an “F” grade. Remember, if you are not attending a class, it is your responsibility to drop the class. Your teacher cannot and will not automatically drop you.
Talk to your counselor about deadlines for dropping classes or you can refer to the Academic Calendar (Deadlines differ depending on the start/end dates of the course) or view your schedule in your MyTriton Portal.
Your counselor can also help you explore the pros and cons of your decision. Withdrawing a class may impact your financial aid or athletic eligibility. Check with those departments or a counselor before withdrawing a class.
What if I want to add a class that has already started, but is not full?
You must get permission from the instructor. If the instructor does allow you to register for the class, you must obtain his/her signature on a general petition form as well as the Chairperson of the department. You need to bring this form to the Welcome Desk before you can officially register for the course.
How do I get my courses from another college transferred to Triton College?
You must have an official copy of your transcripts from each college previously attended sent to the Triton College Admissions Office via U.S. Mail or hand carry-in a sealed envelope containing the transcripts.
You must have an official copy of your high school transcript on file sent to the Triton College Admissions Office via U.S. Mail or hand-in a sealed envelope containing the transcripts.
Once Admissions has received both your transcript and your request for evaluation of transcript form (general petition), you should receive information from the Records Evaluation via U.S. Mail within a couple of weeks. You are then encouraged to see a counselor to determine how all of your transfer courses fit with your degree requirements.
You must fill out a request on a general petition form for your transcripts to be evaluated. You must do this for each college you've previously attended. The form must be turned in to the Admissions Office in B-110A.
How can I get my grades sent to another school?
Complete an "Official Transcript Request" available online in your MyTriton Portal. You will need a valid credit or debit card number in order to complete your transaction.
If I bring in my transcript from another college, can the counselor tell me which courses Triton will accept?
Counselors do not determine what courses will or will not be accepted for transfer credit at Triton College. We can look at the transcript and often times tell which courses will transfer over to Triton, but in some cases that may not be possible. When it is not possible, you will need to have the Records Evaluator Office, located in B-220, complete the official evaluation. The counselor can explain the process to have that complete.
I need an official transcript. How do I get one?
Complete an Official Transcript Request available online in your MyTriton Portal. You will need a valid credit or debit card number in order to complete your transaction.
I want to transfer. How do I do that?
You will want to identify the schools that you are interested in transferring to in order to see what their requirements are. You will need to fill out an application at the schools that you decide on and submit an official copy of your transcript. Once you find out if you have been accepted, you will need to inform the transfer institution when you plan on attending. We have a Transfer Center that is happy to help you with this process, as well as working directly with your counselor.
The Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act, 110 ILCS 74/1 et seq. requires that institutions of higher learning maintain a policy that provides all students the opportunity to authorize, in writing, the disclosure of certain private mental health information to a designated person. A designated person is defined by this Act as a parent, guardian, or other person over the age of 18 designated by a student to receive disclosure of certain private mental health information. The choice to designate a contact person is at the student’s discretion.
What information will be disclosed?
Under the Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Information Policy, Triton College may disclose a student’s mental health information to the student’s designated person if a physician, clinical psychologist, or qualified examiner who is employed by Triton College makes a determination that the student poses a clear danger to themselves or others. In order to protect students or other person(s) against a clear, imminent risk of serious physical or mental injury, disease or death being inflicted upon themselves or others, Triton College may disclose the student’s mental health information as set forth herein.
The information will be disclosed by the qualified examiner to the designated person as soon as practical, but in no more than 24 hours after making the mental health determination.
Who is a qualified examiner?
A qualified examiner is defined by 405 ILCS 5/1-122 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code Act as a clinical social worker, a registered psychiatric nurse, a licensed clinical professional counselor or a licensed marriage and family therapist.
If you wish to designate a contact person, please complete the Student Optional Disclosure of Mental Health Information Form. You will need to login to the student portal to complete the disclosure form.
This information will be stored confidentially and securely. only Triton College counselors, the dean of student services, and the dean of enrollment services may access these forms.
This form will remain valid until the student revokes authorization by notifying the college in writing that s/he is withdrawing this authorization. Additionally, students wishing to change the name for the designated contact person may do so by submitting a new Optional Disclosure of Mental Health Information Form.
For more information about this act and disclosure, please contact a Triton College counselor at 708-456-0300, ext. 3588.
The following are some resources on the Web that you may find useful.
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America
(Learn about anxiety disorders through information, resources and links)
- American Psychiatric Association
(Learn about a variety of mental health issues)
- American Psychological Association
(Get mental health news, brochures, programs and information)
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
- National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association:
(Information on depression and manic-depression, publications, support groups, events and links)
- National Institute of Mental Health
(Learn about anxiety disorders, social anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and more)
- National Mental Health Association
(Find out about depression and anxiety disorders, including news, events, referrals and support)
- Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Form
- Controlling Anger
Some self-help suggestions from the American Psychological Association)
- Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Sarah's Inn
- Divorce Care
(Some self-help suggestions as you recover from the hurt of separation or divorce)
- Life's Problems
(How to find help for life's problem)
- Counseling Topics