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City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

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Harold Washington College, one of seven City Colleges of Chicago, offers several associate degrees including Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in General Studies, and Associate in Engineering Science. Students can also earn basic or advanced certificates in a variety of fields of study.

In addition, the college offers continuing education courses and distance learning. Continuing education students can choose special programs such as CPR certification, real estate sales training, pharmacy technician, or medical billing and coding. Each course is approximately 6 weeks long, meets during the day, in the evenings, or on the weekend, once a week.

The Center for Distance Learning (CDL) is a collaborative between Kennedy-King College and the City Colleges of Chicago. CDL offers over 90 classes which are either TeleWeb courses or WW courses. The TeleWeb courses are a combination of online instruction and video presentations with occasional on campus sessions. The WW courses are online classes with testing at any of the seven City Colleges of Chicago locations.

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Admissions are open. Prospective students must send transcripts from all high schools as well as any other colleges or universities.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers several options to students. Students may be eligible for institutional scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and submitted to be considered for financial assistance. Students may apply for financial aid online at the school’s website.

Available grants include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, as well as several state grants. Loans available include the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). Work-study programs are designed to give students the opportunity to work part-time, usually 10-20 hours per week, to help pay for school expenses. Institutional scholarships are awarded to qualifying students.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5741st for the average student loan amount.
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City Colleges of Chicago has seven campuses including Harold Washington College, Daley College, Malcolm X College, Kennedy-King College, Olive-Harvey College, Truman College, and Wright College.

Students have a number of opportunities to get involved in campus life. The college offers student clubs and organizations, such as the Criminal Justice Club, Student Government Association (SGA), and Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), as well as a student newspaper (The Herald), and a theatrical program called the Loop Players.

In addition, the campusa student activity called The Garland Court Review. This literary journal is a compilation of original work from Harold Washington College students. Writings come in the form of poems, songs, essays, and short stories. Other works found in the collection include student paintings, drawings, and other graphic arts.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The college does not have an athletics program.

Information Summary

Ranks 115th in Illinois and 3471st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 7 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12,408 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 431 0.02
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 13,975 0.52
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 26,420 0.98
Larceny 72,373 2.68
Vehicle theft 19,446 0.72

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Chicago, IL 60601-2449
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population5,591 (5,591 urban / N/A rural)
Households3,501 (1.59 people per house)
Median Household Income$77,374
Families1,327 (2.33 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
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 District1707

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3874th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,670 $5,561 $7,098
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $400 $400 $400
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $89 $185 $237
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 $5,380 $8,271 $9,808
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,204 $22,095 $23,632
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,840 $10,731 $12,268

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,070(N/C) $5,607 $5,961 $7,311 $7,498
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,856(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 $10,464(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,720(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,984(N/C)

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
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1120th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,034 ($75,973 male / $65,066 female)
Number of FT Faculty 113 (47 male / 66 female)
Number of PT Faculty 353
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $7,217,200

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