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  • 08/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Harper is great for all students young and old. There are programs that help adults, returning to school years later, get back on track and comply with their busy schedules. It's a great transitional school for graduating high school seniors who aren't sure they are ready to leave home for a big university. And it's great for students who want to save some money. Harper offers a variety of clubs and sports, there are activities and productions taking place around the campus all throughout the year, and because of the welcoming atmosphere, it's easy for all students to fit comfortably in the Harper environment.

    Bang for the buck

    Those who attend Harper College recieve the same education one would at a 4-year university, the only difference is the price. I've gone for three semesters and have yet to pay the amount one would for a single year at a big university. Those who choose to go to Harper will: pay significantly less while still recieving a university-level education, have smaller class sizes for more one-on-one time, & be able to use top of the line technology.

    Am enjoying being here

    Coming from a rural town to a big suburb where Harper is located was a bit intimidating for me. I applied knowing that I would not be seeing familiar faces on a daily basis. I'm now going into my fourth semester and couldn't be happier with my decision to attend Harper. I can't help but constantly talk about how much I enjoy my time at the school. The campus is aesthetically pleasing, it's obvious that the school representatives take pride in their establishment. Each classroom is equipped with top of the line technology which makes the learning experience more enjoyable. There are people throughout the school that are genuinely there for you and want to see you do well even after you leave Harper.

    Am learning a lot

    I can honestly say I have never been at a school where the teachers care so much about their students. My professors have always made themselves available for out of classroom assistance and are willing to go over tricky topics if you find yourself struggling. I love that the educators are flexible and willing to talk about ideas that are current to society and yet are still able to tie them together with the material of the class. Harper allows you to learn and grow simultaneously.

  • 12/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    friendly, artsy, outgoing, athletic, ambitious, or still pondering on a major

    Tips for prospective students

    register early so your able to make the schuedele you want!

    Bang for the buck

    If you want to save a ton of money, and get a great education harper is ranked one of the best community colleges, if like me you fall in love with the school but dont live in the district, many people dont know that you can also work in the district part time and still get the discount which is pretty amazing!

    Am enjoying being here

    Im trying to get into advertising and im taking my gen eds at harper, what truely got my attention was the design Harper has amazing Architeture and a garden in the middle of all their buildings. Which in the summer is filled with amazing flowers and green grass and has water fountians, and ponds. The atmposhere is unique. As well at the instructors are able to be flexible with their learning techinques, and aid in any subject is avaiable , I was relieved to find out they had a math help lab and 4 current teachers at harper were always their aiding students.

    Am learning a lot

    We all know that how you manage your time and your resources is very important to what you get out of everything in life, but i can honestly say that this college provides you with all the necessary tools for success. Harper has computers available everywhere, almost every building has at least 40 to 20 computers to any students accessability, as well as teachers that are amazing at updating the blackboard system , and are able to maintain amazing communication with thier students in person and through email. Harper is a fairly new community college that flourishes on new technology and, ways of education. Many of the teachers still teach in the field they study, like my psychology teacher and are willing to sit down with their students and talk about the field. I can honestly say that theres so much updated information and willing people to give it to you and aid you.

  • 01/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any-- Honestly unless you have a problem with saving money or not living in a dorm, then this is not the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not know what you want to do or where you want to go, why waste thousands going away to some college when you can take another year or two to decide where you want to earn your degree. Harper is a fabulous choice, but you need to work. The class sizes are smaller so teachers will, more often than not, mark attendance as at least 15% of your grade. The cafeteria has fabulous burgers and you would be insane not to take advantage of the $3 deal.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is $90 a credit hour if you are in district. The starter education is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people are a community. No cliques exist, which eliminate stereotypes and discrimination. I met many new friends as well as my boyfriend here. It's not the biggest school but it's big enough so if you want to fly under the radar you can.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are very knowledgeable about their subjects and I haven't had a problem so far contacting any of them. The professor will teach the class as opposed to a teacher's assistant and will demonstrate a desire to actually teach and accommodate the students learning abilities appropriately.

  • 04/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Whether you are a student that has their entire life planned out or you have no idea what you want to do with your life, Harper is for you. Since there are tons of general education classes available, a student can take a wide variety to get a feel for every area of study. Even if after a year that student still doesn't know what they want to do, they will at least have gotten required classes out of the way and at an affordable price. For students who know exactly where they want to be, there are some specifically designed classes that have a more narrow focus on a certain subject. This way, general education classes can be taken while taking other classes for a specific interest. Harper is a great school for everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. A lot of Harper students go to class, then go home immediately after. One day, when you have extra time, walk around campus and TRY to get lost. You may find a part of the campus that you really like and want to go to more often. Maybe you will find a nice, quiet hangout place to do homework. Check out the website and find a few clubs you think you would be interested in. Call the club advisors, and have them send you more information about their club and what they do. You may find one that you become really passionate about like I did with Environmental Club, or you could find even more you like. The fact is, if you get involved on campus, you will get a much more enjoyable experience out of Harper than if you just go to class and go right home.

    Bang for the buck

    No matter what anyone says, getting an education at Harper is just as valuable as an education at a university. The classes are the exact same level, and the same teaching. The only difference is that we are paying thousands less! Even though there is no on-campus housing, I still feel as if I have had a great college experience there just roaming around campus, discovering new places to get involved or just hang out. You still have to take care of yourself whether you go to a university or a community college. You have to get yourself there, sign up for your own classes, go to class, get good grades, and get help on your own. No one has held my hand going through my first two years; I have had to take care of myself. Harper is one of the top community colleges in the country, which is why we have such high enrollment. It is worth it to live at home. The thousands saved can make a huge difference.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Harper. Since my first day, I have felt so comfortable here. The campus buildings are very close together, and the campus itself it simply gorgeous. The Quad is a relaxing place to hang out in warm weather and just enjoy being outside between classes. I have made so many friends here, and these friendships are the type that will last forever. I have been in Environmental Club every semester, and just getting involved in one club has made such a difference. I am very involved in the club, trying to improve our campus' green initiative, and just having an all-around great time learning about the environment around us. Clubs, the fitness center, sports teams, and even the cafeteria are all great and comfortable places to meet new people and just get to know how great Harper is. I have always felt welcome here, as I know anyone else would.

    Am learning a lot

    I have had a lot of classes here at Harper where I have gotten great teaching from very valuable teachers. Most of the teachers are very devoted to their work and are available for students when they need help. It is hard when there are so many students at Harper, but these teachers are dedicated to their students' success and future. I have had some teachers that are not as great at teaching as some of the others, but they are still very caring and consider the students' futures as a high priority.

  • 08/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is perfect for students who doesn't have enough money to go to a university, and wanting to receive the same education level. Take advantage of the resources without spending more than you can afford.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know which college you want to attend in the future, know what is transferable. If not don't worry about it since you have to finish your gen ed classes anyway. Eventually you'll know where to go. Also if you don't understand something always ask questions. The teachers are there wanting to help the students. And competition between students are not strong so if you are focused and willing to learn you will earn that A.

    Bang for the buck

    This is probably one of the best deals you could find for tuition price. Especially if you are taking the same exact gen ed courses at different universities, why pay more. You could literally save thousands of dollars by going to Harper college, and learn the same materials. People take advantage of Harper all the time. Some students will end up coming to Harper realizing that the university they went to was not for them or simply because it was too expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus here. Of course you can't experience the dorm life and all the other good stuff, but the campus here is really nice. I like the environment and the diversity at this campus. I believe that this a great place to start off your college life. Not too intense like the universities, but at the same time different from the high school life. It's easy for me to get around the buildings and the teachers here are always willing to help. Overall I'm glad I chose Harper college.

    Am learning a lot

    Academic level is defenitely higher than people would think. You will pretty much learn the same thing as you would in any other places. For the price I'm paying I believe I am getting my money's worth. The teachers are nice and helpful, and the school environment makes it easier to study/learn. It's not as competitive as universities so, obviously you need to have the willingness to learn. If you have the willingness then you will succeed for sure

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is excellent

    Clubs and Activities

    Being involved in clubs here is the best way to meet new people and to have something to put on your resume.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely you will save a lot of money on tuition going to Harper.

    What to do for fun

    athletics, clubs, organizations

    Food and Dining

    Lots of places to eat near woodfield. Its only a 5-10 drive away.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are college level classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the ACT, finish high school, and apply

    In three sentences

    Harper College is one of the best community college out there that can help you prepare for a four year university or to save up for a four year university. Whether its a physical education associate or an engineering associate, Harper College provides the student with all of the necessary classes you will need in order to transfer. Harper also has numerous activities to be involved in as well as athletics. Professors can be challenging as with any college.

