• 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 7,276 students (53% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 88% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 52%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 7,276 students
  • In-state tuition: $6,460
  • Out-state tuition: $7,891
  • Student:teacher ratio: 18:1
  • Minority enrollment: 88%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Illinois for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 399 teachers has grown by 81% over five years.
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College
(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
399 staff
239 staff
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Student Body

The student population of City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College has declined by 22% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has decreased from 44:1 over five years.
The City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College diversity score of 0.69 is more than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
7,276 students
3,107 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,865 students
1,099 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,411 students
2,008 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
712 students
365 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,865 students
1,109 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
22 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
n/a
2,080 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
136 students
% Asian
7%
5%
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% Hispanic
47%
27%
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% Black
27%
13%
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% White
12%
48%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
3%
1%
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% Unknown races
1%
3%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IL.
Diversity Score
0.69
0.68
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
8.09%
2.73%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.54%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$28,900
$32,200
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $6,460 is less than the state average of $8,222. The in-state tuition has declined by 20% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,891 is less than the state average of $10,831. The out-state tuition has declined by 33% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$6,460
$8,222
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,891
$10,831
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
73%
76%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$5,250
$8,029
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,750
$4,618
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
SAT Reading
n/a
390
SAT Math
n/a
360
SAT Writing
n/a
355
ACT Composite
n/a
17
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
17
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College cost?

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College's tuition is approximately $6,460 for In-State students and $7,891 for Out-State students.

What is City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College's ranking?

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Illinois for: Least expensive tuition, Diversity in US community colleges, Average community college minority breakdown, Highest completion rates and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 7,276 students
  • In-state tuition: $6,460
  • Out-state tuition: $7,891
  • Student:teacher ratio: 18:1
  • Minority enrollment: 88%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Did You Know?

For Cook County, IL public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,794 per year for in-state students and $10,031 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Cook County, IL community colleges have a diversity score of 0.58, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Cook County, IL is Robert Morris University Illinois. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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