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How Well Is Highland Community College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Highland Community College was awarded 1 badge in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

Highland Community College landed the #2,270 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 102 colleges in Illinois, Highland Community College is ranked at #96.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Highland Community College?

Acceptance Rate

Highland Community College has an open admissions policy, so you should not have much trouble being accepted by the school. Still, it is important to fill out the application completely and submit any requested materials, which may include proof that you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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Highland Community College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Highland Community College it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Highland Community College is 43%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  43 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Highland Community College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Highland Community College is 68%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  68 out of 100

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Highland Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,276 undergraduates at Highland Community College with 653 being full-time and 623 being part-time.

How Much Does Highland Community College Cost?

The overall average net price of Highland Community College is $6,637. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Highland Community College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,506 $5,804 $7,918 $11,513 $11,513

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Highland Community College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Highland Community College, approximately 12% of students took out student loans averaging $4,071 a year. That adds up to $16,284 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Highland Community College is 12.3%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Highland Community College Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Highland Community College make about $26,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 33% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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Location of Highland Community College

Highland Community College is a public institution situated in Freeport, Illinois. Freeport is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Contact details for Highland Community College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport, IL 61032-9341
Phone: 815-235-6121

Highland Community College Majors

Learn more about the majors offered at Highland Community College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Highland Community College

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 663 students took at least one online class at Highland Community College. This is an increase from the 454 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 663 127
2018-2019 454 104
2017-2018 496 94
2016-2017 552 92
2015-2016 523 103

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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