Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19, Masking, Returning to Campus

For answers on Harper's COVID-19 response, masking, and returning to campus, please visit the COVID Advisory FAQs.

About the School

Harper College is a public, two-year institution serving all or parts of 23 communities in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

To request information, please complete the Request Form.

The Harper Hawk is our mascot. To get your Harper Hawks apparel and accessories, visit the Harper Bookstore online or in Building L. For official news of Harper College athletic teams, please visit the Harper Hawks official site.

Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities for groups from five to 250. A college-grade auditorium, small meeting rooms, and a hotel-class dining room mean your employees, Board members, and customers will enjoy a high quality, convenient meeting environment to enhance your classes, meetings, or conferences. Use the Wojcik Center to supplement your own facilities or to provide great training and meeting space that your company doesn't have onsite. Learn more about The Wojcik Conference Center.

In addition to the Conference Center, Harper has a variety of facilities to choose from.

Yes! Harper has a mobile app for iOS and Android.

Harper has a 200-acre campus in Palatine, IL with 25 buildings. There are two satellite locations: the Harper Professional Center in Schaumburg and the Harper College Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights.

Just click on Administration Offices to access all division deans and their contact information.

Attend an info session, call Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or email admissions@harpercollege.edu.

Student Activities sponsors approximately 150 cultural, social and recreational events per year.  Events include theatrical productions, art exhibits, films, lectures by popular authors, spoken word performances, and “hot topic” programs. Many events are FREE to current Harper students, so take advantage! Please visit the Campus Calendar through which Student Services provides the listing of College events.

Palatine experiences all four seasons—spring, summer, fall, winter. Forecasts and past weather information is available from the National Weather Service.

Fast Facts about Harper

  • More than 23,000 students enroll in credit classes during the three sessions of the academic year, making Harper College one of the largest two-year community colleges in the area. See Harper's Fast Facts page for more info.
  • The average class size at Harper is 22; the student-to-faculty ratio is 22:1.
  • Harper is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA).  Please visit The Higher Learning Commission for more information.

Yes! Harper College is a public, two-year institution serving all or parts of 23 communities in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

If there is an emergency closing of Harper College, that announcement will be prominently displayed on the home page of the College Web site. Closing announcements are also posted on social media pages and our main switchboard at 847.925.6000.

To sign up for phone, text message and email alerts to closures and other emergency notifications, visit our Harper Alerts site.

The Karl G. Henize Observatory is located on the northeast side of campus in Building O.

Yes! Harper is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA).  Please visit The Higher Learning Commission for more information.

Typical hours for Harper offices are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  However, hours do vary by department, during winter and spring breaks, and in the summer.  Please call ahead to check the hours for a specific office.

Campus buildings are accessible from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. when the College is open.   

A fact book containing concise information about Harper College can be found in PDF format on the Harper College website or by visiting the Harper College Fact Book. Questions and comments regarding the Fact Book should be directed to 847.925.6955.

The school colors are blue and silver.

The average class size at Harper is 22; the student-to-faculty ratio is 22:1.

Harper College Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights (formerly the Northeast Center)

The Learning and Career Center (LCC) is a Harper College extension site. It's located on Wolf Road, one block south of Palatine Road and about a mile north of Euclid Avenue in Prospect Heights, IL.  

In addition to career and certification programs, the LCC offers prep courses in ESL, adult literacy ESL, GED and citizenship preparation.

The average class size at Harper is 22; the student-to-faculty ratio is 22:1.

Late in 1964, while legislators in Springfield were adding the final revisions to the Illinois Community College Act enabling citizens to form their own college districts, concerned citizens in Chicago’s northwest suburban communities petitioned for a referendum to vote on the establishment of a college.  Within days of that legislation passing, voters in the four-township are (Elk Grove, Palatine, Schaumburg, and Wheeling) approved a referendum establishing the Harper District—on March 27, 1965.  With the completion of the initial buildings, the Harper campus was opened to approximately 5,400 students in September 1969.  On-time delivery of the buildings marked Harper as the first Illinois public community college to complete its entire Phase I project, which was formally dedicated on May 3, 1970. Visit Harper History to learn more, and check out our 50th Anniversary Celebration page.

The Box Office at Harper College is located in Building J, Room J135.  Be sure to check out the services provided by this campus office.  It’s the place to go for the following:

  • To obtain a Harper ID card
  • To purchase Pace bus passes
  • To get tickets to College events and concerts
  • Discounted tickets for AMC movies, Medieval Times, Six Flags Great America tickets (summer only) and trips to baseball games and Chicago area tours.

Directions to Harper College

Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Phone 847.925.6000
TTY for Deaf/Hard of Hearing 847.397.7699

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   Interactive Campus Map

From the north: Take Highway 53 south to Algonquin Road exit. Go west on Algonquin Road to Harper College.
From the south: Take Highway 53 north to Algonquin Road exit. Go west on Algonquin Road to Harper College.
From the east: Go west on the Northwest Tollway (I-90) to the Roselle Road exit. Go north on Roselle Road to Harper College.
From the west: Go east on the Northwest Tollway (I-90) to Highway 53. Go north on Highway 53 to the Algonquin Road exit. Go west on Algonquin Road to Harper College.
From O'Hare International Airport: Go west on the Northwest Tollway (I-90) to the Roselle Road exit. Go north on Roselle Road.

To learn about College leadership, visit our Board of Trustees website.

Dr. Avis Proctor became the sixth president of William Rainey Harper College in July 2019. To learn more about the leadership at Harper College, please visit the page for the President's Office.

We’re glad you asked!
Whatever the objective—to earn a degree or certificate, add to job skills, pursue a lifelong interest or cultivate a new one—Harper College helps people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds work toward their goals.  For all those reasons and more, Harper is a great choice!
But don’t take our word for it—explore the Harper Web site and learn more about what Harper offers you.

There are no plans for Harper College to become a four-year institution.

Academic Calendar

Totaling Your Credit Hours

  • You can request a copy of your Harper College transcript from the Registrar’s Office, Student Center, Room A213.  There is no charge for this service.
  • It’s best to speak with a Harper counselor each semester.  If you are unable to do that, you can request a Degree Audit by calling 847.925.6393 or 847.925.6522.  A Degree Audit will list the courses you have already taken and what remains for you to take to earn your degree or certificate at Harper.  A counselor will review it and make notes for you; the Degree Audit can either be picked up at the counseling office or mailed to you.
  • If you would like a copy of your current schedule, just click view my schedule.

It’s all about the timing

  • The semester calendar at Harper includes three terms:  fall, spring and summer, and within those three terms, classes are available with a variety of start and end dates to accommodate your busy schedule.
  • It’s true that the fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks in length, and the summer term is 8 weeks; however, you will find that classes are available in 4-week, 5-week, 8-week, 12-week or 16-week formats, depending on the term.
  • For more information, please visit the academic calendar where you’ll find details such as term start and end dates, holidays, spring and winter break dates—the kind of calendar information that will allow you to plan ahead.

A credit hour (or semester hour) is a unit of measurement colleges assign to credit classes.  For each credit hour you are enrolled in during a 16-week course, you will attend class approximately one hour each week.  (This formula varies with lab courses and for courses offered on weekends or in condensed time frames.)

It’s all about the timing

  • The semester calendar at Harper includes three terms:  fall, spring and summer, and within those three terms, classes are available with a variety of start and end dates to accommodate your busy schedule.
  • It’s true that the fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks in length, and the summer term is 8 weeks; however, you will find that classes are available in 4-week, 5-week, 8-week, 12-week or 16-week formats, depending on the term.
  • For more information, please visit the academic calendar where you’ll find details such as term start and end dates, holidays, spring and winter break dates—the kind of calendar information that will allow you to plan ahead.

Class Start and Finish Dates

Classes begin throughout the fall and spring semester and summer session.  

Classes are available in a 16-week format, and many are also available in 12-week and eight-week formats.

View specific start and finish dates here.

Harper observes Reading Day, which is generally on a Friday during Spring Semester. See the Academic Calendar.

It’s all about the timing

  • The semester calendar at Harper includes three terms:  fall, spring and summer, and within those three terms, classes are available with a variety of start and end dates to accommodate your busy schedule.
  • It’s true that the fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks in length, and the summer term is 8 weeks; however, you will find that classes are available in 4-week, 5-week, 8-week, 12-week or 16-week formats, depending on the term.
  • For more information, please visit the academic calendar where you’ll find details such as term start and end dates, holidays, spring and winter break dates—the kind of calendar information that will allow you to plan ahead.