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    *come to class *do your homework *be prepared

    In three sentences

    harper college is a great place to study and meet new people. harper gives lots of of options to help students succeed in their career.this college has earned its respect because great programs and areas of studying it offers.

  • 02/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the school as their own police force (harper police) which as several foot officers that walk around campus to make sure nothing is wrong. there are also officers on bikes and in vehicles that monitor the campus just to keep an eye on everyone making sure nothing bad is happening.

    What to do for fun

    harper college does have sports and clubs that you can participate in. there are also events that the college host year round, like a harper idol which you can participate if you like.

    Food and Dining

    there are no meal plans if you attend harper. there are several cafe's throughout the entire campus which offer a variety of food and decent prices. if you like, you can bring your own food and eat it any where.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms here at this college. you will either be living at home or an apartment. for me it only takes 20 min to get to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    harper college does offer higher level courses like physics, calculus, etc. as long as you are attending classes, and studying hard, you should do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    study very hard and put a lot of effort into your studies. the grades you receive from this college (or any community college) is what universities are going to be looking at when you are going to transfer.

    In three sentences

    harper college is one of the best community colleges you can attend. if you aren't sure what you want to major in, this is a good school to get your general education requirements before you transfer over to another university. this is my second year of attending harper college, and i'm glad that i came to this school.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    phi theta kappa honor society, but no real greek life is offered.

    Clubs and Activities

    i'm not involved in any but if that's what you're looking for, they are definitely available.

    Great for these types of students

    - those who can't afford paying for a 4 year university right away - those who wish to stay close to home - those only seeking an associate's degree - those looking to earn some general ed credit before they transfer

    Bang for the buck

    definitely worth it for those looking to save a huge amount of money.

    What to do for fun

    join a club, participate in school activities, not much else.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall actually has really good food, but rather expensive. there are also vending machines all throughout the buildings.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms at harper since it's only a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    academic workload is bearable, depending on how many classes you take. sometimes it's a lot of howework but definitely manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure all the classes you take will forsure transfer over to the school you'll be transferring to.

    In three sentences

    smart way to save money. good for those unsure of their future academic plans. good for students not ready to leave for a 4 year institution.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    lots of clubs and activities to choose from.

    Bang for the buck

    classes at harper are much cheaper then most 4-year universitys.

    Food and Dining

    harper has multiple cafes' and vending machines. it also has some restraunts nearby.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    many of the teachers are caring and willing to work with you, so you can pass the classes. some teachers even give extra credit in classes for going to the tutoring/test review center.

    Tips for prospective students

    get an associate degree at harper first, then transfer to a 4-year college. it'll help you save money and meet people here.

    In three sentences

    harper college has many types of classes for multiple majors. it has a lot of caring teachers and smaller class size then many public 4-year universitys. it's also a lot less expensive, which is good for any college student.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    11 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Harper is a very safe college due to the fact that they have a police squad on campus all day long. Whether their walking, driving or even bicycling; there is always someone there to help you.

    Bang for the buck

    one word; affordable :)

    What to do for fun

    Harper offers over 30 student organizations so there is a very high chance of you finding something that you are interested in, but if you don't find anything that interests you, you could just start your own club that is as easy as 1,2,3. Harper also has a bunch of sports and intramural sports that you could join as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Harper is really good from what I have had there so far. I usually go for a nice sandwich with lots of Italian lunch meat and chips which always hits the spot.

    Dorm Life

    Harper college doesn't offer dorms due to the fact that it is only a 2 year college.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say that for the most part, the classes at Harper could be easily compared to classes at other universities and the academic rigor would be almost exactly the same. Just because Harper is a community college doesn't make it a good school, it actually makes it a great school having some of the best professors teaching the subjects that they know and love the most.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on your studies and really enjoy going to school by getting involved in some of the 30 student organizations that Harper has to offer all of their students. Getting involved is a great way to meet new people and to really get the full experience out of your 2 years at Harper.

    In three sentences

    Harper college is an amazing college due to the fact that it has that real campus feeling that most community colleges don't have. It is also affordable which is a huge plus because you get the opportunity to get a great education without breaking the bank. Harper College also has such a welcoming feel, and even though most people think that community colleges are so small and feel like mini high schools, Harper college would prove them wrong with having about 24 buildings on campus suiting everyone's needs and giving you a great education.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are campus police and nothing ever happens at harper it very safe for anyone

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of clubs there is a lot to do with these groups

    Bang for the buck

    if you do it right they will grant you with a good amount of money but if they dont help they will just rip you off for your money

    What to do for fun

    if i had a good paying job and some money i would be able to have some fun but there is pool tables computers everywhere and the gym and pool area

    Food and Dining

    the cafe is very nice its like a regular resturaunt pressed sandwiches boritoes bar salades meat station etc. it is very nice i like it

    Dorm Life

    i live with my parents for now

    Academic Rigor

    i have had to bust my hump in order for me to finish no one helps as far as telling you how to finish harper

    Tips for prospective students

    choose carefully when going to harper make sure the classes are the good ones and make sure you dont end up with the bad teachers and the best of luck to any one who wants to go to harper college

    In three sentences

    the art dept. is the best with the teachers at harper college. i have had the strangest and most difficult time going to college. i wish i had more luck as to getting fin aid and getting money to finish school.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    pick a program and stick to it!

    In three sentences

    i love the location and building layout. i enjoy the program i am in currently. the people and professors are very helpful and educated.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 76

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there are plenty of places nearby for fun. movie theaters, one of the nation's best malls, etc.

    Food and Dining

    quite a few cafes scattered through the campus. many offer hot food at lunch time so you do not have to trek across campus to the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    this is a community college and is not extremely challenging. you may meet instructors who seem tougher but they really there to better prepare you for a university.

    Tips for prospective students

    have fun. take advantage of the assistance facilities like the writing lab and tutoring center.

    In three sentences

    tuition rates are rising. but that comes with offering better professors than some of the other local community colleges.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    some but not alot 2 year college

    What to do for fun

    its so much but i dont have the time

    Tips for prospective students

    be open minded about you future

    In three sentences

    staff is wonderful and professor take out extra time to help

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cops roam the streets.

    Greek Life

    No clue.

    Clubs and Activities

    Drama, chess, so on.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that come to school to learn not to socialize.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Harper has two mini lakes.

    Bang for the buck

    You learn new things if you attend class

    What to do for fun

    Many teams and organizations at Harper.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food at the cafetiere.

    Dorm Life

    Has no dorm rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Can be easy at time if you pay attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and you will get a pretty good grade.

    In three sentences

    It's is a big school and most kids are here just to learn but the teachers are friendly, willing to help, and know there stuff.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 76

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are so many organizations and groups to join to make your college experience better and to meet alot of new and interesting people.

    Food and Dining

    Tasty and variety of foods. Al carte and very reasonable prices.

    Dorm Life

    No dorming here.

    Academic Rigor

    How well you do in college is absolutely up to you . There is no one babysitting you to get your work done or to go to class. Your teachers will clearly state that to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just because Harper College is a community college, you will be treated the same and feel just as important as if yoiu were at a University.

    In three sentences

    Harper has a very friendly staff that are truely helpful and have a passion for what they do. They are very inspiring people. They also have flexible class times to work with your busy schedule.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always campus police around literally every part of the campus, so the feeling of being safe is a guarantee.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any kind of person to attend, no matter what age.

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent way to save your money when it comes to tuition price! Compared to friends who all went away to colleges and universities, I've saved more than half of what they had to pay for the year.

    What to do for fun

    Sports are always available to anyone who would like to participate. Also there are numerous amounts of clubs that at least one would interest anyone.

    Food and Dining

    Variety of food is always available in the main cafeteria. There is also multiple cafes with great snacks. There are also many restaurants around the area as well outside of campus, especially with Woodfield mall being 10 minutes away.

    Dorm Life

    Great location for a Chicago suburb.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers really know what they are doing. Most of the time they are always willing to stay after and talk to a student if they request to be talked to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the opportunity of receiving help from tutors within the campus. They're always helpful, and will answer questions for you so you won't fall behind in your courses.

