Highline College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,351
2.51% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$8,114
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
7.09%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
5,829
53.9% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
38.3%
138 Graduates

About

Highline College is a higher education institution located in King County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Highline College were Computer & Information Systems Security (22 degrees awarded), Early Childhood Education & Teaching (20 degrees), and Youth Services Administration (12 degrees).

In 2020, 1,352 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Highline College. 65.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (324 degrees), 1.31 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (248 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Highline College is $3,351, which is $−8,478 less than the national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($11,829).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Highline College is $3,351, which is $−8,478 less than the national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($11,829).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,114.

In 2020, 36% of undergraduate students attending Highline College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 3% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$3,351
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Highline College was $3,351. The cost of tuition at Highline College is $−8,478 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($11,829).

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Average Net Price

$8,114
2020 Value
4.23%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Highline College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,114. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Highline College grew by 4.23%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,317
Room and Board
$900
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Highline College was of $10,317 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board decreased by 1.18% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.45% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

36%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
3%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

36% of undergraduate students at Highline College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 9.09% with respect to 2019, when 33% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
7.09%
2018 Default Rate
21
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Highline College was 7.09%, which represents 21 out of the 296 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

Highline College has a total enrollment of 5,829 students. The full-time enrollment at Highline College is 3,140 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,689. This means that 53.9% of students enrolled at Highline College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Highline College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 24.1% White, 17.1% Asian, 15.7% Hispanic or Latino, 15% Black or African American, 12.3% Two or More Races, 1.66% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.377% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Highline College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (14.2%), followed by Asian Female (10.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

53.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Highline College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,829 students. The full-time enrollment at Highline College is 3,140 and the part-time enrollment is 2,689. This means that 53.9% of students enrolled at Highline College are enrolled full-time compared with 44.3% at similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

N/A%
N/A Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Highline College was N/A%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges (66%), Highline College had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,402
  2. Asian
    999
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    917

The enrolled student population at Highline College is 24.1% White, 17.1% Asian, 15.7% Hispanic or Latino, 15% Black or African American, 12.3% Two or More Races, 1.66% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.377% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges is 44.2% White, 26% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 561 students (9.62%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 426 more women than men received degrees from Highline College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Highline College is white (324 degrees awarded). There were 1.31 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (248 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Highline College is Computer & Information Systems Security (22 degrees awarded), followed by Early Childhood Education & Teaching (20 degrees) and Youth Services Administration (12 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Highline College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (618 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (48 degrees), and Communication Technologies (8 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Highline College are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,767,241 people), Registered nurses (1,345,637 people), Secondary school teachers (393,902 people), Education administrators (267,797 people), and Postsecondary teachers (224,978 people).

The most specialized majors at Highline College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (618 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (48 degrees), Communication Technologies (8 degrees), Education (88 degrees), and Health (260 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Highline College are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Physicians, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining

The most specialized majors at Highline College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (618 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (48 degrees), Communication Technologies (8 degrees), Education (88 degrees), and Health (260 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Highline College are Elementary & secondary schools (2,925,810 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,583,718 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (448,065 people), Outpatient care centers (251,084 people), and Offices of physicians (234,665 people).

The most specialized majors at Highline College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (618 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (48 degrees), Communication Technologies (8 degrees), Education (88 degrees), and Health (260 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Highline College.
Most Common
  1. 22 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 20 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 12 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Highline College was Computer & Information Systems Security with 22 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

463
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
889
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 463 degrees were awarded to men at Highline College, which is 0.521 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (889).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 233 degrees were awarded to men at Highline College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.605 times less than the 385 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 385 degrees were awarded to women at Highline College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.65 times more than the 233 male recipients with that same degree.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (63.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Highline College is Female and Asian (63.6% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 9.42% of graduates (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    324 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    248 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    164 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Highline College is white (324 degrees awarded). There were 1.31 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (248 degrees).

10.1% of degree recipients (136 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    232 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Female
    155 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    114 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Highline College is white female (232 degrees awarded). There were 1.5 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian female (155 degrees).

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Operations

Highline College has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $550k (NaNk%), compared to the 2.62% average return ($302k on $11.5M) across all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

In 2020, Highline College had a total salary expenditure of $82.5M. Highline College employs 161 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Highline College are Female No academic ranks (103), Male No academic ranks(58), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Highline College are: Management, with 133 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 50 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 49 employees.

Finances

Endowment

0%
growth from 2019

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.84M - Federal
  2. $6.7M - State
  3. $13.5M - Local

As of 2020, Highline College received $1.84M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.7M from state grants and contracts, and $13.5M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$44.5M
2020 Salaries
10.8%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Highline College paid a median of $44.5M in salaries, which represents 53.9% of their overall expenditure ($82.5M) and a 10.8% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.69% growth from 2018 and a 5.73% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges is 10.7M (32% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$11.8M
Instructional Salaries
161
Number of Employees

In 2020, Highline College paid a total of $11.8M to 161 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $3.2M (29.9%) for similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
161 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
133 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Highline College were No academic rank with 161 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Highline College were Management with 133 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 50 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 49 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Highline College was Female No academic rank with 103 employees, and Male No academic rank with 58 employees.

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