The academic calendar is available on the Harper web site, and in the College Catalog.

Academic Programs

Bachelor's degree at Harper College

Harper college has partnered with area universities to provide students with access to earn bachelor's degrees in a variety of subjects through the University Center on the Harper Campus. To learn more, call 847.925.6315 or send an email to universitycenter@harpercollege.edu.

Enriched Curriculum for High Achievers
The Honors Program at Harper brings together high achieving students who welcome academic challenge.  For more information, please visit the Honors Program.

Visit InZone for information on Summer Enrichment and Sports camps for kids age 8 to 14.

Beginning to advanced level courses are offered in both the Intensive English Program (IEP) and the part-time English as a Second Language Program at Harper. For program details, please visit English as a Second Language.

GED preparation classes are offered through the Adult Education Development (AED) Department which serves students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency.  Through this department you can take classes to improve your academic, English language literacy, employment and life-coping skills.  Visit the Adult Education Development Department to learn more about these opportunities.

Harper College has partnered with a number of local employers to offer apprenticeship programs. To learn more about apprenticeship programs offered by Harper, click here.

Fast Track degree programs are designed to be completed in approximately two years with all courses offered in an accelerated format. Click on Fast Track to learn all about the advantages and the specific degree programs that can put you on the fast track toward a degree from Harper College! For information on how to get started, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6112. 

You can access the transfer and career program requirements offered at Harper College by visiting the online College Catalog.  Whether you’re a new student or you’ve attended classes at Harper previously, keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to discuss your academic plans with a counselor.  Please visit Academic Advising and Counseling for information on our advising services.

Language Programs
Harper College offers credit courses in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

For more information, please visit the World Languages Department website.

For non-credit courses, please contact Community Education.

Harper College offers more than 100 career degree and certificate programs as well as associate degree programs and individual courses designed to transfer into a baccalaureate level program.  

View the A-Z Index of Subjects

Please visit course descriptions to view the courses Harper College offers and to get a brief description of each.

Academic Support

Women’s Program

The Rita and John Canning Women's Program provides grant-funded education, career, and personal support services for individuals who meet low-income guidelines and qualify as displaced homemakers, single parents, non-traditional career seekers, or individuals with limited English proficiency. The program provides additional support for individuals who have experienced domestic violence.

Typical services include education, career, and personal guidance; referrals to campus and community resources; job readiness preparation; and limited financial assistance for tuition, fees, books, and childcare.

Please visit the Women’s Program for more information.

Harper offers a variety of services for students who identify as military veterans and/or military-connected. The Center for Student Veterans and Military-Connected students (Building A, Room A137a) can be a first point of contact for students with questions about the educational benefits and programs Harper offers. The Center partners with other offices and services on campus, such as Financial Aid, Access and Disability Services, and others to help streamline your entry into the Harper community.

Free tutoring is available in 200+ courses.
You must be enrolled in the course for which you seek help. The Tutoring Center is located in Building F, Room F315.

For a fee, services are available to community members who are not enrolled at Harper College.

Academic Advising and Counseling
Academic advising and counseling services are available to current and previously enrolled and new students at the following campus locations:

Academic Advising and Counseling (AAC)

Building I, Room I117

847.925.6393

Career Center

Student Center, Room A347

847.925.6220

Center for Multicultural Learning (CML)

Building D, Room D142

847.925.6522

Access and Disability Services

Building D, Room D119

847.925.6266

Center for New Students and Orientation (CNSO)

Building C, Room C104

847.925.6208

 

Same day (walk-in) advising and counseling is available in AAC, CNSO and CML offices.
For more information about each center, please visit Academic Advising and Counseling.

Student Services
Harper College Student Life: a college oasis of academics, fun, friendships, activities, fitness, personal support and much more.
Our staff is dedicated to making your Harper College experience as rewarding and enjoyable as possible. You may be surprised at the wealth of services and amenities available to you.  To see everything you need to succeed as a student, please visit Student Services.

Administrative

Enrollment Verification
Harper College has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to act as the College agent for all verifications of student enrollment. For more information, please visit www.studentclearinghouse.org or call them at 703.742.4200.

Changing Your Personal Information

The Registrar's Office, A213, 847.925.6500, maintains student addresses for mailing purposes, telephone numbers for College use, student major area of study for advising purposes; this office also corrects social security number errors. If any of this information changes, be sure to notify us. Failure to do so might mean you would not receive an important mailing or communication affecting your college studies.

Address, phone, and major area of study updates will be accepted by e-mail, but students will be required to provide documentation before receiving resident tuition. Social security number changes also require documentation.

Your Harper ID Card is an all-purpose card that can be used for identification and admittance to College events and open recreation, discounts at the Box Office, as a Library card and as a copy card for campus photocopy machines and other campus services.
Please visit Student ID for detailed information on how to get your Harper College ID and what to do if you had a Harper ID but lost it.

How to withdraw from classes

You can drop one or more of your college credit classes online; just visit MyHarper Student Portal and log in.  If you prefer, you can also drop classes at the Registrar’s Office, Student Center, Building A, Room A213; or submit your request by fax (with a signature).  It’s a good idea to first consult with a counselor by calling 847.925.6393.

Please visit withdrawals for detailed information on refund eligibility and the process as well as the College medical withdrawal policy.

PIN Numbers

Your PIN is your electronic signature. You will need it to conduct online business at Harper College. Please note that a PIN is not the same as the Harper ID.

  • Visit HarperCard / Student ID to learn how to get your Harper ID. The Harper ID is required in order to enroll in e-Cashier (Harper’s electronic payment program), and /or to pay your bill online. (All scholarship and financial assistance recipients are required to enroll in e-Cashier.) 
  • Initially your e-Cashier PIN will be 00000. However, included in the steps for enrolling in an e-Cashier payment plan is the assignment of your personalized e-Cashier PIN. (If you forget your PIN, you can call 1.800.609.8056 for assistance.)
  • To complete the FAFSA, you will need a federal financial aid PIN. You can access step-by-step instructions on how to complete the federal loan application by clicking on the Financial Aid Office. Included in that process is the assignment of your individual federal financial aid PIN.

Adult Learners

Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is an experiential and discussion learning program for mature adults. No exams or homework – just spirited discussions, hands-on activities and new connections with lifelong learners. Membership is optional, but offers you discounts on select courses, exclusive, members-only course access and more. Visit the Lifelong Learning Institute page for more information.

Alumni

Harper has an Alumni program. All alumni are invited to join and receive the alumni enews, invitations to special events and updates from the College. Alumni are also invited to join theHarper College Alumni LinkedIn Group.

Athletics

The Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center (Building M) features a modern fitness center, with resistance machines, free weights, elliptical cross-trainers, treadmills, stationary bicycles, rowers and arc trainers and more.

Building M is also home to a gymnasium (basketball and volleyball), an elevated indoor running track, swimming pool, and personal training/fitness services. For additional information, visit the Health and Recreation Center.

For information on intramural sports, see the Health and Recreation Center website.

For a complete listing of intercollegiate sports, coach’s directory, fan zone and more, visit harperhawks.net

For a complete listing of intercollegiate sports, coach’s directory, fan zone and more, visit harperhawks.net

Billing

Tuition Payment Options

Harper College students may set up an interest-free monthly payment plan for their classes. 

The payment plan is set up online through the MyHarper Student Portal under the MyFinances tab. The payment plan allows you to choose if you want to use a credit/debit card or a bank account for the payments. 

You can also pay in full online through your Student Portal or in person at the Business Office in Building A Room 214. We accept cash, check, money orders, cashier’s checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. 

Learn more about payment options.

You can view your bill online by clicking on view my schedule.

Confirming Payment
You can confirm payment by visiting Tuition Payment Options; just click on the payment option you chose and follow the links.

Get an ID Card to Make Your Payment Easier

Every student is encouraged to get a Harper ID; in fact, it is required in order to complete the e-Cashier process. Please click on HarperCard / Student ID to learn how easy it is to get your Harper ID.  

Tuition Payment Options

Payment options include cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.  The following options are available for you to pay your tuition and fees:
• e-Cashier Electronic Payment Plan
• In Person or by Mail:
Business Office, Student Center, Room 214
Harper College
1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL  60067
• Pay Online with Web Payment

Visit e-Cashier Electronic Payment Plan for details on payment plan options.

