Highland Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,624
3.42% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$5,973
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
4.07%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
1,184
44.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
49.3%
108 Graduates

About

Highland Community College is a higher education institution located in Stephenson County, IL. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Highland Community College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (103 degrees awarded), Biological & Physical Sciences (62 degrees), and Registered Nursing (35 degrees).

In 2022, 602 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Highland Community College. 55.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (452 degrees), 6.55 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (69 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Highland Community College is $3,624, which is $−4,488 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Highland Community College is $3,624, which is $−4,488 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $5,973.

In 2022, 50% of undergraduate students attending Highland Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 6% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$3,624
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Highland Community College was $3,624. The cost of tuition at Highland Community College is $−4,488 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$5,973
2022 Value
18.1%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Highland Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $5,973. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Highland Community College grew by 18.1%.

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Other Student Expenses

$4,975
Room and Board
$700
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Highland Community College was of $4,975 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 0.505% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $700. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 22.2% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

50%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
6%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

50% of undergraduate students at Highland Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 29.6% with respect to 2021, when 71% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.07%
2019 Default Rate
7
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Highland Community College was 4.07%, which represents 7 out of the 172 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Highland Community College had a total enrollment of 1,184 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Highland Community College is 522 students and the part-time enrollment is 662. This means that 44.1% of students enrolled at Highland Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Highland Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77.5% White, 8.78% Black or African American, 5.32% Hispanic or Latino, 2.79% Two or More Races, 1.18% Asian, 0.507% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.253% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Highland Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (46.4%), followed by White Male (29.3%) and Black or African American Male (4.98%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

44.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Highland Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,184 students. The full-time enrollment at Highland Community College is 522 and the part-time enrollment is 662. This means that 44.1% of students enrolled at Highland Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Highland Community College was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Highland Community College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    918 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    104 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    63 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Highland Community College is 77.5% White, 8.78% Black or African American, 5.32% Hispanic or Latino, 2.79% Two or More Races, 1.18% Asian, 0.507% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.253% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 22 students (1.86%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 68 more women than men received degrees from Highland Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Highland Community College is white (452 degrees awarded). There were 6.55 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (69 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Highland Community College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (103 degrees awarded), followed by Biological & Physical Sciences (62 degrees) and Registered Nursing (35 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Highland Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Transportation (82 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (62 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (217 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Highland Community College are Registered nurses (1,429,546 people), Medical & health services managers (165,663 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (150,377 people), Physicians (144,929 people), and Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives (143,954 people).

The most specialized majors at Highland Community College in 2022 are Transportation (82 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (62 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (217 degrees), Precision Production (19 degrees), and Health (139 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Highland Community College are Surgeons, Physicians, Skincare specialists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Correspondence clerks & order clerks

The most specialized majors at Highland Community College are Transportation (82 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (62 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (217 degrees), Precision Production (19 degrees), and Health (139 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Highland Community College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,588,825 people), Elementary & secondary schools (417,087 people), Outpatient care centers (270,238 people), Offices of physicians (229,658 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (202,021 people).

The most specialized majors at Highland Community College are Transportation (82 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (62 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (217 degrees), Precision Production (19 degrees), and Health (139 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Highland Community College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 103 degrees awarded
  2. 62 degrees awarded
  3. 35 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Highland Community College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 103 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

267
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
335
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 267 degrees were awarded to men at Highland Community College, which is 0.797 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (335).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 78 degrees were awarded to men at Highland Community College in Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor, which is 19.5 times more than the 4 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 128 degrees were awarded to men at Highland Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.75 times more than the 73 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

23%
100% Completion Time
36%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 23% of students graduating from Highland Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 36% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 40% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Highland Community College is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.78% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    452 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    69 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    25 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Highland Community College is white (452 degrees awarded). There were 6.55 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (69 degrees).

2.82% of degree recipients (17 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    265 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    187 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    38 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Highland Community College is white female (265 degrees awarded). There were 1.42 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (187 degrees).

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Operations

Highland Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $27.1M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 72.2k (0.266%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Highland Community College had a total salary expenditure of 30.3M. Highland Community College employs 46 No academic ranks. Most academics at Highland Community College are Male No academic rank (23), and Female No academic rank (23).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Highland Community College are: Management, with 20 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 18 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 16 employees.

Endowment

$27.1M
2022 Endowment
10.2%
decline from 2021

Highland Community College has an endowment valued at about $27.1M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Highland Community College declined 10.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $21.9M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$11.1M
2022 Salaries
1.47%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Highland Community College paid a median of $11.1M in salaries, which represents 36.6% of their overall expenditure ($30.3M) and a 1.47% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$4.26M
Instructional Salaries
46
Number of Employees

In 2022, Highland Community College paid a total of $4.26M to 46 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
46 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
20 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Highland Community College was No academic rank with 46 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Highland Community College were Management with 20 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 18 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 16 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male No academic rank
  2. Female No academic rank

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Highland Community College was Male No academic rank with 23 employees, and Female No academic rank with 23 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Highland Community College.

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