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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.

Most Popular Fields of Study


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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6432nd for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics


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
  • Football
  • Volleyball

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.

Local Community

Highland, Kansas is a small, rural town in the northeastern corner of the state. The town of roughly 1000 residents was established in 1827 when Father Samuel Irvin, a Pennsylvania Presbyterian, settled during the Iowa, Sac and Fox Indian Mission. Father Irvin built the first mission structure, which is now the campus of Highland Community College.

Highland is home to the oldest Masonic Lodge in Kansas, which was organized in 1854 and chartered in 1856.

Information Summary

Ranks 54th in Kansas and 3366th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 28 0.85
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 17 1.67
Larceny 5 0.49
Vehicle theft N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Highland, KS 66035-4165
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population1,260 (N/A urban / 1,260 rural)
Households432 (2.14 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,250
Families258 (2.78 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2002

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3466th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,530 $1,920 $2,310
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,080 $1,080 $1,080
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $51 $64 $77
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $11,099 $11,489 $11,879
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $11,099 $11,489 $11,879
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,054 $5,444 $5,834

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,640 $2,790 $3,090 $3,180 $4,725 $4,710
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $580(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,940 $6,045
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,800 $1,965
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,940 $6,045
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,800 $1,965
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,800 $1,965

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity471
Meals per Week17
Room Fee$2,900
Board Fee$2,270

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3845th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $46,305 ($46,231 male / $44,106 female)
Number of FT Faculty 55 (31 male / 24 female)
Number of PT Faculty 269
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $1,315,380

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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.

606 W Main
Highland, KS 66035-4165
p. 785-442-6000
w. www.highlandcc.edu

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