Highland Community College (Freeport)

2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032-9341
Tel: (815)235-6121
  • 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 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 13% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Highland Community College (Freeport) is the only community colleges within Stephenson County, IL.
  • The nearest community college is Sauk Valley Community College (31.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 77 teachers has declined by 14% over five years.
Highland Community College (Freeport) (IL) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 77 staff 112 staff
Highland Community College (Freeport) Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,730 has declined by 22% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.24 is less than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has declined by 27% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,730 students 3,722 students
Highland Community College (Freeport) Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 22:1 36:1
Highland Community College (Freeport) Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 965 students 1,118 students
Highland Community College (Freeport) Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 765 students 2,604 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 ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.24 0.58
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 -
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 $7,963. 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 $10,732. The out-state tuition has grown by 23% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,911 $7,963
Highland Community College (Freeport) In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,151 $10,732
Highland Community College (Freeport) Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 78% 82%
Highland Community College (Freeport) % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $7,950 -
Highland Community College (Freeport) Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $3,700 -
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 $7,963 per year for in-state students and $10,732 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,479 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 78%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.58, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.