For college-credit courses, students (including Running Start and transfer students) should use this process. (For other courses and programs, see our Quick Start Guides for information on starting at Highline.)
1. Decide on a Program of Study
Are you unsure what to study? Highline can help. Consult our Advising Center or take advantage of our online Career Coach. You can choose from more than 100 areas of study at Highline. During your time at Highline, our educational planners and faculty advisers will support you with personalized educational advising and professional support.
2. Plan Your Payment Method
Explore all of your funding options, including financial aid, scholarships, WorkFirst Services, Workforce Education Services, Veterans Services, and the Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan (STEPP). We recommend that you apply for financial aid, even if you think you are not eligible. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online using Highline’s federal college code #003781. Check the Financial Aid Portal as well as your Highline student email account regularly for the status of your aid and awards.
3. Apply to Highline College
Apply online before coming to campus. It allows us time to create your account and ensures your start will be as quick and smooth as possible. Allow two business days to process your application. If you would prefer to apply in person, come to Admissions in Building 6. After we process your application, you will get a student identification number (SID).
4. Activate Your myHighline Account
Your myHighline account is your key to Highline. You will need it to take placement tests as well as to participate in classes, receive Highline information, pay for parking and more.
5. Assess Your Starting Point
Certain courses and programs need placement. Placement can be determined using high school transcripts, GED scores, smarter balanced scores, placement tests you’ve already taken or by taking a math or reading assessment. If you need to take MyMathTest, we have brush-up workshops to support you. When you are ready for assessment, bring a photo ID to Highline’s Placement and Testing Center (Building 1).
6. Get Oriented
If this is your first time attending a college, you are required to participate in new student orientation during which you will learn how to register for classes. Interested in a campus tour? Outreach Services will show you around.