For further information please see the following:
• Harper College Credit Web Pay

Payment Due Dates
The deadline for paying tuition and fees varies depending on the term and the date you register.  For current semester payment deadlines, please visit Payment Due Dates. For further information please see the following:

Get Your Tax Forms Online

Just click on 1098 for easy online access to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1098-T.  If you have questions or need a prior year’s 1098-T, please call 847.925.6880 to speak with someone in Harper’s Business Office.

You can request a copy of a previous year’s federal tax return by contacting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) directly at 1.800.829.1040.

Bookstore

Buy your books online!
You can purchase your books online; just visit the Harper BookStore Web site at www.harperstore.com and follow the links.

Textbook Costs

It’s not possible to predict book costs since the price will vary depending on the course.  You can usually save money, however, if used books are available for the courses in which you are enrolled. Remember, too, that the Bookstore will purchase textbooks from students at the end of every semester. Watch for dates and times. Also ask about their year-round buyback. You might also want to check out the Textbook Rental Service to learn more about that option.

For further information please see the following:
• Textbook Selection

Books Required for Classes

To find out which textbooks you will need for your Harper classes, please click on the Harper Bookstore, or go in person to Building L, Room L260.

Textbook Buyback
Textbook buyback is every day at Harper (except the first week of each semester) so long as the Bookstore is open.  For more information, including how to tell if your used textbook is resalable, please visit the Harper Bookstore.

Bookstore Location
The Harper College Bookstore is located in Building L.  For more information, including store hours and to view the Harper store website, please visit the Harper Bookstore.

Career Services

The Career Development Center is open to Harper students and community members. Counselors in this Center will help with course selection, long term academic planning and transfer information. They specialize in helping students who are undecided about their major.

The Job Placement Resource Center provides free job placement assistance to enrolled students and alumni. Free services include help with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation. 

Job Opportunities at Harper
For a current listing of job openings, information on how to apply for a position, and access to the online job application, please visit Jobs at Harper.

Student Employment
Many offices on campus offer jobs to students. Having a job on campus is convenient, and many jobs will work around your class schedule. The Job Placement Resource Center staff can assist you with finding student employment.

The Job Placement Resource Center offers free assistance to Harper students and alumni.

Services include help with resume and cover letters, job interview preparation, and review of the "soft skills" required for today's workplace.

Child Care

Child Care

The Early Childhood Laboratory School offers an enriched learning environment and personalized care for preschool children age 3 to 5. Full or half-day programs are available. Learn more at Child Learning Center.

Clubs and Activities

Phi Theta Kappa 

Phi Theta Kappa is the official Honors Society for two-year colleges. Learn more about membership criteria and joining on our website.

Student Clubs and Organizations
There are over 40 clubs and organizations available to you at Harper College. Visit Student Activities for the list of clubs and organizations and to learn more about the rewards of getting involved.

Computer Labs

Printing and Copying on Campus

As part of Harper College's ongoing green initiatives and to reduce costs, credit students receive a print allocation of 500 pages per semester for printing in the open labs and Library

https://www.harpercollege.edu/services/techsupport/print.php

Publishing Services provides digital and offset printing for the campus.

Contacts

Contact Us

Please visit Contact Us for information on how to reach a staff member or department or to request information.

The Business Office

At Harper College, the “Bursar’s Office” is the “Business Office,” which is located in the Student Center, Room A214. 

Typical business hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  However, please note that office hours may vary during winter and spring breaks and during the summer session. 

The Business Office has extended hours during peak periods.  If you need to speak with someone in this office, please call 847.925.6880.

Community Education

Something for Everyone!
You name it!  Community Education at Harper offers non-credit courses to appeal to ages from kids to seniors and everyone in between!  Please visit Community Education online to explore all of the opportunities available to create a greater you!

Course Catalog

Flexible Scheduling Options

• You can take classes in the morning, afternoon and evening; there are even “sunrise classes” if you prefer to get an early start to your day, and if weekend classes work for you, that’s an option here.
• You may prefer to take your classes “from a distance”; whether it’s a single course or an entire program, Harper can deliver distance learning to your desktop.  For more information about online and telecourse, teleweb, and blended formats, please visit scheduling options.
• A “planning tip”:  You can do a search on the course schedule by class format, term length, subject, location or time.

Motorcycle Classes

Harper College offers motorcycle ridership and safety courses through the Continuing Education program. For more information, visit our Motorcycle Safety Training page.

Something for Everyone!
You name it!  Continuing Education at Harper offers non-credit courses to appeal to ages from kids to seniors and everyone in between!
Please visit Community Education to learn about classes that range from music to computer training, health and wellness to personal enrichment, professional development to sports and recreation and more!

Flexible Scheduling Options

  • You can take classes in the morning, afternoon and evening; there are even “sunrise classes” if you prefer to get an early start to your day, and if weekend classes work for you, that’s an option here.
  • You may prefer to take your classes “from a distance”; whether it’s a single course or an entire program, Harper can deliver distance learning to your desktop.  For more information about online and telecourse, teleweb, and blended formats, please visit scheduling options.
  • A “planning tip”:  You can do a search on the course schedule by class format, term length, subject, location or time.

It’s all about the timing

• The semester calendar at Harper includes three terms:  fall, spring and summer, and within those three terms, classes are available with a variety of start and end dates to accommodate your busy schedule.
• It’s true that the fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks in length, and the summer term is 8 weeks; however, you will find that classes are available in 4-week, 5-week, 8-week, 12-week or 16-week formats, depending on the term.
• For more information, please visit the academic calendar where you’ll find details such as term start and end dates, holidays, spring and winter break dates—the kind of calendar information that will allow you to plan ahead.

Easy Catalog Access
Whether it’s current catalog information or something you need to look up from a past catalog edition, our online Harper College Catalog is a great resource.

How do I read my course schedule?

The course schedule uses abbreviations to indicate day of the week.

M = Monday
T = Tuesday
W = Wednesday
R = Thursday
F = Friday

For example, TR 10 - 10:30 a.m. would mean your course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

If you have questions about reading your course schedule, contact the One Stop at 847.925.6710.

Course Load

Overload Requests
You can take a maximum of 18 semester hours in the fall and spring semesters and 9 semester hours in the summer.  You may be limited to fewer hours based on assessment scores, academic history, and/or enrollment status.   Under certain circumstances, you may receive permission to carry a heavier load.  For more information, please visit Overload Request.

Student Course Load

  • You are a full-time student if you are enrolled in 12 semester hours (or more) during the fall or spring semesters or 6 semester hours in the summer.
  • You are a part-time student if you are enrolled in fewer than 12 semester hours during the fall or spring semesters or fewer than 6 semester hours in the summer.
  • Most courses are 3-4 semester hours.
  • You can take a maximum of 18 semester hours in the fall and spring or 9 semester hours in the summer.  Please note:  You may be limited to fewer hours based on assessment scores, academic history and / or enrollment status.

Student Course Load

• You are a full-time student if you are enrolled in 12 semester hours (or more) during the fall or spring semesters or 6 semester hours in the summer.
• You are a part-time student if you are enrolled in fewer than 12 semester hours during the fall or spring semesters or fewer than 6 semester hours in the summer.
• Most courses are 3-4 semester hours.
• You can take a maximum of 18 semester hours in the fall and spring or 9 semester hours in the summer.  Please note:  You may be limited to fewer hours based on assessment scores, academic history and / or enrollment status.

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit Admissions to submit your application or for help with the admissions process. Applications are typically processed within 48 hours. Semester start dates are listed in the academic calendar.

Definitions

Academic Probation

We care about your success! We encourage all students to talk to a counselor, but only students on Academic Probation and with other academic statuses reflecting academic difficulty, (cumulative GPA below 2.0) are required to see a counselor, before being allowed to register. This is because we want to do whatever we can to assist you in improving your academic performance. You will be contacted by mail if you are in any of these categories.

Academic Standing

A student in good academic standing has a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, and is thus eligible for financial assistance.

Credits
A credit is a unit used in the calculation of the value of the courses you take. Each course is worth a specific number of credits, and you accumulate credits by passing courses. A certain number of academic credits are required for each of the certificate and degree programs.

Incomplete Grades
If you are assigned a grade of X for unfinished work in a course, the work to be completed will be assigned by the instructor and must be satisfactorily completed by the midterm of the following 16-week semester. Failure to do so will result in a grade of F. In courses with formats such as open entry, you must meet the instructor deadline specified in the contract for that course.

