HCC Description

Founded as one of the first community colleges in King County, the Highline Community College in Seattle, Washington, which overlooks the breathtaking Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, has made a name for itself by producing a large number of graduates who go on to contribute to Washington's economic and industrial expansion and evolution.

Highline offers more than 40 associate's degree and professional certificate programs in a variety of career paths, including:

  • Accounting
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Interior Design
  • Local Area Networking
  • Vocational Nursing

The school's academics have been designed to prepare you for either an entry-level position or a baccalaureate program in your specific field. Highline maintains transfer agreements with many four-year institutions throughout Washington to allow qualified graduates an easy transfer.

Highline understands that total development cannot happen only in the classroom, which is why it offers a wide array of student clubs and organizations you can join to enhance your college life. Whether you want to take part in community service projects, gain professional and leadership skills or just meet like-minded students, Highline has many fun social opportunities for you.

If you need help academically or personally throughout your collegiate life, you can check out the support services offered by Highline, including tutoring, counseling and professional skill development programs.

To extend its services to students of all backgrounds, Highline operates on an open admissions policy, which considers each applicant for enrollment as long as they have graduated from high school or earned a GED.

Tuition is slightly lower for Washington residents, although all students, out-of-state or not, may apply for financial aid by filing a FAFSA.

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Quick Facts about Highline Community College

Region

Northwest

Setting

Large City Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)

On-Campus Housing Available

No

Parking Permit Required

Yes

Selectivity

Open Admissions

In-State Tuition

$4,000

Out-of-State Tuition

$4,401

Retention Rate

58%

Enrollment

6,165

Year Established

1961

HCC Students

Total Students
6,165

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
100%
Graduate
0%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
63%
Part-Time
37%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
6%
African American
9%
Caucasian
41%
American Indian or Alaska native
1%
Asian
15%
Unknown and Other
28%

International Students

International
9%
Domestic
91%

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