William Rainey Harper College in Palatine

Palatine, IL

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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



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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 offering 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 a huge number of students. This indicator 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 perception. 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 look carefully into 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.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for William Rainey Harper College

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The registration process is slow in general, but there are many nice staff.The problem that I'm dealing with right now is the ESL department. Every time I spoke with the ESL adviser, I heard different things. The system changed somehow after I spoke with the ESL adviser...The ESL adviser said that I had to take ESL programs to take EGL101 at Harper College. So I registered for EGL101 & two other courses at different school, and for one course at Harper.Then later, I tried to register for EGL102 at Harper. I thought the ESL advisor told me that I would be able to take EGL102 if I’m taking EGL101. However, the system still blocked me from online registering so, I visited the ESL advisor again. This time, she said that I needed to bring the official transcript of EGL101. I knew the course would end much later so I registered for EGL102 at the same school that I was taking EGL101. Then, I tried to register for other courses at Harper again. But for some reason, the system blocked me from registering for other courses that do not require English. I called and ended up talking to 4 different people. The last administrator found out that it was from the ESL department. The administrator told me to ask them to remove the block. She said that I should be able to register for the courses that I was trying to register. So I visited the ESL adviser again. She looked uncomfortable... ... This time, she said that I cannot register for any course at Harper until I turn in the transcript that shows EGL101 because their system works that way. But I am registered... because I was able to register before I visited her for the second time...I ended up registering for all the courses for the whole year at another school. Except the course that I already have registered at Harper. Today I met an adviser at Harper just to make sure if all the courses I'm going to take at different school would be credited the same way at Harper (I need to come back to Harper in order to pay in district rate)The staff that I’ve met so far said this case is unusual. I know it's unusual, but I'm too tired to be upset. For me the ESL department is the only issue. The administrators, student staff, and the adviser I met at Harper were nice and professional.

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Their OneStop and Financial Aid office is terrible. Every semester I have issues. They claim they need information from me that the Department of Education denies when I call them. I am also a veteran and have so many issues with that as well. They file all my information without giving me any information on the whole process, Kankakee Community College did a much better job informing me of all the steps and what I needed to do and look out for. At Harper they do everything for you and just tell you to wait. They do not give me the option to verify on Wave Verification online, but did everything themselves and had checks mailed to me. I know a direct deposit would have been faster. TheI online courses frequently have issues or the teachers have issues and they aren't solved for the whole semester! Aside from physical aesthetics what is my grant and pocket money going towards? This school is getting too big for their infrastructure to handle and don't work with students to solve dilemmas. I hope I can quickly transfer or quickly get out of this school.EditMy husband still goes here and still every semester they "ONE STOP" office still is like a 12 stop office. They just don't have their stuff together. My husband has to prove residency and one of the ways to prove is school transcripts (which he's been in school every semester for 6 semesters... but of course they can't figure this our for themselves). Also we didn't finish or correctly fill out a loan request. We asked them just to remove it since we won't need it and now they want us to completely re-register it stead of just deleting it from their system really? How is that easier for your clients, yes the student's who are paying for your service. Now I have to go it AGAIN. I'm glad I transferred to BY FAR my favorite college CSU Global and even Kankakee community college was leaps and bounds better than this school. The teachers are good, but their admin is awful just awful.

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I took some classes from Harper College. I definitely recommend you to go there and enroll. NICE teachers and very helpful not only teachers have these kind behaviors but also staffs have these good behaviors. If you’re struggling about taking step to enroll don’t waste you’re time just go there and you’ll agree with me.

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Psychology professor's go on shooting rampages. Maybe we should check on what hes been teaching his students. He was crazy enough to open fire on two gas station. Makes us wonder what he taught the kids

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So, do you now plan on doing thorough investigations and background checks on all professors?

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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

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