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.
- The teacher population of 77 teachers has declined by 16% over five years.
|Highland Community College (Freeport)||(IL) Community College Avg.|
|Carnegie Classification||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges|
|Institution Level||Less than 2 yrs||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||77 staff||123 staff|
|Total Enrollment||1,730 students||3,999 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||22:1||35:1|
|# Full-Time Students||965 students||1,386 students|
|# Part-Time Students||765 students||2,613 students|
|% American Indian/Alaskan|
|% Two or more races|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$30,300||$31,800|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- 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.
- The nearest community college to Highland Community College (Freeport) is Sauk Valley Community College (31.4 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 2,211 students | 31.40 Mi173 Illinois Rt 2
Dixon,  IL  61021
- 434 students | 32.80 Mi1130 South Alpine Road
Rockford,  IL  61108
- 1,580 students | 34.20 Mi6000 East State Street, 4th Floor
Rockford,  IL  61108
- 7,737 students | 34.40 Mi3301 N Mulford Rd
Rockford,  IL  61114
- 105 students | 36.50 Mi701 Portland Ave
Morrison,  IL  61270
The Online Education Initiative will greatly expand course offerings for community college students, while making the transfer process between institutions much more smooth. The Initiative has its critics, however, who decry the loss of local control over education.
A recent study reveals that job applicants with a credential or associate’s degree from a community college have slightly better chances of getting a job interview than students who attend a for-profit college or university. Since community colleges are much more budget friendly than for-profit institutions and have much better job placement results, community colleges are a much better option for employment-minded students.
After City College of San Francisco loses its accreditation, other community colleges in the state are facing warnings, sanctions and possible loss of accreditation as well.