Students are encouraged to take advantage of the wide variety of programs and services that Highline offers. Highly qualified, caring faculty and staff provide programs that can assist students academically and personally.
Academic Success Centers
Math Resource Center (MRC)
Building 26, room 319; (206) 592-3444
The MRC offers workshops, faculty assistance and instructional resources to help students succeed in mathematics studies. The MRC is co-located with the Tutoring Center, providing a one-stop facility for student support.
Building 26, room 319D; (206) 592-3478
The MESA Community College Program (MCCP) serves underrepresented students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields with academic support and professional development. MCCP provides rigorous academic enrichment services along with personal, financial aid, and transfer advising. Our MESA Student Center offers students a dedicated space to study, attend workshops, meet one-on-one for advising, and access scholarship and internship resources. Our goal is for students to excel academically and transfer successfully to four-year institutions as STEM majors.
Building 26, room 319; 206-592-3444
The Tutoring Center offers tutorial assistance to currently enrolled students who may be experiencing challenges in their academic studies. Tutors are available for mathematics, writing, business, sciences, professional technical and a variety of other classes. Students who request tutoring, as well as those who wish to serve as tutors, should visit the Tutoring Center.
Building 26, room 319i; (206) 592-4364
The Writing Center offers Highline students one-on-one help in their writing processes. Writing consultants are strong student writers who are trained to mentor fellow students. Consultants help their peers understand assignments, develop and support ideas, organize drafts and learn editing strategies. The center also offers special workshops on grammar and style.
Building 99, Suite 180; (206) 592-3857; TTY: (206) 870-4853 ; VP: (253) 237-1106/(866) 327-6856
Highline College offers support services for students with disabilities to ensure access to programs and facilities. At Highline, it is the office of Access Services that directly assists students with disabilities by providing classroom and campus accommodations.
It is the policy of Highline to ensure that all qualified students with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations in the admissions process, programs of study and campus activities. The college is committed to providing an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights and privileges of the college experience in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504; and Washington State Laws of 1994, Chapter 105, without compromising essential program requirements.
Any qualified student with a disability requesting reasonable accommodation at Highline will need to do the following:
- Arrange a time to meet with Access Services to complete the intake assessment;
- Identify yourself as a student with a qualifying disability;
- Present formal written documentation of your disability (a guide outlining requirements for documentation of disability is available through the office of Access Services);
- Request services early (at least four weeks prior to need is recommended);
- Present the “Letter of Accommodation” to faculty within the first week of the quarter; and
- Meet and maintain academic standards.
Services and accommodations provided on an individually determined basis may include accessible facilities, sign language interpreters, specialized equipment, texts on CD, access to assistive technology, note-taking assistance, testing accommodations, registration assistance and campus orientation.
Building 6, upper level; (206) 592-3181
Admissions provides the first step in exploring the academic options available to students. For information on the application process, see “Getting Started ”.
Agency Funded Students
Building 6, upper level; (206) 592-3358
Students who receive funding from an outside agency for books, tuition, fees or other financial assistance must submit a funding voucher to the Financial Aid Office.
Campus Safety Office
Building 6, lower level; (206) 592-3218
The Campus Safety Office serves all members of the college community. Campus safety maintains parking controls, issues parking permits and parking citations, provides assistance to motorists, investigates accidents on campus and handles emergencies. Any criminal activity such as theft, or concern for your personal safety on campus should be reported to campus safety via our phone number or 911. Campus Safety works closely with the Des Moines Police Department to provide a safe learning and working environment for our students, staff, faculty and visitors. Campus Safety also provides on-campus escort service from buildings to vehicles upon request.
Career Resource Center
Building 6, upper level; (206) 592-3353
The Career Resource Center provides career assessment, information and workshops emphasizing career exploration and development.
Building 6, lower level; (206) 592-3126
The Cashier office accepts cash, check, VISA and MasterCard for payment of tuition and fees.
Building 6, upper level; (206) 592-3353
The Counseling Center provides a receptive environment where students are helped to reach their academic goals through educational, career and personal counseling.
