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William Rainey Harper College Overview

Located in Palatine, Illinois, William Rainey Harper College is a public institution. Palatine is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is William Rainey Harper College Known For?

4,116 Undergraduate Awards
  • The associate's degree is the highest award offered at Harper College.
  • In 2017-2018, 36% of the faculty were full-time.

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William Rainey Harper College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Harper College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#28 Best Dental Support Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is William Rainey Harper College?

Location of William Rainey Harper College

Contact details for Harper College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Phone: 847-925-6000
Website: https://www.harpercollege.edu/index.php

How Do I Get Into Harper College?

You can apply to Harper College online at: https://www.harpercollege.edu/start/apply/index.php

Since William Rainey Harper College has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford William Rainey Harper College?

7% Take Out Loans
8.4% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Harper College, approximately 7% of students took out student loans averaging $4,321 a year. That adds up to $17,284 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Harper College is 8.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

William Rainey Harper College Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,606 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,530 undergraduate students at Harper College, with 4,606 being full-time and 8,924 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Harper College

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,606 full-time undergraduates at Harper College, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Harper College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of William Rainey Harper College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Harper College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 660
Black or African American 150
Hispanic or Latino 1,134
White 2,383
International Students 80
Other Races/Ethnicities 199

Over 36 countries are represented at Harper College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, India, and China.

Online Learning at William Rainey Harper College

865 Took All Classes Online
2,676 Took At Least One Class Online
2.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,676 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Harper College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 84th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Harper College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at William Rainey Harper College was 2.8%. This is the #1,833 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Harper College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Harper College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 82%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Harper College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Harper College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Engineering Technology #9
Computer Software & Applications #54
Computer Programming #58
Information Technology #100
Human Development & Family Studies #112
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #137
Engineering Technologies #138
Accounting #239
Computer & Information Sciences #339

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

William Rainey Harper College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 977 0 977
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 663 0 35 698
Biological & Physical Science 0 387 0 387
Accounting 168 14 11 193
Precision Metal Working 92 20 34 146
Business Administration & Management 84 53 0 137
Nursing 0 126 0 126
Allied Health Professions 36 53 25 114
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 72 0 22 94
Computer Engineering Technology 91 0 0 91
Business Support & Assistant Services 90 0 0 90
Human Development & Family Studies 68 8 12 88
Health & Medical Administrative Services 55 25 1 81
Information Technology 80 0 0 80
Criminal Justice & Corrections 26 35 0 61
Design & Applied Arts 7 21 27 55
Computer Programming 47 1 0 48
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 46 0 0 46
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 40 5 0 45
Legal Support Services 30 14 0 44
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 39 0 0 39
General Engineering 0 37 0 37
Fire Protection 0 37 0 37
Computer Systems Networking 36 0 0 36
Insurance 33 0 0 33
Dental Support Services 0 32 0 32
Graphic Communications 2 0 28 30
Industrial Production Technology 4 26 0 30
Human Resource Management 29 0 0 29
Hospitality Management 13 13 0 26
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 26 0 0 26
Culinary Arts 11 0 6 17
Information Science 0 16 0 16
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 0 0 15 15
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 12 0 0 12
General Sales & Marketing 11 0 0 11
Computer Software & Applications 5 5 0 10
Homeland Security 7 1 2 10
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 9 0 9
Building Management & Inspection 2 4 3 9
Teaching English or French 8 0 0 8
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 8 0 8
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 5 0 5
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 4 1 0 5
Human Services 0 5 0 5
Public Health 4 0 0 4
Music 0 4 0 4
Teaching Assistants 0 0 3 3
Geography & Cartography 3 0 0 3
Entrepreneurial Studies 2 0 0 2
Fine & Studio Arts 0 2 0 2
Finance & Financial Management 1 0 0 1
American Sign Language 0 0 1 1
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,947 1,944 225 4,116

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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