What Happens at Orientation
Your New Student Orientation will get you started on the path to success!
After submitting your application, please review your "New Student Checklist" in your MyHarper Portal.
1. Attend an Orientation Welcome Session.
Learn how to navigate your student portal, connect with resources and services to
support your success, and meet Harper College students and staff by attending a virtual
or on-campus Orientation Welcome Session (scheduled in the New Student Checklist in
your My Harper portal).
2. Plan your path.
Once placement for math and English is demonstrated, connect with an advisor who will help you choose an Area of Interest and create your first semester educational plan using Degree Works. Schedule your
orientation advising appointment in the New Student Checklist located in the My Harper
Be prepared to discuss the following:
- The Area of Interest you plan to pursue. Still deciding on what you want to study? Check out this online career workshop or attend a virtual live career workshop
- If you are planning to transfer, the colleges/universities you are considering.
- Ways we can support you as a new student (e.g., study skills/time management, financial
3. Register for classes.
After your orientation advising session, you will register for classes and make payment
arrangements. For most students, the first semester of college includes math, English,
and Start Smart coursework. We'll show you how to manage everything through MyHarper Portal. Learn how to register for classes here.
4. Learn more about Harper Resources. (Optional)
View this online orientation presentation that includes information about additional Harper resources and what to expect as
a Harper student.
Watch these videos to learn more about how to get started:
How to Register for Courses
Find Your Educational Plan in Degree Works
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Navigating Your My Harper Portal
Accessing Online Course Content through Blackboard
Learn About the Focus 2 Career Assessment Tool
Books and supplies.
Visit the HarperStore for books, supplies and Harper gear.
We address many important "getting started" details in Orientation. Follow-up appointments
and questions are encouraged. Please contact the Center for New Students and Orientation at email@example.com or 847.925.6208.
For questions about registration, payment, and financial aid, please contact the One Stop.
Center for New Students and Orientation
Building C, C104
On Campus Hours - C104:
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Campus Hours - A364:
Monday through Friday: 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Remote Hours (phone and email):
Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Beginning Friday, June 2 through Friday, August 4, the campus will be open on Fridays
from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.