    In three sentences

    Harper is a beautiful campus, especially being located in the suburban area where I've grown up in. This school has given me a second chance and opportunity to try and succeed for a future. For being a community college the resources offered are outstanding from tutors, to the library selections, to even their school activities.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Along with campus police all over campus, there are call towers everywhere as well.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Great for these types of students

    Harper is great for students who are looking to save some money on their first two years of school. It is also a great place for students who are unsure of what they want to do in their future. Aside from out of high school students, Harper is an ideal place for adults to come back to school and receive their diploma as well. The nursing program at Harper is one of the best, therefor, nursing students find it to be ideal also.

    Bang for the buck

    For the great academics and the University level classes, Harper gives you your money's worth, without a doubt.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of clubs and events at Harper. In the past semester alone, we have a ton of interesting speakers come as well, ranging from Olympians to Holocaust survivors. There are also variety shows, sporting events, and rallies that go on almost every day.

    Food and Dining

    Across campus, Harper's cafeterias have a wide variety of different food selections, ranging from soups and chili, to the most delicious paninis. All the buildings have small quick stops and vending machines as well. There is no reason why anyone should be hungry at school with everything Harper offers.

    Dorm Life

    Harper is a community college and does not offer on campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are passionate about what they teach. Paying attention during lecture and taking notes is key to understanding the concepts. Almost all classes are at a University level, so it isn't like a typical junior college.

    Tips for prospective students

    The professors at Harper work with you, in order to make sure you succeed. Communication with your professors is vital to achieve your academic goals. Also, take advantage of all the help they are willing to give, whether it be online, study guides, or help labs.

    In three sentences

    Harper college is a wonderful school for anyone looking to further their own personal education. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of their students. Students are really allowed to express themselves in whichever way they may please, and are encouraged to be the best person they can be.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never seen the need for security first hand, but campus security is always walking around or driving around campus.

    Greek Life

    I think the only Greek life is Phi Theta Kappa. PTK is a co-ed honors fraternity that is nationally recognized.

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus activities board is always posting information about clubs and activities that are going on. There seems to be a club for any interest and there is always something going on.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone trying to save some money before heading off to a four year school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    V Building. It used to be the on-campus greenhouse, but now its a tiny building with only 3 classrooms that no ones ever heard of unless you've had a class there.

    Bang for the buck

    Quality education (for a certificate or gen-eds) for only $55 a credit hour (in-district). The financial aid office is really helpful, too if you qualify. You can't ask for much more.

    What to do for fun

    Harper offers a lot of extra curricular activities, after school seminars, all day events, and shows that are discounted to students.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is actually pretty good and all the food is prepared by the culinary students (they only serve the A work). There are small cafes all over campus that make finding a quick snack that doesn't come from a vending machine really easy.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors will push for your best work and they will push hard, but you'll grow because of it and this helps find what your strengths are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't treat college (community college or a four-year) like an extension of high school; it's not. Be prepared to be treated like the adult you claim to be and start with your best foot forward. By taking college seriously, (yes, even community college) you have a better chance at enjoying your time spent there and getting decent grades.

    In three sentences

    Harper is really quite good for a community college. Most of the professors have real world experience and are more than willing to help students is any aspect of their academic career and goals. Campus is beautiful, tuition is reasonable, and the education is top notch.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Harper has a full police building with lots of friendly officers that take their job seriously and makes it a main priority to keep the campus safe.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost for attending school here is very reasonable and affordable. They are always thinking of ways to keep it affordable while also making sure you are staying interested with fun campus activities. Its the best investment I've ever made!

    What to do for fun

    Harper College is five minutes away from some of Chicago's' biggest attractions. Wood-field Mall, which is one of the largest malls in the country, is only a few minutes away. The movie theater and lots of other shopping centers is also right around the area. For the most part, people on campus are very friendly so making friends and having fun with them should never be a problem.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great! There is something freshly cooked every day at a pretty reasonable price. There are about five cafeterias and plenty vending machines all around campus so picking up a good snack is always very convenient

    Dorm Life

    Harper doesn't have dorms but there are a lot of apartments very close in range.

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part, the staff at Harper College is very great and their way of teaching is even better. Even if you don't agree with the teachers style of teaching, there are great free tutoring centers where you can actually get one on one help.

    Tips for prospective students

    If I could give tips to any prospective student, it would be to simply make the most out it. There is so much the school has to offer and so much to get involved in. There are countless numbers of clubs and always some type of activity going on. Just stay focused, get involved and you'll will be sure to enjoy your time here.

    In three sentences

    Harper College is a very diverse school that is great on helping students succeed in what ever it is they're trying to accomplish. They have great staff and plenty of free tutoring centers. If you're looking for a great affordable college education, Harper is the place to go!

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are social, and are looking for new friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best place to be at AHrper is to be either at Avante or Building A they have gorgeous views and its very energetic there.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you could go explore restaurants around the area, there are great restaurants less than 5 minutes away, and Woodfield Mall is less than 10 minutes away. there is also a nice lake to go sit and enjoy the nice weather.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to attend Harper, check rate my professor to make sure you get a good professor.

    In three sentences

    I think Harper College is a good school, classes feel rather easy, it almost feels like high school but with more freedom. The people there a good and there are many classes to choose from

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Regular 4 year university tuition

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and Activities are always a bundle of joy while on campus. But even getting a job on campus can be very fun and entertaining at the same time!

    Food and Dining

    Harper has a couple of remote Cafe's around the campus, but the food is always fresh and delicious! Just not to much of it.

    Dorm Life

    Because it is a two year community college, there is really no Dorm Life.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending upon the type of student you are and your learning habits, Harper has learning resources to back you up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students! Always remember to have fun no matter what. College is just like highschool, and before you know it, its already your senior year. Remember to get involved in anything that interest you and keep an open mind and a warm heart for the people around you!

    In three sentences

    Harper has an outstanding academic program. There are a bunch of clubs and activities to get involved in. The atmosphere here is that of a similar 4 year university.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Amazing there is no where you can go and not find yourself safe there is cops and people on duty at all times!

    Clubs and Activities

    Track and Field, Powder puff, Basket ball, they dance clubs art clubs , you name it they have it at Harper.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are laid back and like a really team oriented school that has a lot of activities for every like and passion you might have.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The halla ballu that happens every year where all the students get together and get free food and introduce the school and the activities offered at Harper College.

    Bang for the buck

    Harper College has this event that they host in whats called the Quad at the beginning of the year where the activities and they are really focused on the students and what each of us needs to do to obtain our degree and transferring.

    What to do for fun

    There are a million clubs to join and a super variety of sports that are available. I run on the track and field team and I have plenty to do.

    Food and Dining

    AMAZING!!!!!!! The cafeteria has different selections and specials everyday. The sandwiches will blow your mind. There is a salad bar and fresh fruit everyday. My favorite is there specialty chili,; it is to die for.

    Dorm Life

    At this particular college they do not have dorms; it is a 2 year.

    Academic Rigor

    The amount of work solely depends on how many credits you plan on taking in each semester, and how much the teacher provides

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are really dedicated to your classes and devoted studying because the fun stuff can wait your education cannot!

    In three sentences

    Harper College really understands and values the student activities that take place on campus. Counselors are more than prepared to help you with finding a university to attend after your two year at Harper. Lastly the tutoring center does a phenomenal job with helping students and being available to students in need which is very helpful for me as an attending student.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa is a grea.t organization especially for transfer scholarships

    Clubs and Activities

    Awesome people and fun.

    What to do for fun

    Student activities

    Food and Dining

    great food and cafe's

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on what you take and how full a class will fill up and how quick it fills up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in touch with your academic advisor!

    In three sentences

    I love Harper college staff and student activities. I think Harper is a fantastic school to attend!

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Friendly police officers on campus. Always there if you need help.

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa is great for transfer students because you will get a scholarship at your transfer school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 40 clubs and organizations that you can join at Harper, or even create one with your friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone that is motivated to be someone in life. If you have no motivation, you have nothing!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Love the fact that all buildings are connected, so if it is raining, you won't get wet :) Also, Harper has jobs for students; everyone is so understanding of your schedule and flexible! Couldn't think of a better job while in college!

    Bang for the buck

    If you want to save money, than for sure come to Harper! Do the math... see how much you will save Harper = ($106.50) * (credit hours for gen. ed. classes) 4 year Univ. = ($ per credit hour) * (credit hours for gen. ed. classes)

    What to do for fun

    Over 40 clubs and organizations that you can join at Harper, or even create one with your friends. Harper has varieties of sports as well, but no football. Also, awesome lounge areas to just sit and relax before classes.

    Food and Dining

    Woodfield Mall is very close to Harper, so there is a lot of good places to eat at. Also, the main cafeteria at Harper, Building A, has great paninis!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Harper. You can rent an apartment or live with parents.

