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IPEDS ID: 235431
OPE ID: 00378100
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Highline College
2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, Washington 98198-9800
General information:  (206) 878-3710
Type:  4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  6,560 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  9 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty160165
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,026$1,030$1,050$825-21.4%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$9,492$9,630$9,780$10,1403.7%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Off Campus$17,608$17,800$17,886$18,2271.9%
Off Campus with Family$8,530$8,590$8,496$8,028-5.5%
Off Campus$18,009$18,201$18,293$18,6411.9%
Off Campus with Family$8,931$8,991$8,903$8,442-5.2%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid122061%————
Grant or scholarship aid20858%$1,155,636$5,556
Federal grants14440%$634,400$4,406
Pell grants14440%$617,100$4,285
Other federal grants3710%$17,300$468
State/local government grant or scholarships13036%$390,287$3,002
Institutional grants or scholarships8323%$130,949$1,578
Student loan aid278%$106,159$3,932
Federal student loans267%$100,859$3,879
Other student loans(*)0%(*)(*)
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number receiving aid and total and average amounts of aid received are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,34736%$11,841,357$5,045
Pell grants1,71527%$6,311,554$3,680
Federal student loans4176%$2,328,401$5,584
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$7,772$7,508$8,796
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$5,843$5,864$6,538
$30,001 – $48,000$7,203$7,556$8,040
$48,001 – $75,000$9,127$9,109$10,865
$75,001 – $110,000$13,012$12,643$13,478
$110,001 and more$13,012$13,171$11,611
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)6,560
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,202
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 57%
Part-time: 43%Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 15%
Black or African American: 10%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 32%
Two or more races: 10%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 11%
Non-resident alien: 8%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 68%
25 and over: 32%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 99%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 13%
Enrolled in some distance education: 21%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 67%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 16 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 31%
Transfer-out rate: 20%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 26%
Female: 35%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 42%
Black or African American: 14%
Hispanic/Latino: 27%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 10%
White: 33%
Two or more races: 29%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 36%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Landscaping and Groundskeeping--2
Category total--2
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General17d--
Category total17d--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping13-37
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General--25
Business Administration and Management, General10--
Business/Commerce, General113--
Customer Service Management--17
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation--1
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce1--
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services--30
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management7-14
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General--2
International Business/Trade/Commerce009
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management--1
Office Management and Supervision9--
Project Management--0
Retail Management--3
Retailing and Retail Operations1--
Small Business Administration/Management1-2
Tourism and Travel Services Management1-12
Category total1560153
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects--4
Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other11-14
Category total11-18
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance752
Computer Programming/Programmer, General7-1
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications11-10
Network and System Administration/Administrator--34
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager0--
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design--6
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster--2
Category total25555
Early Childhood Education and Teaching8-89
Teacher Assistant/Aide0--
Category total8-89
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician--5
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General3-4
Category total3-9
Health Professions and Related Programs
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling--48
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant1-140
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder--6
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller--5
Medical/Clinical Assistant38-34
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other20-60
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide--82
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician--0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse81--
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant148-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling13--
Category total1678375
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration11--
Homeland Security--16
Security and Loss Prevention Services--24
Category total11-40
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal7-10
Category total7-10
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies695--
Category total695--
Library Science
Library and Archives Assisting2-5
Category total2-5
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other--10
Category total--10
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management1-2
Category total1-2
Personal and Culinary Services
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager--5
Category total--5
Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences42--
Category total42--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Youth Services/Administration-0-
Category total-0-
Visual and Performing Arts
Interior Design2-5
Category total2-5
Grand total1,14713778
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 181
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $2,700
2015-2016 Varsity Athletes
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities12/1/1965 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs6/1/1969 -  Accredited
2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Statutory rape00
Aggravated assault002
Motor vehicle theft955
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate13.9%11.4%17.1%
Number in default796690
Number in repayment568578525
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)