William Rainey Harper College

1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Tel: (847)925-6000
14,957 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
William Rainey Harper College serves 14,957 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
Minority enrollment is 35% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 39%.
William Rainey 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 402 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
College William Rainey Harper 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 402 staff
121 staff

Student Body

The student population of 14,957 has declined by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has decreased from 42:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.54 is less than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has declined by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment 14,957 students 3,207 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 37:1
36:1
# Full-Time Students 5,391 students
1,118 students
# Part-Time Students 9,566 students
2,604 students
% Asian
9%
4%
% Hispanic
17%
15%
% Black
3%
14%
% White
65%
61%
% Two or more races
2%
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. 0.54 0.58

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $9,186 is more than the state average of $7,252. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,986 is more than the state average of $9,471. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $9,186 $7,252
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,986 $9,471
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 50%
82%
Source: 2014 (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.

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Did You Know?
For Cook County, IL public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,600 per year for in-state students and $7,560 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,180 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 73%. 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 0.64, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Cook County, IL is Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Chicago. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.