Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067

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Main telephone 847-925-6000
Contact person name Katherine Coy
Contact person title Director, Institutional Research
Contact person e-mail Email
Contact person phone 847-925-6950
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Educational system Illinois Community College Board
Public or private Public
Type of school 2-year college
Date founded 1965
Degrees offered Certificate or diploma, Associate
School accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Specialized accreditation Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, Commission on Dental Accreditation, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications, Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, National Association of Schools of Music, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Setting Suburban (within commuting distance of a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Chicago
Population of city the school is in 69,000
Distance from campus to city center 30 Miles
Public transportation to campus PACE Bus
Student parking on campus Yes
Campus size 200 acres
County Cook
Visitor information website harpercollege.edu/about/visit/index.php
School visit availability Visits and tours by appointment.
Contact to set up school visit Robert Parzy
Director Admissions Outreach
Admissions Office
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Number of full time, freshmen men 906
Number of full time, freshmen women 860
Total number of full time freshmen 1,766
Number of part time, freshmen men 391
Number of part time, freshmen women 429
Total number of part time freshmen 820
Total number of freshmen men 1,297
Total number of freshmen women 1,289
Total number of freshmen 2,586
Number of full time, undergraduate men 2,331
Number of full time, undergraduate women 2,188
Total number of full time undergraduates 4,519
Number of part time, undergraduate men 3,787
Number of part time, undergraduate women 5,171
Total number of part time undergraduates 8,958
Total number of undergraduate males 6,118
Total number of undergraduate females 7,359
Total number of undergraduate students 13,477
Total enrollment 13,477
American Indian/Alaskan Native Less than 1%
Asian 11%
Black 4%
Hispanic 28%
White 49%
Race/ethnicity unknown 1%
These figures reflect responses of people who chose to indicate their racial-ethnic background. All categories except Hispanic represent non-Hispanic students. International students are not included in these figures so they may not add up to 100 percent.
Percentage of students from out of state 1%
Percentage of students from outside the US Less than 1%
Percentage of students 25 or older 30%
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Tuition year 2020-2021
In-state tuition $11,715
Out-of-state tuition $13,980
Fees $594
Books and supplies $1,000
Explanation of required expenses $19 Universal Fee per Credit Hour
$15 Registration Fee
$42 Registration Fee
In-district, full-time tuition and fees $4,689
Out-of-district, full-time tuition and fees $12,399
Academic program/major Yes
Class load (number of credits taken) Yes
Deferment plan (you can pay part of your tuition at the start of the term and the rest at the end of the term) Yes
Installment plan (you can pay tuition in several payments over the course of the term) Yes
School employees and their children Yes
Senior citizens Yes
Undergraduate costs are for ... (Costs are for the 2020-2021 academic year.)
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Financial aid contact person Laura McGee
Financial aid contact title Director, Student Financial Assistance
Financial aid contact e-mail Email
Financial aid phone 847.925.6686
Financial aid office website Find more information on this website
Scholarship list website Find more information on this website
Submit these forms FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), school's financial aid form
Other requirements as required by regulation
Application deadline (for fall term) continuous
Letters about aid sent to applicants continuous
School year financial aid data is from 2018-2019
Average financial aid package awarded to freshmen $5,647
For freshmen, percentage of need* met by aid package 45%
Average amount of financial aid awarded to freshmen
Loan $2,593
Scholarship or grant $5,750
Average financial aid package awarded to undergraduates (including freshmen) $5,913
For all undergraduates, percentage of need* met by aid package 42%
Average amount of financial aid awarded to undergraduates
Loan $3,056
Scholarship or grant $5,712
* "Need" as defined for financial aid results from a formula based on a student's situation. The formula considers family and student income, family size, unusual expenses, and the school's costs.
Number of freshmen who applied for aid 1,057
Number of freshmen who received aid 634
Number of undergraduates who applied for aid 2,768
Number of undergraduates who received aid 1,807
Federal PLUS loans (for parents) Yes
Federal Stafford loans (subsidized) Yes
Federal Stafford loans (unsubsidized) Yes
Need-based scholarships and grants
Federal Pell Grants Yes
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Yes
Privately-sponsored scholarships and grants Yes
State-sponsored scholarships and grants Yes
Student employment
Work study Yes
Non-proprietary financial aid data are from ... (Financial aid data are for the 2018-2019 academic year.)
