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About the College

Harold Washington College, located at 30 East Lake Street in Chicago's Loop, serves thousands of students annually by supporting each one in pursuit of a certificate or degree and ensuring they are ready to succeed in further college or a career after graduation.                                 

arold Washington College is City Colleges’ College to Careers hub for education in business, entrepreneurship and professional services. Through College to Careers, Harold Washington faculty and staff partner with industry leaders to ensure the curriculum reflects employer demand, to provide internships and give students the opportunity to interview for jobs in the field. Harold Washington College business programs are accredited by ACBSP, so its business courses can be used as class hours to qualify to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam.                                              

College to Careers Pathways (*programs accredited by ACBSP):                                                   

  • Insurance & Banking
  • Accounting*
  • Marketing/Management*
  • Business/Economics*      

Partners: Aon, Gap, Randstad, Fifth Third Bank, U.S. Cellular, Accenture, Country Financial, Accountemps, Allstate, ALPFA, CDW, Deloitte, Federal Savings Bank, Northern Trust                                             

Harold Washington College is the Chicago site for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.                 


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.

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 the Student Government Association and student clubs.                            

​​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 aaverage 25 students.                                                                          


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.                            
  • 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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​30 E. Lake St.                      
Chicago, IL 60601                                  (312) 553-5600                               Map                                                               
Fall 2020
Campus Acessibility Hours:    

Mon. - Fri.   8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sat.             8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.      



Note: Contingent upon social distancing and capacity mandates, limited access to the college is allowed for face-to-face classes, study spaces, and for technology and Wi-Fi use in the computer lab.