• Highline Community College is nationally and internationally recognized as a premier community college, a reputation earned through the development of an institutional culture that values innovation, globalization of curriculum, and community participation. It is one of 34 community and technical colleges in the state of Washington.

School Highlights

Highline College serves 5,829 students (54% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is same as the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is more than the state average of 50%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,829 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,000
  • Out-state tuition: $4,401
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 75%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Highline College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Washington for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 534 teachers has grown by 143% over five years.
Highline College
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
534 staff
353 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Highline College has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five years.
The Highline College diversity score of 0.86 is more than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,829 students
4,003 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
11:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,140 students
2,116 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,689 students
1,887 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Highline College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of WA.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
511 students
384 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,140 students
2,116 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,689 students
1,887 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
160 students
160 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
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% Asian
18%
8%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Highline College and the percentage of Asian community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hispanic
12%
14%
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% Black
12%
5%
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% White
25%
50%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
12%
8%
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% Non Resident races
10%
6%
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% Unknown races
10%
7%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in WA.
Diversity Score
0.86
0.71
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
32%
30%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Highline College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of WA by year, with the latest 2013-14 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
2.2%
2.2%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$38,300
$36,400
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Highline College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of WA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,000 is less than the state average of $4,105. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,401 is less than the state average of $7,359. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,000
$4,105
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,401
$7,359
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Highline College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Tuition Notes
3 qtrs, 15 credits
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
48%
67%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Highline College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$10,486
$11,794
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Highline College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$6,292
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Highline College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Highline College cost?

Highline College's tuition is approximately $4,000 for In-State students and $4,401 for Out-State students.

What is Highline College's ranking?

Highline College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Washington for: Least expensive tuition, Diversity in US community colleges and Average community college minority breakdown.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,829 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,000
  • Out-state tuition: $4,401
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 75%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For King County, WA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,098 per year for in-state students and $7,784 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

King County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.78, which is higher than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in King County, WA is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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