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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Safety
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  5. Student Life
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  6. Location
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Harper is an above-average public college located in Palatine, Illinois in the Chicago Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,882 undergraduate students. The Harper acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing Assistant, and Business. Graduating 39% of students, Harper alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,000.
About Harper College...
Athletic Division
NJCAA Division III
Athletic Conference
Address
1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067
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Harper College Rankings

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Cost

Net Price
$6,616/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,433/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,219/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,003/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,434/ year
  • $110k+
    $12,010/ year
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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
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.89 responses
77%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.90 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,882Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
4%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
39%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%

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Harper college is not my designated community college according to the County I belong to; however, I enrolled there instead of my local community college due to positive recommendations from friends and I am not disappointed in my decision! The campus is very safe, clean, and mostly new. Also, the majority of professors are passionate about their subject while being comprehensive and willing to help. The staff is very nice.
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The college is a great opportunity for everyone who is focused in education, activities, or just a place for not knowing what to do which is completely okay. The place sets you up for success with so many resources available. Tutors, writing centers, counselors, peers, and the list goes on and on. The college is advancing with a new library and athletic building. Lots of fun activities for social gatherings and many clubs! It is affordable compared to other places, but it really is a great place to start!
I attended Harper College in Fall 2014 through Summer 2015 and could not have been happier with my decision. The classes were all very well planned and taught. All of the professors were professional and helpful in the utmost way. I was hesitant at first to enroll, but as soon as I started the process it was painless and quick. Harper College has many activities and groups to be a part of and somewhere everyone can fit in. You will never feel left out. I would recommend Harper College to anyone unsure of their career path, but still want to continue their education for cheap!