Degrees / Diplomas

Diplomas

Official diplomas inscribed with individual names are not given out at the ceremony. You will be notified by mail to pick up your diploma when it has arrived in the Registrar's Office. If you know you will not meet all the requirements for graduation, you must defer participation until all requirements are met.

Official certification of spring graduates will start when all grades are final. Notification of diploma pick-up will be mailed to you in the beginning of July.

Official certification of summer graduates will begin the first week of August. Notification of diploma pick-up will be mailed to you in late August.

Participation in the commencement ceremony does not automatically confer degrees or certificates. Confirmation of graduation will occur after a review of final course work.

Learn more about Graduation and Commencement.

Dining

Places to Eat

Harper has many dining options.

  • Cockrell Dining Hall, lower level of Building A. 
  • Subway, Avante concourse
  • Starbucks, Building D
  • The Common Grounds, first floor of Building A
  • Vending machines throughout campus.

See hours and menus

The Dining Room

Students enrolled in the Hospitality Management Program prepare and serve lunch in The Dining Room at Harper College. This program has specialized areas of study including Bread and Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts.

Disability Services

Access and Disability Services
Learn about legally mandated access and accommodations and specific support services available at Harper by visiting Access and Disability Services.

Distance Education

Flexible Scheduling Options

• You can take classes in the morning, afternoon and evening; there are even “sunrise classes” if you prefer to get an early start to your day, and if weekend classes work for you, that’s an option here.
• You may prefer to take your classes “from a distance”; whether it’s a single course or an entire program, Harper can deliver distance learning to your desktop.  For more information about online and telecourse, teleweb and blended formats, please visit scheduling options.
• A “planning tip”:  You can do a search on the course schedule by class format, term length, subject, location or time.

Education Abroad

Study Abroad and Earn Academic Credit!
The following International Study Abroad programs are available through Harper:

  • Canterbury, England
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Dijon, France
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Morelia, Mexico
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Munich, Germany

For more information, please visit Study Abroad through Harper.

Email

Your Student E-mail Account

Students: All Harper students are given e-mail accounts. Harper College related communications will automatically go to this new e-mail account. To access please use the G-mail icon accessible in MyHarper Student Portal. You may forward e-mail to another account if preferred. Directions to do so are provided after you access the G-mail icon.  If you need further assistance, contact the Student Service Desk at 847.925.6866, or studentsd@harpercollege.edu.

E-mail Access Problems
If you have trouble accessing your account or other questions about Harper Student E-mail, please visit E-mail for Students, log in, click on “? Help” and complete the e-mail form.  You will be contacted by phone or by your non-Harper e-mail address, if available.

Enrollment

Flexible schedules and formats that work for you
Harper College is a community college where you can receive a world-class college and career education and where you’ll enjoy a flexible schedule, business skills training, certification, and more, with a flexible schedule and a format that works for you. Because we are not a four year institution, labels such as “freshman” or “sophomore” do not apply.  If you should decide to change majors or careers, your grade point average remains. If you are considering a change in your major or career, please visit Academic Advising and Counseling to learn how the counselors can assist you in developing a strategy for success.

Late Adds / Overrides

After the third day of the semester, you must get permission from the instructor. If the instructor does allow you to register for the class, you must obtain his/her signature on the Class Override Form. You need to bring this form to the Registrar’s Office, Building A, Room A213, before you can officially register for the course.

How to Drop a Class

You can drop one or more of your college credit classes online; just visit MyHarper Student Portal and log in. If you prefer, you can also drop classes at the Registrar’s Office, Student Center, Building A, Room A213; or submit your request by fax (with a signature). It’s a good idea to first consult with a counselor by calling 847.925.6393.

Please visit withdrawals for detailed information on refund eligibility and the process as well as the College medical withdrawal policy.

Overrides

If a class is full, you must get written permission from the instructor to register for it. It is really up to the instructor to decide if he or she can accommodate you. If the instructor says yes, you must obtain his/her signature on the Class Override Form, which you need to bring to the Registrar's Office, Student Center, Room A213 in order to register for the course.

Sometimes there are other factors to consider, such as the number of possible seats in the classroom, or the availability of lab space or equipment (i.e. science or computer classes). It is important to have a back-up plan. Consider other sections of the same course or choosing a different class, if possible.

Registration Made Easy
To register for classes click here.

Registration Policies and Procedures
If you, the student, decide not to attend classes, it is your responsibility to officially drop/withdraw from class(es) by the prescribed date. If you do not drop/withdraw officially from the class(es) listed on the registration confirmation statement, you will be responsible for the tuition and fees for that semester. There is a $15 non-refundable registration fee.

The deadline to withdraw from 16-week classes is printed in the Academic Calendar for the semester in question. Classes of other duration have prorated withdrawal deadlines. Consult the Registrar's Office at 847.925.6500 for the official date to withdraw from a particular class. Withdrawal dates vary depending on the end date of the section within each Part of Term.

For detailed information and guidelines on the withdrawal process, please visit Registration Policies and Procedures.

Registration Made Easy
You can register for Harper credit classes online, in person or by e-mail; however, those options will vary depending on the time of the year. Please visit Registration for information on the current semester registration options. For more information please see the following: Credit web registration

Exams

Final Exams

The Final Exam Schedule is included on the Academic Calendar.

If you have questions, be sure to check with your instructor. Division offices have the contact information for all instructors within each of their respective departments.

Fees

Application Fee

Harper College charges a one-time $25 application fee. This is a non-refundable fee.  Online applications require a $25 application fee via charge card at the time of submission.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Admissions Outreach at 847-925-6700 or via email at admissions@harpercollege.edu.

Enrollment Deposits

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Tuition and fees
Please visit Tuition and Fees for current cost information.

Application Fee

The Harper College one-time application fee is $25.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Awards

You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, but not before January 1 for the school year that begins the following fall.  Recipients of financial assistance will be informed in writing.  Contained within this award information is detailed information on how to accept your offer of student aid and when funds are disbursed.

For more information, please visit Financial Aid.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

We encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the application for Harper College Donor Sponsored Scholarships each academic year. The FAFSA is available October 1st and the Harper College Scholarship Application is available March 1st for the school year that starts in the following fall. Both applications can be completed and submitted online. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Financial Aid Questions

Information about your financial aid status can be found in the “Finances” tab of the MyHarper Portal. Here you will find your information about any missing requirements, your Satisfactory Academic Progress status and your financial aid awards for the academic year.

If you have questions or need help with registration, financial aid, scholarships, billing payment plans and more, the One Stop Center has your answers.

The One Stop Center is located in Building A, Room A250. 

You can also contact the One Stop by email at onestop@harpercollege.edu or by phone at 847.925.6710. 

Master Promissory Notes For Lenders

For step-by-step assistance in the completion of the financial aid application process, and for information about the student loan procedures, please click on the Financial Aid Office or call 847.925.6248.  Student loan recipients are required to sign a master promissory note.

Eligibility Requirements for Financial Aid

To be eligible and continue to be eligible for most federal and state financial aid awards you must meet these General Eligibility Requirements. Eligibility requirements for scholarships will differ as these are determined by the donor.

Visit Financial Aid for more information.

If you have questions or need help with registration, financial aid, scholarships, billing payment plans and more, the One Stop Center has your answers.

The One Stop Center is located in Building A, Room A250. 

You can also contact the One Stop by email at onestop@harpercollege.edu or by phone at 847.925.6710.

Federal Family Educational Loan Programs

For more details on eligibility and the steps to request a loan, please visit Loans.

Federal Pell Grants

Visit the Grants page to learn about the Federal Pell Grant.

Federal School Code for Financial Aid

Harper College's Federal School Code is 003961.

Types of Financial Aid
Harper College offers a full range of scholarships and financial aid opportunities as well as an easy payment plan. The majority of the funds administered by the Financial Aid Office are based on demonstrated financial need; all students at Harper College are encouraged to apply for assistance.
 
Harper College requires that if you wish to receive scholarships, grants, loans or student employment, you have the current financial aid documents on file.  For detailed information on loans, grants and scholarships and the application process, please visit Financial Aid.

Financial Aid Forms
A form or forms may be required to complete your financial aid file. Most of the forms you need are posted as a requirement in the "Finances" section of your MyHarper Portal. Each form has instructions and directions for submitting it.

