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Highline College Overview

Highline College is a public institution located in Des Moines, Washington. Highline is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Highline College Known For?

1,622 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at Highline is the bachelor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Highline College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Highline has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#220 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Highline.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Mental & Social Health Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Hospitality Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Value Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Value Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Most Popular Physical Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Best Value Health & Medical Administrative Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Highline College?

Location of Highline College

Contact details for Highline are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2400 S 240Th St, Des Moines, WA 98198-9800
Phone: 206-878-3710
Website: www.highline.edu

How Do I Get Into Highline?

You can apply to Highline online at: https://www.public.ctc.edu/ApplicantWebClient/Applicant/ApplWelcome.aspx

Highline College has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford Highline College?

4% Take Out Loans
11.8% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Highline, approximately 4% of students took out student loans averaging $5,380 a year. That adds up to $21,520 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Highline is 11.8%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Highline College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,345 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,310 undergraduate students at Highline, with 3,345 being full-time and 2,965 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Highline

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,345 full-time undergraduates at Highline, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Highline

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Highline College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Highline Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 570
Black or African American 406
Hispanic or Latino 482
White 807
International Students 310
Other Races/Ethnicities 770

Geographic Diversity

Washington students aren't the only ones who study at Highline College. At this time, 10 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 49 countries are represented at Highline. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Highline College

968 Took All Classes Online
2,527 Took At Least One Class Online
4.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,527 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Highline has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Highline

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Highline College was 4.5%. This is the #1,710 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Highline regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Highline ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Highline.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Library & Archives Assisting #11
Library Science #43

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Highline College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 709 0 0 709
Teacher Education Grade Specific 92 16 12 12 132
General Business/Commerce 0 98 0 0 98
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 49 33 4 86
Hospitality Management 29 40 9 0 78
Nursing 0 77 0 0 77
General Physical Sciences 0 70 0 0 70
Mental & Social Health Services 24 21 0 0 45
Information Technology 8 4 6 15 33
Audiovisual Communications 9 10 10 0 29
Business Administration & Management 12 13 0 0 25
General Biology 0 24 0 0 24
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 8 7 5 0 20
Accounting 4 9 4 0 17
Computer Systems Networking 0 17 0 0 17
Legal Support Services 0 8 9 0 17
Business Support & Assistant Services 10 3 3 0 16
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 15 0 0 15
Homeland Security 13 2 0 0 15
Design & Applied Arts 0 8 6 0 14
International Business 0 5 1 7 13
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 5 7 0 12
Health & Physical Education 3 8 0 0 11
Computer Programming 0 5 3 0 8
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Social Work 0 0 0 7 7
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 5 1 0 6
Computer Software & Applications 3 2 0 0 5
Human Resource Management 0 0 4 0 4
Teaching Assistants 0 4 0 0 4
Graphic Communications 0 3 0 0 3
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 0 2 0 0 2
General Sales & Marketing 0 1 0 0 1
Culinary Arts 1 0 0 0 1
Horticulture 0 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 0 0 0 0 0
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 0 0 0
Library & Archives Assisting 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 224 1,240 113 45 1,622

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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