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City Colleges of Chicago – Harold Washington College

30 E Lake St, Chicago, IL

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City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington College (HWC) is located in downtown Chicago in the Loop area, and serves the urban higher education needs of its community. With about 9,000 students enrolled per year, HWC offers associate degree credit courses and other certification programs at affordable rates. The college offers 10 associate degree programs and numerous certificate courses, apart from continuing and retraining education opportunities.

Founded as Loop Junior College in 1962, HWC is named after Chicago’s first African-American Mayor. The college was renamed mere weeks after the untimely death of the Mayor, who was a strong advocate of the City Colleges of Chicago. The new facilities were occupied in 1982, two years prior to the renaming.

HWC offers courses in several areas of study, some of which are designed for vocational education and others as a foundation for further study at a four-year college. Offering an A to Z of courses from Afro-American Studies to Zoology, HWC provides for the needs of the community at an affordable price, making it accessible to a large percentage of the Chicago population.

Apart from its core curriculum of general education programs, HWC also has several extracurricular activity options through its many student clubs and organizations. Its focus on diversity can be seen from its ethnicity profile, which shows a near-equal racial distribution across several ethnic groups.

Their safety record, along with their focus on diversity and inclusion, makes it an ideal campus for full-and part-time students to pursue higher education and take advantage of higher paying jobs and better career opportunities.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,600. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $3,500-$4,200
    • Out-of-State: $12,000-$14,290
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $140-$160 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $550-$660 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid76%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships73%$5,343
Receiving Student Loans44%$3,433

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, City Colleges of Chicago – Harold Washington College may offer student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Cook County and community colleges in Illinois in total.

 City Colleges of Chicago – Harold Washington CollegeCook CountyIllinois
Graduation Rate8.7%14.9%23.9%
Transfer-out Rate33.2%28.7%26.6%
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by City Colleges of Chicago – Harold Washington College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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Contact Information

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
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FINANCIAL AID RATE
76%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
31:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
2

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$4,533