You can drop off your official transcripts in a sealed envelope in the One Stop Center located in Building A, Room A250.

You can drop off your financial aid forms in the One Stop, located in Building A, Room A250.  You can also fax your forms to 847.925.6928 or email them to onestop@harpercollege.edu

The One Stop team can help you with all your questions related to financial aid. 

The One Stop is located in Building A, Room A250. 

You can also contact the One Stop by email at onestop@harpercollege.edu or by phone at 847.925.6710. 

Visit Financial Aid for more information.

The One Stop Center team can help you complete the registration process if you have an override form. Take the completed override form to the One Stop Center, located in Building A, Room A250. You can also contact the One Stop by email at onestop@harpercollege.edu or by phone at 847.925.6710. 

Withdrawals
Visit Financial Aid Disbursement and Adjustments for more information about withdrawing from a course.

Graduation

Graduation Questions

Harper College certifies graduates three times a year in May, August and December. Students must submit the Application for Degree or Certificate Completion no later than one week after the mid-term of the semester in which the student intends to receive a degree or certificate. The student's records are reviewed and the student is notified of his or her eligibility to obtain a degree.

Learn more about Graduation and Commencement.

Graduation Questions

For specific questions regarding graduation, please call the Registrar’s Office at 847.925.6500.

Graduation Tickets

Although there is no restriction on the number of friends and family members you can invite, we ask that you limit your total number of guests to five. Guests do not need tickets to attend.

Learn more about Graduation and Commencement.

Graduation Questions
The number of credit hours required for graduation depends on the degree or certificate program you are pursuing. Please call to schedule an appointment with a Student Development Counselor at 847.925.6393, or visit the Advising and Counseling Center to e-mail your specific question.

Graduation Questions
For specific questions regarding graduation, please call the Registrar’s Office at 847.925.6500.

Graduation Questions
For specific questions regarding graduation, please call the Registrar’s Office at 847.925.6500.

Harper Online

Student Portal

Harper College uses MyHarper: Student Information System as its online system.  Students are provided with portal account usernames and are able to create passwords to gain access to their student portal. Once in a student portal, students can check their grades, request and view transcripts, register for classes, make payments, log onto to Blackboard and much more. To get started, visit MyHarper: Student Information System.

If you have questions or need help, contact the Student Service Desk at 847.925.6866 or email studentsd@harpercollege.edu.

Student Health Insurance
A Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan is available for purchase by all enrolled full-time and part-time students. Students may purchase the plan to cover themselves as well as a spouse and dependent children.

Information and applications are available through Health Services, Room A364, 847.925.6268 or directly from First Agency Insurance at: www.1stAGENCY.com

Harper College offers a variety of counseling services.

Academic Advising and Counseling Services will work with you to address the personal issues that are interfering with your success in school.  

Psychological Services can provide brief psychological assessments, brief therapy and/or referral to community agencies, consultation, and crisis counseling.

ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential resource where you can be comfortable searching for the information regarding mental health and suicide prevention.

Health Services
Health Services are available to all currently enrolled students over the age of 18. Most services are offered free or for a minimal charge. Services include:

  • first aid
  • vaccinations
  • over-the-counter meds for colds/headaches
  • physical exams
  • birth control
  • pregnancy testing
  • gynecological exams (chlamydia and gonorrhea)
  • blood pressure screening

Students must present a valid Harper Student I.D. / HarperCard to receive services. 

Honors

Term Honors

To make the dean’s list a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.   For more information on academic honors at Harper College, please visit Enrollment Services in the online College Catalog.

Housing

Student Housing

There is no campus housing at Harper, and the College is not able to provide assistance for students seeking housing.   

International

International Student Questions

You are considered an “international” student at Harper College if you are:  A person who is a citizen of a country other than the United States who has a visa for educational purposes (F-1) with an intent to return to your homeland upon completion of your educational program.

International students need to be familiar with the admission and enrollment requirements and process; please visit International Students online to learn about these important details.

International Student Questions
 
Visit International Students for information on how to apply for a student visa.

Foreign Transcript Evaluation

If you have completed course work in a country other than the United States, and you would like to see if courses might transfer to Harper, you will need to first have those transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

For more information, please visit foreign transfer credit.

International Student Services

Services for International Students

International student assistance includes academic, career and personal advising, help in applying for work permission and information about travel outside the US, changing to another visa status and more.  Please visit the International Student Office for more information.

Multicultural Learning Center
The Center for Multicultural Learning is located in Building D, Room D142.  Click on the link to learn about services available through this Advising and Counseling Center

Libraries

Library Network Log In
Logging into the library network from off-campus is easy. Just visit Harper College Library to access library resources, services, and information. To speak with a library assistant please call 847.925.6184.

Harper College Library

Library Services is located in Building F. For information on services, resources and related information, please visit Library Services.

Misc

Harper District

The Harper College District 512, is comprised of the following communities (or portions of):

Arlington Heights, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Buffalo Grove+, Carpentersville+, Deer Park+, Des Plaines+, Elk Grove Village, Fox River Grove+, Hanover Park+, Hoffman Estates+, Inverness, Lake Barrington, Mount Prospect, North Barrington, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Roselle+, Schaumburg, South Barrington, Tower Lakes, Wheeling.

+Portions of these communities are included in the district.

  • If you live outside of the Harper district, but work within it, discuss with your employer our Business Edvantage to get in-district tuition rates.

First Aid, CPR, AED

The Kinesiology Department offers KIN 202 - Standard First Aid.

KIN 202 provides a comprehensive first aid course which is taught under the guidelines of the American Red Cross. This course includes the American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies component, which covers adult, child and infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

This course is designed to prepare students to respond to emergency situations with confidence in their ability to perform the necessary skills.

Two certificates are issued--Community CPR and Responding to Emergencies certification--after successful completion of the skills and written tests.

Education Service Agreement

If you live outside of the Harper district, but you are employed full time by a company within the Harper College district, you may be eligible for the in-district tuition rate.  Please visit Business EdVantage for more information.

Lost and Found
Harper College Police, by law, is the central repository for all Lost and Found items recovered and stored at the College.  If you have found an item, regardless of value, it must be turned over to the Harper College Police for safekeeping.

Found items may be dropped off at the Harper Police Office, in Building B, Room 101, or you may contact the Harper Police to arrange a place for the item to be picked up on campus.

Reports of lost items may be made in-person, online, or by phone at 847.925.6330. To claim an item, you will be required to provide a description of the lost item.

For detailed information on what to do if you have either lost or found an item, please visit Lost and Found.

Adult Education Development
The Adult Education Development (AED) Department serves students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency. Students can improve academic skills, English language literacy skills, employment skills, and life-coping skills.

Information about the programs offered and how to get started can be found at: Adult Educational Development (AED)

Gifts can be made online or by mailing a check payable to the Harper College Educational Foundation to 1200 West Algonquin Ave.; Palatine, IL 60067. The Harper College Educational Foundation offers opportunities to give to specific program areas and funds. Please contact the Harper College Educational Foundation at foundation@harpercollege.edu or 847.925.6490 to learn more about making a gift that suits your interests and situation.

Transfer Information

If you are planning to transfer, you are encouraged to meet with a counselor each semester to ensure proper course selection and to have your transfer questions answered. Harper counselors have information about transfer admission requirements, which courses transfer to which schools and programs, and when college/university representatives will be visiting Harper so that you can meet with them. Please visit our Transfer Information page for helpful online resources. Keep in mind, however, that this information is not a substitute for meeting with a counselor.

Grade Forgiveness
You are allowed to repeat a course at Harper College in an attempt to earn a higher grade. The highest grade received for that course will be used to compute your cumulative GPA. (Lower grades remain on the transcript.) If you are planning to transfer to another college, be sure to check that school's repeat policy since it may differ, and that could affect your transfer GPA.

Harper College has a Forgiveness Policy. You must meet with a counselor to determine if you are eligible to pursue “Forgiveness” for failed courses. If a grade is “forgiven” it is removed from the GPA, but it will still remain on your transcript.

A Medical Withdrawal may be an option if you failed a course because you or a family member experienced a medical or psychological illness. Please visit Medical Withdrawal for more information.

Campus Newspaper

The Harbinger provides students with hands-on experience in all phases of publishing a bi-weekly newspaper. Open to all students.

Legal Advice
Harper College offers free legal advice for students on campus!  To schedule your 20 minute appointment, contact the Student Activities office at 847.925.6242 and present your valid student photo id.

