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
Type of School:2-year, Public
Apply Online:goforward.harpercollege.edu/start/apply/index.php
Address:1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:14,142
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:11,642 (82% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$9,528
Out-of-state Tuition:$11,340
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:51%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,853

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

William Rainey Harper College Programs

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services169
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs11
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services63
Construction Trades31
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields64
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences52
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs199
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service44
Legal Professions and Studies11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians31
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Personal and Culinary Services3
Precision Production31
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Visual and Performing Arts44
Grand total7947

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 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 Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid74651%
Grant or scholarship aid67346%$4,853
Student loan aid1107%$4,533

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid3,95427%$4,459
Federal student loans8886%$5,534

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.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

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 2017

Total Enrollment14,142
Undergraduate enrollment14,142
Graduate enrollment0

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 North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • 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
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English Language Intensive English Program)
  • 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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