New Students

We are glad you made the decision to further your education at Harper College. To help ensure your success, we strongly encourage all students with disabilities to utilize access, accommodation, and support services available through Access and Disability Services.

Getting Started for New Students:


  1. Apply for ADS services by filling out the New Student Application. You will have an opportunity to upload your electronic documentation after you complete the New Student application.
  2. After you have completed your new student application for ADS services, call 847.925.6266 voice or 224.836.5048 Video Phone for Deaf callers, to schedule your in-person intake interview.
  3. Upload your electronic documentation to your AIM application, or if you are unable to upload, you may email the documentation to You can use an electronic copy of your IEP, 504 Plan, Summary of Performance, or other medical/psychological documentation that lists your diagnosis and demonstrates how your disability affects your learning, mobility, and/or communication. If you have paper copy of your documentation, you may bring it to our office and we will scan and upload for you.
  4. New Degree-Seeking Students need to complete Orientation; an ADS staff member will discuss options with you.

Getting Enrolled in Classes:

ADS staff will assist you with selecting courses that fit your interests and abilities. We work with you to advise courses that align with your career goals, your course load, and the sequence of your courses. New students will complete initial advising as part of Orientation, and all continuing students may schedule an advising appointment with a staff member.

After Your Intake Interview:

ADS staff are committed to your success. After the intake interview is complete and you have submitted documentation of your disability, an Accommodation Plan will be developed. The Accommodation Plan outlines your accommodations; you will have access to your Accommodation Plan anytime through your AIM student account.  Every semester, you will choose and submit your accommodations for each of your classes.  That action generates an email to each of your instructors, detailing your approved accommodations for that semester.

ADS staff will also provide you with academic support, advising, and guidance. Staff have expertise working with students who are experiencing stress or who are struggling academically. Should you encounter any difficulties, you should contact ADS for an appointment as early as possible to avoid impacting your course success.