Highland Community College (HCC) opened its doors in 1858, making it the first college in Kansas. Located in rural Northeast Kansas, the main campus is surrounded by agricultural land. HCC has 33 regional locations serving 2,700 students across nine counties.
The school’s mission is to provide each and every student with lifelong learning opportunities.
HCC offers associate degrees and certificates in over 50 concentration areas. The degree programs range in topics from Agriculture and Criminal Justice to Risk Management and Photography. Also offered are technical certificate programs ranging in subject areas from Administrative Assistant and Computer Aided Drafting to Medical Office Assistant and Automotive Technology.
The faculty and staff provide students with many academic resources, supporting their pursuit of higher education.
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The college has an open admission policy for all graduates of a Kansas accredited high school. Kansas residents with an average GED score of 450 or higher are also welcome to attend.
Out-of-state students must meet one of the following requirements to gain entrance:
- Rank in the upper 2/3 of high school class
- Have a 2.00 or higher GPA on a 4.00 scale
- Have an SAT composite score of 930 or more
- Have an ACT composite score of 14 or more
- Have a GED average score of 450 or higher
International students are also welcome to attend to further their education. In addition to transcript requirements, international students also need to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and present their scores to the college. They need to score at least 500 on the paper-based test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 61 on the internet-based test.
Highland recognizes that some students will need financial support in order to pursue their higher education dreams. As a result, the college has put together a complete program of financial aid and scholarship/award options to meet all levels of need.
The only thing students need to do to be considered for aid is to fill out the HCC Application for Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Federal aid programs include:
Federal Work Study
The Work Study Program allows students to work up to a certain amount of hours in order to earn at least minimum wage to help offset the cost of classes, books, etc. Students are not able to work more than 15 hours a week.
Federal Stafford Loans
Students are eligible for Stafford Loans which are repaid after students are done with their schooling. It is low-interest and need-based. Depending on the type of Stafford Loan, either the Federal Government or the loan recipient is responsible for paying interest on the loan during the school year.
HCC students are eligible for grants that are both need and merit-based. Grants do not need to be repaid when students complete their course of study.
Both state and local HCC scholarships are available to students. Eligibility requirements are different dependingo n the scholarship. Some require certain high school GPAs and others require minimum ACT or SAT scores. Scholarships do not need to be repaid when students complete their course of study with HCC.
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Students have many opportunities to get involved with on-campus activities. Over 13 clubs are available for students to join, including those centered around athletics, subject areas, or charities.
Students can also join intramural sports and play flag football, mud volleyball, kickball, and basketball, among others.
HCC also hosts many cultural arts events, often open to both students and surrounding community members. They host plays, movie showings, and lectures. There is even Movie Night, where students can show up for a flick and free popcorn, drinks, and snacks.
Students can also experience dormitory life, something rather rare for a two-year community college. In all, there are 21 different apartment complexes that house up to 471 students in two, three, and four bedroom units. The experience of living on campus provides students with social opportunities where they can meet new people and involve themselves in a myriad of activities.
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Students are able to compete on several athletic teams. The Scotties play in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, and the National Junior College Athletic Association. Available sports include:
- Men’s and Women’s Track & Field
- Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
- Men’s Baseball
- Women’s Softball
There is also a Spirit Team for those interested in cheering on the Scotties as they compete against other teams in the conferences.
For local community members, HCC hosts a variety of summer sports camps for children, including cheer and dance, volleyball, and basketball.
The Walters Wellness Center, located just west of Kessinger Football Field, provides students and community members with a new, state-of-the-art facility. It contains a spacious area for community and college events which is climate-controlled for their comfort. There is also a large indoor area for activity classes. The center also includes workout and gym facilities.
Brooke Bright graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides with her family in Northern Illinois. When she is not chasing her two sons around you can find her organizing something or reading a mystery novel.