William Rainey Harper College

1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Tel: (847)925-6000
  • 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 29 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.
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 Public
Total Faculty 402 staff 112 staff
William Rainey Harper College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 14,957 has declined by 6% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has decreased from 41:1 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 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment 14,957 students 3,722 students
William Rainey Harper College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 37:1 36:1
William Rainey Harper College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 5,391 students 1,118 students
William Rainey Harper College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 9,566 students 2,604 students
William Rainey Harper College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
William Rainey Harper College Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
9%
4%
William Rainey Harper College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
17%
15%
William Rainey Harper College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
3%
14%
William Rainey Harper College Black (2007-2016)
% White
65%
61%
William Rainey Harper College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
2%
1%
William Rainey Harper College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
- -
William Rainey Harper College Non Resident (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
3%
5%
William Rainey Harper College Ethnicity Breakdown IL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
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
William Rainey Harper College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
21%
25%
William Rainey Harper College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $39,400 $32,200
William Rainey Harper College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $9,264 is more than the state average of $7,963. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $11,076 is more than the state average of $10,732. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $9,264 $7,963
William Rainey Harper College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $11,076 $10,732
William Rainey Harper College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 50% 82%
William Rainey Harper College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $10,500 $7,862
William Rainey Harper College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $5,500 $4,000
William Rainey Harper College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $8,147 per year for in-state students and $9,660 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 76%. 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 0.58, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Cook County, IL is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.