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Admissions contact e-mail Email
Admissions phone (local) 847.925.6700
Electronic application website Find more information on this website
For incoming students Open (virtually all applicants are accepted)
Open admissions policy applies to Except for selective admission to some programs
Groups or programs with a different entrance difficulty level Nursing, dental hygienist programs
Entrance difficulty level for these groups Moderately difficult (about 85% of all applicants accepted)
Number of male applicants who enrolled 1,297
Number of female applicants who enrolled 1,289
Total number of applicants who enrolled 2,586
High school education High school diploma or equivalent not required.
Fall* application deadline Continuous
Notification date for fall admission applicants Continuous
Fall transfer application deadline Continuous
Notification date for fall transfer applicants Continuous
* Application dates for winter, spring, or summer term admission are likely to be different.
Online application available Find more information on this website
Application fee $25
Submit these items:
Application Required for all students
High school transcript or GED certificate Required for all students
Admission requirements We do accept transfer students.
Average GPA (on 4.0 scale) 2.86
Percentage of freshmen who returned for their sophomore year 75%
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Certificate or diploma Yes
Associate Yes
School catalog website https://www.harpercollege.edu/ catalog /current/courses/
Academic calendar Semesters
Number of faculty on campus 638
Student faculty ratio 22:1
Required number of credits for an associate degree 60 semester hours
All students must meet:
Core curriculum or school-wide requirements Yes
Internship requirement Depends on major
Math or science requirement Yes
Evenings Yes
On-line/distance learning Yes
Part time Yes
Short-term courses Yes
Summer school Yes
Weekends Yes
Accelerated degree Yes
Freshman honors college Yes
Honors program Yes
Study abroad available Yes
Advanced Placement Yes
Cooperative education Yes
Independent study Yes
Internships Yes
Computers on campus for student use Yes
Computer lab available to students Yes
Online registration for classes Yes
Main library name Harper College Library
Number of books and documents in libraries 271,980,121,336,794
Number of subscriptions (periodicals, newspapers) 59,953
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National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Yes
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Choral groups Yes
Drama or theater groups Yes
Newspaper Yes
Radio station Yes
Number of student clubs and associations with open membership 54
Largest clubs and organizations on campus Student Radio Station, Program Board, Student Senate, Nursing Club, Phi Theta Kappa
Student clubs and associations website Find more information on this website
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Academic advising Yes
English as a Second Language (ESL) program Yes
Reading and study skills courses Yes
Remedial education courses Yes
Tutoring Yes
Health clinic Yes
Legal services Yes
Psychological counseling Yes
Orientation Yes
Placement testing Yes
Student lounge Yes
Disabilities contact person Jason Altmann
Disabilities contact title Director, Access & Disability Services
Disabilities contact e-mail Email
Disabilities contact phone 847.925.6266
Disabilities services website Find more information on this website
Designated parking Yes
Interpreters for the deaf Yes
Learning aids Yes
Readers for the blind Yes
Registration assistance Yes
Services for students with learning disabilities Yes
Tutors Yes
Daycare contact person Irena Bakalus
Daycare contact title Supervisor, Early Childhood Laboratory School
Daycare contact phone 847.925.6262
Child daycare available on campus Early Childhood Laboratory School, onsite pre-school + extended care
Daycare cost Varies Based on Half Day and Full Day Programs and number of days attending
Women's center Yes
Athletes Yes
International students Yes
Minorities Yes
Veterans Yes
24-hour emergency phone and alarms on campus Yes
Campus patrolled by trained security personnel Yes
Late night transport service Yes
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Career contact e-mail address Email
Career contact phone 847.925.6400
Had a full-time job offer within six months of graduation 44%
Was counseled by the career services office 41%
Alumni networking and mentoring Yes
Career counseling Yes
Career interest testing Yes
Career library Yes
Job bank Yes
Job fairs Yes
Job interviews Yes
Job interview preparation Yes
On campus recruitment by employers Yes
Résumé preparation assistance Yes
Résumé referral to employers Yes
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security. If you have questions or concerns about the information displaying please contact Illinois Career Information System.