Cooperative Agreements
If you are a resident student, and the program you would like to pursue is not available at Harper College, you may be eligible for the in-district tuition rate at a nearby community college which does offer the program. Please visit Chargebacks and Joint Agreements for more information.

Learning Communities
A learning community is a small group of students who work closely together—a “community of learners”—within the larger community of the College. Students share classes and form close friendships as part of an innovative program in cooperative learning. At Harper College a learning community is your opportunity to get connected. Please visit Learning Communities for more information.

Grade Report Abbreviations
The first letter in an abbreviation such as this indicates the grade you received for the course (in the abbreviation ‘BR’ your grade is a ‘B’, ‘CR’, your grade is a ‘C’). The second letter, here a letter ‘R’, indicates that the course was remedial, meaning not college level.

Transfer GPA
Transfer school policies regarding GPA calculation vary, so you should be sure to check the policy of the school to which you intend to transfer. Once you have been admitted, while you will receive credit for your transferable courses from Harper, your GPA typically begins anew.

Course Outlines

The various division offices at Harper keep course outlines on file for each of the courses taught in their departments. These documents outline the content of a course. (A course syllabus is developed by the individual faculty member and may be available for the current semester only.) To request a copy of the course outline, simple call the appropriate Division Office. If you are unsure of the department, you can contact Advising and Counseling centers or the Registrar’s Office.

Registration Question
Please visit the Registrar’s Office in the Student Center, Room A213, or call them at 847.925.6500 for help with this issue.

Student Discounts

Students can receive discounts on items such as movie tickets, admission to Six Flags Great America and Medieval Times.

Microsoft Office

All of the computers in Harper's labs have Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Powerpoint).

To learn more, please visit Tech Support.

Borrowing Books

The Harper College Library has a limited number of textbooks available on reserve. Check and see if your textbooks are among the collection.

Mega Lab

Computer labs are open to all currently enrolled Harper students. The labs are staffed to assist students with logging on, accessing specific applications and printing their work.  Hours and locations are listed here.

Mission Statement

Harper College enriches its diverse communities by providing quality, affordable, and accessible education. Harper College, in collaboration with its partners, inspires the transformation of individual lives, the workforce, and society.

View additional information about the College.

Senior Rates

District residents 65 and older are eligible for a 100% tuition reduction on credit courses. This discount is only available in the three days leading up to the class start and does not apply to fees. To register using this discount, please contact the One Stop.

Job Fairs

Targeted job fairs are offered throughout the year by the Job Placement Resource Center. 

Student Background Checks

Several academic programs require a criminal background check. Consult the college catalog for additional information.

Student Aide Job

Current Harper students taking at least six credit hours are eligible to work on campus as a student aid.  The Job Placement Resource Center is available to help students find student aid positions

Placement Testing Preparation

It's a great idea to prepare for placement testing. Harper offers a number of free resources to prepare for placement tests in math and English.

Tuition Comparison

Harper's tuition is affordable and can save you big bucks on your bachelor's degree. Compare our tuition rates here.

Age Limit

If you are 16 or older, you can attend Harper College. Learn more about earning college credit while you're still in high school.

Reporting Harassment

We take harassment seriously. If you're being harassed, you can report it to HEAT (Harper Early Alert Team) or contact our Student Conduct Officer.

Employee Background Checks

Depending on the position you are applying for, a criminal background check may be required. Please review the position requirements at jobs.harpercollege.edu.

Harper offers competitive benefits to its employees. Please contact the Human Resources group for specific information.

Promise Program

The Promise Program is a scholarship program for area public school students which will provide up to two years of tuition at Harper College for eligible students.

Things To Do

Harper isn't just for studying; there are tons of things to do on campus outside of academics. Join a student organization, get a job or attend an event on campus. You can also join one of the Harper Hawks athletics teams, get a Fitness Center membership or enjoy some intramurals.

Exam Preparation

Your success is important to us and many free resources are available to help you. Test prep, tutoring, study skills sessions and more are available through Academic Support Centers.

Harper Technology

Most students will not need to bring a computer to campus and they won't need to purchase special software. Harper has a number of computer labs on campus, but we also have wi-fi from curb-to-curb—in case you bring a device. You'll also hear talk about Blackboard, your Harper email and the MyHarper Student Portal. Get to know these things—you'll use them again and again during your time here.

Job Placement

The Job Placement Resource Center offers free assistance to Harper students and alumni.

Services include help with resume and cover letters, job interview preparation, job search and review of the "soft skills" required for today's workplace.

You can learn more about obtaining an internship or co-op on our website. You can also use College Central, an online job system that lists hundreds of employment opportunities.

President's List

Each semester students who complete nine or more credit hours with a GPA of 3.75 or higher are recognized on the President's List. This designation is shown on the student's transcript for that semester.

Orientation

Welcome to Harper College!

Orientation programs are held prior to the start of each semester for new full-time and part-time students. Please visit New Student Orientation to learn more about your getting started steps.

Parking

Free parking is available to all students and visitors in Lots 1 – 12 and 14.

Students and visitors park for free in parking spaces marked by yellow lines in our surface lots. No parking stickers are required. 

Red parking spaces are for faculty and staff who utilize the proper parking permit.  

Parking in the East Campus Parking Structure is by subscription only, which must be purchased in advance. Subscriptions may be purchased by students, visitors, faculty and staff at a cost of $54 for fall or spring semester, $27 for summer or $135 for an annual subscription.
 

Free parking is available to all students and visitors in Lots 1 – 12 and 14.

Students and visitors park for free in parking spaces marked by yellow lines in our surface lots. No parking stickers are required. 

Red parking spaces are for faculty and staff who utilize the proper parking permit.  

Parking in the East Campus Parking Structure is by subscription only, which must be purchased in advance. Learn more about parking on campus or purchase a subscription.

Free parking is available to all students and visitors in Lots 1 – 12 and 14.

Students and visitors park for free in parking spaces marked by yellow lines in our surface lots. No parking stickers are required. 

Red parking spaces are for faculty and staff who utilize the proper parking permit.  

Parking in the East Campus Parking Structure is by subscription only, which must be purchased in advance. Subscriptions may be purchased by students, visitors, faculty and staff at a cost of $54 for fall or spring semester, $27 for summer or $135 for an annual subscription.

Student Eligibility for Parking

Free parking is available to all students and visitors in Lots 1 – 12 and 14.

Students and visitors park for free in parking spaces marked by yellow lines in our surface lots. No parking stickers are required. 

Red parking spaces are for faculty and staff who utilize the proper parking permit.  

Parking in the East Campus Parking Structure is by subscription only, which must be purchased in advance. Learn more about parking on campus or purchase a subscription.

Placement Tests

Placement Tests

Testing is required for placement into appropriate English and math courses at Harper. Please visit Testing for Course Placement for details on the assessment requirement.

Policies

Auditing Policy

Auditing a class might be an option, but in order to do so, there are certain steps you must satisfy:  You will need written permission from the instructor, department chair or dean; you must wait until the first week of class to pursue the process (it must be your original enrollment in the class); and you will be expected to pay full tuition and fees.  Upon completion of the course, the instructor will assign an H grade.  Please note that changes from credit to audit are not permitted.

Repeating Classes

You are allowed to repeat a course taken at Harper College in an attempt to earn a higher grade.  The highest grade received for that course will be used to compute your cumulative GPA.  (Lower grades remain on the transcript.)  If you are planning to transfer to another college, be sure to check that school’s repeat policy since it may differ, and that could affect your transfer admission GPA.

Harper welcomes you!

You certainly can!  You are welcome to take courses at Harper whether or not you are seeking a degree or a certificate!  Please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6207 for details.  Visit the online College Catalog to preview all that Harper has to offer.

Challenging a Grade

To challenge a grade you will need to contact your instructor.  If you received a failing grade due to what you thought was a dropped course or medical withdrawal, please visit Registration Policies and Procedures or contact the Registrar’s Office in Building A, Student Center, Room A213, 847.925.6500, to request an appeal form.

Filing an academic appeal

All students placed on financial assistance cancellation due to failure to meet satisfactory academic progress have a right to appeal. Please visit Academic Progress Appeal for detailed information about the process.

Academic Policies

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Class Attendance Policy

There is no single, College attendance policy; each instructor or program coordinator determines the attendance requirements for his / her class or program.  Be sure to learn the attendance policy for each of your courses, and keep in mind that regular attendance is necessary for successful college work.

