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1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
p. 847-925-6000
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Harper College

Harper College Rating: 3.1/5 (9 votes)

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Introduction

Opened in 1967, Harper College is a two-year community college in Palatine, Illinois. Named after Dr. William Rainey Harper, who was a pioneer in the junior college movement and the first president of the University of Chicago, the 200-acre main campus is located about 25 miles northeast of downtown Chicago in the suburb of Palatine. Classes and services are also offered at the school’s other locations, including the Northeast Center in Prospect Heights and the Harper Professional Center in Schaumberg.

Academics

Eight types of associate degrees are available, along with more than 40 certificates, and numerous classes in the following areas of study: Architecture, Design, and Construction; Arts, Communication, Media; Business and Management; Computers; Education and Social Science; Health; Law, Law Enforcement, and Public Safety; and Science, Math, Engineering.

Associate degrees in Arts, Science, Fine Arts, and Engineering Science are primarily aimed at students who wish to transfer to four-year institutions, while the Associate in Applied Science is designed for those in two-year career programs. There is also an Associate of General Studies Degree available for people who have done coursework in the past but have never completed a degree. Most certificates can be completed in a single year, allowing students to quickly add to their credentials and advance their careers.

Chicago-area professionals can take advantage of the many valuable resources available. Reasons for adult learners to continue their education here include: quality education, an adult-friendly learning environment, career fast tracks, flexible schedules, exceptional career counseling services, and accelerated earning power.

Multiculturalism is an important part of the Harper College vision, and a welcoming ESL program and numerous study abroad opportunities help further this mission by encouraging international students and fostering a global community of learning.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Full-time students (those students who intend to enroll in at least 12 credit hours) who have not previously been admitted or enrolled in credit courses here must fill out an online application or print one out and pay a fee at the time of submission. Prospective students must also submit a high school transcript or an official copy of GED results, as well as official transcripts from any colleges attended. Students under 24 years old who have not previously completed 12 or more semester hours of college level credit must also provide ACT scores. The final step in the application process for full-time students is to attend an orientation, which includes assessment, testing, and academic advising. After completing these steps, students are able to pay and register for classes.

The application process for new part-time students is the same, except that the orientation is recommended, rather than mandatory. High school juniors and seniors who are 16 or older can also apply to enroll in a credit course while still in high school, either during the school year or over the summer. These students must complete the Concurrent High School Admission packet to be considered.

To be admitted into some of the more competitive programs, students must meet certain program-specific minimum requirements. These limited enrollment programs are mostly related to the health care industry.

Financial Aid

The college serves District 512 communities, and tuition for in-district residents (including students who are full-time employees of companies within Harper’s district) is about a quarter of the cost per credit hour that it is for out-of-district, out-of-state, and international students.

Senior citizens are eligible for a 100% discount on all credit courses.

In addition to need-based financial aid, several scholarship opportunities are offered to students. These include Academic and Leadership Scholarships available to incoming freshman entering directly after high school, the Adult Learner Grant for students in the Fast Track program, Foundation Scholarships funded by the Harper College Educational Foundation, and Transfer Scholarships for students planning on transferring to a four-year program.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5179th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

About 45% male and 55% female, the student body is comprised of about 15,000 students from diverse backgrounds, with minorities representing over 30%. As a community college, students live off campus and commute to classes daily. However, there are many on-campus amenities and activities that enhance student life, including a fitness center, a performing arts center (where Oscar-winning actress Marnie Matlin got her start), computer labs with WiFi, and over 40 student clubs and organizations.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The Hawks are consistently recognized as All Americans by the NJCAA. Sports teams which have recently placed nationally include football, volleyball, men’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, and wrestling.

The Division III track and field team won the national championship in 2007, and the wrestling team were national champions in 2001 and 2006.

Accreditation

All courses, educational programs, counseling services and distance learning programs are fully accredited by the High Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 65th in Illinois and 1949th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 7 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 19 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 10 0.01
Robbery 11 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 38 0.06
Larceny 749 1.09
Vehicle theft 27 0.04

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population50,825 (50,825 urban / N/A rural)
Households19,851 (2.54 people per house)
Median Household Income$74,764
Families13,816 (3.10 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1706

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3447th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,604 $8,772 $10,584
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $450 $450 $450
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $109 $366 $441
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,054 $10,222 $12,034
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,188 $26,356 $28,168
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,030 $14,198 $16,010

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,910 $3,006 $9,078 $9,186 $10,890 $10,986
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,500 $12,262
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,917 $3,965
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,917 $3,965

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 2 163 554 314 4 2,490 278 3,900
Accounting 1 1 9 11
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 10 25 31 93 10 172
Apparel and Textile Manufacture 2 2
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 7 2 18 2 29
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 1 5 6
Banking and Financial Support Services 1 1
Biological and Physical Sciences 3 15 12 1 66 16 115
Building/Property Maintenance 3 16 2 21
Business Administration and Management, General 10 24 6 106 13 163
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1 2 19 1 25
Child Care Provider/Assistant 2 15 5 50 10 82
Commercial Photography 2 4 6
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 4 7 4 26 1 42
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 10 21 17 76 11 137
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 2 2
Credit Management 1 1
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 3 1 33 3 43
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 6 7
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 5 5
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 1 2 14 1 20
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 10 1 13
Dietetic Technician 4 1 16 21
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce 2 2
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 5 9
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 1 4 1 20 1 27
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 2 8 11
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 1 13 5 84 9 113
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 26 3 30
Engineering, General 1 1 1 3 6
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other
Fashion Merchandising 1 1 5 1 9
Fashion and Fabric Consultant 3 2 3 11 1 20
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 4 1 46 1 53
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, and Dining Room Management/Manager 1 4 5
Forensic Science and Technology 4 6 2 15
General Studies 5 1 2 23 1 33
Graphic Design 3 11 14
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 1 8 1 10
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 2 6 10 2 20
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 4 29 1 37 6 78
Homeland Security 6 6
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 4 12 2 18
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 4 1 6
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 2 1 12 1 18
Human Services, General 1 1 5 7
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 1 1 3 2 29 2 38
Information Science/Studies 1 1 8 10
Interior Design 3 11 4 18
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 5 7 1 39 5 58
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 30 131 74 1 667 96 1,023
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 6 2 7 20
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 3 3
Marketing Research 1 1
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 2 4 4 24 3 37
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 3 3 25 31
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 1 2
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 11 3 25 1 41
Music, General 4 2 6
Nanotechnology 3 3
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 42 127 77 449 39 763
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations 1 3 1 10 16
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 7 11 7 54 1 83
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 1 1
Public Relations/Image Management 2 1 1 4
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management 1 2 3
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 5 18 25
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10 12 1 74 8 107
Retailing and Retail Operations 2 1 3
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 3 10 3 1 14 2 34
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 1 1 2
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 1 1 5 7
Small Business Administration/Management 3 1 4
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager 7 7 4 40 6 65
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 2 21 2 27
Welding Technology/Welder 1 4 22 1 28

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 808th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $78,576 ($80,823 male / $74,924 female)
Number of FT Faculty 206 (82 male / 124 female)
Number of PT Faculty 819
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $12,950,785
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