Harper College, a two-year community college located in Palatine, Illinois, offers associate degrees of two types. One track leads directly to the workplace, particularly to in-demand legal, business and medical positions. The other track leads to baccalaureate institutions and higher degrees. Harper is named for its first president, William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement. The school offers programs that fit the schedules of busy learners. Adults often choose Harper because the weekend college and accelerated/fast track options allow them to fit school into their busy personal and professional lives.
Extracurricular activities at Harper allow students to explore their interests and develop new skills. Opportunities include working out on the latest in fitness equipment at the college’s recreational facility or gaining valuable experience working at the student-run newspaper or radio station.
In a world where the thought of paying for higher education conjures images of financial enslavement, Harper’s tuition rates are liberating. Students seeking admission to Harper College should contact the admissions office as requirements vary from program to program. Students who desire value and quality for their education dollar should check with Harper first.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $25 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $2,700-$3,300
- Out-of-State: $11,000-$12,850
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $110-$140 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $450-$540 per credit 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||51%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||47%||$4,814|
|Receiving Student Loans||9%||$5,260|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Harper College may offer services to students like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Assistance to find work
- Day care for children
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Cook County and community colleges in Illinois as a whole.
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Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1967)
- Dietetic Technician Program
- Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1972)
- English Language Program
- Accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (since 2001)
- Music Program
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1975)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1981)
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- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 2008)
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 Harper 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
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Harper College.
- Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL (10 miles away)
- Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL (13 miles away)
- College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL (16 miles away)
- Triton College in River Grove, IL (16 miles away)
- City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, IL (17 miles away)