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    Highline College
  Jan 24, 2018
2014-15 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Getting Started

General Admission Requirements


Admission to Highline College is open to any individual who is at least 18 years of age. Admission is granted to those under 18 who have completed high school, whether by diploma or equivalent. Those under the age of 18 are admitted conditionally based upon their participation in one of our High School Programs (e.g. Running Start). Citizens of other countries who wish to apply as international students (non-immigrants) have special admissions requirements. Admission is not limited to those with educational experience, previous academic achievement or any particular citizenship or status. Highline is an open-door college; all are welcome!

As long as you are in good standing with the college, you may return to Highline at any time. When you return, we ask that you update your contact information. If you have not been in attendance for over a year, email to request a registration access time.

Pre-College Studies, Continuing Education, and International students enter Highline using a different process than the one outlined in this section.

If you meet the above admission requirements, please follow these simple steps to enroll at Highline College:

Apply to Highline 

Admission to Highline is a one-time process and you can apply at any time. You only need to apply once; you do not need to reapply if you take a break. The step-by-step guide to getting started, which includes a link to the online application, is located on the Admissions website. Please allow 5 business days for processing. Other than those listed in the Pathways into Highline section above, all students (including transfer students) apply using this process. To update your personal information, see the Update Address & Phone page on the Online Student Services website.

Plan Ahead for Expenses 

We encourage you to consider your budget and resources. Review current information on the Financial Aid website. Other funding sources may include Workforce Education Services, WorkFirst, Veterans Services, and scholarships.

Pay the Application Fee

The application fee is non-refundable. Allow three business days for your student record to reflect your payment. You can pay online, in person, or by mail. The application fee is reviewed annually and is subject to change. The amount due is the application fee rate that is current at the time payment is being made.

Activate Your myHighline Account 

Your myHighline account is your key to Highline. You use it to participate in classes, take myMathTest, receive school communication and pay for parking online.

Assess Your Skills 

Most applicants who are new to college studies and intend to earn academic credits will need to determine what course they are eligible for with a placement test or high school transcripts. Placement recommendations will be used for advising and registration purposes. To learn more about placement and assessment options, go to

Get Oriented

Highline has a mandatory orientation program. For current information about orientation and advising, please see the Educational Planning and Advising website. Interested in a campus tour?  Email

Register for Classes 

Familiarize yourself with the Online Services webpage. You’ll find a number of resources conveniently located there, including online registration.

Gear Up

After you register for classes, get your Student Identification Card from Registration, purchase your books from the Highline Bookstore, and apply for your parking permit.

Pay Tuition and Fees

A payment plan is available. Find payment plan information, a current tuition and fees schedule and important dates and deadlines on the Registration website. Information about residency for tuition purposes is on the Admissions website.

You’re on Your Way!

Make use of resources we offer!  Peruse our website!  Highline offers comprehensive support, services, opportunities and resources. And don’t forget:  degrees and certificates are not awarded automatically! You need to apply for graduation.


**A note on selective admissions: the Polysomnography, Registered Nursing, Respiratory Care, and BAS Programs require a separate application process, which includes meeting specific requirements for admission into these programs. For current information about admission requirements for these and other selective admissions programs, visit the Selective Admissions webpage.