Degree-Seeking Students: Your complete guide to enrolling at Harper

As a new Harper student, this guide will help you through each step of the enrollment process.

*  Indicates a required enrollment step.

Apply online at Payment of a $25 nonrefundable fee is required at the time of application.

Submit official transcripts directly from the high school(s) and college(s) you indicated on your application. If you are transferring military, foreign or college credit from another institution, transcripts will be evaluated automatically based on the following criteria: general education courses, direct equivalent courses to Harper courses and general elective courses.

For information on how to transfer credit from another institution:

Visit and search for “Transfer of Credit.”

The MyHarper Portal is your primary source of information and communication from the college. Please become familiar with it before the semester begins.

  • Log in with your username and password.
  • Review your New Student Checklist for actions.
  • You will also be able to access academic, personal, financial and student support resources.

Need your username or password?

The log in page for the portal contains instructions for:

    • Look up your user name
    • Get password or unlock account

Student Service Desk: or 847.925.6866

Before you can attend your orientation/advising appointment and register for classes, a review of your application is required with an Admissions Specialist. Application reviews can be held via chat, email, phone and video. During the review, we will discuss your area of interest, program of study, placement exams, financial plan and answer any questions you have about getting started.

Schedule your application review:

Office of Admissions Outreach: or 847.925.6247

If paying for college is a challenge, you’re not alone. In fact, nearly 12,000 students were awarded over $33 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers through Harper College in 2019-2020.

  • Scholarships are awarded for a variety of reasons including academic merit, background, career goals, educational interests and much more.
  • See if you qualify for state or federal assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Harper College’s school code is 003961. Be sure to submit any required documents for financial aid.
  • Undocumented and transgender students who are not able to apply for FAFSA may be able to complete an Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid
  • Explore payment plan options, student employment, apprenticeship programs, grants and other ways to finance your education.
  • Remember: Your financial aid must be ready and/or you must arrange payment within 48 hours of registration to secure your schedule.

For information about paying for college:

For assistance with financial aid and college payment options:

One Stop Center: or 847.925.6710

All degree-seeking students are assessed in both English and math.

Placement exams may be waived for students who demonstrate college readiness in other ways, including relevant SAT/ACT scores or college coursework from another college or university. For complete details, review important information about Course Placement Testing and College Readiness

Review your placement test requirements:

  • Log in to
  • Go to your New Student Checklist to view your specific testing requirements and learn what actions you should take.

Testing Center: or 847.925.6541

After you have completed an application review and satisfied placement exam requirements, you can schedule your orientation/advising appointment.

  • In this meeting, you will develop an academic plan for your first semester with the help of an Academic Advisor.
  • Before the meeting, give careful thought to the Area of Interest (AOI) you want to study so you are ready to create your plan.
  • Still deciding on an Area of Interest? Explore further using FOCUS 2, a career assessment tool, found in your New Student Checklist.

Schedule your orientation/advising appointment:

Schedule through

Or, schedule by contacting the Center for New Students & Orientation: or 847.925.6208

Include your Harper ID number if you email to schedule an appointment.

Register and pay for classes using this three-step process:

  1. Log into, and click on the Registration and Records tab.
  2. Click on Add/Drop classes, choose the correct term, and click on Registration Cart/Degree Works Plan. Select the dates and times of the classes in your plan.
  3. Your financial aid must be ready and/or you must arrange payment within 48 hours of registration to secure your schedule.


Questions or Concerns

The Office of Admissions Outreach is committed to making your enrollment process a smooth transition. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 847.925.6247 to speak with an admissions representative.

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Last Updated: 10/6/21