Harper College

1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067
Tel: (847)925-6000
14,830 students
Public institution
Harper College (also William Rainey Harper College) is a two-year community college in Palatine, Illinois. The college was established by referendum in 1965, and in 1971 Harper's construction was finished, the first community college to be completed in Illinois. It is named for William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.
School Highlights
Harper College serves 14,830 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 36:1 is equalto than the state community college average of 36:1.
Minority enrollment is 45% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 47%.
Harper College is one of 31 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
The nearest community college is Worsham College of Mortuary Science (8.80 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 410 teachers has grown by 7% over five years.
College Harper 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 410 staff
61 staff
Harper College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 14,830 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 36:1 has decreased from 40:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.63 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment 14,830 students 1,315 students
Harper College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 36:1
22:1
Harper College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 5,537 students
815 students
Harper College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 9,293 students
1,061 students
Harper College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Harper College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
10%
5%
Harper College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
23%
20%
Harper College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
4%
15%
Harper College Black (2006-2013)
% White
55%
49%
Harper College White (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
1%
-
Harper College Hawaiian (2010-2013)
% Two or more races
3%
3%
Harper College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
4%
6%
Harper College Unknown (2006-2013)
Harper 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. 0.63 0.70
Harper College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $9,222 is more than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $11,034 is more than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $9,222 $5,590
Harper College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $11,034 $10,086
Harper College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 47%
89%
Harper College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Harper College (also William Rainey Harper College) is a two-year community college in Palatine, Illinois. The college was established by referendum in 1965, and in 1971 Harper's construction was finished, the first community college to be completed in Illinois. It is named for William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago. We offer a full range of credit and non-credit courses, career training opportunities and continuing education options for professional development and personal enrichment as well as academic transfer programs. Our faculty is among the best. And because, like William Rainey Harper himself, we believe that higher education should be accessible to all, we offer a flexible schedule of daytime, nighttime and weekend classes at our main campus and at several other sites conveniently located throughout our service area. Avanté, Center for Science, Health Careers and Emerging Technologies is a state-of-the-art learning center for Harper College's nationally acclaimed programs in health, science and computer technology. The Center occupies 292,926 square feet of space, or six and one half acres. Avanté houses 10 major academic programs including nursing, dental hygiene, medical imaging, cardiac care, electronics, computer science, biology and chemistry. The name Avanté implies “advancement” or “moving forward,” while the Center itself creates an inspiring environment to advance teaching and learning in the sciences, technology and health care for current and future generations. It contains 400 rooms.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 106 students | 8.80 Mi495 Northgate Pkwy
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (847)808-8444
    8.80106
  • 10,729 students | 10.00 Mi1600 E Golf Rd.
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (847)635-1600
    10.0010,729
  • 11,285 students | 13.50 Mi1700 Spartan Drive
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (847)697-1000
    13.5011,285
  • 1,711 students | 16.00 Mi900 N. North Branch St.
    Chicago, IL 60642
    (312)752-2000
    16.001,711
  • Chicago ORT Technical Institute
    Private not-for-profit
    438 students | 16.50 Mi5440 Fargo Avenue
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (847)324-5588
    16.50438
Did You Know?
For Cook County, IL public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $9,657 per year for in-state students and $10,927 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,912 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 78%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Cook County, IL 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 0.63, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Cook County, IL is Taylor Business Institute. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.