Highland Community College (Freeport)

  • Highland Community college is committed to shaping the future of our communities by providing quality education and learning opportunities through programs and services that encourage the personal and professional growth of the people of northwestern Illinois.
School Highlights
  • Highland Community College (Freeport) serves 1,730 students (56% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 13% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 40%.
  • Highland Community College (Freeport) is the only community colleges within Stephenson County, IL.
  • The nearest community college to Highland Community College (Freeport) is Sauk Valley Community College (31.4 miles away).

Top Placements

Highland Community College (Freeport) places among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 77 teachers has declined by 16% over five years.
Highland Community College (Freeport)(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty77 staff123 staff
Highland Community College (Freeport) Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Highland Community College (Freeport) has declined by 16% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Highland Community College (Freeport) diversity score of 0.24 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has grown by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,730 students3,999 students
Highland Community College (Freeport) Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio22:135:1
Highland Community College (Freeport) Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students965 students1,386 students
Highland Community College (Freeport) Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students765 students2,613 students
Highland Community College (Freeport) Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Highland Community College (Freeport) Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Highland Community College (Freeport) Asian (2007-2013)
% Hispanic
Highland Community College (Freeport) Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Highland Community College (Freeport) Black (2007-2016)
% White
Highland Community College (Freeport) White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Highland Community College (Freeport) More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Highland Community College (Freeport) Ethnicity Breakdown IL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.240.59
Highland Community College (Freeport) Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Highland Community College (Freeport) Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,300$31,800
Highland Community College (Freeport) Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,911 is less than the state average of $7,978. The in-state tuition has grown by 29% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,151 is less than the state average of $10,454. The out-state tuition has grown by 23% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,911$7,978
Highland Community College (Freeport) In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,151$10,454
Highland Community College (Freeport) Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid78%82%
Highland Community College (Freeport) % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,950$7,736
Highland Community College (Freeport) Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,700$4,000
Highland Community College (Freeport) Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Highland Community College offers more than 60 programs of applied and transfer degrees, community education and business training. In addition to comprehensive academic programming, Highland provides theatre, art and music opportunities for the community. Highland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association’s Academic Quality Improvement Program. Located in Freeport and Elizabeth, Highland is conveniently positioned in the tri-state region with access to several major metropolitan areas. For more information about Highland Community College, call 815.235.6121 or visit www.highland.edu. 

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Did You Know?
For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,978 per year for in-state students and $10,454 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,527 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.