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  1. Professors
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    A+
  5. Student Life
    A
  6. Location
    B
Harper is an above-average public college located in Palatine, Illinois in the Chicago Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,606 undergraduate students. The Harper acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing Assistant, and Natural Sciences. Graduating 45% of students, Harper alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,000.
1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067
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Athletic Division
NJCAA Division III
Athletic Conference

Harper College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$7,080/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,372/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
51%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.97 responses
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.93 responses
74%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.94 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    13%
  • On Campus
    80%
  • Online
    6%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,606Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
8,924
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 4 responses
  • Outgoing
    50%
  • Commuter
    25%
  • save money
    25%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%

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Harper College Reviews

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Harper is a great place to get an education for a lot less money! The professors here are actually really great and I was able to speed ahead of those I went to high-school with that chose to go to a bigger university. I had not even considered Harper originally, but I am so glad I decided to go here because I took the same classes everyone else was taking for about 10x less. I have no student loan debt and I have now just graduated with an associates degree AND a personal training certification which will allow me to get a higher paying job to help pay for school once I transfer. Everyone here is very helpful and really do want to see you succeed. Going to a 2 year is not a bad thing and can actually make you better prepared for life/ transferring to a bigger college later on. I highly recommend going here, especially if classes are going to be online for the next school year!
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I took a summer course at Harper, and I immediately fell in love with the school community. My older sister went to and enjoyed Harper College as well! I am now a full-time student this fall semester; even under the uncertain circumstances we currently face, Harper still does a wonderful job offering resources and support for your academic success.
All professors I have had are very friendly and laid back. If I needed help understanding the material, they were there. If there is any trouble going on, whether you don't understand the material or are unable to meet certain deadlines, TALK TO THE PROFESSOR, MOST WILL BE UNDERSTANDING! Lol there's a Subway AND a Starbucks!