Harper College

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School Overview

General Information

Admission Office

1200 West Algonquin Road

Palatine, IL 60067-7398

(847) 925-6707

Fax: (847) 925-6044

Contact: Robert Parzy

Director of Admissions Outreach
Main Address

1200 West Algonquin Road

Palatine, IL 60067

(847) 925-6000


Total undergrads: 15,250

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,699

Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,302


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Admissions Policies/Requirements

Selective admission to cardiac technology, dental hygiene, emergency medical technician, certified nursing assistant, electrocardiograph technology, emergency medical service paramedic, and diagnostic medical sonography. Pre-nursing examinations for nursing applicants. Critical thinking test for legal technology applicants.

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Floristry/Floriculture C
Horticultural Services A,C
Landscaping C
Plant/Nursery Operations C
Turf Management A,C

Arts, Visual & Performing

Fine/Studio Arts A
Music – General A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting C
Accounting Technology A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services C
Banking/Financial Services A,C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Credit Management C
Executive Assistant A,C
Fashion Merchandising A,C
Fashion Modeling A
Hospitality Administration/Management A
Hospitality/Recreation Marketing A,C
Hotel/Motel Management C
Human resource management C
Insurance/Risk Management C
International Business A
Marketing Research C
Office Clerical Services C
Purchasing/Procurement/Contracts C
Real Estate C
Retailing C
Sales and Distribution A,C
Sales/Selling Skills A,C
Small Business Administration A,C

Communications & Journalism

Digital Communications/Multimedia C
Journalism C

Communications Technologies

Desktop Publishing C
Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A,C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Forensics A,C
Computer Networking/Telecommunications C
Computer Programming – General A,C
Computer Programming – Specific Applications A,C
Computer Science A
Computer Systems Analysis A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A
Data Processing Technology A,C
Information Sciences/Systems A,C
Networking/LAN/WAN Management C
System Administration C
Web/Multimedia Design A,C

Construction Trades

Building Construction Inspection C
Building/Property Maintenance A,C


Teacher Assistance A,C


Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Drafting A,C
Computer Systems C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Service A,C
Family Resource Management Studies C
Family Systems C
Fashion/Fabric Consultant A,C
Home Furnishings A

Foreign Language & Literature

Sign Language Interpretation C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Cardiovascular Technology A,C
Dental Hygiene A
Diagnostic Medical Sonography A
Dietetic Technician A
Dietician Assistant C
EMT Ambulance Attendant C
Electrocardiograph Technology C
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Medical Administrative Assistance A,C
Medical Assistance C
Medical Insurance Coding C
Medical Transcription C
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical C
Nursing Assistance C
Phlebotomy C
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging A

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance A,C
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A,C
Industrial Electronics C

Natural Resources & Conservation

Forest Technology C

Personal & Culinary Services

Baking/Pastry Arts C
Culinary Arts/Chef Training C
Food Prep/Professional Cooking C
Food Service C

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy A

Physical Sciences

Physical Sciences – General A

Precision Production Trades

Welding Technology C

Science Technologies

Nanoscience technology A

Security & Protective Services

Emergency Management/Homeland Security A,C
Fire Science/Firefighting A,C
Police Science A,C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

William Rainey Harper College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (847) 925-6000
Website: https://www.harpercollege.edu/index.php
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online: https://www.harpercollege.edu/start/apply/index.php
Address: 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 13,477
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 10,455 (78% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,942
Out-of-state Tuition: $11,754
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 51%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,372

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

William Rainey Harper College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at William Rainey Harper College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 154
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 4
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 43
Construction Trades 21
Education 21
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 62
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 32
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 179
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 44
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 31
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Personal and Culinary Services 3
Precision Production 31
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 1
Visual and Performing Arts 44
Grand total 7338

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at William Rainey Harper College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,942
Out-of-state $11,754
Books and supplies $1,100

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 756 51%
Grant or scholarship aid 664 45% $5,372
Student loan aid 86 6% $4,420

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,793 28% $4,236
Federal student loans 659 5% $5,446

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for William Rainey Harper College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled William Rainey Harper College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

William Rainey Harper College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 13,477
Undergraduate enrollment 13,477
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

William Rainey Harper College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Dietetics (DIETT) - Dietetic Technician Program
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
    • Massage
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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