Advising & Counseling
The overall mission of Triton College is to support student success and our advisors and counselors are here to help you do just that! Whatever your specific goals may be, our dedicated team of advisors and counselors aim to help you achieve those goals.
So what is the difference between an Advisor and a Counselor?
Advisors are professional staff who provide academic and career advising to students enrolled in their first year (as of Fall 2018) through the completion of 24 credit hours. They are trained to assist you with academic placement, academic planning, registration and course selection, career/educational guidance, identification of support services, as well as facilitate academic/student development workshops.
Please visit the Advising webpage for more information on the services advisors provide and to schedule a meeting with your advisor.
Counselors are faculty members who are trained to help with educational, personal, and career exploration and counseling for students beyond their first year (24+ credit hours). Counselors assist with identifying a career choice, academic planning, degree completion, transfer services, personal, emotional, and social difficulties, and can help locate appropriate resources for assistance.
Please visit the Counseling webpage for more information on the services counselors provide and to schedule a meeting with your program-specific counselor.
How do I make an appointment with a counselor?
You can make an appointment by visiting here and click on the "Book Now" button. Appointments are available most months out of the year, with the exception of January, July and August.
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. Please note that appointments are not available in August or January. 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 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. You can pick up this form in the Counseling Center in B-140 or the Admissions Office. 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 two counselors that can help you with this process, please contact the Counseling Department secretary to schedule an appointment.