Facts and Information
Highline 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. Highline is one of 34 community and technical colleges in Washington state.
Highline’s main campus is located on an 80-acre site in Des Moines, Washington. Classes are also offered at The Hub: Federal Way Higher Education Center, theMarine Science and Technology (MaST) Center at Redondo Beach and additional locations in the community.
As a South King County college striving for social justice, Highline College partners with global students as they envision, plan and achieve their educational and professional goals.
Highline is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.
Highline is led by President John R. Mosby, Ph.D., and governed by a five-member Board of Trustees: Joe Bowman, Travis Exstrom, Sili Savusa, Sharmila Swenson and Jesse Johnson. Faculty members are actively involved in campus governance.
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|President John R. Mosby, Ph.D.|
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Highline’s Funding Sources
For the 2021-22 academic year, Highline received $75.8 million in funding.
Student Tuition and Fees; Other
|Quarterly Tuition (2022-23 academic year)||Cost|
|Lower Division Courses:|
|Resident (full time/15 credits)||$1,486|
|Nonresident (full time/15 credits)||$3,402|
|Upper Division Courses:|
|Resident (full time/15 credits)||$2,381|
|Nonresident (full time/15 credits)||$6,595|
Economic Impact of Highline College
Having a college in the community is not only a boon for nearby students, but also for those who have never set foot on campus. Why? Highline contributes to the economic vibrancy of the area. For every $1 invested at Highline during 2014–15, society gained $9.80 in added taxes and public sector savings, according to a study by Economic Modeling Specialists International (“Analysis of the Return on Investment and Economic Impact of Education,” Dec. 2016). Learn more and read the full study at “Study Shows Highline Added $631.5 Million to Economy.”
Highline contributes to the economic development of South King County by providing no-cost business training and one-to-one technical assistance for new and existing businesses. Such assistance helps local businesses achieve sustainability and self-efficiency. In 2021, Highline provided 1,841 hours of service to more than 291 clients and helped launch 10 new businesses, 974 jobs supported, and generate $7.4 million in loans, grants and investments. Businesses served report $2.6 million increase in revenue. Highline’s economic development initiatives include the Small Business Development Center and StartZone.
Economic Benefits of International Students
The organization NAFSA: Association of International Educators estimated that international students and their dependents contributed approximately $917.3 million to Washington state’s economy for the 2017-18 academic year (the most recent year for which figures are available). This translated into 592 direct and indirect jobs in the 9th Congressional District. Highline’s international students contributed approximately $17.47 million to the local economy that year through tuition costs and living expenses.
592 direct and indirect Jobs
Special Initiatives, Grants and More
Special Initiative, Grant or Program
|Achieve Program (also see $1.79M TPSID Grant)||Achieve information sheet|
|Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management|
|College Spark Grant|
|Community College Initiative (CCI)|
|Cybersecurity Program||Cybersecurity information sheet|
|MESA Program: Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement|
|Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3)|
|NSF Geoscience Grants (also see $1.34M NSF Grant)|
|StartZone||StartZone information sheet|
|TRiO Student Support Services (also see $1.1M TRiO Grant)||TRiO information sheet|
|Umoja Black Scholars Program||Umoja information sheet|
|Welcome Back Center|
The Area We Serve
Highline College is one of 34 community and technical colleges in Washington state and serves the people of King County.
As of fall 2022, approximately 858 people work at Highline, serving students at multiple locations throughout King County.
Degrees and Programs
Highline offers comprehensive community college programs as well as new bachelor’s degrees in seven high-demand programs: Cybersecurity and Forensics, Global Trade and Logistics, Integrated Design, Respiratory Care, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Youth Development.
Highline offers more than 100 degrees and certificates within eight pathways. Associate degrees include courses that transfer to four-year colleges or universities while applied associate degrees and/or certificates in professional-technical education programs are designed to help students succeed in today’s marketplace. Students also come to Highline for pre-college, basic education and short-term training programs as well as continuing education.
Established in 1972, the Highline College Foundation is a nonprofit corporation, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. As of June 30, 2022, the Foundation’s investments exceeded $6 million. The Foundation supports scholarships, emergency assistance to students, faculty professional development and technology. Under the leadership of its president Sheri Keller, and its Board of Directors, the Highline College Foundation is actively expanding its capacity to raise external funds. For the year ending June 30, 2022, the Foundation awarded more than $611,000 in scholarship and emergency funding.