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 Harper College 

Name: Harper College
President: Ken Ender
City: Palatine
State: IL
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Suburban, Large City
Year Established: 1967

Governing Board Website 

Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data

2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Enrollment: 16,060
Part Time: 56.6%
Full Time: 43.4%

Male: 44.3%
Female: 55.7% 

African American: 5.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 11.1%
Hispanic: 16.9%
Native American: 0.2%
White: 58.8%
Other: 7.9%


Harper College President

Ken Ender

Harper College Board Chair

Diane Hill
Board Chair

Quote from the President

“Through partnerships with our high schools, businesses and community organizations, William Rainey Harper College is well-positioned to train students for 21st century careers and prepare them for transfer to four-year universities. We can no longer afford to measure ourselves by how many students start here. It’s about how many are successful here, and we are working diligently every day toward our goal of student success. Through the hard work of our faculty and staff and the support of so many others — including our extraordinary alumni — we are preparing students for great jobs and great futures, and building our community through student success."

Interesting Facts

  • Harper College has graduated a record number of students for two straight years. Nearly 4,500 students earned degrees or certificates in the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Harper was the first community college in Illinois to open a Simulation Hospital for health-care students. Equipped with high-tech mannequins and state-of-the-art technology, the hospital gives nursing students and others in the school’s health career programs hands-on experience early in their college education.
  • Harper’s undergraduate chemistry research program lets students perform graduate-level research as freshmen and spend summers researching alongside professors at partner four-year colleges and universities. Since the program’s inception, nearly every participant has gone on to pursue a four-year or higher degree in chemistry or a related discipline.
  • In 2012, through partnerships with more than 70 area manufacturers, Harper launched an innovative Advanced Manufacturing program aimed at addressing a national shortage of skilled workers. The program, which helps get students into paid internships after one semester, received a nearly $13 million federal grant for statewide expansion.
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