Harper College

The University Center at Harper College

Your bachelor's or master's degree is closer than you think. In fact, it's right here at Harper's campus.

The University Center has partnered with DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, Roosevelt University and Southern Illinois University to offer bachelor's degree and master's degree programs that can be completed while staying on Harper's campus. By choosing a University Center program, you are choosing one of the most affordable and convenient ways to finish your four-year degree. 

DePaul University logo Northern Illinois University logo
Roosevelt University logo Southern Illinois University Carbondale Logo with Profile of Saluki Dog Head


Explore the programs offered by our partner universities:

Study this program:

Earn your degree from:     

Accounting (BS)

Southern Illinois University

Business Administration (BAPS)

DePaul University*

Communication and Media (BA)

DePaul University*

Computer Science (BS)

Northern Illinois University

Criminal Justice (BA)

Roosevelt University*

Elementary Education (BA)

Roosevelt University*

Graphic Design (BA)

Roosevelt University*

Health Science Administration (BA)

Roosevelt University*

Human Resource Management (BSBA)

Roosevelt University*

Master of Business Administration (MBA) 

Roosevelt University

Psychology (BA or BS)

Northern Illinois University

Public Safety Management (BS)

Southern Illinois University

*Ask about tuition discounts offered exclusively to University Center students for this program.


Here's how the University Center works:

Choose from one of the 12 available programs, and work with the University Center team to develop a plan for transferring to the partner institution offering that program. 

    • Current Harper students can make a smooth transition from earning an associate degree to completing a bachelor’s degree without adding a new commute or living away from home.
    • Community members who have earned college credit from elsewhere can work with the University Center to determine how to enter a University Center program through a combination of transferred credit and/or fulfilling prerequisites through Harper. 

By completing the necessary prerequisites, you can meet the admissions criteria of your selected program.  

    • You'll be enrolled as a student of your program's university and have access to your university's resources while benefitting from the convenience of Harper's Palatine campus.
    • Each university keeps office hours at Harper's campus for easy access to admissions, registration and academic advising staff.

Your classes are taught by the partner university's expert faculty members, who teach online or come to Harper's campus to teach. 

Take action toward earning your degree at the University Center:

  • Learn how you can save money on your degree as you take advantage of a "2+2 Transfer Pathway."
  • Monthly information sessions provide you with an introduction to the University Center and give you a chance to ask questions.
  • Request Information or reach out to a University Center representative to review your academic goals at 847-925-6315 or universitycenter@harpercollege.edu.


Contact Us

Map of Building D Room D264

The University Center at Harper College
Building D, Room D264

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Last Updated: 6/6/24