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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
Highline CC is a public college located in Des Moines, Washington in the Seattle Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,673 undergraduate students. The Highline CC acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Early Childhood Education. Graduating 33% of students, Highline CC alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,200.
2400 S 240th St
Des Moines, WA 98198
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Athletic Division
NWAC
Athletic Conference

Highline Community College Rankings

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HCC Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$8,472/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,643/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
49%

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.54 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    24%
  • On Campus
    61%
  • Online
    15%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,673Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,857
Undergrads Over 25
21%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
6%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.11 responses
Poll
55%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.11 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 52 responses
  • Diverse
    52%
  • Diverse, outgoing, interesting
    21%
  • Fantastic
    10%
  • Interesting
    10%
  • All of the above
    4%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
33%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
82%
National
83%

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I love Highline! It's a very welcoming school, and most of the students are very friendly. The overall environment is very encouraging, which fosters better learning.
Before taking a class, research your professor. I wish I'd done this my first quarter. How much you learn really depends on them. Generally, they're pretty good, but there's been a dud or two.
The campus is nice, if a bit scattered. Des Moines is a terrible town, though. Sex trafficking is unfortunately very common. If you stay on campus, you should be fine, but don't dress up enough to make it hard to run. Make sure you always have a way home.
Overall, I think Highline is great. I highly recommend it for Running Start students, in particular. It's an excellent place to start higher education, and I'm so happy I chose to enroll.
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Their are good teachers but some of them lack the right training to teach and give lectures. The school needs to adapt to an online school structure. It's okay. There are professors that really do not know how to teach online. You can clearly tell that they were meant to be teaching the material on campus.I took a few online classes and had no problem with them they honestly do seem a bit easier than in class instruction, I guess because you can use your notes on most quizzes. However all online classes are NOT AN EASY A so remember that when signing upI really enjoyed my time at highline, I would say I loved/liked 90% of my professors of course there were a few professors here that were not my cup of tea either because of their teaching style,curriculum or personality. Highline even though a community college was not an easy A type of school, you had to put in hard work especially with the more hard classes you take. The biggest downfall to highline is their financial aid office.
Their are good teachers but some of them lack the right training to teach and give lectures. The school needs to adapt to an online school structure. It's okay. There are professors that really do not know how to teach online. You can clearly tell that they were meant to be teaching the material on campus.I took a few online classes and had no problem with them they honestly do seem a bit easier than in class instruction, I guess because you can use your notes on most quizzes. However all online classes are NOT AN EASY A so remember that when signing upI really enjoyed my time at highline, I would say I loved/liked 90% of my professors of course there were a few professors here that were not my cup of tea either because of their teaching style,curriculum or personality. Highline even though a community college was not an easy A type of school, you had to put in hard work especially with the more hard classes you take. The biggest downfall to highline is their financial aid office.