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.
Harold Washington College offers
associate degrees and shorter-term certificate programs.
- Associate Degree Transfer
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.
Harold Washington College
students have access to a host of resources to support them on their path to
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
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:
Getting to Harold Washington College
- 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