Harper College

Harper College Fact Book

The Fact Book serves as a comprehensive resource for users to explore and engage with data related to Harper College.

This information is compiled annually by the Office of Institutional Research to provide a snapshot of the institution across various areas. The main areas of the Fact Book include General Information about the College, Business Services & Outreach, District Information, Employees, Finances, Financial Aid, Students (Credit and Community Education), and Support Services.

View the current Harper Profile Infographic (pdf) for highlights.

William Rainey Harper College is the second largest of the 48 community colleges in Illinois serving completely or partially 23 municipalities. The Harper College Profile (linked above) provides answers to the most frequently asked questions. Harper College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and has 15 programs with specialized accreditations.

  • Our College Leadership page provides information about Harper’s Board of Trustees, President, mission, vision, core values, planning and accountability. 
  • In fiscal year 2023 (July 2022-June 2023) Harper College has earned almost 20 International, National, or State and Regional Recognitions and Awards.
  • For more information regarding Harper’s apprenticeships, Business Solutions, Job Placement Resource Center, and Small Business Development Center visit the Business Services site.
  • The Business Services dashboard highlights performance indicators for Harper Business Solutions, Small Business Development Center, and Apprenticeship program.

The Harper College District No. 512 includes portions of four counties: Cook (which makes up the majority of the area and population of Harper’s district), Lake, Kane, and McHenry and the district boundaries are defined by Township High School Districts 211, 214, and Community Unit School District 220.

The District Information dashboard provides data on Harper’s district by gender, age, race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and income.

As of Fall 2023 census, Harper employes over 1,300 full-time and part-time employees. There are 657 Credit Faculty and CE Instructional Staff (196 full-time and 461 part-time) and 659 Non-Instructional staff (539 full-time and 120 part-time).

The Employees dashboard displays the latest five years of data about our employees along multiple demographic and employment characteristics.

The Finances dashboard provides data on Harper’s finances including operating fund revenues, operating funds expenditures, and other financial information.

Tuition Rates have remain steady for the past four years with a slight increase for the 2023-24 school year. Five-year history of tuition rates are displayed in the Finance dashboard. Visit the Tuition and Payment web page for additional information.

The Financial Aid dashboard provides data on Harper’s financial aid including applications, aid-eligible students, and award detail.

11,561 students were awarded $33,169,673 in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers through Harper College in 2022–23.

Harper College serves more than 26,000 students (21,900 credit and 4,610 community education) annually.


The Credit Students dashboard provides data on Harper College credit, AED, and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) students including enrollment demographics, course modalities, transfer schools, credentials, and students by high school.

Community Education

The Community Education Students dashboard provides data on Harper College community education students including enrollment by activity, course information, and demographic characteristics.

The Support Services dashboard provides data about the various ways Harper serves students such as advising and counseling, academic support, innovative instruction, and learning resources.

Individuals from every area of the College provided information and the Office of Institutional Research would like to thank all the areas of the college for their cooperation and assistance in the data collection process.

Questions and comments regarding the Fact Book are encouraged. Please email us at oir@harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6950.

Last Updated: 2/22/24