Location
Palatine, IL
Undergrads
5,556
Tuition (in-state)
$10,986 ($9,186)
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Reviews 516 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Online Courses: I haven't taken any online courses with Harper.

3 College Senior

Career Services: I'm not entirely familiar with post-grad services.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: I am currently working on getting my associate's degree in the arts before I transfer to a 4-year university. I am not entirely sure what I want to major in once I transfer, so I am taking the time at a community college to get a feel for what I like and dislike. Harper has made it really easy for me to take a variety of courses to help me explore. The workload isn't overwhelming and the teachers are easy to reach.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: The class sizes are small which is good for the teachers to interact with the students and for the students to interact among themselves. The class registration process is easy and straightforward, and there are plenty of people you can go to for help in your college course planning. They also offer lots of study abroad options.

4 College Senior

Student Body: For the most part, I really like the students at Harper. I have made friends in nearly all of my classes and everybody is so easy to talk to. I feel comfortable talking with people in my classes because we interact a lot anyways for coursework. It's unlike a larger university with big lecture halls where nobody speaks to each other. Harper is a lot more personal, and so are the students. There is such a great level of diversity as well. There are students of all ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and intelligence. It makes it interesting to talk to such a diverse crowd because it isn't as limited as high school. Generally, in high school people are of the same background because they live in the same area. But at Harper there are people from different townships and each one is different from the other.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I really like how tight-knit everything feels at Harper. The classes aren't enormous, so I know I'm getting a good amount of attention from the teacher. It is also easy to interact with other students since the classes are small and intimate. There are plenty of spots all around the school that I use either to study or to hang out with my friends. It is very relaxing, and sometimes I don't even feel like I'm going to school because things are so convenient.

5 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: It's a community college, so I knew it wouldn't be expensive. It is actually much better than I thought because the whole school system there is very good, much better than the average community college. I feel like it's worth more than what I'm paying for. However, I will need to transfer to another school once I am done with Harper, and unfortunately 4-year universities do not offer the same tuition and fees as community colleges do.

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: It is very easy to reach out to any resource, like career planning or academic advising. Everyone is very helpful and attentive to my personal needs. Since it is a smaller school, it is also easy to get in contact with any type of resource, as they are not backed up with an influx of students.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: Sometimes the wi-fi doesn't work as fast as I'd like, but otherwise technological resources are easily accessible. The library is very large and has plenty of computers and printers available.

5 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Classes are offered at all times of the day, which makes it easy for me to fit work and free time into my schedule. I don't feel overwhelmed and everything is balanced.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: There are a abundant amount of classes offered at Harper. There should be no problem with finding classes that fit your schedule but I believe the professor selection could be better.

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3 College Senior

Student Body: There is a lot of diversity at Harper College and the attendance is getting larger but the participation in clubs and organizations at Harper is minimum. Most students go to school for class then go straight home there are few problems with student differences.

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4 College Junior

Student Body: Harper has a diverse student body; freshmen straight from high school as well as adult learners. Harper also has programs and departments for students with disabilities.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Harper College is a great place to start out before attending a 4 year university. There is a wide array of options for majors and classes available morning, afternoon, or night as well as multiple campus locations.

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4 College Sophomore

Career Services: The quality of post-grad services at Harper College are great!

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think this is a great school to attend adn better for kids to go here first before going to a 4 year college. It will save students a lot of money, for the same quality education.

College Freshman

Career Services: I have not used any of these services from the school.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I mostly took my gen eds, but I was able to take electives in the fields of business and marketing. The workload was never too much for me.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Most of the professor at Harper are great and seem to like their jobs. The registration process is easy to use, and there are many opportunities available. Students can study abroad and High School students can take college level course during their senior year.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: I have not spent much time in the different centers Harper has. I like the library and the people there are very helpful.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: The computer system is pretty good at Harper. The labs tend to fill up, but there are so many available it is not hard to find a spare computer to use. They are open later too, so you can use it for night classes too! The printing system is easy and the internet and software is pretty up to date and fast.

5 College Freshman

Online Courses: I have taken 3 online courses and they have been mostly great. One of the teachers was not the best, in my opinion, but he knew what he was taking about, just not how to explain it well. The others were great! It's so much easier to take classes online, especially for classes like English or History because you've been learning this stuff your whole life. The other two professors were very helpful and though they were a little tougher on deadlines and how much material you needed to know, they were not asking too much of anyone. Blackboard makes it easy to communicate with the teachers and they respond quickly.

5 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The school is easy to afford and they tell you all the costs up front. Definitely saves you money before transffering to a 4 year university where the cost triples at least.

5 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: It is really easy to add and drop classes if you need to. There are night classes and early morning classes that make it easy to get the credits and classes you need. I had not trouble with transferring credits because of the agreement Harper has with the school I chose. One difficult part is getting in to see a counselor, there are almost never any appointment times available, and the people that answer the phones there are not very nice.

4 College Freshman

Student Body: There is a lot of diversity at Harper. A lot of people from different races and religious backgrounds. There are unfortunately, many unhappy people there that do not seem to care about anyone but themselves, but other than those, the student body is very diverse with colorful personalities.

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