City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

Tel: (312)553-5600
9,036 students
Public institution
Harold Washington College is a learning-centered urban institution of higher education that offers accessible and affordable opportunities for academic advancement, career development, and personal enrichment. The College is committed to upholding high institutional and academic standards and to understanding and improving student learning.
School Highlights
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College serves 9,036 students (67% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 47:1 is higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
Minority enrollment is 85% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 47%.
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College is one of 31 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
The nearest community college is MacCormac College (0.30 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 193 teachers has declined by 18% over five years.
College City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 193 staff
61 staff
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 9,036 has grown by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 47:1 has increased from 37:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.72 is more than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 9,036 students 1,315 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 47:1
22:1
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 6,059 students
815 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 2,977 students
1,061 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
9%
5%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
37%
20%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
33%
15%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Black (2006-2013)
% White
15%
49%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
2%
3%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College More (2011-2013)
% Unknown races
4%
6%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Unknown (2009-2013)
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.72 0.70
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,961 is more than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,498 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,961 $5,590
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,498 $10,086
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 71%
89%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Harold Washington College was founded in 1962 as Loop College, and was placed in the heart of the downtown business district to serve Chicago's business community through a broad spectrum of courses, two-year degrees, and certificate programs. Some of the academic programs that were offered during this period included business, data processing, and various course options within the human services profession. In 1987, the college's name was changed to commemorate Chicago's late Mayor Harold Washington. From its beginning, this has been a comprehensive college, offering students the traditional transfer-oriented liberal arts and sciences curricula as well as career and vocational programs. Today's student body displays a diverse mix of cultures, backgrounds, purposes and academic interests. Enrolling from throughout the city and throughout the world (almost fifty countries), Harold Washington College students are attracted by the combination of central location, high quality instruction, flexible class scheduling, wide-ranging course offerings, reasonable tuition rates and state-of-the-art educational facilities and equipment. At Harold Washington College each academic department's facilities reflect state-of-the-art modernity, from Chemistry's spectrophotometers and Information Technology's microcomputers to Architecture & Engineering's Computer-Assisted-Design systems, the Foreign Language laboratory's taped program library, and state of the art computers and software. In addition to more than 55,000 books, the Library and Learning Resource Center has a media-production room with audio/video tape facilities, and student carrels with television receivers, audio/video tape recorders, phonographs and slide viewers. The entire building at Harold Washington College is fully accessible to the disabled. HWC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a Member of the North Central Association.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • MacCormac College
    Private not-for-profit
    215 students | 0.30 Mi29 E. Madison
    Chicago, IL 60602
    (3.1)292-2188
    0.30215
  • Robert Morris University Illinois
    Private not-for-profit
    3,231 students | 0.70 Mi401 S State Street
    Chicago, IL 60605
    (312)935-6800
    0.703,231
  • Taylor Business Institute
    Private for-profit
    255 students | 0.70 Mi318 West Adams Street Suite 500
    Chicago, IL 60606
    (312)658-5100
    0.70255
  • East-West University
    Private not-for-profit
    815 students | 1.00 Mi816 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60605
    (3.1)293-9011
    1.00815
  • 926 students | 1.00 Mi361 W Chestnut
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312)944-0882
    1.00926
Did You Know?
For Chicago public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $10,689 per year for in-state students and $11,765 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,650 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Chicago is 78%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Chicago community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.64, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Chicago is Taylor Business Institute. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.