General Admission Requirements
Admission to Highline College is open to any individual who meets the following criteria:
Is 18 years of age or older; or
Is a high school graduate (diploma or equivalent); or
Is participating in 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!
Pathways to Highline:
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
The first step for new students at Highline is to apply for admission through the online application. Once your application has been processed, the Admissions Department will send your welcome letter by email. If you need to change the term you would like to start after you have already applied, you can contact the Admissions Department to update your application.
Former students who are returning to Highline after 12 months must reapply for admission before enrolling in classes. The admission application is used to update the student’s contact information, program, and term activation.
Decide on a Program of Study
What career choices meet your skills and abilities? What are you interested in studying? Unsure? Our Counseling Center is here to help you!
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.
Activate Your myHighline Account
Getting Started with myHighline
Your myHighline account is your key to Highline. 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 on earning academic credits need to determine what courses 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 placeandtest.highline.edu
To prepare for a successful start, attend an orientation session. You will meet other students, faculty and staff, get hands-on experience with important online tools and resources, and meet with an academic advisor. For students who have never attended college, this is a required step in the enrollment process. Students in specialized programs including Running Start, International Student Programs, Workforce Education Services, and English as a Second Language must attend a orientation session specific to that program. For questions and to sign-up for an orientation session, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enroll in Classes
All class enrollment takes place in ctcLink. Find tutorials, documentation and videos at our ctcLink Student Tutorials page.
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: Registered Nursing, Respiratory Care, and BAS Programs require a program specific application process, which includes meeting specific requirements for admission into these programs.