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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. Online Orientation

View the online orientation presentation in your "New Student Checklist" that includes information about additional Harper resources and what to expect as a Harper student.

This online orientation presentation will provide you with important information, including how to navigate your student portal, connect with resources and services to support your success. After the online orientation you will be ready to meet with the Center for New Students for first semester advising.

2. Plan your path.

Placement for math and English must be demonstrated to 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 Portal.

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 on transferring, having a list of the colleges/universities you are considering with you will be helpful
  • You may have previous school experience or credentials that can be transferred to Harper College to help you reach your academic goals faster.  Please submit your AP score, Dual Credit, or other documentation to Harper for review.  This is an important step during the advising session to plan accordingly. You can learn more about submission here.  (Please note, once official transcripts are received they will be evaluated within 2-3 weeks). 
  • Ways we can support you as a new student (e.g., study skills/time management, financial planning).

(Scheduled in the New Student Checklist in your My Harper portal).

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. Attend Future Hawk Celebration!

Celebrate your decision to attend Harper! Please join us for a special event designed especially for new students starting at Harper this coming fall.

Join us for a light dinner and giveaways, take a campus tour, and attend useful sessions to help you prepare for a great Harper experience.

5. Books and supplies.

Visit the HarperStore for books, supplies and Harper gear.

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



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 cnso@harpercollege.edu or 847.925.6208.

For questions about registration, payment, and financial aid, please contact the One Stop.

Contact Us

Map of Building C C104, New Student Advising

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 Monday, May 27 through Friday, August 2, the campus will be open on Fridays from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Center for New Students and Orientation is closed on college holidays.college holidays.


Last Updated: 5/22/24