The University Center at Harper College
University Center brings access to four-year degrees to Harper's campus.
It's the decades-old question, "Is Harper College going to offer four-year degrees?" The answer is now, "YES!"
Harper College is partnering with four universities to provide students with access to earn 3+1 degrees in nursing, general studies, and criminal justice.
Students participating in the University Center will be able to:
- Complete their associate and bachelor’s degrees on a Harper College campus.
- Take advantage of a 3+1 transfer pathway (see below).
- Pay no more than state university tuition levels for university courses.
- Enroll concurrently at Harper and the university to compete a degree program.
- Access admissions, registration and academic advising staff from the university on a Harper College campus.
Current majors and programs:
- Criminal Justice – Governors State University
- General Studies – Eastern Illinois University
- Nursing (RN-BSN) – Benedictine University
- Nursing (RN-BSN) – Northern Illinois University
Here are answers to frequently asked questions about Harper’s University Center program:
This is a pathway to a bachelor’s degree that involves taking approximately 80 or more semester credit hours of Harper courses (the associate’s degree plus additional general education courses) and approximately 40 or fewer semester credit hours of university courses. This allows the student to save money by paying the Harper tuition rate for the majority of credit hours.
Students will apply for financial aid at the institution from which they are getting their degree. Students may benefit from financial aid consortium agreement if/when taking courses from both institutions simultaneously during their transition semester.
Any Harper student who meets admissions criteria for the Harper College and university program or major and intends to earn an associate and bachelor’s degree is eligible. To remain eligible, attendance by the student at Harper must be continuous, i.e., the student must attend, at a minimum, consecutive fall and spring academic semesters until completion of the program requirements to be fulfilled at Harper.