    Academic Rigor

    Every teacher that I had, made sure that they gave all of the information you need in order to succeed in class and in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to every class, even if attendance is not mandatory, you want to make sure that you get all of the information. Teachers at Harper are great; many work part-time so they bring a lot of outside experience into class. Also, make sure you use all free resources such as the writing center, math tutoring, success services, etc.

    In three sentences

    I am very happy that I decided to do my general education courses here at Harper. During hard economical times like now, Harper is the best decision. I saved so much money :)

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe :)

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything under the sun! The students involved as well as the faculty advisers are very enthusiastic, energetic, and open-minded.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated and willing to do everything they can to further their education and improve themselves as well as the community around Harper!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't really know of any unusual traditions, but building D is most definitely worth the title unusual location. It is a very strangely organized building.

    Bang for the buck

    Every student gets $50 of printing money each semester. Also, there are a lot of research opportunities so that's great too!

    What to do for fun

    Lots of student activities, clubs and organizations. Lots of campus-wide events and activities also!

    Food and Dining

    Yummy, healthy, and affordable!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms, as this is a community college, but the area/campus is very very nice

    Academic Rigor

    the honors program classes is awesome!

    Tips for prospective students

    do your own research a bit before you go in to see a counselor!

    In three sentences

    So many opportunities. Extremely friendly and helpful people. Life-changing volunteer and club events.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great security system.

    Clubs and Activities

    It has the Latinos Unidos Club.

    Great for these types of students

    Harper has a flexible class schedule hours.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Harper College does many festivals like carnivals to motivate their students giving free items, fun, music DJ's and more.

    What to do for fun

    Harper College have different sports. It also has a play room center with pool, videogames and more.

    Tips for prospective students

    The college classes are not easy, but keeping track of good work helps you a lot.

    In three sentences

    This college uses the best updated technology. It has great professional staff. The Harper College system is easy to follow.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    29 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Its GREAT! Woodfield mall is right near by. Woodfield MAll is the biggest retail mall in the world ( most stores in one mall). So there are a lot of great restaurant choices around to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life which affects the way the students connect. It does not all together make everything die. There are many ways to get invovled and pluged in so that you can meet other students!

    Academic Rigor

    This school is not at the top of the charts or anything, but it is definitely a school that will prepare you to move on to something bigger and greater yet to come.

    In three sentences

    Harper is very welcoming to new students. They have your best interest in mind and take into consideration where life will take you in the future. The school is well at letting you know what you need to do to further yourself to your career choice in the future.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is excellent

    Greek Life

    no Greek lIfe

    Clubs and Activities

    athletics, clubs, organizations

    Great for these types of students

    Harper is great for all kinds of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In summer & Fall we sit by the beautiful lake and just hang out with friends .

    Bang for the buck

    I love Harper , I am so glad I stayed home a least half of my friends came home from university they where attending.

    What to do for fun

    I went to H.S. with a big group of kids that are Harper with me. We try to all hangout together when we do not have class .

    Food and Dining

    Food is always fresh Dining area is very clean. You can get in your car and go to different places everything is about minutes away .

    Dorm Life

    There is no Dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    Most of us are told that go to a community college and complete your 2 years cheaper and transfer to a 4 year. I wish Harper becomes a 4 year before I'm done. I love not only the campus but the teachers I've had.

    Tips for prospective students

    Counselors are really helpful too. At least for me they were. So don't be shy to talk to them! They are really good with helping out for transfer students.

    In three sentences

    I couldn't have asked for a better experience at college.I am glad I went here before going to a actual university. I saved so much money and have very little debt now.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police department keeps it very safe, no problems in years!

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa is a great organization and great place to find scholarships and be involved in community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs to support all types of groups.

    Great for these types of students

    general study students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    near the computor labs very quite

    Bang for the buck

    Less expensive than a 4 year institute

    What to do for fun

    Student Activities, pool game room, club activities.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome

    Dorm Life

    none

    Academic Rigor

    Very well taught. Convenient schedules and lots of class times to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the school and get involved with as much as you can with student activities.

    In three sentences

    I love this school, the people and faculty are excellent! Great tuition rates. Lots to do on campus!

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 76

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of events at Harper and some of them are free.

    Food and Dining

    There are is one cafeteria with a lot of options.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes that you take. Science classes are obviously hard while some English classes may be easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a great school to get some general education classes out of the way and pay a cheaper price for them.

    In three sentences

    Harper College has so many free services for students to use such as the Tutoring Center and Success Services. There are so many people willing to help students improve in school and achieve their goals. The teacher are great and have time to spend extra hours with students.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food and dining services at Harper College is your typical mini buffet . It has anything your heart desires. As for me I'm more of a heart healthy eater. I prefer the typical salad, with fruits and vegetables. But, overall it isn't bad when your desperate for satisfying your taste buds .

    Dorm Life

    NO DORM LIFE :/ Having a dormitory would make the school even better. Its not fun having to come home after your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Harper College are manageable. The classes at Harper College are taught by some very intelligent professors and teachers, especially how they love what they do. As far as academic rigors go , the classes are the same as a university. Just because your attending a community college doesn't mean your not getting the same education as if it was for a student who attended a 4 year university. You actually are saving a ton of money before transferring to the school of your choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend Harper College focusing on your studies and opportunities. Keep yourself active and sophisticated. Meet new people and enjoy the short couple years you have there, before attending a university of your choice.

    In three sentences

    If you want to attend a school that saves you a load of money without putting you in high debt, then i highly recommend attending Harper College. Also, It's a great transitional school for graduating high school seniors who aren't sure they are ready to leave home for a big university. Also Harper College is great for having a campus that actually feels like one, unlike your typical community colleges.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a police building on campus and they're often seen driving around the parking lots and walking through buildings and around campus.

    Greek Life

    Harper has no frats or sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    At the beginning of the school year there is a week where the clubs and activities all set up booths in the main quad, go to this! You will be able to sign up for clubs you're interested in and don't be afraid to sign up for a ton. You'll get emails where they will tell you when meeting are and if you don't like the club it's easy to opt out of emails. It's the best way to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    Harper has a cafeteria which is set up like a food court with a sandwich station, soup and salad bar, snack table and several other options. There are also smaller cafes scattered over campus which sell pizza, snacks, drinks, etc. The food is pretty good and everything is kept very clean.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms at Harper, but there are apartment complexes very close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There are easy and more challenging classes, but the professors I've had so far are highly knowledgeable and want you to do well. I'd recommend using ratemyprofessor.com before signing up for classes in order to find the best teachers. What you get out of the classes depends on how much effort you put toward homework and attending lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become active on campus. Since there aren't any dorms meeting people and making new friends is centered around clubs and sports.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always Harper College Police on patrol in the parking lot and in campus buildings. They make sure people do not speed in the parking lots and drive ways.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities to join at Harper College whether it be a sports team, religious club, or even charity organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a challenge at a community college should definitely look into Harper College.

    Bang for the buck

    You get very good education for a very good price.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs and organizations to join at Harper College. If students do not want to commit to a club then they can do other activities. I usually go to open gym and play pick up games with other students. That way I am able to meet new people. In addition, I workout at their fitness, which is one way for me to relieve stress from all the schoolwork.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty nice foods, but a little bit overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms at this college. Everyone commutes.

    Academic Rigor

    Like all colleges and universities, it is challenging. However, if we are willing to do other best and ask for help, it will be no problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    I definitely recommend Harper College because it's affordable and will prepare you for a 4-year institution later on. Harper College is like any other colleges and universities. Always stay on top of your game because classes are challenging, but at the same time very enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    The classes are small, which is very beneficial for students. A classroom setting allows students to form a relationship with the students, which allows the students to feel comfortable to approach the professor. Overall, I love the school because they offer great education with great professors.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Lots of our own Harper police

    Bang for the buck

    very helpful and good way to start.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go to the coffee shop in building a, go to the mall.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of small cafes all over campus, as well as many restaurants close by.

    Dorm Life

    not aplicable

    Academic Rigor

    Sometimes stressful but lots of options for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply!

    In three sentences

    Very reasonable priced. Helpful staff everywhere. Lots of options to get you started with a degree for anything, as well as very versatile.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety on campus is very important. Officers are on campus at all times. Very safe school.

    Greek Life

    There is one greek life and it's for honors.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs and activities for all kinds of students.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who don't know what they want to major in yet. Great for students who don't have much money. Also great for students who didn't do well in high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The quad is for smokers unfortunately.

