City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

Tel: (312)553-5600
9,392 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 9,392 students (62% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 44:1 is higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
Minority enrollment is 85% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 39%.
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 212 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
College City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College (IL) Community College Avg.
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 212 staff
121 staff

Student Body

The student population of 9,392 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 44:1 has increased from 40:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 9,392 students 3,207 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 44:1
36:1
# Full-Time Students 5,828 students
1,118 students
# Part-Time Students 3,564 students
2,604 students
% Asian
8%
4%
% Hispanic
30%
15%
% Black
42%
14%
% White
15%
61%
% Two or more races
1%
1%
% Unknown races
3%
5%
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. 0.70 0.58

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $5,961 is less than the state average of $7,252. The in-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,498 is less than the state average of $9,471. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,961 $7,252
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,498 $9,471
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 75%
82%
Source: 2014 (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
    216 students | 0.30 Mi29 E. Madison
    Chicago IL  60602
    (312)922-1884
    0.30216
  • Robert Morris University Illinois
    Private not-for-profit
    3,205 students | 0.70 Mi401 S State Street
    Chicago IL  60605
    (312)935-6800
    0.703,205
  • Taylor Business Institute
    Private for-profit
    280 students | 0.70 Mi318 West Adams Street, Suite 500
    Chicago IL  60606
    (312)658-5100
    0.70280
  • East-West University
    Private not-for-profit
    555 students | 1.00 Mi816 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago IL  60605
    (312)939-0111
    1.00555
  • 1,086 students | 1.00 Mi361 W Chestnut
    Chicago IL  60610
    (312)944-0882
    1.001,086
Did You Know?
For Chicago public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,961 per year for in-state students and $7,498 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,500 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

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 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Chicago is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.