Counseling is a process that uses therapeutic techniques to help people cope with mental, emotional and behavioral concerns and to assist them in developing productive and meaningful lives. Counseling sessions are confidential as defined by law.
Educational counseling helps students learn to cope with stress and pressure that interfere with academic success. Students learn how to develop study skills, reduce test anxiety, manage time more effectively, establish and reach realistic goals, and adjust to college life.
Career counseling helps students explore the world of work; assess interests, values and skills; make occupational decisions; select educational programs and majors; and examine life goals.
Personal counseling provides students with the opportunity to meet with professional counselors to discuss issues and concerns that may be interfering with their ability to achieve educational and personal goals. Counselors are also available for crisis counseling and psychological emergencies.
To make an appointment, call the Counseling Center. There is no charge for counseling.
Educational Planning & Advising Center (EPAC)
Building 6; (206) 592-3584
EPAC offers educational planning information, including degree requirements for transfer and professional-technical programs, university transfer requirements as well as information about Washington state community and baccalaureate colleges and universities. An EPAC adviser may also make referrals and explain academic policies and procedures.
This center coordinates the mandatory College Orientation and Registration Experience (CORE) for all new students, information sessions, student success workshops and opportunities to meet with representatives from four-year schools.
The center is generally a drop-in service. To request a faculty adviser, complete a “Request a Faculty Adviser” form online or at the advising center. The center also works closely with other departments on campus to enhance student retention and success.
Financial Aid Services
Building 6, upper level; (206) 592-3358
All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid assistance. For information about financial aid viability and the application process, see “Financial Aid and Student Employment ”.
Gateway to College
Building 9, room 121; (206) 592-3394
Gateway to College empowers individuals ages 16-21 years old who have dropped out of high school or are not on track to graduate to earn a diploma and dual credit. The dual credit program allows students to earn a high school diploma while progressing toward a college degree or certificate. Gateway to College students learn how to succeed in a college setting through structural supports including, and not limited to, a team of instructors and resource specialist. Highline College’s Gateway to College program partners with the Federal Way, Highline, and Tukwila School Districts.
General Educational Development (GED) Testing
Building 25, room 631; (206) 592-3282
Highline College administers GED tests under contract with the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education. Students must be 19 years of age or older to take the test. Students between the ages of 16 and 18 may take the test if they obtain approval from their local school districts. Those who do not attend a local high school should contact the district where they now live.
To obtain a GED certificate, students are required to earn satisfactory scores on the following tests: Writing Skills, Social Studies, Science, Interpretive Literature and the Arts, and Mathematics. Those who successfully pass the GED test will be awarded a certificate of educational competence.
Arrangements for taking the test may be made through the Testing Center at (206) 592-3682. Students with disabilities must make special arrangements before beginning testing.
Test Preparation Classes: Highline also offers a free assessment test and low-cost test-preparation classes for those who are uncertain of their skill levels. For information, contact the Pre-College Studies office at (206) 592-3941.
Highline College Foundation
Building 99, 2nd floor; (206) 592-3774
The Highline College Foundation develops financial assistance for Highline students. By working with community groups, businesses and individuals, the foundation is able to provide funds for student scholarships.
Not all scholarships are based solely on academic grade point or financial need. The foundation has established several scholarship opportunities for students who are pursuing degrees in specific fields of study. Scholarship information is also available from the Financial Aid office.
Information Technology Services
Building 30, 3rd floor; (206) 592-4357
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides equipment, software and support for students and classes that use technology resources. There are approximately 1,600 computers available for student use across the campus.
The Academic Technology Center (ATC) in Building 30 houses 15 classroom labs and a drop-in open lab. There are also several computer labs at other locations throughout the campus, including the Higher Education Center in Building 29. These labs provide software used in various classes as well as access to online resources.
A quarterly instructional technology fee is required to use ITS resources, both online and on campus. This fee is automatically assessed on classes that use ITS resources.
