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:
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City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College serves 9,036 students (67.05% of students are full-time).
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The college's student:teacher ratio of 47:1 is higher than the community college average of -:1.
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Minority enrollment is 85% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 48%.
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City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College is one of 31 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
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The nearest community college is MacCormac College (0.29 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 193 teachers has declined by 18% over five years.
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
60 staff

Student Body

The student population of 9,036 teachers 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 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 9,036 students 1,282 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 47:1
# Full-Time Students 6,059 students
810 students
# Part-Time Students 2,977 students
1,017 students
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
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. 0.74 0.53

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,961 is more than the state average of $5,694. 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 $10,294. The out-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,961 $5,694
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,498 $10,252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 71%
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.

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Did You Know?
For Chicago public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,243 per year for in-state students and $8,588 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,105 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 0.53, which is higher than the national average of 0.48. The most diverse community college in Chicago is City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.