Grading Policy

At the end of each semester, you will receive a grade for each class in which you were enrolled as of the beginning of the second week of the semester.  Your grade point average is computed on the basis of the final grades awarded at the end of the term.

Harper uses a 4-point system in which an “A” grade counts as 4 quality points.  Grade points are used to indicate the scholarship level of the letter grades and to calculate the grade point average.  Grade points are assigned according to the following scale:

Grade Significance Grade Points
A Superior 4.0
B Good 3.0
C Average 2.0
D Poor 1.0
F Failure .0
H Audit .0
P Pass .0
W Withdrawal .0
X Incomplete .0


The following classes are not computed in the cumulative grade point average:
 
Communication Skills – all courses
English as a Second Language – all courses
Math – below 100 level
Reading – below 100 level
English – below 100 level
All “P” graded courses

Incomplete Grades:

If you are assigned a grade of X for unfinished work in a course, the work to be completed will be assigned by the instructor, and the unfinished work must be satisfactorily completed by the midterm of the following 16-week semester.  Failure to do so will result in a grade of F.  In courses such as open entry courses, you must meet the instructor deadline specified in the contract for that course.

Where can I get a list of school supplies?

Your instructor can tell you about any required supplies needed for class. You can find instructor contact information by logging in to your MyHarper Student Portal and clicking on the View My Schedule section.

Continuing Education students can find supply lists online.

Smoking Policy

The smoke-free campus policy and Illinois state law requires everyone to refrain from smoking while on campus. The policy covers all College indoor and outdoor property including college-owned vehicles, green spaces and parking lots.  It does not apply to personal vehicles.

Smoking (burning, inhaling or exhaling) includes:

  • Pipes
  • Cigars
  • Cigarettes
  • Hookahs
  • Weed
  • Herbs
  • E-cigarettes
  • Any other lighted smoking equipment

Click here for more information.

Tuition Refunds

To be eligible for a refund, you must withdraw from a class during the refund period.  Please visit Tuition Refunds for details on the current semester’s refund period.

For further information please see the following:

Records

Program of Study
To declare or change your major at Harper, please contact the Registrar’s Office, Student Center, Room A213, 847.925.6500.

Transcript Requests

An unofficial transcript is available anytime online at MyHarper Student Portal.

For official transcripts, please visit the Transcript Request page for more information.

For Community Education transcripts, please contact Community Education customer service.

Grade Inquiry

  • Students can view grades on MyHarper Student Portal
  • Grades are posted to the student academic record at the end of each term, based on when the class ends. 
  • Final grade point average is not calculated until the end of the 16-week semester.

Learn more about grade points and incomplete grades.

Advising and Counseling

If you can, it is best to talk to a Harper counselor each semester. If you are unable to do that, you can request a Degree Audit by calling 847.925.6393 or 847.925.6522. A Degree Audit will list the courses you have already taken and what you have left to take for your degree or certificate at Harper. (It does not include transfer information.) A counselor will review it and make a few notes for you—the Degree Audit can either be picked up at the counseling office or mailed to you.

For further information please see the following:

Grade Points

At the end of each semester, you will receive a grade for each class in which you were enrolled as of the beginning of the second week of the semester. Your grade point average is computed on the basis of the final grades awarded at the end of the term.

Harper uses a 4-point system in which an “A” grade counts as 4 quality points.  Grade points are used to indicate the scholarship level of the letter grades and to calculate the grade point average.  Grade points are assigned according to the following scale:

Grade Significance Grade Points
A Superior 4.0
B Good 3.0
C Average 2.0
D Poor 1.0
F Failure .0
FG F Grade Forgiven .0
H Audit .0
IP In Progress .0
P Pass .0
W Withdrawal .0
X Incomplete .0

The following classes are not computed in the cumulative grade point average:
 
Communication Skills – all courses
English as a Second Language – all courses
All “P” graded courses

Incomplete Grades:
A student may be assigned a grade of X for unfinished work in a course provided the work was incomplete because of circumstances deemed to be unavoidable or uncontrollable (to be determined by the instructor). The work to be completed will be assigned by the instructor. The unfinished work must be satisfactorily completed by the midterm of the following 16-week semester. Failure to do so will result in a grade of F. In certain courses such as open entry courses, it is necessary to meet the instructor deadline specified in the contract for that class.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 establishes the rights of students to inspect and review their education record; provides that personally identifiable information will not, with certain exceptions, be disclosed without the students’ permission; provides for guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings; grants the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act; and makes provision for notice to the students concerning their rights.

Copies of the Act, Harper policies and procedures and forms for use in implementing the Act, are available upon request in the Registrar’s Office, Student Center, Building A, Room A213.

Classification of Students

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Grade Discrepancy

If you have questions about your grade, you should first contact the appropriate faculty member.  If your concerns are not resolved after informal discussion, please refer to Student Academic Complaints within the “Student Code of Conduct and Dispute Resolution Procedures" in the Harper catalog.

If you have any questions regarding your grade report, please contact the Registrar's Office at 847.925.6601.

Account Blocks

If you have questions regarding a registration block, please call the Registrar’s Office at 847.925.6500.

Requirements / Policies

Immunization Records

Harper College does not require immunizations for admission, however certain academic programs may require immunizations. Consult the college catalog for additional information.

Harper welcomes you!

Home-schooled high school graduates are welcome and encouraged to apply to Harper College!  Apply online today!

Harper welcomes you!

Students who have earned a GED are welcome and encouraged to apply to Harper College.  Apply online today.

It’s okay to be undecided.

You do not have to declare a major to apply. If you are undecided, just check the box marked “undecided on a major” when you are completing the Harper College application. Apply online.

Counselors at the Career Development Center specialize in helping students who are undecided about their major. They will help you select classes based on your values, interests and educational goals. 

Will I qualify for financial assistance?

For frequently asked questions see the link below:
https://www.harpercollege.edu/page.cfm?p=1861
  

For Tuition payment options see the link below:
https://www.harpercollege.edu/registration/financialaid/disbursement/disbursements.php

How to Apply

We certainly do!  Click on apply today and follow the links to print the Harper application.  When you have completed it, you can mail it to:  Admissions Outreach Office, Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL  60067.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Harper College does award credit for adequate Advanced Placement (AP) Examination grades in areas comparable to the Harper curriculum.  For more information, please visit Advanced Placement Program.

Admission Requirements    
    
There is no minimum GPA required for general admission.  Visit apply to learn more about the applications requirements at Harper College.  (Requirements do differ for high school students seeking dual or concurrent credit.)

Thank You For Asking About Transcripts!

  • Official high school transcripts or the equivalent are strongly recommended from all new degree seeking students. Please click on apply and select the appropriate category to get more information on your admission requirements. 
  • Also, please note that limited enrollment degree and certificate programs have special admission requirements that may include a high school transcript or the equivalent.
  • If you have had a copy of your high school transcript submitted to Harper, and you would like to get a copy of it, please stop by the Admissions Processing Office in the Student Center, Room A137c.  Bring your photo ID, and a staff member will make a copy for you.

English Requirement

There is not an English proficiency requirement for general admission to Harper College; however, students who would like to enroll in an English (or math) class may be required to take placement exams.  Please visit the Assessment and Testing Center for more information.

Planning Your Courses For Your Degree

Although all degree programs and many of the certificate programs require English, math and general education courses, the requirements differ depending upon the specific degree or certificate program you are pursuing.  Please visit the Harper College Catalog to learn about the requirements for the programs that interest you, and Advising and Counseling for details on how a counselor can assist you with your planning.

Harper offers classes, certificates and degrees in many career areas and the requirements for each major are vastly different.  Visit the A to Z Index of Majors to view the areas of study available at Harper, and use the program links to learn about options and requirements within each major.  For course planning and advising assistance, new students are encouraged to contact the Center for New Students (Building C, Room C104, 847.925.6208) or inquire online through Ask a New Student Advisor.  Returning students can schedule an advising appointment through the Academic Advising and Counseling Center (Building I, Room I117, 847.925.6393).

Admission Requirements—the Short Answer

  • Your admission requirements will depend upon whether you apply as a full-time student or as a part-time student.
  • If you have not completed a high school diploma or a GED and / or you are under the age of 16, your admission requirements will differ from those of an applicant with a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • Limited enrollment programs require specific application requirements beyond those asked of a general applicant.
  • International students have specific admission requirements that must be satisfied.