International Student Programs
Building 25, 5th floor, Room 506; (206) 592-3725
The International Student Programs office provides assistance to all international students. Services offered include application and admission to the college; comprehensive orientations; academic advising; registration assistance; special events planning and quarterly activities; SEVIS and other immigration information; college survival classes; and cultural adjustment support.
Building 25; (206) 592-3234
Highline’s library serves as the campus gateway to a broad collection of information resources. Skilled library staff members are available to assist students in locating information and conducting research. The Information Commons connects users to electronic resources available locally and via the Internet. The Media Commons provides independent learning carrels in a multimedia environment.
The library houses a collection of more than 175,000 items, including books, scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers in print and electronic formats. It also has a large collection of videos and educational CDs.
In addition to casual reading areas and traditional library seating, facilities are also available for independent and group study for both large and small groups.
International students must carry sufficient health and accident insurance. Those who cannot provide documentation of appropriate insurance coverage to the International Student Programs (ISP) office are required to purchase the health and accident insurance plan offered by the college. For information, visit the ISP office.
Optional Student Injury and Sickness Insurance is available for general students to purchase. Informational brochures and application forms are available in Admissions.
Multicultural Affairs/Inter-Cultural Center
Building 8, 3rd floor; (206) 592-3296
Multicultural Affairs (MCA) provides transformative leadership in creating a learning and work environment that is equitable and inclusive. In light of the college’s Cultural Diversity Policy, Multicultural Affairs is committed to increasing consciousness on diversity and social justice, empowering students as social change agents, and the dismantling of institutional oppression.
Social Justice and Equity Programming
MCA helps students reach their academic and personal goals by programming events and offering opportunities to promote empowerment around diverse identities and increase awareness of social justice and equity issues. MCA supports students to attend events such as the statewide Students of Color Conference. Annual multicultural programming at Highline includes LGBTQIA History Month in October; Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week in January and Unity through Diversity Week in the Spring.
Building 8, 2nd floor; (206) 592-4350
The Inter-Cultural Center (ICC) is an intimate lounge and resource center for students, staff and faculty. It is a vibrant and safe space to explore and celebrate diversity in an educational setting. The center provides peer mentoring for students, computers for student use, a multicultural library, and a meeting place for clubs and organizations. Programs include Men of Vision (men’s discussion group), Women of Vision (women’s discussion group), Counseling Wisdom Series and Global Village.
The ICC promotes campus dialogue and advocacy within a social justice framework of inclusion and equity. Through leadership development, students are empowered as social change agents in their local and global communities.
The ICC engages the entire campus community. The Center provides a space where people can share and celebrate their authentic selves through dialogue and activities, engage in social justice advocacy, build knowledge about global movements, and develop as change agents.
Building 6, lower level; (206) 592-3218
Note: Violation of campus parking and/or traffic rules and regulations may result in fines or other penalties. Unpaid parking citations/fines may result in official transcripts may be withheld; towing of vehicles; and/or inability to register for next semesters classes.
Permitted parking areas are identified by signs posted at each entrance. Anyone who parks on the campus is required to comply with campus parking and traffic regulations. Parking permits are required to park on campus and may be purchased through the Cashier office. Permits are issued by the Campus Safety office. Purchasing a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space as parking is available on a first come first serve basis.
- ESL students receive a complimentary parking permit during their first class session which is valid only for two (2) days. A parking permit must be purchased prior to the expiration of this pass if class continues past the two day period.
- Staff parking spaces are reserved 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. These areas are available to anyone after 5 p.m. and during weekends.
- Disabled parking spaces require that driver display appropriate placards designate vehicle as disabled.
- Carpool spaces require that driver apply for a carpool permit and must demonstrate that carpool members have classes close to each other in terms of start and end times.
- Visitors to campus should park in visitor spaces and should request a daily visitor permit from campus safety or college host.
Highline offers several alternatives to single-occupant vehicle commutes to the campus, including carpool permits and discounted bus passes for qualified individuals.
Carpool permits: These permits will be issued to qualified applicants upon approval by the Campus Safety office. All applicants must be Highline College employees or students. The carpool permit is transferable only among the carpool members. A carpool is defined as two or more individuals commuting together with similar work/study schedule. Carpoolers must have two vehicles.
