Frequently Asked Questions
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As identified in its diversity policy, Highline College “actively promotes and supports a learning environment which ensures social justice, mutual respect, understanding, civility, and non-violence.”
The diversity statement specifically identifies gender and sexual orientation as recognized, protected, & valued identities on campus. As an extension of this, campus leadership continues to commit to initiatives that maintain an environment conducive to representing and serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Ally and unlabeled (LGBPTQIA) students, staff and faculty.
View the Highline College LGBTQIA website for more information.
currently under construction 4/28/2017
Deciding to be out or not?
- Out in the workplace?
UC Berkely Career Center – Questions to ask yourself and help to decide when or if to come out in the work place.
- HRC-Coming Out – General Coming Out resources and information
- APA-Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality – American Psychological Association regarding sexual orientation
APA-Answers to Your Questions
- APA-Transgender People,Gender Identity and Gender Expression – General information from the American Psychological Association regarding transgender issues
APA-Answers to Your Questions
Meeting with an Advisor
Advisors in the Advising Center and High School Programs Office are available for same day and future appointments. Drop-ins are welcome on a space-available basis and limited to 30 minute sessions (20 minutes during peak advising and registration.) In order to best assist you, we ask that prospective students go through the enrollment process of admissions, MyHC account activation, and assessment prior to your advising session. If you are transferring in credits from another college, please bring unofficial transcripts with you. Check our hours of operation.
The Placement and Testing Center, located in Building 1, East entrance, provides a variety of services for incoming and current students. They also offer community proctor services as well as administration and monitoring of tests listed below.
Services provided by the Placement and Testing Center include:
- Assessment using a variety of measures for placement into courses
- GED Testing
- TEAS Testing
- TOEFL Testing
- NCMA Testing
- STAMPS Language Testing
- Student Make-up Exam Testing
- Proctor Services for the Community
Using the Placement and Testing Center
- All students testing in the Placement and Testing Center will be asked to lock up their belongings (cell phone, book bags, purses, electronic devices, etc.) in the lockers provided.
- If you are parking, you may purchase a daily parking ticket at one of the parking pay stations (kiosks), located in the East and South parking lots. The cost for a daily parking ticket is $1.00 per day. Click on Placement and Testing Center for more information.
Highline offers pre-college level courses in reading, writing, study skills, arithmetic and English language skills for students who want to gain, or improve, their academic skills.
Welcome to Highline College Admissions
The Admissions department is responsible for general admission to Highline as well as admission into specific programs of study. We create student records and help keep them current. We are also your contact for questions about residency for tuition purposes.
Click Admissions to go the Admissions Page.
The Financial Aid staff provide necessary tools and education to our students and the community to assist in the financial aid and employment process. We provide grants, loans, scholarships and work study employment opportunities in accordance with federal and state regulations. Click here to learn more about our wonderful Financial Aid Team: Financial Aid at Highline College
A counselor who provides personal counseling can help you understand yourself better and even resolve personal issues. A counselor is patient and professionally trained to assist you with finding solutions and staying on your desired path.
A counselor who provides Career Counseling helps you make decisions in areas of academic majors, careers, and jobs based on various aspects of who you are and our current circumstances.
A counselor who provides Educational Counseling assists you in navigating the college system, learn study skills such as taking tests, reading textbooks, and note-taking. A counselor can help you adjust to the unique and sometimes overwhelming culture of college.
You don’t have to know what you need when you come in and see us, you might just need a place to talk that’s confidential and supportive.
Call (206) 592-3353 or stop by Building 6, upper level, in Student Development Center to schedule an appointment to see a counselor. Typically, students can be seen within one week. If you would like to see the next available counselor, please indicate this to the front desk staff member and we will accommodate you the best we can.
You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about our services. We request that appointments are made through phone or in-person correspondence.
Enrolled and registered students may use the services of the Counseling Center free of charge. Prospective students and members of the community may be seen (up to three times) for consultation and referral to community resources.
The first session is a time for you to know your counselor and how they work. It is also a time they use to get to know you, any problems that you have and try to understand how best to help you. Different counselors have different styles; for a description and picture of each counselor, see the Meet the Counseling Team page. A counseling session is typically 45-50 minutes in length with sessions commonly scheduled on weekly basis.
Examples of what students seek counselor for:
- Career decision-making
- Choosing a major/course of study
- Career exploration
- Career assessments
- Time management/organization
- Test anxiety
- Study skills
- Learning disability
- Academic probation
- Crisis intervention
- Adapting to a new culture or environment
- Depression and sadness
- Relationship and intimacy issues
- Getting connected to resources in the community and campus
Counselors may not disclose any information about students unless they are given written consent from the student. Counselors will explain some of the legal exceptions when you meet. For example, if someone poses of threat of harm to themselves or others, we may need to disclose information to protect your or others’ safety.
We do not charge for counseling services, except minimal costs for some specific assessment instruments.
You are expected to be prompt for appointments or call to cancel 24 hours before your scheduled appointment if you are unable to make an appointment, so other students have the opportunity to use our resources. You are expected to participate fully in the counseling relationship and process; counseling is only effective if both the counselor and student are equally committed to the same goals.