Please click on apply and select the appropriate category to get more information on your admission requirements.

Mailing Transcripts
Send your transcripts to:

Harper College
ATTN: Admissions Processing, Room A137c
1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067-7398

If you are sending a transcript from another college or university, be sure to also fill out a Request for Transcript Evaluation form. (You can do so online or, if you prefer, you can print the form, complete and mail it to the attention of the Registrar’s Office, Student Center, Room A213.)

The Assessment and Testing Center is located in the Student Center, Room A148.  Their phone number is 847.925.6541.

Residency

Residency Requirements

Please visit Residency Requirements to learn about the classifications of residency and the description of each.

Tuition and Fees

There is a significant difference in cost between different residency classifications. Please visit Tuition and Fees to get complete information.
 

Schedules

Get Help With Schedule Changes

For assistance in making schedule changes, please click on Registrar’s Office or go in person to that office in the Student Center, Room A213. You can also call the Registrar’s Office at 847.925.6500.

It’s always a good idea to speak with a counselor before adding or dropping classes. Please visit Advising and Counseling for information advising services at Harper.

Scheduling Conflicts

Advising and counseling services are available to assist you with course selection and to answer questions about how to build a schedule. Creating your complete schedule and selecting class times is one of your responsibilities as a college student. To find out more about advising services, please visit Advising and Counseling.

For further information please see the following:

Campus Map

Once you have created your schedule with the courses, dates, times and locations, you can use the campus map to identify the buildings where your classes will meet.

Schedule of Classes

You can find credit course schedules on our website.

View your Class Schedule

If you misplaced your class schedule, it’s not a problem.  You can view it online at Class Schedule.

Scholarships

When to Apply for a Scholarship

Yes, visit Scholarships for information about our scholarships and how to complete the scholarship application.

Eligibility for Financial Aid

Not necessarily!  Eligibility for scholarships is determined by the donor.  Please visit Scholarships to see a listing of all of our scholarships.  Degree and certificate programs requiring completion of 16 credit hours or more are eligible for financial assistance providing you qualify.  Continuing Education classes and programs of fewer than 16 credit hours are not eligible for assistance.

To be certain, everyone is encouraged to complete the FAFSA.  Just click on How to Get Financial Aid for access to the online federal application.

Scholarships

There are a number of different scholarships available to Harper College students.  Please visit Scholarships for details.

International Student Scholarship

International students may be eligible for the Jean B. Chapman International Student Scholarship. To apply for this scholarship, please contact the International Student Office.

Transfer Scholarships

Each year a number of scholarships are awarded to students who are preparing to transfer to a four year college/university to pursue a bachelor's degree.  Please visit Scholarships for specific information on the various scholarships and the eligibility requirements for each.

Receiving Your Scholarship

Scholarship funds are typically disbursed at the same time that other sources of financial aid are disbursed unless the donor instructs us otherwise.

Visit the Scholarship page for more information.

Scholarships

Please visit Scholarships for information about the different scholarships available and to complete the appropriate application.

Scholarships

Information about your particular scholarship can be found by clicking on Scholarships, or by visiting the Office of Student Financial Assistance in Building C, Room C102, or by calling 847.925.6248.

Financial Aid Questions
Information about scholarships and student aid is available by calling the Student Financial Assistance Office at 847.925.6248, or submit your question online at Ask a Financial Advisor.

Scholarships
You can view the Scholarship Page for information about Harper College scholarships and external scholarship opportunities. Requirements and applications are available to complete online.

Scholarships
The application deadlines for scholarships vary and are determined by the donor. We encourage students to look for scholarship opportunities and apply early, usually during the prior academic year. Visit Scholarships for more information.

Security

Campus Safety

Law enforcement services at Harper College are provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week by the Harper College Police Department (HCPD) located in Building B. Responsibilities of the department include:

  • Enforcement of college rules and regulations
  • Enforcement of village and county ordinances and state and federal laws
  • Traffic control
  • Grounds and building patrol
  • Emergency first aid
  • CPR and AED
  • Jump starts and vehicle key retrieval

Please visit Harper College Police Department for more information about campus safety.

Standard / General

Apply Online

The Harper College application is just clicks away!  Visit apply today and follow the links.  

Re-applying

Once you have applied for credit classes at Harper, you never have to apply again!  If you are not sure whether or not you have applied, or if you have questions regarding your application status, please call the Admissions Processing Office, Student Center, Room A137c, 847.925.6203 for assistance.

Limited Enrollment Programs

Harper College offers certain career programs that have selective admission requirements. Because the number of students who can be accepted into these programs is limited, admission is competitive, and satisfaction of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into a program.  For more information about specific admission details for these limited enrollment programs, please visit Limited Enrollment Programs.

How to Apply
You can apply today!  You may choose to:

  • Complete and submit an online application, or
  • You can print a copy of the Harper application, complete it, and then submit it in person or by mail to:  Admissions Outreach, Building C, Room C102, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL  60067

Either way, just click on apply, and follow the links. There is a one-time only non-refundable application fee; once you have applied to Harper, you will never have to re-apply to the College.

Application Status
Once your application for admission has been received (online, in-person, or by mail), it takes approximately 2-3 business days to be processed.  Once this is done, a letter of acceptance will be mailed to the address you provided on the application.  If you have not yet received your letter of acceptance, please call the Admissions Processing Office at 847.925.6203.

Standardized Tests

Admission Documents
ACT scores should be sent to:  Admissions Processing, Student Center, Room A137c, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL  60067.

Nursing Entrance Exams

You can check out the NLN Pre-Admission Exam schedule at Harper by visiting the Assessment and Testing Center.  In-person advance registration is required.  Please call the Assessment and Testing Center at 847.925.6541 if you have questions about when the NLN exam is offered and how to register for it.

Tech Support

Help
The Help desk (The Student Service Desk) assists all students by providing information and support for:  Myharper: Student Information System, Myharper Student Portal, Blackboard, and Harper student E-mail accounts. To contact the Student Service Desk, call 847.925.6866 or e-mail studentsd@harpercollege.edu. If you are on campus, simply dial H-E-L-P from a land line.

Town Information

Banking Around Campus

Harper College does not have a bank on campus; however, we do have an ATM machine in the Student Center, Building A. There are a number of banking facilities near campus as well.

Transfer

Transfer Credits

Just visit Transcript Evaluation and complete the online form.  You will need to have official transcripts from the colleges sent to Harper.  An evaluation will be completed in the Registrar’s Office identifying courses that are transferable to your program at Harper.  There is no fee for this service.

Harper welcomes you!

Your first step is to complete the Harper College application (and pay the one-time application fee).  You will also want to have official transcripts sent from previous colleges attended and request that they be evaluated by Harper to determine how your prior credit might apply to a Harper program of study.  For details, including information on advising services, please visit apply and transcript evaluation.

Transfer Credit:

Once your evaluation of transcripts has been completed, the Registrar’s Office will mail a copy of the evaluation results to the address you have on file with the College.  Transfer credit becomes a part of your Harper College academic record.  

For further information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 847.925.6500.

Transportation

Access to Harper
Please visit Pace Bus Routes for details such as schedules, maps and fare information, on bus transportation to and from Harper.

Tuition

Tuition and Fees
Please visit Tuition and Fees for current cost information.

Tuition History 2002 - 2007

Tuition for Credit Courses per Semester Hour by Residency (Fact Book, p.104)

  2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Resident $  62.00 $  67.00 $  71.00 $  75.00 $  81.00
Non-resident $201.00 $280.00 $281.00 $275.00 $288.00
Out of State $316.00 $360.00 $348.00 $344.00 $362.00
International Students $278.00 $320.00 $348.00 $344.00 $362.00

Source: Harper College Catalog

Visiting Campus

Campus Maps
It’s helpful to become familiar with the campus before your classes begin. Campus maps will help you find your way.

Campus Maps and Directions

Interactive Map

Campus Construction Closures

Welcome to Harper College!

Contact us to schedule a campus visit, or look into attending one of the College Open House events.

Harper welcomes you!

Contact us to schedule a campus visit.

Wireless

Wireless Internet Network

For information on accessing the Harper College wireless network, click here.

Work-Study Program

Student Employment

Many offices on campus offer jobs for students. Having a job on campus is convenient, and many jobs will work around your class schedule. The Job Placement Resource Center staff can assist you with finding student employment.

 

Last Updated: 11/3/21