    Bang for the buck

    Reasonably priced for the education.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can watch TV in the lounge or play pool. Socializing is great in the lounge.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good and it is reasonably priced.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms but there are apartments close by.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically one of the best community colleges in Illinois.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you what professors you have before signing up because you never if that professor is the right one for you.

    In three sentences

    A very good school. Although it's a community college it is very academically rigorous. Faculty are there to make sure that you succeed.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No incidents. No stealing. No...Well, I don't know, I don't deal with crime. I can,however, assure, that I sleep sound and safe, and I have no present (even future?) concerns about the safety on the campus. P.S. The police is friendly here. I guess.

    Greek Life

    Honestly, I think I've never heard that term before. What does it mean/describe?

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of interesting clubs and organizations. Just check out the clubs and organizations section on the official site.

    Great for these types of students

    Aspiring students who just don't have the money to go to a more prestigious place. Or, people who don't know what do they want to do with their lives just yet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't noticed any.

    Bang for the buck

    Perfect. You learn-you get your credits. Almost free, if compared to other institutions that are available in IL.

    What to do for fun

    Personally, I find fun studying or going to the musical room or researching stuff at the library. There is a game floor, 3d floor in building A, which provides such entertaining activities as air-hockey, chess, and more. A lot of people also play card games, there are nice tables that look like they were set up perfectly for that (A statement which card gamers would look at sceptically-does it matter, the table?).

    Food and Dining

    That is the only area that upsets me: there isn't much of a choice between foods and most of the foods aren't healthy a bit. Each day you can get something new, but the foods are of the type of fries, pizza, hot-dogs, burgers, sandwiches, and etc. Not a sufficient diet. There are salads available, but that does not dominate the food system. I guess there is a positive side--surely can't die from hunger.

    Dorm Life

    I gave such a low rating for a simple reason--there are no dorms in Harper College. It is a local (community) college, and the majority of students aren't from far away. If you plan to enter Harper College as a student from a different state, there are opportunities for renting an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't hard, but you do need to study (At least, that is beneficial, and if you want to truly understand the deal of the course, not just get a letter grade in the transcript). For the most part, I like the material and the way/s it is presented.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your studies seriously and plan your courses relevant to your major; yet, also take a few courses that are interesting to you, even if they are outside of your major.

    In three sentences

    It is fun. It is enjoyable. I, personally, love it!

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Undecided or low income students.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs or sports.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good in their cafeterias yet a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms, it's a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Very well trained teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Blackboard is a great way to keep up with your studies.

    In three sentences

    Harper College meets the needs of the students. It is very affordable. The professors are very well trained.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is quite safe, the police and security patrol the area frequently.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many many clubs, organizations and activities at Harper college. They are interesting and many get very involved!

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for anyone!

    What to do for fun

    It is a community college once again, so there isn't much to do on campus besides the variety of clubs and organizations they have to offer. Woodfield mall and the streets of woodfield are nearby which is always fun to be at.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good to be honest. I haven't eaten every choice they have, but they do have a nice variety of options; the food is tasty too!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Harper this is a community college, it is a commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    Just because it is a community college it doesn't mean it's any easier than a 4 year school. They will challenge you, but it is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused, and explore your options with classes.

    In three sentences

    Harper college is a wonderful community college, and college in general. The staff here is incredible and I am so lucky to have had some amazing and helpful teachers in my past five semesters. This college is a great school and has many career opportunities and resources for a variety of interests and needs.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Does have many vending machine and dining areas in each building.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the professors have been teaching for many years, and they have real world experience in whatever subject they are teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Leave plenty of time to get to class. Use the writing lab and the library assistant. Ask your professors for help when you need it. If you plan on transfering, meet with a transfer counselor.

    In three sentences

    Great community college. Offers many different programs and classes depending what you wish to study.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There will always be police officers patrolling the campus, so students do not have to worry about their safety and can focus on studying.

    Clubs and Activities

    They offer many clubs and organizations. Some of them involve graphic arts, fashion, language, speech, religion, book, etc.... Most of them do not cost money. They also have many one time activities and events that any one can participate.

    Great for these types of students

    I work part time but this college is recommended for both part time workers and full time worker. Harper has early classes and night classes, so students can study and work without any conflicts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two lakes by the campus, so drivers might have to look out are there any goose on the street, especially when it is foggy.

    Bang for the buck

    Harper is a community college, so students can save a lot of money compared to going to public or private colleges. Many students get associate, certificate, or head start on bachelor before transferring to another colleges.

    What to do for fun

    Harper has Student Activities area, where students can play pool, use internet, chat, eat, etc..... They also offer many activities and events, especially on holiday seasons.

    Food and Dining

    I think food quality is great and pretty affordable. I always have their soup. But, students might want to bring their own lunch, if they want to save money. Menu and soup changes daily.

    Dorm Life

    Harper does not offer dorm, but students can live in nearby apartments that is 3-5 min walking distance. Transportation are required for majority of students. They also offer a bus.

    Academic Rigor

    I just got 3.7 for first semester's GPA. Harper offers countless majors and counselors will support students' progress. They have many classes which are taught by many professionals. Majority of the teachers can be contacted by their e-mail, or in certain time in office. Library and computer labs offer a great space for studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want/have to save money, this is the place!!! Many students go here to get associate, certificate, or head start on bachelor before transferring to different college. This way, you can save a lot of money. I reccomend you to study at library, they offer a great space for you to study. You also gonna meet many people, who are from many different places!

    In three sentences

    Harper College is a community college that has huge parking lots, many classes for many majors, early classes and night classes for part time or full time workers, nice teachers who support students, and great food with affordable price. I work part time but this college is recommended for both part time workers and full time worker. Harper has early classes and night classes, so students can study and work without any conflicts.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 76

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Meet friends, stay home and work to save money

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms...

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the free tutoring services and academic advising.

    In three sentences

    Harper is a great community college. It does a great job on trying to help their students succeed and does its best to provide aid to students. It focuses on getting students where they want to be.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Harper has there own police force from the Palatine Police Department.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports at Harper are fun to watch and be apart of, so if you are thinking about doing a sport just do it because you will meet a lot of good people as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Students wanting to get a good education, students that want to meet some new people, students that want to save money, or students that want to go back to college

    Bang for the buck

    One semester is on average 2000 dollars getting the same amount of credits hours at a normal 4 year college.

    What to do for fun

    Sports and other activity's

    Food and Dining

    From what I had at the main cafeteria the food is pretty good, but it is very pricey.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the teacher because some teachers give more homework and exams than other teachers do, but with that being said every teacher still gives homework and exams, so it is still difficult

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a sport and talk to older students for the best overall teachers.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 76

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of clubs to join, the students are friendly to talk to.

    Food and Dining

    I have not tried the food.

    Dorm Life

    no dorm life, it is a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    While working and attending Harper College, i'll say that it could get hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Harper College is not like High School.

    In three sentences

    Harper College is a affordable community college. Harper college is close to my house and job. Harper College had a good vibe.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 76

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Again, its a community college so there's not much. You can join clubs, hang out, or go out.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of vending machines and good amounts of cafes all over campus. The food is ok and a bit over priced but what more do you expect from a community college.

    Dorm Life

    Harper doesn't offer dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Its all about effort and the more you try the more you will succeed. Choose the classes and teachers that suit your needs the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    When people bash on community colleges. don't listen to them. Its your choice completely and its an excellent way of saving over $20000 in the two years you're there.

    In three sentences

    Harper is a good pit stop for anyone intending to transfer to a university in the future. It offers many different courses for different fields of work and you save a substantial amount of money while studying here over a 4 year university. The educational resources offered here are also very well organized and very helpful.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always police roaming around campus. There is a police building on campus.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Great for these types of students

    Older students going back to school, or students who only want a 2 year degree.

    Bang for the buck

    Harper College is the best way to get your 2 year degree for the cheapest amount.

    What to do for fun

    They always have different events going on.

    Food and Dining

    There is a small cafeteria in one of the buildings and a couple small snack shops throughout the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is really no dorm life. Most people live at home who go here.

    Academic Rigor

    Even though it is a community college, the professors expect nothing but the best work from you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything the school has to offer. The library, clubs, activities, sports, events...

    In three sentences

    This is a 2-year community college in Palatine, Illinois. The classes are usually very small and you get lots of help and attention from the teachers. The campus is beautiful and big, even though it is a community college.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are very present and none of the students seem to be involved in anything iffy.

