William Rainey Harper College in Palatine

Palatine, IL

(Rating 3.4 based on 5 reviews)
This is the page with old design. Go to the new design of that page


William Rainey Harper College offers 366-degree programs and 12 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1. 1 high safety campus. 44.6% are women, and 55.4% are men. 1% percents of international students. William Rainey Harper College is a member of 2 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at William Rainey Harper College is 8290$, that is at the level of national average. 23% of full-time William Rainey Harper College students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $33,900, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The William Rainey Harper College is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, William Rainey Harper College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$6,867
$30,001 - $48,000$7,959
$48,001 - $75,000$10,107
$75,001 - $110,000$11,936



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


4257 of William Rainey Harper College undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 28 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes William Rainey Harper College number 49 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Illinois.

Students at William Rainey Harper College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in William Rainey Harper College.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students must complete their preparation at another institution for certain areas of specialization

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

Graduation Rate


William Rainey Harper College graduation rate is below the national average.

23% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to William Rainey Harper College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at William Rainey Harper College is 21:1, that means that for every 21 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In William Rainey Harper College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at William Rainey Harper College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Illinois.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Palatine Campus

The campus located by 1200 W Algonquin Rd address in Palatine, Illinois.


Palatine Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of William Rainey Harper College with 0.1% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Palatine Campus are burglary and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

William Rainey Harper College offers 366 programs in total: 174 are for less than 1-year certificate programs, 141 - for Associate's degree, and 51 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 134 universities in Cook county, with one of the highest number of Associate's degree and less than 1-year certificate programs offered.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 12 distance learning programs that are provided in the William Rainey Harper College: 6 are for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, 3 - for Associate's degree and 3 are less than 1-year certificate programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Illinois state average data to help you compare.


William Rainey Harper College provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 10223 students with 306703 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

Give feedback about William Rainey Harper College

Student Reviews and Ratings for William Rainey Harper College

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

My alma mater, and my favorite place to learn. Harper is simply one of the best community colleges in the area, if not the entire state.Harper College is named after William Rainey Harper, President of the University of Chicago and founder of the first community college in America, Joliet Junior College. Its value to the community is certainly underappreciated, as its prestige ranges from the presumptuous "University of Southern Palatine" by students of more expensive state universities, to "Harvard?" by relatives unfamiliar with the place.Nevertheless, I will never forget the great times and friends I've made at Harper. The tuition is reasonable, though it's risen 30% over the past 3 years, the newly constructed buildings are modern and sleek. The hours the campus is open is also extensive (6am - 11pm, Monday through Thursday). With a broad range of extracurricular clubs and organizations that Harper has to offer, it serves as a great alternative to a university's curriculum. In other words, you can become involved in your education for as long or as little as you wish.The quality of the teachers vary from "college tenured" to "college student", though I've never had a teacher I flat out hated. I recommend the use of Rate My Professor, which has never failed me, and to register early for classes that have teachers that are widely favored. Also, be sure to buy used books and the prior edition unless the professor says otherwise to save on money.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I tried registering for a summer course only and they made it so difficult. They allowed me to register & pay for the class only to tell me a few weeks before the course starts that they were sorry but I did not meet the prereqs for the course... even when they had told me before that I did! Super annoying & staff is so confusing/contradicting and not helpful.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I called looking for some info about a class I enrolled in. I first gave some background about what's my call about and the individual on the other end basically gave me an eye roll, followed by information in a "duh" tone.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Great place where I'm from black hawk 60110are college drop they at never in the mood for this schools lazy bums doing nothing low lasting jobs buying cars payments that's now independent colleges get pro jobs its better than a high school diplomas instead of an expensive university its easier to be a powerful adults have rights to learn whatever they want above and beyond saving money for all parents retirements tuitions scholarships fafsa all in districts who are enrolling are welcome anyone who are passing dorms outside of all universities want to complete their degree as college professional this school may have bachelors degrees leads off to adulthood independence its going to be a four year masters and of course ten year school five courses counts to win survive take challenge a point of view decide a university complete this school become a winner inside out as independence confidence comes by best teachers try and black boards works no phones allowed in this campus their are police security cameras no tech allowed just teachers and books are important phones off no socially medias your caught by the schools or after schools

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Sue is a great career advisor. I would like to recommend her to the students who are looking to meet a career advisor. She gives you a real advise. The office is located at I117.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 1200 W Algonquin Rd


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +8479256000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: harpercollege.edu

Financial aid office: Go to the page

Admissions office: Go to the page

Online application: Go to the page

Net price calculator: Go to the page

Veterans and Military Service members tuition policies: Go to the page

Student-Right-to-Know student athlete graduation rate: Go to the page

Was this page helpful?

Thank you for your feedback! % of people found this helpful