Get Help from Start to Finish
Academic advisors are here to help you succeed at Harper College! Students are encouraged to see an academic advisor each semester to update their educational plans, choose an Area of Interest, check for changes in the Harper curriculum and verify transfer information.
Advising Services Mission
Advising Services fosters a culture of growth and development for Harper College students. Advisors guide students through the college experience with intentional educational planning, empowering informed decision-making on academic and career goals, and connecting students to campus resources that holistically address students' diverse needs. Advisors and students partner to ensure a greater opportunity for success, persistence, and completion of an academic credential.
How to Get Advised
Along with your advisor's expertise, remember that a positive academic advising experience also depends on you taking an active role in the process. Particularly during drop-in advising at busy times, advising sessions will be brief. Plan ahead! Schedule your appointment!
1. Make a 45 minute appointment with your advisor by visiting your MyHarper Portal or call 847-925-6220. This is the preferred method for meeting with your advisor.
2. Drop-in advising is available during peak registration periods and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 847-925-6220 and an advisor will return your call to provide support. Some topics may require a follow up appointment.
Prepare to Meet Your Advisor
Review Your Program Requirements. Review the Harper College Catalog for details on your selected program and course descriptions. You can also review your program requirements in your Degree Works plan in your MyHarper Portal. Planning to transfer? Check out transfer information. Reviewing this before your session will prepare you to ask questions during the appointment.
Take Notes. Be sure to have your laptop/tablet or pen and paper available during your advising session. You should be ready to take plenty of notes and ask lots of questions. It's also a good idea to have your calendar open so you can add important dates and deadlines.
Ask Questions. In order to prepare the right questions, you need to know what your academic advisor can do for you. Your advisor can help you with academic planning, course selection, career path and transfer services, campus resource information and preparation for graduation.
Check Out Additional Services
- Already applied, but never taken Harper classes: Center for New Students and Orientation
- Transferring Prior Credit or Work Experience to Harper: Go forward even faster by inquiring about getting credit for your prior college or work experience
- Interested in an accelerated, part-time program: Fast Track Program
- International student on F1 Visa: International Student Office
- ESL: English as a Second Language Office