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Highline CC is a public college located in Des Moines, Washington in the Seattle Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,844 undergraduate students. The Highline CC acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Early Childhood Education, and Business. Graduating 30% of students, Highline CC alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,200.
About Highline Community College...
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2400 S 240th St
Des Moines, WA 98198
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$8,704/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,274/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,215/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,450/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,017/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,627/ year
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of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.54 responses
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.51 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.51 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,900/ year
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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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Students to professors ratio is around 7:1 I believe, the office hours are usually pretty helpful. And you will definitely be meeting all kinds of students here, it is probably more diverse than you could imagine. There are many academic success center in the Library to help students. And there are lots of LGBTQ safe zone on campus! In conclusion, I would say this college is a place that if you have good control of yourself and know the resources, you will have quite a success. For me there isn't much things I can complain about, apart from some drowsy professors in the math department. And just a general advice, if you are an international student or for any reason living in a host family, always talk to International students program and the home stay company if you have any concerns!
I rated 5 stars for my school. This is a very diverse campus in WA. I like the people I have met in here. They are very friendly and responsible for us. I like the professors and instructors who have taught us in class. They give us chances to speak in class, they have office hours for us to came in and ask questions. Some instructors only have limited office hours. If it is passed, it is just passed. I wish they could have more office hours in different times in the week. It would be more helpful for our academics! : )