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About Highline College

As a public institution of higher education serving a diverse community in a multicultural world and global economy, Highline Community College promotes student engagement, learning, and achievement, integrates diversity and globalism throughout the college, sustains relationships within its communities, and practices sustainability in human resources, operations, and teaching and learning.


Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 59%
Male 41%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
18 : 1


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About Us

Highline Community College is a place where faculty and students teach and learn from each other in the emerging global community. It's a place to develop new friendships, and be involved in academic, athletic, cultural and social activities. It's a place for you.

Where We Are

Highline's main campus is located in Des Moines, Washington, just 20 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The 80-acre campus overlooks the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Who We Are

Founded in 1961, Highline is an accredited public, two-year community college. With approximately 10,000 students, it is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the state of Washington.

Why Highline?

  • Low tuition - half of university
  • Easy transfer to a four-year university
  • Small class sizes (20-35 students)
  • Accessible faculty
  • Fun activities for students
  • Kaplan International English on campus
  • Homestay and dormitory available for students
  • Excellent support services for international students

Explore Seattle

Pike Place Market

This charming market in downtown Seattle is most famous for the flying fish shop, where employees throw fresh fish over customers' heads. You'll also find stands featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and herbs. Independently owned shops specializing in crafts and souvenirs abound at Pike Place Market. No trip to Seattle is complete without a trip to Seattle's premier market! You can see images of Pike Place Market in the film, "Sleepless in Seattle" with Tom Hanks.

The Space Needle

Originally built for the 1962 World Expo, the Space Needle has become the most recognizable symbol of Seattle's skyline. Visitors get a 360 degree view of the Emerald City and beyond. The top of the Space Needle features a rotating restaurant, viewing deck and souvenir shop.

Experience Music Project (EMP)

The history of rock and roll, with particular emphasis on the Pacific Northwest, is on display at the Experience Music Project. Visitors can also learn to play different instruments in the EMP's Sound Lab, or just have fun jamming. The unique building was designed to look like a broken guitar by architect Frank Gehry. Music lovers rejoice at the 80,000 rare music artifacts that are showcased at the EMP. Whatever your taste in music you will surely find something that captures your attention at the Experience Music Project.

Chinatown - International District

Although the name is Chinatown, people from all over the world live in this Seattle neighborhood. Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, African Americans, Vietnamese, Koreans and Cambodians who have settled there made it necessary to change the name to Chinatown International District. If you ever feel homesick for Mom's cooking, you'll be able to find the ingredients at shops like Uwajimaya.

Mount Rainier National Park

The slopes of Mount Rainier offer plenty of hiking and mountain or rock climbing for nature lovers. The magnificent views and incredible scenery make Mount Rainier the picturesque tourist attraction.

Safeco Field

Located just south of downtown Seattle, Safeco Field is home to the Seattle Mariners baseball team. This new stadium features a retractable roof that opens to let sunshine in and closes to keep the rain out. Seating close to 47,000 people, Safeco Field and the Seattle Mariners keep fans comfortable and entertained.

Qwest Field

The Seattle Seahawks American football team plays at the newest stadium in Seattle, Qwest Field. When open, the retractable roof offers grand views of the Puget Sound and nearby mountains.

Key Arena

Key Arena is an all-purpose facility that hosts everything from professional basketball teams and music's hottest stars to family ice shows and wrestling. The Seattle Storm and Thunderbirds play at Key Arena throughout the year. Music fans can enjoy concerts by artists such as Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Celine Dion, Elton John, Garth Brooks and The Rolling Stones. There is always something happening at Key Arena!

Students & Faculty

  • 10,765Total Students
  • 4,389Male Students
  • 6,376Female Students
  • 618Total Intl Students
  • 296Intl Male Students
  • 322Intl Female Students
  • 396Total Faculty
  • 189Male Faculty
  • 207Female Faculty
  • 18:1Student/Fac Ratio
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Degrees & Programs

Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Customer Service Management
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Interior Design
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library and Archives Assisting
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Network and System Administration/Administrator
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
Office Management and Supervision
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist
Physical Sciences
Project Management
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager
Small Business Administration/Management
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Tourism and Travel Services Management
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Student Life

Get involved!

Students at Highline enjoy an active campus life through clubs, fun activities, or just hanging out.

International Leadership Student Council (ILSC)

The ILSC is made up of five student leaders who plan activities and act as peer mentors for new international students. Some of the exciting activities the ILSC plans during the year are:

  • New Student Orientation: Welcomes new students to Highline and the U.S. and helps them become familiar with their new environment.
  • Conversation Pal Program: Provides international students the opportunity to meet and chat with non-international students, faculty and staff in small groups on a weekly basis.
  • Social Events: Parties and get-togethers: bowling nights, end-of-quarter parties
  • The Mosaic (International Student Newsletter): Gives international students a voice on campus to share their culture and adventures with others.
  • GlobalFest: Gives Highline students a chance to share their culture and talent with faculty, staff, community members and fellow students.
  • Volunteer Bank: Helps students find volunteer opportunities in the community.
  • Movie Fridays: Every Friday we show a new release film for entertainment and discussion.
  • Trips: overnight, weekend and week-long trips: ski weekends, spring break trips, retreats
  • Clubs and Organizations

    Clubs and organizations are organized by students with common interests and career goals. They offer a comfortable atmosphere for students to meet others, have fun, and gain leadership skills! Whether you're interested in anime, math, Vietnamese culture or political affairs, there's a club for you!

    Highline Student Union

    Our newest building on campus is the heart of student life at Highline. It's a great place for students can grab a bite to eat, meet with friends or study groups and play ping-pong.

"Highline offers not only strong academic programs, but also great leadership opportunities that give me the chance to plan social and cultural events for other students and improve my communication skills. Most importantly, Highline has trained me to be a confident leader who can influence others."

Yuru Yang, Taiwan

"Highline is a very diverse school. I have met many friends from all over the world. Instructors are nice and patient. This helped me to feel more comfortable speaking English and I improved a lot. Highline also changed my life experience. I became more involved in school events, so now I feel like school is a fun place, not a place where you only see books in front of your eyes. I definitely love Highline Community College."

Shan Shan "Vicky" Chu, Hong Kong

"Highline Community College has allowed me to uncover new aspects about myself. As an international student I was able to actively participate in extracurricular activities and to get over the culture shock at the same time. HCC opened a world of opportunities for me and I was able to become an International Leadership Student Council member. I hope that other international students will discover HCC to be a great starting point for their education."

Dulanjalee Seneviratne, Sri Lanka.

International Student Programs offers scholarships for current international students who demonstrate strong academic and leadership abilities at Highline Community College. The scholarship committee wants to see students who earn excellent grades in challenging courses, make an impact in their classes and on the Highline campus at large, and are motivated to succeed in meeting their education and career goals.

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