Get Started: High School Students
You're Invited: Public Service Expo on April 29
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Check in begins 9:30 a.m.
Expo 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Building H, Enter from Algonquin Road
Get a firsthand look at life in a variety of Public Service careers
Experience live demonstrations in fire management, a realistic disaster simulation, Day in the Life of a Law Professional discussion and much more. Gain valuable knowledge presented by Harper faculty and staff along with community police, fire and law organizations.
Explore occupations in:
- Emergency and Disaster Management
- Fire Science Technology
- Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
- Forensic Science
- Paralegal Studies
- Public Safety Dispatcher / 911 Operator
Free event. Refreshments and food provided.
Open to all high school students, their family members, and others interested in a career in public service.
Space is limited. Register today.
Destination Harper events
Start planning for life after high school with help from the Destination Harper team. Our virtual events for the 22-23 academic year have concluded, but we will be back with more next fall!
Why do thousands of students like you choose Harper each year?
Harper has a strong history of successfully preparing students for transfer from Harper to colleges and universities, locally and across the nation. Choose from hundreds of popular transfer courses. You can also explore the option to stay on campus to finish a bachelor's degree through the University Center at Harper College, offering BA and BS programs through four leading universities. Starting your college education at Harper is one of the smartest decisions you can make.
If a four-year degree isn’t your personal goal after high school, you can gain knowledge and skills for a satisfying career with great pay and potential for growth -- and you can do it in two years or less through Harper College. Discover apprenticeships that pay for your education and pay you to train for a career. Join the thousands of students who earn job-ready degrees and certifications in health care, information technology, business, law enforcement, and more.
Imagine saving over $67,000 in college expenses while achieving academic success! It's possible when you compare Harper to the cost of two years at a major university. Harper makes college even more affordable by awarding millions of dollars in scholarships to students like you each year. Harper's team of experts helps you understand all your options when it comes to paying for college.
Take your education to the next level as you discover Harper's Honors Program, learning communities, Global Scholar distinction and opportunities to study abroad. Align your desire to make the world a better place by earning a Social Justice Studies distinction on your diploma. Harper College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the same organization that accredits four-year colleges and universities in the Midwest, such as University of Illinois and Northwestern University. View academic programs.
College is about more than getting through your classes -- it's about growing and succeeding all areas of your life. Success is always within your reach through comprehensive resources that include dedicated academic advising, free tutoring, job placement resources, counseling services, and more. Explore the newly opened Cultural Center, a welcoming space of belonging and appreciation for students of all cultures. Take advantage of offerings that include Access and Disability Services, Hawks Care Resource Center, the Veteran's Center, the Women's Center, the Writing Center and more.
Harper's vibrant campus life offers you leadership programs, social events, concerts, entertainment, intramural teams and numerous student organizations. Check out the courts, pool, equipment, gaming and wellness offerings free to you
as an enrolled student at Harper's state-of-the-art Health and Recreation Center The Harper Hawks athletics teams have won 28 national championships, with student-athletes regularly being named
All-American, All-Region, and All-Conference honorees. Go Hawks!
What does a real student say about Harper College?
Check out this video from Harper student and scholarship recipient James Hawran as he describes his Harper experience:
Thirty short videos to help you plan your future
From Accounting to World Languages, Harper faculty members have created one-minute(-ish) videos that introduce you to 30 programs and fields of study. Check them out here, and start envisioning your future.
Questions? Contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or request an in-person appointment.
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