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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 wooded site in the Pacific Northwest, 20 minutes south of downtown Seattle. Perched on a hill in Des Moines, Wash., the main campus overlooks beautiful Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Classes are also offered at the Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center at Redondo Beach and additional locations in the community.


Mission Statement

As a public institution of higher education serving a diverse community in a multicultural world and global economy, Highline College promotes student engagement, learning, and achievement, integrates diversity and globalism throughout the college, sustains relationships within its communities, and practices sustainability in human resources, operations, and teaching and learning.


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: Sili Savusa, Sharmila Swenson, Joe Bowman and Travis Exstrom. Faculty members are actively involved in campus governance.

Photo of Dr. John Mosby

Organizational Chart
Board of Trustees
President John R. Mosby, Ph.D.
Vice President for
Michael Pham
Vice President for
Academic Affairs
Emily Lardner
Interim Vice President for
Student Services
Jamilyn Penn
Vice President for
Institutional Advancement
Josh Gerstman

Notable Achievements and Awards

Highline’s commitment to diversity, social justice and multiculturalism earned the college awards and recognition.

award-of-excellence-highline-2014Highline received a prestigious Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges twice in the past three years. In 2016, the AACC recognized President Jack Bermingham and the college’s five-member Board of Trustees for their exemplary collaboration and working relationship, and in 2014, Highline was recognized as a leader among the nation’s community colleges for increasing diversity as well as educational and social justice equity.

2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity AwardFor the fourth consecutive year, Highline received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Highline was one of only two institutions in Washington — and one of only nine community colleges nationwide — to receive the 2016 award. The award is given annually by Insight into Diversity magazine.

CCW Top 100 Associate Degree Producers 2015Highline also earned national recognition from Community College Week as one of the top 100 associate degree producers in 2015. Highline ranked 64th out of the top 100 associate degree producers in the Asian-American student category, down slightly from its rank of 48th in 2014. Community College Week used data provided by the U.S. Dept. of Education for these rankings.

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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.”

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Economic Development

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 2020, Highline provided 1170 hours of service to more than 379 clients and helped launch 14 new businesses, 797 jobs supported, and generate $11.735 million in loans, grants and investments. Businesses served report $3.438 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.

$917.3 million

$917.3 million contributed to the state’s economy

592 direct and indirect Jobs

592 direct and indirect jobs in the 9th Congressional District

$17.47 million

$17.47 million (approx.) contributed to the local economy

Highline’s Funding Sources

$70.2 Million

For the 2020-21 academic year, Highline received $70.2 million in funding.


State Support


Student Tuition and Fees; Other

Quarterly Tuition (2019-20 academic year)Cost
Lower Division Courses:
Resident (full time/15 credits) $1,376
Nonresident (full time/15 credits)$3,190
Upper Division Courses:
Resident (full time/15 credits)$2,205
Nonresident (full time/15 credits)$6,203

Special Initiatives, Grants and More

Serving Our Community

Approximately 85 percent of Highline’s students come from King County.

Highline Students by City‡

CityNumber of StudentsPercentage of Students
Federal Way2,76721%
Des Moines/
Normandy Park
Seattle metro1,1629%

‡Top 11 cities of the students reporting

The Area We Serve

Highline College is one of 34 community and technical colleges in Washington state and serves the people of King County.

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As of fall 2019, approximately 1,100 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 six pathways. Associate degrees provide preparation for transfer to four-year colleges or universities. 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.

Community Education and Training Services

Community Education and Training Services at Highline College provides options for short-term stackable certificates and pathways to professional-technical degrees in business, health care, human services and retail management. For direct application in today’s competitive business environment, additional professional development courses are also available. Topics include computer technology, entrepreneurial training, languages, and leadership and management. Businesses also use Highline’s Contract Training services to offer customized, professional training and consulting that provide critical knowledge and skills to maximize employees’ and the organization’s performance.


Highline College FoundationEstablished in 1972, the Highline College Foundation is a nonprofit corporation, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. As of June 30, 2021, the Foundation’s investments exceeded $7 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, 2021, the Foundation awarded more than $550,000 in scholarship and emergency funding.

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Highline College Student HistoryHighline was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County. It serves more than 13,000 students and has over 350,000 alumni. The campus was built in 1964 with additional buildings added in following years to meet student and technology needs.

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