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Harper Community College

Lake Forest College and William Rainey Harper College enjoy a strong educational partnership. Each semester we enroll some of the best and brightest transfer students from Harper.

Information for Harper Students

Guaranteed Admission Program

A Guaranteed Transfer Admission Agreement provides students in the Harper Honors program seamless transfer to earn their bachelor’s degree at Lake Forest College.

Please submit the Harper Honors Program to Lake Forest College Guaranteed Admission Participation Form if you intend to participate in this program.

AP Credit for Harper Students

Students who have successfully completed Advanced Placement courses and the appropriate examinations provided by the College Entrance Examination Board may apply for college credit for this work.

As part of recognizing the Associate in Arts (AA) degree credential, we will accept scores of “3” on Advanced Placement (AP) exams from students whose community colleges have applied such credit towards the hours needed for their AA.

Scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the examinations, may entitle students to at least one course credit. Scores of 1 or 2  are not granted credit. A score of 4 or better on both the microeconomics and macroeconomics exams is required for one course credit in economics.

Each department determines the specific amount of credit to be awarded. Credit will not be granted for both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program examinations in the same department.

Pathway Scholar Programs

Pathway Business, Economics, Finance Scholars

Harper students who seek to major in business, economics, or finance and have completed their associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, or 60 transferable semester hours are eligible for the Pathway Business/Econ/Finance Scholars program. Students will be evaluated at the end of every academic year at the College. Pathway Scholars are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA.

This program is a 2+2 transfer program with guaranteed admission for accepted students. No additional application is required. Students must meet a prescribed curriculum ( please see transfer guide) and have a minimum 3.25 GPA for consideration.

Benefits

  • Admitted students will receive up to a $25,000 Presidential scholarship
  • OR a guaranteed $25,000 Phi Theta Kappa scholarship ($30,000 with GPA of 3.75+) if they are PTK members.
  • Pre-advising during your time at Harper by Lake Forest College faculty on course selection.
  • Advising from our Career Advancement Center staff on internships, and career opportunities.
  • Students earning a 3.6 GPA or higher in their first semester will have the option of selecting a fifth course for free in the second semester.
  • Pathway Scholar recognition on their Lake Forest College transcript.
Pathway Humanities Scholars

Lake Forest College will support up to 15 Pathways Humanities Scholars who are interested majoring in the humanities and have completed their associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, or 60 transferable semester hours at Harper. Students will be evaluated at the end of every academic year at the College. Pathway Scholars are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA for consideration. Academic areas of focus will include American studies, studio art, art history, Asian studies, English, French, Spanish, history, music, philosophy, religion, theater, and Latin American and Latinx studies.

Benefits

  • Admitted students will receive up to a $25,000 Presidential scholarship
  • OR a guaranteed $25,000 Phi Theta Kappa scholarship ($30,000 with GPA of 3.75+) if they are PTK members.
  • All Pathway Humanities Scholars are eligible for a guaranteed internship. 
  • Pre-advising during your time at Harper by Lake Forest College faculty on course selection.
  • Advising from our Career Advancement Center staff on internships, and career opportunities.
  • Students earning a 3.6 GPA or higher in their first semester will have the option of selecting a fifth course for free in the second semester.
  • Pathway Scholar recognition on their Lake Forest College transcript.

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall 2021: August 1

Credit Guides

When I visited campus and met with a career advisor and a professor, I realized this school was going to invest in me as much as I was going to invest in the school. I felt like I would get the proper guidance, education, and opportunities that would help me reach my career goals.