    Greek Life

    There's a couple sororities, I think. they aren't very prominent though.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very good. The people there are very friendly and open to new members.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to learn and not really there for the social aspect.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cultural events (ie. German week, etc)

    Bang for the buck

    It's a really pretty campus.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club or participate in the activities the clubs plan.

    Food and Dining

    They have food though mostly stuff you could find in a vending machine.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. It's a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I've taken haven't been as hard as they could have been. The teachers make it easier than it might otherwise be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check for scholarships, there always seems to be a bunch left over. And get involved, a lot of the clubs do a bunch of really cool things and it's pretty much the only way to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are good and the classes are interesting usually. There aren't a whole lot of people who stick around when they don't have a class so it isn't very social. There are a lot of great opportunities if you know what you want to do.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    49 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is cheap! Another reason why it's great to start your college degree here!

    Food and Dining

    They have a cafeteria and two smaller satellites. The food is average.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    For a community college where most of the students are also working full-time, I would say this school gives a challenging amount of coursework. Professors expect professionalism and motivation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class! Also, prepare for you tests and if you need help take advantage of office hours and help centers on campus.

    In three sentences

    Harper is a great starting point for any college career. The professors want the students to succeed. I would say the only con is that the school allows students to not get involved with the campus.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is very safe. There are police around constantly and they are very friendly and easy to talk to if you have a problem or need assistance.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students! From students who are fresh out of high school to working adults, Harper College offers programs that are flexible enough to fit just about everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    The prices are incredibly cheap compared to four year universities. I have been able to pay for my classes completely and will not have to pay back any student loans. Knowing my finances are covered and I don't have to pay anything in the future is very much a relief.

    Food and Dining

    There are several cafes spread out around the campus. The food is pretty good, and will satisfy you if you have to wait at the campus for a few hours between classes. There are also vending machines filled with drinks and snacks if you want to grab something quick.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Harper because it is only a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Harper offers a wide variety of classes with very knowledgeable professors. I have taken courses ranging from math and physics to philosophy and psychology, and all of my teachers know exactly what they are talking about and are very knowledgeable. You will definitely feel like you learned something after taking courses here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes as early as possible and make sure your credits transfer to the university of your choice.

    In three sentences

    Harper College is a great community college for students of all different types. Knowledgeable teachers and a variety of class have made the experience enjoyable. The low tuition prices also lower the stress of trying to find a way to pay for school.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    51 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    As described above, Harper is a great choice for those who are not willing to pay exuberant amounts of money in order to attend larger schools.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club. Harper offers a wide variety of clubs and organizations, including clubs such as Think Tank, where modern philosophical issues are discussed and debated, or Buddhist Interest Group just to name a few options. Can't find a club that sounds appealing? Create your own! With the permission of the Clubs/Organizations Head, it is possible to construct a new, official organization on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is offered at several locations on campus: the cafeteria in A building, various food courts around the main level, such as those in the Avanté building and the far north corner of the L building.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses at Harper are challenging, especially the higher-level courses, such as those associated with the STEM area of career fields (i.e., Science Technology Engineering Mathematics). Students will be pushed to see how far they can expand their knowledge, but, at the same time, the workload is not at all unmanageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's simple: Attend Harper for two years. The educational experience at Harper College is the same, if not better, as the experience one would have at a university; however, more funding would be required in order to attend the latter. In other words, Harper is the frugal option when comparing other schools; students get the same education for a far lower price.

    In three sentences

    Harper College is an active site for advanced learning and maturing. Students are challenged in order to prepare them for their future endeavors beyond Harper, where they can excel as a result of their exceptional experiences. Harper is a worthwhile investment and a great way to save money versus going to a four-year university for two additional years (i.e., a student's freshman and sophomore years).

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    52 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Cheap classes and can be transferred to almost all universities.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs!

    Food and Dining

    Food is great! Try the Panini!

    Dorm Life

    None

    Academic Rigor

    It can get hard, specially at honors level. If you're use to it then it wont be that bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do you're homework specially if you're a science or engineer student and don't overwhelm yourself.

    In three sentences

    Harper is a great school full of teachers who are passionate, and love to teach. At least that's the experience I've had so far, and classes are very cheap compare to other places. Also, they have a great transfer-friendly program that even Northwestern accepts, and a top community college in the country.

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking to save money or people that aren't really sure what they're doing yet.

    Bang for the buck

    Great way to save money if you plan on transfering.

    What to do for fun

    Student lounge has billiard tables and relatively decent WiFi access.

    Food and Dining

    Well placed cafes around campus, but neither good nor bad quality.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be very difficult while others can be very easy. It depends on the teachers and the major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and apply early.

    In three sentences

    Excellent for transfer opportunities. Great quality for a junior college. Superb faculty and professors.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    54 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Environmental and Biology club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A building, use uit.

    Bang for the buck

    Such great tuition rates!

    What to do for fun

    Join a club!

    Food and Dining

    They have great vegetarian options, but they need reusable or decomposable food wear.

    Academic Rigor

    Harper is thorough and the professors are great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your professor and get to know them!

    In three sentences

    Harper is amazing, the faculty is insightful and caring. Without Harper I would have never met my Biology professor who has become my mentor and gives me hope for the future in environmental science and I would have never study abroad in Costa Rica. Plus, they are so inexpensive that I didn't have to apply for a bunch of scholarships like I do now.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    55 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    Bang for the buck

    What is that?

    What to do for fun

    On the third floor of A building there are pool tables to occupy you.

    Food and Dining

    It could use more options of food.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Harper.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework, attend classes, and get involved!

    In three sentences

    It is an 8 out of a 10. There are not many sports teams here which is why I gave it an 8 rather than a 9 or 10. Everyone is really helpful.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    56 of 76

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    GET INVOLVED. Its no fun just going to school to get through it, meet new people, join clubs, and take risks.

    Food and Dining

    There are vending machines all over the place with beverages, snacks, and coffee, but their dining areas all offer something delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Since Harper is a community college, they offer no Dorm Life, but they are in the progress of purchasing housing and becoming a 4 year school.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the teacher you have, the academic rigor will vary. Some teachers are an easy A while some are an almost impossible A. Just like any other school, you get what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check RateMyProfessor.com before signing up for any classes because the teacher you have matters. Always attend class, it is the only to make sure you are staying on top of things. Get work done early, nothing good comes from waiting to the last minute.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    57 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    lame

    Greek Life

    lame

    Clubs and Activities

    they are funnn

    Great for these types of students

    lazy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    lakes around

    Bang for the buck

    tottaly

    What to do for fun

    join clubs

    Food and Dining

    Food places are around or the typical caf���© food

    Dorm Life

    NO dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Its somewhat easy,

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply yourself and organize yourself.

    In three sentences

    It is the best cheap college available. Not only does it offer the best prices but it gives you the best college experience.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    58 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have actual cops patroling at all times that stay on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Graphic Arts, Music,...

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is good but always packed!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms since it is a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in your interests. For a community college they have tons of clubs and even offer study abroad.

    In three sentences

    Harper is a great community college that I am very happy to attend. Transfering to a four year college or university is really easy here.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    59 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that are unsure of what they want to major in. Students who are looking to save money on college.

    What to do for fun

    Its a community college, you can go home or the mall is not too far.

    Food and Dining

    Good food on campus. Cafeteria is in the A building and it is the best.

    Dorm Life

    None Existant

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you registrar as soon as possible. You want to make sure that you get the class and teacher that you want. Email and talk to your teachers if you need help, they will help you.

    In three sentences

    Harper is a great school to get any student ready for college life. All the teachers are helpful and know there subjects. Also the campus is very easy to follow.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    60 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very secure and safe at the campus. Harper College is located at a neighborhood and Harper Police is always making sure things are going well at the facility.

    What to do for fun

    Chill out at the halls with friends and Harper College hosts many fun events for their students.

    Food and Dining

    Not much to choose from, plus the food is expensive.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms at the Harper College.

    Academic Rigor

    Harper College is a challenging environment, yet fun and helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your time to talk to counselors and really set your goals early,specially your GPA, it may earn you many financial opportunities in the future.

    In three sentences

    The Academics at Harper College are great Challenging and fun. I think the faculty and Professors do their best to help their students and really take part in their education. Nonetheless the price tag for Harper College is great considering most of their courses are accredited and transfer easily to other Universities.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    61 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who want to save money and for people who are unsure about their major.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs! We have awesome clubs!

    Food and Dining

    Yummy food! Building A cafe rocks!

    Dorm Life

    This is a community college so there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    You'll meet all kinds of students here. You'll just have to be careful who you associate with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your Career Counselor, review teacher rating on rate my professor, remain focused, use your resources.

