Harper College

Harper College

Harper College is a two-year community college located in Palatine, Illinois, United States. The college was founded by a referendum in 1965 and opened in September 1967. It is named after Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and first president of the University of Chicago. The Harper College campus is situated approximately 25 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The campus is spread across an area of 200 acres.

The athletics department of the college fields both men's and women's sports teams that participate in a variety of sports. Their official mascot is the Hawk and the sports teams are known as the Hawks.

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Contacting Harper College

Harper College
1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine , IL 60067-7398
General Phone: (847) 925-6000

Harper College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts808sign language translation, liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Business and Management352business management, purchasing and contract management, accounting, accounting technology, parts and warehousing, small business management, banking, human resources, international business, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine315EMT ambulance attendant, EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Medical Support and Technology138dental hygienist, medical coding, medical assistant, cardiovascular tech, sonography and ultrasound tech, radiographer, phlebotomy
Mechanics and Repair118electrical installation and repair, industrial electronics tech, HVAC
Law87legal secretary, legal assistant
Family and Social Work85child care provider
Computer Science and Engineering73computer programming, information science, web design, computer networking, network management, computer security
Security and Law Enforcement68criminal justice and police, fire-fighting
Landscaping and Horticulture41applied horticulture, landscaping, plant nursery, turf management, floristry
Engineering Technician39electronics tech, architectural drafting
Construction Trades36fashion consultant, property management, building inspector
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy20dietetic technician
Cooking and Culinary Arts18pastry, chef training, waiter/waittress
Medical Administration17medical transcription, medical secretary
Science16biological and physical sciences
Media10journalism, printing equipment operation
Hospitality10hospitality management, hotel management
Production Trades10welding
Design8interior design
Conservation and Resource Management7forest technology
Office and Administration3executive secretary, general office occupations
Fine Arts1fine arts

Number of programs and degrees for Harper College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year91745
Associate's degree1,26241
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years10912

Harper College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Harper College had a total enrollment of 15,156 students (10,672 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 57%
Black 4%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 12%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 28%
20-21 19%
22-24 13%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 4%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Harper College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 39 %

Harper College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Palatine, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Harper College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 10,194
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,504
Books and supplies $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Harper College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 396100)

Harper College Faculty

Harper College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1425

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year18$98,47921$94,147
Associate professoracademic year31$74,03837$75,104
Assistant professoracademic year17$57,43026$57,647
Instructoracademic year15$46,94927$47,827
All faculty totalacademic year81$70,967111$67,983

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Harper College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Fashion Merchandising
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Retailing and Retail Operations
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Science/Studies
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Conservation And Resource Management
Forest Technology/Technician

Construction Trades
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector
Building/Property Maintenance and Management
Fashion and Fabric Consultant

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, and Dining Room Management/Manager

Interior Design

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Nursery Operations and Management
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation

Mechanics And Repair
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance)
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetic Technician (DTR)

Office And Administration
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Biological and Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

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What Sets Harper College Apart:

Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 4%$pretty_college $award_cats{$char}
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Harper College Number of degree programs
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 8%Harper College % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
% of degrees in law
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 12%Harper College % of degrees in law
% of degrees in mechanics and repair
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 14%Harper College % of degrees in mechanics and repair
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Harper College Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Harper College % of degrees in family and social work
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 19%Harper College Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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