Bus Service: Highline College students who have a student identification card, and benefit-eligible faculty and staff are able to purchase bus passes at discounted rates in the college Bookstore, located in Building 8, 2nd level.
Metro Bus service includes:
- South and Administrative parking lot transit stops, serving routes 121, 122, 131, 132, 134 and 166.
- Pacific Highway South adjacent to the east boundary of the campus, serving routes 174, 175 and 191.
Student parking permits:
- Pay for the permit at the Cashier’s Office in Building 6, lower level, or online at parking.highline.edu.
- Take the receipt to the Campus Safety Office in Building 6, lower level to receive a permit.
Continuing education permits:
- These permits are issued at the time of registration through Community Education.
- Complimentary visitor permits may be issued on an as needed basis at the request of Highline departments.
- These permits are paid through employee deduction and the permits are issued through the Campus Safety office.
Peak Hours: Parking spaces may be difficult to find during the peak hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The college highly recommends students and staff use alternative means of transportation to the campus.
Registration & Records
Building 6, lower level; (206) 592-3242
The Registration office processes student enrollment and withdrawal transactions and maintains student transcripts and records. Students should come to the Registration office when they need to change an address, ask questions about transferring credits from other institutions, add or drop classes or to access other information related to enrollment at Highline.
Highline recommends students register via the Web. Visit sec.highline.edu/wts/student/webreg/index.asp.
Building 25; (206) 592-3610
The Study Abroad program offers students an opportunity to earn credits and experience everyday life outside of the traditional classroom in the United States. Program offerings occur in a variety of locations and during various quarters of the academic year.
Building 25, room 631; (206) 592-3251;
Information line: (206) 592-3990
The Testing Center provides professional monitoring and administration of standardized placement, GED and classroom tests. Services include ESL COMPASS, COMPASS, myMathTest placement testing, GED testing program, student make-up testing, Access Services testing and secure test proctoring, including state exams, correspondence courses and out-of-state students.
Building 6, lower level; (206) 592-3295
The Testing Center provides professional monitoring and administration of a variety of standardized tests, such as: GED, TEAS, NAC, MCAT, and TOEFL. Other services include placement testing, student make-up testing, Access Services testing and secure test proctoring, including state exams, correspondence courses and out-of-state students.
Transferring from Highline
Students who plan to transfer from Highline to a four-year college or university should work closely with their academic adviser or contact the Transfer Center.
Students planning to transfer to another college or university must meet the admission requirements of that institution at the time of transfer. Transferability of classes taken at Highline is determined by the institution to which the student transfers. Most Highline classes designed to transfer do so without a problem. Certain institutions, however, may limit the number of credits earned in a Credit/No Credit system or may have limits on certain classes.
Classes designed for professional-technical degrees and certificates are not usually transferable to four-year institutions. Students should work closely with advisers before attempting to transfer classes that are special components of an occupational program. Other types of restricted credits for transfer include course challenges, credit by examination, military experience, CLEP, DANTES and other nontraditional credit.
An institution to which an official transcript is sent may recompute the grade-point average of the student in accordance with its own requirements and policies.
Transfer Credit Appeals
Students who encounter transfer difficulties should first seek resolution through the receiving institution’s transfer office. If not resolved at this level, student may appeal in writing to the Highline Registrar. The Registrar will attempt to resolve the problem.
TRiO Student Support and Retention Services
Building 6, lower level (206) 592-3229
The TRiO Student Support and Retention Services supports Highline’s mission and values of equal access and quality educational opportunities by providing support services for first-generation, low-income and students with disabilities to help them continue with their education and successfully transfer to a four-year college or university.
To be accepted into the TRiO program, a student must be low-income, a first generation college student, and/or a student with a disability.
Students must complete an application and return it to the TRiO Program Office in Building 6, Room 156. Students accepted into the TRiO program will be required to attend a TRiO orientation and participate in quarterly TRiO Student Support and Retention Services activities.
