City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

Tel: (312)553-5600
8,937 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 8,937 students (62% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Black and Asian), which is more than the state average of 38%.
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College is one of 32 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
The nearest community college is Maccormac College (0.3 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College 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

Student Body

The student population of 8,937 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 41:1 has increased from 38:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
8,937 students
1,303 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
5,521 students
834 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 3,416 students
1,040 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College sch enrollment City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
-
1%
% Asian
22%
2%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Asian (2006-2012)
% Hawaiian
- 1%
% Hispanic
20%
7%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
29%
11%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Black (2006-2012)
% White
29%
66%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races"
- 2%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College sch ethnicity City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College sta ethnicity
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 0.44
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,961 is more than the state average of $5,890. The in-state tuition has declined by 26% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,498 is less than the state average of $10,050. The out-state tuition has declined by 21% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,961 $5,890
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,498 $10,050
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (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 $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 $17,006 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Chicago is 69%. 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 0.56, which is higher than the national average of 0.44. The most diverse community college in Chicago is Lexington College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.