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Student Handbook - College Credit Programs and Requirements

College can be a positive and enriching experience for students of all ages and backgrounds. Harper College wants every student to achieve success in his/her college endeavor and to have the opportunity to grow both in and out of the classroom. The programs and services listed below are designed toward this end.

Start Smart Program

The Start Smart Program is designed to help new degree seeking students transition to college by addressing many of the common “new student” concerns and to ensure that students receive all the support they might need while at Harper College. Courses in the Start Smart Program are taught by experienced faculty who care about new students and know exactly how to provide support AND inspire – at the same time. There are Start Smart options aligned with each Area of Interest in order to provide curriculum that is relevant to each student’s individual academic and career goals.

After successful completion of a Start Smart Experience, students will be able to 1) identify and utilize Harper support services to help meet their personal and academic needs, 2) demonstrate responsible academic behaviors appropriate to intellectual engagement, such as the application of active learning strategies, and 3) create an educational plan which includes academic and career goals and exploration of options leading to completion. 

Beginning Fall 2019, all new degree-seeking students with fewer than 12 hours of college credit earned after completing high school will be required to participate in a Start Smart experience within their first two semesters at Harper College. Students will select an appropriate Start Smart option aligned with their Area of Interest when they meet with their advisor or counselor during New Student Orientation. To learn more about the Start Smart Program and to view Start Smart options, visit Contact the Center for New Students and Orientation at 847.925.6208 for additional information.

Last Updated: 5/3/21