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Next Steps

This is a comprehensive list that was designed with all admitted students in mind. As you work through it, you will find some steps involve action on your part where some you can check off as done or not necessary. If you are able to check off each as done or not necessary, you will be helping set yourself up for success! If you have questions along the way, click the hyperlinks for more information.  You’ll also see a contact list on the bottom.

Prepare Now

Have you prepared?

Before moving on to the next steps, be sure to prepare yourself for college. Learn about information sessions, how to choose a program, and how to pay for college.
Prepare Now
General Admission is admission into the college.  For some students, admission is also required for the program in which they want to participate.  If you are participating in a program that requires its own admission or application process (e.g. Running Start or other programs related to high school), be sure to follow that process as well.  You also want to connect with any intended funding source (explore Financial Aid and other funding options).  If you are receiving Unemployment Benefits, be sure to visit Workforce Education or your nearest WorkSource office BEFORE you register.  There are also some programs of study that involve specific admissions processes (AAS, BAS).
myHighline is your key to Highline College. You will use it to participate in classes, take myMathTest, receive school communication, pay for parking online and more.
Highline College is committed to protecting the safety of our campus community.  The HC Text Alerts system delivers important information  on bad weather, natural disasters, acts of violence and other unpredictable events directly to your mobile device.  We strongly encourage you to sign up for HC Text Alerts..
Placement helps you identify which classes you are eligible to take.

Placement is necessary for the majority of students, but not everyone. 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: All Running Start applicants need to take the Accuplacer Reading Test or use Smarter Balanced Scores.

We encourage students to attend a New Student Orientation session. If this is your first time attending a college, you are required to participate in orientation.

Running Start and High School Completion students meet this requirement with High School Programs.
Class schedules are available through online services. Courses that need 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 and you will find a detailed explanation of what is going on and how to resolve it.

Be sure to check out Registration Dates and Deadlines.

Online Services MyHighline

After you register, you can get a Student ID Card from Registration & Records (Building 6, lower lobby), order your books and consider tuition and parking needs.  You will find a wealth of information at Financial Aid, including deadlines and the Highline Data Sheet. Be sure to check the Financial Aid Portal regularly for financial aid status and awards.


Non-Resident? Visit Residency for Tuition Purposes for more information.

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.

From your contact information to your program of study, it is very important to keep the information on your record current.

Highline’s Academic Standards encourage students to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. When a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0, probationary status requirements heighten student’s awareness of the importance of and impact of the grades that they earn. Other programs, including most funders, also have minimum GPA requirements. The purpose of these requirements is to ensure your success; familiarize yourself with who requires what. Highline’s Academic Standards also recognize those students who maintain exceptional GPAs with inclusion on the Vice President’s and President’s Lists each quarter. Many scholarships also reward or require scholarship as evidenced by attaining or maintaining a certain GPA.

Getting good advice along the way will help you complete your credential efficiently and prepare you for your next steps. If you just beginning and need assistance with educational planning, contact Academic Advising. If you are certain about your program of study, your faculty advisor will provide you with educational planning and critical insight into the profession.

Our Transfer Center supports you in making informed choices pertaining to transferring to another college or university. If you plan to join the workforce, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of our Career and Student Employment (CASE) Center in Building 6. CASE can assist you with resume and interview skill development, job searching, and available employment opportunities.

Use Degree Audit to explore your options, plan your coursework and monitor your progress toward your degree or certificate. If you earned applicable credits at another school, you must have your transcript evaluated at Registration and Records. When you are close to completing your degree or certificate, make it official by applying for graduation.

Degree Audit Apply for Graduation

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

Key Department Contact Information

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
ServiceDesk: 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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