    In three sentences

    I love Harper College because the teachers here are great. They believe in you and want you to succeeded. And the cheap tuition is always a plus.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    62 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Harper has all of the usual clubs and you can always make a new one if you have a group that wants one. There's something for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Completely worth it if you're planning to transfer or just continue education. With the quality of teachers and the price you'll learn what you need to know to and save plenty of money in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    Theres plenty of things to do near campus, on campus there's plenty of clubs and other organizations and sports.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright but expensive on campus. Its better to just drive somewhere near by better prices and food.

    Dorm Life

    Harper is a commuter college no dorm life here.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too challenging but at times things can pile up if you let it just have to stay on top of everything and turn things. Also depends on the teacher and class with papers and other projects. But all in all its do-able.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a new student planning on going to harper I would make sure you know what you want to get into or pick something that will help where you want to transfer. Also look into classes ahead of time and see what professors are rated on ratemyprofessor.com. It is a major help with selecting requirement classes.

    In three sentences

    Harper is a great school, especially if you want to pursue an associates degree or get a certificate. All of my teachers have worked jobs related to their particular jobs and gives the students an edge on what they need to know when they get to the field. Also Harper is completely affordable.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    63 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Seems safe.

    Bang for the buck

    Make sure you get help if you need it.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events or outside of college.

    Food and Dining

    Many vending machines and cafes.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not as hard but you should still try.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to do you homework and attend lectures!

    In three sentences

    The professors are knowledgeable. The work that needs to be done are reasonable. You can take away a lot of information from the classes.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    64 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Good with the safety. I lost my phone, wallet and such serveal times and always them giving it back to me.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports in the NJCAA. Intermurals and Pool.

    What to do for fun

    Outside running course, fishing and just relaxing in the student building.

    Food and Dining

    Cafe does make good food but times aren't good, opens at 8am and closes at 5pm. Theres mini cafes though in almost all the buildings! (Except D Building.)

    Dorm Life

    no dorms but places nearby if needed.

    Academic Rigor

    Good teachers and good times slots. THe staff wants nothing more for you to do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be early to pick your classes, the good teachers and good time slots can be full in just an hour. Bring cash, its expensive but worth the money depending on what your getting.

    In three sentences

    Campus is beautiful. Staff here is fantastic. Learning experience everywhere you go.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    65 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always police officers walking around campus in the morning, evening and night. They are super very approachable and will help you in everything from finding your way around campus to making calls to Lost and Found.

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide range of clubs and organizations. I'll just name a few of the 45+ clubs/organizations: Campus Activities Board, Speech Team, Student Senate, Biology Club, Environmental Club, Business Club, Honors Society (Phi Theta Kappa and Honors Program), Latinos Unidos, Indian Pakistani Student Association, Astronomy Club, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Perfect for students that are serious about there education but are also looking to have some fun!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have our very own observatory, Karl G. Henize Observatory, which has free community viewing sessions twice a month! It's definitely something to checkout!

    Bang for the buck

    It is absolutely the best bang for your buck, the campus is very modernized and the classroom facilities are great. It is one of the best community colleges in the country. Harper College even has its own athletic building, building M which is a perfect place to go workout between classes!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and organizations!! There are almost 50 clubs at Harper College and there is definitely at least one that will catch your interest. Joining a club/organization is a great way to make friends. I have made lifelong friends by getting involved in the Biology Club, Campus Activities Board and Student Senate. Also, Harper College is 10 minutes away from Woodfield, Streets of Woodfield and many great restaurants so you always have the option of going out with friends to hang out and grab a bite to eat!

    Food and Dining

    There are 3 cafeterias, one each in building Z, J and A. Building J and Z cafeterias usually serve hot soups and pizza as well as cold salads, sandwiches and pasta (most days) as well as the regular variety of coffees, teas, etc. Building A cafeteria is the biggest cafe and has the most options, they usually have a fresh salad bar, lunch entrees, make your own breakfast wraps, quesadillas, burritos, sandwiches, pasta, and many more options.

    Dorm Life

    It's a community college, there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    If you take the classes that count towards your future major such as biology, chemistry, physics, accounting, statistics, calculus, etc., you will find that Harper College does a very good job of preparing you academically for whatever university you plan to attend! The rigor of those classes are on par with, if not more challenging than classes you will take at a university. The professors are committed to university level excellence. The major difference is, Harper College has phenomenal professors that dedicate 10-15+ office hours a week in helping you succeed. Outside of professors, there is also a tutoring center that is open the entire day Monday through Thursday and for select hours on Friday and Saturday where you can get extra help to succeed in your classes. This tutoring is covered by your tuition so you have nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain by using its resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Make a habit of getting homework done at the tutoring center from week one, do not expect miracles 3 day before the first test. - Join clubs and organizations, you will have a great time and make some good friends along the way. - Don't be afraid to ask professors for help outside of class, they are very accommodating and helpful!

    In three sentences

    The professors at Harper College are dedicated to your success and dedicate 10-15 office hours a week to helping students in everything from assignments, projects, reviews before exams, etc. Harper College has state of the art labs for biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, nursing and dental hygiene. The tutoring center is a priceless asset to this college as it open from 8am-8pm throughout the school year which makes it an easily accessible resource for student who are serious about success.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    66 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're trying to get a rewarding education while trimming the fat off of your tuition if you plan to transfer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sometimes there will be a live DJ/music in the middle of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I thought community college was a joke until I came here. Although I am transferring to CLC, Harper has been one of my best academic experiences.

    What to do for fun

    There are many lounges where you can watch TV (changing channels is accepted and sometimes appreciated), eat, nap, or just relax. There is a gym facility available for a minimal fee. And the campus itself is beautiful, plenty of ponds and benches.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria has all sorts of stuff, including healthy meals that are not too expensive, and there are always daily specials where the food is prepared in front of you. Full salad bar, sandwich station, Mexican food station, and the plastic utensils are sturdy.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. But there are plenty of wide-open lounges where no one will judge you if you decide to take a nap.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging enough to push you academically, but isn't so obnoxiously hard that all seems hopeless; the teachers really care about giving you a rewarding, enjoyable education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with an open mind and an eagerness to learn. Communicate with your professors, because they will give you the respect and attention you deserve. And don't be shy with other students; chances are that they're in the same boat as you.

    In three sentences

    Harper College made me proud to attend a community college. Harper's professors were considerably better educators than the ones I've experienced at Loyola University Chicago; I never had a bad teacher/class at Harper. The campus is a lot more beautiful than one would expect.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    67 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    VERY SAFE THEY HAVE POLICE STATION ON CAMPUS

    Greek Life

    NONE THAT I KNOW OF

    Clubs and Activities

    PLENTY OF CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES I BELONG O THE HUMAN SERVICES CLUB AT HARPER

    Great for these types of students

    PEOPLE WHO CAN NOT AFFORD A FOUR YEAR SCHOOL

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NONE

    Bang for the buck

    IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY WITH A GREAT PROFESSORS AND ACADEMICS AND GREAT SOCIAL LIFE

    What to do for fun

    THEY HAVE A GREAT THEATER WITH PLENTY OF GUEST PLASYS AND CONCERT OF PEOPLE ON AND OFF CAMPUS

    Food and Dining

    FAST FOOD A COFFE BAR LITTLE CAFES AND VENDING MACHINES THROUGHOUT CAMPUS

    Dorm Life

    NO DORM LIFE

    Academic Rigor

    LOT OF WORK THERE IS ALSOA LOT OF GROUP WORK

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY EARLY FOR CLASSES FILL UP FAST LOOK INTO ALL PAY ON A PAYMENT PLANN ARRIVE BEFORE CLASSES TO PARK PARKING IS LIMITED

    In three sentences

    A TO[ NOTCH COLLEGE TO ATTEND i GIVE IT 5 STARS FOR A COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    68 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    excellent

    Greek Life

    I am a evening student -adult continuing education

    Clubs and Activities

    Adult continuing education-Paralegal Student there are however many activities at Harper for the younger crowd

    Great for these types of students

    Any type young old or in between.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    not known

    Bang for the buck

    very reasonable tuition

    What to do for fun

    cheer on the Harper Hawks

    Food and Dining

    several nice cafeterias

    Dorm Life

    off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent

    Tips for prospective students

    Devote yourself to your studies don't' stress out let a failure become a stepping stone to a success Learn from your mistakes be open to new experiences Never give up!!