- Personal, Financial and Academic Advising
- Professional Mentorship
- Community Engagement & Networking
- Workshops on academics, community support, transfer preparation and financial literacy
- Navigating the college transfer process
- 4-year college campus visits
- Scholarship search and application support
Building 6, lower level; (206) 592-3285
The Veterans Services Office (VSO) provides personal support, resources, and campus and community referrals to students who are veterans. In addition, Veterans Services staff members assist eligible veterans and/or their dependents with the activation and maintenance of their VA educational benefits.
Several educational funding programs are available to veterans. The largest is the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which is available to individuals who have served in the armed forces of the United States or worked at certain government agencies, as well as qualifying spouses and family members.
For more information on programs and funding options for veterans, visit the Veterans Services website at veterans.highline.edu or the VSO in building 6, lower level.
Building 6, lower level; (206) 592-3340
Women’s Programs is a safe and welcoming place for potential and current students and community members. Services focus on helping individuals identify, define and achieve their goals.
Staff members offer workshops and resources for the issues facing students today; help in starting college; referrals to community resources; and special events. In addition, academic advising, career advising and job search assistance are also available.
Women’s Programs provides resources to students on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program. Classes and services are open to both men and women.
Building 6, lower level; (206) 592-3340
Highline is committed to providing pre-employment and wage progression opportunities for WorkFirst participants. Services are provided through Women’s Programs.
Specific programs include orientations; WorkFirst tuition assistance; employment preparation classes; and referrals to Working Connections Childcare, ABE/GED/ESL, and High Wage High Demand training (HWHD).
Workforce Education Services
Building 6, upper level; (206) 592-3802
Worker Retraining provides financial assistance and support services to individuals who wish to acquire new workplace skills or upgrade existing skills. Loss or lack of work is a challenge to anyone and the Worker Retraining staff assists qualified individuals through the process of career assessment, establishing a training plan and bringing together financial and other resources to achieve a successful outcome.
Eligible individuals typically have received a layoff notice, are receiving unemployment benefits or have received them within the last 24 months. Displaced homemakers and self-employed individuals that are out of work may also qualify for assistance.
Worker Retraining staff members are also involved with a variety of community partners, providing assistance to their client populations. Highline offers more than 60 degrees, certificates and apprenticeships, equipping graduates with new skills for competitive wage jobs.
Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)
The Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program provides financial assistance to students who receive benefits through the state Department of Social & Health Services’ Basic Food program. Qualified students may receive short-term assistance for tuition, books, fees, bus passes and child care.
The Opportunity Grant provides financial assistance for low income students who are enrolled in the Business, Education, Healthcare, or Human Services programs
Center for Leadership and Service
Building 8, 3rd Floor; (206) 592-3536
Highline Student Union: A Place for Students
The Highline Student Union (HSU) is the center of the college campus. Here is a sample of what’s inside:
- Center for Leadership & Service with student government and caucuses
- Multicultural Affairs
- Inter-Cultural Center
- Clubs and communities
- Fireside Bistro: coffee and pizza oven
- Quiet study lounge with great view
- Three large conference and meeting rooms
- Three designated student conference and meeting rooms
Highline College hosts a vibrant array of student activities and programs. The Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) ensures that all students have options for learning, community building and personal exploration outside of the classroom.
Highline students contribute a quarterly Services and Activities (S&A) fee to help fund co-curricular, extracurricular and educational activities on campus. The Center for Leadership and Service office is open for all students to explore ways of becoming involved in campus life that fit their individual interests.
The Center for Leadership and Service provides communities and experiences to enhance growth and learning outside the classroom. Students are invited to engage in leadership and service roles through hosting campus activities and programs. The Center for Leadership and Service ensures environments are created that promote student involvement and success and teach the tenants of Servant Leadership: honoring connection and relationships, emphasizing social justice awareness and promoting action as a global citizen.
The Center for Leadership and Service administrative offices are located in Building 8 (HSU) on the 3rd floor. The suite of offices includes the Center for Leadership and Service staff, the Associated Students of Highline College (ASHCC), Multicultural Affairs staff, student leadership, student activities and a design team that supports student activities.
