Parents and Guidance Counselors:
Helping your son or daughter, or your student, choose a college
and career path is an enormous responsibility. Our freshmen repeatedly
name their parents and counselors as the key people influencing
their college decision. We know how important this time is and how
stressful it can be. Let
We’re glad you’re considering Highland
At Highland, we want every student to succeed. We focus our energies
on helping our students achieve their dreams. We’re paying
attention to each and every student starting their college career
at Highland. We hope that our web site will help you and your student
learn more about our academic
programs and comprehensive student
Our faculty are well qualified
to teach anywhere, and they choose to teach at Highland because
they care about students. They like direct interaction in the classroom
and they appreciate watching every student succeed. Our average
class size is 23 students - small enough to include everyone and
large enough to generate a spellbinding discussion. Our best test
of instructional quality is the alumni that have been here and elsewhere.
They tell us over and over again that they are extremely satisfied
with the quality of instruction they received at Highland.
If you are transferring to a 4-year school after HCC, take comfort
in knowing that on average our students do better than the students
that started out at 4-year colleges and universities. They’re
well prepared for the advanced course-work and our College Success
Skills Class has already helped them learn the skills they need
to succeed. Transferring your credits from here to there is perfectly
painless thanks to the Illinois Articulation Initiative, which guarantees
credit transfer. Just be sure to have
your student work with an advisor.
We have 68 degree and certificate
programs, and at least 40% of our students embark on a career
as soon as they finish their degree at Highland. Many are required
to take state licensure exams in order to pursue careers in cosmetology,
truck driving and nursing. We’re proud of the fact that our
students exceed the state average test results by a surprisingly
wide margin. So, if your student needs technical skills to prepare
for a new career, you can choose from one of our occupational and
non-transfer degree programs. Many of these programs are developed
in steps, so your student can come back later and pick up new skills
once they’re in the workforce.
Success doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Sometimes, the
most important things are learned in study groups, lunchtime discussions
about our world, or with a trusted advisor. That’s why Highland
offers a full list of student
services, clubs and organizations.
Whether your student needs academic advising,
free tutoring services, special ADA accommodations,
research assistance, or career advice, Highland has friendly, competent
staff members to help.
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Download a sample placement test.
Review advising FAQs.
Schedule an advising appointment.
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