    In three sentences

    Excellent Instructors I have had wonderful class experiences I would recommend Harper to anyone wishing to attend.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    69 of 76

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is actual a 3rd floor that I didn't know about until my 2nd year there.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are affordable and you are getting quality education from most classes.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy reading and writing on the side. More often than not, I watch Castle or Bones.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is okay. Nothing fabulous, but I do like their pizza.

    Dorm Life

    They do not offer any dorming.

    Academic Rigor

    This school offers all sorts of classes and if you are from a university, but want credit for the same class then go to Harper. The professors actually talk to you and try to give you some one on one. I would know since I have been from a university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the school. I would ask current students about different opportunities that you can take advantage of and majority of people I have met were very friendly. If you are looking for ratings for professors look them up. This is a well known school and students often review on the professors.

    In three sentences

    Harper College is a beautiful campus which is a refreshing site to see. They offer up to date use of technology and are always finding opportunities to help out their students and community through recycling and student guidance. It offers all types of associate degrees and certificates and am glad to be a part of this school.

  • 09/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    70 of 76

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    sit on the grass, socialize, work out, take a walk.

    Food and Dining

    sometimes we get free food outside.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms because it is a community college

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone that i have met in Harper is determined to succeed and gain a brighter future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do all your work ahead of time, it will really help you manage your time more efficiently and it will relieve a lot of unnecessary stress.

    In three sentences

    Harper College is a very nice school. I specially like the classroom sizes, the teachers, and how friendly most students and staff are. I also love the fact that there is free tutoring for students.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    71 of 76

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, organizations, and sports Harper has to offer.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    In three sentences

    Harper College is an excellent place to first start out from high school. They are cost efficient, the staff and counselors have your best interest in mind, and most classes taken are able to transfer to most universities to continue your education. I would highly recommend to start at Harper College instead of starting at a university.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    72 of 76

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is a whole student activity area where you can just lounge around and chill with friends. Or you can play pool and other games. People often sit around and play cards while drinking coffee as there's a small cafe nearby. You can watch TV, listen to music, sleep or simply relax. Besides that student area, you can join Harper's many clubs and organizations!

    Food and Dining

    They have mini cafeterias in almost every building and a huge one in Building A. The food is pretty good, obviously nothing fancy.

    Dorm Life

    Simply, there is no dorm life as it's a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    It's good but not too tough nor too easy. It all depends on the classes you are taking and your teacher; this is probably true of most colleges as well as Harper.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to complete at least two years here and get your gen eds out of the way so that you save a lot of money. Also, get involved in the college with it's clubs and its workshops. Harper provides many great opportunities such as workshops on interview skills, clubs like Speech Team, and recreational activities like pool, etc. Instead of whining about not being able to dorm at a four-year university, make the most of the time spent here.

    In three sentences

    Harper College has met and exceeded my expectations of what a community college should be like. I was initially reluctant to join Harper because of the perceived social stigma I felt was associated with it; however, once you actually join the college, there is no chance for you to feel that way at all! Everyone here does their own thing and is on their own career path; you can be very independent and get your things done. Harper has great resources too: it's library staff tries to assist you in everyone way possible and teachers have office hours in which they make themselves available to students for any help.

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always see the cops walking around campus, so they are pretty attentive and abundant. However they love giving out parking and speeding tickets so watch out.

    Greek Life

    There is not really any Greek life besides Phi Theta Kappa which is academic. You need a 3.5 GPA to get in and it's nice for receiving scholarships once you transfer.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not too many people get involved in clubs, but the people who do have said they have fun. The clubs do some pretty cool things like inviting celebrities to speak (we had R.j. Mitte who was in Breaking Bad).

    Great for these types of students

    Harper is great for anyone - students fresh out of high school, middle-aged people coming back for a degree and even elderly just trying to learn a little bit more. I have met so many different types of people. But this school is not for lazy people - if you want to pass and transfer then you need to work hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I can't think of any that we have.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is meant to save you money! One semester is around $2,000 (depending on how many classes you take) and you are receiving the same education as a lot of other kids who went away to universities for $20,000. I have learned so much and it is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Typically, at community colleges students don't get very involved and there aren't many parties so you are limited in that area. However, I have heard that the people who are involved in clubs do have a fun time, so if you have the time to join something then by all means go for it.

    Food and Dining

    Harper has the best paninis. Everyone will tell you that and it is the absolute truth. They have so many options in their cafeteria, it is unbelievable, and everything is so delicious. And the workers are so cool.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms here because it is a community college, but the facilities and classrooms are up to date and pleasant. There are a lot of computer labs and comfortable chairs.

    Academic Rigor

    Harper is just as hard as many other schools like NIU, ISU and anyone who tells you differently probably isn't applying themselves to their school work. Community colleges have a reputation for being easy, but that is a myth. These teachers expect a lot out of their students in order to prepare you to transfer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always do your research on classes and professors and sign up for classes as soon as you can, that way you have the most options. I also advise students to make an appointment with the academic counselors before signing up for classes each semester to ensure that you stay on track. Staying on track is so important at a community college.

    In three sentences

    You obviously save a ton of money and still receive a quality education. I do my research when signing up for classes and have taken a bunch of interesting classes with great teachers. The atmosphere is not as fun however because no one really wants to make friends or be as friendly.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Tons of different events to visit every week.

    Food and Dining

    Decent comforting food. Subway & Starbucks are on their way to open up Fall 2014.

    Academic Rigor

    Strict policies in regards to academic dishonesty and plagiarism.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a healthcare major, don't wait until the last minute to register. Classes fill up in a few hours after the registration opens.

    In three sentences

    Modern and technologically advanced campuses. The parking lots are spacious and have easy access to campuses. Professors have been teaching for many years at this college.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club, take an extracurricular class, play guitar in the quad, meet someone randomly, get active!

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. Harper just acquired a contract with Sodexo, which is a food handling company. There are alot of endless possibilities when it comes to the Cafe. and the prices are pretty decent.

    Dorm Life

    Non existence.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on your program of study. Of course that calculus class will be harder than the art class. But it's based off of knowledge and perception of what you know, and what you want to know. No class is an easy class.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED. Yeah easier said than done right? wrong. At Harper, there are many opportunities to meet others who are just like you and enjoy the same things that you do. Also, it allows you to boost up your networking, and start making meaningful connections for your future career. Lastly, it's a great way to make friends! GO TO CLASS. You'll be more prone to success when you go to every class. You'll find that the students who miss that aspect end up doing poor in class. BE YOURSELF. Now is the time to show forth who you are and what your about. Of course you're still learning and growing and realizing things about yourself, but at the time being, just be yourself.

    In three sentences

    Harper College is a home for self-development, and opportunities. It is based around a community effort for success in all fields. Harper college inspires you to go forward.

  • 04/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always campus police around, and safety boxes if there is an emergency all around campus. BEWARE- they tend to give out a lot of tickets, I've gotten two there and know tons of people who have gotten tickets too.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at Harper College but since there is not it forces you to focus more in school. If you really want that 'Greek life' experience Harper will bore you to death so you will have something to work towards!

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities at Harper have never pulled me in. They are very under-advertised to say the least. I honestly do not know about anyone involved in a club or activity at Harper.

    Great for these types of students

    Harper is great for students you have not yet decided what they want to major in. It is always great for students who cannot afford to go to a four year university. Harper is great for students trying to pick up their GPAs from previous college nights spent partying, rather than studying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not underestimate Harper because it is a community college. I've visited a few different colleges (UIC, Loyola, DePaul, Iowa) and Harper's campus exceeds all of the other college campuses I have seen. They will also challenge you, I went in thinking oh its just community college, no problem but the struggle has been real!

    Bang for the buck

    It is cheap, with a great campus, and education available. I am really happy I choose to go to Harper I have saved about $50k with my decision.

    What to do for fun

    Work and study! Not much else to do because everyone works since they are all mostly living at home still. So between work, school, and studying it is kind of hard to make plans to go have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the A cafe is amazing!!! Subway just came to Harper too!

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately there is no dorms at Harper, although it would be nice since parking is such a pain! Always get to class at least fifteen minutes early to search for parking.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at Harper really enjoy what they do, and are very smart. A lot of mine have come from other four year universities which surprised me. It is always nice to have a teacher who sincerely enjoys teaching you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not think it will be a breeze because it is a community college. Harper really challenges you, I wish I kept track of the amount of caffeine I have been running on! Try your hardest because these 'gen-eds' will be what helps boast your GPA when you get into classes that are a lot harder, you will regret those Bs and Cs.