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Student Demographics

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Student Demographics 2022-11-09T16:00:00+00:00

Student Demographics (2021-22 academic year)


Total credit and non-credit students


Female Students


Male Students

Female 61%
Male 34%
Unknown or other 5%

Total credit students (60% of all students)


Median age of credit students


Total number of international students


Total number of Running Start students

Updated data for our LGBTQIA+ student population is currently unavailable. Highline College is working to collect this data and is committed to promoting a safe and inclusive learning environment for LGBTQIA+ students.

Race/Ethnicity of the Student Population

20%Black/African American
18%White/Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)
2%Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
1%Native American or Alaska Native
23%None reported

(9,241 students reported race/ethnicity. 3,725 (28.7%) did not report.)

Race/Ethnicity of the Credit-Bearing Student Population

25%Black/African American
23%Asian (Non-Filipino)
26%White/Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)
3%Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
2%Native American or Alaska Native

(7,072 students reporting race/ethnicity. 692 (8.9%) did not report.)

Race/Ethnicity of the Non-Credit Student Population

30%Black/African American
23%Asian (Non-Filipino)
12%White/Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)
.7%Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
.6%Native American or Alaska Native

(2,169 students reporting race/ethnicity. 3,033 (58%) did not report.)

Why Students Enroll at Highline

%Reason students enroll:
46%transfer to a four-year college/university
26%high school completion or basic skills programs
17%professional-technical certificates or degrees
4%bachelor's degrees
8%personal enrichment

Type of Course Enrollments*

%Type of Enrollment
36%of enrollments in transfer courses
27%of enrollments in professional/technical courses
26%of enrollments in basic skills
6%of enrollments in pre-college level courses
5%of enrollments in community courses

*Course enrollment may differ from students’ reported purpose for attending.

Serving Our Community

The largest numbers of students come from Federal Way (19%), Kent (17%), and Des Moines (10%), based on the major ZIP codes in those cities.