William Rainey Harper College: Narrative Description

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1200 West Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Tel: (847)925-6000
Admissions: (847)925-6206
Fax: (847)925-6044
Web Site: http://www.harpercollege.edu/


State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Illinois Community College Board. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Endowment: $2.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $228,497. Educational spending 2003-04: $1354 per student. Total enrollment: 14,991. 5,588 applied, 100% were admitted. 34% from top quarter of their high school class, 50% from top half. Students come from 13 states and territories, 31 other countries, 32% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Placement: SAT or ACT required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to for district residents for nursing, dental hygienist and cardiac technology programs.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Area resident tuition: $2130 full-time, $71 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $8430 full-time, $281 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,440 full-time, $348 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $382 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 48 open to all. Most popular organizations: student radio station, Program Board, Student Senate, Nursing Club, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: Transfer Information Week, Wellness Week, Career Expo. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Harper College Library with 143,817 books, 47,666 microform titles, 6,606 serials, 33,049 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.5 million. 206 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Palatine, population 57,000, is a suburban community located 30 miles northwest of Chicago. It enjoys a temperate Midwestern climate. Rail and bus services are available. Community facilities include churches of major denominations, a public library, and hospitals nearby. Many active organizations provide social, recreational, and cultural programs and functions.

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