Highline Community College

Highline Community College

Highline Community College is a junior college located in Des Moines, Washington. It was established in 1961 as the first community college in King County. The main campus is spread across an area of more than 80 acres. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. HCC enrolls more than 15,000 credit and non-credit students annually.

HCC's athletic department sponsors both men's and women's sports teams, which participate in sports like volleyball, soccer, softball, cross country, basketball and wrestling. They are nicknamed the Thunderbirds. They are members of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

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Highline Community College
2400 S 240th St
Des Moines , WA 98198-9800
General Phone: (206) 878-3710

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Highline Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts531liberal arts and sciences, library assistant
Nursing and Emergency Medicine119registered nursing, nursing assistant
Medical Support and Technology57medical coding, medical assistant, respiratory care tech, health diagnostic professions, phlebotomy, opticianry
Office and Administration51office management, administrative assistant, general office occupations
Business and Management48business, business management, customer service management, electronic commerce, accounting technology, small business management, international business
Education and Teaching47early childhood education, teacher aide
Law32legal assistant
Hospitality25tourism and travel, hotel management
Therapy and Counseling22substance abuse counseling, mental and social health services
Science20physical sciences
Computer Science and Engineering16database administration, computer networking, system administration, computer security
Media14audiovisual tech, printing equipment operation
Design12interior design
Security and Law Enforcement4criminal justice and administration
Engineering Technician1drafting

Number of programs and degrees for Highline Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years5713
Associate's degree76728
Award of less than 1 academic year1759

Highline Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Highline Community College had a total enrollment of 5,859 students (4,980 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 44%
Black 11%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 16%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 17%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 16%
18-19 25%
20-21 15%
22-24 11%
25-29 11%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Highline Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 65 %
Part-Time 39 %

Highline Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Des Moines, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Highline Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,731
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 3,126
Books and supplies $ 924

Financial Aid:
Highline Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 378100)

Highline Community College Faculty

Highline Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year57$60,86865$60,020
All faculty totalacademic year57$60,86865$60,020

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Highline Community College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports161834

Highline Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Customer Service Management
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Systems Security
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
System Administration/Administrator

Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Tourism and Travel Services Management

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Assistant/Technician

Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health Diagnostic/Intervention/Treatment Professions, Oth
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
Office Management and Supervision

Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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What Sets Highline Community College Apart:

% of degrees in liberal arts
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Top 6%Highline Community College % of degrees in liberal arts
Number of students
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Top 13%Highline Community College Number of students
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 15%Highline Community College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Minority % of student body
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 17%Highline Community College Minority % of student body
Number of degree programs
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Top 17%Highline Community College Number of degree programs
% of degrees in law
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Top 18%Highline Community College % of degrees in law
% of degrees in office and administration
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Top 18%Highline Community College % of degrees in office and administration

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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