• 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 serves 1,511 students (46% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 52%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,511 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,911
  • Out-state tuition: $5,151
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 22%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Highland Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Illinois for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 184 teachers has grown by 104% over five years.
Highland Community College
(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
184 staff
239 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Highland Community College has declined by 12% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has decreased from 22:1 over five years.
The Highland Community College diversity score of 0.38 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,511 students
3,107 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
690 students
1,099 students
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# Part-Time Students
821 students
2,008 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Highland Community College.
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
136 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
% Asian
1%
5%
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% Hispanic
5%
27%
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% Black
8%
13%
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% White
78%
48%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
3%
3%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IL.
Diversity Score
0.38
0.68
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College Completion Rate
42%
33%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$30,300
$32,200
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Highland Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of IL by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,911 is less than the state average of $8,158. The in-state tuition has declined by 13% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,151 is less than the state average of $10,899. The out-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,911
$8,158
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,151
$10,899
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
77%
76%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Highland Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$9,848
$7,963
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Highland Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,000
$4,549
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Highland Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
SAT Reading
n/a
390
SAT Math
n/a
360
SAT Writing
n/a
355
ACT Composite
n/a
17
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
17
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,511 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,911
  • Out-state tuition: $5,151
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 22%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Did You Know?

For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,158 per year for in-state students and $10,899 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,031 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 91%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Rasmussen College-Illinois. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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