City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

  • 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 9,392 students (62% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 44:1 is higher than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 85% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 40%.
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College is one of 28 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
  • The nearest community college to City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College is Taylor Business Institute (0.0 miles away).

Top Placements

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 212 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College(IL) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty212 staff123 staff
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College has grown by 5% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 44:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has declined by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment9,392 students3,999 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio44:135:1
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students5,828 students1,386 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,564 students2,613 students
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
8%
4%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
30%
16%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
42%
14%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Black (2007-2016)
% White
15%
60%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
1%
1%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College More (2012-2016)
% Unknown races
3%
5%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Ethnicity Breakdown IL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.700.59
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
11%
25%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,900$31,800
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $6,460 is less than the state average of $7,978. The in-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,891 is less than the state average of $10,454. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$6,460$7,978
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,891$10,454
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid75%83%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$5,586$7,736
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Median debt for students who have completed (2008-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$4,000
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College is Taylor Business Institute (0.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Taylor Business Institute
    Private, for profit
    280 students | 0.00 Mi180 N WABASH AVE FL 5
    Chicago IL  60601
    3126585100
    0.00280
  • MacCormac College
    MacCormac College Photo
    Private, non-profit
    216 students | 0.30 Mi29 E. Madison
    Chicago IL  60602
    (312)922-1884
    0.30216
  • 3,205 students | 0.70 Mi401 S State Street
    Chicago IL  60605
    (312)935-6800
    0.703,205
  • East-West University
    Private, non-profit
    555 students | 1.00 Mi816 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago IL  60605
    (312)939-0111
    1.00555
  • 1,086 students | 1.00 Mi361 W Chestnut
    Chicago IL  60610
    (312)944-0882
    1.001,086
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Did You Know?
For Chicago public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,721 per year for in-state students and $8,973 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,602 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Chicago is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Chicago community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Chicago is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.