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About the College


Nearly 14,000 credit students       

Average Class Size

27 students per class       

Student 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.      



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.        


  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in Engineering Science
  • Associate in Fine Arts – Art (Education)
  • Associate in Fine Arts – Art (Studio)
  • Associate in Fine Arts – Music Education
  • Associate in Fine Arts – Music Performance
  • Associate in Arts in Teaching – Early Childhood Education
  • Associate in Arts in Teaching – Secondary Math
  • Associate in General Studies
  • Certificates (various program plans)
  • Continuing Education
  • Encore College

University Transfer Advantages

Located in downtown Chicago, HWC is just steps from many outstanding colleges and universities which enroll more than 65,000 students and is known as the largest higher education footprint in Illinois. Several articulation agreements have been established by City Colleges of Chicago with other colleges and universities. In addition, Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), which is a comprehensive statewide effort among more than 100 colleges and universities in Illinois to facilitate the transfer of students.