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New Students

It’s all here at Highland! We recognize that enrolling in college doesn’t always happen in perfect order, so we developed this checklist to help you get started and access all of the services needed for finalizing your college enrollment. Just use the steps below!

If you would like to meet with us or have a question, we’re here for that too. Just reach out or call 815-599-3414.

Apply Online

Submit Your FAFSA and Financial Aid Documents

Transferring College Credit to Highland

  • Send official transcripts electronically to jeremy.bradt@highland.edu or mail to HCC, Attn: Jeremy Bradt 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL 61032

Placement Testing

  • Qualifying ACT/SAT scores or GPA to use in lieu of taking Highland placement tests:
    • English = 20 or higher/490 or higher
    • Reading = 20 or higher/490 or higher
    • Math = 22 or higher/560 or higher
    • A cumulative unweighted 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) combined with four years of math and English
  • If you need to take a placement test:

Meet with a Student Advisor

  • Discuss the program you want to study, lay out a semester-by-semester plan, set your class schedule, and plan your future transfer and/or career.
  • To set up an advising appointment in-person, via Zoom™, or phone, call contact Michaela Hooper at michaela.hooper@highland.edu or 815-599-3573.

Register for Classes with Enrollment Services

  • Following your advising appointment, you can work with Admissions staff, in-person or via email (registration@highland.edu), to officially register for classes.
  • Admissions will help you navigate student accounts and show you the resources available to you (Groupwise, Moodle, ROAR, Online Bill Pay, etc.). This will include how to set up a payment plan.

Pay for Classes

  • Following registration, you must make one of the following payment arrangements: pay in full, enroll in a payment plan, or have authorized financial aid covering your balance.
  • Payment plans and online payments are available through Online Bill Pay.
    • Half Now/Half Later
    • Monthly Installments
      • The earlier you register, the more installments available

Apply for Scholarships

  • Use our search engine to find scholarship opportunities.
  • Most applications are due by April 1.
  • Complete applications (including transcripts) can be sent to foundation@highland.edu or to Highland, Attn: Foundation Office, 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport, IL 61032

Become a Student Worker

  • To become a student worker, you have to meet the following requirements:
    • Have a 2.0 GPA (waived for new students)
    • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours
    • Workstudy Eligible
  • For more information and to confirm your eligibility contact Career Services at 815-599-3678 or anthony.musso@highland.edu.

As a community college, our mission is built around meeting the needs of our greater northwest Illinois community through quality educational and cultural programs. We are proud to have served thousands of students at our campus in Freeport and through online learning opportunities.

In addition to offering more than 70 degrees and certificates, Highland is a beacon of cultural opportunity. Our theatre, arts, music, literature, and lecture series are popular throughout the area. And our Highland Cougars have a strong record of athletic success. We are committed to your academic success and to providing you with excellent instruction, a safe environment in which to learn, a diverse group of clubs and activities, and comprehensive student support services.

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032

815.235.6121

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