Harper College

Harper College

Harper College, one of the United States’ premier community colleges, is located in the northwest suburbs just 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Chicago, Illinois.

Harper offers more than 50 fields of study and more than 450 popular general education classes, which can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree. Students at Harper earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree for a fraction of the cost compared to four-year schools. After earning an associate degree, Harper helps students transfer credits to the four-year institution of their choice through partnerships with hundreds of prestigious universities.

International students appreciate Harper’s individual attention, welcoming environment, smaller class sizes and affordable tuition. Harper College’s location is ideal for students seeking a beautiful campus setting along with easy access to the vibrant city of Chicago, one of the largest cities in the U.S., known for its world-class architecture, music, museums and more.


Why study at Harper College

We build a community for our students by providing events and services that promote participation in the collegiate experience.

Many of our classes have smaller class sizes (less than 30 students) than our 4-year counterparts, so our students have more personalized interactions with their instructors.

Harper has a robust transfer program, with several different options for transferring credits to four-year universities in the US. These include transfer-ready programs, dual degree programs, and 2+2 agreements with universities.

Harper College is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad

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Student services & facilities

Harper Academic Support Center

The Harper Academic Support Center includes a writing center to help students with writing assignments, success services to help build skills to help navigate the college environment, supplemental instruction, an anatomy room, and on-campus and online tutoring.

Health and Recreation Center

The college’s Health and Recreation Center has a state-of-the-art gym and includes provides a number of Wellness programs and events for students, including free fitness classes and a well-being social hour.

The Arts at Harper

Enjoy art exhibitions, concerts, and theatre from the comfort of your home or device in addition to live events. View our 300-piece art collection or enjoy classic and contemporary dramas and musicals. or enjoy classic and contemporary dramas and musicals. Each fall and spring, Harper’s cultural and performing arts programs bring you an array of arts events featuring visiting artists and renowned performers, including talented students.

Student Clubs and Organizations

More than 1,400 students participate in at least one organization each year to have fun, make new friends, enhance their resumes, learn beyond the classroom, and develop leadership qualities. Student organizations are open to all Harper students taking credit classes, unless otherwise noted.


Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization

Senator Paul Simon (2018)

Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education

Institute for International Education (2020)

Accredited Programs

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Student lifestyle

Harper College has a vibrant and active International Student Club. The International Student Club is a robust student organization open to any Harper College student. The Club meets weekly throughout the academic year and offers a dynamic platform for students from across the globe to meet, get to know each other, share their experiences, and forge intercultural friendships.
In addition to the International Students Club at Harper, there are several other student organizations where international students can get involved, meet other students, or delve further into a specific area of interest. Check Harper College's website to see a list of current clubs.

Harper College is located close to the city of Chicago, which has a large number of world-class institutions and museums, including the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and a number of architectural highlights.


Harper College does not have dormitories or college-sponsored housing. However, there are many apartments and other accommodations in the local area.


These are third-party housing resources that you can use to find housing in the area. Neither Harper College nor the International Student Office has any form of personal or official ties with these websites or apartments.


  • Apartments.com
  • Trulia.com
  • Rent.com

Apartments close to Harper College:

  • International Village
  • Lakes of Schaumburg
  • The Treehouse of Schaumburg
  • Remington Place


Average rating 5

Based on 8 reviews.


Harper is a great school. the people who working in this school are really nice and helpful. the teachers are professional. You can make progress always. I highly recommend this school for the person who want to learn.


Harper College provided an extraordinary experience to me as an international student in the US. From the international student application process until my graduation with an Associate in Arts Degree, I had support from the incredible college staff, who would always answer my questions promptly and accommodate my student needs. I started my aca...

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Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road
60067 Palatine Illinois
United States of America

School rating
Based on 8 reviews.