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About the College

Harold Washington College, located at 30 East Lake Street, serves nearly 14,000 students annually with faculty and staff that work to see that each student completes his or her program, ready to succeed in further college or a career.     

Program Offerings

Harold Washington College offers associate degrees and shorter-term certificate programs. 

  • Associate Degree Transfer Programs 
    Take the first two years of a degree program at Harold Washington College, then transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree and save up to $40,000 on your bachelor’s degree. For a list of programs, click here.
  • Career​ Certificate Programs
    Specialized courses are available for students who intend to enter immediate employment or upgrade their professional and technical skills. For a list of programs, click here.

College to Careers

Launched by Chancellor Cheryl Hyman and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in December 2011, College to Careers aims to equip City Colleges students with industry-recognized credentials and degrees that prepare them to secure jobs in high-growth sectors. As part of the College to Careers program, partner businesses are working directly with City Colleges faculty and staff to revamp the curriculum, design new facilities, provide internships and give students the opportunity to interview for jobs in high-demand fields. Harold Washington College’s industry focus is business, entrepreneurship and professional services, preparing students for the 300,000 positions in the industries coming to the region over the next decade. 

Student Resources

Harold Washington College students have access to a host of resources to support them on their path to success, including: 

There is an active student life through Student Government Association​ and student clubs.

Accomplishments from FY2013

  • The IPEDS rate (federally defined graduation rate for first-time, full-time students who complete within 150 percent of the designated completion) is 9 percent, above the target of 8 percent, and more than double the 4 percent rate since Reinvention began. 
  • Harold Washington College exceeded its target for number of completers (both degrees and certificates) by 37 percent (1,430 completers).
  • 58 percent of students were employed in their area of training and the median earnings for those students was $31,200.
  • Total enrollment exceeded the target with 15,469 (unduplicated).
  • Read more accomplishments on the FY2013 Scorecard​

Class Profile

A diverse student body studies at Harold Washington College; 36 percent of the student population is Black, 30 percent of the population is Hispanic, 18 percent is White, and 10 percent is Asian. Classes average 27 students.       

Read more statistics about the college in the FY 2013 Statistical Digest. ​                


Harold Washington College is located in the bustling Loop area of downtown Chicago at 30 E. Lake St., on the corner of Lake and Wabash.  The college is easily accessible by public transportation:
  • Trains: CTA Blue Line, Red Line, Brown Line, Green Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, and Purple Line
  • CTA Bus Lines: 2, 10, 29, 124, 146, 148      
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