Get Started: Adults

Fall registration is open.  Apply for a 12-week or 8-week session beginning on Sept. 20 and Oct. 18.

Course options: On campus, online live, online anytime and blended. 

Questions?  Harper welcomes you to schedule an in-person appointment. See the contact information below for both on-campus and remote availability.  You can also contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or request information.

98% of our students would recommend Harper to friends and family

We're here for you -- classes and programs designed for adult students.

Hundreds of short-term courses start soon. Now is the perfect time to enroll.

Earn credentials faster. Take accelerated courses or enroll in a Fast Track certificate and degree program. Learn about Credit for Prior Learning options to fast forward your success.

Prepare for a promotion or new career by completing a career-focused certificate or associate degree. Not sure where to start? Participate in the On-Demand Virtual Career Workshop or Online LIVE Virtual Career Workshop. Learn about job search strategies, identify your strengths and preferences, and find the career/major that best fits you.

Learn when and where you want. Choose from on campus, online and blended courses, certificates and degree options. Or, you have the option of choosing certificate/degrees originally designed to provide a rich, engaging, fully online experience.

9,700+ students of all ages and backgrounds were awarded $27 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers through Harper College (FY19). This may cover tuition/fees, living expenses, dependent care and more. Our experts are here to assist you.

Start here, transfer and save up to $63,000 on the cost of your bachelor's degree. Choose our 100% online transfer degree option. Complete in 18 to 24 months. Choose from Online Live or Online Anytime.

Complete your bachelor's degree at the University Center at Harper College.

Professional development certificates and workshops are also offered .

Ready to get started? For more information, contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

















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Contact Us

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Email Admissions

Remote Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Monday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Last Updated: 9/1/21