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Next Steps:  Getting Started

We designed this to be a comprehensive list. As you work through it, you will find some steps apply to you and others don’t. If you have questions along the way, use the links and the key department contact list.

Before moving on to the next steps, be sure to prepare yourself for college. Identify your career goals, choose a related program, and determine your funding plan.

In addition to college admission, some programs have application processes (e.g. Running Start)l.  There are also some programs of study that involve specific admissions processes (AAS, BAS).
You will use your myHighline to participate in classes, take myMathTest, receive school communication, pay for parking online and more.  The HC Text Alerts system delivers important information  on bad weather, natural disasters, acts of violence and other unpredictable events.
Placement helps you identify which classes you are eligible to take.

Placement is necessary for the majority of students. Placement is needed if you are taking a class with a placement prerequisite. These include math, science, English, reading, business technology (BSTEC), healthcare, psychology and communication courses. Placement can be determined using high school transcripts, GED scores, placement tests you have taken elsewhere or by Highline’s assessment tests.

Need to test? We have brush-up workshops to support you. When you are ready for placement, go to the Placement and Testing Center (Building 1, East Entrance) with your photo ID.

No appointment is necessary.

Note: Running Start applicants need to take the Accuplacer Reading Test or use Smarter Balanced Scores.

If this is your first time attending a college, you are required to participate in New Student Orientation.

Class schedules are posted on Online Services. Courses with required prerequisites may prompt you for entry codes. Request entry codes using the tool in the class listing. If you get a message about a block, go to myHighline for an explanation.

Registration Dates and Deadlines.
You need a permit to park on campus. Purchase a one-day parking ticket at a pay station (located in the East Lot and South Lot).  Pay stations accept credit cards and $1 bills (only) and do not give change.  For questions about parking, contact Public Safety.

After you register, you can get a Student ID Card from Registration & Records (Building 6, lower lobby), order your books and manage tuition and parking needs.  If you applied for Financial Aid, use the Financial Aid Portal to review status and awards.

From your contact information to your program of study, we can serve you best when you keep the information on your student record current.

For assistance with class planning, contact Academic Advising. Once you are certain about your program of study, work with a faculty advisor. And, if you plan to continue your education beyond Highline, use the Transfer Center.

Our Academic Standards encourage a minimum GPA of 2.0. Other programs, including most funders, also have GPA requirements. We also recognize those who maintain exceptional GPAs with inclusion on the Vice President’s and President’s Lists each quarter.

Use Degree Audit to explore your options, plan your coursework and monitor your progress. If you earned applicable credits at another school, have your transcript evaluated. To be awarded a degree or certificate, you must apply for graduation.

Degree Audit  Apply for Graduation

If you plan to join the workforce, take advantage of our Career and Student Employment (CASE) Center. CASE can assist you with resume and interview skill development, job searching, and available employment opportunities.

Admission is a one-time process. Once you have been admitted to Highline College, do not reapply. For more information, visit Returning Students.

Key Department Contact Information

DepartmentWebsitePhoneLocation
AdmissionsView Admissions website(206) 592-3181Building 6, 2nd floor
Placement and TestingView Placement and Testing website(206) 592-3251Building 1, East Entrance
Cashier & STEPPView Registration website(206) 592-3126Building 6, 1st floor
Academic AdvisingView Advising website(206) 592-3584Building 6, 1st floor
Registration and RecordsView Registration and Records website(206) 592-3242Building 6, 1st floor
Financial AidView Financial Aid website(206) 592-3358Building 6, 2nd floor
HelpDesk: IT SupportView Help Desk website(206) 592-4357Building 30
High School ProgramsView High School Programs website(206) 592-3583Building 6, 2nd floor
Access ServicesView Access Services website(206) 592-3857Building 99, Room 180
BookstoreView Highline Bookstore website(206) 592-3225Building 6, 2nd floor
ParkingView Parking Information(206) 592-3218Building 6, 1st floor
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