Remote instruction will be extended through the first two weeks of the semester. On-campus offices are closed and student services are being provided virtually through January 29. In-person classes and services will resume January 31. The Health and Recreation Center remains open. Learn more

Fast Track

Harper is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, providing a quality education

Put Your Education on the Fast Track

Harper College has a unique, future-focused program for you to reach your goals faster. Learn more by attending an info session or contacting us for an individual appointment.

Fast Track classes are designed for you:

  • Pre-selected and pre-scheduled, allowing for more independent work
  • Primarily offered in 5- to 8-week lengths, accelerating your learning
  • One or two classes at a time, guaranteed with a consistent day/time schedule
  • Offered in a cohort format, allowing for peer support and progress
  • Limited in size, allowing for personalized interactions with your instructor
  • Conveniently held classes between 6 p.m.–10 p.m. at the main Palatine campus. NOTE:  Classes currently are online to protect our students, faculty, and staff in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Get credit for your prior college or work experience. Transfer credit, advanced placement and military service are some ways to move forward faster to achieve your goals.

Fast Track Students Share Their Experiences

Fast Track Certificate Programs

Each certificate program can be completed in about 1 year.

Fast Track Degree Completion Programs

Career certificates are earned prior to starting the degree completion programs.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree Completion Programs

Learn more at the next info session or schedule your personal appointment.

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Services to Help You Succeed

Take advantage of the many benefits and services offered to Harper College students:

Contact Us

Fast Track Office

We currently offer in-person and remote services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us by phone or email to schedule an appointment.
847-925-6438 or

Monday, Thursday, and Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (remote only on Fridays)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Last Updated: 1/11/22