What Happens at Orientation

Your New Student Orientation will get you started on the path to success!

After submitting your application, please review your student checklist on the "Getting Started" tab of the MyHarper Student Portal.  This is where Placement Testing and Orientation/Advising appointments can be made.

 

Review these steps prior to Orientation.

1. Financial Planning

 

2. Submit Your Transcripts

Submit sealed, official high school transcripts. Prior college credit? Submit official college transcripts to Harper then submit a request for your prior college credit to be evaluated.

 

What happens at Orientation.

How to find us.

Your orientation will begin in Building A, Room 376 and be about three hours (please arrive 15 minutes early). Visit the interactive map to get to know the campus before you arrive. Convenient free parking is available in lots 1, 2 and 3.

Download the free Harper mobile app for campus maps, course search, menus, events and Blackboard.

Please bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Sealed, official high school and college transcripts (if applicable)
  • AP Scores (if applicable)

Note: If Harper has already received your official transcripts, you do not need to bring additional copies.

Meet and greet.

You will meet student Orientation Leaders who know first-hand what it is like to start at Harper and be successful.

Enjoy an overview.

Learn how to navigate your student portal, connect with resources and services to support your success.

Plan your path.

You will meet with an advisor who will help you choose a program of study and select classes for your first semester at Harper.

Be prepared to discuss the following: 

  • The major/program of study you plan to pursue.
  • If you are planning to transfer, the colleges/universities you are considering.
  • Ways we can support you as a new student (e.g., study skills/time management, campus tour, financial planning).

We address many important "getting started" details in Orientation. Follow-up appointments and questions are encouraged. Please contact the Center for New Students at 847.925.6208.

Register for classes.

During Orientation, you will register for classes and make payment arrangements.. We'll show how to manage everything through MyHarper Student Portal.

Get your HarperCard.

Your Student Photo ID card, known as the HarperCard, gives you access to the Library and computer labs. The HarperCard also entitles you to Box Office discounts and other savings and services.

Tour campus.

Although tours are not required of new students or their parents, many benefit from a brief walking tour of campus. Let us know and we'll show you around.

Pick up books and supplies.

Visit the HarperStore in Building L for books, supplies and Harper gear.

Questions?

We address many important "getting started" details in Orientation. Follow-up appointments and questions are encouraged. Please contact the Center for New Students at 847.925.6208.

For questions about registration, payment, and financial aid, please contact the One Stop at 847.925.6710.