Student Leadership: Building a student life requires a community of student leaders who are committed, organized and effective. Student leadership positions are found throughout the organization, but are supported centrally by the Center for Leadership and Service staff training, leadership advising and workshop opportunities.
First Fridays Leadership Institute: The First Fridays Leadership Institute is a regular series of leadership development workshops offered on the first Friday of each month. These hands-on, interactive sessions are designed to build practical leadership skills including public speaking, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution and more. Students that attend five or more sessions throughout the year receive a certificate of completion.
Student Activities: Student activities include programs and groups that bring social and educational events to campus. ASHCC, clubs, multicultural and international programming, intramurals, music and sports all contribute to a host of exciting and entertaining learning opportunities. Information on current offerings and social media links are available online at cls.highline.edu.
Multicultural Affairs: Multicultural Affairs helps students reach their academic and personal goals by programming events and offering opportunities that promote empowerment around diverse identities and increase awareness of social justice and equity issues. MCA supports students to attend events such as the statewide Students of Color Conference. Annual multicultural programming at Highline includes LGBTQIA History Month in October, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. Week in January and Unity through Diversity Week in the Spring. Further information is available online at multiculturalaffairs.highline.edu.
Student Government: ASHCC invites all students to participate in student government. Student government provides a means for students to express their interests, concerns and viewpoints within the college governance structure. It also provides leadership training opportunities that include public speaking, parliamentary procedures, program development and evaluation, group dynamics, conflict resolution and skills in conducting effective meetings. Student government serves as a training ground for developing the skills necessary for democratic government.
Whether students are interested in serving in one of two elected positions, or volunteering for one of the many campus committees or ASHCC caucuses where students have a voice, there is an opportunity for everyone.
Student Clubs: These student-led organizations enrich campus life and give students a way to meet new people, share similar interests and develop new skills. Students may join an existing club or start one of their own. Each year, Highline has approximately fifty active clubs, which means that students are certain to find one that matches their interests. For a list of current clubs, visit cls.highline.edu/Clubs.php.
Student Design Team/Publicity Services: The Center for Leadership and Service has a Design Team to help students publicize events that are funded with student fees.
Additional Student Funded Offerings
Intercollegiate Athletics: Committed to excellence in academics and athletics, Highline’s strong intercollegiate athletic programs successfully attract quality student athletes. Through educational ideals learned both on and off the field of play, participation in athletics works to instill in student athletes the benefits of competition, sportsmanship, hard work and commitment.
- Cross Country
- Cross Country
Intramurals: This program offers a variety of athletic activities for students to participate in throughout the year free of charge. Activities may include basketball, flag football, indoor soccer, softball and volleyball. No skills required, just a good attitude!
Music: The Music department invites students to explore their musical abilities and meet others with similar interests. Students can participate in choir, jazz ensemble or world percussion ensemble. Instrumentalists have the possibility of performing in small ensembles and in regional symphony orchestras such as the Rainier Symphony. Faculty members assist and advise students who wish to form their own group.
International Leadership Student Council (ILSC): This team of five student leaders coordinates various international events on campus. Its mission is to provide international students with additional support, build a strong multicultural environment on campus and in the community, and encourage global understanding.
ILSC members assist with international student orientations and activities and act as mentors to new international students. Events ILSC members coordinate numerous programs and events including but not limited to: Conversation Pals, winter ski trip, Enchanted Winter Dance, Halloween and Super Bowl parties, and GlobalFest.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK): PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges. Highline’s chapter is one of the largest in the country and is actively involved in leadership and service both on and off campus. Phi Theta Kappa offers students the opportunity to grow outside of class and develop as responsible members of the community. Highline’s PTK chapter provides students several ways to get involved with service and scholarship.
Publications: The Thunderword weekly newspaper is an award-winning publication that accepts articles from staff and at-large writers. The literary magazine, Arcturus, is a student-produced, edited and printed annual journal of creative writing, poetry and visual arts that is also regionally acclaimed.